Eternal Life, chapter 20

To: In home churches of God. God’s 9th month Kislev 9, 5,781, 11/25/20

    Family gatherings, communing and giving of self are Godly attribute. God is family and in the process of choosing His likeminded children. They’re His church, His family and He has made God the Son Mediator and its head. Jesus appointed twelve apostles to teach this fact. Jesus Had His apostle John explain how His followers were as branches clinging to Him; the Vine.

   (See John 15:1-17; I am the true vine and My Father is the gardener. He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in Me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. You are clean already because of the word that I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him bears much fruit, because apart from Me you can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up.,,,, ..If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are My disciples. “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; remain in My love.  If you obey My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete.

  My commandment is this; to love one another just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this; that one lays down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from My Father. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. This I command you; to love one another.)

    Keep in mind; Jesus and His apostles didn’t have the general populations in mind, only chosen Believers who’d keep the commandments and overcoming the flesh inherited from Adam and the devil‘s deceptions.

   (1John 4:4-6; You are from God little children and have conquered them, because the One who is IN you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world’s perspective and the world listens to them. We are from God; the person who knows God listens to us, but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.)

    If God’s Spirit of truth were an equal deity with God the Father and God the Son; each apostle would need to apologize for not including it in their salutations. Jesus’ apostle John is saying; Believers in Jesus are spirit led to recognize and respond to His truths. Others scoff at God’s truth. Believers need to be constantly reminded that they aren’t greater than the Master. If the world persecuted Jesus they’ll persecute His followers. From this world’s perspective, Jesus is as they imagine Him to be, NOT as He manifest Himself to be. Jesus’ perspective about the things this world loves and what He loves is very different, because His love is miraculously spread abroad in the heart. NOT because Jesus commanded, but because His followers are imputed with gifted Godly love for one another and a yielding spirit that makes Jesus Lord. Through that gifted spirit His followers love their enemies as Jesus loved them when they were unbelievers. Jesus didn’t love our unbelieving ways, but us. Consider Jesus’ apostle Paul’s explanation to the Roman Church of God and followers of Jesus.

    (Romans 5:1-4; Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance, character and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.)

    Being led to Recognize and overcome the devil’s temptations is for our good. Recognizing and overcoming the pulls of the flesh produces endurance, character and hope. Jesus’ apostle John explains this special gifted Godly love.

    (1John 4:7-10; Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. By this the love of God is REVEALED IN us: that God has sent His one and only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.)

       Paul isn’t speaking of fleshly inherited instinctive love, as natural love parents have for their children but God gifted love that’s able to love impartially. Pharisee minded persons attempt to love God from within their fleshly inherited nature, thus, they do and give for self serving reasons. Such work to attain; if this were possible people could boast of having gained salvation by works. Godly love is ONLY attained through and by a miraculous gifted nature change, ‘a fathering.’ Jesus referred to this change as being born from above. Fleshly minded people cannot love in Godly fashion. Paul explained that they comprehend Godly love.

    (1John 4:11-14; Dear friends; if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another God resides in us and His love is perfected IN US. By this we know that we reside IN God and He IN US: in that He has given us of His Spirit, and we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.)

     By the authority of God’s Word, we know unbelieving people’s love claim, is instinctively fleshly. We know people calling Jesus Lord, doesn’t make Him their Lord. NOT everyone confessing that Jesus is the Son of God believes He’s Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, and Mediator of believers before the Father and our coming king of kings. The spiritual key for understanding this is in verses 16 and 17 below.

    (1John 4:15-19; If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God; God resides in Him and He in God. And we have come to KNOW and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love and the one who resides in love resides in God and God resides in him. By this love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. We love because He loved us first.)

   Verse 19 should read; we love God and one another because He loved us first. No object is supplied for the verb ‘love,the author with his propensity for obscurity has left it to the readers to supply the object. The obvious objects that could be supplied from the context are either God himself or other believers - the brethren. It may well be that John has both in mind at this point; the statement is general enough to cover both alternatives, although the following verse puts more emphasis on ‘love for the brethren.’ A better understanding of verses 15 & 16 is apparent when we consider them one sentence. LOVE’S meaning in John’s text, is Godly Love.

    God’s love chapter is, 1Corinthians 13: King James Translators used the word ‘charity’ which in modern English means ‘giving.’ The love John is expressing is; giving of one’s self, or giving over one’s self to another. This is what Jesus did; He gave Himself because He loves us.

    (1John 4:20-5:4; If anyone says, I love God and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And the commandment we have from Him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too.

(5:1-4; Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been fathered by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves the child fathered by Him. By this we know that we love the children of God: whenever we love God and obey His commandments. For this is the love of God: that we keep His commandments. And, His commandments do not weigh us down, because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world.) ‘Hate’ in verse 20 is better translated ‘love less by comparison.’ According to John, ‘obeying God’s commandments and loving fellow Believers is necessary.’

     Gifted understanding teaches us why we must love our enemy. Our and God’s enemies are those deceived by the devil and his accomplices. They do according to their inherited and learned belief systems. Believers are led to obey God’s commandments because they know they’re given from Godly Love, and reveal the goodness of Godly love.

     (1John 5:4-8; This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith. Now who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? Jesus Christ is the One who came by water and blood – not by the water only; but by the water and the blood. And the spirit is the one who testifies, because the spirit is the truth. For, there are three that testify, the spirit, the water and the blood and these three are in agreement.)

    The King James Version contains an additional verse between verse 7 and 8. The added verse in the King James was not present in the original Greek manuscripts. The following commentary explains. Six Greek manuscripts introduce a gloss (an addition to the text not found in other manuscripts, which the advanced King James translates as, (in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.) IF these added King James words hold prominent in your mind, consider that this is the only place in the New Testament where the holy spirit is identified as a person or deity. We’ll include evidence for the scholarly next time.

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