Exploring His Excellencies

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His Love
John Isaacs September 13, 2009 Kingsway Community Church

Who is God?

What is He Like?

God is
who the Bible (in its totality) reveals Him to

The Bible Reveals God To Be

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Good 7. Powerful 8. Wise 9. Eternal 10. Holy 11. Just 12.

Merciful Faithful Near Sovereign

God is Sovereign

God has the power to perform His will.

God is not subject to anyone.

God governs and controls the

God is sovereign, and yet, I’m still responsible for the things I

God is Love

1 John 4:8
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God

is love.

God is Love but

Love is not God

The divine love is commonly regarded as a species of amiable weakness, a sort of good-natured indulgence; it is reduced to a mere sickly sentiment, patterned after human emotion. - A. W. Pink

Human Love God’s Love Influenced Uninfluenced Conditional Changing Temporary Unconditional Unchanging Eternal

1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us.

There is little real love for God even among professing Christians. Because our hearts are so little occupied with His wondrous love for His people. The better we are acquainted with His love – its character, fullness, blessedness – the more our hearts will be drawn out in love to Him. - A. W. Pink

Characteristic s of God’s Love

God’s Love is Infinite and Limitless

Psalm 103:11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.

Ephesians 3:18-19
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

Ephesians 3:18-19
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

God’s Love is Immutable and Changeless

Micah 7:20
You will show faithfulness to Jacob and unchanging love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

God’s Love is Eternal

Psalm 136:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.

Jeremiah 31:3
The LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

God’s Love is Sacrificial

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

1 John 4:10
This is real love - not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

God’s Love is Personal and Individual

God’s love is not a vague, diffused goodwill towards everyone in general and nobody in particular. - J. I. Packer

Ephesians 1:4
Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.

God’s Love is The Source for Our Loving One

1 John 4:7-11
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know 9 God, for God is love. God
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1 John 4:7-11 (cont.)
showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. 10 This is real love - not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a

1 John 4:7-11 (cont.)
sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 1 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

Romans 5:5
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.

Keep yourself in God’s

Love

Jude 21
Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

John 15:9-10
I have loved you even as the Father has loved Me. Remain in My love. When you obey My commandments, you remain in My love, just as I obey My Father’s commandments and remain in His love.

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