by Oswald Chambers"God so loved the world that He gave . . . " John iii. 16.Salvation is not merely deliverance from sin, nor the experience of personal holiness; the salvation of God is deliverance out of self entirely into union with Himself. My experimental knowledge of salvation will be along the line of deliverance from sin and of personal holiness; but salvation means that the Spirit of God has brought me into touch with Gods personality, and I am thrilled with something infinitely grater than myself, I am caught up into the abandonment of God. To say that we are called to preach holiness or sanctification, is to get into a side eddy. We are called to proclaim Jesus Christ. The fact that He saves from sin and makes us holy is part of the effect of the wonderful abandonment of God.Abandonment never produces the consciousness of its own effort, because the whole life is taken up with the One to Whom we abandon. Beware of talking about abandonment if you know nothing about it, and you will never know anything about it until you have realized that John 3:16 means that God gave Himself absolutely. In our abandonment we give ourselves over to God just as God gave Himself for us, without any calculation. The consequence of abandonment never enters into our outlook because our life is taken up with Him.
God so loved the world...or more accurately: God "in that way" loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.God's love is not by way of words but by way of giving of Himself.No words can convey this truth.
Dear sister rich thoughts. So it stands to reason that if God in love gave himself to us. We in love should give oursves to him. Such a precious truth.Blaine
thanks for these thought...much to consider