Remain In His Love

9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.
10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you
John 15:9-12 (NLT)

We continue from the previous article on Jesus’ farewell words to his disciples. I firmly believe that these words are for us as well. In Verse 9, Jesus tells us that he has loves us, as the Father has loved him. What does it mean? Think about this. How much does God The Father loves Jesus? It must be a lot. Jesus is loving us the same way and the same amount. This revelation alone can set us free from the bondage of theology.

Think for yourself. Do you think the Father will ever cause earthquakes, floods, typhoons or terrorism attacks on heaven each time Jesus makes a mistake? Certainly, not. This means the earthquakes, floods, typhoons or terrorism attacks on earth are not the judgement from God. God will never ram planes to buildings to judge a nation that does not have school prayers. Jesus loves us so much that he will never kill us each time our governments make a wrong policy.

Let us move further. Where is Jesus now? He is in heaven enjoying life. The Father must have loved him so much that Jesus must have the abundance of health and wealth in heaven. I do not think Jesus will ever get sick or have to beg for food in heaven. Jesus loves us as the Father has loved him. Therefore, our lives on earth must be in abundance of health and wealth too. Despite the theologians’ efforts to make health and wealth sound like dirty words, Jesus had always wanted us to live in health and wealth. His greatest will for us on earth is to live in abundance prosperity, which includes health and wealth.

Some may say that the Father sent Jesus to die at the Cross. Does this mean Jesus will ask us to do the same? This is my answer. If you want to replicate the Cross, you have to replicate completely. First, Jesus chose to obey willingly. If he had chosen not to die for our sins to redeem us, he is still the Son of God. His prosperity would not be reduced. Likewise, if Jesus ever ask you to die at the Cross, you have the right to say no and still keep your destiny to live in prosperity. You can choose not to obey.

Secondly, Jesus had the command over 12 legions of angels who were ready for a rescue mission should Jesus changed his mind. The same must happen to you if the event of the Cross is to be replicated fully. If Jesus is to ask you to go to the Cross, he must give you the command of 12 legions of angels. The moment you change your mind, you can summon them from heaven to destroy your enemies. You can even become the supreme ruler of earth.

What if Jesus asks me to go to the Cross, but without the same privileges? Then Verse 9 will not be valid. Jesus would have broken his promise and forfeited his position as God. You can apply to replace him.

Jesus loves us as the Father loves him. This is an established truth. This truth can never change. However, it will not be forced on us. Jesus advised us to remain in his love.

Next, Jesus tells us that remaining in his love must include obeying his commandments. At this point, I am sure the theologians will love to say that Jesus wants us to obey the 10 Commandments. Are they right? Does the “commandments” in John 15:10 refers to the 10 Commandments? The answer is no. Let me show you what the commandments in John 15:10 truly is. Here we go.

12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you
John 15:12 (NLT)

This is it. Jesus’ commandment for us is to love each other as he has loved us. This is not the 10 Commandments. The 10 Commandments never say anything about love. Jesus is greater than the 10 Commandments. This tells us that Christians who choose to obey the 10 Commandments are guilty of blasphemy against God. Don’t make the same mistake.

I would like to emphasize more on Verse 10. Love is a continuous flow. First we were told that Jesus loves us as the Father has loved him. We have the choice on whether we want to remain in his love. If we do, then we have to obey his commandment, which is to love each other as he has loved us. Can you see the flow here? Knowing how much Jesus has loved us gives us the power to love others. As we love others, we remain in Jesus’ love, which entitles us to receive more love. This is a virtuous cycle.

How do we love each other? We help each other to move to higher level in our prosperity. We help each other to become healthier, richer and be more successful. This is true practical love. We do not create problems for each other to show each other our “sufficient grace.” We are not perverts.

In Verse 11, Jesus speaks of joy. Jesus’ priority is our joy. What makes you happy and joyful? Jesus will give you that thing. Do you want to have a lot of money? Jesus will give them to you as long as you are happy. So, be bold and ask God for anything you want. You don’t have to justify anything. Ask for anything you want. As long as you believe you receive, you will get what you want. Jesus’ priority is for us to have joy. He wants our joy to overflow.

In other words, Jesus is telling us that “When you are happy, I am happy.” So, do you want to make Jesus happy? If you do, be happy yourself. What do you want to be happy? Ask Jesus for them. Jesus will surely give them to you for the sake of his own happiness. Isn’t God good?

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