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Sunday, August 02, 2015

The Trinity

The Trinity is a deep subject and, as I am no scholar, I will try to tread lightly here.

Christians use the term "Trinity" to indicate the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Three In One. Three separate and distinct figures but who are in such total unity and support that they are considered as one Godhead. This is beyond our normal human comprehension and is called "the mystery". We do NOT believe in three gods such as Zeus, Apollo and Athena. In fact, believing in multiple gods is polytheistic (meaning many gods). We are monotheistic which means we believe in one God as the head of all things.

The hymn Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy
Lord God Almighty
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee.
Only Thou are holy,merciful and mighty.
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

Text: Reginald Heber, Music: John Bacchus Dykes

The three persons are distinct, yet are one "substance, essence or nature". They are co-equal, co-eternal and consubstantial. Cosubstantial means of the same substance or essence; participation of the same nature; coexistence in the same substance. Each is whole and entire, each is God. They are equal in eternity, power and wisdom. The Fourth Lateran Council declared, "it is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds".

The Apostle's Creed is an early statement of Christian belief—a creed or "symbol". The purpose of a creed is to provide a doctrinal statement of correct belief, or Orthodoxy. The Apostle's Creed appears for the first time in a letter, probably written by Ambrose, from a Council in Milan to Pope Siricius in about 390 A.D.: "Let them give credit to the Creed of the Apostles, which the Roman Church has always kept and preserved undefiled"

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed is a profession of faith widely used in Christian liturgy. It is called Nicene because it was originally adopted in the city of Nicaea (present day Iznik, Turkey) by the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. In 381, it was amended at the First Council of Constantinople, and the amended form is referred to as the Nicene or the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed. The churches of Oriental Orthodoxy use this profession of faith. The Nicene Creed was adopted in the face of the Arian controversy. Arius, a Libyan presbyter in Alexandria, had declared that although the Son was divine, he was a created being and therefore not co-essential with the Father, and "there was when he was not," This made Jesus less than the Father. Here is the Nicene Creed after the 381 A.D. revision:

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds (├Žons), Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried, and the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; from thence he shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spake by the prophets. In one holy catholic and apostolic Church; we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Athanasian Creed is a Christian statement of belief focused on Trinitarian doctrine and Christology. The creed has been used by Christian churches since the sixth century. It is the first creed in which the equality of the three persons of the Trinity is explicitly stated.

Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled; without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Essence. For there is one Person of the Father; another of the Son; and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is; such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreated; the Son uncreated; and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father unlimited; the Son unlimited; and the Holy Ghost unlimited. The Father eternal; the Son eternal; and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three eternals; but one eternal. As also there are not three uncreated; nor three infinites, but one uncreated; and one infinite. So likewise the Father is Almighty; the Son Almighty; and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties; but one Almighty. So the Father is God; the Son is God; and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods; but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord; the Son Lord; and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords; but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity; to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord; So are we forbidden by the catholic religion; to say, There are three Gods, or three Lords. The Father is made of none; neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created; but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten; but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is before, or after another; none is greater, or less than another. But the whole three Persons are coeternal, and coequal. So that in all things, as aforesaid; the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved, let him thus think of the Trinity.

Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation; that he also believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess; that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God, of the Essence of the Father; begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Essence of his Mother, born in the world. Perfect God; and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father as touching his Manhood. Who although he is God and Man; yet he is not two, but one Christ. One; not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh; but by assumption of the Manhood by God. One altogether; not by confusion of Essence; but by unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man; so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell; rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the God the Father Almighty, from whence he will come to judge the living[17] and the dead. At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies; And shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire. This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe truly and firmly, he cannot be saved.

The baptism of Jesus is often interpreted as a manifestation of all three persons of the Trinity:

Matthew 3:13-17 (King James Version - KJV) Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. (14) But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? (15) And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. (16) And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: (17) And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

The word "trinity" doesn't appear in the Bible; rather, it is a theological label meant to summarize the passages of the Bible that relate to the relationship and unity between the Godhead. Both Old and New Testaments teach the Unity and the Trinity of the Godhead.

God is One.

God called Moses up onto the mountain and gave him the Ten Commandments. The first of the Ten Commandments dealt with the relationship man would have with God. The first commandment was that there were no other gods.

Exodus 24:12 (KJV) And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.

Exodus 20:1-8 (KJV) And God spake all these words, saying, (2) I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (3) Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (4) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (5) Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (6) And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (7) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (8) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Isaiah 44:6 (KJV) Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Mark 12:28-31 (KJV) And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? (29) And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: (30) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (31) And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

1 Corinthians 8:4 (Contemporary English Version - CEV) Even though food is offered to idols, we know that none of the idols in this world are alive. After all, there is only one God.

1 Timothy 2:5-6 (CEV) There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God. Jesus was truly human, and he gave himself to rescue all of us. (6) God showed us this at the right time.

John 10:38 (CEV) But if I do what my Father does, you should believe because of that, even if you don't have faith in me. Then you will know for certain that the Father is one with me, and I am one with the Father.

John 17:11 (CEV) Holy Father, I am no longer in the world. I am coming to you, but my followers are still in the world. So keep them safe by the power of the name that you have given me. Then they will be one with each other, just as you and I are one.

John 14:9 (Young's Literal Translation - YLT) Jesus saith to him, `So long time am I with you, and thou hast not known me, Philip? he who hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how dost thou say, Shew to us the Father?

Romans 3:30 (CEV) There is only one God, and he accepts Gentiles as well as Jews, simply because of their faith.

1 Corinthians 8:4 (CEV) Even though food is offered to idols, we know that none of the idols in this world are alive. After all, there is only one God.

1 Timothy 1:17 (CEV) I pray that honor and glory will always be given to the only God, who lives forever and is the invisible and eternal King! Amen.

Ephesians 4: 3-6 (New International Version - NIV) (3) Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (4) There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; (5) one Lord, one faith, one baptism; (6) one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

1 Corinthians 12:4-8 (CEV) There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Spirit. (5) There are different ways to serve the same Lord, (6) and we can each do different things. Yet the same God works in all of us and helps us in everything we do. (7) The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others. (8) Some of us can speak with wisdom, while others can speak with knowledge, but these gifts come from the same Spirit.

"...an infinitely holy and sacred energy arises between the Father and the Son in mutually loving and delighting in each other... The Deity becomes all act, the divine essence itself flows out and is as it were breathed forth in love and joy. So that the Godhead therein stands forth in yet another manner of Subsistence, and there proceeds the Third Person in the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, namely, the Deity in act, for there is no other act but the act of the will.” - Jonathon Edwards

All three Persons, God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, are brought together, in like manner, as co-sources of all the saving blessings which come to believers in Christ.

God is Plural.

Genesis 1:26-27 (KJV) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 3:22-24 (KJV) And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: (23) Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. (24) So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Psalm 110:1 (KJV) A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Matthew 11:27 (CEV) My Father has given me everything, and he is the only one who knows the Son. The only one who truly knows the Father is the Son. But the Son wants to tell others about the Father, so that they can know him too.

John 17:4-5 (Easy To Read Version - ERV) I finished the work you gave me to do. I brought you glory on earth. (5) And now, Father, give me glory with you. Give me the glory I had with you before the world was made.

John 10:36 (ERV) So why do you accuse me of insulting God for saying, 'I am God's Son'? I am the one God chose and sent into the world.

John 8:42 (ERV) Jesus said to them, "If God were really your Father, you would love me. I came from God, and now I am here. I did not come by my own authority. God sent me.

John 16:26-28 (ERV) Then you will be able to ask the Father for things in my name. I'm not saying that I will have to ask the Father for you. (27) The Father himself loves you because you have loved me. And he loves you because you have believed that I came from God. (28) I came from the Father into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."

John 15:26 (ERV) "I will send you the Helper from the Father. The Helper is the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father. When he comes, he will tell about me.

Matthew 28:20 (ERV) Teach them to obey everything that I have told you to do. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of time."

2 Corinthians 13:13 (CEV) I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will bless you and be kind to you! May God bless you with his love, and may the Holy Spirit join all your hearts together.

1 Corinthians 2: 10-13 (Amplified - AMP) (10) Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the [f]divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny]. (11) For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. (12) Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God. (13) And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit].

2 Corinthians 13:14 (Bible In Basic English - BBE) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the harmony of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

The redemptive activities of God rest on a threefold source in God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit; and these three Persons repeatedly come forward together in the expressions of Christian hope.

1 Peter 1: 1-2a (AMP) (1)Peter, an apostle (a special messenger) of Jesus Christ, [writing] to the elect exiles of the dispersion scattered (sowed) abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (2) Who were chosen and foreknown by God the Father and consecrated (sanctified, made holy) by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and to be sprinkled with [His] blood...

Jude 1:20-21 (BBE) But you, my loved ones, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, and making prayers in the Holy Spirit, (21) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for life eternal through the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit were, by all, fully understood to be the means of our redemption. Their activities are distincly personal and, yet, they work together in undiminished unity towards the same purpose. The Father is a distinct divine Person, distinct from the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was truly God, and yet was a Person distinct from the Father and the Holy Spirit. That the Holy Spirit is also a distinct divine Person. Whatever the Father does, He does through the Son by the Spirit. The Son is sent by the Father and does His Father's will; the Spirit is sent by the Son and does not speak for Himself, but only takes from Christ and shows it to us.

Hebrews 9:14 (ERV) So surely the blood sacrifice of Christ can do much more. Christ offered himself through the eternal Spirit as a perfect sacrifice to God. His blood will make us completely clean from the evil we have done. It will give us clear consciences so that we can worship the living God.

Each is fully divine in nature, but each is not the totality of the other persons of the Trinity. Each has a will, loves, and says "I" and "You" when speaking. The Father is not the same person as the Son, who is not the same person as the Holy Spirit, and who is not the same person as the Father. There is, apparently, a subordination within the Trinity regarding order but not of essence. They are equal and equally divine. But we can see that the Father is first, the Son is second, and the Holy Spirit is third. The Father is not begotten, but the Son is (John 3:16). The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father (John 15:26). The Father sent the Son (1 John 4:10). The Son and the Father send the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; 15:26). The Father creates (Isaiah 44:24), the Son redeems (Gal. 3:13), and the Holy Spirit sanctifies (Rom. 15:16). The Son is equal to the Father in his divinity but inferior in his humanity. So there is subordination in order such as a wife is to be subject to her husband; but this does not make her less human, or less in essence, or equality. By further analogy, a king and his servant both share human nature. Yet, the king sends the servant to do his will. There is an internal relationship between the three persons of the Triune God. They are in continuous, loving harmony and work in unity of purpose.

We may not understand it but that argues for it's truth as it would not be something a human being would conceive. God reveals Himself through the Scripture. Difficult concepts, such as the Trinity, are self revelations. Revelations that would not come from a man but from an infinite God. We are learning about an incomprehensible God, one who has always existed, will always exist, is every where at once, in which there is no time and who is all powerful and all knowing. These are impossible for us to understand and it is these mysteries of God that indicate that the Word is not a human conceived notion. Cults try to reduce god into something we can understand. God is not human. God is a complicated Being that cannot be described in human terms. We are one dimensional and have limited brain capacity so that we cannot possibly fully understand an unlimited God. There is no way for us to completely understand it.

Tri = three
Unity = one
Tri+Unity = Trinity or three in one
God the Son (Jesus) is fully, completely God. God the Father is fully, completely God. And God the Holy Spirit is fully, completely God. Yet there is only one God. The Godhead has three separate members that are connected together, and if you try to remove one you no longer have the Godhead.

The individual members of the Trinity have different tasks. The Father is the ultimate source or cause of the universe (1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11); divine revelation (Revelation 1:1); salvation (John 3:16-17); and Jesus' human works (John 5:17; 14:10). The Father initiates all of these things.

The Son is the agent through whom the Father does the following works: the creation and maintenance of the universe (1 Corinthians 8:6; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17); divine revelation (John 1:1, 16:12-15; Matthew 11:27; Revelation 1:1); and salvation (2 Corinthians 5:19; Matthew 1:21; John 4:42). The Father does all these things through the Son, who functions as His agent.

The Holy Spirit is the means by whom the Father does the following works: creation and maintenance of the universe (Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13; Psalm 104:30); divine revelation (John 16:12-15; Ephesians 3:5; 2 Peter 1:21); salvation (John 3:6; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:2); and Jesus' works (Isaiah 61:1; Acts 10:38). Thus, the Father does all these things by the power of the Holy Spirit.

God is a Tri-unity, "with each Person of the Godhead equally and fully and eternally God. Each is necessary, and each is distinct, and yet all are one. The three Persons appear in a logical, causal order. The Father is the unseen, omnipresent Source of all being, revealed in and by the Son, experienced in and by the Holy Spirit. The Son proceeds from the Father, and the Spirit from the Son. With reference to God's creation, the Father is the Thought behind it, the Son is the Word calling it forth, and the Spirit is the Deed making it a reality."

The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. -- Southern Baptist Convention

The Jehovah's Witnesseses reject the doctrine of the Trinity. It teaches a doctrine that Christ is the Son of God, a special being, created by God before the beginning of time, but not equal with God.

Mormons believe the Godhead is made up of three distinct beings who are "one in purpose" but not in being. Jesus is affirmed as Son of God, but not God himself. He is a created spirit.

The claim that ‘the Father’, ‘the Son’ and ‘the Holy Spirit’ are simply one person with three different roles or modes of revelation is the heresy of modalism. As Christians believing in the Christian doctrines, we must believe that the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God but they are not three gods, they are One Godhead. Christians thus believe that there is one, and only one God and that this one God is a Trinity of divine persons.

We are made in God's image. There are three parts that make up the whole of us. We have a human body. One that eats, runs, blinks and scratches. We also have a soul. The soul is our personality, our character, our thoughts and what makes me different from my sisters. Then we have our spirit. My spirit has been born when I became a Christian. This spirit is the new creation that the Bible talks about. The Holy Spirit lives within me now to grow, strengthen and empower this new spirit of mine. If my body dies, I am no longer Sharon. If my soul disappears, I am no longer Sharon. If my spirit were to die, I am no longer Sharon. It takes all three to make Sharon. Each is necessary to make Sharon. And Jesus died to save all three parts of me. When I die, my body dies but my soul and spirit go to be with the Lord in Heaven. When Jesus returns to establish the New Heaven and New Earth and the New Jerusalem, it says He will raise our physical bodies. These resurrected bodies will be immortal flesh and will once again rejoin our soul and spirit to ever live with the Lord in an eternal bliss.

This is only a simple analogy to a complicated God. So don't take my analogy as gold. It's just to give you an inkling. As I've said, our finite minds cannot comprehend the Godhead in it's entirety. We are not meant to as we are not God. Suffice it to say that we can accept this by faith. God knows that we don't have the power to understand it completely. It's a mystery to us. But He does reveal that the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God and that they are one God. We accept this in faith, based on His self revelation. I am imperfect and have a limited mind therefore I cannot understand the perfect and infinite Godhead. And that's OK. We believe what God has revealed and trust Him to be what He says He is. It is the same with His omniscience. Omniscience means all knowing. God knows everything. Everything includes our thoughts, our actions, our experiences, every piece of wisdom and knowledge. For instance, we don't know why people get Alzheimer's Disease. One day our scientists might figure out how something occurs but it's no mystery to God. Never has been and there is no mystery to Him that will ever be. He knows all. We will only figure out bits and pieces compared to His knowledge and wisdom. He knows the past and present and future. He knows all things. It boggles our mind to think He knows every thought just within our own minds, much less every human being that has ever existed, as well as, every mystery of creation!!!! We can't comprehend. But we accept it by faith because the Word says it. It is a self revelation by God.

1 John 3: 20 (NIV) If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Matthew 10: 29-31 (NIV) (29) Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. (30) And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (31) So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Psalm 139: 3b-4 (3) you are familiar with all my ways. (4) Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.

We cannot comprehend how God loves us. We see ourselves as miserable, sinful wretches and we cannot comprehend that we are lovable. We can't see how mankind is worthy of love. But God is LOVE. He cannot be anything else but love because it is who He is. He must express love because He is love. And He has chosen to express love for us despite how unlovable we are. He created us. He formed us. He knows each and every one of us and desired to save us, so much so that He sent His Son to die so that He could have a relationship with us once again.  He adores us not because of who we are but because of who He is! We cannot understand it but we accept it by faith because it is a self revelation by God in the Word.

1 John 4: 7-10 (NIV) (7) Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (8) Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (9) This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. (10) This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

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