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Bible reading: 12th July 2015

John 14.21cont.

21 The person who possess My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me, and the person loving Me will be loved by My Father and Myself, and I will love Him and show Myself to Him.

People often talk about a spin off, which usually refers to something that happens as a result of something else. An example would be a retailer selling a product with which they try and sell an extended warranty. The extended warranty is the spin off.

There is a spin off to possessing and keeping the commandments of Jesus, and it is a massive one. It is that we are loved by the Father and the Lord Jesus. Also there is the promise that Jesus will show Himself to us.

Obviously it is true that the Father and the Lord Jesus love us, and indeed the whole world, which is why the Father sent Jesus into the world to save the world.

Yet it would seem as though there is another dimension of the Father’s love that we enter into through obeying the commands of Jesus.

In the story of the Prodigal son, the father loves his youngest son, even when he was in a far off country. When the son returned in repentance, he entered into another dimension of his father’s love, the love that welcomed him back with acceptance and forgiveness.

As his errant son approached home this was the response of his father:

And getting up he went to his father. While he was still a long way away his father saw him and was moved with compassion, and running to him embraced him (he fell on his neck) and continuously kissed him – Luke 15.20.

The father revealed something of himself that perhaps his son had not seen before.

Jesus said that through possessing and keeping His commands we see something more of Him.

Jesus is eager to show Himself to us through our obedience to us. It is as we obey Him that we prove ourselves to be ready for the next level of revelation from Jesus, we show ourselves to be eager for further commands from Him.

Therefore, our love for Jesus and our obedience to His commands are the pathway of being shown more and more of Jesus.

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