Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 15
September 25, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<119> Thesis: The love of the Son of God was not "undone" by the resurrection. Introduction: We are being urged these days to consider that the love of the Son of God, as made manifest by the cross, is really not that big of a deal. Ultimately, we are told, God loves Himself more than He ever did us, and Calvary was undone by resurrection. Stop and think about it. If resurrection erased Calvary, how great a love was actually exercised? The apostle Paul argued vehemently that we should not give suffering too great a place in our thinking because the glory that is to come is so far superior to it as to relegate it to the dung heap. How great is a "love" that gives up a penny to gain a billion dollars? Additionally, if God would rather be praised than to deliver sinners from eternal judgment, how great is His "love"? Paul, himself, was champing at the bit to "depart and be with Christ" as a "far better" reality than the current life, so how great was his martyrdom since it delivered him to that "far better" reality? And, really, what is the difference between having your head cut off, as the method of your death, and having your vitality gradually sucked out of your body by a long, drawn-out, lingering process of dying? If "love" is measured only in terms of pain and loss in this body in this realm, just how "great" is it? Paul claims, in the text of our current study, that the driving force of his current life was this fact: the Son of God loved him. What did he mean by that?