This is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight. – Philippians 1:9
Paul’s Epistle to the church in Philippi has some long-term foundation starting information to it even though it is only 4 chapters. He sets forth the beginning of Christology which one day I pray God gives em the knowledge to share but what I want to focus on is his reiteration of what Christ commands us. The greatest commandment was found in Matthew 22:37-39, love the Lord our God and then the second was to love others as we would ourselves. Jesus tells us this time and again because His ministry is founded on the love God has for Him and by proxy for us.
Whole Lotta’ Love
This one aspect does so many things for us both in the here and now and in our standing with Christ in Heaven. Jesus let’s us know that to be a disciple we must express out affections to one another just as he expressed His for us (John 13:34-35). It is by this countenance we are proclaiming our discipleship for Him. If we acted in hate what message does that convey? Especially to the broken and fragile of soul. Someone could be a hairs breadth from dropping to their knees and proclaiming Jesus as his redeemer and Lord but the hate they see from those claiming to be His people could instead make them run. I tend to not call out people that I believe are wrong in their faith because I have no authority to pass judgment because I am not without sin myself but groups like Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) certainly do and on the daily deny the very commandment that the son of God had given.
Jesus loved us so much that He willingly put Himself between God’s wrath and us. He laid down his life and fulfilled the law that God set forth (Romans 12:8). If the law is broken a debt must be paid to fulfill it and God did so with His son, with Himself. We are commanded to love like Christ died (John 15:12-13) and that includes sacrificing yourself for others. It doesn’t say go out and be a super hero but it does say we should be willing to die for others. I can think of no lesser example than a man putting himself between another person to protect his family and loved ones. It shouldn’t even be a thought of “Should I?” because we will without consideration of our continual existence in this life.
A Trinity of Affection
Last night at Harvest Bible Chapel in Hickory we went over the deity of Christ. The topic was about how Jesus is God and how He showed it through his words, works, witness and the worship man lauded upon Him. A question came up about the prayer Christ gives for the apostles that they be one as Jesus is one with God (John 17:11) . It was good food for thought because at the center of the trinity is God and each separate part as affection for man. Jesus has proclaimed His love for us by his death. The Holy Spirit shows affection for us by filling us with the light of salvation, it’s that warm heart-busting feeling you get when you are on fire for the Lord and God the Father showed His affection for man by giving us Jesus as the sacrifice for His wrath.
What that all means to me is what Jesus told us. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6
I am no scholar but in as plain as terms I can express Jesus was praying that the Apostles and ultimately all Christians be united as one person (body) just as the trinity is one. We do not commune directly with God because He cannot look upon our Sin. We commune with Jesus directly because He filters our sin so that God can enjoy our presence as much as we enjoy His. That is how it works until we die or until the fulfillment of Revelation occurs.
We’ve failed in that haven’t we? Being united. Look at some of the turf wars churches have had. The hate that false teachers spread.
If you follow the command that Christ has given your love will grow beyond what you thought possible. You’ll love everyone and forgive them. You’ll bear with them and support them. You will find that if the trinity is present in your life that love will be a force that you can use to fight off so many things. You will seek fellowship so that you can express that love. Our salvation rests on the fact that God loves us enough to give His son who loves us enough to lay down his life so that the Holy Spirit can imbue that love in us. Treat everyone like Christ treated people. Don’t treat people like they treated the Son.