God’s un-conditional Love.
22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit[d] in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.”
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren,
You must love your brethren sincerely. If you are saying that you love the invisible God and you are not able to love your visible brethren, John the apostle said, you are a liar.
Here the word love used in Greek, Philo, Philadelphia, meaning not unconditional love but brotherly love, family love.
Love one another fervently with a pure heart,
Here, the word “LOVE” in Greek, Agape Love, Unconditional Love. We can see the progress in Christian nature.
Start with brotherly love, as we are growing in Christ, changing our nature, and we must love others like our Lord loves us, which means love them unconditionally.
Our salvation must influence all the areas in our life.
Luke 15 God’s Unconditional Love
Luke 15 :1-2we can see Three kind of People in this text:
Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, ?This Man receives sinners and eats with them.
1. Religious leader
2. Sinners and tax collector / unworthy people/unwanted people
Complaint:Jesus spending time with Sinners.
These religious leaders having an accusation against Jesus: Jesus hanging around with sinners.
Jesus sees the people differently than we see. Jesus saw their heart, they were weary and scattered, they are like sheep without Shepherd has gone astray and Jesus moved in his heart, he had compassion up on them. No one want these people but Jesus want them, he loves them, Jesus loves these sinners but did not like many things in their life.
Jesus answered them by telling 3 parables. These three parables have the same truth.
What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ?Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!? 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
Here this shepherd had 100 sheep. He lost one. Percentage of lost is 1%. Not much, If you are a Shepherd and lost is 1 percentage, you will say that is okay, I have 99. But this shepherd love his sheep unconditionally. He is not ready to lose even I sheep.
If you visit a home, or if you are at a party, if no one is talking to you, if they are all busy with others, how would you feel, if I was that person, surely I would feel isolated, I would feel like I am insignificant in this group.
This shepherd has 100 sheep, but he had lost one, he was searching for that one lost sheep because one sheep is so important for this shepherd, he loves the sheep.
When he finds the sheep, he lays it on his shoulder because he loves it,
Shepherd rejoices when he found one lost sheep ? God rejoices when 1 sinner repents
Friend?s of the shepherd rejoice when the lost sheep found ? Heaven rejoice when 1 sinner repents.
You pharisees, and scribes you are not happy when one sinner repents. Because you are not friends Of God.
The Parable of the Lost Coin Luke 15:8-10
8 “what woman, having ten silver coins,[a] if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ 10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
She lost 1 coin out of 10. Percentage of lost is 10.
Those days, married women reflect her relationship with her husband, to keeping the 10 coin inside her house or wearing it in her neck. It is like Christians reflect his relationship with God, by bearing the fruits of spirit in his life.
It is so important for this woman to keep the 10 coins safely, but she lost one, she searched and found it, The relationship restored.
She and her friends rejoiced, same like above parable god and heaven rejoice because the relationship were restored.
Parable of Good Father.
In these 3 parable, something lost is progressively valuable
First sheep one percentage. Second coin, sheep is valuable but coin is valuable than sheep, percentage of lost is 10 . son is valuable than sheep and coin, percentage is 50. One out of 2.
Then He said: A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood.
The younger son asks his father for his share.
1. Among Jews , oldest will get 2/3 of father’s inheritance, and youngest will get 1/3 of his in inheritance.
2. As long as the father lives, they don’t get any inheritance.
3. No son will ask inheritance when his father lives, it is a big shame on father..
But this Good Father divided his livelihood equally, and has given one portion to his younger son.
He Went to some other place and spend all that he had by his prodigal living
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
When he come to himself ( when he realize about himself)
He remember his Father House, where his father’s servants have enough bread and spare, here I am , starving for food.
I will go to my father house and say, Father I have sinned against heaven and you, I am no longer worthy to be called your son,
But the father said to his servants, ?Bring[b] out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.
Father said to his servant
Bring The BEST Robe = Sign Of Honor
Put a ring on his hand = symbol of authority
Sandals on his Feet = He restored him back to son-ship
Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, Your brother has come, and because your father has received him back safe and sound, he has killed the fated calf.
28 But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him
The elder brother heard the music and sounds , and he came to know that his brother came back.So he was so angry, he don?t want to enter into his house.
Came Out For the Elder Son
He was so angry, there for his father came out for elder son
He came out for the Younger son
Verses 15 says , the father saw that his younger son coming way off, father came out from his home to receive, now elder son was angry , he don’t want to come in, the father came out to bring his elder son in
Verse 28 says Father Plead:
Father pleading to his son, dear son come in,
What kind of father is this, He loves his children unconditionally and he is so humble.
1. Now lost sheep is with the other 99, but since it got lost, it could not cope with group.
Evil is like roaring lion, lion always attacks week animal, one who is walking alone and away from their group, to devour means to put you under his control to establish his plan through you.
Lost coin: she lost the coin / relationship, may due to the attraction of this world, she failed to set her mind on heavenly things, she set her mind on earthly things, so the weeds choked the seed, but she took a break and instead of blaming the situation, or problems, she found the root cause instead of treating the sickness. She has established the relation with her husband
He was a arrogant and stubborn son, some people ask question to God respective of their situation and have lots of bitterness towards God , and depart from the presence of God to enjoy the sin of this world.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus
Heavenly places, Giving us the access to experience the heavenly blessings like, GOD?S PROVISION,PROTECTION,PROMISES.
Is it not unconditional love.
1 peter 1:22
2 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit[d] in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart
Our Lord never gives us a command unless he gives us the power to keep the commandment.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
You have the ability to love one another unconditionally because the Love of God has been poured out, in our heart by the Holy Spirit.
since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Here Paul said, Christians are like athlete, We are on the racing track, race of faith (this life). There are lots of ups and down in our life, discouragement and lapse of faith. But we are surrounded by a clod of witness or Many old testament people are sitting around and encouraging you and me in this spiritual race, they are saying you can make it, do not give up this race of faith, we already went through the situation which you are facing and we had victory over it, do not give up.
Encouragement from Old Testament people
Finishing line we can see someone standing , Our Lord, he also went through all the hardships, which we are presently facing and came out victoriously over all trials and pain and death. But he is not among one of old Testament saints but he is standing in the finishing line waiting for you, You have to look unto him for this spiritual race.
You will get encouragement from Old Testament people but you will be empowered by our Lord Jesus Christ.
When he gives you the new life, He gives you the power to live a new life,
1 peter 1:22
Pure heart. Talking about the intention of your love. There is an intention in every act. Love is a act with emotion. Because love is active not passive.
I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
Paul was praying for the believers in philipy, that your love may abound, or over flow like a river.
And that river must have two banks 1. Knowledge 2, Discernment
Otherwise you will be in a trap.
You must understand whom you are loving, The expression of love will vary person to person. Your expression of love towards 8 year old and 4 year old are different, mother and wife, and sister and Grandmother, it is different.
But it must come out from your inner man, From your heart.
Discernment is so important.
The intention of the expression of love must be pure, You should not have any hidden agenda. God Knows Your thought.
1 peter 1:23
Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever
Word of God is the Living seed.
There is a great potential in a seed, Because there is life in a seed.
Jesus said if you have faith like a mustard seed, say unto this mountain, it will move. The mustard seed has life in it, there is a great potential in it.Otherwise I can say like this, if your faith is an active faith, if there is a life in your faith, this mountain will move.
The word of God is in you, There is lot of potential in your life, Because life of Christ is in you, this living seed is in corruptible. So you have the ability to bare fruits, because living seed is in you.
No seed, no fruits.
You are able to love others unconditionally.
1 peter 1:24
Today you are so important person tomorrow may be not, situation will change, people come to our life some times for a season, today we will feel good may be tomorrow not, today we have money may be tomorrow not. But still you are able to love others unconditionally, because the seed in you, the life in you will not change, God?s nature is always same.
You are able to love the Lord and love the people regardless of situation.