Love is the assurance that believers in Christ know and possess the true knowledge that God loves them all. I often come across the fact through some reflective process of Christian rearing that childrenâ€™s songs were in effect the deepest of knowledge deposited upon the hearts of future Christians.
A child or youth in church or new believer in Christ may sing the song â€śOh, how I Love Jesus,â€ť written in 1855 by Frederick Whitfield and influenced by 1 John 4:19. We love Him, we sing, because He first loved us.
Is that not a case where a simple song conveyed a deeper understanding of our relationship with Christ? We truly come to love Him as we are taught that He first carried out the works of redemption and propitiation to satisfy the lawâ€™s judgment upon us.
The condemnation of the laws once pronounced us guilty by the fact that our penchant is always toward evil, but by His sacrificial act of atonement, He made us free from the bondage and consequences of sin.
His love and obedience worked out God the Fatherâ€™s plan
of salvationâ€”the coming of His Son in human form to experience humanity in every way and die the death of indignation to pay the price for our freedom from sin and resurrecting to secure our victory over death, hell, and the grave. All this occurred long before we existed and had knowledge of our sinful conditions.
Whenever we attempt to understand something that is done in our stead before we had any idea of its magnitudes, we fall in awe of the prescience of Jehovah-Elohim. We maintain this unfathomable outlook of a life that is so precious to the Creator that He purposed and carried out the greatest act of love ever known; He died for us to give us life eternal.