We are so blessed of the messages of FAITH and HOPE in celebrating the RESURRECTION DAY, the holiest and hopeful day of the year. The message of Home Fellowship Churches is GOD’s LOVE. This God’s agape unconditional love is the main thing we need when adversities come like this pandemic – Chinese/Wuhan/Corona Virus/COVID-19. We believe God has purposes for this pandemic, and everything is under His control.
1 CORINTHIANS 13:13 – Three things will last forever – FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE – and the greatest of these is LOVE.
Paul was showing that LOVE is a spiritual reality of a different kind, like hope and faith, and not to be considered as one of the spiritual gifts. In eternity, the gifts will drop away in significance, but faith, hope, and LOVE will endure.
Faith sometimes refers to a spiritual gift (1 Corinthians 12:9; 13:2) or to saving faith that God has forgiven sins. In this context, it refers to trust in the goodness and mercy of the Lord. Such trust will see Born-Again Christian believers through until they live face-to-face in God’s presence. Born-Again Christian believers also hope; they look forward to the arrival of God’s promised Kingdom in its fullest form, knowing that God will deliver them in times of suffering.
Paul added that the greatest of these is LOVE. How is love “the greatest”? Paul already had established that LOVE would abide forever (1 Corinthians 13:8). LOVE is the greatest because it is one quality of the Born-Again Christian life that will be fully active both in the present and for eternity. Born-Again Christian believers’ faith in God will be realized when they see God face-to-face – for where there is sight, faith is no longer needed. Similarly, the Born-Again Christian believers’ hope will be fully realized. LOVE will endure forever as those in the new heaven and new earth continue to love God and His people.
1 John 3:16 – We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sister.
To understand real love, we as Born-Again Christian believers need only to look at our Lord for the example. We can know what real love is because our Lord Jesus Christ gave up His life for all people. Christ’s example shows believers that real love involves self-sacrifice, which, as 1 John 3:17-19 points out, must result in self-sacrificial actions.
Because Christ is the example, we ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters. We do this by becoming truly concerned about the needs of our Christian brothers and sisters and by unselfishly giving time, effort, prayer, and possessions to supply those needs. Such an attitude would result in actually dying for a brother or sister if this were ever necessary. Again, we as Born-Again Christian believers’ own lives should not be more precious to them than God’s own Son was to Him.
John 3:16 – For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
The entire gospel comes to a focus in this verse. God’s love is not just to a certain group of individuals – it is offered to the world. God’s love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in. Here God’s actions defined the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationships – when we love someone, we are willing to sacrifice dearly for that person. Sacrificial love is also practical in seeking ways to meet the needs of those who are loved. In God’s case, that love was infinitely practical, since it set out to rescue those who had no hope of rescuing themselves. God paid dearly to save us; He gave His only Son, the highest price He could pay.
This offer is made to everyone who believes. To “believe” is more than intellectual agreement that Jesus Christ is God. It means putting our trust and confidence in Him that He alone can save us. It is to put our Lord Jesus Christ in charge of our present plans and eternal destiny. Believing is both trusting His words as reliable and relying on Him for the power to change.
Our Lord Jesus Christ accepted our punishment and paid the price for our sins so that we would not perish. Perish does not mean physical death, for we all will eventually die. Here it refers to eternity apart from God. Those who believe will receive the alternative, the new life that our Lord Jesus Christ bought for us – eternal life with God. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord Jesus Christ, and to God be the glory. We hope and pray that whoever you are, come as you are, believe in Jesus Christ. that you will be saved and your household, and have an eternal life. Rejoice, our Lord Jesus Christ has risen and He is alive. God bless you all.