Why Was John Called The Disciple Jesus Loved?
You Are the Disciple God Loves
YOU ARE THE DISCIPLE THAT GOD LOVES!
You are the disciple that God loves. John said "I am the disciple whom Jesus loveth." John said this about himself. What about the rest of us? Did that mean God loved only John? No. It just means John had a revelation that God loved him on a one on one basis, on a personal level. I like that! Once I realized that God loves me no matter what I do, everything changed for me. And it changed for the better...
GOD LOVES EVERYBODY ELSE EXCEPT ME BECAUSE I SINNED AGAIN
We all tend to think that John was somehow special and that, "God loves everybody else more than me. We say to ourselves, After all, how can He love me now? Why, I've been terrible. I screwed up. God knows just how bad I've been. I sinned again today! God can't love me until I get right with Him, again! Now I need to "pray through", or maybe I should go down front and "redidicate my life" when I go to church next Sunday, or maybe I need to spend more time volunteering in the church to show that I am committed to Him." We need to stop thinking that way! All that is just plain not true. God loves you. You are the disciple that God loves too. No matter what you did. Nothing, and that means nothing can separate us from the love of God. How can it? God is the Spirit of Love.
GETTING RIGHT WITH GOD
You know, doing that kind of stuff, even "praying through", is just trying to do something to "get right with God" or get back into His "good graces". That is called works. That is the thing the Galations were doing. Paul called them foolish.
All we have to do is ask God to forgive us and "Bam!" we're forgiven. That's it. That feeling of guilt isn't coming from God its coming from you. There isn't any condemnation for those of us who are Christians. Don't listen to that guilty feeling but listen to the fact that God has forgiven you, given you his righteousness and loves you no matter what. Our feelings aren't consistent. Our love for God is not consistent. But His love for us is always consistent. Keep your heart and mind on that fact. You can always count on God loving you.
ATONEMENT WAS FOR A YEAR
In the old testament times the priest made a certain sacrifice once a year to atone for the sins the people committed. Atonement for sins was good for the year. That was the Old Covenant.
A NEW AND BETTER COVENANT
The word says that we are under a "new and better covenant". You see, if we believe that if we commit a sin today and have to "get right with God" to have forgiveness and gain His love back again then the New Covenant is not even as good as the Old Covenant. At least the Old Covenant was good for a year. Why, with the way most of us think, you'd think it was a "new and worse covenant"! By most of our thinking, it makes the New Covenant good for only one day or and hour or less. With that kind of thinking we make the New Covenant worse than the Old. Can you see how we have gotten off on understanding the work of grace for our lives? The word tells us to let the word of God renew our minds.
BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND
The word of God says we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. That is not an option, it is a command to us. Romans 12:2
The word of God is what renews your mind.
Here is what I am talking about...
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Phil 4:8
Does that say for you to think on all the bad things you have done and all the sins you have comitted. No, it tells us to think on that awesome list of things in Philippians 4.
Think about this: You are the disciple that God loves. God loves you no matter what you have done, are doing or what you will do.
Does that give us an excuse to just keep sinning? God forbid we put Christ to the cross again. But if we do sin, we have an advocate with the Father who is quick to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.
This one thing is sure and constant. God loves you no matter what.
Everybody mistakes and everybody has those days. Nobody is perfect and can never be. That is the effect of sin warring in our members. But just remember, you cannot do anything to change the fact that you are the disciple who God loves. When you feel unrighteous just renew your mind and think about the fact that you have been made righteous by the work Jesus did on the cross. He has given us the gift of righteousness no matter what we have done or will do. If we ask for forgiveness he cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Did we lose His righteousess when we sinned? No. All of God's gifts are without repentance. God won't take away what He has given us. No, we just lost our righteousness conscienceness in our heart and mind.That won't send us to hell or break our relationship with God. When we confess our sins the unrighteousness conscienceness in us is cleansed.
FORGIVENESS AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WORKING IN US IS A GIFT
Eph 2 tell us that we are saved by grace through faith and not by works. Yet when we think we have to do something to "get right with God" before we can gain back that sense of innocence we slip back into the "works syndrome". We make the New Covenant a worse covenant, not a better covenant.
Paul understood the work of grace. That is the whole of his revelation. The Pauline Revelation is that we are made righteous by the blood of Jesus through the sacrifice that He made once and for all.
WHY WE WERE GIVEN RIGHTEOUSNESS
God loved us so much that He gave His son to die and be a sacrifice for us. He made Jesus sin so that we would be made the righteousness of God.
SAY THIS WHEN YOU GO TO SLEEP EVERY NIGHT
"I am the disciple that God loves. I know you love me Lord, no matter what. You said so. And thank you God for making me righteous. I deserve every good thing that you have promised me, just like Abraham. Not because I earned it but just because you love me!"