Gods Love for God 3

When the first verse of Genesis says that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” there was an eternity past that preceded those words and actions. Before the truth of Genesis 1:1 was spoken and acted, there was an eternal plan for what was to happen both in Genesis 1:1 and then for all of history and then eternity future. God did not create without a plan for all things and He did not create without any intent or motivations. God’s plan, intent, and motivations for creating anything and all things reveal what He desired to do and reveals a lot about Himself as well. That plan and His intent and motivations also reveal a lot about what He desires to do now which has a lot to do with the purpose and meaning of human life.

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.”

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’; 11 Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man of My purpose from a far country. Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.

The three passages above show with great clarity that what God does He has planned and what He does He is pleased to do. According to Revelation 4:11 God is worthy to receive glory, honor, and power for He created all things and it is because of His will and pleasure that they ever existed at all. Whatever the LORD is pleased to do He does regardless of what it is that He wishes to act. This shows that God is pleased in what He does and that He can do whatever it is He is pleased to do. In the context of Psalm 115:3 we can see that it is the very definition of God to do whatever He pleases. “But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.” The so-called gods of the heathens can do nothing, but real God can do and does what He pleases and what He pleases He can do.

The God of the Bible who is the creator and sustainer of all things is the God who has purposes and then carries them out. He is able to declare the end from the beginning because He has sovereignly ordained what is to be done and He has decreed what would be done. What God has decreed to be done will be done and in saying that He shows that His purpose will be accomplished and in that all His good pleasure will be accomplished. What God has planned, He will do it and no one can stop Him. But these statements do not in and of themselves get at the issue of why God does things. We can see that He has an eternal plan and that He carries out all His good pleasure, but that does not tell us what He has pleasure in or why He has planned what He has planned.

We can also know from the Scriptures above that God is a God of pleasure and is not the great Stoic in the sky and is not the god of Deism who has simply started things and then backed off without a lot of care over what is going on. Instead, this God who created had a purpose in what He did and He had pleasure in what He has done. Not only that, but He had an eternal plan to carry out and in the details of life His plans are being carried out. We must keep digging and not let the laziness of our minds try to stop our souls from beholding His glory at times like this.

Why did God create all things? We can know that it was His pleasure to do so. But what does God love the most and perhaps what is the singular focus of His love? God loves Himself as triune. All that He does is out of love for Himself. All things were created through Christ and for Christ: “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” (Colossians 1:16). Everything that happens is for the sake of Christ which tells us that the God of love (as triune) has in some way planned all things for the sake of Christ who carried out all things out of love for the Father. The universe declares the greatness and glory of a God who out of love for Himself as triune created all things and sovereignly planned and decreed all that would happen. In this way we can see the Father beholding His beloved Son in all that happens and the Son beholding His beloved Father in all that happens as the glory of the triune God shines forth in all that was created and all that is done. God does not just do something out of a bare will, but He does it out of love for Himself as triune. It is holy for Him to do so.

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