Divine Love

The Love of the Everlasting Father
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The Word became human and lived among us. We saw his glory. It was the glory that the Father shares with his only Son, a glory full of kindness and truth.—John 1:14, God’s Word translation

Paul and Jeff Mezera

In his gospel John calls Jesus the Word (Greek: Logos). He is called that because he is God’s spokesman and representative to the world. Adam Clarke writes: “Logos, which signifies a word spoken, speech, eloquence, doctrine, reason, or the faculty of reasoning, is very properly applied to him, who is the true light which lighteth every man who cometh into the world, ver. 9; who is the fountain of all wisdom; who giveth being, life, light, knowledge, and reason, to all men” (Clarke’s Commentary on John 1:1, italics in original).

Jesus is called the Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6,7). In this text we are told about the kingdom he will establish on earth. “This title must not be taken in an anachronistic Trinitarian sense. To do so would be theologically problematic, for the ‘Son’ is the messianic king and is distinct in his person from God the ‘Father’ ” (N.E.T. Bible Commentary). Just because he is called the Everlasting Father does not mean he is God the Father himself.

Israel

The Logos was with God from the beginning and he created all things (Colossians 1:15-18). As Logos, Jesus was the representative sent by the Father, first to the nation of Israel, then later to the Gentiles. While the nation of Israel as a whole rejected him, there were a faithful few who became his disciples. Since the time of the first advent the church has spread the good news of the kingdom, a kingdom which will restore mankind back to the perfection lost in Eden and bring peace between God and man.

God warned the Israelites again and again that he would punish them if they were unfaithful to his covenant. At the end of Leviticus chapter 26 he tells the nation that after the time of their punishment, if they confessed their sins and the sins of their fathers, he would remember his covenant with Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham. The covenant with Abraham is the cornerstone of God’s plan, for through that covenant he will bless all nations of the earth (Genesis 22:15-18).

Even though Israel was unfaithful at Jesus’ first advent, when the Gospel age church is complete God will begin to work with Israel again, so through them he can bring salvation to all mankind. After receiving “seven times” of punishment (Leviticus 26:28), they are now back in their land, waiting for that time of blessing to begin.

During the time of blessing in the kingdom, God will write his law in the hearts of men and make a New Covenant with mankind through the nation of Israel (Jeremiah 31:31,33-34). What will be written in those hearts? Certainly not the strict letter of the law of the Old Testament. What will be written is the spirit of the law rather than the letter: “For the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” (2 Corinthians 3:6).

The Jewish leaders only recognized the letter of the law and especially the additions made to the law over the years. That is why they criticized the disciples for plucking wheat to eat on the sabbath. Jesus told them, “the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath” (Mark 2:27). When they criticized Jesus for healing someone on the sabbath, Jesus asked them, “If one of you has a son or an ox that falls into a well on the sabbath day, will you not immediately pull him out?” (Luke 14:5, NIV).

The new law written in the hearts of mankind will be a law designed to help them, not hinder them. A key difference between the Old and the New Covenant is that God’s law in the next age will encompass and teach love—supreme love for God and love for one’s neighbor (James 2:8). God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son, the Logos, to die for us, a “ransom for all” (1 Timothy 2:6); that has provided salvation for the church today during the Gospel age, and for the remainder of mankind during the Millennial age.

The Importance of Love

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34, NIV).

“By this we know love, because he laid down his life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:16,17, NKJV).

If the entire world of mankind were to follow these instructions from our Lord and the apostle, what a world this would be! There would be no poverty, crime, or war; everyone would help everyone else, and no one would be in need or want. How can you steal from your neighbor or go to war against him if you love him like yourself?

That is why one of the most important laws the Logos will write in mankind’s hearts in the Millennial age is the law of Love. When he answered the question about the greatest commandment, Jesus said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40, NIV). We are to be known by our words and deeds for by this the children of God and the children of the devil are made obvious: “Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother” (1 John 3:10, NAS).

When the law of God is written in the hearts of mankind in the next age, it will include the law of love. That will change the world dramatically. When this law of love is exemplified, even the blessings we have now will pale in comparison to the love expressed for others in the kingdom as mankind travels the highway of holiness toward perfection and a standing before God (Isaiah 35:8).

Satan

Unlike this beautiful ideal, the world today is under the influence of Satan, who does not follow the law of love. He is the opposite of the Logos. Instead of love he advocates hate. Instead of sharing, he promotes greed. The rich get richer by taking from those who have little. Satan’s methods are associated with pride, personal greed, tribalism, nationalism, and false religious ideas; these have caused trouble in the world through all ages. All of these errors will find a climax in a final severe spasm of trouble (Revelation 16:13,14). This will teach the world they cannot fix their problems by themselves; they need the millennial kingdom to help them.

Satan is the “father” of lies (John 8:44). Due to his lies Satan has also been a murderer from the beginning and has brought nothing but death to the world by causing the fall of mankind in the garden. In contrast, Jesus, the “everlasting father,” was known as a teacher who spoke the truth in love: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, and you are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth” (Luke 20:21, NAS).

As the “everlasting father,” Jesus’ ultimate goal is the same as his Father’s: “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

In the Millennial age, Jesus will bring everlasting life to mankind starting with the nation of Israel. The rest of the world will with Israel be invited to join them and all will be restored back to the original perfection and everlasting life that Adam had originally. When Jesus completes that work of salvation, the curse that has been on mankind since the fall will be completely reversed and removed. All things will have been made new (Revelation 21:5).

Satan’s Removal

Satan’s desire is that the world follow him. Instead of bringing life and hope to the human race, those who will follow him will be destroyed at the end of the Millennial age in the period of time called the little season (Revelation 20:7-10; Romans 16:20).

The removal of Satan’s influence over the world and the introduction of love by the Logos will rapidly transform the world into a blessed paradise instead of the cursed home that it has been since Adam sinned. May the time of the restoration of all things come soon (Acts 3:19-22).

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”—Revelation 21:1-5