God Dwells in Those That Love
- Date: July 19, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.” (1 John 4:12)
- From No Greater Love
When we're doers of the Word, when we're not just hearers, we can't, as James says, say to those that are in need around us, "Be warmed and filled," and we have the wherewithal to meet the need. Let's take it out of the monetary, the material, for just a moment, because unfortunately we as Americans, that's how we think. Let's put it into what's really important and that's our spiritual needs. How many of us have the wherewithal to care for somebody here in the fellowship, to bring ministry to them? How many of us have the wherewithal-we've been through trials; we've battled through certain areas of our lives-how many of us have the wherewithal to comfort, as the Holy Spirit says, with the same comfort wherewith we've been comforted, but we're too busy, we're too tired? We're in this generation of running to and fro, and very frankly, in this generation, we're just caring about ourselves and what my schedule is and how this would affect my income [and] my fifth vacation this year.
We're talking about loving one another. I'm asking what we are doing with what we've been blessed with. I'm talking about spiritual blessings. Are we using what God has revealed to us not to go out and be the preacher, or so we can be seen as the big shot and the guy that knows the most Bible verses at whatever gathering we're in? We're a people that know the Word of God. Is it being used to care for one another, to make sure that those that are hurting in our midst are having the oil poured in, are being prayed for and cared for, as Christ loves His church?
Romans 13:10 says that love works no ill toward its neighbor. Probably no greater ill can be worked than just not wanting to be bothered. You say, "Pastor, this message is strange, because we're a church of great unity, and we do love one another." Remember who he's speaking to here. He's speaking to the Gnostics. He's talking to those people that viewed themselves as supersaints, superior to other Christians, because of their knowledge. "Gnostic" means knowledge, a knowing. It's not what we know; it's how we're applying it. It's whether this thing is getting to the ground or not.
So as John is speaking here by the Holy Spirit, he says (1 John 4:7), "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." We've been talking about how you know if you're a Christian, how you know if the Spirit of God is abiding in you. It seems like the checklist here that the Holy Spirit has given us by John the Beloved, the apostle of love. John, the one who laid upon the Lord's breast at the Last Supper. "…every one that loveth [verse 7] is born of God, and knoweth God." Well, let's say that another way. Those that refuse to love, those that love themselves more than their brothers, those that are too busy to care, those that are too busy to serve, those that are too busy, are not born of God and don't know God. Huh! How many of you would say that's a true statement in light of what the Holy Ghost says here? Is that a true statement?
Look at Verse 8, "He that loveth not…" Oh, there it is. Anybody want to change their vote? "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, [Here it is again.] we ought [We owe it. Another rendering in the Greek is you are bound to it.] also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us…"
See, this is what we're after, isn't it? We can pray and pray and pray, "Lord, come and visit us. Lord, send Your Holy Spirit. Father, we want Your love manifested here. We want people that come in here to know that You are present. We want people to look on this place and say, 'Behold, how they love one another.' Lord, You've said in John 17 that this love that they see will be the sign that Jesus was sent from the Father." We're wanting that visitation, and he says right here that God will come and visit us if we love one another, God will dwell in us individually and corporately "…and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world."