A God of Extremes #1
We witness God’s extreme love from its revelation in the Garden to its revelation on Golgotha:
- In the Garden of Eden He grieved for His condemned children—lost to sin—and revealed His plan to redeem them.
- On the mount of Golgotha He grieved for His condemned Son—who became sin—and accomplished His plan to redeem us.
From the fall in Genesis to the vision in Revelation, God demonstrates only love. Love for the rebellious, the apathetic, the hurtful, the ignorant, the blind, the uncaring. Love for those we find too difficult to love and are too impatient to try. His love is excessive, too extreme to comprehend because we can’t identify with its absurd generosity. And He shares it freely, ungrudgingly, liberally with each one of us.
God’s love exceeds our highest expressions of love and our noblest efforts to demonstrate that love. That is why Paul asks for supernatural power to even begin to grasp its immensity.
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power…to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17b-19)
Knowing God’s love is not intellectual. It surpasses knowledge, but when we experience it we are filled with the fullness of God. And then we can begin to love as He does.