THREE CHARACTERISTICS OF GODíS LOVE

 

"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.Ē†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† -- 1 John 4:9-10

 

The love of God has been, and forever is, manifested and revealed to sinners in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ as the sinnersí Substitute. Here are three characteristics of Godís love, which set it apart from any other thing that is called ďloveĒ.

 

1.     THE LOVE OF GOD IS FREE AND UNCONDITIONAL.

 

Godís declaration concerning the manifestation of his love to his elect is this: -- ďI will love them freelyĒ (Hos. 14:4). That simply means that Godís love toward us is an unconditional, unqualified, unmerited, and uncaused love. God does not love his elect because of anything amiable and attractive in us. He says, ďJacob have I loved and Esau have I hated,Ē and that before either had done anything good or bad, ďthat the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that callethĒ (Rom. 9:13, 11). Not even the death of Christ caused God to love us. Christís death as our sin-atoning Substitute is the result of Godís love for his people (John 3:16; 1 John 4:10).

 

2.     THE LOVE OF GOD IS ETERNAL.

 

He says, ďI have loved thee with an everlasting loveĒ (Jer. 31:3). Try to get hold of this. As God the Father loved his Son from eternity, so he loved his elect from eternity. And as the love of God is in Christ, Godís love for Christ and his love for us is the same! Only faith can grasp this blessed truth. It is higher than reason and emotion. God loves his elect in Christ. As he beholds his people in his dear Son, he loves us as he loves his Son, delights in us as he delights in his Son, and is pleased with us as he is pleased with his Son. This is exactly what our Savior declares in his great, high priestly prayer in John 17:23.

 

3.     AND THE LOVE OF GOD IS IMMUTABLE,

††††† IRREVOCABLE, AND INDESTRUCTIBLE.

 

Godís love is not like manís love. Godís love does not change, ever, under any circumstances or conditions. Having loved us from eternity, he will never call back his love in time. There is nothing we can do to destroy, or even lessen, the love of God for us (John 13:1). We did nothing compel God to love us; and we can do nothing to repel Godís love. The love of God is not dependent upon, or regulated by our faithfulness to him (Mal. 3:6).

 

The freeness, eternality and immutability of Godís love to us in Christ means that our everlasting salvation is a matter of absolute certainty. Nothing ďshall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus

 

AMEN.

 

Grace Baptist Church of Danville - Grace For Today Radio Message #808

2734 Old Stanford Road - Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438

Donald S. Fortner, Pastor -Telephone 606-236-8235 - Email grace@mis.net