1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. (KJV)
God’s love is unconditional isn’t it? Unconditional love — I will begin with the Definition of unconditional
: not conditional or limited : absolute, unqualified <unconditional surrender>
* not limited in any way
* complete or total
Can we define unconditional from scripture?
The word unconditional does not appear in scripture, yet we hear it a lot from Christianity. So, does what Jesus says in conjunction with love make it unconditional. If God so loved the world that He died for it, does that not make His love unconditional? Remember Jesus spoke in the Old Testament as the very Word of God. The one by whom all things are created.
In Malachi 1:2-3 He says: “I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have You loved us?” “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob; but I have hated Esau, and I have made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness.”
So we say this seems like, at least for some such as Jacob, an unconditional rendering of love, but this rendering of God’s Love is contrasted with what God does not love. A love that touches one, but does not touch another cannot be said to be unconditional for all. And with that Most of us believers would have to agree. If we had no more to go on — what would that make God to the man who is not blessed or as some would say: is not chosen? In fact to pull verses like these out of context would bring an uneducated conclusion. Jacob became Israel, and God’s blessing followed him. We must ask why? — because Jacob really was No better than Esau — was he?
In context this is God’s point. His blessing in the end will not follow Esau, and Esau’s heritage will eventually be strung out in ruin. But, during this age did God’s blessing not follow Esau? Remember this is looking back on Esau’s history. Looking back on Jacob’s history he was blessed — but why. You say Because God choose him — but why?
I want you to think about this — if we follow an unconditional thinking with both men neither would have ever followed the path they wound up following, and their blessing or cursing would have continually followed them — did it?
Israel has been scattered now for 2000 years. Pogroms have been in their history. The nation went the way of other nations and followed other god’s. Yet, through Jesus their Messiah you and I are continuing their heritage and we are blessed through them.
Today God’s unconditional love is drawing them back, so that one day they will accept His CONDITIONAL Love. That’s right I said conditional.
In fact we see in scripture that even Esau’s dependents were allowed to return to Israel for her blessing.
So let’s examine love as Jesus taught it. In John 16:27 He says: “for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.”
This love of the Father is here stated to be conditioned upon (according to Jesus) our love for and belief in the Lord, Jesus the Christ — The promised savior, Messiah, of Israel.
In John 15:10 He says: If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. The “if” in this verse is problematic for unconditional love. We oft times confuse the term unconditional with God’s willingness to forgive almost anything. Notice I said almost, because there is an unforgivable sin listed in scripture. We’ll speak of that later but the condition placed upon us is usually highlighted with the word “if”.
Let’s look a bit further at this passage — John 15:10, 13-15 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”
Jesus says that abiding in His love is an important thing.
Revelation 2:4-5 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.
“Do the deeds you did at first”. Jesus says that he who keeps My comments will have abiding love. So this passage is telling us to return to what we did at first when we loved Him.
From John we also here that there is a sin unto death. 1 John 5:16-17 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death.
Jesus’ unconditional love for the world was not without condition. He died for all, but they must come through Him by way of His terms. How can I say that? He died for the sins of the entire world, and in doing so He excluded no man. That was unconditional. All sin has been bought and paid for, except for this unforgivable sin, but at the same time you and I must recognize this fact and make it our own. And in so doing we will fall in love with the only one who loved us enough to offer us eternal life for doing nothing but loving Him back by following Him in His word. His love is conditioned upon our love for Him. How so?, you say.
“You are my friends if you do what I command you”.
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (KJV)
So what is the sin for which there is no forgiveness, a sin for which Jesus apparently did not die, for had He all men would be saved? It of necessity must be the ultimate denial of Jesus Himself. All other sin is forgivable.
My next post will be an extensive look at Esau, and Edom.
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