26 March 2001

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord"-Romans 8:38,39 It is a great blessing for Christians to know and understand the eternal love that God has for His people. Surely this was Paul's opinion as he gave the church at Rome a long list of impossibilities that might cause one to think that God had quit loving them. If the great apostle was "persuaded" that God's love for His people is eternal, that it could never be severed, should we not be persuaded as well? Just look at the list that Paul has given us. "Neither death" ... .No matter how one might die, God's love can not be altered. I read an ancient story about the persecution of the early Christians. One of the evil designs of their enemies was to torture the Christian until they were in such agony and confusion of mind that they would deny their Lord. The very instant the words came out of their mouth down came the axe. Perhaps some of the church membership at Rome had died such a death. Even Paul caused the Christians to "blaspheme" as he wasted the church of God. Yet, he too, learned of God's eternal love for His people and comforted others in it. The tiny infant who will never see the light of day is just as secure in this love as the greatest Saint recorded in God's word. Death has no power to alter God's love! "Nor life" ... .Surely, this is a broad statement, yet, it is just as true as death. If it were not so, then let us die today that our eternity might be secure! It would be a contradiction for us to believe that God's love is eternal for the infant, yet deny the same for those who face the tempter in the trenches of life. In the life of God's children, nothing can be done to change His love. Will sin alter this love? It was for sin that Christ died! David's sins were great and he paid for his mistakes in his life, yet, to deny God's continual love for him would be to deny the Bible. Our mistakes can not change God's love. The Lord's promise is, "I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." Yes, many things can and are done to dishonor our Heavenly Father yet His love is as constant as His very being. It is a sad thing, yet we know of some of God's little children who have become so hopeless in life that they have taken their own life, as king Saul did of old. Yet, this hopeless act can never sever God's love for His chosen. Nor life. Nor angels. No, not even the fallen angels who left their first estate can alter God's love for His people. Though they may persuade good men with their apostate lies, though Hymenaeus and Philetus would overthrow the faith of some concerning the resurrection, what was Paul's response? "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his"2 Tim 2:19a. Man's ignorance and misunderstanding can never change God's love! "Principalities and powers" are with us today. The great rulers of nations who have taken Bibles away and forced their religion on God's people will never by their cruel devices cause God's love to change. The old doctrine reads thus, "The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. " Should we go on as Paul did and tell you about things present, things to come, height, depth, or other creatures of malice? Can He love today and change His mind tomorrow? Christian, in your eyes is God's Agape love really Agape? One of the greatest comforts of a child is to know that their mother will never stop loving them. A mother's love is a proverbial expression of strength and longevity. Yet, the prophet tells us that God's love outstrips even the great love that a mother has for her child, "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee." Come and worship with us at Harmony Primitive Baptist Church. Singing begins at 10:30 each Sunday morning followed by preaching at 11:00. By His mercy and grace, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.