Speaker 5: Pastor Thompson
Love – A passing from death unto life!
1 John 3:14-24
“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”
I kept on hearing that we would pass from death to life and that God is love. We must know that what is in the Father is love.
The Father has a love soul and His inward being is an embodiment of love. The Father is love in all essence and that’s His totality. The things that proceed from Him are love things and He cannot give anything outside love.
We are limited in judgement, as a result, we often do not see the expression of His love, rather, what we see is Him being harsh to our souls; But everything that the Father does and expresses is love. He may surround Himself with the expressions of thunders, but His innermost being is a tender Spirit that compounds into a full essence of love and Grace. The person of the Father is love and He cannot change from who He is.
1 John 3:15-18
” Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth”.
These are the deeds of the Father. You can carry out the deeds of love but might not be carrying out the truth of love. Love has its deeds and truth, and we must carry out love as in deed and in truth. When you love your brother, its loving in deed but it might not be in truth.
Giving and laying down ones life is a deed and an expression of love. This laying down your life is the typology of laying down your death because when demands of love are measured out on your precious acquisitions, you are pained, but your obedience is a deed. But when your obedience ensures that you cross from death to life, it becomes a love in truth.
Until you have fully relinquished your death lifestyle, philosophy and name in this world, only then would you be carrying out love in truth.
The deeds of love are meant to train you to come into abiding in truth because truth is a person and that person is God; But we must know that I cannot love in truth if I haven’t learnt to love in deed.
“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus”
To abide is to dwell in truth because that’s where the Father and the Word has been dwelling. The truth is of the beginning and the beginning is known as the world of truth; this world is a world that cannot pass away and it is also a world of love which cannot pass away.
There’s no knowledge above truth. Truth is the summation of all knowledge. To love in truth is to abide forever. God loves in truth and He doesn’t need your permission to love in truth.
Loving in deed is not perfect, but loving in truth is a perfect love. Loving in truth is not just actions but an entrance and a crossroad into life.
We must not measure love in deed but always in truth. A man who loves in truth is a man who has passed from death to life. We must journey and pass from death to life.