Everything Purposed By Love

We learn from the Bible that God delights in His Son. One day Jesus took with Him Peter, James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain. Those three were now witnesses to a most astounding happening. Matthew writes: “And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.” (Matt 17:2 ESV) Some moments later God declares over His Son: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (v. 5). This is a confirmation of what God said when Jesus was baptized by John: “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt 3:17)

The word translated “pleased” has several meanings. It also means to approbate[1] (a person or a thing) and take pleasure in a person. This event took place while Jesus was in the flesh as an example to us so that we no longer know Jesus according to the flesh. In so doing, we find that He has come in the flesh in you and me. In our consciousnesses we have walked the path to the mountain top where God declares over us the same exact thing that He declared over Jesus while He walked this earth. He says over you: “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” He takes pleasure in you and He has accepted you!

A common misunderstanding regarding our relationship with God is that He somehow is dissatisfied with us and even angry with us when we think we fail. That is an impossibility – an absurdity! If God has taken complete possession of us, that is, Christ lives in us (Gal 2:20), how could we then assert that God is angry with us? This would be to assert that He rules a divided kingdom. Jesus very lucidly insisted that “every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation.” (Matt 12:25). When He uttered those words He was talking about Satan’s kingdom. The most prevalent attribute of God’s kingdom is love. This is a consistent flow of mutual admiration, delight and acceptance. If God was to be angry with any of those who now have ascended to the heavenly realm He would de facto be angry with Himself. That is a contradiction, because God is love. There exists no anger within the Triune fellowship into which we now are securely placed. To assert the opposite plainly means that God’s kingdom is divided.

Jesus said to Nicodemus: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) He didn’t say: “For God was so angry with the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.” The creation was an act of love. The desire to have a multitude of sons was stirred by love. What about the fall then? If you believe that Satan merely is God’s convenient agent to promote His eternal purposes, that is, bring a multitude of sons to maturity, sons who have tasted the wretchedness perpetuated by the illusion of separation, to become safe sons in Him, you by faith recognize that the fall and everything that it entailed was an necessity purposed by love. Personally, I struggled a long time with this view, before it became settled in me as the only plausible explanation to everything. On this vantage point you can hear God’s laughter reverberate through the universe as His eternal purposes are accomplished in love.

The perhaps most poignant evidence that Satan merely is God’s convenient agent is the crucifixion of Jesus where He through one act reversed the consequences of the fall. It was the devil’s machinations which led to the crucifixion, but Jesus clearly ascribed His lot to God; “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt 26:39) Three times Jesus prayed this prayer to accentuate that this was His Father’s will which was about to come to pass. Paul observes in 1 Cor 2:8: “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” Lukas writes: “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” (Acts 2:23) The crucifixion of His beloved Son was according to God’s determinate council and foreknowledge, but the act itself was carried out by wicked hands. Isaiah even writes that it pleased God to bruise His son (Isa 53:10). This is one of the great mysteries in God, how He who is only love accomplishes His eternal purposes through persons who He has given a “free will” to either love Him or turn unto wicked paths.

[1] Approve; Sanction

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4 Responses to Everything Purposed By Love

  1. Cindi Estep says:

    Lovely Word! I also love that Father declared to the disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration to ony hear His Son…..the law and the prophets stood there before them too but they were no longer listen to their words only to “The Word”! And the thought of Satan doesn’t rise up very often any more. As I lie in that hospital bed last week, I never gave one thought to Satan….I wasn’t under attack as some said to me…..I was only taking another road on my journey and He traveled with me and here we are Now…….Blessings!

    • Ole Henrik says:

      What you write, dear Cindi, is what Norman Grubb, Dan Stone, Fred Pruitt and all the other faith heroes call single-eye-seing; only God who will fill up every negative in our lives or negative we encounter with Himself. As you say when we see only God Satan has lost his power completely in regards to our reactions and thought-processes. We are free. Great point you make about the law and the prophets. There is only one word and that is Christ. Every day He writes a new volume in and through us as us.

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