RSS feed

Download the pdf file

The second time Jesus repeated the ‘new’ command to the eleven who were there that night – “My command is this:  Love each other as I have loved you” [John 15.12] – He again preceded it with a situation, which defined the context of the command.  As He did the first time – washing the feet of His disciples as One who serves even though He is the Master so that they may have a part with Him – so the first context of the command, “Love one another,” [John 13.34] was that we, His disciples, must serve one another to prepare a place or provide a supply so that the other disciples may have a part with us in whatever we are doing or hoping to achieve for the Lord as it has been illustrated.

As such, for an elect of the Holy Spirit, we who are working to remain alive until He arrives because our faith is such that we believe not only Him but also what He said, even in the unbelievable like, “…and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die” [John 11.26] – and indeed, anyone foolish enough to join us regarding this matter of faith in this aspect of truth, for it was Jesus who said this and challenged Martha, “Do you believe this?” [John 11.26] – will suffer much ridicule and even persecution from within the household and can find ourselves fulfilling these words of Christ as well:  “…a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.” [Matthew 10.36]

So likewise, at this second teaching of the command, which is the second key of the Kingdom of God, Jesus defined the context for the appreciation of the command in the preceding verses, saying, “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you.  Now remain in My love.  If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands and remain in His love.  I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  My command is this:  Love each other as I have loved you.” [John 15.9-12]

Now think back to what He had said earlier, elect… “Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me.  He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love him and show Myself to him.” [John 14.21] The love of one another is now for those who love Jesus not because they wish to, nor because they want to or hope to or say so, but because they have done so.  There are many who say they love Jesus, believe they love Jesus, hope and desire to love Jesus, but do not love Jesus because they simply do not obey His commands whether knowingly, willingly or ignorantly.

Here is a simple example:  Jesus was the One who said, “Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me,” and again, “He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching.  These words you hear are not My own; they belong to the Father who sent Me,” [John 14.24] and take an everyday example you will encounter in the churches, men and women calling other men ‘father so and so’ when Jesus taught, “And do not call anyone on Earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and He is in Heaven,” [Matthew 23.9] to the crowds in the temple on the third day He was there at the final Passover.

So why do so many teach others to call them ‘father’ and yet claim to be priests of Christ who love Him?  According to Jesus’ words… do they love Him?  And why do so many listen and persist in calling others ‘father’ when it is clearly written in every Bible what Jesus taught in Matthew 23.9?  Do they love Him?  Not according to Jesus’ words.  Are they ignorant?  Perhaps… for they believed what they were taught.  But are they remaining ignorant because of laziness?  For there is a point of ignorance and there is a point of laziness.  Some may have the education and opportunity, but for many who have a Bible and can read and write… for priests to continue to teach others to call them ‘father’… ignorance?  I fear not for them.

As such, the love of one another that Jesus expects in this second half of the command is not the love of disciples for one another in preparing for them to be a part of each other or to have a part with each other (and on that note, the practice of excommunication and even killing of those who differ from one’s doctrine has certainly disobeyed this command already), where did Jesus say, “Kill those who do not believe in Me,” or, “Kill those who do not agree with you”?  Did He not say, “…treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector”? [Matthew 18.17] And where is it written that Jesus ever killed or cursed a sinner or tax collector?  Rather, is it not written that He ate with them, welcomed them, healed them and preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God to them?

So, elect, be in wonder no longer that so many have no miraculous power!  The keys of the Kingdom of God are not given to them because they will not obey and practise the commands that allow the keys to be formed in them so that they may access the power as ones entrusted.

Now for this second phase of “Love one another,” it is for those who have shown their love for Jesus by their works as well as by their faith, that is, they have kept and obeyed His commands and are constantly practising His words not as a stagnant dogma that degenerates into a mindless tradition, but as a way of life where every practice leads to a failure or success that allows greater enlightenment for the practitioner of the life of Jesus Christ and the reality of God who sent Him… a life that does not permit ignorance to remain for long, nor a life that allows laziness to grow like a yeast on a wall.

So if you have not obeyed the commands of Jesus, you cannot practise this phase of the new command… for it can only be practised by those who have shown their love for Jesus by practising His previous commands and teachings.  However, if you have obeyed His commands so that you do remain in His love as He said, then this second phase of the second key can be formed in you.  (So check yourself now, dear reader, for many believe what they hear but do not practise it.)

Now the love you are to exercise for one another is not the love Jesus has for you as such in making sure you are a part of Him.  No, elect, the love for each other as He loved you is the love that He has received from the Father as He has said, “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you.” [John 15.9] But you already have a love from the Father too, elect… for He has said, “He who loves Me will be loved by My Father…” You see, elect, you who have kept His words and obeyed His commands have received a love from the Father that is directly from the Father to you so that even as Jesus can say, “As the Father has loved Me…” so you can too… you who have Jesus’ commands and obey them can say… no, can testify, “As the Father has loved me…” as well.

So the quality of the love of this second phase of the command, “Love each other as I have loved you,” is defined as the love that Jesus has received from the Father and likewise Jesus has given to you that you too are to give the love you yourselves have (not what Jesus has) from the Father to one another.  As such, this second phase of this key is formed in those who have experienced the love from the Father directly because they are the ones who have fulfilled John 14.12 by obeying the commands of Jesus they have.  And as such, just like Jesus, they too can say, “As the Father has loved me…” and not just say it, but know and testify to it, for they know and testify of the Father’s love not for Jesus, but the Father’s love for them.  And therefore, just like Jesus, they are in the position to also say, “…so I will love you,” to one another who have also shown their love for Jesus by their works as well as by their faith.

Again, elect, a pause ~ when we speak of ‘works’, we are not speaking of ‘works’ that can ‘earn’ salvation, for that is what a juvenile reader would be thinking right now… but we speak of the mature to the mature… these are works that flow from the salvation that came from the gift of righteousness.  You see and know, the Kingdom of God is the kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, as Paul wrote. [Romans 14.17] Righteousness that comes as a gift by faith so that no man may boast, and peace that is also a gift, for Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.” [John 14.27]However, as you will see, the joy is not a gift, elect, and if it is not a gift, then it is the wages of a work… the work of keeping and obeying the commands.  Pause over. ~

So then it is by the work of keeping His commands that qualifies you to receive a love from the Father directly, which allows you to testify that you too can say and do to a fellow disciple as Christ said and did, and that is, “As the Father has loved me, so I will love you.”  Now it was Jesus Christ who told us this and not something we have made up, for as He has said and as the Holy Spirit has reminded us, “I have told you this…” [John 15.11] What has He told us?  He has told us that those who love Him by obeying His commands “…will be loved by My Father…” and having received that love, they can truly do what He has been doing, and that is, “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you.”

He told us this for this purpose, elect:  “…so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” [John 15.11] For there is a joy in loving another as the Father has loved you known only to those who have been loved by the Father.  That joy is in each and everyone who does this, for as it is in Jesus who has been loved by the Father and who loves us as the Father has loved Him so also it is in those who have put this to practice… who can put this to practice, who will be able to put this to practice.  It is to those who already have a measure of this joy that Jesus said, “…so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” A completion of joy, the joy that comes from having that part of Jesus, which is the sharing of the Father’s love that you have received, as Jesus has received it, with those who also have received the love of the Father for themselves.

For you see, elect, this is sacred and precious, for the command was given to the eleven and not to the general disciples.  And this command applies not to fellow disciples, which included Judas Iscariot… but to disciples that exclude Judas Iscariot… who are those who would betray Jesus, who heed the prompting of Satan the devil and men who are also satan, that is, men who do not have in mind the things of God but of men.  The love of one another as I have loved you is then to love each other with the love you yourself have also received from the Father, just as Jesus has loved you with the love He has received from the Father.

Do you find that there is a certain exclusiveness to this teaching?  Does it surprise you?  For if you object to its exclusivity, then, in truth, you have not understood the power of the Kingdom of God and the need for its issue to those and only those who can and do obey.

You can see now, elect, with hindsight the wisdom of the Spirit of Wisdom as He withdrew the power, His power, from the church at large, for He knew, indeed, they would be enemies to those of their own household as they began to excommunicate each other and even kill, murder and torture each other over differences in doctrines and theologies, but worst of all, over who was the greatest and truest amongst them.

You see, elect, what right have we to judge those who belong to other masters?  None… but we will judge those of our household, just like the servants reported the cruel servant to their master for his treatment of a fellow servant who owed him a pittance compared to what the master forgave him of so that the master would deal with them.

You see, elect, everyone craves for power and so the Lord gives the power.  The power is actually meant for all who are of the kingdom.  However, to retain the power safely, this power must be properly insulated like all forms of power.  Without the proper insulation, the proper preparation, when power does come, those who are not ready for it will fall and so it is simple, elect.  The Kingdom of God is the kingdom of power, and those who claim to be of the kingdom should prepare themselves, for when it comes upon them, that very power, which raises the dead, can also remove the living, and so the kingdom will be purged and made ready for the King.  Those who have the power to receive the power will shine like the stars in the Kingdom of God their Father, just like the five wise virgins who had lamps will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

“Love each other as I have loved you” then as the Father has loved you.

Copyright Information:

NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION [NIV]

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are
taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®,
NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved
worldwide.  www.zondervan.com

|