God’s Love for God 1

Before there was anything but God, what was God like? What did God do? What did God like to do? Did God love before anything was created? If so, what did He love or to whom was His love directed? When God did create, why did He create anything at all and why did He create what He created? Why did He create the things He created the way that He did? These are questions that observation will drive us to and they are also questions that we would want to be answered if we really want to get to the root reasons and issues of all things. These are also questions that drive us to see something of who God really is and why there is meaning and what that meaning is for all of creation. In other words, we have to view the world as totally centered and focused on God Himself and all things coming from Him and for His purposes or we are lost adrift in a sea of meaninglessness.

Several years ago a philosopher (John Rawls) wrote a book on justice. He said that in order to find out what would be a just act one would have to basically go into a room and look at the issue in and of itself apart from all other interests. While that is at best questionable in terms of whether people can really do that or not, it does give us a window into something. Before God created the world and there was only God, what would move Him to create anything at all? If we take the Trinity as the basic doctrine of God, then we have Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and absolutely nothing else. This helps us to understand what it means when Scripture uses the phrase “God is love.” If Jesus Christ in His divine nature has always been the same and will always be the same, then He was love before anything or anyone was created. God existed in perfect love before there was anything or anyone other than Himself (as triune).

Some deductions from the concept that God existed in perfect love from all eternity are rather enormous. From all eternity the immutable God has existed in perfect and infinite love within the Trinity. God the Father loved the Son with a perfect, infinite, and immutable love from all eternity. God the Son loved the Father with a perfect, infinite, and immutable love from all eternity as well. It could not be anything other than this. God the Holy Spirit, as the Spirit of love, lived in a perfect communion of love with the Father and the Son. When the Father loved the Son He loved Him in and by the Spirit and when the Son loved the Father He loved Him in and by the Spirit. This would mean that it is impossible for God (as triune) to do anything that was not motivated by a perfect, infinite, and immutable love for Himself (as triune).

The ramifications from the previous paragraphs are simply beyond the ability of man to know fully, but we must press on to know Him as He was and is. The answer of why God created is rather obvious, but a few verses of Scripture will impress the absolute truth of this on minds and hearts.

Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

Isaiah 43:13 “Even from eternity I am He, And there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?”

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

Psalm 93:2 Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.

These passages of Scripture show with great plainness that God is from eternity and that He is the I AM of the universe apart from whom nothing could exist because nothing could have being apart from Him. Whatever God was like from eternity determines the reason and purpose for all things both now and for eternity future. While these things cannot be known to their depths by finite minds, they can be known as certain and they can be admired and seen with reverence and awe. For the moment we can see that God created all things with purpose and that He created all things for His own purposes. Human beings have to learn to look beyond themselves for the real purposes and goals of life. They must learn to see that the triune God who is perfect love is the one who assigns purpose and meaning and not human beings. God is God and we should bow hearts and minds before Him.


One Response to “God’s Love for God 1”

  1. jim Says:

    Wow. Excellent work on last one. This looks to be very good!

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