The Enormous Love of God The Father

Posted Oct 31, 2010 by Graham Tierney in The Father Hits: 7,402

This morning I was reading Brother Adrian’s amazingly clear article, "The Trinity and The Loss of Identity", for a third time, when my thoughts were taken to another article, this one written by Ellen White, the messenger of the Lord, entitled “The Love of God. How Manifested -” published in the Australasian Union Conference Record June 1 1900.

To my mind the article clearly shows the enormous depth of love that God (The Father) has for His created beings, and my eyes fill with tears at the thought of how much love my Heavenly Father had for me at the time He made His decision to allow His Only Begotten Son to become my propitiation (see The Story of Redemption – Chapter 5 – The Plan of Salvation) and how much love He still has for me in that He adopted me as His son (John 1:12; Gal 4:1-7; Eph.1:6).

All emphasis and parenthesis is supplied by me with the exception of the parenthesis in bolded red. If I have mistakenly emphasised or bracketed any of the statements erroneously then the fault is mine to be forgiven due to human ineptness.

One other thing, search as I will, I cannot see more than Two Distinct Personalities i.e. God The Father and His Only Begotten Son in this article, so I have to believe that the messenger of the Lord wrote the article with that in mind.

 

"In this was manifested the love of God (The Father) toward us, because that God (The Father) sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God (The Father), but that he (The Father) loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God (The Father) so loved us, we ought also to love one another".  1 John 4:9-11

 

“The Love of God. How Manifested -” By Mrs E. G. White

Australasian Union Conference Record – June 1 1900

"True love is not merely a sentiment or an emotion. It is a living principle, a principle that is manifest in action. True love, wherever it exists, will control the life. Thus it is with the love of God (The Father). "God (The Father) is love;" and in all His (The Father’s) works, in all His (The Father’s) dealings with mankind, His (The Father’s) character is revealed". {AUCR, June 1, 1900 par. 1}......"When Adam's sin plunged the race into hopeless misery, God (The Father) might have cut Himself (The Father) loose from fallen beings. He (The Father) might have treated them as sinners deserve to be treated. He (The Father) might have commanded the angels of heaven to pour out upon our world the vials of His (The Father’s) wrath. He (The Father) might have removed this dark blot from His (The Father’s) universe. But He (The Father) did not do this. Instead of banishing them from His (The Father’s) presence, He came still nearer to the fallen race. He (The Father) gave His (The Father’s) Son (Christ Jesus) to become bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh. "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth." Christ by His human relationship to men drew them close to God (The Father). He (Christ Jesus The Son) clothed His (Christ Jesus The Son) divine nature with the garb of humanity, and demonstrated before the heavenly universe, before the unfallen worlds, how much God (The Father) loves the children of men. The gift of God (The Father) to man is beyond computation. Nothing was withheld. God (The Father) would not permit it to be said that He (The Father) could have done more, or revealed to humanity a greater measure of love. In the gift of Christ (The Father’s Son) He (The Father) gave all heaven. {par. 7 - 8}

The Highest (Christ Jesus), who was with the Father before the world was, submitted to humiliation that He (Christ Jesus) might uplift humanity. Prophecy withdraws the veil, that we may behold the throne of heaven, that we may see upon that throne, high and lifted up, One (Christ Jesus) who in human form came to our world to suffer, to be lacerated with stripes, and bruised for our iniquities. "The chastisement of our peace was upon Him (Christ Jesus); and with His stripes we are healed." Before the heavenly universe the Lord of Glory (Christ Jesus) suffered in human form that sin might be pardoned, and sinners redeemed. He (Christ Jesus) died that the love of God (The Father), as a mighty helper, might flow to all suffering human beings. par. 9}

Through yielding to sin, man placed his will under the control of Satan. He became a helpless captive in the tempter's power. God (The Father) sent His Son (Christ Jesus) into our world to break the power of Satan, and to emancipate the will of man. He (The Father) sent Him (Christ Jesus) to proclaim liberty to the captives, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free. By pouring the whole treasury of heaven into this world, by giving us in Christ (The Father’s Son) all heaven, God (The Father) has purchased the will, the affections, the mind, the soul, of every human being. When man places himself under the control of God (The Father), the will becomes firm and strong to do right, the heart is cleansed from selfishness and filled with Christ-like love. The mind yields to the authority of the law of love, and every thought is brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. The powers, hitherto "members of unrighteousness," and "servants of sin," are consecrated to the service of the God (The Father) of love. par. 10}

That this redemption might be ours, God (The Father) withheld not even the sacrifice of Himself (The Father). He gave Himself in His Son. The Father suffered with Christ in all His humiliation and agony. He suffered as He saw the Son of His love despised and rejected by those whom He came to elevate, ennoble, and save. He (The Father) saw Him (Christ Jesus His Son) hanging upon the cross, mocked and jeered by the passers-by, and He (The Father) hid as it were His (The Father’s) face from Him (Christ Jesus His Son). He saw Christ bearing the sin of the world, and dying in the sinner's stead. The human heart knows the love of a parent for his child. We know what a mother's love will do and suffer for her beloved one. But never can the heart of man fathom the depths of God's (The Father’s) self-sacrifice. AUCR June 1 1900 par. 11}”.

Thank you and Praise You my Heavenly Father for Your gift most precious, and Praise You my Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus, literal Son of The Almighty God, for Your willingness to risk Your eternal life for a sinner such as me. Amen.