John 17:23, “I (Jesus Christ) in the sphere of them (Church Age believers) and You (God the Father) in the sphere of Me, in order that they may be perfected in unity (with God), so that the world (unbelievers) would know that You sent Me and You loved them even as You loved Me.”
Personal Love of God the Father toward the Believer
C. There are Three Directional Categories of Divine Love.
1. Toward God; Love toward the perfect righteousness of the other two members of the Trinity.
1. Toward God; Love toward the perfect righteousness of the other two members of the Trinity. 2. Toward Mankind; saved and unsaved.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
a. God’s love toward unsaved, spiritually dead mankind is Impersonal Love due to man’s relative righteousness, Phil 3:9; Titus 3:5-7.
Phil 3:9, “And (I Paul) may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.”
b. When anyone believes in Christ, The Father imputes His perfect righteousness to them for: 1) justification, 2) logistical grace, 3) personal love of all believers. Rom 10:10; 2 Cor 5:21
Rom 10:10, “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
2 Cor 5:21, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
3. Toward policy; This describes the difference in Divine policy towards the believer and unbeliever, both of whom God loves. Rom 9:13, “Jacob I loved; Esau I hated.”
D. Divine Impersonal Love for the unbeliever emphasizes the integrity of the subject (God). John 3:16 and Rom 5:8
John 3:16, “God loved the world so much that He gave His Son, the uniquely-born One, that anyone who believes in Him shall never perish but have eternal life.”
Rom 5:8, “God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died as a substitute for us.”
E. Divine Personal Love for the believer emphasizes the integrity of the object.
1. The object of God’s personal love is His perfect righteousness inside of you, the believer.
2. Divine Love is attracted to perfect Divine righteousness (+R) and can only have perfect righteousness as its object.
3. How did God ever come to have personal love for anyone in the human race?
a) At the moment of salvation, every believer not only has regeneration through Divine Impersonal Love, but he also has Divine Personal Love.
Grace Fellowship Church Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Tape # 12-060 Personal Love of God the Father Towards the Believer Great High Priestly Prayer, Part 108 John 17:23; 3:16; 36; Phil 3:9; Rom 5:8; Titus 3:5-7 James H. Rickard Bible Ministries 2012