Early in the morning on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, a friend texted a scripture and someone else’s interpretation of that scripture, to our prayer group.
After reading the interpretation, I wrestled with whether or not to just leave it alone, or respond. Responding won. I’ll quote the scripture below, with the interpretation, then my response.
Scripture: Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)…
“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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The Interpretation Presented in the Text…
“Through the sacrifice of His Son, God demonstrated His love to all those who would receive Jesus Christ. When we trust in the Savior, we permanently become God’s beloved children. Nothing can separate us from His love.”
That all sounds well and good…unless you pay careful attention to the first sentence in that quote…or the second sentence. Truly, the only true thing in that quote is the third line, which actually quotes the scripture: “Nothing can separate us from His love.”
As for the other two sentences…I addressed them as follows.
The one true, triune God…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…demonstrated His love for ALL, when He CREATED all–out OF Himself, BY the Word of God (Jesus)–in the first place.
Every second of every day, He has ALWAYS demonstrated that love–which is the same toward every person–whether or not a person exercises the free will given BY that love, by accepting the sacrifice made by God, who allowed one PART of Himself to submit to fleshly form to make the FINAL sacrifice, then RISE from that death, present His own blood back to Himself to finish the task, and therefore fulfill the LAW.
Yes…I know that Jesus SHED His blood on the cross. However, He was resurrected, and walked out of the tomb IN HIS EARTHLY BODY, which was still flesh AND blood…which is very significant.
It was that true, faultless, everlasting, TOTAL LOVE (God IS Love)–the same love that CREATED mankind initially–that even SENT a part of Himself to do that job. He did NOT just demonstrate that love for “those who would believe.” He demonstrated that love for ALL mankind…period…whether or not His own children (every person ever created, BORN of the heart and love of God) choose eternal life, or whether they ultimately choose death.
God…the Father, God…the Son, and God…the Holy Spirit, created ALL of us in love, they love us now, and they will forever love us. Period.
Thank you, LORD!
Everything that He has EVER done, has demonstrated that love. Period. He IS Love. He cannot NOT demonstrate love. Period.