“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son…,” is found in John’s gospel.
No matter where you hail from, one thing is clearly stated in the text, that is, that God loved.
He chose to do this in spite of the fact of whether or not we deserved it.
The Old Testament is filled with example after example of mankind’s choice of sin. We clearly, had trouble with keeping our faith, and obedience to God’s commandments . With this Love of God, comes the Profound question as to why. For what reason would He favor mankind as a whole. If not something that we ourselves have done, what could be His motivation. As with all investigations, the best place to start is at the beginning. Genesis 1 : 31, tells us that God himself thought of man as good. Even when we can’t find reasons to consider ourselves to be good, God in His wisdom placed this distinction upon us; as well as His blessing : Gen. 1 : 28.
We were created from the earth, all of the material to form us came from what God had created, but we were given something more.
In order for us to become a living soul, God had to give us His own breath of life : Gen. 2 : 7.
This breath, not coming from the created world, was a special gift and blessing, . . . more of God’s love.
It is interesting to also note that mankind, being the last of God’s creations, was given careful consideration.
This is evident as God spoke in the consulting voice: “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness…” Gen. 1:26.
From the very beginning, mankind was given God’s special favor. We were conceived for and with, special purpose in mind. Because God is unchanging, this original intent has not changed. As man was created for fellowship, he is the object of God’s affection, the expression of God’s love. We all know what followed creation, man’s fall into sin.
However, there still remains this one simple fact . . .