Chapter 1

 

Operation Siege of God’s Love

 

1. The Power of the Father God’s Presence

 

How do we describe the Father God? What kind of being is he?  He is a being that encompasses all existence.

 

Psalms 139:7-12  Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  (8)  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.  (9)  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  (10)  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.  (11)  If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.  (12)  Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

 

The Father God encompasses everything, he is aware of, sees, and knows everything.  He even knew us before the creation of the universe, and predestined us according to His pleasing will (Eph 1:4-5).

            It is easy to believe that our life has been predestined by God before birth.  In actuality, it is not so.  He is aware of everything; he has foreknown all before (Rom 8:29).  In other words, He never forces us any particular path of life and He simply does not force us into a predetermined pattern of life.

            It is because He always is with us He does not need to force us into a certain fixed condition of His liking.  If a dog has a tendency to run away, then the owner is forced to tie the dog on a leash or keep the dog restricted to a secure area. But if the owner can be with the dog at all times and places, the owner may not need to leash or restrict it.

            It is in this way in which God guides our lives, thus He does not feel the need to force us at all.  In other words, He hasn’t forced our lives into a predestined path.  The only reason why He knows and has foreknown our lives now and in the future, the only reason he sent Christ to die for us is because that He loves us (1 Joh 4:8).

            In the way that a mother wants to be with her babies because of her love for them, The Father God loves us the same way.  A mother loves her babies in spite of how her babies behave and look.  She wants to protect and to be with her babies only because she loves them unconditionally.  This is because a mother’s babies are extensions of her life.  People love themselves despite their look and behavior.

 

Ephesians 5:29  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

 

            Then how could God the Father love us even before creation?  Love is personality of intellect, emotion and will: Love thinks of someone to love, acts for someone to love, and pleases that someone to love. 

            Before an artist make a piece of composition, the artist plots, plans, thinks, imagines, and even enjoys the composition in him/her. Likewise, the Father God, before creation, conceived someone to love (us) through Christ (the Word) Who conveys (acts) all from the Father (Heb 13:8), and pleases us through communion with the Holy Spirit, Who, in turn, searches in us for all (depth) things of God (Eph 1:4-5, 1 Cor 2:9-10).

            God the Father: the origin of love, God the Son: Who created us as the objects of God’s love, and God the Spirit: Who searches all things, have been there together from ever before (Joh 1:1; Gen 1:2).  Everything has been achieved in the triune God: God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit.  This is because God does not require any manifestations as time and space, or motion and forms, because God is spirit (1 Cor 2:10; Eph 1:4-5).  In this way God the Father is omniscient.

            The triune God of love achieved and rejoiced all of this before the creation, this is how he loves us unconditionally!

 

Ephesians 1:4-5  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  (5)  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

 

2 Timothy 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

 

 This is the faith of God. God is faithful (Rom 3:3). In other words, God is God of faith (1 Cor 1:9; Heb 10:23).

            Faith is not a mechanism in which a man acts according to his thoughts (reasoning, intellect) or willingly acts according to his own will, but also knows and serves others with the love of God.  Faith comes from love.  Love is the only source of faith (Gal 5:6).  Faith is the gift of God, Who is love, and it avails all (Mar 9:23; Eph 2:8).  God’s faith from love is the beginning of all creation; the wisdom that searches all.  Faith is so powerful that even a miniscule portion of it is more than enough to move a mountain (1 Cor 13:1-3).

            Although a man tries to utilize all of his knowledge and wisdom to fulfill his desire, it is foolish and in vain: It cannot be true wisdom or knowledge.  God sees it as nothing (1 Cor 1:19-20) <Fig 1>.

            God’s love, therefore, is the faith among all faith (1 Cor 13:2), the wisdom of all wisdoms (1 Cor 1:2), and the hope of all hopes (1 Cor 13:7).  God’s love is the only perfect personality (Matt 5:48), and the source of all wisdom and knowledge. This perfect personality of faith and God’s love was sent in the form of a man, Jesus Christ.

 

(Colossians 2:9) For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

 

The Lord is therefore the author of our faith, the perfect God, and the perfect person (Heb 12:2).  God gives life to the dead and calls things that do not exist into existence, in other words, He is a God of the impossible (Rom 4:17).

            Nothing can be created without the love of God, and the faith that comes from the love of God is the beginning and principle of all creation (appearance of word).  Nothing can be gained nor achieved without faith (Jam 1:6-8).

            A double minded person, a person with a divided personality or a doubting person cannot achieve anything because his/her personality cannot be one in the love of God. Love is the substance we need in order to view the manifestation of God’s creation.  Faith is the only thing that avails us to see the true image of love (Heb 11:1).  Seeing the true image means seeing those God is seeing by the power of His love (faith), because God only sees objects of His love.  Faith therefore is God’s gift.

            Since men can see, think of, and act with only material things, it is impossible for men to access or experience spiritual or God’s realm (1 Cor 1:21) .  Man therefore cannot see God or even assist God, and his life cannot achieve anything (Joh 1:8)

 

Romans 11:33-35  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  (34)  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor?  (35)  Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

 

 A Man thus deceives himself by thinking and acting according to his own will (Gal 6:7).  The more he lives for (moves to) something, the deeper he enters into emptiness (1 Ecc 1:2).

 

2. Almighty God

 

The phrase, “God is omniscient and omnipotent,” does not refer that God cannot be defeated because He is more powerful than any being, as one would think.  It means that God mediates everything with His love and He creates all things with His word, and He thus is the source of all things.

 

John 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

 

 In other words, nothing that has been created can be compared to Him.  The most perfect angel, who God had ever created and anointed, was perfect in comparison to the other angels.  It is said he shone brighter than the brightest stars.  But the moment he tried to compare himself with God, he fell like a lightning bolt down to hell, the farthest place from God (Eze 28:12-15; Isa 14:12-15).  The pride of the devil and lack of knowledge are common in people.  Many people are against and take offence when they hear that God is omniscient and omnipotent, that he created all and is aware of all (Rom 3:10-12), 

            Since the will of God comes from His love, He never is against anyone, he accepts us all for who we are.  He is our source.

 

1 Timothy 2:3-4  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;  (4)  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

 This is why God’s love appears to and through all men and creation (Rom 1:20) God did not imprison the corrupted angel in hell.  The angel did it on his own accord.  He rejected God and chose himself because he was perfect in his own eyes (Eze 28:12).  As a result he fell to an opposite state of God, namely the darkness (Jud 6).   When the corrupt angel abandoned the presence of God willingly, it interrupted supply of the word of God (creation).

 

Isaiah 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

 

Satan’s (rebellion) corrupt person (corrupted intellect, emotion and will) had to be unchanged and continued in this state because he was not able to be redeemed.  He therefore remained as a destroyer.  One who kills and destroys all created by God (Joh 10:10).

Why then does God leave Satan alone?

It is because of the love of God. Love is to acknowledge and accept the existence of others.  Although Satan is the opposition to and against God, He is acknowledging the existence and choice of Satan (Job 1-2).  As a result God uses Satan as an instrument of redemption of mankind.

Satan is against God, and men therefore assume that God is against Satan.  This may be a reasonable clause for those who see things through their self-consciousness without knowing the love of God (Isa 55:8).  God does not fight with His own creations!

Sometimes, this may appear to be true according to certain passages in the Scripture (Jud 6).  But God is never pleased to destroy His creation.

 

Isaiah 42:2-4  He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.  (3)  A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.  (4)  He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

 

Jonah 4:10-11  Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not labored, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:  (11)  And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

 

            Hell is an even stronger evidence of God’s love of the world and existence of all creation.  The father of the prodigal son left his son to his own devices, even when he knew that his son would have a hard time without his father.  The father most certainly was able to keep the son home by his authority; he did not want to give his son any more pain by keeping his son near him.

            It was the provision of the father’s love that the prodigal son went out from home and did not experience any condemnation from the father (Luk 15:12-13).  The father did not curse nor punish the son (Luk 15:19-24).  He allowed the son to have what he wanted.  This is the exact expression of the love of God.  This is why we cannot fault God for whatever we experience in this world and in the world to come.

            Sinners always blame God because they discern all things in their self-centered standards.  Even this was allowed by the love of God (1 Tim 1:15-16).

The Devil and his followers, who take all things which are God’s as theirs and never glorify and give thanks to God, isolate themselves from the sight and presence of God and are confined in the emptiness and darkness by their own actions (Rom 1:21-27).  God however does not want anyone to perish (1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9).

            Why then does God, Who is love, allow such things?  This is because this process is absolutely needed to create believers out of sinners for His love to be fulfilled.

            Love starts from self-motivated decisions firmly based on perfect freedom.  God therefore faces us, gives all to us, and rejoices with us in His perfect freedom; we people should come to God, devote ourselves to God, and give glory to God in this total freedom.  Accordingly, God gave man a gift which gives total freedom from God, the human self-consciousness.

            If a man keeps his self-consciousness forever, he could be alienated from God forever like the Devil.  God allows man free will to choose; choose God or choose devil.

 

 

3. Operation Siege of the Love of God

 

God never confides or whispers secrets with those of His creation.  Thus, He never fights with what He has created: Angels or man.  If He fights with any of His creation, He would self-contradict Himself, and His kingdom would never stand eternally (Luk 11:17).  Every created being solemnly surrenders self before the wisdom and power of His love (Rom 11:33-34).

            Although the corrupt angel rebelled before God, He never fights with the angel; He continues His work in His love to create believers.  As a result of this, Satan’s work will be smashed by the people who God created in His love (Gen 3:15).

            God never judged Adam, the first man, when he fell (Gen 3:21), but proactively He sent the last Adam (the second man) Christ to overcome sin and death (Joh 16:33; Rev 1:18).  This is the Operation Siege of the Love of God.

            If God was upset over Satan’s rebellion and He focused His efforts to destroy him, God would have derailed from His original purpose to make us perfect in His love.  Furthermore, if God fought with Satan by abandoning His love, He would have lost the wisdom and power of this love.  If that had happened, this universe might have turned out to be battlefield of two kingdoms of hell.

            Moreover, if God was satisfied with sending corrupt people to hell, God not only would have lost all provisions of His love but also would have turned into a being that is much wickeder than Satan, a vengeful entity who hates mankind and enjoy all the sufferings of mankind.  This is not a good thing to imagine.  The Son God Who came as a perfect man, therefore, did not hate anyone, nor harbor any vengeful sentiments toward anyone.

 

1 Peter 2:22-23  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  (23)  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

 

 The Son God never repaid with evil with evil and He acted according to the provisions of the love of the Father God (1 Pet 2:23).

            Nowadays, we observe what is happening in the world and in churches among believers who declare that they believe in God.  Not only do they not understand “the operation siege of the love of God”, but they are also deceived into trying to solve their problems by their own consciousness (‘self-consciousness’) and ‘the sense of belonging’.  They dubbed this age the ‘age of grace’.  But it is like the age prophesied by the prophets of the Old Testament (Amo 6:12).

 

Amos 5:7-8  Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,  (8)  Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:

 

            We should no longer take part of religious acts which self-justify ourselves with religious self-consciousness, but we should be drawn by the leading of God’s love.

 

Amos 5:23-24  Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.  (24)  But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

 

      We have to have a clear awareness of how amazing it is for us to be born into this earth beloved by God and how amazing it is to be part of the great universal mission of God.  Thus, we should serve our families and neighbors who persecute and oppress us with the love of God and we should also fulfill the will of God in which God has called and predestined us for before the creation (Matt 6:10).

            Believers these days make mistakes by saying that their prosperity is due to God’s will.  They diligently and eagerly pray for their problems only.  Even clergies pray for their church or prosperity of their church members only.  Unemployed persons pray for their job, their children, husbands, or wives.

            Strangely, in most cases, we observe that their prayers are not very effective in spite of their devotion to their prayers.  Sometimes they have doubts such as “Does God really exist?” or “Do I still have un-repented sins?”  Some even go to prophets or prophetesses and receive counseling.  They would say “Tell me what is in your heart” or “Increase your devotion” or “Give more offerings”.  These are not fundamental solutions.

 

John 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

 

 The question is whether or not we are abiding in the Lord, in His word, in other words, in the presence of the Lord.  Word of the Lord is not for our problems.  Word of the Lord is to fulfill the will of God.  We first have to fill ourselves with God’s grace and love, and then serve Him.

            By putting my problems aside, I have to participate in “the operation siege of the love of God”.  This is to seek first His kingdom and its righteousness (Matt 6:33).  Then all of my needs (whatever they are) will be taken care of.  This is God’s way.

            God will continue His work of love which He started.  God thus retrieves His love from the work of His love, that which originated from Him (Rom 11:36).  This is why God is Alpha and Omega, and beginning and end, and Almighty because His love endures forever (Rev 22:13).

 

John 8:35-39  And the servant abideth not in the house forever: but the Son abideth ever.  (36)  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  (37)  I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.  (38)  I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.  (39)  They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

 

 We should therefore never abandon or forsake the faith in the work of God’s love in any situation.  This is our hope to keep forever (1 Cor 13:13).