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Compositions for Our Savior

The Dynamics of God's Love

When I tell you to think of the dynamics of God’s love, what comes to mind?

Being that God is ultimate holiness and absolute perfection, His love for us is also the same.

Thankfully, being the loving Father that He is, we have Scripture, the Word of God, that describes this love to us in such a way that we can begin to understand and imagine it’s grand awesomeness.

For example, in Ephesians, Paul prays that those who come across his teaching may understand the magnitude of this love:

Ephesians 3:18-19 (KJV): May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

The slight amount of incoherence and paradox in his writing reflects Paul’s overall point that the reality of God’s divine love for us is inexpressibly great - it is hard to even find enough words to describe it. Similar to how we can only imagine the absolute perfection of God, but being imperfect beings ourselves, we can only imagine imperfectly, so is the way we imagine God’s love - we can think all the greatest thoughts and words to describe it, but God’s love for us will always be greater than even the best we can imagine.

Nevertheless, Paul believes that some comprehension of it can be obtained. How? Reading through Ephesians and considering propitiation in it's context - by completely reading, studying, and reviewing the whole plan of grace described in Paul’s letters, which included selection, redemption, regeneration, preservation, and glorification, with the atoning sacrifice of Jesus at the center of it all.

The key points of redemption, remission of sins, and those who have fallen away from God coming near to Him again, through the blood (sacrificial death) of Christ, is discussed very clearly in Ephesians:

Ephesians 1:7 (KJV): In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Ephesians 2:13 (KJV): But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Then, the entirety of Ephesians 5 discusses Christ’s propitiatory sacrifice of Himself on our behalf as the demonstration and measure of His love for us. This is the same love that we are to display in our dealings with our fellow brothers and sisters. My brothers - Ephesians also tells us how we ought to love our wives.

Ephesians 5:2 (KJV): And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Ephesians 5:25 (KJV): Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Christ’s love is also free for all who seek Him:

Ephesians 2:1-5 (KJV): And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved

His love is eternal, being one with the choice of sinners to save which the Father made even before the creation of the world:

Ephesians 1:4 (KJV): According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

This love is unreserved, for it led Him down to the depths of humiliation on Calvary where He died for us, and it was also sovereign, for it has completed it’s mission, which is that the final glory of the redeemed, their perfect holiness and happiness, in the totality of His love, is now guaranteed.

Ephesians 5:26-27 (KJV): That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Ephesians 1:14 (KJV): Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 2:7-10 (KJV): That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 4:11-16 (KJV): And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Ephesians 4:30 (KJV): And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Paul urges us to pray and dwell on these things, so that you might catch even a glimpse or an imagination, however slight it may be, of the greatness of God’s divine love for us. It is these things that make up His glorious grace:

Ephesians 1:6 (KJV): To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.