As I was reading the Word of YHVH just now, I was using the Interlinear bible. 1 JOHN 4:16 reads like this:
And we have come to know and have come to believe the love that has God as to us. God, love is, and God, in him abides.
And then I read it again. And we have come to know and have come to believe the love that has God as to us. God, love is, and God in him abides. And then I read it again. And I could feel the Holy Spirit trying to open my eyes, My spiritual eyes, to the truth. “Read it again”, He urged, “read it again”. And we have come to KNOW and have come to believe the LOVE that has God as to us. God, LOVE IS, and IN HIM ABIDES.
Then, in my spiritman, I heard these words. “Do you know Me? For many will say in that day, Lord, Lord. But I will say, Depart from Me, I never knew you.”
Yeshua is the Love of God, that He formed into a human body; that He may accomplish TWO things:
1. Experience our human pains on our level, that He may gain empathy for us.
2. That we may see Him (Him, being Love) and come to know Him, and believe Him, that God abides in Him.
And when this is accomplished in us, Love then, will come and abide in us. In turn, so God, who abides in Love, will so too, abide in us.
God is the Power source of Love, When we come to know Him, we in turn, come to know God.
What then, does this all mean? If Love is that Person, then we must get rid of all our preconceived notions of love. Love is not a feeling. It’s nothing to do with candy hearts and chocolate once a year, when a couple who argues 364 days in the years, and takes an artificial pause on the day of love because everyone else does.
He is a real being. And He came here to offer mercy to those who choose to COME TO KNOW HIM AND BELIEVE HIM. Picture this, if you could, please:
There is an all consuming fire coming for you.
If a stranger builds you a bridge across the gorge, and tells you it is safe to cross, but you are hesitant, because you are scared. The chasm is so deep and so wide! What does He do? He first, walks across, to demonstrate how safe it is. Then, He comes back across and offers His hand to you. In these acts, He has become the embodiment of Love. If you take hold of His hand, you in essence, are saying to Him, “I trust you”. By this very act, you are coming to know Love. Love is becoming your friend. As you walk with Love, He talks with you, telling you to not look to the right nor the left. Do not look down, but up, Look ahead, see the goal. Follow His lead, and all will be well. Should you stumble to your knees along the way across, He is there to lift you back up to your feet again. So, keep your eyes upon Him. And once you reach the other side, you will find that you have complete trust in Him, who has now become your Friend.
Yeshua is the embodiment of Love. Love is a person. His name is Yeshua. Do you know Him? Really, really know Him? Salvation (the bridge) is a gift from God. You did not build it yourself (lest you should boast). But you must believe that it is a safe way across the divide. But what happens if you say you believe, but fear grips you so tightly, that you refuse to take Loves hand and walk across? The fire will eventually reach you and consume you.
But would you know, oh vain man, that if you do not put your faith into motion, it accomplishes nothing, and is dead. The fire will catch and consume you. JAMES 2:17-24, please read it for yourself, because 2 Timothy 2:15 says this: Hasten yourself, approved to present to God, a workman not ashamed, accurately handling the Word of truth.
Yes, Salvation is a free gift from God. But let us understand the difference between Salvation (the bridge), Faith (our trusting that the bridge is safe), and works (our act of taking His hand and walking forward with Love).
I pray this study has been a blessing and a spiritual eye opener for you. May the Lord of Hosts bless you and keep you always.