God’s Love for God 2

In searching out in admiration what it means for God to love God, we must be careful not to confuse fallen human love with what a perfectly holy love is. We must also not think of God’s love for God as being a fallen love for Himself but rather think of His love for Himself as a love within a triune being. This changes everything. So while it may have to wait to show those things, for the moment those things have to be assumed or we will arrive at some wrong conclusions and ideas. It is at just this point that so many go so far wrong. God does not save sinners because He is love and must love sinners, but instead He saves sinners because He loves Himself and therefore can save to the praise of the glory of His grace (Eph 1:5-6).

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.'”

As we try to go back for a moment into eternity past (conceptually), once again we can try to think of the same God that Moses came into the presence of in a bush that burned but was not consumed. This God told Moses to go and lead His people out of Egypt, which was the most powerful nation on earth and rather enjoyed the free labor that the Israelites were giving it. Moses was told to go tell the sons of Israel that “I AM has sent me to you.” This “I AM” was and is the God who existed in and of Himself and was and is totally self-sufficient. He needed no one and nothing, so He simply commands Moses to go and lead His people out. He, God, would take care of all else.

In an analogous sense we can imagine the triune God before there was anything but Himself. He existed in and of Himself in His perfect self-sufficiency. He had not need and lived in perfect companionship and love within His triune being. Why would a God like that create when He had no need at all? It would be impossible for Him to create something that would provide Him with something He did not have already or could do something for Him that He could not do. The only rational reason that we can come up with is that this God created all things simply for His own pleasure. What is it that God would have pleasure in? He could only have a true pleasure in Himself because He alone is perfectly holy and perfectly beautiful. But part of this true pleasure in Himself is His love for Himself. The Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father. The Father could have no higher love than for His Son and the Son for the Father. So when the Scripture speaks of the pleasure of God and the love of God, at the least they are connected at the highest level.

Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will [pleasure, KJV] they existed, and were created.”

Romans 11:36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever.

Psalm 115:3 But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.

Psalm 135:6 Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;

The verses above declare to us that God does as He pleases. When God does something, He does so because it pleases Him to do so. God was pleased to create so He created. It was because of His pleasure that anything ever existed and it is because of His pleasure that anything exists now. But think of The Gospel of John and Colossians 1:16 when this is thought of.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”
Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him.

In the previous two passages we see the great truths that nothing whatsoever came into being apart from Christ and whatever has come into being came into being through Him. Not only is it true that it was by Him that all things were created, but all things have been created through Him and for Him. The mountains were created because of the pleasure of the Father in and through the Son and vice versa. Human beings were created because of the pleasure of the Father in and through the Son and vice versa. All things exist to declare the glory of God which He has pleasure in and this is right and this is holy. Why did God create? He created because He loved Himself within the Trinity and because it pleased Him to manifest His glory to Himself in doing so. May all the earth bow before Him in utter reverence because all things exist at His mere pleasure and He is glorious in that.

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