Pristine Grace

God Loves You?
by Richard Warmack
God Loves You?

     Just went to Walmart and passed two local religious facilities and their electronic signs read:  "Every Christian is either a missionary or an IMPOSTER"

     The second sign read: "The God who created everything LOVES YOU"

     I won't deal with the silly implications of the first sign, but I would like to state something Scriptural about the second saying - "The God who created everything LOVES YOU".  

     No where in the Scriptures are God's children instructed or commanded to declare a "blanket declaration" to all men without exception that "God LOVES YOU". To make that sort of statement is to directly contradict the truth of the Scripture. What about Esau? Jehovah God declared by the mouth of His servant Malachi - "I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I HATED Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness."(Malachi 1:2,3)  Paul even repeated this truth in Romans 9:13 - "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I HATED."  The word Paul used in the original translated in English "have I HATED" mean 'to pursue with hatred or TO DETEST'. So for the folks who put that on the above sign to be honest, they should at least amend it to: The God who created everything LOVES EVERYBODY BUT ESAU!!!  HOW ABSOLUTELY FOOLISH"?  I'll actually draw from the words of the eternal LOGOS Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ on the matter - "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then WILL I PROFESS UNTO THEM, I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."(Matt.7:21-23)  The word translated "knew" in the original means ' to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of'. It is also a Jewish idiom for 'a sexual relationship between a man and a woman', "Adam KNEW Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore him a son."  It meant that Adam loved his wife Eve in a carnal sense, and the result was the same. So in essence the word means "TO LOVE". So the Lord Jesus Christ declares at the judgement to those who were preaching, casting out devils, and doing many wonderful works, depending on those actions to be enough to earn or require their salvation - "I NEVER LOVED YOU".  

      The problem with their thinking is they have no clue of what the LOVE OF GOD is as set forth in the Word of God - "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that HE LOVED (notice that, PAST TENSE - LOVED, not loves or will love) us and sent His Son [to be -  NOT IN ORIGINAL] THE PROPITIATION FOR OUR SIN." They don't understand the work of "propitiation". Matter of fact, most folks in most religions are clueless when in comes to this ESSENTIAL WORK of the sinner's Substitute and Surety, the Lord Jesus Christ.

     I encourage you: Don't just follow, swallow, and believe everything well-intentioned, though deluded individuals tell  you. Study the Scriptures - beg God to give you light and understanding.  Sadly, most today are unwilling to THINK about these things.