Ponderings on The Love of God


How foolish it is to assume upon God the implications of His love without understanding the clearest expression of God’s love toward us. Ponder this: How can God love us so much as to adopt us as His child after we murdered His Beloved Son? Also, how could God, being perfectly holy and just, not punish those guilty of the murder of The only Son of God? Imagine that your daughter – your only daughter – is brutally gang raped and murdered. Now imagine not just forgiving but adopting at least one of the men who did that. You see, we will never be able to comprehend God’s actions, at least while on this earth, because we aren’t perfect in every way.

The truth is that God loves us (His people) because He wants to. It is because of His Son’s death at Calvary that some of us are and will be spared His wrath. Likewise, He destroys those (worldly man) whom He wishes. God is not obligated to save anyone, much less everyone nor must He offer salvation to any individual. The very fact that God allows the reprobate to live even a day without snuffing out their existence is proof of God’s mercy towards and patience with them. Therefore, no ground exists upon which may we question what God deems good, righteous, just, holy, loving, and fair. Because if God was to abide by what is fair or loving or just in our eyes, He would not be the supreme, sovereign God that He is.

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3 thoughts on “Ponderings on The Love of God

  1. Caleb,
    Expound upon this line for me, please:
    ” Likewise, He destroys those whom He wishes,”
    because
    I question …
    does He really “wish” to destroy His people?
    Just thinkin’ out loud
    and wondering about your thoughts on that particular line.
    As always, I so love reading your words tapped onto the screen.

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    1. Well, before I answer this there needs to be some clarification on something. When you say “His people” are you referring to God’s creation, thus including both those whom He saves and those whom He does not save? Likewise this is a very important question; Does God love His creation more than He hates sin? Often we have this idea that God is all loving, but Scripture doesn’t say that. We say that God is sovereign over creation, yet deny His sovereignty over mankind. First John chapter one says, “God is light, and in Him is no darkness.” As I am sure you know (and Pink points out in The Attributes of God ch. 15), darkness in Scripture represents sin, evil, and death; while light represents holiness, goodness, and life. Since we are born with a sinful nature and are from birth rebelling and at enmity with God, the very fact that He would save anyone is a great phenomenon. All that to say, I believe God cares more for His glory and holiness than He ever has for His creation, which is why Scripture says that the guilty will not go unpunished (see Exodus 34:7, Nahum 1:3, Numbers 14:18). There is a misconception of mankind, and thus of God, that says we deserve God’s goodness. This idea is extremely anti-God because it says that man is sovereign and God is our servant. God doesn’t own us anything. In fact, the only thing we deserve is His wrath to snuff out our rebellion. Pink explains the patience of God as the excellency that allows God to sustain injuries without immediately avenging Himself. The very reality that we are allowed to live even one day is proof of God’s love and mercy. Thankfully though, He didn’t stop there, but also sent His Son to pay the price for our sin and rebellion and in secure the salvation of those whom He chooses.

      Haha… that’s a long reply to your question. So I would summarize what I trying to say with this; Yes, I believe that God does “wish” to destroy some people meaning the reprobate, I would not say “His people” because I recognize a distinction between all of His creation and those He has chosen to save, in order to… guard (for lack another way to put it) His holiness. We must bear in mind that God cares more for holiness and purity than He does mankind. Genesis chapters six through nine are proof of this because it is here that we see God wipe out all of mankind save for eight people, due to the wickedness that had become prevalent.

      God destroys the wicked, rebellious ones because of their enmity with Him. However, instead of destroying His people, He punishes them (Proverbs 3:11,12). The best part is that we ought to take joy and comfort in our discipline, because we know that God chastens us out of love (Hebrews 12:5) Sometimes that punishment might not be upon us, but on our children (see Numbers 14).

      I hope that answered your question. If not, let me know and I’ll give it another shot.

      I strongly recommend reading Pink’s book The Attributes of God. It would be very helpful in helping you understand God’s attributes as seen in Scripture.

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    2. I just thought of something else that would be helpful to consider and grasp as best you can.

      God has eternally existed. There was never been a time that God came to be, nor will He ever cease to be. ( He is outside of time, and thus is unaffected by time. In Genesis chapter one, we understand that God existed before creation; “In the beginning, God created…” In Deuteronomy 33:27 and Romans 16:25, God is referred to as “the everlasting God, again informing us that God has always been. God also has never been and will never be forced to comply with the demands of His creation. Basically, God influences and controls His creation (including the human race!), and is not influenced or controlled by those He created. This is most clearly evident in Ephesians 1:11 where Paul writes that God “works everything after the counsel of His will.” And again in the book of Job when God answers Job in chapter 38. Not only does God work everything according to His will, but He also has the power to see it through. God is the Sovereign Lord. He is sovereign over every aspect of the universe (see Job 38 again). Lastly, but only in the sense that I’m finishing this comment up, God is perfect. He is perfect in holiness, righteousness, justice, mercy, grace, patience, wrath, supremacy, love, and goodness. There isn’t a single attribute in which God is more or less perfect than another. This is important because we must come to terms with the fact that God doesn’t see things the way we see them. Our sense of judgement was tainted by the Fall, but God remains perfect in all of His attributes and dealings with people.

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