I am preparing the new blog site to go live. With that, I find myself needing to write the most important things I have written yet. Therefore, I will temporarily be turning my energy away from the study of Hebrews, and towards the new blog project in order to give it my full attention.
This seems like the perfect opportunity to run a repeat of the most popular posts on this blog of all time. This updated post titled True Love To Jesus Will Produce Obedience was originally published on June 13th, 2012:
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.
And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father,
and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” John 14:21
This is one of my favorite verses. Jesus promises to manifest Himself to the person who keeps His commandments, and loves Him. This word manifest, (in the Greek) is emphanidzo (em-fan-id-zoe). The term means:
to cause to shine
to appear, to come to view
to reveal, to exhibit
to make visible
to present oneself to the sight of another
to be conspicuous
A beautiful summary of this manifestation is found in an excerpt from Alexander MacLaren’s article titled Love to Christ:
The extraordinary boldness of that majestic saying: "If a man loves Me, My Father will love him." God regards our love to Jesus Christ as containing in it the germ of all that is pleasing in His sight. And so, upon our hearts, if we love Christ, there falls the benediction of the Father's love.
Of course, our Lord here is not beginning at the very beginning of everything. "We love Him because He first loved us" digs a story deeper down than the words of my text. That being understood, here is a great lesson. It is not all the same to God whether a man is a scoundrel or a saint. God's love is a moral love; and whilst the sunbeams play upon the ice and melt it sometimes, they flash back from, and rest more graciously and fully on, the rippling stream into which the ice has turned. God loves them that love Him not, but the depths of His heart and the secret sacred favors of His grace can only be bestowed upon those who love Christ and obey Him.
If, then, we seek to know that dear Lord, the path is plain. Walk on the way of obedience, and Christ will meet us with the unveiling of more and more of His love. To live what we believe is the sure way to increase its amount. To be faithful to the little is the certain way to inherit the much. He gives us His whole self at the first, but we traverse the breadth of the gift by degrees. The flower is but a bud when we get it, and as we hold it, it opens its petals to the light.