God’s Love Isn’t Blank


“Sheilling by Glenmarkie Burn Waterfall” by Sarah McGuire
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Often, we hear of “God’s love” as this vanilla, ambling, faceless force in the universe. “It’s all about God’s love, man.” But often professing Christians know neither (1) where this love is from nor (2) where it is going.

From Father to Son to Father
The Bible, however, is clear. “Love comes from God” (1 John 4:7) doesn’t mean that it merely emanates from His person like smoke from a fire. It is an tungsten filament shining out light’s unstoppable beam – because that filament is already white-hot.

So how and why is God already white-hot? God has always been white-hot love because He always loves His Son. This is a perfectly blazing love, because it runs back and forth between two perfect Beings who are One. “You loved me before the foundation of the world,” Jesus says of the Father in John 17:24. What a perfect love is this!

To Children to Son to Father
So how then does God love His children? It is out of this white-hot love for His Son Jesus that He loves His children forever. “In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself,” says Ephesians 1:5. Jesus is God’s chosen means for adopting many more sons into His glory. (This is also why He requires repentance for all who come to Christ, but we leave that for another post.)

God’s love doesn’t ramble over the countryside, looking for a place to plop down and muse over a random knoll or vale. He purposed to save everyone He calls through faith, and He purposed and placed and substituted and saved through Jesus Christ alone.

Further, not only is His love accomplished through Jesus Christ, it is aimed back toward Christ. “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers,” (Romans 8:29). In other words, everything God does in salvation returns to magnify the glory of the Firstborn-over-many-brothers, Christ Jesus.

God is the Goal (Not Us)
As application, notice that God’s love neither originates nor culminates with us. We are neither the measure, nor the means, nor the magnification of His grace! He is the Starter, He is the Sustainer, He is the Savior, He is the Shine and Sparkle and Sublimity of salvation! His love is no plain, path-less, mindlessly placating love. It births and bounces and breaks and brings us to Jesus!

And so does all true love. (To be continued . . . )

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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