What motivated God to redeem fallen humanity?

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When we ask what motivated God to redeem fallen humanity, we must answer, nothing other than his goodness. The free and immutable counsel of his will motivated God to redeem fallen mankind. As Paul said in Ephesians, "according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with his will." We can say that God's plan to redeem fallen humanity was eternal, even. Ephesians 3:11, Paul says, "according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus." And thus, God's motivation to redeem fallen humanity does not depend upon any other thing, or any other condition, than his goodness alone.

Answer by Dr. Jim Maples

Jim Maples is pastor at Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Pleasant Grove, Alabama and also serves on the faculty at Birmingham Theological Seminary in Birmingham, Alabama.