Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #23
Posted: November 11, 2004

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

We continue our study of Positional Truth by looking at the result of justification.  When God declares us righteous it results in us having Peace with God, Access to God, and Rest in our Troubles before God.  This week we would like to look at a fourth result of justification and that is we experience the Love of God. We would like to look at three things from our text of Romans 5:5-8.  The Shedding Work of Love, The Strengthening Work of Love, and The Satisfying Work of Love.

THE SHEDDING WORK OF LOVE

Our text says in verse 5,”...because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”  The subject of love here is the word ‘agape’.  It means a love feast or benevolent affections.  God can only produce this love in a justified saint of God.  The person who brings this love is the Holy Ghost who has been given to us. The word ‘given’ means to grant or bestow through intense repetition. The word ‘Ghost’ is the departed spirit of a dead man.  This is the Holy Ghost.  When Christ died He dismissed His Ghost or Spirit.  He came and took up an abode in His justified children.  In this abiding state He sheds abroad the love of God.  The word ‘shed’ means to pour forth, to gush, or to run greedily out.  The place in the justified one where this love is shed abroad is in their hearts.  The heart is ones thinking, doings, and feelings. The Holy Ghost desires to greedily fill every area of our thoughts, actions or reactions, and our passionate desires with His love.  Do we sense such a shedding work in our hearts?

THE STRENGTHENING WORK

Paul says in verse 6 that justifying love began even when we were without strength.  The phrase ‘without strength’ speaks of a spiritual state.  The phrase means impotent, feeble, and no ability to do or be.  The love of Christ justifying death was for the ungodly.  The ungodly are the irreverent, impious, and wicked.  This all happened in ‘due time’.  The phrase means in the proper time, on time, or in the nick of time.  Our Lord’s display of death to justify us was right on time and because of this we can draw strength from this truth, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

THE SATISFYING WORK

In chapter 5 and verse 8 we are confronted with a great Satisfying Work of justifying love.  This love was commended to us.  The word ‘commendeth’ means to bring together and make one.  He did this while we were yet sinners.  The word ‘sinner’ is one who misses the mark and doesn’t share in the prize.  I can imagine Christ dying for one who is appreciative, but not one who is unappreciative.  Who did He do this great work of justifying love for?  Paul said “...Christ died for us.”  I am glad that I can take the ‘us’ out and say ‘Christ died for Tom Gilliam’.  He shed His love abroad, gave the Holy Ghost while I was still an ungodly sinner.  I can say with the songwriter, ‘O love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee.’  This is a such a satisfying calm to a guilty soul.

 

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