This love is great! We don't have to perish---we can have everlasting / eternal life!
As Paul was writing to the church, he was trying to keep them from falling into that terrible apostasy that was moving in on the church. If we fall into apostasy, a terrible deception will take hold of us, and we'll end up as the Laodiceans did. They said they had need of nothing, but they didn't know their true condition.
Paul said in Philippians 2:5, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Paul wrote in Romans 12:9a, "Let love be without dissimulation." How? By just letting love work. If we don't do anything to hinder love, it'll work!
When love's working, we'll have faith. Paul said in Galatians, the fifth chapter, that faith works by love. People who have the love of God really working in their hearts, won't have a struggle when it comes to faith. In fact, when people come to their pastor or the elders, and desire help to have their faith inspired---either for healing or a problem they can't overcome, one of the first things that needs to be dealt with is the love in their hearts.
Hebrews 2:10 is a key verse: "For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."
What a tremendous scripture! How full of meaning!
The "him" in the verse is the Father. The "captain of their salvation" is Christ. We see the Father putting His Son through a process that included "sufferings" to serve a larger purpose. That purpose is wonderfully captured in the phrase, "bringing many sons unto glory."
Let's let that phrase sink in! It's at the heart of God's purposes for the eternal future: to have, not just one Son, but many! Who are these "sons"? They're the redeemed of all ages, saved out of a world of sin and death, sovereignly prepared to rule over and enjoy a brand new creation!
Once we begin to grasp the significance of God's "bringing many sons unto glory" our perspective changes dramatically. For one thing, it removes the focus from this world. We're able to see this present world order as something very temporary that serves a larger purpose. God's focus is not on reforming this world, but on His sons who sojourn here.
This world...with all its darkness...is necessary to the
development and preparation of His sons for eternity!
Everything Under His Control
Philippians 3:20-21 says, "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body." How wonderful it'll be when we no longer have to put up with these bodies of "sin and death", our whole beings transformed by the grace of God into citizens of a holy and eternal kingdom!
"A New Earth"
What's our final destination? 2 Peter 3:12-13 tells us, "That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness." In Ephesians 2:7 we are told that the amazingly gracious things God has done for us through Jesus Christ have been done "in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus." Coming "ages"--plural! "Incomparable riches"! What a great God we serve!
Truly, our Lord Jesus Christ "is able to save completely those who come to
God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them." Hebrews
7:25. Our utter inability to help ourselves is no hindrance to his ability
to save us. God's provision is far greater than our need.
No wonder Paul was excited!