It is not until you become a parent that you begin to understand the love of your parents. In that light there is a depth of understanding formerly hidden but now revealed. My parents loved me before I drew my first breath. They had a name for me and had prepared a room for me. I knew it not. But as I brought home my first child I began to experience all that is tied up in the love of a child before they’re able to respond to it. In the fullest extent, God has loved his elect since eternity past. In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, he writes, “do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord…but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began” (1:8&9). This sermon, preached at St Jude’s by Clay Thompson on September 1st, is an invitation to consider the depths of the love of God, his power to save and the confidence of salvation that follows.