Beloved By The Lord


If you are a Christian, God loves you.  Christ loves you. In John 16:27 Jesus said,  “the Father Himself loves you.” The grand proof of the Father’s love for you is Christ’s death for you.  Rom.5:8  says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  If you personalize this, which you can rightfully do, it will read,  “But God demonstrates His own love toward me, in that while I was yet a sinner, Christ died for me.”  This is what Paul did with Jesus’ love in  Gal.2:20, “the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” 

God’s love for you began in eternity.  In  Eph.1:4-5  you will find the words  “In love”.  Paul wrote,

3 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, 

4 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, 

There are those who debate whether vs.4 should end with  “in love”  or whether vs.5 should begin with “in love”.  The truth is, both should happen.  Vs.4 teaches us,  “just as He (God) chose us (me) in Him (Christ) before the foundation of the world (that is, from eternity), in love.”  Vs.5 teaches us,  “In love He (God) predestined us (me) to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself.”  Predestination is God’s eternal decretive act.

God’s love for you was manifested in time.  The manifestation of this love began with the birth of the Lord Jesus and ended with the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.  The Bible clearly teaches that God loved you first.  1Jn.4:10  says,  “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us (that is, first) and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  Vs.19 adds,  “We love (Him) because He first loved us.”

The Christian is described as  “beloved by God” (1Thess.1:4)  and “beloved by the Lord” (2Thess.2:13).  “Beloved”  is a passive verb.  Something has happened to you.  You are the recipient of love, God’s love.  The verb is also a Greek perfect tense.  You are in the permanent and continuing state of being loved by God.  Such is the nature of this love for you, you can be properly described as God’s beloved or the Lord’s beloved. 

God has loved you eternally.  God has loved you permanently.  Is it possible for God to forget you and stop loving you?  NO!!! Isa.49:14-16  says,

14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
And the Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child
And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.
16 “Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.

If God cannot stop loving you, His beloved, how can you lose your salvation in His Beloved Son?  “I have loved you with an everlasting love;  Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness (hesed).”  (Jer.31:3).


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