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Mike Reeves: The Very Goodness of the Gospel

2 Jan

3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God – 1 Cor. 11:3

In other words, the shape of the Father-Son relationship (the headship) begins a gracious cascade, like a waterfall of love: as the Father is the lover and the head of the Son, so the Son goes out to be the lover and the head of the church. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you,” the Son says (Jn 15:9). And therein lies the very goodness of the gospel; as the Father is the lover and the Son the beloved, so Christ becomes the lover and the church the beloved. That means that Christ loves the church first and foremost: his love is not a response, given only when the church loves him; his love comes first, and we only love him because he first loved us (1 Jn 4:19).

~Mike Reeves~

Delighting in the Trinity (Downers Grove, IL; IVP Academic; 2012) p. 28.

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