The Power of Gods Love
Experiencing the power of Gods love for Jesus the Son of Man* for ourselves and expressing it to others may be the way Gods power works in life. That is, the Father’s love for Jesus the Son of Man may be the very essence of His power, in which case there is no greater power for forgiving, healing, and moving mountains than the Father’s love for Jesus the Son of Man*.
Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” And since Jesus is God and ‘God is love’, then ‘Love is the way, the truth, and the life.’
And not just any kind of love, but specifically the kind of love that Jesus speaks about in John 15:9, where He said, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; … 12 … love one another as I have loved you.”
And also in John 17:23, “… and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. … 26 … that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
The love Jesus talks about here in John 15 and 17 is the love that the Father has for Him, the Son of Man*. And it is this love that both the Father and Jesus so graciously offer to all of us.
This love that the Father has for Jesus is offered to all of us unconditionally, but it was conditioned upon the finished work of Christ. Jesus was perfect in every way and thereby earned the Father’s love that has been unconditionally, i.e., freely offered to us.
So, when Jesus said in John 14:13, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” And in John 15:7, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” And in John 15:16, “…. you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
What He could be saying in these verses is that, ‘As you love yourself and one another in the same way the Father loves Me, then you will receive whatever you ask for’. **
In John 14:12, Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
This could mean that if we believe in Him the way Jesus speaks of “he who believes in Me” in John 14:12, then we will experience* the power of Gods love for Jesus, and then “the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do”.
That is, as we express to others the Father’s love for Jesus His power will be manifested in our lives and in the lives of those around us. And in some way it is only as we give away the Fathers love for Jesus that we are able to experience more of it for ourselves; i.e., Gods love is a positive feedback loop.
The journey now is to learn how to freely receive the Father’s love for Jesus, and then how to freely give it away. As Jesus said in Matthew 10:8, “Freely you have received, freely give.”
Experiencing the power of Gods love for Jesus for ourselves and expressing it to others may be the way God’s power works in life. That is, the Father’s love for Jesus may be the very essence of His power, in which case there is no greater power for forgiving, healing, and moving mountains than the Father’s love for Jesus the Son of Man.
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|* Jesus the Son of Man|
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** This can be derived from equating:
– “fruit” to ‘love’
– “in My name” to ‘in Who I am’,
– “in Me” to ‘in God’
And since ‘God is love’, equating:
– both ‘in Who I am’ and ‘in God’ to ‘in My love’.
– ‘in My love’ to ‘in the way the Father loves Me’
Last updated: March 2, 2016 at 10:15 am ET USA