The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Love's Goal

"Who shall separate us from the love of God?" (Rom.8:35) "No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning because he has been born of God" (1 Jn.3:9).

The believer enjoys the promise of eternal life. This is indeed our life's goal. The question we have been dealing with, who shall separate us from the love of God, is a linchpin in all of this. The question powerfully implies that believers can be separated from God's love, so a prime ambition for us is to see that this does not happen. The Bible teaches in many places that a believer on this earth does not carry eternal life around in his pocket. It is something that folks must strive for each and every day of their lives... When the apostle Paul penned his letter to Titus, he began it this way; "Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of truth that leads to godliness ----- a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time" (1:1-2). This being said, eternal life will be received at the end of time, because we do not hope for what we already have. As you read my 2nd verse this morning, were you intrigued just a bit? What's this thing about no one who is born of God will continue to sin all about. Reading the rest of the verse puts it into better perspective... Because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning because he has been born of God. The seed is the Word of God, which serves as a restraining influence, but we must bear in mind that Satan can steal the word out of a person's heart. If one is robbed of that power, there is nothing left to guard him from sin. Its like a thief coming up to you and saying this; "Lets go rob a bank." Our reply would hopefully be; "I cannot." As a Christian, our moral compass tells us that this is wrong, therefore, we cannot do it. We physically could do it but won't (can't) because we answer to a higher calling. John does not teach sinless perfection in 1 Jn.3:9, because in many other verses he plainly teaches that man can sin. Our job is to stay in the love of God so that we can reach love's goal...

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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