As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. – John 15:9 (NIV)

All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. – Luke 10:22 (NIV)

It ranks among the most profound issues we could possibly con­sider: in John 15:9, Jesus says, “Just as the Father loves me”. The subject: God the Father’s love for his only begotten Son. How can we comprehend such divine love?

Consider what the Bible teaches us about this relationship. The Son is everything to the Father. We find this truth expressed in John 3:35, “The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.” Jesus reiterates the same truth in the opening words of Luke 10:22, “All things have been committed to me by my Father.”

The Father’s love for his only begotten Son never grows or changes. It is and always has been perfect and complete. The Son luxuriates in the per­fection of the unending love of the Father. The Son is eternally im­mersed in this overwhelming, overpowering love. For the Son, the Father’s love is existence—there is no Son apart from the Father’s all-encom­passing, all-pervading, all-embracing love.

In this love, everything that is the Father becomes the Son, and all that is the Son is subsumed into the Father. The Son possesses all that is the Father, and in turn joyfully surrenders to being possessed by the Father. The consuming nature of this relationship is expressed by Jesus in the middle portion of Luke 10:22, “No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son”.

In the intense fire of divine love, the Father shares all of his existence with the Son. The Son receives this love, he absorbs this love which is his own existence, and in perfect harmony and full com­munion with his Father, from the Father and Son together, the union of their love proceeds forth as the Holy Spirit. So the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are drawn into each other, penetrating the core of each other’s being, and so sharing the divine essence in the full union that makes God Triune—a mutual sharing of existence forming the circle of divine love.

This circle of love is the very essence of God, who is an eternal circle of love. A most profound truth that grounds the Bible’s simple definition of Deity: God is love. These words offer a basic expla­nation of the Trinity—God is a Triune circle of endless love. This greatest conceivable love … greatest possible love, is the full and complete love of God.

One concluding thought: contemplate the cross in light of the Father’s love for the Son. The Father surrendered to brutal death on a cross that most beloved of all beloveds—the only begotten Son of God the Father. The greatest possible lover surrendered the greatest conceivable love—for you. If God already did that to save your soul, how could you ever doubt his love for you?

Jesus said, “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.” Once we know the Father’s love for the Son and the Son’s love for us, how could we fail to trust that the will of God is love for us? If you believe that Jesus emptied himself from his position of eternal, loving bliss to die for your sins, then trusting his promise of eternal goodness is easy. How could any power ever separate you from that love? The very love of the Father for the Son is now ours!

Meditate on the love of God and the cross, and then you cannot doubt God. That’s how you remain forever in this most glorious and splendid of all loves.

Next time: Circles that Form a Chain