Summary: Fourteenth in a series on the attributes of God focusing on God's love for us.
Knowing God Series #14
“Our Infinitely Loving God” Pt 2
I. The nature of God
II. The Attributes of God
A. God is infinitely GREAT in His ability / capacity
B. God is infinitely and perfectly PURE in His morality and judgments
C. God is infinitely GOOD in His relationships
1. God’s infinite love
THE CONCEPT OF GOD’S LOVE
I had a suspicion that I would not be able to communicate what I wanted to communicate concerning God’s love. It doesn’t take much to discover the huge place love occupies in the scriptures. God is love. It is who He is and directs all of His relationships. It is the basis of His eternal interaction within the Trinity. The members of the Trinity are separate yet one. They communicate with each other. They have distinct personalities flowing out of one essence. Love permeates their relationship. They have never related any other way throughout eternity. The Father pursues and practices meaningful and fulfilling connection with the Son and the Spirit, the Son the Father and the Spirit, the Spirit the Father and the Son; perfect and satisfying community.
He created us to relate in community with the same passion for meaningful connection. At the beginning, Adam and God meaningfully communicated and related in the garden. Sin changed all that. Jesus, the second Adam, came to restore the kind of relationship God had with His creatures in the beginning.
Listen to the longing of Jesus concerning US!
"I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. John 17:20-21
God promises ultimate restoration of unity and community.
What harmony has Christ with Satan, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord. "and do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me," says the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:15-18
Each of the members of the Trinity pursues and practices meaningful connection (loves) with us with the same intensity as they do with each other. It is absolutely mind blowing!
Love is the basis of all God’s interaction. He loves in complete balance and harmony with all of His other attributes. All His other attributes balance and complement His love.
What is it?
Love is better described and illustrated than defined. The people at the time of the New Testament employed three different words which we usually translate “love”.
The three common words translated “love” all involved the idea of some kind of mutual benefit.
Eros – Feeling love focused on mutual pleasure.