Doctrine of God’s Love

October 27, 2014


A. Introduction.
1. Jn 3:16 says, “For you see God loved the world so much…” God loved us in eternity past. There never was a time when He did not know us and love us. But now we have the chance to respond.
a. God loved all of us in eternity past before He ever created us.
b. He knew everything we would ever do wrong and still loved us with an infinite love.
c. He knew all of our sins and did something about them in eternity past–He condemned our sins in eternity past. We were condemned long before we existed. The judgment of our sins did not occur until the cross.
d. Therefore, salvation was provided as an option for every member of the human race. Every member of the human race has equal opportunity to believe in Christ.
2. Rom 8:28 says, “We know in fact that to those who love God, He causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him.”
a. God does not work all things together for good for the believer in perpetual carnality, degeneracy, and reversionism.
b. The greatest lifestyle in human history is the lifestyle of loving God.
c. All things do work together for good for only one category of believers; those who love God.
d. God causes all things to work together for good only for those who function under reciprocal love for God.
3. The greatest happiness that can exist in this life is a result of developing these two concepts. The greatest happiness we will ever have is using the spiritual life in time of historical disaster.
4. Bible doctrine must be learned and applied daily. This develops reciprocal love for God. Personal love for God is the motivation for learning and applying doctrine daily. The relationship between momentum from doctrine and motivation from reciprocity is essential for believers to understand.
a. We do not continue our motivation to learn doctrine because of our fellowship with other believers, but because of God’s love for us. God’s love for us motivates us. Reciprocal love for God motivates us to keep learning doctrine.
b. We also have the pleroma blessings of God to us in time.
c. We also have a personal sense of destiny and occupation with Christ.
d. We do not need a lot of social life or being stimulated by a lot of things in life.
e. We share the happiness of God in time of disaster and are occupied with Christ. The greatest blessings of the spiritual life come in time of historical disaster.
5. Not only has God provided for us the greatest spiritual life that has ever existed, but He provided for us to have the greatest happiness in this life when we are under some kind of adversity, such as the attack of terrorism. Now is the chance to get out from under all the sinful, stupid, evil things we have done, and get into what God has provided for us.
6. There are two imputations at the moment of salvation and both are irrevocable.
a. The imputation of divine righteousness. This means we are justified in His sight. Justification means sharing the happiness of God and logistical grace. This means there never was a time when God has let us down. God has always provided for us.
b. The imputation of eternal life to the human spirit; it is eternal and can never be changed or lost by us or by God. We cannot reverse it. We were entered into the plan of God and family of God forever.
c. When we sin after salvation, we still have God’s righteousness. Therefore, the sin nature is in control, but we have not lost our salvation. Four things describe our status quo when the sin nature is in control.
(1) There is no momentum in the spiritual life, because metabolized doctrine is locked up in the soul and forgotten.
(2) There is no motivation from reciprocal love for God. We only blame God, when disaster strikes.
(3) There is no protection from grace orientation as a part of our punishment. We lose our grace orientation when the sin nature controls our soul.
(4) There is no power from the filling of the Holy Spirit. Therefore the importance of rebound and keep moving, so that we will eventually be promoted to occupation with Christ and glorification of God, that is, the pleroma status of Eph 3:19, “being filled with all the fullness of God.”
(5) We are punished for sins because we are the sons of God and children of God, but we are not judged for those sins, because they were judged on the cross, Jn 3:18, “He who believes in Him is not judged.” All of our personal sins have been imputed to Christ on the cross and judged. Because our sins have been judged on the cross, we have the right of rebound as the recovery procedure of the spiritual life.

B. The Personality of God.
1. God is a person. Personality denotes self-consciousness and self-determination.
2. God recognizes Himself to be a person and as such acts rationally, never irrationally.
3. God is infinite in His personality. By infinity is meant that God is without boundary or limitation, uniting those perfections in Himself, which belong to His own character. Therefore, God cannot be complicated by ignorance or absurdities.
4. God’s infinity has to do with the word of His truth, His love, His holiness, and His divine integrity.
5. God exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There never was a time when God did not exist. Therefore, God is the cause of all existence outside of Himself.
a. The Tetragrammaton JHWH should be translated “the Self-existing One.”
b. There never was a time when each member of the Trinity did not exist.
c. There never was a time when God did not have our interest in His personality.

C. The Freedom of God.
1. Are all of God’s actions toward His creatures free, arbitrary, and indifferent? Definitely not!
2. God is governed by His own integrity, not by what we do, say, or think. He must act in accordance with His absolute righteousness, His absolute justice, and His absolute love. God does not let things happen to us apart from His righteousness, justice, and love. When God permits the administration of the cycles of discipline and divine punishment, it does not happen apart from His righteousness, justice, and love.
3. God is free to bless the believer in the greatest possible adversity. The greater the adversity, the greater the blessing God has for you, but you have to know doctrine first. Why does God let adversity happen to you? So that He can give you greater blessing and happiness than you had previously.
4. God is also free to punish. In His integrity, God requires the punishment of sin and He is not free to disregard or omit punishment.
5. Can God forgive sin apart from satisfaction or propitiation of His righteousness? Definitely not! Not so long as He is righteous. To forgive sin without propitiation would be to fail in the proper function of God’s divine integrity.
6. Sin is always the greatest problem, because it is distraction from the spiritual life, rejection of the greatest happiness you will ever have in this life, and rejection of reciprocal love for God.
7. Omniscience provided a solution to the problem of sin. No solution is a good solution unless it is God’s solution. God’s solutions are always right, perfect solutions. He has a perfect solution for all of us in the spiritual life, which begins with rebound and goes to occupation with Christ.
8. Knowing all of our sins from eternity past did not change God’s love for us or His integrity. In His integrity and love for us, at the right time in history “God demonstrated His love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died as a substitute for us.” All sin was condemned in eternity past and judged at the right time in human history in Christ as a substitute for us.
9. God’s propitiation is the result of our Lord receiving the imputation of our personal sins and being judged for them. God the Father is satisfied with only one thing: the spiritual death of Jesus Christ on the cross being judged for our sins.
10. Why couldn’t God the Father spare His own Son, if an alternative procedure was available? Because of the absolute integrity of God there was and is no alternate procedure. Jesus Christ was the only member of the human race to ever live a perfect human life even though tested in every way, He rejected every sin.
11. Therefore, the personality of God cannot be arbitrary or free from His own righteousness, justice, and love, in order to save anyone. God has provided the only answer and the perfect answer through salvation by faith alone in Christ alone.

D. The Attributes of God.
1. The Absolute Attributes of God.
a. Spirituality. God is spiritual in life and personality.
b. Infinity. This is God’s self-existence, immutability, and unity. He is absolutely consistent and never makes any exceptions for anyone.
c. Perfection. God is truth. God is love. God is holiness, which is the righteousness and justice of God combined.
2. The Relative Attributes of God.
a. The relative attributes of God are those perfections and qualities in God, which find expression in His relationship to other beings.
b. The relative attributes related to time and space.
(1) Eternity. God has always existed and always will exist.
(2) Immensity. God is not subject to space; He is the cause of space. In relationship to space, He is immanent and transcendent.
c. There are relative attributes of God related to creation.
(1) Omnipresence. God is everywhere. The whole of God is in every place. This is not pantheism, which denies the person of God.
(2) Omniscience. God knows perfectly and eternally all the knowable, whether actual or possible. God is infinity able to do all the things, which are the objects within the range of His holy character.
(3) Omnipotence. God is all powerful. His power is infinite.
d. God is related to qualified human beings. There are certain things that are absolutes in our life.
(1) Infinite love in action related to personal and impersonal love has always been God’s attitude toward us. We are qualified for God’s love by salvation through faith alone in Christ alone. Whether we know it or not, God does love us. Grace is the reflection of integrity and how He protects us with His love in so many ways. God is the absolute of love. God is love, and He is love with or without an object. Hence, when the object is a creature, God’s love may be personal or impersonal or a combination of the two. Love in the persons of the Godhead is spiritual, immutable, and perfect, and is a part of the integrity of God.
(2) The holiness of God is His righteousness and justice or integrity. God has perfect integrity in His relationship to us. God will never let us down. The integrity of God is found in:
(a) Ps 33:4-5, “For the word of the Lord is righteousness and all of His work is faithful. He loves righteousness and justice and the earth is full of the steadfast love of God.” God may punish us, but He will never forget us in time of disaster.
(b) Ps 89:14, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of God’s throne. And steadfast love and truth go before Him.”
(c) Tit 3:4-7, “But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His grace, by the washing of regeneration the renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace, we would be made heirs of eternal life according to absolute confidence.”

E. The Affections of God.
1. Affections are defined as emotion, sentiment, human love in the emotional connotation. Does God have affections and emotions? Absolutely not! God is not emotional. God has the highest form of integrity and does not need emotion.
2. Affections imply dependence, passion, possible distress. The absolute attributes of God are on a much higher plane than human emotion and affections.
3. As seen and experienced by God, human emotion has no existence in God.
4. In the infallible word of God such things as affections and emotions are ascribed to God only as anthropopathisms, which ascribes to God certain human characteristics (such as emotion) using human language of accommodation so we can understand the policies of God. God’s policies must be explained to us in language we can understand, using human language of description. God does not hate, though the Bible says, “Esau I hated.” God did not change His mind about creating mankind, though the Bible says, “God repented that He made man.” God had to use human language to warn the unbelievers of the punishment He was about to inflict on the human race. God is never angry, Rom 1:18; 9:22. Eternal God never gets angry; this is simply the use of human language to explain the attitude and policy of God so we can understand it.
5. The humanity of Christ had emotions. He wept at the grave of Lazarus. But the deity of Christ has no emotion.
6. Human emotions are incompatible with both the personality and the integrity of God.
F. The Love of God.
1. Since divine love is a part of the essence of God, the love of God must be compatible with all the attributes of God.
2. Because God is perfect virtue, His love is totally devoid of sin, human good, altruism, or the source of evil reaction of any kind.
3. Since God is love, always has been love, and always will be perfect love, God does not fall in love.
4. God’s love cannot be patronized, compromised, or bribed by human works, human good, or good deeds, including Christian activism.
5. God’s love cannot be complicated by ignorance, absurdities, silliness, or emotion.
6. Divine love is inseparably united with the integrity of God, and therefore, divine love functions in compatibility with both righteousness and justice of God.
7. Perfect divine love is part of the perfect divine virtue, and therefore, perfect divine love functions with righteousness and justice in the integrity of God.
8. No matter what happens to the believer in time, there is no greater security than the personal love of God for the believer, whether carnal or spiritual, whether winner or loser.
9. Therefore, the personal love of God guarantees eternal relationship with God forever, even to the most sinful of carnal believers. Jn 10:28, “I give unto them eternal life; they shall never perish, neither shall anyone pluck them out of My hand.”
10. This is the role of the personal love of God, which is inseparably united to the integrity of God, to participate in your eternal security, whether you are being blessed or punished.

G. The Love of God and Divine Discipline.
1. Divine discipline is a family matter. It is for believers only.
2. We are said to be the sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, and this refers to all believers. We are in the family of God.
3. There are two kinds of believers in the Church Age: those who are spiritual and those who are carnal.
4. Heb 12:5-8, “and you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as sons, ‘My son, do not regard lightly the punishment of the Lord, and do not faint when you are punished by Him; (Prov 3:12) for those whom the Lord loves He punishes, and He scourges every son whom He receives.’ For the purpose of punishment endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not punish? But if you are without punishment (from God), of which all believers have become partakers (of punishment), then you are bastards and not sons.”
a. We have forgotten that we are in the family of God; we are sons of God. The word “sons” refers to both male and female, Gal 3:27.
b. Punishment comes to all of us in the family of God as carnal believers. God definitely punishes believers who get out of line. When a large number of believers get out of line, we have national punishment.
c. So strong is the punishment of believers who fail to execute the spiritual life that they lose heart, faint, fall apart, and scream, ‘Why is this happening to me?’
d. When the child needs spanking, spank him. That is exactly what the Lord does to us. The Lord punishes us in love. We are all members of His family. On the other hand, if we are executing the spiritual life, the Lord blesses us.
e. We are commanded to endure punishment. When we fail in any way, we are punished.
f. If you are a believer and without punishment from God, then you are a bastard and not a son (that is, not a believer). We were all bastards prior to salvation. When you go without punishment as a believer, then you are not a believer. Believers are not bastards because they are born again. However, the unbeliever is a bastard.
(1) This must be understood in the light of the fact that believers who execute the spiritual life can have the greatest happiness life has to offer, especially in time of historical disaster. When historical disaster comes, we have the greatest opportunity of our life for having true happiness.
(2) The Greek word NOTHOS means “bastard.” This refers to unbelievers. They cannot receive God’s blessing of the greatest happiness in time or in historical disaster. If they continue in the status of unbelief, they will be punished by the historical disaster and eventually the lake of fire, Rev 20:15.
(3) On the other hand, for those who are positive believers and execute the spiritual life, they have the greatest happiness God has to offer during time. No one will ever be as happy as they will be in spiritual advance in time of disaster. This will also be reflected in their eternal status and rewards.
(4) For the carnal believer in time, historical disaster does not make him a bastard; for he is under divine discipline as a son, which is all given in love, Heb 12:6. Because God loves you, He is going to punish you, in order to bring you into the wonderful life He has given you, whereby you can have a happiness you never even dreamed existed.
(5) The bastard unbeliever has the opportunity of changing his status quo by believing in Christ. No one who is born again into the family of God can ever be classified as a bastard. The emphasis of the word “bastard” is to make a decision to believe in Christ and no longer be a bastard.
5. Principles.
a. Whom the Lord loves and disciplines identifies the believer as the son in the family, Gal 3:26, and the object of God’s personal love.
b. The righteousness of God demands that the justice of God punish the carnal believer through personal love and grace. The punishment is going to hurt, which is why we are told not to faint in our soul when we receive it. Everyone should benefit by punishment.
c. Believers are partakers in having a share in divine punishment, which proves that we are not bastards and have eternal salvation. Divine discipline guarantees our salvation and eternal security.
d. Heb 12:10, “For they [wise parents] discipline us for a short time as seems best to them, but He disciplines us for our profit, that we may share in His holiness.” Holiness is the fulfillment of reciprocity in our life. Holiness in the believer is responding to the love of God with great happiness and reciprocal love. Holiness is personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all mankind, sharing the happiness of God, and occupation with Christ.

H. God’s love makes salvation available to all mankind, Jn 3:14-16.
1. The context is important for understanding every great verse in the Bible. The context here is Jn 3:14-15.
a. Jn 3:14, “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, even so the Son of Man must be lifted up,”
(1) The serpent was one of many serpents that had come into the camp of Israel to destroy degenerate, reversionistic believers with the sin unto death. These serpents were cobras.
(2) The Lord had Moses put one of the serpents on a pole, so everyone could see the cobra. The people who looked at the cobra were delivered. Those who did not look at the cobra and disobeyed God died the sin unto death from the cobra bite.
b. Jn 3:15, “in order that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.”
(1) The cobra attack became a time of evangelism.
(2) This was a terrible punishment that came to Israel, but it was also a punishment that became a great blessing, Heb 12:6.
(3) God loves us. It is hard for us to realize it, when we are being punished. The people who do not realize it are the ones who die the sin unto death.
(4) The word PAS, meaning everyone, indicates that everyone in the human race has the same equal opportunity to believe in Jesus Christ and then have a glorious spiritual life. This is the doctrine of unlimited atonement for all unbelievers, but it is also the doctrine of unlimited punishment to those who believe in Jesus Christ and then fail to execute the spiritual life.
(5) There never has been in all of human history a person who did not have equal opportunity to believe in Jesus Christ. This includes every people, culture, language, nationality, generation, or geographical location or isolation.
(6) Every person who stands at the Last Judgment has had the same opportunity to believe in Christ. Every race, generation, etc. will have representatives of those whose names are written in the Book of Life, just as every race, generation, etc. is represented in the Books of Works.
(7) The gnomic present tense of the verb PISTEUO (which means “to believe”) means that this is a universal truth throughout all human history. Faith alone in Christ alone has always been the issue in every generation of human history.
(8) There is a progressive system of going from the ultimate in happiness in time to the ultimate of happiness in eternity and it belongs to every one of us who has believed in Christ. The greatest happiness we will ever have in life comes from the execution of the spiritual life. Then there is an even greater happiness in the execution of the spiritual life in time of historical disaster, which is exceedingly abundantly beyond all we could ask or think. It is in testing and punishment that God shows His greatest love for us.
2. Jn 3:16, “For you see the God loved the world so much, with the result that He gave His uniquely-born Son, in order that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.”
a. This verse has three conjunctions.
(1) The first conjunction is the explanatory use of the conjunction GAR, which means, “For you see.”
(a) “For you see” means understanding what God has done for us by giving us such a great system of happiness.
(b) Even though mankind is looking for investments that will give him alleged happiness and security in life, they cannot compare to investing in the grace of God. Investment is not wrong, but the greatest investment in life is investment in the spiritual life, which pays far greater dividends. When God shares His happiness with the mature believer, the investment in grace has been justified, and true greatness exists in those believers who follow the colors to the high ground. As a result, you will fulfill the words of the first clause of Jn 3:16. You will see that God has loved the world so much and you have the greatest opportunity to have the greatest happiness on earth.
(c) This means we must have Bible doctrine circulating in the seven compartments of our stream of consciousness as a necessity for this happiness.
(d) This word gives us cause, inference, explanation, or reason in a precise manner.
(e) You understand that you have an opportunity for the greatest happiness in the midst of national disaster. A form of knowledge is the basis for it.
(2) The second conjunction is HWSTE, which means “with the result that.”
(3) The third conjunction is HINA, which introduces the purpose-result of everything else in the verse, and means “in order that.”
b. The sentence begins with a demonstrative pronoun HOUTWS, which is used as an adverb of degree and is translated “so much.” The degree is God’s love for us. This word is very dramatic. It was placed first in the sentence because it was most important.
c. The subject is the monadic use of the definite article, which means that the person involved is absolutely unique, and the masculine singular noun THEOS, meaning “the God.”
d. The main verb is the aorist active indicative of AGAPAW, which means, “to love.” The culminative aorist views the love of God for the world in its entirety, but regards it from the viewpoint of its existing results, which are stated in the next two clauses. The active voice indicates that God the Father produces the action. The indicative mood indicates that this is a dogmatic statement of fact.
(1) The love of God is inseparably united with the integrity of God. God’s love is always fair. When God says He will do something, He does it.
(2) God’s love is self-motivated and totally compatible with His infinite, perfect, and eternal essence. He always loves rationally.
(3) God’s love is infinite and eternal. God’s love has always existed, unstained by Himself or any other source.
(4) God is perfect righteousness and justice, therefore, His love is perfect in righteousness and justice. God’s love is always fair.
(5) God’s love cannot in any way tempt us. He never solicits for sin or sponsors evil. His love is not complicated by ignorance or absurdities. God’s love is not silliness.
(6) God’s love exists eternally, unsustained by Himself or any other source. God’s love is not sustained by attraction or rapport or any form of human attractiveness.
(7) God does not fall in love, nor can His love be compromised in any way or corrupted.
(8) God’s love exists with or without an object. God has always loved the human race, but He has a special category of love for those who believe in Christ. We cannot change the love of God by anything we do.
e. The object is the accusative masculine singular from the definite article and noun KOSMOS, which means, “the world” and refers to the entire human race.
(1) The cosmos is composed of persons under spiritual death in the state of total depravity and total separation from God with no ability to enter into any relationship with God.
(2) Spiritually dead mankind is totally helpless to have or develop a relationship with God.
(3) Therefore, it is obvious that God’s love exists in spite of the object of His love.
(4) Neither human good, morality, self-righteousness, or any human merit in mankind is the basis for God’s love.
(5) God has loved every human being who has ever lived on the earth.
(6) Whatever God is going to do for the human race, He is going to do it for everyone.
(7) This statement of God’s love is not hypocrisy, flattery, or patronizing, but the expression of His immutable, perfect essence.
f. How can God love spiritually dead, totally depraved mankind without compromising His essence? He can do so because He has different categories of love.
(1) He has personal love directed toward perfect righteousness. Each person in the Trinity has personal love toward the perfect righteousness of the other members of the Godhead.
(2) God has the love of spiritual self-esteem, which is God’s love directed toward His own perfect, eternal righteousness, which is the basis for the continuation of this love toward each member of the human race. This means that God’s love can never fail toward us when we fail, because we have God’s very own imputed righteousness.
(3) God has impersonal love toward the unbeliever. “Impersonal” means that the virtue resides in God. God loves us because of who and what He is, not because of any virtue we have. There is no virtue in the spiritually dead unbeliever. This is the love of God mentioned in this verse and 1 Jn 4:10, “By this virtue-love exists, not because we have loved God, but because He loved us and sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins.”
(4) God has personal love toward the believer in Christ, because the believer has the imputed righteousness of God.
g. So there must be cognizance in our souls that God loved the world so much.
(1) 2 Cor 5:21, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin as a substitute for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
(2) Rom 5:8, “God demonstrates His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died as a substitute for us.”
(3) 1 Jn 2:2, “He himself is a propitiation [a satisfaction], a substitute for [PERI plus the genitive of advantage, which is on a higher plane than the preposition HUPER] our sins; and not for ours only, but also a substitute for those of the entire world.” There has never been a time when every human being has not had the same equal opportunity to believe in Christ. Christ was judged for every person in the human race, and therefore, every person has the equal opportunity to believe in Him. No one has an excuse at the Last Judgment.
h. The second clause begins with the conjunction HWSTE, which functions to introduce a result clause. It gives the outcome or consequences of an action rather than intention. It is translated “with the result that.” It is used here with the indicative mood rather than the subjunctive mood, which only occurs twice in the Bible (Gal 2:13 is the other occurrence). It expresses an actual result, which is unusual for this conjunction. It is designed to draw your attention to something critically important.
i. The verb used with HWSTE is the aorist active indicative of DIDWMI, which means, “to give.” This is a dramatic aorist, which emphasizes a present reality from a past event. It is translated, “He gave.”
j. Then we have the Attic Greek double accusative of object and result from the masculine singular definite article and noun HUIOS, “His Son” (the object) and the definite article and adjective MONOGENES, “the uniquely-born one” (the result). He is uniquely-born because of the virgin pregnancy and virgin birth.
k. The aorist middle subjunctive of the verb APOLLUMI means “will not perish” not “should not” or “shall not” perish. The subjunctive mood is a mood of probability, but it occurs in a purpose clause, and therefore, the subjunctive mood does not express probability but an absolute future event. Therefore, the only correct translation is “will not perish.” This is eternal security. It does not say that you will go to heaven after salvation only if you behave yourself and do not commit certain sins.