“I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.”
– Charles Spurgeon
“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”
One cannot be of this world and know the unity of His Spirit. To “be of the world” is to be at variance with His people, His nature, and His Life. To prefer our brother or sister over ourselves, to feel the call to union with Him is to seek that in His people. The unity of Him is simply the resplendent nature of Him drawing us to one another, this drawing is the joy and fruit of those who live in His Spirit.
“For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.”
Love of the Truth is the Nature Of God in Man The Love Of the Truth Causes us to Love IN Truth
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
1 John 4:11
The validity of our relationship with Him is revealed by the power of His love within us drawing, seeking and pursuing relationship with those who are His. Love without works is the lie of religion…
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth”
1 John 3:18
The Apostle John follows this statement with the summation of the above scripture…
“And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him…”
1 John 3:19
While many cling to the legal declarations of the scriptures, positional truths and statements of faith we are told clearly here that we can find assurance in God that we are (of a certainty) of the truth… by “loving one another in deed and in truth”. It is the deeds which reveal the verity of the truth and the faith of God being alive within our hearts.
“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous…”
1 John 3:7
Freedom from the religious deception of resting in legalistic doctrines is found in the live truth of God moving within us unto a faith which is energized by the wonder of Love (Galatians 5:6).