Posted: November 11, 2004
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
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?
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 Lords 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
doesnt 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.