>December 1, 2009
“What did Christ gain by dying for His people? Nothing.”
This quote probably throws you off, but that’s only because you haven’t heard it in its context. Keller goes on to explain that Christ already had love and affection granted to Him by the Father and the Holy Spirit in the Trinity which existed well before mankind. God didn’t need to make a people to glorify Him, He was already being glorified and loved within the Trinity.
Yet it is common to think that God must have created man because He needed worship and adoration from them. Unfortunately, that belief is a common heresy. God does not need man. He is completely self-sufficient, self-sustaining, self-giving, self-glorifying, and self-loving.
Mankind is simply an outflow of the joyful love that occurs within God. He made man in order to bring them into this beautiful relationship that the Trinity has. In the Trinity, each member is focused on loving and glorifying the other members. The redeemed are enabled by the sacrifice of Christ, to enter into this love that the Trinity shares. It is a glorious truth for believers, and a truth that those without faith in Christ should consider seriously. The offer of Christ is one that allows you to trade wickedness, discontent, and shame for righteousness, love, and satisfaction. Lay hold of that and cast yourself upon the magnificent, eternal grace of Jesus Christ!
Brothers and sisters in Christ, thoroughly enjoy the love relationship that Christ has brought you into! You are able to experience the perfect love that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit share. God be praised that He has brought us in!
Unbeliever, the offer of Christ is extended to you. Jesus says in John 6:29 “This is the work of God, that you believe in him who he has sent.” God’s requirement of you for salvation is to believe in Jesus Christ. So do it, believe and trust completely in Christ Jesus and what He has accomplished through His sacrificial death!
May the love of God be made manifest to all of you in Christ Jesus!
P.S. Follow this link to listen to Dr. Keller’s message on the Trinity, it is well worth your time: