Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The doctrine of the Theology of the plan of God. Part 10. Understanding love as God loves.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Point 2. The Essence of God is necessary to understand the Theology of God’s Perfect Plan.
a. God is sovereign.
b. God also is perfect righteousness.
c. God is also just. God’s holiness includes His justice as well as His righteousness.
Because righteousness and justice are tantamount to the Integrity of God and guarantee that His entire essence is completely involved in all He does or sponsors, the love of God is not an isolated attribute.
This marvelous principle of Bible doctrine demonstrates that the God of love and grace is neither sentimental nor partial nor indecisive toward anyone.
Grace is divine strength which expresses the love of God, but grace is also the uncompromising policy of the justice of God.
JOH 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
In our Lord’s day, as today, few people understood the essence of God, but nearly anyone could comprehend love in some sort of human relationship.
Satan rules his domain according to a plan and policy called “good and evil” GEN 3:5, or more simply “evil”GAL 1:4. Evil is the sum total of Satan’s genius; it is the thinking of Satan as opposed to the Mind of Christ, Bible doctrine.
Satan sponsors many different, even antithetical ideas and false systems of thought by which he seeks to gain control of the human soul, MAT 15:19, and hence of the entire human race.
When we understand Satan’s reason for revolting against his own Creator and recognize his current objectives, we have a frame of reference for understanding evil.
His objective both then and now is to be independent from God, trying to be like God and to usurp the throne of heaven, ISA 14:14.
In order to do so, the devil is determined to solve all the problems of life independent of God’s design and Bible doctrine.
Thus, he promotes human good – any good deeds accomplished apart from the filling of the Spirit and doctrine or any solutions contrary to the laws of divine establishment.
Evil thinking leads to evil function, and such satanic doctrines as altruism, philanthropy, legalism, socialism, and communism lead people to sincerely pursue “noble” ends at the expense of human freedom, privacy, property, prosperity, and spiritual growth.
Satan operates under the proposition that the end justifies the means; therefore, he resorts to violence whenever necessary to accomplish his “good” ends, JOH 8:44.
Satan intends to prove God a liar, to supplant God’s perfect design, to win the angelic conflict, to expose God as unfair for sentencing so wonderful a creature as himself to eternal judgment in the Lake of Fire, MAT 25:41.
The devil’s world, cosmos diabolicus, is totally, violently hostile to the essence of God, to the plan of God, to the freedom of man, to the salvation of man, to the spiritual advance of believers – to everything related to God.
JOB 34:10 “Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to do wrong.”
JAM 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.
ISA 13:11 Thus I will punish the world for its evil, And the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud, And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.
Not only is the world enemy territory, but since the Fall of man when Satan usurped the earthly throne from Adam, every person born into the human race (except virgin-born Jesus Christ) is a natural citizen of “the devil’s realm.”
We exhibit our fallen condition by committing all categories of personal sins – mental, verbal, and overt. We are spiritual corpses infested with Adam’s sin, the old sin nature, and personal sins.
The glory of God is His perfect essence with emphasis on His righteousness.
Through His glory and His righteousness, He solved the problem man had, which reveals His love.
Can perfect God love imperfect, condemned, depraved, unregenerate man? Yes, but only with impersonal love.
We are born spiritually dead because of Adam’s Fall, ROM 5:12, but from the moment of physical birth every human being is the beneficiary of the integrity of God.
Our lack of merit does not prevent God from designing and executing a plan to save us without violating His own standard.
God delayed mankind’s final judgment so that He could extend to us His kindness, His impersonal love.
In phase one of this life for members of the human race, God offers salvation to all mankind from His impersonal love, but only the few accept Christ as Savior and come under God’s personal love.
In phase two all believers on earth are sustained and protected by God’s logistical grace from His impersonal love, but only the few utilize logistical grace, advance to maturity, and become recipients of supergrace blessings motivated by His personal love.