We sing, “Oh to be His hand extended.” That’s walking in love, and He makes is possible.
John 17:26 – And I have declared unto them Thy Name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
Before pressing forward, let’s establish some foudational truths. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, while a Trinity, are One. Jesus and the Word are One. Jesus was the Word made flesh, and in Revelation 19 we read that His Name was called “the Word of God.” I do not know how this truth could be any more firmly established. When we speak about Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and the Word, we are, in essence, speaking of the same Person – Jehovah Elohim.
Now consider the Words of Jesus in this passage. He said He had declared the Name of the Lord to His followers, and that He would continue to declare it, so “that the love wherewith Thou (Jehovah) hast loved Me (Jesus; the Word made flesh) may be in them.” And it should be just as clear to us that the “love wherewith Thou has loved Me” is indeed the love of God, and that is, in fact, God, for God is love.
Now let’s go to the next phase of this walk in the Word. Jesus is the Word, and One with Father. God is love, and therefore One with Jesus (the Word). And then we read that Jesus said that the declaring of the Name of the Lord (the Word) is what makes it possible for the love of God (that being the Lord Himself) to dwell in man. Aside from the Word, this would not be possible. But with faith, all things are possible. And since faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, then when the Word is declared and heard, faith comes. And when we add to that imagery the truth that the love of God is to keep His Commandments (the Word), the picture becomes quite clear. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. This is the love of God that you keep His Commandments. And faith works by love, and love never fails. This whole belief system, that is our relationship with Jesus, is so intricately woven that it is amazing, and at the same time, so easily seen and able to be understood. It can all be summed up in a few words. THE WAY OF LOVE IS THROUGH FAITH IN GOD’S WORD, AND IF YOU HAVE FAITH IN IT, THEN YOU WILL DO (OBEY) IT. Enjoy your walk with the Lord, live by faith in love, and never fail to declare the Word of God to all in every situation and through every circumstance.
Manna for Today – John 17; Psalm 119:11; John 1:1; John 14:15-17; 1 John 5:3-7; Revelation 19:13