Love, life and joy come from the Father. Love is a person.
I wonder if any of you at one time in your life, absorbed the idea that God was pretty austere, if not somewhat mean. And although God, not a very nice person. You had to ‘like Him’ in the Facebook of the Universe. He was God. But not one to which we were drawn in a compelling way. Jesus gave me a dream once in which a room of people were all trying to please a ‘head-master god.’ Well. God is not like that. Thank God! He is like Jesus.
Many Believers have been indoctrinated to believe in a god of law rather than a God of love. The Bible says ‘God is love.’ But what many of us believe is that ‘God is performance.’ The fact is, that when we have seen Jesus we have seen the Father. Jesus was God’s love walking about in Palestine. Today Jesus is God’s love walking about in those who know Jesus. Jesus wants to be walking about in you.
‘He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit’ Titus 3.5 NIV.
Jesus promised that we would never be orphans and that He would be with us forever. Since Jesus is mediated to us by the Holy Spirit we are bathed in His presence – which means we are bathed in the presence of the Father. Much is made of going up to the mountain of the Lord. There is a sense in which we advance and ascend from glory to glory. Yet the mystery of Christ in us means that the Mountain of the Lord is inside us. God is never somewhere else. We are His portable temples. Nevertheless people can become side-tracked by cunningly devised fables. Joseph Prince in The Power of Right Believing, puts it this way.
‘Today many believers come before Him with apprehension and trepidation, presenting their failings to Him and quickly leaving before they get the punishment and condemnation they think they rightly deserve from Him. They perceive Him, exclusively as a God of holiness, judgment, and justice, His face steely and stern, His mighty arms folded in dissatisfaction and disapproval. They see a God who is easily displeased, quick to anger, perpetually disappointed with them, and waiting impatiently to be placated. This wrong belief of who God really is has driven many into fear, guilt, depression, and insecurity.’ Not only does this view of God cripple our ability to display the joy of being loved in His love. We become like this ourselves – critical, demanding, inflexible and judgmental. When we proof text the verse ‘laws written on our hearts,’ the law really does live there. But not to our benefit. It makes us what we are. For example there are people who are seriously spirit-filled. Yet they remain tied to the law and the baggage described above. These contradictions make them conflicted and poisonous. Never healed, always crippled they draw weak people into their morbidity.
‘For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions’ 1 Tim 1.6,7 NIV.
Love, life and joy come from the Father. Love is a person: Jesus. By resting in His love, this love soaks into our spirit and we become love and joy. By living, moving and having our being in the Father, where we are truly at home and truly loved we flourish in freedom and joy. We become lovers of life and lovers of people. Because Christ is our life we are a life-giving spirit.
‘So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit’ 1 Cor 15.45 NIV.
Law is a kill-joy because it is not the natural source of our being. The Father is. The Father is ultra-person, ultra love and ultra-life. He is Spirit. You’ve heard of ‘dumbing down.’ If you live in law/performance you will dull-down everything you touch. You will be driven to categorize and systematize every spirit flame that comes your way – which is why Paul asserted that the letter kills. Only the Spirit gives life.