When our discussions turn to talk about God's love, so many of us want to say, "Yes, but . . ." We want to make sure that sin isn't minimized and that we don't forget about God's wrath and justice. We use statements like, "God loves sinners but hates the sin," and "God loves you as you are, but you need to change." And when we hear that God's love wins out, we stop to remind everyone that there's more to the story. But maybe God's love doesn't need qualifiers. Maybe God's love simply is—and that's all we need to know.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 3:1–13; John 3:16–21; Romans 5:1–11; 1 Corinthians 13:4–8; Galatians 5:13–26
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: God preemptively loved the world.
—Teaching point two:God's wrath is not an exception or counterpart to his love; it is a consequence of it.
—Teaching point three:The law is summed up entirely in one principle: love.
• Apply Your Findings
• Additional Resources
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• "The Gospel in One Word" by Craig Bubeck, June 2013