The Bible gives us the one word the describes God: “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Love is the pre-eminent attribute of God with respect to His creatures. It is the controlling power in His divine government. God’s nature never changes (James 1:17); love has been His supreme quality in the past and will continue to be in the future.
The fact that God is love is of infinite worth in comprehending the plan of salvation. Only Love would give freedom of choice to His creatures and run the risk of experiencing the pain that sin has brought to the Godhead. Only Love would be interested in receiving the joyful voluntary service of those who were free to go their own way.
And when sin entered our world, only Love could have the patience and the will to come up with a plan that would help the universe to understand the basic facts in the great controversy between good and evil, and thus make sure that sin will not rise again.
In the warfare against sin, God, being love, can use only truth and love, whereas Satan uses every deceitful plan and lie to cause suffering and death. Only Love could come up with the plan that would allow the innocent Son of God to save the human race from the guilt and power of sin by His earthly life, death, and resurrection, and then to become the Father of a new converted race (1 John 4: 9).
The supreme expression of divine love is the Father’s gift of His own Son that we may be “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
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