January 2015 Teaching Letter - The Royal Law of Love
God is love. He lives in us. Love lives in us. Romans 5:5”…the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts.” The reason for redemption and the motivating factor for creation, the cross, the new creation and all that Father God does is His love. Romans 8:1-4 tells us in verse 2 of the “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” That is the Royal Law of Love. Romans 2:4 ”Do you despise the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leads to repentance?” The greatest revelation mankind will ever get is that Almighty God is a God of loving-kindness and tender mercies. Psalm 103:3 “He crowns us with loving-kindness and tender mercies.”
The glory of God is described as His grace, mercy, goodness and long-suffering. The goodness of God is an expression of His love that leads us to change our mind about Him, Jesus, the cross, our salvation, and how we relate to Him and each other. God is good. John 10:10 “The thief comes not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” James 1:17 “Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning.” Romans 5:6-8 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die yet perhaps for a good man someone even dare to die. But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Again, the greatest expression of God’s love is Jesus at the cross. Isaiah 53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
John 15:13 ”Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Christ died for the ungodly. It is the goodness of God that leads to repentance. Goodness is His loving-kindness. John 15:1-11 is the believer’s relationship to Christ. John 15:12-17 is the believer’s relationship to each other. As the Father has loved Jesus, so has Jesus loved us. As we live in fellowship and communion with Jesus we abide in his love. We are to love one another as Jesus has loved us. There is no greater love than a man has that he lay down his life for his friends. Jesus laid His life down for us. We ought to lay our lives down for one another. Ephesians 3:17-18 is a key principle or doorway into the supernatural realm of God. “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend what is the boundless, endless, exhaustless and immeasurable depth of that love.”” In order to experience Him and for others to experience Him and His power and love through us we must be rooted and grounded in His love. Verses 19 and 20 go on to say that by knowing that love of Christ which passes all knowledge as we are filled with all the fullness of God-God works His mighty power infinitely beyond all that we ask or think. It is that love of God that causes us to be filled with all the fullness of God.
It is that love of God that we love one another with. It is that love of God that was manifest toward us in Jesus Christ that we might live through Him in He might live through us. Is that love of God that knows no fear, that we love God with because he first loved us. For more teaching on God’s love, go to our website dominiongrace.org and watch our series on “The Love of God.”