The Love of God

The Open Door Bible Studies Number Eleven

What is God declared to be?

1 John 4:16. "God is love."

 

How great is God's love for the world?

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.

 

In what act especially has God's infinite love been manifested?

"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him." 1 John 4:9.

 

Upon how many does God bestow His blessings?

"he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." Matthew 5:45.

 

In view of God's great love, what may we confidently expect?

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?"Romans 8:32.

 

In what one word is the character of God expressed?

"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." 1 John 4:8.

 

How enduring is God's love for all?

"The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3.

 

Can anything separate the true child of God from the love of God?

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38, 39.

 

Unto whom will the saints forever ascribe praise?

"Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

. . . to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." Revelation 1:5, 6.

 

What is said of the tender compassion of God?

"But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth." Psalm 86:15.

 

Why did Christ tell us to love our enemies?

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." Matthew 5:44, 45.

 

"Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we have no share. He suffered the death which is ours, that we might receive the life which was His. 'With His stripes we are healed.'" — The Desire Of Ages, p. 25.

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