God's love is Effectual and Saving. There are some people in this world whom God does not love. The Scriptures state that fact in clear and unmistakable terms Ps. And there are some whom he does love. They are his elect, those who are chosen of God, redeemed by Christ, and called to life and faith in him by the Holy Spirit. To tell sinners that God loves them regardless of their relationship to Christ is either to assure them that God will save them without Christ, or to imply that God is weak, mutable, helpless and frustrated.
Surely, God will save those whom he loves if he is able to do so. And he is able to do so! It is his determination to save. Because the love of God is in Christ, nothing can separate us from his love, for nothing can separate us from Christ!
And His message was one of hope, presenting God's love and We need to recover the greatness and majesty of God for a church that has. God takes pleasure in election because it magnifies his name. Between God the Father and God the Son there has flowed a love and joy so full and complete, and . Verse 7 says it was not because of their greatness.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. God does not love his elect because of anything amiable and attractive in us. Not even the death of Christ caused God to love us.
Try to get hold of this. As God the Father loved his Son from eternity, so he loved his elect from eternity. Only faith can grasp this blessed truth. It is higher than reason and emotion. God loves his elect in Christ. As he beholds his people in his dear Son, he loves us as he loves his Son, delights in us as he delights in his Son, and is pleased with us as he is pleased with his Son.
They are reminded every day of my love for them. And when they stray, hopefully the declaration of my unending and unconditional love coupled with the faithful demonstration of that love in the past will be the impetus to pull them back, knowing their father will always be there to forgive and restore the relationship.
Now God says the same to His unruly children, "I have loved you. This is a persistent love Dt. This is a personal love from a personal God who is alone unique to the Judeo-Christian faith. This is a love that was demonstrated continually in the history of Israel. Despite this incredible declaration from their Maker, the people as we move to the second point either through their words or actions reply in verse 2.
They have the audacity to ask, "How have You loved us? You see, when a proper understanding of God is nonexistent through weak theology, we expect God to show His love for us in a way we deem best. I encounter this all the time in pastoral counseling.
It says to God, "We know more about love than You do! This line of reasoning would enable my young daughter to say, "Dad, if you really loved me, you would let me spend all my money on these rip-off games at Wildwood.
So what do we do? We simply encourage them to trust us in our love for them.
Had He but died for one sinner , the value of His sacrifice would be not less glorious than had He suffered for ten millions of worlds! Our love for God enflames when we see his beauty, remember his mercy, and feel his love. The nation began to drift away from God and gravitated toward spiritual decay. Both Abraham and Sarah chose to believe the promise of God, and were strengthened through their personal faith to participate in its fulfillment. Is it that His love is magnified because He, as one, has loved the world, comprised of many? In Egypt, He showed both His goodness and His severity at the same time. Concluding Thoughts In Romans 9, the Apostle Paul describes the sovereignty of God in assigning roles for nations and individuals to carry out His divine plan and purposes.
I say all this to show that we are not much different than the Israelites. How will God respond? As we move to the third point, God will define His love for the people. But before we examine His response, allow me to ask you two related questions. First, does God love you? To that question, the acceptable answers are only "yes" or "no.
The doctrine is often minimized and even denied by most in the church today. I guess we have once again become wiser than God. You see, when God needed to define His love for the Israelites, He first turned to His sovereign love for the nation. Beginning in verse 2: Ephesians 1 explains how we were chosen in Christ and predestined in love. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved" Eph.
I often hear people say God elects based upon some good He sees in certain individuals or the "foreknowledge" of their decision to receive Christ. These answers may be more politically correct or self-flattering, but they are not in accordance with the Word of God. The verses I read in Ephesians 1 clearly indicate that He chose us verse 5 "according to the kind intention of His will. I often hear people say the doctrine of sovereign love leads to pride.
Nothing can be further from the truth! This biblical truth strips us of all pride. It acknowledges that we cannot come to God on our own Rom. It weans us of self-reliance Jn. We concur with Jonah 2: The God-dependent humility of this doctrine was the point Moses made to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 7. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers" Deut.
While other nations were passed over, God for His own sovereign purposes unknown to us chose to reveal Himself specifically to Israel. As a matter of fact, He made a distinction between two twins Gen. He bypassed the older, Esau, from whom would spring the Edomites. And He chose Jacob, from whom would spring the Israelites. It was a choice made before either of the two were born before the foundation of the world — Eph.
This righteous judgment is mentioned in verse 3 of Malachi 1 and verses that follow. They were a wicked nation by their own doing and they received judgment from a holy God. Is it unfair for God to show mercy to whom He wishes? Though the purpose of this doctrine in Malachi is to comfort, there is nevertheless an uneasiness that was familiar to even the biblical writers.
The Apostle Paul took up this matter in his letter to the Romans and used these exact verses from Malachi to defend this truth. There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! How have You loved us? God responded, "I passed over many nations some more righteous than you Dt.
I have left them in their ways and have responded in righteous judgment for their actions. To them I gave what they deserve, judgment.
To you I gave you what you do not deserve, mercy. I have chosen to make a covenant with you, Israel, and I have been faithful to that covenant. As we move to the closing point, how does God expect us to demonstrate the knowledge of His love? Answer — He expects us to be thankful and respond in joyful, God-centered worship. And with the coming of the New Covenant, we see the sovereign love of God extending beyond the border of Israel. Though most of His children came out of Israel in the Old Covenant, the New Covenant speaks of His church composed of people from "every nation and tribe and tongue and people" Rev.
The means whereby He will bring all His elect children to Himself.