“But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). This amazing verse, appearing to be understood readily, is seldom practiced. How many people, knowing the Christian life in principle, do not seek the Kingdom first that Life may be added unto them? They may appear to know something, and yet the life of what they know does not express itself in the situation in terms of love. People are taught the principle of love in the past tense, and sin becomes their present issue. The fact is to them that God so loved the world that in the past He gave. Now, in our present situation, without an experience of love, sin becomes the issue.
We place our own attitude towards the sinner before Kingdom love. There is no identification in love because love is not the issue, sin is. Then why was Christ the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world? He was slain because of the sin issue. When Jesus in the eternal mind of God was identified with the crucifixion before Calvary and was slain, He dealt with the sin issue.
There is no doubt that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself and not imputing men’s trespasses unto them (1 Corinthians 5:19). How can we continue to deal with the sin issue when the Father does not and when the Son was slain from the foundation to deal with sin and make love the issue?