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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Love of God
Is either his natural delight in that which is good, Is. 61: 8. or that especial affection he bears to his people, 1 John 4:19 . Not that he possesses the passion of love as we do; but it implies his absolute purpose and will to deliver, bless, and save his people. The love of God to his people appears in his all- wise designs and plans for their happiness, Ephesians 3:10 .
2. In the choice of them and determination to sanctify and glorify them, 2 Thessalonians 2:13 .
3. In the gift of his Son to die for them, and redeem them from sin, death, and hell, Romans 5:9 . John 3:16 .
4. In the revelation of his will, and the declaration of his promises to them, 2 Peter 1:4 .
5. In the awful punishment of their enemies, Exodus 19:4 .
6. In his actual conduct towards them; in supporting them in life, blessing them in death, and bringing them to glory, Romans 8:30 , &c. Romans 6:23 . The properties of this love may be considered as,
1. Everlasting, Jeremiah 31:3 . Ephesians 1:4 .
2. Immutable, Malachi 3:6 . Zephaniah 3:17 .
3. Free, neither the sufferings of Christ nor the merits of men are the cause, but his own good pleasure, John 3:16 .
4. Great and unspeakable, Ephesians 2:4; Ephesians 2:6; Ephesians 3:19; Psalms 36:7 .
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Love of God'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/l/love-of-god.html. 1802.
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