God’s Great Joy in Redemption

I said this fifteen years ago when we went through the gospel of Luke and came to this chapter. I don’t remember how many messages I preached on this chapter, but I think it was at least ten or more, and I, at the time, said I may be introducing something to you that you never heard of before, namely the joy of God. We think about God in a lot of ways, but normally people don’t think of God as joyful. But God does everything He does for His own joy. It was Jonathan Edwards who said, “God’s single end in redemption is His own joy.” God has a compelling interest in the recovery of sinners for His own joy.

~ John MacArthur: God’s Great Joy in Redemption

What can we say about this father? Who is this father? God in Christ coming down from heaven to the dust of our towns to seek and save the lost sinner. And God initiates the search. He is the seeker who finds the sinner before the sinner can find Him. And God’s love for the penitent is lavish and it is pure grace apart from any work, and God finds His consummate joy in the salvation of one lost sinner so that all of heaven erupts in a celebration. Second Corinthians 5:19 says, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them.” That’s grace.

~ John MacArthur: God’s Great Joy in Redemption

God initiates the search.
He is the seeker who finds
the sinner before the sinner can find Him.
And God’s love for the penitent is lavish
and it is pure grace apart from any work,
and God finds His consummate joy
in the salvation of one lost sinner
so that all of heaven erupts in a celebration
.

Comments 1

  • More great things to ponder!

    “We think about God in a lot of ways, but normally people don’t think of God as joyful. But God does everything He does for His own joy. It was Jonathan Edwards who said, “God’s single end in redemption is His own joy.””

    Thank you

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