Pneuma series on the Holy Spirit
Mother’s day – Just Love
1 John 5:1 -20
With Peter Veysie
George Methodist Church
9th May 2021
8am and 10am
My mom Pamela Veysie,who has served the Lord for all of her life and has been committed to working with my dad for the Lord for over 60 years of being together and has been a wonderful loving mom to me and my family as an ambassador for Jesus and for love often says to me that I must “just love” and that has been the guiding word for my life although sometimes it’s not easy. A mother has a natural ability to love a child and is committed to nurture and care for them although this does not always happen. We are blessed when our mothers follow the Lord and are guided and direct by Him. I believe that there is also a special anointing which comes directly from the Holy Spirit that gives mothers as well as us if we will allow Him, to live a life of life and care. To enable others to experience this love and to be defined not by the world but by this LOVE. Jesus came into the world to show us in the flesh how to do this and it starts with a transformation of our hearts.
John gives us some guidelines as to how to “Just love”.
1. We need to be born of God because this is the source of “just love” (1).
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
a. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: John has often mentioned being born of God (as in 1 John 2:29, 3:9, and 4:7). Here he tells us how one is born of God: whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ. This means believing that Jesus is his Messiah, not just the Messiah in the generic sense.
John’s great emphasis has been on love, but he never wants anyone to believe he earns salvation by loving others. We are born of God when we put our trust in Jesus and on His saving work in our lives.
We also understand that John was not talking about a mere intellectual assent to Jesus being Messiah (as even the demons might have, as described in James 2:19). Instead, he means a trust in and reliance on Jesus as Messiah.
Being born of God also has these two effects. It is assumed that we will love God (Him who begot us), because we are born again into His family. But it is also assumed that we will love others who are begotten of Him – our brothers and sisters in Christ.
This is the common ground of Christians – not race, not class, not culture, not language, nor any other thing except for a common birth in Jesus Christ, and the common Lordship of Jesus.
We cannot limit our love. I it really means that you do not limit your love to your own denomination or group, to your own social or financial status, to your own race, to your own political perspective, or to your own exact theological persuasion. If any of these things mean more to us than our common salvation, and the common Lordship of Jesus Christ, then something is very wrong.
2.” Just love” demonstrates God’s love by the guidance of the Holy Spirit.(2-3)
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
It is sometimes said that the best thing a father can do for his children is to love his wife and their mother. Even so, the first way for a child of God to love his brothers and sisters in Christ is to love God and to obey Him. And, if you love the parent, you will love the child. It all works together.
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: To love God is also to keep His commandments.
If you love Me, keep My commandments (John 14:15).
His commandments are not burdensome: Some Christians feel very burdened by the commandments of God, yet John insists that they are not burdensome. Galatians 5:1
3. “Just love” is Being born of God by the power of the Holy Spirit and just loving is the source of victory. (4-5)
John repeats the thought with the words, Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? The life of abiding faith and trust in Jesus Christ is the life that overcomes the pressures and temptations of the world.
Knowing who Jesus is – not just as a matter of facts or information, but as food for life – “fills the soul with so great things concerning him… as to easily turn this world into a contemptible shadow, and deprive it of all its former power over us.” (Poole)
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
Overcomers have a special place in the world to come. Jesus promised To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne (Revelation 3:21).
4.Just love is The source of our relationship with God: Jesus Christ.(6-8)
Precisely identifying who Jesus, the Son of God is, the One on Whom we must believe.
This is He who came by water and blood – Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
Jesus who was part of a real, material, flesh-and-blood earth.
John returns to a theme he started with in the beginning of the letter: the real, historical foundation for our trust in Jesus Christ. In 1 John 1:1-3 the emphasis was on what was seen and heard and looked upon and handled – real stuff, real people, real things. Just like water and blood are real, so was the coming of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
When Jesus was baptized, He was not baptized in repentance for His own sin (He had none), but because He wanted to completely identify with sinful humanity. When He came by water, it was His way of saying, “I am one of you.”
When Jesus died on the cross, He did not die because He had to (death could have no power over Him), but He laid down His life to identify with sinful humanity and to save us from our sin. When He came by… blood it was so that He could stand in our place as a guilty sinner, and to take the punishment our sin deserved.
This explanation also connects best with what Jesus said in John 3:5: Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. The being born of water in this passage speaks of the cleansing waters of baptism.
5.Just love enables the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth: The Holy Spirit also bears witness to the true person of Jesus, even as Jesus promised He would (He will testify of Me… He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you [John 15:26 and 16:14]). The consistent message of the Holy Spirit to us is, “Here is Jesus.”
“A priest was always ordained by sacrificial blood, cleansing water, and oil that spoke of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. So Jesus also had these three witnesses to His priestly ministry.” (Spurgeon)
The Spirit, the water, and the blood: These are all consistent witnesses in telling us who Jesus is. We can know that these three agree as one. It isn’t as if the Spirit tells us one thing, the water another, and the blood says something else. Jesus’ life, death, and the Spirit all tell us who Jesus is, and they tell us it in agreement.
In summary :
We are called by the Lord today on this Mother’s day to “Just love” recognising that this will mean : That we are born from above
That we ask the Holy Spirit on a daily basis to enable us to wear love as our basic all purpose garment. (Collossians 3:12 -14)
That we will find victory in our lives because of our love for others.
That we will always go to the source of love and that is the example and testimony of Jesus.
Just love finally enables a bare raw truth to revealed and that truth sets us free.