CROSSWAY BOOKS WHEATON, ILLINOIS FOR THE LOVE OF GOD VOLUME ONE A Daily Companion for Discovering You might want to turn to this chapter, I want to comment on a couple of verses, 1 John chapter 4, verse 9, “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.” God first loves us. First it is a lavish love; secondly, it is an unbreakable love; third, it is a love that shows eternal kindness; and here it is a purifying love. Lyrics and music composed by Steve Vai. God’s Word admonishes us: “Keep yourselves in God’s love . As with its companion volume, For the Love of God, this devotional contains a systematic 365-day plan, based on the M'Cheyne Bible-reading schedule, that will in the course of a year guide you through the New Testament and Psalms twice, and the rest of the Old Testament once. Here you have a picture of the character of God’s love. $35.00. For the Love of God and People: A Philosophy of Jewish Law, by Elliot N. Dorff. The human mind cannot know it, the unregenerate can’t know it, it is incomprehensible. In fact, we must remind you that the love God has for the world is temporal, that is it exists only in the framework of time. How long is His love? He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8). Verse 7 gives you the reason for all of it: “In order” – and that’s a purpose clause, for the purpose – “that in the ages to come” – that’s through all eternity – “He might show the surpassing riches of His grace” – how’s He going to show the surpassing riches of His grace toward us? – the best. Deep enough to reach to the deepest pit of sin and rescue us. 17 V 0 V 15 V 0 V 12 V 0 V 12 V 0 Let’s not talk about His love that is unlimited in extent to the world, let’s talk about His love that is limited in degree to the world, because the full degree of His love belongs to believers. That is far more humbling. Coming to God is a humbling experience, and the first thing that humbles you when you come to God is the awareness of your sin. When he announced to her that he felt God’s call to missionary service she said, “I don’t want to be a missionary,” and left him, refusing to marry. Even the impact of His holy Word is dulled if we neglect to open our Bibles and seek Him there. Astounding. Released as the flagship seventh song on Vai's 1990 album Passion and Warfare, it is often cited as Vai's greatest composition and was voted #29 in a readers' poll of the 100 greatest guitar solos of all time for the magazine Guitar World. —Jude 21. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 1, Trade Paperback): A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God… That’s why John says we’ll be like Him when we see Him as He is. For the Love of God (Vol. He was humbled while he was eating the pig slop. Ephesians chapter 2, some more reminders that I know you’re familiar with, verse 4; and here Paul uses the same term that John does, “His great love with which He loved us.” Everything starts out of God’s love, “this great love with which He loved us.”. Look at Ephesians chapter 5 and learn another area of this love, and that is its purifying aspect. He loved us enough to make us exactly like Him. Paul says, “I’ve been through tribulation, God didn’t stop loving me. And every sinner has privileges because he is created, created in the image of God. (D.A.) Let’s talk about the love He has toward us; and that’s really what I want to share with you this morning. This 365-day devotional, with a complete Bible-reading plan, is for those who recognize this need. But that’s the point: He loved us so much, that He wanted to show kindness to us forever. The word “dwell,” katoikeō is a word that means – it has the word “home” and “to settle down” combined. How long is long, how wide is wide, how high is high, and how deep is deep? In fact, somebody said to me just last week after one of the messages I gave, “I’m surprised that you didn’t talk about the fact that we’re to love each other. See how great a love,” and he doesn’t exhaust a half a dozen or a dozen adjectives, because they wouldn’t even come close to saying what needs to be said. And my prayer for you, my prayer for anyone this Christmas season, is the prayer of 2 Thessalonians 3:5. It is a love that will demonstrate itself in eternal kindness. It is rich, lavish, effusive, exalting love. I question the love, because if you don’t discipline your child you’re really programming that child for the worse. – “because I’ve chosen to love you.” It’s an immense and incomprehensible mystery; but God loves His own, and because of that He sent His Son into the world to die for us, that we might become His children. He’s wasted his time and all of his opportunity. But it is not God's Word that has changed; indeed, its relevancy and its power to transform lives are still intact. For The Love Of God is a song by Steve Vai from the album Passion And Warfare. Paul says, “What’s going to separate us from the love that God gives us in Christ? Father, we express to You our gratitude, for all Your good gifts, only the first few of which we’ve begun to experience. And that happens when Christ has unrestricted access to every area of your life. He loves the world with a love of compassion, a love of goodness. Whether we will or not, however, is really up to us. . “He said, ‘A certain man had two sons, and the younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.” And he divided his wealth between them. He is a true penitent. Quantity: Delete Move to Wishlist. It’s an incredible thing. It is a love that disciplines toward righteousness, toward godliness. Publisher: Crossway, 1998. And all of it due to nothing of our own: no worthiness in ourselves, no desirability in ourselves, no achievement in and of ourselves; nothing but God’s free grace. Carson “Love of God” Collection (3 vols. As the title suggests, The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God looks at God's love from a biblical perspective and really digs into this vitally important doctrine. Faithlife Format: Digital $ 9.99. These 2 volumes of For the Love of God are the best read through the Bible program I've ever seen! Carson has written edifying comments and reflections regarding each day's scriptural passages. Not only does He want us to experience kindness forever, but He wants us to experience eternal holiness. And you’re back to the eis telos again, “Jesus having loved His own who were in the world loved them to the eternity.”. And so we said that God’s love is unlimited in its extent. We see God’s unlimited love to the world in the gospel as it is to be spread to the whole world and people are to be told that if they’ll come to Christ their sins can be forgiven, and they can have the hope of eternal life in heaven forever. I don’t know why, but I known whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.”. It is adapted and used here by permission. 8 attention to himself. Skies are blue, and the grass is green, and the flowers grow in the garden of even the unregenerate people, and music comforts our hearts and gives wings to the expressions of our emotions, and we can enjoy a little child, and we can enjoy the fruits of love and labor; and all of that is common grace, common to all people, and is manifestation of God’s love. He’s not having to be up fixing things, you know. Keep yourselves in the love of God . And this is emblematic of how God loves the penitent who comes to Him. That’s what Paul meant in Romans 5:5 when he said, “The love of Christ is shed abroad in your hearts.” That’s what Jude meant in Jude 21 when he said, “Keep yourselves in the love of God.” What did he mean? For the love of god, volume 2.. [Don Carson.] That is a – what? Ephesians 3, verse 17. 11.n the Wisdom of God, the World Did Not Know God I 143 hrough Wisdomt Finding a Humble Way of Knowing 12.he Knowledge That Loves T 157 13.ll Scholarship Is for the Love of God and Man A 167 Encouraging Thinkers and Non-thinkers Conclusion: A Final Plea 179 Appendix 1 185 It probably has a little too much religion to be considered purely mainstream, but also has too much sexual tension to … The upper arm points to the height, the lower arm points to the depth, and the cross piece to the breadth and length, and they’re endless.”. Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library. This Bible reading plan is adapted by one compiled by Scottish preacher Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843.) As with its companion volume, For the Love of God, this devotional contains a systematic 365-day plan, based on the M'Cheyne Bible-reading schedule, that will in the course of a year guide you through the New Testament and Psalms twice, and the rest of the Old Testament once. We sent you an email. Maybe in eternity we’ll never know why. Indeed, its relevancy and its power to transform lives are intact. Guest. But then, secondly, and perhaps more profoundly, he is humbled by God’s grace. Carson Collection (15 vols.). For the Love of God (Vol. But it is not God's Word that has changed. It’s unknowable. 326 pp. It really is the parable of the forgiving father, it is misnamed the prodigal son. You will experience that love. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: or Search WorldCat. The Lord loves His own in a way that is going to be demonstrated throughout all eternity; and as I said, even all eternity can’t exhaust the expression of that love. Accordingly, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in order to comply with GDPR. That’s why He gets so much glory from showing kindness to us. May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.”. It is a love that gives life; it is a love that promises eternal glory; it is a love that pledges eternal kindness. In an effort to help preserve biblical thinking and living, D.A. The father just says to the slaves, “Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and be merry.” There’s not even a regard for the queries of the young man about whether he’s worthy or not, he just says, “Start the party, folks. It is a love that will demonstrate itself in eternal holiness. Some old saint looked at that verse 18 where you have the love of God cubed. When John sums it up he does it in these simple words, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us. 98 ratings. Because God loves us He sends His Son into the world so that we might live through Him. And the son is so shocked by this, in verse 21, the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I’m no longer worthy to be called your son.” It’s almost like he pushes him away and says, “Wait a minute. This article is also available and sold as a booklet. That is the theme of Christmas. The love of God to the world is manifest in His common grace, as theologians call it, or His general goodness. Somebody else said to me, “Shouldn’t we be showing love to others? This 900-page collection brings together three excellent books by noted evangelical scholar Donald A. The Bible is a revelation of the fact that God is love. In a world that views absolute truth, right and wrong, and salvation as being subject to individual interpretation, the Bible's unwavering proclamations and miraculous stories seem obsolete in modern times. Carson blends his discourse with discussion of how God's sovereignty and holiness complete the biblical picture of who He is and how He loves. This is the saving, justifying, sanctifying, glorifying love that God has for His own and only for His own – those who believe in Him. It’s really the story of the forgiving father, or the loving father. He loves him grandly, greatly, affectionately. At first thought, understanding the doctrine of the love of God seems simple compared to trying to fathom other doctrines like that of the Trinity or predestination. When Christ has every part of your life, then the love of God fills your life, and then you will comprehend it. You say, “What is heaven?” What is heaven? Who’s that? For the Love of God, vol. The message of Christmas then is God loves sinners and sends His Son into the world to redeem them. Nothing in existence can separate us from that love. Quantity: Delete Move to Wishlist. But the second proposition we started last week, and we’ll continue it this morning, is that God’s love is limited in degree. It is gone, it has disappeared, and all that the son experiences is embracing, and repeated kissing and hugging; and the joy of the father is overflowing. Here is the penitent sinner, and he comes back to God, and he’s coming sorrowful over his wasted life, sorrowful over squandering all of the wonderful gifts that are his by virtue of being created in the image of God. The birth of Jesus Christ is the testimony to God’s love; that’s what it’s all about: “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,” as we’ve been learning in this series we’re in on the love of God. Just as it is written, ‘For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’” That’s taken from Psalm 44. What has changed is the number of people who consult it. He comes to a point where in the midst of his debauchery he realizes he has hit bottom. To those who believe and accept that redemption He pours out a love that knows no limits forever and ever and ever. This 900-page collection brings together three excellent books by noted evangelical scholar Donald A. How We Are To Love Each Other. How high is His love? And yet the father sees him, feels compassion for him, and runs to meet him, and throws his arms around him and repeatedly kisses him. May we be so devoted to Christ that He has complete access to every area of our lives, so that we might comprehend the greatness of this love and bask in its glories. This too is an important aspect of His love. He went back; he confessed his sin against heaven and in the sight of his father. This daily devotional with a complete Bible-reading plan will reveal the riches and unity of all of Scripture as readers make their way through God's Word in the course of a year. “For what son is there whom his father doesn’t discipline? The point is, you can only comprehend it when you’ve experienced it. The completed registration allows us to send order and donation receipts to the email address you provided. That’s His love. And so love learns to discipline because discipline becomes then protection and the guarantee of blessing. Carson. You love us with a love beyond our comprehension; and it’ll take all eternity, and even that will not exhaust its expression. Especially since the overwhelming majority of those who believe in God view Him as a loving being. We don’t know why. God. 3:16). Carson Sermon Archive. 1946) is one of the most respected New Testament scholars in the world. "For the Love of God" is an instrumental guitar piece by Steve Vai. It can mean undying, eternal, ever lasting; and it means all of that, all of that. In the physical realm that love turns to hate and judgment for those who reject Him. 2016 was volume 1, 2017 volume 2. 1: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God's Word. Here is effusive affection. Now more than ever, the need to read the Bible, to understand the big picture of its storyline, and to grasp the relevance this has for your life is critical. And he wants to push God away, as it were, and say, “Do you really understand what I’ve done? Carson includes books For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God's Word, Volume 1 and For the Love of God: Volume Two: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God's Word: 2. Isn’t that the real meaning of Christmas?” That does express popular sentiment. For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book, by Alicia Suskin Ostriker. It means “to settle down and be at home.”. As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect on 25th May 2018. It reminds me of Louis Armstrong the great jazz trumpeter who was once asked to explain jazz, and his classic answer was, “Man, if I’ve got to explain it, you ain’t got it.”. “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”. But such is the love of God toward a penitent sinner. And he went and attached himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.’ – not a proper occupation for a good Jewish boy – ‘He was longing to fill his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. heaven is where God will show us kindness out of the surpassing riches of His grace forever. So now we find another purpose. Verse 20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. In this treatment of many of the Bible's passages regarding divine love, noted evangelical scholar D.A. It says in verse 25, “Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her,” – why? Forever and ever we’ll not only thank Him for His kindness, but we’ll thank Him for His kindness because we know we never deserved it. ). But that love is bound by time; and when time ends for them, so does that love, and they enter into hell and judgment. For the Love of God encourages us to face these challenges. Popular sentiment is all about loving each other, and being kind to each other, and being good to friends and family, and even good to strangers, and giving gifts, and showing affection. Why? 14 V 0 V 16 V 2 W V 4 V 0 V 0 V 0 V 0 V 4 W (16) V 0 V 2 V 4 V 0 V sl. It is a love that chastens. Now, more then ever, the need to read the Bible and to grasp its relevance for our lives is critical. Did you get that? “Keep yourself in the love of God,” it doesn’t mean keep yourself saved, it means keep yourself obedient and devoted to Christ so that you’re feeling the full benefits of God’s great love. Turn to Romans chapter 8. The point is the love that we’re talking about here is unknowable. 1: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God's Word. Well, what is causing Paul to burst into a doxology? Table of contents | Sample pages: 1 | 2 | 3. God deals with you as with sons. I felt motivated every morning to read the Bible because of it. It is demonstrated, first of all, in that He was willing to die for us, and then spend the rest of eternity pouring out expressions of that love upon us. As the title suggests, The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God looks at God's love from a biblical perspective and really digs into this vitally important doctrine. Carson. It is a love that reproves. How great a love, great enough, said Paul to the Thessalonians, to give us eternal comfort and good hope. God determined to love us before the world began, God loved us when we were yet in sin, God loved us when we were not lovable, and it was that predetermination to love us in spite of what we were. Each volume of For the Love of God provides a full year (365 days) of thoughtful and insightful devotions, making this collection an excellent value. That’s what He did for us. How God Loves Us 2. The father is God, the son is an irreligious, worldly sinner. Registered User Here is a father treating the son as if there were no past, as if his sins had been buried in the depths of the deepest sin, removed as far as the east is from the west and forgotten. Delete. Home. But God loves us enough to discipline us. Copyright 2020 God always wants the best for His children, and He knows that the path to the best is always the path of obedience. There was nothing in us to love. Nothing profound, nothing new, but just a reminder of the way in which God loves His own, which is really what Christmas is all about: God manifesting His love toward those who would come to faith in His Son. The fullness awaits our future in Your presence. God loves us with an everlasting love. “We have furthermore,” – verse 9 – “earthly fathers to discipline us, we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits and live? As we saw last week in Ezekiel chapter 16, God said to Israel, “You are worse than Samaria, you are worse than Sodom; Samaria and Sodom perish in judgment, and Israel” – He says – “I will forgive you,” – why? He is the editor of the Pillar New Testament Commentary series, and coedited of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament with G.K. Beale, and the Studies in New Testament Greek series with Stanley Porter. You can find more of Carson’s work in the Baker D.A. For the Love of God is the best devotional out there. | Privacy, D.A. When Christ fills your life – you can go back to John 14 – then the love of God will fill your life. It will open the Bible to those who desire to understand Scripture in its context, to know the God of the Bible, and to realize how He works in the lives of real people. (D.A.) Carson completes the work he began in the first book. Have you noticed how love in this world is fickle? The Knowledge that God has placed within you holds this love, makes this connection and keeps it alive forever and ever. 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