Friday, July 8, 2016

Word & love

The first section is from first chapter of John's account of the life of Jesus.

Just read it – it speaks to who Jesus was, where He came from, & His whole purpose here.

It's one of the most definitive descriptions in the Bible of who He is.

The second section is a passage in Johns first letter which talks about who was are as followers of Jesus & who we are in Him – iow, we are to be people known as the people who love.

We're NOT to be a lot of the things it seems Christians say we are supposed to be.

In this 4th chapter in 1 John, John lays it out – we are supposed to be people who love.

God's love channeled through us defines us, & defines what we're supposed to do.

Just read them both.

Buckle up – they are pretty strong passages.

Read them slowly – read them more than once – take your time – breathe – these are two of the most towering passages ever written about Jesu, who we are, & what we are supposed to be.

I'm not going to comment further – you don't need me to authenticate them.

John 1

1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
  The Word was with God,
  and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
  and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,
  and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
  and the darkness can never extinguish it.

  6 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.

8 John himself was not the light;

he was simply a witness to tell about the light.

9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

  10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn't recognize him.

11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.

12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

  14 So the Word became human and made his home among us.

He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.

And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one and only Son.

1 John 4

7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another,

for love comes from God.

Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.

8 But anyone who does not love does not know God,

for God is love.

  9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.

10 This is real love;

not that we loved God,

but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

12 No one has ever seen God.

But if we love each other,

God lives in us,

and his love is brought to full expression in us.

13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.

14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

15 All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.

16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.

  God is love,

and all who live in love live in God,

and God lives in them.

17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.

So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment,

but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

18 Such love has no fear,

because perfect love expels all fear.

If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment,

and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

19 We love each other because he loved us first.

20 If someone says, "I love God," but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar;

for if we don't love people we can see,

how can we love God, whom we cannot see?

21 And he has given us this command:

Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.

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