The Fallacy Of The Unconditional Love Of God

(Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotations are from the King James Version).

St. John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

St. John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

St. John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

In the passage above, the Lord was emphatic about those the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (the Holy Trinity) would love and make their abode in them—those who love the Lord. God will not love everyone in a profound, personal way, to make his abode in them. Only those who love him will have the divine love expressed to them in such a profound, personal way. That much was said by the Lord himself.

God’s general love for humanity is manifested in giving out his only begotten Son as the atonement for sinful mankind. Although all men can benefit from this profound love, not all men will. Only those who accept God’s sacrifice of his Son, believe him as Lord and Saviour and obey his gospel will be personally loved by God. Those who reject God’s salvation, which is the evidence of his love, will experience his wrath and judgement instead. The wrath of God, not his love, will abide on such disobedient people.

St. John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

St. John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

St. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

St. John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

St. John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

St. John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

St. John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

St. John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

St. John 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

St. John 3:36 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.

So, only those who love the Lord will experience the extravagant, personal love of God. How does a man love God? The Scripture is very clear about that. Loving God is not a sentimental feeling. It’s not just what we sing or say with our mouths. Loving God is demonstrated in only one way—by obedience to his commandments. Jesus said that if we love him, we should keep his commandments, just as he loved the Father and kept the Father’s commandments. His love for the Father was demonstrated by his obedience to do the Father’s will. Our love for Christ can only be demonstrated by our doing his will and by keeping his commandments. He that claims to love God, but does not keep his commandments, is a liar. The love of God is not in such a person. So, we don’t love God in words, but in deeds, by obeying his commandments.

St. John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

St. John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

St. John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

St. John 14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

St. John 14:31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

St. John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

St. John 16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Finally, only those who love the Lord are guaranteed answers to their prayers and God’s blessings. It’s only those who do things that are pleasing in his sight that receive his special favour. Just as the Son did only those things that pleased the Father and thus became his beloved Son in whom he was well pleased, so is it in our relationship with Christ. Only those who obey his commandments, abide in him and do only things that are pleasing in his sight are his well beloved. Only to such people will he manifest himself in profound ways. Those who disobey and rebel against his commandments will not become his well beloved in whom he’s well pleased. Those who do not abide in him are in danger of being cut off, not loved unconditionally.

St. John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

St. John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

St. John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

St. John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

St. John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

St. John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

St. John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

St. John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

St. John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

St. John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

St. John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

In conclusion, the love of God, though potentially available to all men, will only be experienced in a personal and profound way by those who receive his love and in return love and obey him. Only those who believe and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and obey his gospel will experience the abiding love of God. Only those who keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight will receive his special love and blessings. Thus, the love of God is not unconditional, to be experienced by all men, however they choose to live in relation to God’s commandments. Those who disobey God and rebel against his will will experience the fullness of his wrath, not his love. That’s what the Scripture teaches.

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

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Published by Dr. Ndubuisi E. Ojo

Dr Ojo is a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a student of the Word of God, who believes firmly in the original apostolic faith as the only authentic version of Christianity, and the only legitimate basis for Christian conduct, order and doctrine.

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