ďBECAUSE THE LORD LOVED YOUĒ
"Because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.Ē†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †-- Deuteronomy 7:8
Love is seen in its deeds. And we know the love of God by the gracious operations of his love which he has performed on our behalf. All the acts of Godís grace performed for his people in time are expressions of his love for us from everlasting.
THE VERY FIRST ACT OF GODíS LOVE, AS IT IS REVEALED IN THE BIBLE, IS ELECTION AND PREDESTINATION (Eph. 1:3-6; 2 Thess. 2:13). No one believes in the love of God who does not believe in election. And no one can talk about the love of God in Bible terms who does not talk about predestination. Election and predestination are eternal acts of Godís amazing love toward hell deserving sinners such as we are.
Secondly, THE LOVE OF GOD IS REVEALED IN THE REDEMPTION OF OUR SOULS BY THE DEATH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (Rom. 5:8; 1 John 4:10; 3:16). We read the love of God clearly spelled out in the precious blood of Christ. The love of God is not fully revealed and made manifest in Christís incarnation, nor his example, nor his doctrine, nor his prayers, nor even his life of righteousness, but only in his blood. Had Christ done everything else and left this undone, had he not poured out his lifeís blood unto death for the atonement of our sins and the redemption of our souls, we could never have known the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. But because he died for us, his love is made manifest.
ďAmazing love! How can it be,
That Thou my God shouldst die for me!Ē
Thirdly, THE NEW BIRTH, BY WHICH WE HAVE BEEN BORN INTO THE FAMILY AND KINGDOM OF GOD, IS THE RESULT OF GODíS LOVE TOWARD US FROM ETERNITY. Our regeneration came in ďthe time of loveĒ (Ezek. 16:6-8). The effectual call, by which we were given faith, was the fruit of Godís love (Jer. 31:3). And our adoption into the family of God was the work of our heavenly Fatherís eternal love (1 John 3:1).
Fourthly, OUR PRESERVATION IN GRACE IS THE WORK OF GODíS LOVE (John 13:1; Isa. 43:1-4; Jer. 32:38-40). ďMany waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown itĒ (Song of Sol. 8:7). Godís love toward his elect is invincible and unquenchable. There is no possibility that it will expire. The black waters of our sin cannot extinguish it. And the floods of our unbelief cannot drown it. With men, nothing is stronger than love. His love for us overcomes every obstacle that might stand in the way of our everlasting glory. Every sinner loved of God from eternity was redeemed by Christ at Calvary, shall be called by the Spirit in time, and shall be saved forever.
Grace Baptist Church of Danville - Grace For Today Radio Message #809
2734 Old Stanford Road - Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Donald S. Fortner, Pastor -Telephone 606-236-8235 - Email firstname.lastname@example.org