LOVE OF GOD

Is either his natural delight in that which is good, Is. 61:8. or that especial affection he bears to his people, 1 John 4:19. Not that he possesses the passion of love as we do; but it implies his absolute purpose and will to deliver, bless, and save his people. The love of God to his people appears in his all- wise designs and plans for their happiness, Eph. 3:10.–2. In the choice of them and determination to sanctify and glorify them, 2 Thess. 2:13.–3. In the gift of his Son to die for them, and redeem them from sin, death, and hell, Rom. 5:9. John 3:16.–4. In the revelation of his will, and the declaration of his promises to them, 2 Pet. 1:4.—5. In the awful punishment of their enemies, Ex. 19:4.—6. In his actual conduct towards them; in supporting them in life, blessing them in death, and bringing them to glory, Rom. 8:30, &c. Rom. 6:23. The properties of this love may be considered as, 1. Everlasting, Jer. 31:3. Eph. 1:4.—2. Immutable, Mal. 3:6. Zeph. 3:17.–3. Free, neither the sufferings of Christ nor the merits of men are the cause, but his own good pleasure, John 3:16.–4. Great and unspeakable, Eph. 2:4,6. 3:19. Psal. 36:7.



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