Here’s a good one from Lee! Thank you Jesus for your love! -anita
I’ve been busily reading on the doctrine of the Trinity and came across an astounding thought in the course of that study. I had never thought of this in the terms used in the material I was studying, and I want to share it in case you have never had this insight either.
First, let me say that I am sure in my heart that God loves me. Most Christians, I would venture to say, are familiar with passages like John 3:16 and 1 John 3:1 and they believe that Christ loved them enough to die for them. Having said that—and having believed it myself—I guess I also unilaterally set a limit on just how much God could love me. After all, on the one hand you have me, much like you, a dyed-in-the-wool sinner. Quite capable of doing, thinking, and saying things all the time that are less than pleasing to our God. On the other hand, you have the Lord Jesus. The Father’s beloved Son in whom He is well pleased. A Son who is part of the Holy Trinity; one in essence with the Father Himself. In short, Jesus is God! I certainly don’t compare!
Well, now… the readings I’ve been doing on the Trinity spent a lot of time discussing the doctrine of “inseparable operations.” I thought I was a fairly well-informed Christian but, admittedly, I had never heard of that doctrine. It says, in part, that because all three members in the Trinity are of one essence, each Person of the Trinity works with the others to do everything. A good example of this is found in Genesis 1 and John 1 where, clearly, all three members of the Godhead were present at creation. In the material I’ve been studying, it expounds on this thought: “…if God is one, then each person of the Godhead must be involved in everything that God does.” When you think about that statement, make sure you distinguish in your mind that what Jesus does as God can be different than what Jesus did as a man incarnate, but that’s a topic for another time.
Back to the point I raised: how could God the Father love me like He loves His Son? Jesus provides the answer Himself. John quotes our Lord Jesus in an incredibly uplifting passage: John 17:20-26. Jesus first prays to His Father concerning the Disciples but then, in verse 20, He says, “I do not ask in behalf of these alone (the Disciples), but for those also who believe in Me (that’s you & me)….” A couple of verses later, Jesus mentions something which I had never thought about all that much before. Jesus says in verse 23, “…that the world may know that You (the Father) sent Me and loved them (us) even as You loved Me.” Dr. R.C. Sproul puts it this way: “God’s love for us…is of a different order. It is love born of grace.” While you and I are not part of the Holy Trinity, we still are loved by our Father with the same love He has for His Son. One last thought: Jesus loves us enough to die on a cross. Our Father in heaven, while He never died on a cross as did Jesus the man, loves us in the same way—to the same degree—as Jesus because they are inseparable in the Holy Trinity. Maybe it’s just me, but I find it astonishing that our heavenly Father could love me as much as He loves Jesus. We are so blessed!