The Love of God
Here, we consider the teaching of the Scriptures concerning God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
As we consider this deep message, we must allow God Himself to draw near, in love, and lead us to offer praise to Him: praising “God in three Persons, blessed Trinity.”
We are not required to understand fully what it means to confess our faith in God as “God in three Persons, blessed Trinity.”
We are called to enter into the blessedness which reaches out to us from the heart of the God of love, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We are not required to understand all that it means to say, “We believe in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit."
We are called to receive and enjoy the love of God - the love of the Father who so loved the world that He gave His only Son for us, the love of the Son who loved us and gave Himself for us, the love of the Holy Spirit who fills our hearts with God’s love.
As we explore what the Word of God says to us about God - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, our concern is not with increasing our head-knowledge.
Rather, we seek to grow in our heartfelt appreciation of the love of God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Our desire must always be for a deeper experience of the love of God.
We must be constantly seeking to say, more and more truly, from our hearts: “Father (Jesus, Spirit), we adore You, Lay our live before You, How we love You!”
As we think of the Bible’s teaching regarding God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, our thoughts may well turn to two well-known Bible passages - the first, the words of the risen Christ; and the second, the words of the Apostle Paul.
After His resurrection and immediately before His ascension to the Father’s right hand, Jesus sent His disciples out into the world to make disciples. he gave them authority to preach, teach and baptize. This ministry was to be carried out “in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:1.
This ministry was to be a ministry of blessing. In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the apostles were to bring blessing to all nations. This blessing, the blessing of the gospel, may be summed up well in the words of the Apostle Paul: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14). This blessing may be summed up in one word: love.
Whether we look at God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Spirit, the message remains the same: love. From the heart of God, we hear this message: “I love you.”
- The Father says to us, “I love you. I gave My Son for You.”
- The Son says to us, “I love you. I died on the Cross for you.”
- The Spirit says to us, “I love you and I fill your heart with love, superabundant love, overflowing love, divine love, the love of God.
- As we contemplate the love of God, what will our response be? How can you and I even think about saying “No” to the love of the Father? Can we even begin to imagine a love more total, more generous, more passionate, more committed than the love of the Father? Do you not find that your heart is deeply moved as you think about such love, wonderful love, the amazing love of God the Father for us?
- Think, too, of the love of the Lord Jesus Christ - “There is no love like the love of Jesus”, “No one ever cared for me like Jesus.”
When the love of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, really touches our hearts, we will truly say from the heart: “Yes, Jesus loves me”, “I am so glad that Jesus loves me.”
If we catch even the slightest glimpse of the love of Jesus Christ for us, the love which took Him to the Cross for us, the love which kept Him on the Cross for us, we will say, with real depth of love for Him, “Jesus’ love is very wonderful. It’s so high you can’t get over it, so low you can’t under it, so wide you can’t get round it, O wonderful love!”
- Think, also, of the love of the Holy Spirit. He is the Comforter, the One who speaks to our hearts of the love of Jesus.
How do we find our way to the Cross? - We are led to the Cross by the Spirit of love.
How do we find our way to the Saviour? - We are led to Him by the Spirit of love.
The Spirit of love leads us to loving Saviour, and, once we have come to the loving Saviour, our hearts are filled with praise to the Father of love.
- This is the Good News: God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - is mightily at work within us that we might enjoy a richer, deeper and fuller experience of the love, the only love which can make our lives complete - “the great love of God, revealed in the Son” (Church Hymnary, 415), the love which comes to us with a declaration of love - “I love you” - and a call to love - “Do you love Me?”
May our response be “Yes Lord, you know that we love You.”