Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
If you love Me ....
by Erik Momsen
It is the desire of believers in Jesus to follow close after Him. He did call us to follow Him. We also know that it is His abiding Spirit with and in us that enables that close walk. The struggle of the human condition is however to remain in step with Father, Son and Spirit. The desire and challenge is to remain filled with His Spirit.
Jesus has some awesome words in John 14 and 15 about being filled with the Spirit.
LOVE ME, OBEY ME, BE FILLED ...
There is a wonderful pattern set out by Jesus in John 14-16. The pivotal point of our faith is love for God. This results in obedience. Also, because we say we love , we should obey. This obedience results in the promise from the Father that He will draw close to us and this results in a fruitful abundant life. See this pattern in the following passages:
"If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, so that He may be with you forever," (John 14:15,16)
"He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him." (14:21)
"Jesus answered and said to him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My Word. And My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him". (14:23)
- There is a call to obedience.
- The way to obedience is through Love of God.
- Remember loving God and loving others - the Great Commandment - is the fulfillment of all law.
- This obedience in love brings the presence of the Spirit.
- i.e. Love, Obey, Infilling ....
"But that the world must learn that I love the Father, and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded ..." (14:31)
- Jesus' perfect love for the Father resulted in perfect obedience
"If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love, even as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 11 I have spoken these things to you so that My joy might remain in you and your joy might be full." (15:10,11)
BUT WHAT COMMANDMENTS DEFINE OBEDIENCE?
Do we have to obey all the Laws of God to prove we love Him? Which are most important? Again the battle about the Law begins.
"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
"You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it to you. These things I command you, that you love one another." (15:12,13&16,17)
The obedience and command that Jesus was speaking about all along was that of Love. Don't worry about obedience - worry about Love.
PETER, LOVE AND OBEDIENCE
John's gospel closes with the reinstatement of Peter (John 21:15). Did Peter love Jesus enough and obey Him enough? The answer is seen in his betrayal. Peter denied and ducked.
Jesus brings home the pattern of LOVE, OBEDIENCE AND PRESENCE by the threefold question:
"IF YOU LOVE ME YOU WILL OBEY ME AND DO MY WORK" .
Jesus is saying to Peter: My cross (going to the Father) is enough to cover your betrayal, so show me you love me by doing my work. Jesus even goes further to tell Peter that he will love Jesus even to the point of spreading out his own arms on a cross.
In the end Peter really did love Jesus enough to obey Him and go to his own cross. Jesus said to Peter;
"But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you, and carry you where you don’t want to go.” (John 21:18)
Date Added: 2007-03-22
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