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“He who hates Me hates My Father as well. If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both Me and My Father. But this is to fulfil what is written in their law: ‘They hated Me without reason.’”[1]

It is one thing to hate Jesus despite the miracles He has done, and it is obvious from John 15:25 that He is talking about those who would hate Him any which way, which is why He said, “They hated Me without reason.” But what of those who do love Him? Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our home with him. 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.”[2]

Amongst those who believe in Jesus and use His Name, there are two types: Ones who use His Name but do not obey His teaching and those who use His Name in obedience to His teachings. The first group, according to the Father, for the words of John 14:23-24 are the Father’s words, do not love (agape) Jesus. That means, without agape love for Jesus, you will be tempted not to obey His teachings or hold on to them, and the proof of your agape love is if you obey His teachings. The second group, who use the Name of Jesus and agape Him, obey His teachings. The proof of agape is the ability to obey His teachings and the ability to obey His teachings comes from agape love. The two are inseparable and are one.

It also means that if you know Him, you will obey His teachings. Obedience to the teachings of Jesus also shows how much you know Him. Many are they who forsake the Lord’s teachings because they are hard, and so they abandon Him as well just like the disciples of John 6:66. However, at least those disciples of John 6:66 no longer followed Jesus and left. They are at least better than those who still followed Jesus without any intention of listening to Him or putting His words into practice, but rather use His Name to validate their ministry and their teachings. These are those whom Jesus warned us about. “For many will come in My Name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ’, and will deceive many.”[3] It is not our place to judge them, but it is our place to avoid becoming those who use His Name to push our teachings. Even the disciples of John 6:66 are better off than these. At least they were honest, for they left because the teaching was too hard.

Satan challenged Job’s ‘proof of love’ of God, although Job did not know God well enough to love God, but enough to fear Him, which is why Satan said, “Does Job fear God for nothing. Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out Your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face.”[4] Even now, Satan can accuse that we love God because He first loved us, yet such a love cannot and does not match the hatred He encountered, for He said, “They hated Me without reason.”

If we are serious about bringing justice to Jesus, it is not just waiting on God to bring justice to Jesus. God will bring justice to Jesus, and in His time He will do it suddenly, too sudden for even those who say they are prepared. We also must bring justice to Jesus, and if He suffered our hatred without reason, the only way to give Him true justice is if men now love Him without reason, just as they had hated Him without reason. This demands you and I to go the extra miles, to go the way of Cyrus, the servant of God, who was the instrument used to release Israel from exile so that the temple could be rebuilt. As such, it is not just the attitude of Moses, Joshua, Abraham and all the heroes of faith that is needed, but a special attitude. The attitude of a man whom God said, “though you do not acknowledge Me,” and “though you have not acknowledged Me.”[5] Of him, Cyrus that is, Satan could not accuse that Cyrus was helping or fearing God because God had blessed him. No, Cyrus did not acknowledge God, and as such, Cyrus did not fear God, much less worship Him as Job did.

Job is a great champion, if not the greatest champion of faith in God, for he said, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the Name of the Lord be praised,”[6] even when he was sorely tried. However, Cyrus, who did not acknowledge God, could not and would not be able to do this. However, the special attitude of Cyrus is this: “He will rebuild My city and set My exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the Lord Almighty.”[7] Cyrus alone, of all the men of the Old Testament, did not work for a reward and there was no promise of a reward from God to spur him on.

Even to Abraham, God said, “I am your Shield, your very great reward.”[8] To the Israelites, there was a promise of reward and of blessings for obedience in Leviticus 26:1–18. As such, all Israelites from Exodus onwards, lived in a relationship with God based on obedience and reward. In a way, even Jesus was under this obedience and reward system. However Cyrus was not, for he was a man that did not acknowledge God, yet became an instrument of God to such an extent that God said, “I will raise up Cyrus in My righteousness: I will make all his ways straight.”[9]

Cyrus epitomises the type of servant, not worshipper, servant, that Jesus was speaking of, a type of servant that He can truly call, “Friend.” For friends do not work for one another for rewards, nor love one another for a reason, but love without a reason. Jesus said, “Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Would he rather not say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ “[10]

Now look at the reality of the situation. Has any servant done everything of what they were told? Indeed, the sad, sad truth is, they (we) have not even done what we were first told: “Listen to Him!”[11] For, if the church had been listening to Jesus, we would not be here as we are now. In the same way, if Israel had done what they were first told to do, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes…”[12] then Cyrus would not have been in the position he was in to be the one releasing the Jews from exile. Likewise, neither would Nebuchadnezzar have been able to ransack Jerusalem. However, Nebuchadnezzar worked for a reward, for he was given Egypt after he destroyed Tyre, as God said, “I have given him Egypt as a reward for his efforts because he and his army did it for Me.”[13] Which is the reason why Nebuchadnezzar went mad for seven years (one set of sevens) when he failed to acknowledge God for his success.

Had the church, the servant of Jesus, been doing everything they were told, this present world would not face the distress that is about to come and certainly, we would not be telling anyone to return to listening to Jesus. So the truth is, at this stage, no one can even say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.” In fact, we should rightly say, “We are truly unworthy servants, for we have not done our duty.”

Now look at what God calls Cyrus: “This is what the Lord says to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of…”[14] not His servant, but His anointed who works the will of God, “but not for a price or reward.” And the Lord said, “For the sake of Jacob My servant, of Israel My chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honour, though you do not acknowledge Me.”[15]

And what is this title of honour? It is the title of one who helps God in His business, but not for reward or a price. That means, not servant and not even a son, for a son can look forward to an inheritance which in a way is a reward. The title of honour is a friend, a true friend of God. Truer than even Abraham, for Abraham worked and was rewarded. Cyrus helped God’s business of restoring the Kingdom of Israel, in His, God’s, righteousness, without reward.

Jesus said to the eleven, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his Master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything I have learned from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you…”[16] Jesus learned this from His Father who chose Cyrus and appointed him His anointed, though Cyrus did not acknowledge Him. Yet Cyrus became the one who did God’s will perfectly, setting the exiles free and rebuilt the city of Jerusalem.

So, what place is there of boasting, we who call ourselves servants of God when we have not done what we were supposed to in the first place, to “Listen to Jesus”? What boast is there even as sons or daughters? Are we not expecting an inheritance from our Father? There is no boasting, for we are doing what we are doing for a reward. Even if we say we are friends of Jesus, the questions is, are we His friends because He was kind to us, because He healed us, because He saved us, and blessed us and made us rich and successful? Are we His friends because we stood on His word and His word blessed us? Are we happy to be clappy Christians because the truth that is His word and the power that is in His Name has allowed us to prophesy, drive out demons and do miracles in His Name? It is His Name that has made us to be of any good, whatever and however good we think we are. So, what can we boast of our own? Can we silence the accuser forever, whose words must have cut into God when he said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?”? And even now, he can accuse and say, “Men hated You without reason, can You find any who’d love You without reason?”

So, how do we get there? How do we become those who will and do love Him without reason and if we claim we do, where is the proof of that love? Where is the ‘proof of love’ that has no reason? Where is the proof that you love God, not for reward or a price, or even for an inheritance?

It begins in your heart, and by the same Law of the Temple, the Law of Holiness, just like David, you must begin with having that desire in your heart. David desired with all his heart to build a temple for God and God acknowledged that desire, saying, “Because it was in your heart to build a temple for My Name, you did well to have this in your heart.”[17] However, David didn’t just have a desire in his heart and left it at that, but he worked during his life to accumulate the massive resources to build the temple and had it ready for Solomon. Please note: David raised his resources not from the people of Israel, but from raiding the enemy nations. So that, as generous as God is, to have accorded to David that which was in his heart as doing well, David still went on to prepare the supplies for the temple.

As such, it does each and every one of you well to have it in your heart to love Him without reason, for that is only the credit of righteousness from God. We however, still have to silence the accuser, Satan, which includes the devil himself and anyone who does not have in his mind the things of God but the things of men. Where then is the action or the work that is the proof of our love, the ‘proof of love’ that is without reason?

Since such a proof requires not servanthood or sonship but friendship, a friend who does what he does not for a price or a reward, the Lord has once more as always graciously shown us the way. When Jesus greeted Judas as he arrived with the men from the Sanhedrin to arrest Him, listen to what Jesus said to him. Firstly He said to His disciples, “Rise, let us go! Here comes My betrayer!”[18] Jesus had the intention of going out to meet Judas and the crowd, thus making it easier for His enemies to arrest Him and then when Judas came, Jesus greeted him, “Friend, do what you came for.”[19] Now, look and see who else Jesus called ‘friend’, for He did not exclude from the other eleven, even though he was the betrayer, the devil that He had chosen. And in rising, He made it easier for the enemy to spot Him. Indeed, if they had stayed on the ground, perhaps they may not have seen Jesus and the disciples.

If we truly want to be of the group that brings justice to Jesus by loving Him without reason, we need to practise loving our enemies without reason and calling them, ‘friend’ without reason or reward. Indeed, Jesus had no reason to call Judas ‘friend’ in front of His disciples and His enemies. Indeed, He had told the disciples that Judas was the betrayer. Herein lies the grace of our God. Though we know who they really are, yet we will treat them well with honour, not just praying for them or blessing them, but doing good to them. Practise, and the accumulation of practice in doing good to our enemies, is the work that we need to prepare us for the ‘proof of love’ that is needed, if indeed we are to love God without reason. The truth is, it is impossible to love God without reason, for God is good. Once you get to know Him, you cannot help but love Him.

As such, we can never be like Cyrus who never acknowledged God yet helped God with His plans, but we can do better. For without knowing or perhaps with knowledge, it does not matter, we were all enemies of God and whilst we were His enemies, we never showed Him kindness nor blessed Him nor did anything for Him directly. But now, we can, we can do good to His enemies and our enemies.

Indeed, Jesus said, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.”[20] The truth is, Jesus had challenged His disciples to love God without reason, and to put that into practice through love of enemies to “love your enemies, do good to them, and to lend to them without expecting to get anything back.”[21] Not because God would reward us, no, but to practise it upon our enemies as if we were loving God, for we have an abundance of reasons to love God, but we have scant reason to love enemies. As such, let our love of enemies be a sign for what is professed in our hearts, just as the thousands of tons of silver and gold are the sign of that which was professed in David’s heart.

Just as Jesus made it easier for them to see Him to arrest Him by arising and getting up to go to meet them, so likewise, we should obey the Lord’s command, “Do not resist an evil person,”[22] but even make it easier for them. In the Old Testament, when Jehoshaphat heard that three kings were coming to attack him and he asked God for help, God told him, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them.”[23] God actually gave Jehoshaphat a lousy strategy, leaving the fortification of Jerusalem to meet with a superior army in open combat, making it easier for them to attack. But that is ‘love for enemies’ – making it easier for them to attack you. It is written: As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The men of Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.[24] Now, why did they do that? Because they saw that the battle difficulty had changed. They needed each other against Jehoshaphat if he stayed in Jerusalem, but out in the open they figured they could defeat him single handedly and did not need each other, and so they attacked each other out of greed.

In our love of enemies, we should practise making it easier for them. As the Lord has said, “If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”[25] Right now our enemies are: the kings of this world, Satan, members of our own household and Death. These need our help otherwise they will never come near achieving their goals. In our love for them, let us at least let them enjoy a moment of delusional joy that they will succeed. Just like the kings of Moab, Ammon and Mount Seir must have rejoiced as they watched Jehoshaphat commit a classic military blunder.

Likewise, we must help our enemies and give them a moment of joy, however short-lived. Now, we are speaking of enemies, and not innocent bystanders. We are speaking of those who have heard the Gospel of Jesus and have chosen to take the position of John 3:18. The kings of this world yearn for a one-world perfect government, where all are subservient to them alone so that they can grow even more powerful and richer and all men will follow them and worship them. They cannot do this without our help. Without the miraculous power of the Kingdom of God, they cannot achieve it. Without the help of the condemned one, the False Prophet, that which men dream of, perfection without God in government, cannot be done. As such, we must double our efforts to restore the power and give it freely to all and sundry to profess the Name so that they may raise up from their midst the accursed one who will not be allowed to die, but be cast alive into the Lake of Fire.

To this end, we must prove John 11:26 to be true and give the power to live forever away freely. Without the power of the Kingdom, Satan knows he cannot achieve his goal, so in our love for him, we need to raise up the False Prophet for him. In the same way as God took the hand of Cyrus and anointed him, so we need to take the hand of the False Prophet and give him the anointing he desires, to have power to call fire down from Heaven in the sight of men, just like Elijah. For that is what he lusts for, power to be great and to be the greatest, and for him, in his blood lust, to be able to call down fire from Heaven in the sight of men just like Elijah, for every one knows of Elijah, which is what he wants, little realising that the ministry of Elijah brings death to many and only life to a few, very few.

Thus, from our ranks, those members of our household who want to be known as great in the Kingdom of Heaven and first in the eyes of men, who have taken the way of Cain, and rushed for profit into Balaam’s error, we need to help them fulfil their vision and achieve their goal by giving them the power to do so.

And finally, to Death, to give him what he so desires, for one third of mankind to perish, more people dying than the entire history of the Earth in 6000 years because we have the power to shut up the sky all the days we are prophesying and to strike the Earth with every kind of plague as often as we want[26] by the word of God in our mouths.

That is the way to acquire the ‘proof of love’ that loves without reason, to say to all our enemies, “Friend, why have you come?”[27] and to help them in their effort to achieve their will and let them do what they came for. When we are well practised in our love of enemies, then we are ready to love Him also without reason, not for price or for reward. Then we can silence the accuser and bring justice to Jesus, who fulfilled men’s law, “They hated Him without reason,” but fulfil God’s Law to, “Love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind,”[28] when there is no reason or need to anymore, for Jesus has fulfilled it for us.

If we made God or allowed God to change our law, it would make God out to be an intruder, a conqueror or a tyrant even, taking over people and dispersing of their law and changing it without their permission or without their free will, for any reward or prize affects free will. And since the world so prides itself on professionalism in keeping themselves at ‘arms length’ so as to preserve their reputation and integrity, then let us help the world.

Jesus said, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first…” “But this is to fulfil what is written in their law: ‘They hated Me without reason,’”[29] quoting Psalm 35:19 and 69:4. In both these Psalms, it is a man calling out to God to ‘deliver me for my sake and for what is mine’ – the Law of the World – “their law”, which is summed up by these three words that appear 44 times in Psalm 35 and 60 times in Psalm 69. The Law of the World is to be concerned about its own problems. ‘I, me, mine’ is its mantra without due concern to God’s problems and when we do concern ourselves with God’s problems, we expect a reward or a prize.

True justice to Jesus does not come if He has to change the Law of the World by an overwhelming force, but rather, true justice will come to Jesus when those who are in the world voluntarily change their law so that it is no longer ‘I, me, mine,’ but rather, it is ‘You and Yours, O God.’ When the inhabitants of this world do not cry out to God to deliver them of their problems, but cry out to God that they may be the answer to God’s problems, not for reward or prize, then justice, full justice, is done to Jesus.

God has justified Jesus by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at the right hand of the throne, exalting His Name and His word above all other names and words. However, men have yet to give justice to Jesus, not just by repenting because they fear death and hell, but by laying down their lives for Jesus to see Jesus avenged.

Not that we claim to be great, indeed we are nothing, and we are merely reaping the benefit of the hard work of those who have gone before us. They made mistakes so that we wouldn’t have to make them and by learning from their mistakes, in a grateful way, grateful that they made mistakes for us to learn from, we, in correcting their mistakes out of gratitude to them, will lift them up and ourselves then with them. Paul wrote: According to the Lord’s own word, we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.[30] Indeed the position we must take is the position behind the apostles, and if Paul wrote: For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena,[31] then we should fall in behind them until indeed they are at the front of the procession. Have you not noticed that it is the foundations of New Jerusalem that are described in great detail and not the roof of the great city? Indeed, those who are last shall be the first because the last have made the first the beginning of the procession.

In this attitude and spirit of humility and submission, even excessively, yes, excessively, for our God deserves excessive from those who love Him without reason, then we can lose this cry on Earth, just as the martyrs have loosed their cry in Heaven, for they whose souls are under the altar because they were slain for the word of God and the testimony they maintained have called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until You judge the inhabitants of the Earth and avenge our blood?”[32] We can loose this on the Earth, we who seek to place ourselves under the feet of Jesus by being there at the Mount of Olives to greet Him as He lands: “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until You judge us, the inhabitants of the Earth, and avenge the blood of Your Son?”

When we forget about God saving us, delivering us, blessing us and avenging us, and focus on God avenging Jesus, blessing Jesus, glorifying Jesus, even at our expense, then we have changed the Law of the World and it can then be said, “They loved Me without reason.”

Justice for Jesus, the ‘proof of love’ without reason.


 

[1] John 15:23-25

[2] John 14:23-24

[3] Matthew 24:5

[4] Job 1:9-11

[5] Isaiah 45:4,5

[6] Job 1:21

[7] Isaiah 45:13b

[8] Genesis 15:1

[9] Isaiah 45:13a

[10] Luke 17:7-10

[11] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

[12] Exodus 15:26

[13] Ezekiel 29:20

[14] Isaiah 45:1

[15] Isaiah 45:4

[16] John 15:13-16

[17] 1 Kings 8:18

[18] Matthew 26:46

[19] Matthew 26:50 (NIV)

[20] Luke 6:32

[21] Luke 6:35

[22] Matthew 5:39a

[23] 2 Chronicles 20:15-16

[24] 2 Chronicles 20:22-23

[25] Matthew 5:39b

[26] Revelation 11:3-6

[27] Matthew 26:50 (NKJV)

[28] Mark 12;30; Luke 10:27

[29] John 15:18,25

[30] 1 Thessalonians 4:15

[31] 1 Corinthians 4:9

[32] Revelation 6:10

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