God is (More Than) Love

god-is-love-wallpaperGod is so much more than love and that is why He is unique among the created gods of Man and amazing to those saved by His grace. God is amazing because He is so much more than love.

B.B. Warfield explains:

God is Love! But it does not in the least follow that He is nothing but love. God is Love: but Love is not God and the formula “Love” must therefore ever be inadequate to express God…It is not from the Bible that we have learned to think of God as nothing but Love…

The infinitude of His love would be illustrated not by His lavishing favor on sinners without requiring a cleansing from sin, but by His – through such holiness and through such righteousness as cannot but cry out with infinite abhorrence and indignation – still loving sinners so greatly that He provides a satisfaction for their sin adequate to the tremendous demands. It is the distinguishing characteristic of Christianity, after all, not that it preaches a God of Love, but that it preaches a God of conscience…

It has been said that “an honest God is the noblest work of man.” But it appears that this work is too noble for man and man has never accomplished it. A benevolent God, yes: men have framed a benevolent God for themselves. But a thoroughly honest God, perhaps never. That has been left for the revelation of God Himself to give us. And this is the really distinguishing characteristic of the God of the Bible: He is a thoroughly honest, a thoroughly conscientious God – a God who deals honestly with Himself and us, who deals conscientiously with Himself and us. And a thoroughly conscientious God, we may be sure, is not a God who can deal with sinners as if they were not sinners. In this fact lies, perhaps, the deepest ground of the necessity of an atonement that deals directly with the terminating of our sin – past, present and future. (From B.B. Warfield’s Works. Forgive me, the page number alludes me at the moment).

God is love, but He is also more than love. God is holy and will never ignore sin (Is. 6:3). God is light and will never overlook the things done in darkness (1 John 1:5). God is a consuming fire and promises to completely destroy all evil and those who love it (Hebrews 12:29). And, it is only in light of those truths that we can accurately think of God as love (1 John 4:8).

God’s love is never expressed without His other glorious attributes in full expression as well. For example:

His love is a holy-love that sees our sin, hates it with all He has, and sends His Holy Son to save us from it.

His love is a consuming-fire-love that punishes all our sin in full at the cross of Jesus.

His love is a light-love that changes our hearts to desire the light and ceaselessly works in our hearts to weed out the darkness of our old life so the the light of our new life would shine brilliantly for all to see.

God is love, but He is so much more than love and that’s what makes Him amazing.

To tweak a quote from an Edgar Allen Poe poem, “We have been loved with a love that is more than love;” and that, my friend, is why we worship the Lover.

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About Dana Dill

I am a happy slave of Jesus Christ, a thankful husband to Chawna Dill, and the youth pastor of South Shores Church. I'm here on assignment (Acts 20:24).
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