Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How Are You Loved?

In the last posting (Is Love a Lie?), we saw that without the Trinity, love is either abolished or love becomes hellish because it is only self-love. But in the Trinity we saw the love of one Person for Another. We saw the love that is no lie, the love that makes heaven heavenly. This is the love we desire.

That posting concluded with the question, can we participate in this love? Let's turn to this question now.

How Jesus Loves You

Drawing that perfection of love in the Trinity across to you, Jesus does not just love you. He loves you in a particular way. He loves you as the Father loves Him.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. (John 15:9)
Jesus came to earth from His Trinitarian home in heaven to bring this love -- this love, not just any love, not a lie of love, but this love of the Father for the Son, to give it to you. As the Father loves Jesus, so Jesus loves you. Believe, and abide in his love.
This Love

To marry me
He chose the tree

To give me His Name
He bore my shame

To take me home
He was disowned

From heaven above
He brought this love
How the Father Loves You

This is so much to receive, but receive it. And receive more. For not only does the Son love you as the Father loves the Son, but Jesus reveals that the Father also loves you as He loves the Son.

I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. (John 17:23)
Jesus wants you to receive love from Him, the kind of love the Father has for Him. Then He wants you to believe more, that the Father loves you just as He loves the Son. Just as He loves the Son. Just as He loves the Son. Say that again. Say it aloud. Get a hold on it. Know it. Breath it in. Walk in it. Just as He loves the Son, the Father loves you.

And more, still more, He wants the world to know it. He wants the world to know that the Father loves you even as he loves the Son.

People of the Cain spirit who envied Abel's acceptance with God will say of the beloved of God that they "wear it on their sleeves" or that "they parade it so." What if we do or what if we don't? It is the will of the Father that the world should know that he loves us as He loves His only begotten Son. God is not ashamed to be seen in public with you. This love is no lie. This is public, redeeming love that calls us to the Trinitarian home.

How the Spirit Loves You

Because of the Trinity, love is brought to us even more intimately. So far we have spoken of the Father and the Son loving us. But the Spirit also does, by coming to abide within us!

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:16-18)
The Son prayed to the Father to send the Spirit within you. That prayer was a Trinity event. The Father sent the Spirit and He did this because the Son asked. The sending was a Trinity event. All the Persons of the Trinity are active in the love which is no lie.
Hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5)
Brought Into the Trinitarian Home

Love is in the Trinity, and nowhere else. To bring us into His love, God brought us into the Trinitarian home. On the basis of Christ's blood, the Father adopts us. We become His sons, brothers of Christ, and joint heirs with him. We know this adoption by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs -- heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:15-17)
Jesus has gone to the house of the Father to prepare a place for us.
In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:2-3)
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit promise you love, the same love They have One for Another, and they promise you the place of a beloved child in their Trinitarian home.

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