Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him – John 14:23
In our opening verse, the Lord Jesus said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him….” This prompts a question: “Didn’t the Father already love everyone?” John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
When He said the Father would love the one who keeps His words, He wasn’t talking about the general love of God, but the “fellowship-love” of God. He meant that the Father would take notice of him and have special fellowship with him. Next, He said, “… we (the Father and the Son) will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” This wasn’t going to be a visit; rather, He meant the Father and the Son would set up their headquarters in the heart of the one who keeps God’s Word. Amazing thought!
It’s a glorious communion; an inseparable oneness with divinity. You’re in Him, and He’s in you; you’ve become the operational headquarters, while He becomes your dwelling place. Colossians 1:27 says, “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Thus, you’re shielded by His presence and covered by His glory, twenty-four hours a day.
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Confession (Faith’s Proclamation)
My life is hidden with Christ in God. In Him I live, and move, and have my being. I abide in Him just as He abides in me, and ours is a glorious communion and oneness of spirits. Halleluiah.
Further Study: John 15:5; Acts 17:28