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The Freedom of God in Creation and Redemption

February 22, 2011

I am reading Fred Sander’s book The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything and this insight stood out today, “God was not strictly required to redeem.  We can rest our thougths for a moment between creation and redemption, and ask, What if God had not redeemed his fallen creatures?  If thinking away creation is an uncomfortable thing to do, thinking away redemption is terrifying:  God did not have to save us.  There was no external necessity imposed on him, nor did he have any internal need.  The perfect blessedness of God would not have been compromised by the final failure of humanity.  God did no save us to rescue himself from sadness over our plight.  He saved us freely, out of an astonishing abundance of generosity.”

Consider then that Christ, while praying in Gethsemane and while hanging on the cross, was eminently aware that he could have called down a legion of angels to usher him back into the eternal bliss that he had enjoyed with the Father from before the world existed and would have been at no loss to his eternal joy.  But somewhere, embedded deep within the utter freedom of God in Christ is a love that “transcends all understanding.”  Christ suffered complete humiliation in complete freedom for our sake, and for the sake of His Father’s glory.

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