Gods Love for God 9

In short, one has to see at least four things in order to behold the glorious truths of God’s love for God. First, one has to understand some basic things concerning the Trinity. Second, one must understand that the Father shines His glory in and through the Son. In fact, according to Hebrews 1:3, the Son is the very shining forth of the glory of God. Third, the Holy Spirit is at the very least the power behind all acts of love. Four, that Jesus Christ is very God of very God even when clothed in human flesh, which is to say that the second Person of the Trinity was united to a human body in such a way that the human body manifested the glory of God as the Spirit worked in the humanity of Christ.

In several places in the New Testament we have specific verses teaching us that the Father loved the Son and that the Son loved the Father. If we look at that with eyes to see in accordance with the paragraph just above, we see the love of God for God as triune in all of those places. This is a major way of seeing or interpreting the Bible and in all places where God is spoken of. In other words, a bare reading of the text is not always the most accurate way to see things. Instead we should see the text in the light of the triune God. Another way to put this would be to say that a bare theological reading is not the best way to read the text either. It is the glory of God that needs to be seen if the text is going to communicate to our souls what is really there.

Ephesians 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

We can apply the doctrine of the Trinity to this passage as seen from the four things in the first paragraph above. The Father chose “us” in the Son before the foundation of the world for the purpose that the ones He chose would be holy and blameless before Himself. We can see here some of the divine workings and intents of God in saving sinners. While there is some disagreement on whether the two words “in love” go with what goes before it or what goes after it, in reality it makes little difference since both readings have the elect before God in Christ by love. So we have the Father choosing and choosing in the Son. But He chooses in a way that it is by love (the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love) and according to His good pleasure (literal reading of “kind intention of His will”).

The Father did these things to the praise of the glory of His grace, and of course all of that grace is only found in Christ. This text surely brings to mind Hebrews 1:3 (above in the first paragraph) and John 1:14-18. The Word took flesh and in that flesh the glory of God was tabernacled. That very tabernacled glory was seen as it traveled around shining forth grace and truth. It was a glory that was full of grace and truth. In fact, in Christ glory and truth came into our reality in a way and intensity it had not been before. The Father loves the Son and as such shines forth His glory in and through the Son and so all grace is in the Son. The where the Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father, the Spirit as love is there.

What can we see about God in this text? We see the love of the Father shining forth in the Son because the Father elected a people in love who would be before Him in the Son in love. We can see the love of the Son for the Father in that He is willing to be united to a sinful people and be given to them and for them so that they can be blameless to the glory of the Father. The Father had to have had a holy reason to choose sinners and not just for the sinners but it had to have been out of love for Himself as triune. So the fact that He would choose to save sinners in and by the Son before the foundation of the world shows that He is committed to His own glory in the Trinity above all. That shows the very idea of love within the Trinity.

All that the Father does in saving sinners is by grace alone, but all of that grace is in Christ and is by Christ. All that the Father does in saving sinners is also by love and according to His good pleasure. There is no love apart from the Spirit who communes in love with the Father and the Son and has the fruit of love. The Spirit is also said to be breathed forth by the Father and the Son. From all eternity, then, the fact that the Father elected some to be saved in Christ shows that the Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father and so the Spirit is flowing between them. It also shows that the eternally triune God loves Himself as triune and does all out of that love.

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