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In the biblical sense, what is really meant by the word “love?” Our culture often defines love in terms of emotion, and the way another person or thing makes us feel.  But in a scriptural sense, love is the commitment to meet another’s need.  Commitment breeds action, making love more “verb” than “noun.”  

C. S. Lewis said, “Love is unselfishly choosing for another’s highest good.”
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Biblical love stands undiminished even in the face of changing circumstances or personal betrayal.  It is the type of love Jesus shows humanity (“… not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10).   

Redemption is God’s Love Demonstrated

The Christian concept of redemption is absolutely unique among the pantheon of world religions.  Elsewhere one may find examples of offerings paid to appease offended deities, or an act done to earn divine favor.  But as doctrinal truth and historical fact, God’s work of redemption as presented in the Bible is unparalleled.

Redemption means “deliverance through payment of a price.”  In ancient times, prisoners of war could be released on payment of a ransom.  The Bible says that Christ gave His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45), and that we have “redemption through His blood” (Ephesians 1:7).  

Redeemed and Adopted

The Bible assures us that in redemption, we have more than just averted sin’s punishment.  Negatively speaking, the redeemed have been cleared of sin’s guilt, but from a positive standpoint the saved are declared righteous- justified- and are adopted into God’s family.  The Bible uses legal terminology that readers of that day would have easily recognized.  The captives to sin were freed by payment of a price (redeemed), and though not kindred by nature, endowed status and privilege as sons (adopted).

Christ’s Blood is God’s Love Demonstrated

The Old Testament alludes to the work of the coming Messiah when in Isaiah 53:5 it says He was “pierced for our iniquities.”  Scripture presents human redemption as completely dependent on the blood of Christ:  (Christ has) “released us from our sins by His blood” (Rev. 1:5).  Hebrews 9:22 teaches that Christ’s work on the cross is God’s once-and-for-all payment of our debt of sin.  Scripture is clear that if not for Christ’s blood, given on the cross, no redemption would be possible. 

Some ministers, writers, and composers try and “clean up” the Gospel for a modern audience, eliminating the unsettling (to them) concept of blood from their presentation of Christianity.  Such revisers present a message that fails to convey God’s wonderful plan of redemption.  Removing Christ’s “blood payment” from our message has serious theological implications, and presents a Gospel with less love, not more.     

Biblical Definition of Love

God is Love!  The Father is love, and His love is revealed from Genesis to Revelation.  Jesus is love, and His love was most gloriously demonstrated on the cross.  The Holy Spirit is love, and all who belong to Jesus experience His love by His indwelling presence.  Praise be to God who first loved us so we are able to love (1 John 4:19).

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