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1 John 4: 9 (KJV)
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
The love of God here spoken of, and instanced in, is not his general love to all his creatures, which is shown in the make of them, and in the support of them in their beings, and in his providential care of them, and kindness to them; but his special love towards his elect, and which was before it was manifested; it was secretly in his heart from everlasting, and did not begin to be at the mission of Christ into the world, but was then in a most glaring manner manifested: there were several acts of it before, as the choice of them in Christ, the appointment of him to be their Savior, and the covenant of grace made with him on their account; these were more secret and hidden; but now the love and kindness of God appeared, broke forth, and shone out in its glory; this is a most flagrant and notorious instance of it, in which it is exceedingly conspicuous; this is a most clear proof, a plain and full demonstration of it.
God calls Him His only begotten, for the sake of amplifying. For in this He more clearly shewed how singularly He loved us, because He exposed His only Son to death for our sake. But the beauty is that in the same instant, He who is His only Son by nature, makes many sons by grace and adoption, even all who, by faith, are united to his body. He expresses the end for which Christ has been sent by the Father, even that we may live through him, for without him we are all dead, but by his coming he brought life to us; and except our unbelief prevents the effect of his grace, we feel it in ourselves. The sender is God the Father, who is distinguished from the Son that is sent; of which act of sending; Ro.8:3 and Gal.4:4; and for Him, who is that God against whom we have sinned, and is that lawgiver that is able to save, and to destroy, and of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, to send His Son to be the Savior of sinful men is an amazing instance of love. This appears the more manifest, when it is observed that it is “His only begotten Son” that is sent; John 1:14; and the place He was sent into is the world, where His people are, and where their sins are committed, He came to expiate; and where He was treated with great indignity and contempt, and suffered many things, and at last death itself: the end of his mission was, that we might live through Him.
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