The essence of trusting-relying-faith is actually unconditional-love – The Law of Christ
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The essence of trusting-relying-faith is actually unconditional-love – The Law of Christ, the perfect Law of Freedom. But a careful study of “faith” reveals that it has less to do with mentally agreeing to a Christian doctrine of Christ or a creed that states this, as unfortunately the Church has pushed, than “to relationally trust and relying” on the person of Christ, and that “obedient steps of faith” in Christ has more to do with “unconditional-love” than anything else! When John was dealing with Christians who “say they are in the light but hates they brother, [they] are still in darkness” (a), he reminds them that “This is the logos message that you have heard from the beginning (b): that we should unconditionally-love one another” (c) and again, “And now I ask you, dear lady – not as though I were writing a new commandment, but the one you have had from the beginning – that we unconditionally-love one another” (d). Somehow, much of churchianity lost the forest through the trees – they lost the logos gospel message of unconditional-love! That’s what Gaylord Enns discovered. He is a pastor and scholar who came to the same conclusion about Christ’s “New Commandment” in his book: Love Revolution: Rediscovering the Lost Command of Jesus. <Notes> a) 1 John 2:9, b) context: of your Christian’s trusting-relying-faith, c) 1 John 3:11, d) 2 John 5:1.
Only this “love connection to the Vine of Christ” makes it possible to “bear much fruit” (a), which “glorifies my Father . . . and thus [shows you] have already became (b) My disciples” (c), that is, to watch carefully to maintain/keep His commandments to have trusting-relying-faith in Him and unconditionally-love one another, showing we are actually His disciples who unconditionally-loved Him (d). Unconditional-love alone shows/proves we really do ongoingly, experientially, relationally ginosko know the God who is unconditional-love, actually are born of God, and really have passed out of death into zoe genuine-life in God and Him in us (e). You can “say you have trusting-relying-faith” or “you experientially, relationally ginosko know God” (f), but then can “trusting-relying-faith without works” of merciful, caring, unconditional-love “really save you?” Such “trusting-relying-faith by itself, if it does not have [these] works, is dead (lifeless) . . . useless [to anyone else]” (g)! <Notes> a) John 15:4-5, b) past tense from earliest manuscripts, c) John 15:8, d) John 13:35, 14:15, 21, e) 1 John 3:14, 4:7-8, 16, f) 1 John 2:4, g) James 2:13-18, 20, 26.
However, just as the [singular] nature/fruit of “God is unconditional-love” and “unconditional-love is ongoingly out from God and thus everyone who routinely unconditionally-loves has already been, with ongoing results, born of God and ongoingly, experientially, relationally ginosko knows God. That’s why we ought to ongoingly unconditionally-love one another . . . This is unconditional-love . . . that God unconditionally-loved us and/coupled sent His Son . . . If God so unconditionally-loved us, we also ought to unconditionally-love one another . . . If we unconditionally-love one another, God remains/dwell within us and His unconditional-love is completed in us . . . God is unconditional-love and so whoever remains/dwells in unconditional-love then remains/dwells in God and God in him . . . the [singular] fruit of the Spirit is unconditional-love” (1 John 4:7-8, 10, 11-12, 16, 20, 17:26; Galatians 5:22).
The nature of God’s TWO New Covenant commandments is essentially unconditional-love – God’s unconditional-love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (a), remaining/dwelling in this unconditional-love (b), having unconditionally-loving trusting-relying-faith in Christ (c), and unconditionally-loving others (d)! That’s why “His commandments are absolutely not burdensome” (e)! Only ONE thing to focus on – unconditional-love! Can you see why none of this requires anything more than a child, a slave, mentally-handicapped, or any other so-called “least among you” can provide? This is God’s “non-favoritism” and “impartial” New Covenant plan for man now! <Notes> a) Romans 5:5; John 17:26; 1 John 4:12, b) John 15:9-10; 1 John 3:17, 4:12, 16, c) John 8:42, 14:15, 24, 28, 16:27, 21:17, d) 2 John 1:6, e) Matthew 11:30; 1 John 5:3.
The “example” Jesus left for us (a) “to walk in” (b) or “to follow” (c) what His “voice” will tell us (d) or what we are “to have this same mind of” is simply “having this same subservient unconditional-love, . . . doing nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility, counting others more significant that yourselves. Therefore, let each of you look not only to his own self-interests, but also to the interests of others, having this same mind in yourselves that is yours in Christ Jesus, who … emptied Himself by taking the form of a servant” (e). Paul reminds Christians to “unconditionally-love one another with brotherly affection – outdo one another in showing honor” (f), though he shouldn’t have to remind them because “now concerning philia brotherly love, you have absolutely no need in fact for anyone to write to you, for you are actually, ongoingly being taught by God to unconditionally-love one another” (g). Peter says, “having had your souls purified by your obedience to The Truth for a sincere philia brotherly love, unconditionally-love one another from an unmixed heart, since you have been born again…of imperishable see, through the living and remaining/dwelling logos message (h) of God” (i). <Notes> a) John 13:15; 1 Timothy 1:16; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 Corinthians 11:1, b) Colossians 2:6; 1 John 2:6, c) Matthew 4:19, 8:22, 9:9, 10:38, 16:24, 19:21, 28; Mark 1:17, 2:14, 8:34, 10:21; Luke 5:27, 9:23, 59, 18:22; John 1:43, 8:12, 10:27, 12:26, 13:36, 21:19, 21:22, d) John 10:4-5, 27, e) Philippians 2:2-7, f) Romans 12:10, g) 1 Thessalonians 4:9, h) likely Christ as the Logos of God, i) 1 Peter 1:22-23.
The New Covenant’s commandments have absolutely nothing to do with reading, studying, and memorizing more religious gnosis info-knowledge, for Paul says, “this gnosis info-knowledge actually, ongoingly puffs up (a), but unconditional-love builds up” (b), but “to experientially, relationally ginosko know The Unconditional-Love of/belonging-to Christ exceedingly surpasses gnosis info-knowledge,” and though “trusting-relying-faith, hope (c), and unconditional-love remain to the end, the greatest of these is unconditional-love” (d). Thus “the aim of our charge is unconditional-love that issues from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere trusting-relying-faith” (e). Paul says: “the Kingdom of God is . . . righteousness and peace and joy by the means of the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God . . . so then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual up-building” (f). After a chapter on the superiority of unconditional-love in 1 Corinthians 14:1, Paul says: “pursue unconditional-love,” and to his pastor-in-training Timothy he says: “O man of God . . . pursue . . . trusting-relying-faith, unconditional-love, . . . gentleness” (g) and “pursue . . . trusting-relying-faith, unconditional-love, and peace” (h). Peter also says, “seek peace and pursue it” (i). <Notes> a) phusioo: inflates, swells into pride, b) 1 Corinthians 8:1, c) pleasurable, confident anticipation, d) 1 Corinthians 13:13, e) 1 Timothy 1:5, f) Romans 14:17-19, g) 1 Timothy 6:11, h) 2 Timothy 2:22, i) 1 Peter 3:11.
Unconditional-love is now the “Law of Christ” (a) that puts a follower “outside the [OT] Law of God” (b), yet is still “the perfect Law, the Law of freedom” (c) where “mercy triumphs over judgement” (d). This is Christ’s “New (e) Commandment” that is completely different-in-kind (e) than any other OT commandment or even the Father’s commandment of “having trusting-relying-faith in His Son” (f). Unconditional-love is actually “the Law of the Spirit of zoe genuine-life that has set you free in Christ Jesus from the Law (g) of sin and death” (h). <Notes> a) Galatians 6:2, b) 1 Corinthians 9:21, c) James 1:25, 2:12, d) James 2:13, e) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, f) 1 John 4:21; John 13:34, 15:12, 17, g) context: OT, h) Romans 8:2.
But how is Christ’s “New (a) Commandment” that He says is “My Commandment” to “unconditionally-love one another just as I have you” completely different-in-kind (a) from the OT’s “love your neighbor as yourself” (b)? First, “neighbor” in Hebrew meant “those like yourself, fellow Jews,” giving them the “out” to hate the Gentiles, to treat them as enemies (c). Jews weren’t allowed to even eat with Gentiles (d) or “to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation” (e) or “to have any dealings with them” (f), if they were to obey God’s OT Law! However, Jesus corrected them, saying “Love your enemies and proseuchomai conversationally-pray for those who persecute you” (g), and “do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you” (h), and “do good [to them], and lend [to them], expecting nothing in return” (i). In Luke 10:29-37, Jesus turned the definition of “neighbor” from their own perspective of a “person like themselves they could relate to” (a fellow Jew) to the other person’s perspective – “you are being a ‘neighbor’ if you showed mercy to that person,” (even a despised Samaritan). Second, “loving others as yourself” would also be conditional on how much you “love yourself,” and we know that many people have terrible self-esteems, even causing them to commit suicide. Jesus is radical when He says, “love as I have unconditionally-loved you!” Now that is infinitely unlimited and infinitely unconditional! <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) “the royal Law of scripture” in James 2:8, c) Job 31:29; Esther 9:5, 16; Psalms 139:20-23, d) Luke 15:2; Acts 11:3; Galatians 2:12, e) Acts 10:28, f) John 4:9, g) Matthew 5:43-44, h) Luke 6:27, i) Luke 6:35.
This “Law of Christ” is “actually, ongoingly being taught by God” (the Father via the Spirit) to Christians (a), such that they had heard it from the beginning (b), though this is also the thrust of much subsequent Christian teaching (c). The “unconditional-love of Christ through Christ by the Spirit” is the enabling-power of obedience in the New Covenant, as Paul says: “For The Unconditional-Love of/belonging-to Christ ongoingly controls (d) us. . . that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised” (e). It’s no wonder that Paul talked so much about God’s or Christ’s or the Spirit’s unconditional-love for us (f), making it his sole aim to experientially, relationally ginosko know – this far surpassing bible gnosis info-knowledge about God (g). <Notes> a) 1 Thessalonians 4:9, b) 1 John 3:11; 2 John 1:5, c) Romans 12:10; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 4:7, 11-12, d) holds together, compresses, pressures, compels, e) 2 Corinthians 5:14, f) Romans 1:7, 5:8, 8:35, 39, 15:30; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 3:17, 5:2, 25; Philippians 2:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 3:5; 1 Timothy 1:14; 2 Timothy 1:13, g) Ephesians 3:19.
I will never forget an all-night dream God gave me, where the whole world was trapped in an insane asylum. I was trying to break my delirious friend out and found a lab run but a father & son team who gave me the antidote in a red can marked “The Real Thing,” sort of like the old Coca-Cola cans were advertised. I stuck it inside my friend’s chest when it opened up to receive the can, he was instantly cured, and we escaped. When I woke I said, “Wow, what was in that can?” And immediately I saw the words, “The Truth that sets men free has always been the same – My Love!”
At some other time I had another all-night dream of a giant monster, bigger than Godzilla, destroying the world and no matter what weapons of “might and power” of Zechariah 4:6 mankind threw at it, it remained unscathed. There was so much misery and suffering and so I wept with many others, crying out to God to somehow stop this monster. At some point we looked up to heaven and saw a huge bolt of lightning go straight through its head to the ground and it was immediately disintegrated. I woke from the dream and said, “What in the world was that monster?” And immediately I saw the words, “Sin is destroying the world.” I asked “What was that lightning bolt?” And immediately I saw the words, “It’s always been the same – My Love!”
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