Gods Love for God 5

In a very real sense the motive for all created things was and is the love of God for God. There is no need that God can possibly have and there can be no greater motive than His own glory for anything to exist. While men speak of the covenants that God has made with men, and rightly so, the real covenant or agreement was made within the Trinity from all eternity. Apart from the eternal covenant within the Trinity, there could be no other covenant. This shows the utter dependence that all things and all human beings have on God each moment. This also shows the very nature of sin in that man wants to be dependent on no one but self and trust in self.

1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

Acts 17:24 “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’

In the passage above (I Corinthians 8:6) it shows the teaching of Paul concerning the utter dependence of believers on God and the reason for their existence. All things are from the Father and all things for Him, yet all things are by Christ and all exist through Him. In a sense this is a commentary on Romans 11:36 and shows that it reaches deeper than we might think: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever.” All comes from the Father through the Son and then back to Him. Believers are from the Father through the Son and the glory is to Him. That is the purpose of God in all that He has created. All things were created in order to manifest His glory and yet He desired to manifest His glory out of love for Himself as triune.

In the Acts 17 passage we see the utter dependence of all human beings on God, whether they recognize this or not. God made the world and all things in it. As we think through this, we can see that this great God is not served by human hands for several reasons. One, He has no need and so cannot be served. Two, He is the One that gives all who have life and breath their life and breath and all things. Three, He has sovereignly determined the times they would live and where they would live. Four, it is in Him that human beings live and move and exist. This is utter dependence on display for those who have eyes to see. There is nothing more helpless than a dead person, yet God alone is the One who keeps people from being dead. It is God alone who gives people their life and breath and all things, so clearly He is not dependent on them for one thing. When it is taken into consideration that all these people that He gives life and breath and all things are sinners against Him and worthy many times over of His wrath, it is clear that He must have a higher reason for keeping them alive and giving them good things. The highest reason is that He does this out of love for Himself as triune.

Human beings are taught by thr world  to love themselves and depend on themselves, but the Bible teaches us that God loves Himself and depends on Himself. There can only be one ultimate love in the universe, so it is either right for human beings to love God with all of their being or to love themselves with all of their being. A person can only depend and trust in one in the ultimate sense and so each person must either trust in God completely or in self. It is the height of arrogance and pride for a human being to trust in self when it is God who gives each human being life and breath and all things. It is the height of pride for a human being to love self over all when in fact that is to make self a God and try to make all others serve him or her and to make self a rule for self and others as well. It is out of love for Himself that God provides what He provides for people and it is a horrible sin when people take what He has given out of love for Himself and try to use it to love themselves with.

The battle over who will be Lord over each person is a battle that cannot be escaped. The lie of the devil that Eve believed was that she would be like God, knowing good and evil. That same lie has spread to all humanity and has blinded man to the great love God has for God and the Great Commandment that men are to love God with all of their beings as well. God’s love for God is the basis for all things and it must be what men depend on or they depend on self. Depending on self is to be like the devil.

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