“God’s love is an exercise of his goodness toward individual sinners whereby, having identified himself with their welfare, he has given his Son to be their Savior, and now brings them to know and enjoy him in a covenant relation” (J. I. Packer).
1. God’s love is an exercise of his goodness.
The Bible means by God’s goodness his cosmic generosity. Goodness in God, writes Berkhof, is ‘that perfection in God which prompts him to deal bountifully and kindly with all His creatures. It is the affection which the Creator feels towards His…creatures as such’ (Systematic Theology, p. 70, citing Ps. 145:9, 15-16; compare Luke 6:35; Acts 14:17).
Of this goodness, God’s love is the supreme and most glorious manifestation. ‘Love generally,’ wrote James Orr, ‘is that principle which leads one moral being to desire and delight in another, and reaches its highest form in that personal fellowship in which each lives in the…
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