God condemned man, but that was just the beginning of what His love would show! His intended purpose was not only to condemn, but also to save; and without being guilty of sin man would have never been a part of God’s plan to be in Him, and Him in us. Whatever it takes, we should be willing to do, for the most important we are to deal with are the “infirmities” of the sin nature, from which we are rescued (Ro 8:9), to enter into eternal life with the Father and the Son; which of course is all made possible by Their Holy Spirit (He being Creator of our new birth - Jhn 3:6, 8) who is blessed above all here!

Surely and thankfully, we come to know with joy that “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” This makes all the trials and difficulties, even the most hurtful ones to be but “a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.” As we know, life is but the briefest miniscule of time compared to that which is not time—eternity.

There’s definitely nothing that compares with being right with God, which is heart wrenching to know that most are going to choose ignorance over knowledge, and are going to perish in the ”second death” (May 7:13, 14). It’s the love of God that allows this most sorrowful situation to transpire; to gain the few in comparison to the “many”. One cannot fathom such a thought, but God’s love for even one is so full that He finds great worth if only one were recovered, for which the entirety of heaven “rejoices” (Luk 15:7, 10). God chose all mankind for salvation when He sent the Lord Jesus; but it is definite that most will not choose Him. Though He knew most would not choose His “Way,” tough-love found the believers!

He knows all who will desire to choose Him, and it’s then He gives the faith to do so. God not being “a respect of persons” (Mat 22:16; Luk 20:21; Acts 10:34; Rom 2:11; Gal 2:6; Eph 6:9; Col 3:25; 1Pe 1:17) means each must choose for themselves! This is evident from the “Tree of knowledge of good and evil”—to the innumerable admonitions of Scriptures which encourages man to choose God (e.g. Deu 30:19; Jos 24:15; Psa 119:30; Pro 1:29).

The Christian life is not our living a life like Christ, or our trying to be Christ-like, nor is it Christ giving us the power to live a life like His; but it is Christ Himself living His own life through us; 'no longer I, but Christ.’” -MJS