My Answers to BSF Bible study questions on John Lesson 20 Day 4
9. Love and joy perfected
The love of the Father toward his only-begotten Son is the highest affection we can imagine. (Barnes paraphrased)
“And behold, a voice from heaven (a voice from God) said, This is My son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight!” Matthew 3:17 (AMP)
Out of their love relationship, Jesus desires to please the Father by doing everything He sees the Father doing. (See John 5:19)
If Jesus who “maintained a living communion” with God said He can do nothing by Himself, neither can we. (See Wuest quote below)
When we maintain a living communion with Jesus, He calls us friends. Just as He and God are co-equal, Jesus sees us as His close friends and partners. “When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” NLT
What an awe-inspiring, humbling, privilege and mystery!
Oh how deep,
Oh how wide,
Oh how long,
Oh how high is your love for me.
(From Oh How Deep by Laura Rhinehart)
10. “…you should be loving one another with a divine and self-sacrificial love just at I loved you.” (WuestNT)
Love obeys Jesus and lays down its life for others. (Spirit Filled Life Bible, pg 1616)
As I have loved you. That is, with the same tender affection, willing to endure trials, to practise self-denials, and, if need be, to lay down your lives for each other, 1 John 3:16.
Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament.
When I first read this question, I thought of Gary Chapman’s book The 5 Love Languages.
Then I realized, Jesus and all of His followers faced massive persecution for years to come. Unless they looked out for each other, where else could they turn? In many places, the Jews wouldn’t allow them to work, buy, or sell.
Love isn’t superficial. It goes beyond being friendly. “Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?” James 2:15-16 NLT
Loving when we don’t feel like it
Even if we don’t feel love toward someone, we can act lovingly. It involves sacrifice sometimes.
Last year, we heard about a young man in our fellowship of believers who needed a place to live. His wife, who wasn’t a believer, flew into a violent rage every time he went home. We allowed him to move into our third bedroom for about six months. He paid us what he could to help offset expenses. It was an inconvenience for us, but our heart went out to him.
My parents set a good example when I was young. They housed and fed many troubled people over the years.
These things have I spoken to you that the joy which is mine may be in you, and that your joy may be filled full, This is the commandment which is mine, namely, that you should be loving one another with a divine and self-sacrificial love just at I loved you. Greater love than this no one has, namely, that anyone lay down his life on behalf of his friends. As for you, friends of mine you are, if you habitually do that which I am enjoining upon you. No longer do I call you slaves, because the slave does not have an instinctive perception of what his master is doing. But you I have called friends, because all things which I heard from my Father I made known to you. You did not make me the object of your choice for yourselves, but I selected you out for myself, and I appointed you in order that you might be going away and constantly bearing fruit, and that your fruit might be remaining, in order that whatever you might ask the Father in my Name, He may give it you. These things I am enjoining upon you, namely, that you should be loving one another with a divine and self-sacrificial love. (Emphasis added)
11. Remain within the sphere of Jesus’ love
“I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:16-17 NLT
“In this my Father is glorified, namely, that you are bearing much fruit.”
John 15:5 (WuestNT)
If you maintain a living communion with me and my words are at home in you, I command you to ask, at once, something for yourself, whatever your heart desires, and it will become yours. In this my Father is glorified, namely, that you are bearing much fruit.So shall you become my disciples. Just as the Father loved me, I also loved you. Remain within the sphere of the love which is mine. If my commandments you keep, you will remain within the sphere of my love, just as I have kept the commandments of my Father and am remaining within the sphere of His love. (Emphasis added)
We, too, can glorify the Father when we bear fruit.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 20 Day 4 ~ John 15:9-17