Believer, God Loves You Because God Loves Himself
Believer, you are loved by God with a trinitarian love. In other words, God loves you with the same love with which He loves Jesus. In other words (since Jesus is God), God loves you with the same love with which He loves Himself.
Why did Paul say that “if we are faithless, [God] remains faithful—for He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2.13)”? Well, Paul also said that we are Christ’s and Christ is God’s (1 Corinthians 3.23), clearly implying that believers belong to God in the same way that Christ belongs to God. Jesus is God’s Son and the second person of the trinity. If God denied Jesus, God would be denying Himself. And if, as we saw in 1 Corinthians 3.23, believers are “in Christ”, and if we have His righteousness, as 2 Corinthians 5.21 says, then we can infer that God would deny Himself if He denied anyone who puts their faith in Christ. And He cannot.
“So, then,” I can hear you say, “God doesn’t actually love me for me. He loves me because He has to. He loves me merely because He loves Jesus. You’re saying that Jesus is the only other person in history who God has actually loved for who He is.” But here’s the thing: it’s not like Jesus just opened His coat of righteousness and invited us to come in when 2 Corinthians 5.21 happened. When Paul said that we are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3.3), he didn’t mean that we are invisible. He meant that we are in God in the same way that Christ is in God. We are with Christ. God is our Father. And that is because we, as individuals, have been adopted into God’s family. Watch this: “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are (1 John 3.1).” So we are… in the same way that Jesus is God’s Son.
Therefore, a child of God never needs to wake up thinking “I wonder what I can do for God today,” or “I wonder if God loves me today.” If God still loves Jesus, and in fact, if God still loves Himself, then He most certainly still loves you, fellow child of God. Because God cannot deny Himself.
Do children spend any time trying to earn a place in their family? No, because children know that they don’t earn such a position. In the same way, children of God ought not spend any time trying to earn a place in God’s family, because they know that they don’t earn such a position. It is given. We were adopted by God, not because we chose to be, but because God acted on our behalf.
The saying is worthy of being repeated, believer: God’s love for you is certain, because God’s love for Himself is certain. Rejoice. And rest.