… He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. – John 14:12-21
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Likewise, when we sense that love of the Father and the Son, we love doing what Jesus asks from us. As we act, our understanding becomes clearer.
In this, we come to live prophetically.
Prophecy knows many levels, including the standard dictionary meanings in which prophecy (1) tells what will happen if the people continue to be unfaithful; (2) speaks when or as divinely inspired; and (3) interprets Scripture through the Light of the Holy Spirit.
And then Christ’s Universal Love transforms them.
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The great Gospel-Treasure is the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Glory of that Treasure is Christ in us. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)
… Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you … – John 14:12-21
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Christ is in us, opening our spiritual eye. The Christ Within. The Inward Light.
Connecting us with the Infinite, the Holy One.
The Oneness of Universal Love.
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Being guided by the Light, which is the Spirit of Christ, within us, hereby a sure Hope of Eternal Glory is given to us. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)
… And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you … – John 14:12-21
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Again, we have a promise of the Holy Spirit or Inward Light dwelling within those who seek it.
In passages like this, we also need to take care to avoid dismissing a biblical situation with contemporary values; it is easy to label a confrontation in the Bible as patriarchal, for example, without being aware of how shrewdly an individual may be subverting the existing situation or exploiting to her own benefit (see Ruth or Esther). I do value attempts to understand a scene in both its historic social context as well as its modern parallels: we are too easily blind to our own conditions of exploitation and injustice, such as those arising from racism or from the military-industrial-high tech-university complex we are enmeshed within. Like it or not, as modern Americans we are part of a system of haves and have-nots that has benefited us handsomely. When we perceive historic injustice, we need to ask also where the parallels are in similar settings today. Put another way, when I’m reading scripture, the characters are often wearing Levis, rather than bathrobes – even Calvin Kleins and Land’s End; but they are still in Birkenstocks, rather than Reeboks, and remain pedestrians rather than jet-setters.
But this passage urges us to look within, now, for divine comfort and guidance.
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It shines in the dark Heart of Man, though Man in his dark State cannot discern what it is, yet it is that sure Word of Prophecy, whereunto we do well to take heed, as unto a Light that shineth in a dark Place, until the Day dawn, and the Day-star arise in our Hearts. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)
If ye love me, keep my commandments. … – John 14:12-21
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If we keep our promise to him, he keeps his promise to us. The child of God dwelling in constant faithfulness to his voice, even in the smallest things, will receive the victory. Pray that he will find us loyal and victorious to the end.
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‘Tis in him we are elected; not in ourselves, as though personally some were chosen, and others past by: But in the Seed Christ, the Elect of God, the Object of the Father’s Love, all who are gathered into him, are made a chosen Generation, an elect People by the Lord. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it. … – John 14:12-21
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We can do greater than Jesus? Think about it!
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Christ Jesus, who descended into the lower Parts of the Earth, the same ascended up far above all Heavens, that he might fill all Things, and sits now at the right Hand of God in his glorious Body, and therefore shall the low Estates and humbled Body of Believers be made like unto his glorious Body, through the working of his mighty Power, whereby he is able to subdue all Things unto himself, and then shall this Corruptible put on Incorruption, and this Mortality put on Immortality, and Death itself shall be swallowed up of Victory. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)