Friday, July 8, 2011

He who did not Spare His own Son



“He who did not spare his own Son” (Romans 8:32)

Have you doubted the love of God? Have you been listening to yourself and your feelings rather than speaking truth into your soul? The tendency for so many Christians is to fall into the trap of doubting the love of God for his children. But when we peruse the Scriptures we see the love of God for sinners like you and me displayed in the truth that he did not even spare his own Son for his children.

Romans 8 is a great chapter of Scripture. I would argue it is the greatest section in all of Scripture. J.I. Packer says Romans 8 takes the Christian from “No condemnation to no separation.” If you are a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ you can be assured the Father loves you. You can be sure his love will not bring condemnation nor will anything be able to separate you from his love. We do still live in a fallen world in which we are still in our fallen nature. Satan will accuse us. Our flesh will tempt us. Sadly we will buy into Satan’s accusation and let them paralyze us. We start believing that God could not continue to love us as sinners. Then in turn we start to find our satisfaction in the things of this world. Our flesh tempts us to love less valuable objects rather than the object of supreme joy, Jesus Christ. We begin to buy into our feelings rather than standing on the truth.

When we begin to slide down the slippery slope of our feelings we dishonor God. As his children we can be assured that he loves us but when feelings of doubt take over we tend to make our feelings our authority. Our authority can be nothing more than the truth of Scripture. In Scripture we clearly see of God’s love for his children. The great Puritan, John Owen, once wrote, "The greatest sorrow and burden you can lay on the Father, the greatest unkindness you can do to him is not to believe that he loves you." In order to avoid laying sorrow and a burden on the Father we should often go to Romans 8 and be reminded of God’s love for us. We need to remember that there is no more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (8:1). We have been given the Spirit so that we may no longer pay to flesh (8:12). We have been adopted as sons and daughters (8:15). We need to remember the Spirit bears witness to our spirit that we are his children (8:16). Not only are we his children but we have been made heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ (8:17). The Spirit helps us in our weakness and intercedes on our behalf (8:26-27). We know that he works all things together for our good (8:28). Then Paul asks: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Satan, the world and even our own flesh cannot be against us. God is for us and the proof is in the fact that he did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all (8:32).

Do you doubt the love of God? If your faith is in Jesus Christ alone every single promise in Romans 8 is directed to you. If you are pridefully hanging your head low because you wonder how God could love you than your view of the gospel is distorted right now. Repent! Turn away from your arrogance and run back into the arms of our loving God and Father. Christian, stop doubting his love. Look to Calvary. See with clear vision that his love is even greater than you ever imagined it to be. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” and he laid his life down to make his enemies his sons and daughters. Doubting his love still? Doubt no more. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.”

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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