Unconditional


(This post is sort of a testing of the waters – not to see what you all think of the post itself, per se, but whether or not posts about theological “stuff” are interesting enough to warrant comments, thoughts, criticism, etc.)

We talk a lot about God’s love as unconditional, but I think many of us, myself included, haven’t thought very deeply about what that means.  After all, even unbelievers like to say that God’s love is unconditional, and some even dare to apply this to mean that God loves all people equally, and therefore wouldn’t “send” anyone to hell.

John Frame, professor at RTS in The Doctrine of God, says,

“People sometimes ask whether God’s love is “unconditional.”  In one sense, God’s love is conditional, for God declares conditions that must be met by those who are seeking his blessings. Some don’t meet those conditions and receive eternal punishment.  But when God loves someone in Christ before the foundations of the world, God himself meets the conditions, so that that person will certainly be saved eternally.  To those who belong to Christ, there are no further conditions.  Nothing can separate us from his love.  In that sense, God’s saving love is utterly unconditional” (423)

I’ve had to check myself often in the past few years to see if I’m getting my definitions from the Bible or from popular evangelicalism – unfortunately the two are not always the same. I agree with Frame because I think it’s true to how the Bible talks about God’s love.

Definitely a worth while thing to put some thought into.  Praise God for meeting the condition for us that we could never have met ourselves!

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