Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 11, 2018

God’s “unchanging love” – “His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions”

Today’s devotion comes from Micah chapter 7.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Micah+7&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“18 Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity
And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?
He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in unchanging love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;
He will tread our iniquities under foot.
Yes, You will cast all their sins
Into the depths of the sea.
20 You will give truth to Jacob
And unchanging love to Abraham,
Which You swore to our forefathers
From the days of old.”  Micah 7:18-19.

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The theme of today’s devotion is God’s “unchanging love” that we see twice in the above quote.

Indeed, who is like our God Who even delights in His “unchanging love”?!

Not the god of other doctrine who only reacts to man and changes his love in granting it or withholding it based on whether or not man is worthy to receive it.

But, the God of Reformed Doctrine initiates His love for those whom He elects for salvation, not based on whether or not man is worthy to receive it, because no man is worthy to receive it, but rather based on His own purpose.  “For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”  Romans 9:15-16.  “… so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.”  Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”  Romans 9:11-13.

“Yet on your fathers did the LORD set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day.”  Deuteronomy 10:15.

And for God’s elect whom He loves, God does not change His love because man sins.

“For I, the LORD, do not change;  therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.'”  Malachi 3:6.

And for God’s elect whom He loves, God does everything that they need for their salvation.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-8.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”  Romans 8:28-30.


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