By LOU TISCIONE
John 3:16 is now the second most-frequently quoted verse of the Bible. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
The love of God is a pure love. Jesus said that it is for the whole world. God is holy therefore He never excuses evil. God does not affirm evil behavior. Yet, the Bible is clear. Love is an attribute of God. (1 John 4:8) The Apostle John defined God’s love. “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9)
The Apostle John also recorded the night time conversation of Jesus and a man whose name was Nicodemus. It was in the context of this conversation that these famous words of Jesus were uttered. Jesus told Nicodemus that God was the initiator of divine love. He expressed His love by giving His only Son!
God’s actions are always purposed. His purpose is His glory. (Romans 11:36) So then God initiated His demonstration of love for His glory. That demonstration was His giving His only Son, Jesus, and it was ordained in eternity. He and His Son made an agreement, called a covenant. The Son agreed to give His life as a ransom for many. God’s love was ordained by Him in the Covenant of Redemption.
At just the “right” time, ordained by God, the Son took upon Himself human nature. The Son is fully God and fully man. As Adam, the first man, is the federal head of the human race. Jesus is the federal head of the church, the elect of God. What Adam failed to accomplish Jesus Christ did perfectly. He completed God’s plan of redemption. Jesus said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30)