Posted by: dhkrause | May 14, 2019

He Could Have Called Ten Thousand Angels

Matthew 26_53

https://biblepic.com/44/matthew_26-53.htm

He Could Have Called Ten Thousand Angels

http://dianaleaghmatthews.com/called-ten-thousand-angels/.

This morning I woke up with this chorus going through my mind.  It turns out that the author of the song, Ray Overholt, was not saved when he wrote it.  He describes how the song brought him to the Savior:

“Sometime later I found myself singing at a small church. I sang ‘He Could Have Called Ten Thousand Angels’.  Following my singing, a preacher spoke a message that gripped my heart. I knew I needed Christ. So I knelt there and accepted, as my Savior, the One whom I had been singing and writing about.”

You can read the full story behind the song at the link above.

Here are two outstanding renditions:

Ten Thousand Angels – Stephen J. Nasby – with lyrics
https://youtu.be/bjMinJ4Seho

Ten Thousand Angels – Jamie & Karen
https://youtu.be/AnhmwjX0dFM

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 5/13/2019, https://compellinglove.net/

Posted by: dhkrause | May 12, 2019

Christ in You, the Hope of Glory

Christ in You, the Hope of Glory (2)

https://aglowhouston.com/tag/hope-of-glory/

When a person receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, He dwells in them, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  He lives in us through the Holy Spirit who is given to us.  Through the Spirit, the Father and the Son of God take up residence in us, and nothing can separate us from the love of God.

In Colossians 1:27, Paul describes this as a mystery now being made known.

Colossians 1 (NKJV)
27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Jesus taught that the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, would dwell in the disciples, and He promised to be with them through the Holy Spirit.

John 14 (NKJV)
Jesus Promises Another Helper
15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

John 14_15-18

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOaWCKqZMWw

 Jesus promised to manifest himself to them, and that both He and the Father would come and make their home in them.

John 14 (NKJV)
Indwelling of the Father and the Son
19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”

23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

God will give life to our mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in us:

Romans 8 (NKJV)
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Romans 8_11

https://www.heartlight.org/gallery/2811.html

Those who are led by the Spirit of God are His sons and daughters.  The glory that will be revealed in us outweighs any suffering that we may experience.

Romans 8 (NKJV)
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body

Romans 8_28 (3)

https://www.amazingfacts.org/news-and-features/scripture-pictures/scripture-pictures-by-verse/verse/e/28145/t/romans-8-28

 God makes all things work together for good to those who love Him, though we may not see it until later.

Romans 8 (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Romans 8:39 declares that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8_39

https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/romans-8-39

W. Tozer wrote, “The Persons of the Godhead never work separately. Every act of God is done by all three Persons.” Jesus said the Holy Spirit would lead us into all truth, and enable us to do the works that He did.  He also declared that both He and the Father would answer our prayers.

John 14 (NKJV)
The Answered Prayer
12 “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. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

John  15 (NKJV)
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you17 These things I command you, that you love one another.

 “Christ in you, the hope of glory” is a hope that will not disappoint!

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  Romans 5:5 (NKJV)

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 5/11/2019, https://compellinglove.net/

Posted by: dhkrause | April 28, 2019

No Greater Love

1 Peter 3_18 (2)

There is no greater love than that revealed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He suffered and died for us, “the just for the unjust,”  so that by believing in Him we can have eternal life abiding in His love and glory.

1 Peter 3:18 (NKJV)
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.

In John 10, Jesus describes himself as the good shepherd who voluntarily lays down his life for the sheep, predicting both his crucifixion and his resurrection:

John 10 (NKJV)
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. … 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. … 17 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

John 15_13 (2)

Jesus declared in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”  He calls us friends if we walk in His love.

John 15 (NKJV)
Love and Joy Perfected
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. … 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that 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. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.

In John 3, Jesus describes the greatest gift of God’s love, that we receive by faith.  Receiving this supreme gift by faith, we are inspired with thankful hearts to live for Him who died for us.

John 3 (NKJV)
13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3_16 thank you (1)

A card available from International Bible House (www.ibhgospel.com) describes this amazing gift of God’s love, and our rightful response:

“Thank You” expresses warm gratitude when someone has done something for us. Do you know the glorious thing that God has done for you?

Despite the fact that we have turned from God and gone our own way, He loved us enough to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us.

Why was that even necessary?  Our rebellion (our sins) against God had separated us from Him and we were helpless to do anything to change that. But God’s wonderful gift of forgiveness is possible because Christ paid the penalty for our sins. All who believe in Him will have their sins forgiven and everlasting life.

Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour?  Why not take the step to thank God for what He has done?  It will make all the difference in your life.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory
Through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV)

Romans 12 describes our reasonable response to God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ:

Romans 12 (NKJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12_2 (2)

Paul describes a yet greater transformation in 1 Corinthians 15: “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. … For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

1 Corinthians 15 (NKJV)
20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55 “O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 12_2

Hebrews 12:2 declares that Jesus “for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross.”  Hebrews 2:10-11 reveals that part of that joy was “in bringing many sons to glory”… “He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” 

Hebrews 12 (NKJV)
The Race of Faith
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 2 (NKJV)
Bringing Many Sons to Glory
10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.

There is no greater love than that which Jesus describes in His prayer for believers in John 17:22-23:

And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 4/28/2019, https://compellinglove.net/

Photo credits:
(1) https://www.christianityeveryday.com/index.php/bible-verse-photo-1-peter-318/
(2) http://deborahhbateman.com/daily-bible-reading-greater-love-john-1513/john-15-13/
(3) http://ibhgospel.com/shop/message-cards/thank-you/
(4) http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/romans/romans12.htm
(5) https://heartpathjournal.net/2015/10/29/you-are-his-joy/

Posted by: dhkrause | April 14, 2019

Light of the World

John 8_12 (3)

Jesus Christ is the Light of the world, who stepped down into darkness to open our eyes to the beauty and wonder of God’s love.  John 3:16 declares,“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.  He is the good shepherd who gives his life for sheep.  He rose from the dead, and is alive forevermore. He is the true light for all who follow Him, as He said after refusing to condemn the woman caught in adultery:

John 8:12 (NKJV)
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” 

In John 10, Jesus describes himself as the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep, and also predicts his resurrection.

John 10 (NKJV)
14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
17 Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

Matthew 5_16 (3)

In Matthew 5:16, Jesus tells the disciples, “You are the light of the world.” He encourages them to let their light shine, for the glory of God.

Matthew 5 (NKJV)
14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

John 1:9 describes Jesus as the light shining in the darkness, “the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”

John 1 (NKJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

In Colossians 1, Paul prays, “giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love”.

Colossians 1_13-14 (2)

Colossians 1 (NKJV)
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

1 Peter 2:9 declares, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

He calls us to “walk in the light as He is in the light.”

1 John 1 (NKJV)
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

2 Corinthians 4_6 (3)

Paul declares in Romans 5:5, “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Oswald Chambers writes, “Jesus Christ became Incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before Him as He was created to do, the friend and lover of God Himself.”

Philippians 2 describes Christ’s humbling and His exaltation:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2_8-9

Tim Hughes captures the inspiration of this scripture in the following song.

Here I am to Worship
(Tim Hughes, 1999, inspired by Philippians 2)

1. Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes, let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You

Refrain:
Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

2. King of all days oh, so highly exalted
Glorious in Heaven above
Humbly You came to the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor

[Refrain]

I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
(Repeat 3 times)

[Refrain, 3 times]

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 4/14/2019, https://compellinglove.net/

Photo credits:
(1)  https://thebereanmanifesto.podbean.com/e/ep36-john-812/
(2) https://mybible.com/covers/303
(3) https://www.bereaproject.org/verse-of-the-day/2015/11/9/colossians-113-14
(4) https://nancyaruegg.com/tag/2-corinthians-46/
(5) https://biblical-christianity.com/lessons-from-the-transfiguration

Posted by: dhkrause | March 31, 2019

Abundant Redemption

Psalm 111_9

God promises to bring abundant redemption to His people, in spirit, soul and body.  Psalm 111 and Psalm 130 exemplify these promises:

Psalm 111 (NIV)
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.

Psalm 130 (NKJV)
O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is mercy,
And with Him is abundant redemption
.
And He shall redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.

Job 19_25-26

Job declares, “I know my Redeemer lives,” as he looks forward to a coming bodily resurrection:

Job 19 (NKJV)
25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,

Daniel 12 describes a coming bodily resurrection of both the righteous and unrighteous:

Daniel 12 (NKJV)
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
Some to everlasting life,
Some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Those who are wise shall shine
Like the brightness of the firmament,
And those who turn many to righteousness
Like the stars forever and ever.

Our Redeemer lives, and He is coming soon as Jesus describes:

Luke 21 (NKJV)
27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

In John 11:25-26, just before raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus declares, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”

Romans 3_24

Paul teaches in Romans 3:21-24 that redemption is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ:

Romans 3 (NKJV)
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Paul writes in Romans 8 about “the glorious liberty of the children of God”, including the “redemption of our body.”

Romans 8 (NKJV)
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

Ephesians 1_7

Paul declares in Ephesians 1 and in Colossians 1 that “in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

Ephesians 1 (NKJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

Colossians 1 (NKJV)
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Hebrews 9_12

Christ by his own blood has obtained our eternal redemption:

Hebrews 9 (NKJV)
11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, “bore our sins in His own body on the tree, we having died to sins, might live for righteousness”.  Through Him we have abundant redemption, and healing in His name.

1 Peter (NKJV)
24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 2_24

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 3/30/2019, https://compellinglove.net/

Photo credits:
(1)  https://faithful-in-christ.tumblr.com/post/143739077230
(2) https://biblia.com/bible/niv2011/Job19.25-27
(3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oE5Pl-b2B4
(4) https://www.haikudeck.com/ephesians-17-uncategorized-presentation-NdDtxtAlE9#slide0
(5) http://shop.biblevisuals.org/S2011-MVDL_Hebrews9_12_downloadready-to-printpdf.aspx
(6) https://wallpaper4god.com/wallpapers/1-peter-224_5059_1600x1200.jpg

 

Posted by: dhkrause | March 17, 2019

The Love of God

John 3_16 (6)

God’s love is measureless and pure, as most clearly revealed by Jesus Christ.

John 1:18 declares, “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.”  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world to reveal the love of God by laying down His life to take the judgment for the sins of the world upon Himself for all who believe.  For those who receive and follow Him, nothing can ever separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord:

John 3:16 (NKJV)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Romans 8:38-39
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Paul prays in Ephesians 3 that we as believers would “know the love Christ that passes knowledge”, and “be filled with all the fullness of God”.

Ephesians 3 (NKJV)
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3_14-21 Finding your Identity in Christ

Inspired by the revelation of God’s love through Jesus Christ, Frederick M. Lehman published in 1917 a song entitled “The Love Of God”, with the following refrain:

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Worship leader and songwriter Shelly E. Williams released a new song in 2016 inspired by this old hymn.  She writes on her blog, Feb 3, 2016:

(https://shellyejohnson.com/measureless-story-behind-the-song/)

“Measureless” – Story Behind the Song

“One of my favorite aspects of church music is the history. Some Sundays we sing songs that were written a year ago or a decade ago. And some Sundays we sing songs that were written centuries ago.  We get to be part of this beautiful history of God’s people singing God’s story, generation after generation.

Oh Love of God, How Rich and Pure

“There’s an “old hymn” that I have been surprised to discover is largely unknown amongst many of my worship leader friends. It’s called “The Love of God”, and it was written in 1917 by a guy named Frederick Lehman. Frederick was dealing with some major financial issues and found himself working in a packing factory in Pasadena, California, moving thirty tons of lemons and oranges a day. Despite his circumstances, he was in awe of the goodness of God and began writing a song to describe the limitless love of God. He wrote the lyrics and melody but was still in need of a third verse.  It was then he remembered these beautiful words he had heard quoted recently:

Could we with ink the ocean fill and were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry,
Nor could the scroll contain the whole though stretched from sky to sky.

“Those lyrics were written on the wall of an insane asylum by an unknown inmate, but the words originally came from an eleventh-century Jewish poet from Germany named Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai.”

“Many of us may find ourselves in a similar state of desperation as the patient in that asylum who wrote those lyrics on his cell wall. And what’s so beautiful is that 100 years later, those words still ring with truth and application for our lives today.”

John 21_25

Speaking of the revelation of God’s love through Jesus Christ, John’s gospel concludes, “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.”  (John 21:25 NKJV)

Shelly E. Williams continues, “God’s love for us is absolutely unfathomable.  If we could truly grasp it, we would never even think of pursuing all the empty things this world has to offer.”

“I am so excited to finally share with you this brand new song, Measureless”!  Enjoy!”

MEASURELESS
Original Hymn Text by Frederick Lehman (1917)
New Words & Music by Shelly E. Johnson & Sean Hill

Verse 1
The love of God is greater than
A tongue or pen could tell
It reaches to the highest star
Beyond the depths of hell

Verse 2
If we could fill the seas with ink
Make pages of the sky
To write the love of God above
Would drain the oceans dry

Chorus
Oh, the love of God, How rich and pure

How boundless, oh how strong!
Forevermore it will endure
How measureless is His love

Verse 3
The sons of Adam lost in sin
By God’s great love were found
When on the cross, He fought for us
To win us Glory’s Crown

Chorus
Oh, the love of God, How rich and pure

How boundless, oh how strong!
Forevermore it will endure
How measureless is His love

Bridge
Beyond the highest of heights
Beneath the depths of the sea
Nothing on earth can contain
His endless love for me

Verse 4
When earthly things have passed away
And the sting of death is gone
The love of God will still remain
All measureless and strong!

Chorus
Oh, the love of God, How rich and pure

How boundless, oh how strong!
Forevermore it will endure
How measureless is His love

God has revealed his love through Jesus Christ, and poured out his love in our hearts, as Romans 5:5 declares, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

Romans 5_5 (2)

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 3/16/2019, https://compellinglove.net/

Photo credits:
(1)  https://www.biblestudytools.com/john/3-16.html
(2) https://sermons.faithlife.com/sermons/230774-finding-your-identity-in-christ-(ephesians-3:14-21)
(3) https://slideplayer.com/slide/9950064/
(4) https://searching4christ.com/2016/07/14/so-much-more-in-jesus/
(5) https://www.verseoftheday.com/en/05052016/

Posted by: dhkrause | March 3, 2019

The Promises of God

Joshua 21_45

God is the ultimate promise keeper; He keeps all of His promises.  When Abraham and Sarah were very advanced in age, He promised they would have a son in a year.  Sarah laughed, but God kept His promise, and they named their son, Isaac, which means “laughter”.  God also promised Abraham that his descendants would possess the land that He was giving him.  Joshua 21 records the fulfillment of this promise:

Joshua 21 (NKJV)
The Promise Fulfilled
43 So the Lord gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and dwelt in it. 44 The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. 45 Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.

Centuries later, when King Solomon was dedicating the temple, he blessed God for keeping all that He promised through Moses:

1 Kings 8 (NKJV)
56 Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.

Genesis 3_15 (2)

The first promise of God recorded in the Bible was actually spoken in the Garden of Eden to the serpent who had persuaded Eve to disobey God.  Scholars throughout the centuries interpreted this prophecy to mean that a Savior born of a virgin would remove the false authority of the devil (“He shall bruise your head”), though He would suffer physically to do so (“you shall bruise His heal”).

Genesis 3 (NKJV)
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel
.”

The wording of Isaiah 7:14 and Isaiah 9:6 appears to point back to this prophecy:

Isaiah 7 (NKJV)
14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9_6-7

Isaiah 9 (NKJV)
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Matthew 1 records the birth of Jesus to a virgin named Mary (or Miriam), in fulfillment of this prophecy:

Matthew 1 (NKJV)
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

 24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Luke 4_18

In Luke 4, Jesus stood and read in the synagogue at Nazareth the beginning words of a Messianic prophecy in Isaiah 61, and then announced He had come to fulfill those words of promise.

Luke 4 (NKJV)
16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Jeremiah 31_3 (3)

Through Jesus (Yeshua), God is fulfilling His promises in Ezekiel 36 and Jeremiah 31 to give His people a new heart, a new spirit, and a new covenant.

Ezekiel 36 (NKJV)
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

Jeremiah 31 (NKJV)
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you
.

33 … this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Paul writes in 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time”.  As the Mediator of the new covenant, He invites all who are weary and heavy laden to come to Him and find rest for our souls:

Matthew 11 (NKJV)
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 3/3/2019, https://compellinglove.net/

Photo credits:
(1)  https://www.thoughtco.com/gods-word-never-fails-joshua-2145-701680
(2) https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/genesis-3-15
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(4) https://twitter.com/dgfcfamily/status/932527382459797504
(5) https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/jeremiah-31-3

Posted by: dhkrause | February 17, 2019

All Things New

Romans 6_4 (2)

God calls His redeemed people to “walk in newness of life,” giving Him all the glory, purifying ourselves with the blessed hope of Christ’s return, and getting ready for the new Creation promised in His word.  Paul draws a parallel between Christ’s resurrection and our walking in newness of life.

Romans 6 (NKJV)
Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

In Romans 12, God calls us to be living sacrifices, giving ourselves completely to Him, and being “transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Romans 12 (NKJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

As a caterpillar comes out of its cocoon transformed into a butterfly, Paul declares, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.”

2 Corinthians 5 (NKJV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,

2 Corinthians 5_17 (3)

In Jeremiah 31:33, God promised to make a new covenant with His people:
“I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Jeremiah 31 (NKJV)
31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

By focusing on God’s Word that is stored as a treasure in our heart, we can avoid being swept into the sinful enticements of this world:

Psalm 119:11 (NKJV)
11 Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.

Matthew 4_4 (2)

In Matthew 4, Jesus sets the example for us on how to deal with temptation.

Matthew 4 (NKJV)
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’

and,

‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

1 John 3_2-3

By living according to God’s Word, we purify ourselves and get ready to meet our Redeemer face to face.  We have a living hope and are kept by the power of God, rejoicing with joy inexpressible and full of glory, as  He enables us to love one another as He has loved us.

1 John 3 (NKJV)
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

1 Peter 1 (NKJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

John 13 (NKJV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Revelation 21_5 (2)

Walking in “newness of life” by the power of God, we look forward to “a new heaven and a new earth”, where God is making “all things new”.

Revelation 21 (NKJV)
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 2/16/2019, https://compellinglove.net/

Photo credits:
(1)  https://www.bereaproject.org/verse-of-the-day/2016/5/23/romans-64
(2) http://www.bibleverseimages.com/inspirational-bible-verse-3.htm
(3) https://daily-bible-verse.net/guidance-matthew4-4.html
(4) https://jvn2k07.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/the-answers-1-john-32/
(5) https://www.bereaproject.org/verse-of-the-day/2016/1/1/revelation-215

Posted by: dhkrause | February 5, 2019

Light, Love, Joy and Peace

Romans 15_13 (2)

May God fill you with His light, love, joy and peace this day and every day!

Joy and peace go together, as seen in this prayer of Paul’s, and in this promise from the prophet Isaiah.

Romans 15:13 (NKJV)
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 55 (NKJV)
12 “For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Love, joy and peace are the first three fruits of the Spirit listed by Paul:

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

1 John 2_10 (2)

If we love one another we will abide in God’s light, as John explains in his first epistle:

1 John 2:9-11 (NKJV)
He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Erika Mathews comments on this passage:

“The true Light now shines! Jesus Christ is living and here within us, shining eternally through our lives!

“Because of this, He gives “a new commandment,” and, once again, this new commandment centers around love.

“Love and light go together. God is love; God is light. Throughout Scripture, these two concepts are often discussed together. Without light, there can be no love; and where there is no love, there is no light.

“This passage is clear that hating one’s brother and walking in light cannot coexist. Yet the new commandment that Jesus gave was “Love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” Jesus laid down His life in love for us – how can we possibly love each other as Jesus loves us?

1 John 1_7 (4)

“The answer is that it is only Jesus who can love as Jesus loves. No one else can come close to meeting that standard. Trying to love like Jesus in our own strength will only reveal how incapable we are and how far we fall short.

“Instead, to love one another, we must receive the very life and love and light of Jesus Himself into our beings. He died and rose and ascended to His Father that He might live His life through us – that He might live inside us – that it may be no longer I who lives (no longer I in my failing flesh), but Christ who lives in me! And He is 100% capable of loving others through us exactly as He loves us!

“Receiving His love and allowing it to flow through us to others isn’t a passive activity. It doesn’t mean we just sit back and let Him do it, all the while excusing our own laziness. It’s actively living WITH Him, loving WITH Him, acting in kindness and gentleness as He leads, listening to His voice and following His word – it’s true life with Him!

“When this is our lifestyle, resting and yet actively living in Him as our Keeper, there is truly no occasion for stumbling. He is our Elohim – our Strong Leader who keeps our lives hidden in His care. Walk in the light, as He is in the light, and receive the joy of true, selfless, giving Love!”

(http://restinglife.com/2018/04/how-to-love-as-jesus-loves/)

John 15_12-13

As declared in verse 2 of the hymn, O Holy Night, “Christ’s law is love, and His gospel is peace.”

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother,
And in His name all oppression shall cease.

Love and joy are perfected together, as Jesus teaches in John 15.

John 15 (NKJV)
Love and Joy Perfected
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that 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. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 2/4/2019, https://compellinglove.net/

Photo credits:
(1) https://www.pinterest.com/pin/540291286524066663/
(2) http://restinglife.com/2018/04/how-to-love-as-jesus-loves/
(3) https://www.heartlight.org/gallery/5455.html
(4) https://www.gbcdecatur.org/sermons/NoGreaterLove.html

Posted by: dhkrause | January 21, 2019

Knowing the Love of Christ

ephesians 3_14-21 scripture song

A major theme in the Bible is that God desires for His people to know His love increasingly in all its dimensions.  God created us to be in relationship with Him, and He is drawing a company of believers spiritually to be His bride.  This quest began with the creation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and will be fulfilled through what God has accomplished in Jesus, as Pastor Gysbert (Berty) Brits so beautifully explains:

“There is unending good news in what God accomplished in Jesus. Jesus did a work so grand that the human mind needs assistance from God Himself to comprehend it. What God accomplished in Jesus blows what Satan did in Adam completely out of the water!

“God’s original plan with man was to have a friend with whom He could share His life. When He made man, He wasn’t driven by a business decision to hire a gardener for the Garden of Eden. The creation of man is based on the same passions, thoughts and qualities displayed in the life of a loving married couple who want children with whom they could share all they have.”

(Brits, Gysbert. Jesus is the Tithe: The Message of God. Forward.)

Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:15-21 is a “scripture song” expressing the fullness of love that God is drawing each of His people to know.

ephesians 3_14-21 rooted & grounded

Ephesians 3 (NKJV)
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Before time began, the Son of God was with the Father.  There is an eternal love relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; through what God accomplished in Jesus, this love relationship  is now extended to us.

That is why in Jesus’ prayer in John 17:5, He speaks of “the glory which I had with You before the world was.”  Also, in verse 3 He declares, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

john 17_3(3)

John 17 (NKJV)
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

In John 17:20-23, Jesus prays that believers may be in complete unity with Him and with the Father, and that “they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

In John 17:24, He declares, “for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.  He prays that believers “may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”  He ends by praying “that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

john 17_26(2)

John 17 (NKJV)
24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

1 John 3:1-3 teaches that because of the love the Father has bestowed on us,  “now we are children of God”.  He is making us to be more like Jesus.

Verses 16 and 17 describe the outworking of His love through us.

1 John 3 (NKJV)
The Command to Love
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

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The Outworking of Love
16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

1 John 4 teaches that we will know and see God through Love:

1 John 4 (NKJV)
Knowing God Through Love
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Seeing God Through Love
12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 1/20/2019, https://compellinglove.net/

Photo credits:
(1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCuE5MFbknE&t=21s
(2) http://thegatheringottawa.com/messages/rooted-and-grounded-in-love/
(3) http://www.nccsouthboston.org/2016/01/what-is-eternal-life-john-17/
(4) https://kristiann1.com/2017/02/27/thyname1/
(5) https://treasureboxmy.blogspot.com/2017/12/inspirational-quotes-1-john-32.html

 

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