This is the most well-known text in all the Bible; a precious promise that God so loved the world He gave His only-begotten Son to die for the human race.
“The Father loves us, not because of the great propitiation, but He provided the propitiation because He loves us. Christ was the medium through which He could pour out His infinite love upon a fallen world. ‘God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself’.
God suffered with His Son.
In the agony of Gethsemane, the death on Calvary, the heart of Infinite Love paid the price of our redemption.” Steps to Christ p4.5
Such love is beyond our comprehension.
“The gift of Christ is the crowning truth of God’s love, and His Fatherhood, through all time and through eternity.” Spalding & Magan Collection p68. 1897.
Truly, this Man is the Son of God
If you are the Son of God…
When Satan accosted Jesus in the wilderness, He knew very well who He was, but he challenged Him with the words, “If Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” Matthew 4:3.
Then Satan took him to the highest point of the temple and said, “If thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down…” Matthew 4:5.6.
After this, Satan took Jesus to a very high mountain, showed Him all the glories of the world, and then had the audacity to suggest, “All these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4:8.9.
At this point, the Son of God rebuked the devil, and commanded him to leave.
“Not without a struggle could Jesus listen in silence to the arch-deceiver. But the Son of God was not to prove His divinity to Satan, or to explain the reason of His humiliation.” The Desire of Ages p119.
Of course Jesus recognised Satan, even though the devil had tried to make it appear he was a holy angel from heaven.
“When Satan and the Son of God first met in conflict, Christ was the commander of the heavenly hosts; and Satan, the leader of revolt in heaven, was cast out. Now their condition is apparently reversed, and Satan makes the most of his supposed advantage.
One of the most powerful of the angels, he says, has been banished from heaven. The appearance of Jesus indicates that He is that fallen angel, forsaken by God, and deserted by man. A divine being would be able to sustain his claim by working a miracle….” The Desire of Ages p119.
But the memory of His Father’s voice from heaven, declaring Him to be the only-begotten Son, still sounded in His ears, encouraging Him to stand firm in His allegiance for right against the enemy.
Yes, the devil and his angels recognised Jesus as the Son of the living God, and they were afraid of Him.
At Gergesenes, the evil angels cried out, “What have we to do with Thee Jesus, Thou Son of God? Art Thou come hither to torment us before the time?” Matthew 8:29.
“And devils came out of many crying out, and saying, ‘Thou art the Christ the Son of God’. And He rebuking them, suffered them not to speak, for they knew that He was Christ.” Luke 4:41.
What about you?
Will you confess Him too?
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Truly this is the Son of God
"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.”