Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – 2/16/2018
One of the more common things we have in weekly worship services are the creeds. The more common are the Apostles and the Nicene Creed. These give a picture in the discussions and debates at the times they were written, namely, just who is Jesus and how can we describe the Trinity. We confess these as part of our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. However, the creeds do not always tell the whole story. I was reminded of that reading this passage.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:15-16)
This verse talks about faith in Jesus as the Son of God, and it is the Holy Spirit that creates faith and the confession of faith in Jesus. The Holy Spirit, God living within us, is also true God and creates that relationship. Yet the creeds do not explicitly bring out the next verse here that states that God is love and the magnitude of the love that God has for us in Jesus.
We always want to be about speaking the truth but never forget the heart and passion that Jesus has for us and for all people. God is love and I know that because I know Jesus.
In Christ’s Service,