As God’s love is without a cause, so it is without beginning. “The love of God which is in Christ” is not of yesterday. It did not begin in time. It bears the date of eternity upon it. He declares, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love” (Jer. 31). Try to realize this, if you can – As God the Father loved his Son from eternity, so he loved us from eternity. And as God’s love is in Christ, his love for Christ and his love for us are the same! (Read John 17:23). As he beholds his people in his dear Son, he loves us as he loves his Son, delights in us as he delights in his Son, and is pleased with us as he is pleased with his Son.