This post originates from an email conversation Denita had with someone recently. Some of the things brought up have been swimming around in my mind since and their implications bring me to a point where the burden cannot be caried silently anymore.
Brothers and sisters, as Children of God, we are called to follow in the steps of our Big Brother Jesus. What burdend Him, should also weigh heavy upon our hearts. What was His overarching goal in His incarnation? It was to bring glory to His Father, who through adoption, is now our Father.
As children of the Father, should we not seek the same as our Brother?
What did our Brother do in His ministry to bring glory to our Father? Seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).
Brothers and sisters, that is what I seek to do with this post.
Our Father is jealous of our love for Him, He will share it with no other, but I fear that there are many out there who claim to love our Lord and Saviour Jesus, but in fact are splitting their love and loyalties. This splitting comes in a way that they are blinded to, something that they probably do not realize.
Lord, please open their eyes (and do not let me close my eyes to this fact)!
Many out there have proclaimed, either out loud, or in their hearts only, that they love Jesus, but do not feel the same thing towards the Father. That they love Jesus, but have problems with loving the God of the Old Testament.
Brothers and sisters, know this if you feel this way...
You are walking in sin and are flirting with heresy.
God the Father does not change (Psalms 102, Numbers 23:19, James 1:17, Malachi 3:6). Jesus Christ does not change (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature (Hebrews 1), when asked "show us the Father" He replied "Whoever has seen me has seen the Father." (John 14)
Brother and sister, when you say that you love Jesus, but not the God of the Old Testament, you are not loving the Jesus of the Bible, you are worshiping a Jesus of your own making because "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him." (1 John 5:1)
If you cannot love the Father, you cannot say in truth that "Jesus is the Christ". It is only in the love of the Father you can proclaim this in truth by the Spirit, for the Spirit is sent by Jesus, from the Father (John 15:26).
Salvation only comes through faith in the Jesus of the Bible. That Jesus was, "the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1) If I was to name my son Jesus, I cannot be saved by placing my faith in him...
If Jesus is God, then you cannot love Jesus, but not the God of the Old Testament, for they are one in union (John 14:11).
Please brothers and sisters, hear this truth and repent if you find your heart pointed in this direction.