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Election Joy 2 [9-20-20]

Here's where we left off last week:

The Father, before we even existed, before the world existed, says to the Son, "I am going to redeem sinners and I'm going to do it for you. I'm going to do it for you."

That is the doctrine of election.

Which leads to a question: Why would God do that? Because He loves the Son. As John 17:25-26 says:

"O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

We see here how Jesus celebrates the mutual love he has with the Father. As that eternal love is expressed in the perfect relationship of the Trinity, the gift from the Father to the Son is a redeemed humanity. To die on the cross for our forgiveness is the crown jewel…it is the ultimate gift…that is an expression of the love of the Father for the Son, to give the work of our salvation to him.

Let's pick things up with marriage customs in Jesus' day. How are arranged marriages analogous to election?

Before we do that, here's a reminder of what the Bible says about God's glory. These things are intimately tied together.

I once listened to a woman, who writes worship songs, describe how inspiration for a certain song came to her. She had a dream. In the dream, she was worshiping, looking up to God. God was standing over her, with outstretched arms. Underneath each armpit {her words, not mine} was a large mirror. And as she looked up, worshiping, she saw