The Unconditional-Love of God
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The essence of Faith is actually Love – The Law of Christ:
We will see that the essence of faith is actually unconditional-love – The Law of Christ, the perfect Law of Freedom. A careful study of pistis 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 promoted, than “to relationally trust, relying, depend, or lean against” the person of Christ, and that “obedient steps of faith” in Christ has much more to do with “unconditional-love” than anything else! When John was dealing with Christians who “say they are in the light but then hates their brother, [they] are still in darkness” (a), and John 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). <Notes> a) 1 John 2:9, b) context: the beginning of their Christian Faith, c) 1 John 3:11, d) 2 John 5:1.
Somehow, much of church-ianity has lost the forest through the trees – they lost the gospel logos 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.
Only “meno ‘abiding, remaining-connected-to, dwelling in’ 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/followers” (c), specifically “to tereo ‘watch carefully to maintain/keep’ God’s commandments to have trusting-relying-faith in Christ and unconditionally-love one another, showing that we are actually His disciples/followers who unconditionally-loved Him” (d). Unconditional-love alone shows/proves we really do presently/ongoingly, experientially, relationally ginosko know the true God who is Unconditional-Love, that we are actually born of God, and that we really have passed out of death into zoe genuine-life with us abiding/dwelling in God and Him in us (e). <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.
You certainly can “say you have trusting-relying-faith” or that “you experientially, relationally ginosko know God” (a), but then the question is: Can “trusting-relying-faith without [the] works” of merciful, caring, unconditional-love “really save you?” The answer: “Trusting-relying-faith by itself, if it does not have [these] works, is dead (lifeless) . . . useless [to anyone else]” (b)! <Notes> a) 1 John 2:4, b) James 2:13-18, 20, 26.
God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is defined as Unconditional-Love:
However, just as John & Paul say (a) that “God presently/ongoingly is-defined-as/exists-as Unconditional-Love” and “unconditional-love is presently/ongoingly ek out-from God and/thus everyone who routinely unconditionally-loves has already been [with ongoing results] born of God and/coupled presently/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 meno remains/dwell within us and His unconditional-love is completed-perfected in us . . . God is unconditional-love and so whoever meno remains/dwells in unconditional-love then meno remains/dwells in God and God in him . . . the [singular] fruit/essence of the Spirit presently/ongoingly is-defined-as/exists-as Unconditional-Love” <Notes> a) 1 John 4:7-8, 10, 11-12, 16, 20, 17:26; Galatians 5:22.
The nature of God’s only 2 commandments in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant is essentially unconditional-love – God’s unconditional-love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (a), meno 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-in-fact-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) that which 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-in-fact-NO need for anyone to write to you, for you are actually, presently/ongoingly being taught by God to unconditionally-love one another” (g). <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,
Peter declares, “having had your souls purified by your obedience to The Truth for a sincere philia brotherly-love, [thus] unconditionally-love one another from an unmixed heart, since you have been born again…of imperishable [singular] Seed, through the zao Genuine-Living and/coupled meno remaining/dwelling Logos Message (a) of/belonging-to God” (b). <Notes> a) a clear reference to Christ as the Logos Word/Message of God, not even the preaching of the gospel as Christ’s logos message about Himself, and certainly not a reference to any bible writings, b) 1 Peter 1:22-23.
Faith and Love have nothing to do with bible knowledge:
The New Covenant’s commandments have absolutely nothing to do with reading, studying, and memorizing more religious gnosis info-knowledge, for Paul says, “this [religious] 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 [that] exceedingly surpasses gnosis info-knowledge,” and even 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). <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.
Paul declares: “the kingdom of God is . . . righteousness and/coupled peace and/coupled 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” (a). 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” (b) and “pursue . . . trusting-relying-faith, unconditional-love, and peace” (c). Peter also says, “seek peace and pursue it” (d). <Notes> a) Romans 14:17-19, b) 1 Timothy 6:11, c) 2 Timothy 2:22, d) 1 Peter 3:11.
Unconditional-love is NOW under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant (a) the “Law of Christ” (b) that puts a follower “outside the [Old Testament] Law of God” (c), which is NOW considered “the teleios perfect-completed Law, the Law of freedom” (d), because the [OT] Law definitively/wholly teleoo perfected/completed absolutely-in-fact-NO thing” (e). This NT Law frees us because God’s “mercy triumphs over [His] judgement” (f). This is Christ’s “New (a) Commandment” that is completely different-in-kind (a) than any other OT commandment or even the Father’s commandment of “having trusting-relying-faith in His Son” (g). Unconditional-love is actually “the Law of the Spirit of zoe genuine-life that has set you free in Christ Jesus from the Law (h) of sin and death” (i). <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) Galatians 6:2, c) 1 Corinthians 9:21, d) James 1:25, 2:12, e) Hebrews 7:19, f) James 2:13, g) 1 John 4:21; John 13:34, 15:12, 17, h) context: Old Covenant Law, i) Romans 8:2.
The New Covenant commandments are completely-different-in-kind from the Old Testament ones:
But HOW is Christ’s “New (a) Commandment” that He says is NOW “My Commandment” (rather than the Father’s or any other rabbi’s) to “unconditionally-love one another just as I have you” completely different-in-kind by definition (a) from the old covenant’s “unconditionally-love your neighbor hos ‘in the same manner as’ yourself” (b)? Many pastors and Christians don’t see any difference! But then Christ’s commandment wouldn’t be chadash/kainos “New!” <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.
First, “neighbor” in Hebrew meant “those like yourself, fellow Jews,” giving them the “out” to hate the Gentiles, to treat them as enemies (a). Jews weren’t allowed to even eat with Gentiles (b) or “to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation” (c) or “to have any dealings with them” (d), if the Jews were to obey God’s old covenant Law! However, Jesus corrected them, saying “Unconditionally-love your enemies and proseuchomai conversationally-pray for those who persecute you” (e), and “do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you” (f), and “do good [to them], and lend [to them], expecting nothing in return” (g). 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). <Notes> a) Job 31:29; Esther 9:5, 16; Psalms 139:20-23, b) Luke 15:2; Acts 11:3; Galatians 2:12, c) Acts 10:28, d) John 4:9, e) Matthew 5:43-44, f) Luke 6:27, g) Luke 6:35.
Second, “unconditionally-loving your [like-kind] neighbor in the same manner as yourself” would also be conditionally-limited to how much you “unconditionally-love yourself.” The OT commandment does NOT tell you to first focus on “unconditionally-love yourself” as I’ve heard to many pastors say, because the Greek word hos assumes you already do! People who ‘cut’ themselves or attempt suicide are actually the most self-absorbed, self-loving people, albeit in a devilish distorted way, that are so blinded by their own self-pity they can’t see the effect their behavior would have on others, nor do they care! So, again the “Law perfected/completed absolutely-in-fact-NO thing!” If your self-pity blinds you to The Truth of the way God see you (Jesus was willing to die for you) or blinds you to see the needs of others, you certainly are not going to “unconditionally-love your neighbor.” The Law just unravels! But what Jesus is saying is completely-different-in-kind “New” – “unconditionally-love one another [reciprocally] just as I have unconditionally-loved you.” How was that? By serving the needs of others, not your own, even if it means dying to save another! Christ’s commandment is absolutely nothing like anything before it by definition!
The Law of Christ is to “Unconditionally-love one another just as I have Unconditionally-loved you”
This “Law of Christ” was and 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 exhortation to Christians (c) – it seems we need that constant reminder! The “unconditional-love of Christ through Christ by-the-means-of The Spirit” is the enabling-power of obedience in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, just as Paul says: “For The Unconditional-Love of/belonging-to Christ presently/ongoingly sunecho controls (d) us. . . that those who live might meketi ‘in-possibility-no longer’ zao genuinely-live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised” (e). <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) sunecho: ‘holds-together,’ compresses, pressures, compels, e) 2 Corinthians 5:14-15.
It’s no wonder that Paul talked so much about God’s or Christ’s or the Spirit’s Unconditional-Love for us (a), making it his sole aim to experientially, relationally ginosko know – this far surpassing bible gnosis info-knowledge about God (b) – see Bible Info for the enormous problems to knowing God solely from the bible. <Notes> a) 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, b) Ephesians 3:19.
Christ’s Love is the power to destroy sin:
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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