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. John 3:16 New Living Translation
Yesterday we began this series with the pivotal focus on the truth that Jesus loves Ellen Degeneres. We used Ellen because I happen to like her and I love her just like Jesus does and to make a point. Many preachers and other believers try to condemn Ellen because she has chosen or lives a particular lifestyle. There are believers that are addicted to drugs, pornography, food and many other things yet they believe that Jesus loves them and they are going to Heaven and they are right even though the things mentioned are sin. Once again I know, understand and believe what the Bible says about homosexuality being sin however the point we made is that God the Father and Jesus are not focused on what Ellen is doing or not doing but They are focused on what They have done for Ellen. This is the reason for our topic scripture. We also added another scripture that proceeds the topic scripture that many believers are not familiar with to prove that God is not condemning Ellen or anyone else for that matter based on what they do or don’t do. Let’s look at that scripture once more.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For God did not send his Son into the world that he would condemn the world, but that he would give life to the world by him. John 3:17
New International Version
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17
So God the Father did not send Jesus to condemn drunks, porn addicts, gluttons or gossipers or any of the people of the world but to save the world thru and by His Son Jesus Christ. So since Jesus is not condemning them then as His people and followers we have no right or guideline to condemn anyone regardless if we are a believer or a preacher. The servant is not greater than His Master. I once attended a church where the pastor talked about Ellen Degeneres and called her ‘Ellen Degenerate’. That’s not right! When believers do things like that the world does not see love and they do not want to attend church. Why go somewhere to be dogged and denigrated? A focus on sin will always lead to condemnation. In John 4:18 when Jesus encountered a woman who had had five husbands and the person she was living with at the time was not her husband, Jesus did not go on tangent about it. He told her the truth so she could recognize Who He was. That was the only purpose for Him bringing the five husbands up. As a result of his NO CONDEMNATION she began going into the town and being a minister about Jesus and her life was forever changed. If Jesus would have beaten her down about the sin, she would have been left low and discouraged.
Jesus if full of GRACE and TRUTH!!! The book of John says so. He is not full of condemnation. He bore all of our sins and was punished for it by God. So it would be stupid for Jesus to have taken all the beatings, slap and spit and crucifixion to pay the price for our sin then turn around and condemn us and have us pay for it too. There is a law that states and it applies and came from the spirit world, that the same crime cannot be tried twice. Jesus bore all our sins and we are forgiven already of them. Does this make us as believer want to go out and sin some more? No!!! A thousand times NO! Our job as Christians is to reveal this great love and sacrifice to people and offer them the undeserved, unmerited gift of Christ Jesus who is Grace. When you teach people about Grace the Word of God says that Grace (Who is Jesus) teaches us to deny ungodliness. So teaching people about sin does not teach them to deny ungodliness, GRACE does!!! Jesus does!!!
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12It(The GRACE) teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:11-14 NIV
Condemning people does not teach them to deny ungodliness. Telling people they are going to hell does not teach them to deny ungodliness. GRACE Who is Jesus teaches us to deny ungodliness. When someone teaches you something do you learn it normally in one day? No, especially when it involves life changes. Abraham lied about his wife after he was declared righteous because he was scared of people. That is fear which is sin! He thought they may kill him because his wife was so beautiful at age 65 and again at age 90. Now what made her beautiful at this older age? GRACE! How come God did not rebuke Abraham for still having the same fear and telling the same lie 25 years later? GRACE!!! This is not an excuse to sin. This is the GRACE of God!!! Focus on Grace and loving people. Don’t try to do things that Jesus Himself does not do to people regardless of their lifestyle. You know you have made mistakes and missteps even after getting saved and Jesus extends His Grace to you daily. Extend Grace! Extend Jesus to people! That is the Love of God in Christ Jesus.
If you are in involved in a homosexual life style or any other lifestyle that is described in the Bible as sin KNOW first and foremost that God loves you!! Jesus loves you!!! God’s first thought is not: YOU SINNER!!! No!! A thousand times no!! We explained yesterday that He said in in three different scriptures that He would not remember your sins no more.
New International Version
No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Jeremiah 31:34
New International Version
For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12
Berean Study Bible This is the covenant I will make with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put My Laws in their hearts and inscribe them on their minds.” 17Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:16-17
God loves you!! You receive the love of God and most of all receive the gift of God: JESUS!!! Jesus knows every area of your life and how to make your life be used for His Glory.
We may pick this up tomorrow if I get more on this.
All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!