"This is the truth- Jesus Christ DID NOT come into the world to save Christians; He came to save the world...all persons, everyone, all. God is love and that is why God died on the cross for our sins. Jesus is God in the flesh whose one purpose in life was to die a sinner's death even though he was perfect. It took a perfect sacrifice to deliver us from sin and only God could do that for us.... and he did...Jesus.... at the cross...the perfect lamb...pure love for us...God!!"Quote taken from "I See Him!...I See Him! by author Ken Kreh
27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
From the very beginning God shows his love by first creating a perfect world and universe for us to live in. God describes it as very good...and it is very good. Even now, with all the destruction that Noah's flood caused and what man has done to the earth we live in- earth is still very beautiful, and so is the universe. We can see the awesomeness of God when we look at the sun rise or set, when we gaze at the stars in the sky, when we see beautiful blue waters, or when we look at mountain tops. God's creation was his very first gift to us.
God then gives us the most special gift of all...life. Not only that, but He creates us in His own image; in his own likeness. He then gives us the keys to what he created. He gives us the authority to rule over all He created. He entrusted us to have dominion over everything because He loves us so. There is no question the first two chapters of Genesis is revealing a God of love, and mankind is his special creation.
16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
God never intended for mankind to know EVIL... only GOOD. Adam sin was the same... he wanted the same wisdom as his wife Eve.
15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Genesis 3: 15 is the very first prophecy found in scripture, and it was spoken by God Himself. It foretells of a seed of a woman (human being) who will ultimately defeat Satan and restore mankind's relationship with God. Note it is not man's seed but the seed of the woman who defeats the devil. This is very important so we can understand who Jesus Christ is and ultimately--who God is. God was prophetically telling us He would send his own Son into the world to be the salvation for all mankind. I do not want to go into detail about this prophecy now. I do in my book I have written. From this prophecy on, God is working for the redemption of mankind without infringing on our "freewill".
18And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
19And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
20And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
21And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:
22And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:
23And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
God the Father's glory is so great it would cause us to die if we were to look upon his face. There are many Bible verses declaring the greatness, the powerfulness, the wonderfulness of God and we should never lose sight of this. My intention however of this chapter is to show the love of God and I want to get started searching the scriptures to do just that.
Deuteronomy 7: 12 12
If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then
the LORD your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore
to your forefathers.
The Bible declares the Lord Our God loves us.
Deuteronomy 23: 5 5 However, the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.
1 Kings 8: 23 23 and said:
"O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.
Nehemiah 1: 5 5 Then I said:
"O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands,
Over and over again, man rebells against God, including his chosen
people. We continue to do so today. We are stiff-necked,
and do not listen to his ways. We have a conscience He has given
us, and we refuse to listen. But God continues to love us.
He was saying this from the very beginning. The message in the
Old Testament is the same as in the New Testament- He forgives us because He loves us. The God the prophet Nehemiah describes below is the God I love.
Nehemiah 9: 17 17 They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them (Do you remember the miracles Jesus performed?). They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, (God does not and has not deserted us!)
Look at what the book of Psalms reveal about the Love of God:
13We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.