Discipleship and the Father's Love
First John 4 has at least 25 different references to God's love for his children. It is part of the truth of the New Testament that God the Father, the first person of the Trinity, is particularly emphasized for the His love He has for His own. Certainly, it is true that Jesus loves us. No question exists in Scripture concerning that. But, in 1 John 4 which has the highest number of references to God's love, love is usually connected to God the Father. First John 1:15 and 16 says, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know by experience and have believed the love which God has for us." Closely looking at those two verses, it is easy to see that the emphasis in the text is on the love of God the father. Then, verse 19 says, "We love, because He first loved us." That He in the verse has to be God the Father.
It is the Father's love for us that has initiated creation, salvation, and redemption. It is the Father's love that resulted in sending the Son, and it is the love of the Father and Son that resulted in sending the Holy Spirit. The disciple needs to know the critical truth that he or she has a Father in Heaven who has a delighted passion for His child. The more the disciple recognizes that, growth will more quickly occur, and the more productive the disciple’s life will be.
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