September 16, 2011
"And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." (1 John 4:16)
God is clearly "the Lord, the righteous judge" (2 Timothy 4:8), but He is also "the God of love and peace" (2 Corinthians 13:11). Not only in our text verse but also in another place, we are reminded that "God is love" (1 John 4:8). Of all the attributes of God, His nature of love is the most definitive. God is love!
It was not His omnipotence nor His omniscience that constrained Him to create men and women in His image. It must have been His nature of love, the desire for fellowship with beings like Himself. There is not much revealed on this question--only hints. "I have created him for my glory" (Isaiah 43:7). "The LORD hath made all things for himself" (Proverbs 16:4).
But fellowship is a two-way relationship and requires freedom to choose on the part of both. When man volitionally broke that fellowship, sin came into the world and God's creation purpose was to all appearances set aside.
But God is love! He had not only a plan of creation but also a plan of salvation already in process. He "saved us, . . . according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began" (2 Timothy 1:9).
And so "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us" (1 John 3:1). God is, indeed, a God of love! HMM
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