My Old Testament Survey 1 Professor, Paul Twiss, spoke recently in the chapel for the Master’s University. The message is titled Why We Love and is taken from 1 John 4:7-12.
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Love the Lord your God with all your heart – message by Dr. Jason DeRouchie
Learned something really beautiful the other day. The Greek Verb ἀγαπῶντι (loves) is only used 1 time in the Bible … It is a present active participle Verb used when John wrote to the Churches in Asia —-
5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Re 1:5). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
In other words, Jesus loves us presently in the same way that he loved us at the moment on the Cross. He loves us today as He did yesterday. His love was not just something in the past. John MacArthur has a sermon on Revelation 1 and he pointed out that sometimes we go back in time to what that love must have been like, but in reality it is the same love today. His love is never ending. Now that is some BIG LOVE!