Gods Love for God 8

Micah 5:2 “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.”

2 Timothy 1:9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,

The Messiah who was spoken of from the earliest of days was also one whose goings forth were from the days of eternity. The Gospel of Jesus Christ was not some response of God to an unforeseen crisis that He simply did not plan for, but instead the Gospel is all about the purpose and grace of God that was granted in Christ Jesus from all eternity. Now these texts of Scripture clearly point to the basic and yet glorious facts that God has planned to save sinners by grace alone according to His purpose and He purposed what He purposed from eternity past and He did so not on the basis of anything found in them. This great and glorious God granted some this glorious grace and He did that from all eternity. But again, God gave grace in Christ according to His own purpose. In other words, we have to find another reason for God to show grace than something found in the sinner. Since no one but God is from eternity and God planned and purposed this from eternity, it had to all be from Him. But why did He do this?

John 17: 1 Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, 2 even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. 3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. 24 “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 “O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; 26 and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

In John 17:24 we see a verse communicating something that is beyond the scope of human wisdom as it manifests the glory of God to heights which we simply cannot attain to. This is tied in with the glory that the Father and the Son had together from all eternity. The Son, having come to the planet earth and having taken human flesh, desired for those whom the Father had given Him to be with Him and to see His glory. But the reason for this escapes us at a mere first glance. The reason that the Son gives for this in His prayer is because the Father had loved the Son before the foundation of the world. But again, this is simply beyond what human wisdom would or ever conclude. Jesus prayed that the Father would give those whom He had given to the Son the privilege of beholding His glory. Okay, while that does not sound like what Americans would pray for at first, the reason (once again) is because the Father loved the Son before the foundation of the world.

What is it about this love of the Father for the Son that the Son would want others to behold His eternal glory? One of the things to keep in mind is that God is not limited as human beings are and that He is not limited in His view of things to a chronological order. He beholds all of eternity past and eternity future (at least that is what we call it) in one simply and unchanging view. When the Father beholds the Son He beholds Him with the love that He has had for Him from all eternity and will have for Him for all eternity. It is an unchanging love in which all things are held in the same eternal, simply, and simultaneous grasp. The Father loved and loves the Son with a view to those whom the Father granted the Son to be united to Him and be instruments of His glory. We must also note that all that the Son does is for the glory of the Father and out of love for the Father. The Son came to earth, took human flesh, and then purchased a people to be saved out of love for the Father.

What this shows human beings is that the love of God is far more expansive than they originally thought. This shows us that the love of God is far more complicated (in a sense) than they thought. They can also see that they are only loved because of an eternal love and eternal covenant between the Father and the Son. The Son wants those that the Father gave Him to see His glory because He loves the Father and the Father loves the Son. It is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that this eternal and mutual love of God for Himself as triune is made clear to those with eyes to see. It is God’s love for Himself that enables sinners to love Him. It is God’s love for Himself that moves the Son to want His people to see this eternal glory. But the natural man hates these things and wants to be loved for himself and his own works, or perhaps is willing to be loved if God will give him what he wants and does not have to truly die to self and repent of self-centeredness. But the God of the Bible sets out that man can only be loved to the glory of God and on behalf of Christ. The desire of the Son to want others to see the glory of God is out of love for the Father, but also a true love in wanting the glory of the Father to be seen and loved by His people.

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