John 14-17 records Jesus’ most intimate discussion ever recorded with the faithful 11 followers. Jesus was consoling them because He had just clearly revealed that He was leaving (14:15-17a) ~
“If you love me, keep my commandments. I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, that he may be with you forever,— the Spirit of truth.”
Then Jesus continued and went a step further ~ (14:18,20,21)
“I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you….In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. One who has my commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him.”
Do we see all that He is saying here? Doubtful. However, it seems clear that Jesus is not merely speaking about being “born-again”.
Jesus seems to be addressing an intimate relationship with Him, through the Holy Spirit. A true love relationship; not a servant or slave mentality because that is a fearful works based perspective and complete love casts out all fear. He is speaking of a lifestyle that is completely spent on loving Him and following the Spirit wherever He leads.
He continues in (14:23,24) ~
“If a man loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him. He who doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words.”
The Father will make his home with Him. WOW. It’s interesting to me that Paul didn’t talk about this kind of stuff. He had very little to say about relationship with the Father. Maybe that is why Paul wrote about “Divine adoption as sons” and John wrote about being “begotten of God”. It just seems to me that John had more intimacy with Jesus and maybe the Father.
In John’s first Epistle; he introduces Jesus as “The Word of Life” and says in 1:3 ~
“we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
Nobody else wrote like this about God. Again in 2:24 ~
“Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.”
Just as John recorded the words of Jesus earlier; he reiterates the same theme. There is more of God to those who are completely in love with him.
“The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.” (1 John 3:24) and 1 John 5:1-3 ~ “Whoever loves the Father also loves the child who is born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. His commandments are not grievous.”
John’s letter is all about the same thing that he recorded Jesus leaving at the “Last Supper”….Love.
Paul wrote of it in Ephesians 3:16-20 this way ~
“that he (The Father) would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that you may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man; 17that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
I have been praying that for about 4 years and am continually rocked by how much bigger God really is on a regular basis.
The fullness of God is love. We have to continually grow in knowing how awesome He is to be filled up with his fullness. This happens through relationship in the spirit and not through any amount of reading the Scriptures or church activity (although both are completely relevant).
God is love. Whoever abides in love abides in God and God reveals more of himself to them. We fellowship with the Father by seeking, receiving and releasing more of his love.
It’s time to get alone with the Father and know that He has been waiting for one-on one time with us.