Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Trinity & the Christian

Relationship Dynamics between the Triune God and the Christian (John 14:15-24)

Dynamic #1: Christians love and obey Jesus; the world does not. 

"If you love me, you will obey what I command....  Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me....  If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching....  He who does not love me will not obey my teaching." (15,21a,23a,24a)

This isn’t a command. It’s just a simple, straight-forward fact. True Christians, real Christians, love Jesus Christ, and they obey Jesus Christ. Those who aren’t truly Christian do not.

This is not something that Christians muster up, something they find distasteful or difficult, but something that naturally flows from the fact that they have received Christ’s salvation and their hearts have been changed and reoriented towards God.

Does this mean that the Christian’s love for God is perfect? No.
That his obedience is perfect? No.

But it does mean that the love is genuine and growing and the obedience is continually improving.

In all four instances, Jesus is specifically talking about himself, not the Father or the Spirit.

This does not mean we are not to obey the Father or the Spirit. Clearly we are. But here Jesus refers to himself. And if the world has a hang-up with any particular person of the Trinity, it’s Jesus.

TV shows talk about God, but not Jesus. Jesus is not a name you should mention in public settings. It’s too polarizing. And now our military chaplains are told they can’t even pray in Jesus’ name.

There is certainly a vast difference between the world and the Christian here. The Christian loves and obeys Jesus; the world does not.

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