The Love of God in Christ

Grocott's Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS1. -

In 1 John 4 verse 8, and then again in verse 16, we find th­ese well-known words: “God is love.” It’s a re­mark­able state­ment: it is not sim­ply that God loves, or that God is loving, but rather that God is love.

What this means is that love is an es­sen­tial part of God’s na­ture – He has al­ways loved, and He will never stop loving, be­cause love is an in­trin­sic part of who He is. In­deed, even be­fore there was a cre­ation for God to love, the love of God ex­isted eter­nally amongst the three mem­bers of the Trin­ity: Fa­ther, Son and Spirit. God’s love to­ward us is thus an over­flow of the love He has within Him­self.

In the Bi­ble the love of God is seen as His self-giv­ing for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers. This self-giv­ing is dis­played most clearly in the in­car­na­tion and death of Christ – “for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son...” (John 3:16). The Son of God laid aside His eter­nal glory, took on hu­man flesh and was sub­jected to the most hu­mil­i­at­ing of deaths in or­der that we might be rec­on­ciled to God and en­joy eter­nal life: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” As the hymn writer Charles Wes­ley once wrote, “Amaz­ing love! How can it be, that thou, my God, shouldst die for me!”

There is no greater bless­ing in this life than to know the love of God in Christ. May we thus seek to know more of this love that, para­dox­i­cally, “sur­passes knowl­edge” (Eph­e­sians 3:19), and may we re­spond by joy­fully sub­mit­ting to Christ’s Lord­ship and loving oth­ers sac­ri­fi­cially in the same way that God has loved us. Bryan Marx Gra­ham­stown Bap­tist Church

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.