The first incomprehensible thing about God is his love. “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). The love of God is incomprehensible! It “passeth knowledge.” How can you really explain the love of God expressed on the behalf of sinners? Paul declared that God loved us, “in that while we were yet sinners” (Romans 5:8). God loves us even though we are sinners. You and I want to reciprocate love only when someone loves us first. And indeed, this is what we do with Christ. “We love him because he first loved us” (1John 4:19). In fact, we really cannot express love without having experienced the love of God. The love of God teaches us how to love. John 3:16 is a very classical expression of God’s love – God so loved that he gave. Hence, loving is the giving of oneself to another.
The extent of God’s love was to give His only begotten Son. God gave that which was intimately precious to him. In fact, God gave of his very own being. When you and I love with a godly love, it will be with our very own innermost being. I’m afraid that much of what we call love today is superficial love, and not really an expression of the heart of God.
You and I cannot comprehend the love of God either, because it is so vast and wide. God loved the whole world. You and I have limited capacities to love others. You and I might say we love everybody, but in reality our love waxes thin when others are unlovely. God’s love never faileth (1Corinthians 13:8). God does not choose to love some of the people of the world, but all of the people of the world.
Another marvel of the love of God is that it cannot be removed. Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:39). God’s love is eternal and unchanging. Our love, on the other hand, is fickle, changeable, and wavering. Our vascillating love is due to the fact that we base our love on what people say and do. God bases his love on his holy nature, which is unchanging.
Another great thing about the love of God is that it removes the feelings of guilt, shame, and even remorse. Of course, this is actually accomplished through the work of justification, where God declares us righteous due to the righteousness of his dear Son. In Christ, the sinner is declared to be right with God. He is still a guilty sinner, but God removes the feelings of guilt due to the fact that Christ became sin for us (2Corinthians 5:21). Once we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive our sin, “and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1John 1:9). How can we comprehend such great love?
The second incomprehensible thing about God is his peace. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phillipians 4:7). The peace of God is beyond our understanding. We have a hard time understanding, especially in the middle of troubles, that we can have peace in the midst of the storm. There is somewhat of a paradox that peace does not come without the onset of war. The soul of man is at enmity with God (James 4:4). Sinners, at best, are the enemies of God battling against His truth. We have no peace in the soul until the soul surrenders to the will of God and the battle in the soul ceases. Peace comes at the close of the battle.
Christ made peace through the blood of his cross (Colossians 1:20). He paid the dearest price, settling the debt of our sin with the shedding of his precious blood on the cross of Calvary. “He, who knew no sin, became sin for us” (2Corinthians 5:21). Peace was purchased with blood. The battle is over.
And yet, there is a sense in which the battle still rages in the soul. Christ made peace through his blood, and when we accept that blood sacrifice as an atonement for our sin, we have peace with God. However, the peace of God is often still missing because we sinners want our own way. We might be saved from sin, but we still have a sin nature that is often very much alive to the world, the flesh, and the devil. Christians lack the peace of God when we continue to live in sin, even though we are saved.
What robs us of the peace of God? The psalmist said, “Great peace have they which love thy law” (Psalm 119:165). Loving the law of God also means that we obey it (see Leviticus 26:3-6). Isaiah said that God’s people will lack peace when they make wrong turns, but that they would have peace like a river should they remain in the right path (Isaiah 48:18). We are robbed of peace when the conscience is defiled (Titus 1:15). The Apostle John suggested that we miss out on the peace of God because we are not rooted in the love of God (1John 4:18). When we are secure in the love of God, we have peace.
How can the Christian restore the peace of God to his soul? Isaiah 26:3 gives the answer. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee." We must restore the peace of God by steadying the mind. Get you mind on the things of God and keep it there. Secondly, we must restore the peace of God by strengthening the heart. The heart wants to wander. Keep it, along with the mind stayed upon Jehovah. Walk in peace, my brother.
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