"Of the Father's Love Begotten"

David Bast

READ : John 3:13-16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son. (v. 16)

“Of the Father's Love Begotten” is the best-known hymn of Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a Roman government official born in northern Spain in AD 348. By his midforties Prudentius grew tired of the hustle and false glamor of the world, and retired to a humble life devoted to the writing of Christian poetry. This hymn tells the story of the incarnation of the Son of God, who was

Of the Father's love begotten

ere the worlds began to be

In the New Testament, a mystery is a deep truth that we cannot fully understand, that we could never discover on our own, but that God has made known to us in Christ. The mystery of the Holy Trinity is that God has eternally existed in a community of love comprising three divine persons. The mystery of the incarnation is that the second of those persons became a real flesh-and-blood human being without ceasing to be God.

His coming is the measure of God's love—that's the point of the Bible's most famous verse. Love isn't measured by words but by actions, not by what you say but by what you are willing to do for the sake of the beloved. John 3:16 doesn't just say that God loves us; it says he loves us so much that he gave his one and only Son to save us.

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PRAYER

Christ, to you, with God the Father

and the Spirit, there shall be . . .

honor, glory, and dominion

and eternal victory

evermore and evermore.