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He loves us because He loves us

I wasn't a huge fan of this paragraph quoted on Tony's blog (as my comment makes clear).

But I love this one:

Thomas Manton, from a sermon on John 3:16

“Love is at the bottom of all. We may give a reason of other things, but we cannot give a reason of his love, God showed his wisdom, power, justice, and holiness in our redemption by Christ. If you ask why he made so much ado about a worthless creature, raised out of the dust of the ground at first, and had now disordered himself, and could be of no use to him? We have an answer at hand, Because he loved us. If you continue to ask, But why did he love us? We have no other answer but because he loved us; for beyond the first rise of things we cannot go. And the same reason is given by Moses, Deuteronomy 7:7–8: ‘The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people, for ye were the fewest of all people; but because the Lord loved you…’ That is, in short, he loved you because he loved you. All came from his free and undeserved mercy; higher we cannot go in seeking after the causes of what is done for our salvation.”

–Thomas Manton, The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, 2:340–341.

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Huh?

Huh?

That's what I'm talkin about.

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0 thoughts on “He loves us because He loves us

  1. Pete D

    Yes - preach it, brother! This is what we all desparately need to hear - we refuse to accept it because we don't dare to think that it might actually be true - so we need reminding again and again and again and again and...
    Until we (I'm not going to say "I" - it's surely a communal thing) take this truth on board and allow it to permeate right through we aren't going to be able to enjoy the deepest reaches of God's undeserved lovingkindness towards us, I reckon

  2. Glen

    We need reminding indeed. That's why we have the word that comes from beyond us and tells us a truth we do not know by ourselves - He loves us!

    God bless Pete

  3. Heather

    Gotcha.

    I actually tend to look at "Why does God love us?" in a similar light as I do "Why is there evil in the world?" or, "Why/how does He save some and not others?"

    We are given some information to ponder. But ultimately, His answer to us (as it was to Job, when he wondered such things) is "Because I'm God. And I do love My children. Trust Me."

  4. Glen

    That's a very deep answer Dev! I've just been discussing glory stuff on another blog and one of the arguments being touted is that God's being as 'Elector' is prior to His being as 'Father.'

    If you go that way it leads nasty places. Let's begin with the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is His very heartbeat to overflow in love!

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