God’s Love Is Saving The World -- By: A. William Lewis
BSac 86:343 (July 1929) p. 277
God’s Love Is Saving The World
The world is honeycombed with mystery. God’s love is filling the comb with honey. Human life is the climax of earth’s mystery, and its darkness can be felt. The love of God enswathes the body of man with the light of Heaven, and it struggles to enter into the soul by all the senses. Man has the fateful power to close these avenues, and dwell within his shell in deepest night. How many blame God for their life’s gloom!
The lower animals are very human, and they show us how our mortal life is organized. In the wild state few animals die a natural, peaceful death. Tooth and claw enable them to live, until some stronger tooth and claw rend them to the death. The lover of Nature sees the love of God on the surface of things; but in the darkness the beast roams about, seeking what he may devour. Such is the carnal man. The desires of the flesh govern his life. Society puts the beautiful garments of kindness over the fierce, selfish nature; yet sometimes the gentleman of society lets the beast within him rave and slay, under the cover of the night. The underworld is hell. Its violence and vice spue out into decent lives.
God has some task to save the world. Whitewashing is a failure. Law with its punishment may improve the outward behaviour. Prison walls may confine the criminal; but crime is still rampant within his soul, waiting for an opportunity to wreak revenge. When God’s gracious work is finished, the lion and the lamb will lie down together in peace, without lust or fear.
“God sent not His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world may be saved through Him.” God did not make hell for the human race. Man makes his own hell. Consorting with the devil is hell; but consorting with God is Heaven. Everything possible has been done to save the world. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God is
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not cruel. God is not revengeful. “God is love.” He is doing His best to save.
God has given to every human being a spirit life. This is over and above what He has given the mere animals. “He breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life; and he became a living soul.” This links us with God, as dear children; and it separates us from the brute creation by an impassable gulf. This living soul has the power to live like God, “the right to become the children of God.” “Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the children of God; and such we are.”
Man is saved when the love of God enters his so...
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