The Father Loves The Son
Therefore the Father Loves Us
31 He who comes from above is above all; He who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 And what he has seen and heard, that He testifies and no one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. 35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
He that Comes from above. Oh, what joy this must have given John the baptizer to speak these words. “He that comes from above” was a Jewish idiom meaning, “The Messiah has, or is come.” For Christ came from above in order that men might be “born from above.” Therefore, since Christ is born from above, it is only right and proper, it is necessary in fact for Him to be above all whose origin is earthly. Since Adam, all mankind has been found to have his or her origin here on earth.
He that comes from heaven testifies of what He hath seen and heard.” If this expression is retained, John admits that Christ is infinitely greater than himself, greater, in fact, than all mankind. Therefore, John the Baptizer refuses to consider himself a rival of Jesus. This is why only Jesus can testify to the character of the Father. Because He is from heaven and being from heaven He has seen the Father and has come down from heaven to show us who the Father is and what His character is by how Christ lived his life while here on earth.
Yet, how few receive Him. How few who meet Jesus really accepted Him as the Sent of God. Oh, sure some men and women received him and believed His testimony, but they were few, their faith was weak, and their thoughts were often clouded by the traditions of man.
But to those that listen to the testimony of John the Baptizer and accept Jesus as one who was sent of God, will learn and understand that the Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. Therefore, those that hear His words and see the results of His working of miracles and truly believe on Him, will be sealed as a personal seal is affixed to a document making it the property of the person who affixes the seal. So, then those who truly believe on Jesus will be affixed with His seal, set aside for a Holy work and by nature of their acceptance of God’s gift of atonement, they will receive everlasting life.
For Christ did not come in His own name speaking and saying His own words, but he came in the name of the Father, speaking the words and doing the actions of the Father, who gave His Son, that all who believe in Jesus should have everlasting life.
Then they, like Christ, who was filled with the Holy Spirit can also be filled with the Holy Spirit and know that the Father loves them as He loved Christ.
Why would we want to be filled with the Holy Spirit? To resist temptation and sin, and that we to can speak the words and perform the actions that God would want us to do, to further His work and show the character of God to others. As Christ was filled with the Holy Spirit, He could then complete the work that He was sent to do. We to must be filled with the Holy Spirit to complete the work we are sent to do. For you see, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it (John 1:1-5).
So it was, despite the testimony of John the Baptizer, and the words of the prophets that went before in what we call today the Old Testament, they all bore testimony to the fact that Christ, was the Son of God, come to be the Light of the world. Yet, despite all the evidence, He was rejected by most, scored by many, yet loved by the Father and accepted by a few. Therefore, He that keeps on believing, grabbing ahold of the Saviour with all his might, is assured of the saving grace. To be once in grace is not sufficient; a man or a woman must remain in grace all their days to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Yet we are not perfect, yet God through Jesus understands our weaknesses and therefore Christ righteousness makes up the difference. This does not mean we can do as we please, but that when we establish and maintain a relationship with God through Christ, that when we fall, when we fail to live up to the letter of the law, Christ stands in our place and says, I have paid the ransom for their soul. I died that they might have everlasting life, therefore that sin is blotted out because daily they seek a relationship with me, and they love me and desire to keep my commandments. “Therefore I will forgive them,” says God, and they are counted as righteous before the angels and the unfallen worlds.
You see, Christ explained to Nicodemus the plan of salvation. John the baptizer testified that Christ is the promised Messiah and all those that believe and come to Christ as new a born baby, with the teachable spirit of a baby, will indeed learn of God the Father through Christ, who came to show us God’s true character and love for all mankind.
What are you waiting for? Surrender your heart to Christ, ask him to send the Holy Spirit into your heart to teach you in all things concerning the Father who loves you as a son or a daughter and sent His Son to show us the way.