“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child.” (I John 5:1)
Simply put, there is a straight connection between believing that Jesus is the Messiah that was sent by God as the Divine’s representation on earth, and loving Jesus and God (if your faith belief does not encompass the theology of the Trinity) means that you love all those who believe in the Lord God. That is a pretty far stretch, to love all those who espouse belief in the Lord God; it does not, beloved reader, stop at Christianity but goes beyond to whoever believes in a God as sent forth in the bible. But I would suggest we stretch just a little further, and gather into our hearts all of humanity.
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.” (Verse 2)
The question is often twirled around – what comes first? Does love come from obedience? Or does obedience come because of love? Mayhap the best thing is to let each inform the other. That obedience and love support and under gird each other.
“For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (Verses 3 – 5)
I have often thought that biblical commentators are closet preachers. In their interpretation they reveal great truths about the Christian life. It is quite often more than just explanatory oration; they tell the reader how they should live, and why. So, the “world” (the biblical commentators say) is not our physical environment but our will and passion. By conquering it, we overcome our will to, well, disobey God. Our belief in God and Jesus Christ lifts us over that roadblock and allows us to live out of lives according to God’s will and plan for humanity. However do you see, beloved reader, where it would be easy decide for one’s self what God would have us do and how to obey? And that believer can staunchly stand on what they think God would have them do? Maybe it is a good thing that biblical commentators not only tell what the meanings is, but it should mean that?
“This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.” (Verse 6)
It comes down to this; both the Divine and the Spirit of the Divine speak what is truth. Not what we would like to be truth, but what is the truth. And the truth is everyone who loves God should love those whom God loves! Shalom & Selah!