There are some things that the love of God is not. The love of God does not rejoice in iniquity.

I Corinthians 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

If someone is happy in their sin, they do not have the love of God because the love of God does not rejoice in iniquity – sin. There is a current teaching in the world of unconditional love by God, where it doesn’t matter what you do and everyone is going to heaven. This doesn’t agree with the Bible. In Noah’s time there wasn’t unconditional love. God destroyed everyone except Noah and his family because  of “the wickedness of man” and “the thoughts of his heart was only evil” (Genesis 6:5-7). At Sodom and Gomorrah, God’s love wasn’t unconditional. He told Lot and his family not to look back when they went out of Sodom. When Lot’s wife looked back, God turned her into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:17-26).

The only part of God’s love that is unconditional is when we repent and forsake our sin; then God will unconditionally forgive all our sins. It was never God’s will for people to die in their sins but he wants everyone to be saved.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus said when he returns there will be a separation, like a shepherd dividing the sheep from the goats.

Matthew 25:31-41 When the Son of man shall come…then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Why would there be a separation if God’s love is unconditional? He said those on the left will go to “everlasting fire” – hell. God created hell for the devil and his angels and everyone that hasn’t forsaken sin to live a holy life every day. The word of God says we must be doers, “be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22) or we’ll deceive ourselves to believe a lie. If we don’t obey when we see God wants us to do something, we’ll be deceived.

People get angry at the scripture, “He that committeth sin is of the devil.” God does not make people sin but it is a choice they make. The scripture shows us, that we’re either a child of God or a child of the devil. We’re all God’s creation but we’re not all children of God.

I John 3:4-10 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

The devil works miracles and uses signs and lying wonders to deceive people. We need to follow Christ whether we see another miracle (besides the miracle of being saved) or not.

II Thessalonians 2:9-12 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Every place in scripture that God offers salvation, there’s a condition of repenting and forsaking sin. Love rejoices in truth and we need to love the truth. If we don’t love the truth, we’ll be deceived. When people are only religious and not saved, they are convinced of their beliefs but are believing lies. People have religious reasons they use to cover their sin. Jesus said we have to repent (have godly sorrow, ask God to forgive us and forsake sin) or we’ll perish.

Luke 13:1-5 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Hell has enlarged itself because people are refusing to love and obey God.

Isaiah 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

 

 (Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)