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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

The Love of God Manuscript Sermon by Charles e Whisnant

Sub title:  The Security, the Safekeeping of our Salvation
Second sub title: The Strands[i] that Binds the Knot to Christ
Romans 5:5
Charles e. Whisnant

We live in a day of unfaithfulness, men cannot be trusted, basically, we see this in political arena. And in almost every area of life. Men cannot be trusted.

  •  Men is unfaithful to their wives
  • Wives  is unfaithful to their husbands
        Children are unfaithful in living the principles their parents have taught them. 
·       Parents unfaithful to God. 
ThThere are Christians who are unfaithful to God in living out the desire and will of God.

Just let God become unfaithful to them! Right!

Sadly all of us must say if we are honest we have been unfaithful. We must say we have not keep our promises and keeping the law as we ought.

Only one has kept all His promises, only one has been always faithful in all He does and says.  And that is our Lord.  And that is such an important truth to know.  

 Its upon this faithfulness of God that we have security in what we believe and where we stand in our belief.

God must be able to be trusted.  Our eternal fate is totally founded in God being faithful to Himself.  And  thankful we can be sure that we have a faithful God 

1.     Deuteronomy 7: 9Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
2.     2 Timothy 3:  13If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.[ii]
3.     Isaiah 115And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
4.     Psalms 36:  5Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
5.     Lamentations 3:   23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
6.     Hebrews 10: 23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
7.     I Corinthians 18Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
8.     1 Peter 4: 19Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
9.     1 Thessalonians 5: 23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  24Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
10.  2 Thessalonians 3:  3But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.  4And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
11.  Philippians 16Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
So from theses verses we can see our whole security as believers is based on God’s attribute of His faithfulness.

We have been over the last several months being looking at the strands of the knot that tie us into the Saviour’s faithfulness in keeping us security in our belief that we have eternal life.

The first five verses of Romans 5 we see six strands that are tied together to make as it were a knot that keeps us secure.

1.     Peace with God
2.     Standing in Grace
3.     Hope of Glory
4.     Possession of Love
5.     Certainty of Deliverance
6.     Joy in God

We have all ready looked
(1)  We have peace with God.  God is no longer angry with us.  Through Christ, God has made peace with us.  Because of  Jesus Christ work on the cross.
(2)  We are secure because our standing is in grace.  Grace operates where there is sin. If you don’t have any sin, you wouldn’t need grace.  And if we stand or rest in grace and we sin, what happens?  Grace forgives us our sins because of Christ
(3)  We are tied into Christ by the hope of glory.  We see we are saved so God can bring us unto glory. We are saved from the Past- Death.  W3e are saved in the Present – by the Holy Spirit. We are being saved in the future – future glory.
(4)  We know we are secure in our salvation because we possess the love of God

Romans 5:  5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

God has begun a love relationship that stretches throughout eternity. We have become the possessors of love.
·       “Because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

When you become a Christian, God deposited in you the Holy Spirit

2 Corinthians 1:  22Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

So as Christian believers we are guarantee salvation by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Then the Spirit produces in us an awareness of the love of God.

 The Song:  There Stands a Fountain Where for Sin: by William Cowper in 1772[iii]
·        There stands a fountain where for sin
Immanuel was slain,
And sinner who are washed therein
Are cleansed from every stain,
Are cleansed from every stain.
·        The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day;
And there have I, as vile as he,
Washed all my sins away,
Washed all my sins away.
·        Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood
Shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed Church of God
Be saved to sin no more,
Be saved to sin no more.
·        Ever since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply, Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die,
And shall be till I die.
·        When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song
I’ll sing thy power to save.

It is an overwhelming thought, God loves us. And really the world cannot describe that love. 


Love26 of God

1 John 4:10-11 John reminds us that... 10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Poured out (1632) (ekcheo from ek = out + chéo = pour) Shed Abroad kjv

  • ·       Means literally to pour out, and pictures a lavish outpouring to the point of overflowing. In other words, God’s love is not rationed out drop by drop but is like a mighty endless current!

  •  The pouring out in vs 5 however not of the Holy Spirit but of God's holy love.
  • The pouring out of divine love
·        So either one repents and believes in Jesus and has God's love poured out extravagantly within his heart or he rebels against and blasphemes Jesus and has God's wrath poured out abundantly!

Poured out
·       Speaks of the inexhaustible abundance of the supply and is reminiscent of the copious provision for the thirsty children of Israel in the wilderness...

·       God's love flows out in abundance and we experience it in an abundant manner.  

·       Is in the perfect tense which conveys the picture that the "pouring out" began at some point of time in the past (at conversion) and the effects, results and benefits of that outpouring continue - they have not been withdrawn. 

·       The idea is that the love of God has been poured out in our hearts and still floods them. The fact that the voice is passive supports the interpretation that this is a reference to God's love for us not our love for God. 

·       The rivers of living water now can flow out of believers because God has poured into them His love by His Spirit.

Within our hearts2588 –kardia[iv]  (the Strong’s #[v])  And

·       The manifestation of God's love is not an external revelation as one might see in His works of providence or even in His act of redemption, but it is diffused within our hearts

·       The New Testament also uses it in that way. The heart was considered to be the seat of the mind and will, and it could be taught what the brain could never know. Emotions and feelings were associated with the intestines, or bowels." (MacArthur, J: Ephesians. 1986. Chicago: Moody Press)

In other words the love of God is not only an intellectual idea but an emotional thought. There God is assuring us in our hearts that we belong to Him? How does He do this? By pouring out love to us.

Vine [vi]notes that...
·       Each believer received the Holy Spirit when he believed  John 7:  39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)  Acts 5:  32And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
·       Since the believer was then “born of the Spirit” (John 3: 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.), and lives by the Spirit (Galatians 5:  25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.), He is his inalienable possession. 

As John Piper says: The Holy Spirit is not a mood-altering drug. He is an illuminator of the glory of God's love in the work of Christ. He is a heart-eye opener to the ravishing reality that in the death of Christ for us, God loved us infinitely.  

Romans 8:  14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Have you been lead by the Spirit of God:
·       To live a righteous life.
·       To an intense study of the Wored of God
·       To prayer.
·       To work, worship to the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart?

If you have its being the Holy Spirit that has lead you.

Here is the point:  If we sense the leading of the Holy Spirit, then we KNOW we are the sons of God.

The unbeliever does not feel none of this, he sense no closeness to God at all, senses no real communion with God at all.

BUT Christ puts in us His Spirit.

Our security not only comes from outside revelation, but inside revelation.  And not only form the mind, but from the heart.

Now Romans 5:5 does not talk about our love for God, but God’s love for us.

So then God’s love has been deposit in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit give the believer the sense that God love him.

Therefore we can know in our mind and heart that we have this peace with God, We know we have a right standing with God in His wonderful Grace. And we can know we have a future glory in Heaven with the Father.

Yet with all this, God wants us to know and to feel in our hearts all this.  So He pours out in our hearts His love.

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[i] Microsoft: on Student 2007 KNOT:  a usually hard, lump-shaped object formed when a strand of something such as string or rope is interlaced with itself or another strand and pulled tight.
 Generally I use bible gate way to copy and paste veres.
The Strong’s Concordance website is really easy and faster than the book I have.
I have the Vine’s Word Dictionary. But this web site is really great.

I first preached this message at the First Baptist Church in Altoona, Kansas on May 1, 1983. I was just beginning to preach verse by verse. Expositional preaching or teaching.   I used totally at the time John MacArthur’s material.
This lesson was 45.49.  

I am preaching the material all over again this lesson is 45.65.  Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford Ohio. And I am using a number of resources as well.