There is truth and there is Spirit. And the key question is, How are they related? It is not an experience like electricity. It is a mediated experience. It has factual content. It is being filled with the glory of the love of God shown in the God-man Christ Jesus who died because of our sins and rose because of our justification.
Why do I say this? The reason I say that all Christians have this experience in some measure is because that is what Paul says in verse 5: The same group of people who received the Holy Spirit also have the love of God poured out into their hearts.
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But to whom was the Holy Spirit given? Let Paul answer from Romans 8: But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. Spirit, Spirit of God, and Spirit of Christ. It is the same Spirit, not different Spirits. Then notice what he says in verse 9b: Every true Christian knows the love of God not just as an argument, but as an experience.
That is what it means to become a Christian. First, consider 2 Thessalonians 3: What does he want God to do now? The heart has directions.
It moves toward one thing or another. When the heart moves toward something it moves toward what it regards as attractive and satisfying and valuable. So Paul is praying that God would give the heart a sight of the love of God as more attractive and satisfying and valuable than ordinary earthly things.
Paul prays for it to happen. Which means this experience can rise and fall.
It can be greater or lesser. And the great desire is, O let it be greater! God will not let you down. He will not let your hope prove empty.
To that end he pours his love into your hearts by the Holy Spirit. He gives you a real, authentic experience of his love, not just an argument for his love, but an experience! And he tells us four things about this experience. This experience of the love of God is poured out through the Holy Spirit. It is not your doing. This experience is given by the Spirit through opening the eyes of our heart to the self-authenticating glory — beauty, worth — of his love in the historical death of his Son for us.
This experience comes to every Christian in some measure.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
I have been crucified with Christ.
How is God’s love different from ours?
It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
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Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. And we really are his children. The reason the people in the world do not know us is that they have not known him' 1 John 3: You may have grown up with parents who withheld their love, or weren't capable of expressing it. God doesn't do that. Throughout Scripture he keeps saying, 'I love you. Sometimes our actions make us unlovely, but we're never unloved.
And because God loves us - we have value.
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