It has always been said that God loves the world and that His love is universal and tolerant.. He loves the Buddhists, He loves the homosexuals, He loves those who hate Him, and He loves every person on earth… yet God is love, and His love is not apart from Himself. Wherever God is present, His love is present also because they are not separate.
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” 1 John 4:16
God is not found in the goats. God is not found in the world. God is not found in the beast. God is not found in the harlot. God is not found in the false prophet. God is not found in the dragon. His love (Himself) does not abide in these things, but His wrath. God is found in Christ & Christ is in His children.
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36
God’s love is contained in Christ. Christ is the love of God that was sent.. for God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son.. and Christ is the embodiment of His love. In Christ contains the forgiveness of God and the mercy of God. Forgiveness is also one with love. Though there are many fruits of the Spirit (shed abroad in us from Christ) but the truth is that there is only One and all of it is Christ.
“..Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 8:39
Back then, God was present WITH Israel.. you had to be born a Jew to receive the blessing of the Lord, but then Christ came and it was revealed that Christ is the heritage of the Lord. Now God is present IN us through Christ. Christ is the firstfruit, and the Head of the heavenly race. Whoever is the seed of Christ, and born again after Him, is a heir and a son of the Lord. This was no longer closed to the Jews anymore, but His seed was throughout the world.. male, female, Jew, Gentile, rich, poor.. the natural identity no longer mattered. For God so loved the world.. yet this does not mean the entire world and every person dwelling in it, but that His sheep were scattered throughout the world and of many races and identities.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Gal 3:28,29
The Good Shepherd died for His sheep. The Husband laid down His life for His bride. Christ died for His Church. His death can never be in vain because all His will come to Him. All His sheep were foreordained from the foundation of the world to be His. When He calls, they will hear and they will follow Him. Christ promises that He will not lose one.
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” Eph 5:25
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.” Eph 5:23
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Heb 6:4-6
“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.” John 6:39
God’s love is present in Christ. God in Christ, and Christ in us.. we dwell in His love. Apart from God, there is no love.. only death.