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Christ Loves Us for What We Will Become

It is challenging at best, and sometimes nearly impossible, to understand the grace and love of God that is embodied in Jesus's death, burial, resurrection, and exaltation. We are used to dealing with human beings often as equals who have something to offer each other, but we are not equal to God. Though some might deny it and even hate the idea of God being superior and having no equal, it does not negate the truth. This further complicates the understanding of God's grace and love administered in Jesus. 

In physical and temporal terms, we love someone at first (other than our children and grandchildren :)) because of something that appeals to us about them. Yet, we have nothing to offer Jesus in this regard. 

Christopher Watkin (Biblical Critical Theory, 415) says it this way:

Christ's love for us is not in view of the qualities we currently possess but in view of those we will possess through his love: 'Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy...and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless' (Eph 5:25-27). This figure of love engenders a long-term commitment to the beloved, fostering a relationship not of consumer and product but of one who, through and despite everything, will ceaselessly seek the best interests of the beloved.

You and I will never find love like the love of Jesus in any other relationship on earth. There is no love to compare it to but itself. The best news is that He loves us beyond our ability to love Him back in the same way.


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