Magnificent, Marvelous, Matchless Love by Matt Papa, Aaron Keyes, Luke Brown, Keith and Kristyn Getty, 2018.
1. Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love
Too vast and astounding to tell
Forever existing in worlds above, now offered and given to all.
Oh, fountain of beauty eternal, The Father, the Spirit, the Son
Sufficient and endlessly generous, magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.
Observe: The eternal intra-Trinitarian love that is too vast and astounding for any physical or spiritual creature to comprehend has been freely given to humanity. So unique and strange is this gift that Peter says it is “the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.” (1 Peter 1:12, ESV). How magnificent, marvelous, and matchless is God’s love for you!
2. Creation is brimming with thankfulness;
The mountains, exultant they stand
The seasons rejoice in Your faithfulness
All life is sustained by Your hand.
You crown every meadow with color; You paint every shade in the sky
Each day the dawn wakes as an encore of magnificent, marvelous, matchless love
Verse 2 describes God’s common grace. (God) makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45). God loves his creation (John 3:16), and the creation loves him back. Each season of renewal is evidence of his magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.
How great, how sure His love endures
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.
3. What grace, that You entered our brokenness
You came in the fullness of time
How far we had fallen from righteousness
But not from the mercies of Christ
Your cross is our door to redemption, Your death is our fullness of life
That day, how forgiveness flowed as a flood:
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love
Verse 2 described God’s common grace. Verse 3 sings of his special grace. Special grace comes through the Spirit, who gives us faith to believe that the Son’s death at the hands of sinful men, the greatest sin possible, was the Father’s plan to redeem us.
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love is this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Romans 5:8; Galatians 4:4–5). “Adoption as sons” expresses the full inheritance that every believer, regardless of gender, will receive.
It was the intra-Trinitarian plan, made in eternity past, completed in time and space. The Father sent the Son, the Son went, accomplished his mission, and returned in glory. The Father and Son then sent the Spirit to apply the righteousness of Christ through the gift of faith.
United in Your resurrection
You lift us to infinite heights
Could anything sever or take us from magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.
The bridge tells of our sure hope of a resurrection like Christ’s. Paul writes, (The Father) raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:5b–6) Seated with the Father in Christ is infinite heights. Can anything take you from that position? Paul answers, “No.” neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38–39).
Embrace anew his magnificent, marvelous, matchless love today. God has saved you, and he will never let you go.
Blessings, Pastor Don