Sunday, October 18, 2009
LOVED WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE
God's love to His elect is not of yesterday; it does not begin with their love to Him, We love Him, because He first loved us.
It was bore in His heart towards them long before they were delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of His dear Son.
It does not commence in time, but bears date from eternity, and is the ground and foundation of the elect's being called in time out of darkness into marvelous light: "I have loved thee," says the Lord to the church, "with an everlasting love;" therefore with loving-kindness have I have drawn thee." that is in effectual vocation.
Many are the instances which might be given in proof of the antiquity of God's love to His elect, and as it is antecedent to their being brought out of a state of nature. God's choosing them in Christ before the foundation of the world, was an act of His love towards them, the fruit and effect of it; for election pre-supposes love.
His making an everlasting covenant with His Son, ordered in all things, and sure, on account of those He chose in Him; His setting Him up as the Mediator of the covenant from everlasting; His donation of grace to them in Him before the world began; his putting their persons into His hands, and so making them His care and charge, are so many demonstrative proofs of His early love to them; for can it ever be imagined that there should be a choice of persons made, a covenant of grace so well formed and stored, a promise of life granted, and a security made, both of persons and grace, and yet no love all this while?
By John Gill