The Nature of Love

The following is from one of Jesus’ prayers to the Father:

“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me…I have made your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
(John 17:23-24,26)

This is some of the most remarkable Truth imaginable.  I’m quite sure I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of this.  Let me share some of the implications of our Lord’s prayer:

1. The glory that the Father gave to the Son, the Son has given to us.  Here we must tread lightly, but boldly.  Remember to use the context of the passage when determining the meaning of the passage.  Here it is: the glory that Jesus is speaking of, a glory that the Father shared with Him, was the privilege of sharing the same essence of life and walking in union with Him.  The Son (in His humanity) was given the privilege to be the tabernacle of the nature and Spirit of the living God!  Where Jesus went, the Father went.  The Father dwelt inside the Son and was willing to manifest His “name” in and through the Son.  (“Name” means nature.)

2. As Jesus allowed the Father to manifest His life and nature through Him, the watching world around Jesus got a revelation of the love of God (that is, the nature of God…His name.)  Here’s where we learn what love really is.  Not the cheapened so-called love that the world talks about or Hollywood promotes.  LOVE IS A DIVINE PERSON, and this glorious Person longs to reveal Himself to others.  When the Father wanted to reveal Himself, His most essential nature, He chose the most efficient and glorious way to do it: through a Son.

3. The Father loves all His kids as much as He loves Jesus.  Now this truth blew me away years ago.  No one doubts that the Father loves the Son!  But most all of us have sometimes questioned if God could safely love us extravagantly.  I mean, let’s be honest about it, most of us are not are pure as the driven snow.  Right?  Jesus was sinless perfection.  He perfectly obeyed the Father in everything.  But me?  Not even close.  But here’s how we know that the Father loves us as much as the Son: He gave up the Son to death on the Cross so that we could be forgiven and washed…and INDWELT BY GOD HIMSELF!  Oh, glory! 

4. To be indwelt by God’s Spirit is to be a living manifestation of the nature of His love.  The apostle John (affectionately known as “the apostle of love”) could not long leave the subject at hand.  It was an all-consuming revelation for him.  “No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.  By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” (1 John 4:12-13)  And this is the glory that God has purposed to share with all of His children!

5.  The only way to RECEIVE the tangible love of God is to first PERCEIVE the tangible love of God…in a Person!  You can’t merit this love or produce this love or in any way achieve unto it.  You can only receive it by receiving Him who is love.  As you see God, as He is pleased to reveal Himself “in” His Son, Jesus Christ, you come to know God’s true nature.  And that means you will be flooded with radical other-wordly supernatural love.  You can search for it any place you like.  But you will only find it where God is pleased to reveal His name and nature: in Jesus Christ.

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