All of God’s character and attributes perfectly and eternally exist none greater than the other. Yes, God is holy, light, and good; and yes, God’s holiness is seen through His love and his love seen through his holiness. Yet, for us humans, created in God’s image, made to exist in community, love is the attribute that so often resonates in our hearts.
God, when inaugurating Christ to His mission, introduces the relationship as loving Father to obedient Son.
- Matthew 3:17 “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased! Hear Him!”
Jesus, when he clearly wanted to explain God, didn’t refer to Him first as creator, king, judge, fire, or ruler—all of which are true. Jesus perfectly reveals God as a loving father.
- The Father loves the Son and shows Him all he does! (John 5:20)
Our Lord then showers us with this love when he prays to the Father:
- Father…in this relationship of I in the believers and they in me….the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me! (John 17:24)
John revels in this wonder writing, almost in amazing “Look at the great love the Father poured out on us: that we should be called the sons of God!” (1 John 3:1). Christian, let your heart join in the resonating song that the triune God is love (1 John 4:8)!