It Is at the Root of Who He Is

Everything changes when it comes to the Father, Son and Spirit. Here’s a God who is not essentially lonely but who has been loving for all eternity as the Father has loved the Son in the Spirit. Loving others is not a strange or novel thing for this God at all; it is at the root of who he is.

– Reeves, Michael; Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith;  IVP Academic; Downer’s Grove, IL, Page 41

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His Love Is Not a Response

And therein lies the very good news of the Gospel: as the Father is the lover and the son the beloved, so Christ becomes lover and the church the beloved (John 15:9).  That means that Christ loves the church first and foremost: his love is not a response, given only when the church loves him; his love comes first, and we only love him because he first loved us (I John 4:19)

– Reeves, Michael; Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith;  IVP Academic; Downer’s Grove, IL, Page 28

This Is What it Means to be the Father

The God who is love is the Father who sends his Son. To be the Father, then, means to love, to give out life, to beget the Son. For anything else, for all of Trinity, this God was loving, giving life to an delighting in his son. (I John 4:7-8)

– Reeves, Michael; Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith;  IVP Academic; Downer’s Grove, IL, Page 25