This is a line in a song by Stuart Townend by the same name, also known as “Salvation’s Song”. It is one of my all time favorites by him. Sadly, there are not many GOOD worship/hymn song writers anymore. There’s just too many 7/11 songs out there (same 7 words repeated 11 times…..it’s an exaggeration, but you get the gyst). Anyway, I used this title as the point of this blog post.
Many in Protestant mainstream churches, I believe, do NOT fully understand or comprehend God’s love for them and His Elect. Many a pastor have taught to his congregation, “if you do this, then God will save you.” This type of thinking gives people the impression that WE have to do something in order for God to open up His arms and accept us as His children. But that is sooooooooo far out in left field from what the Bible teaches. Ephesians 1:4-5 says, “Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will.” Those are two AMAZING verses. I mean, you can almost sum up the totality of the gospel with them.
First, it states that BEFORE the foundation of the world…..BEFORE God even spoke creation into existence, he had already chosen those whom He would save. Before he said, “Let there be light”, He already KNEW whom He would save. But for Him to do that, there had to be LOVE. In the last part it says, “In love, He predestined us….”. So, before the first star was ever hung in space, He already loved us. Isn’t that awesome??
And why is this awesome? Because not one of us had to do ANYTHING to deserve that love. Why? Because we weren’t BORN yet!! God knew that there would be no way that we could live up to HIS standards of perfection so, because of His love, He came to earth as a man (Jesus Christ), and offered HIMSELF as the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Why was He the ultimate sacrifice? Traditional OT law stated that the sin sacrifice was to be a perfect, unblemished lamb. No spots. No diseases. No defects. So, because God is perfect, it is only natural that He would offer Himself as the perfect sacrifice.
The other important thing to note is that not only did we NOT have to do anything to gain or earn His love (because He loved us before we were born), but we can’t do anything to make Him love us any less!! We’re going to sin…..EVERYDAY! But as God’s Elect, because we are covered in Christ’s righteousness; because He has wiped our slate clean, nothing we do or say will change His love for us.
NOTE: THIS DOES NOT GIVE US LICENSE TO SIN WILLFULLY!!
The point of my post is this……who we are will NEVER change God’s love for us because we were loved before the first galaxy was created. We will fail Him, that’s a given. But, His love will NEVER fail us. Ever!