The God Who Loves: He Will Do Whatever It Takes to Draw Us to Him

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The God Who Loves

Author: John MacArthur

"God is love."

It's the most basic definition of God in Scriptures, but so profound that it's often misunderstood. In this probing book, a brilliant Bible expositor brings us into the very heart of God by answering such questions as:

  • If God is love, how could He send anyone to hell?
  • What's the difference between the loving God of the New Testament and the angry God of the Old Testament?
  • If God is love, why did He require His Son to die such a cruel death on the Cross?
  • How can God be both loving and jealous?

The author argues against the two polar views of God as a sentimental grandfather whose doting love could not bring him to punishment of the disobedient and God as an angry tyrant who would rule by threats. "Both extremes paint a distorted picture of God and further confuse the issue of understanding God's love," Dr. MacArthur writes. He insists that what God loves is actually defined by what He hates, and that neither His love nor His wrath can be understood in isolation from the other.

Although the author is clearly aware of the way great men have grappled with these issues in the history of the Church, his doctrinal presentations arise more from the biblical text than from dogmatic theology. He examines in detail the way John?"the apostle of love"?treats love in his First Epistle, then fleshes out the doctrine of God's love in vivid representations of real people interacting with divine love.

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  1. God So Loved the World
  • God’s Love in Recent Church History
  • God’s Love and the Contemporary Church
  • God’s Love for the Unbelieving World
  1. God Is Love
  • Love Is at the Heart of God’s Character
  • Everyone Who Loves Is Born of God and Knows God
  • The One Who Does Not Love Does Not Know God
  • The Cross Is the Consummate Proof of Divine Love
  1. Behold the Goodness
  • Sin City
  • A Reluctant Prophet and a Great Revival
  • God’s Gift of Repentance
  1. …And the Severity of God
  • He Is a God of Inflexible Justice
  • He Is a God of Irresistible Power
  • He Is a God of Infinite Mercy
  • He Is a God of Inconceivable Righteousness
  1. Everything I Need to Know About the Love of God I Learned in the Nursery?
  • Wrong Answers to the Hard Questions About God’s Love
  • Wrong Questions Based on a Wrong Perspective of God
  • Wrong Inferences from a Faulty View of Divine Providence
  • Two Aspects of the Love of God
  1. The Love of God for Humanity
  • Does God Love the Whole World?
  • Is God Sincere in the Gospel Offer?
  • Can God Really Love Whom He Does Not Save?
  • In What Sense is God’s Love Universal?
  1. The Love of God for His Elect
  • The Limits of Universal Love
  • The Magnitude of God’s Saving Love
  • A Love That Is Sovereignly Bestowed
  • A Graphic Picture of Unfailing Love
  • God’s Enduring Faithfulness
  1. Finding Security in the Love of God
  • The Illustration: The Prodigal Son
  • The Doctrine: Romans 8

The Conclusion: Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus

  • Appendix 1: Fury Not in God (Thomas Chalmers)
  • Appendix 2: On the Love of God, and Whether It Extends to the Non-Elect (Andrew Fuller)
  • Appendix 3: Christ the Savior of the World (Thomas Boston)
  • Appendix 4: The Love of God to the World (John Brown)
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