KEEPING HIS WORD = JOY
“But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” (1 John 2:5 AV)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 AV)
Our Lord, Jesus, is the Word of God. If we keep Jesus in our heart and mind, then we are in Him, as He is in us. What we have here is covenant, God and us. This covenant differs from the Old Covenant in that the New Covenant is of the heart, or Spirit, by faith, not by works of the law through obedience of the flesh, the old Covenant.
The Old Commandments were demands meant to accomplish works of love to God and man through God’s laws; the New is the manifestation of God Himself through us. God is love, and so, we manifest God who abides with and in us because “we keep His Word”. We are laborers together with Him in works of Love, (God). 1Cor. 3:9
If Jesus is the living Word of God, and Jesus IS God come in flesh to redeem us, then the Word is LOVE because God is LOVE. If we keep the Word, we are keeping God’s LOVE. If we preach the Word, we are preaching God’s LOVE. And, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 AV) What God gave us is His Word, His only begotten Son. God wants us to preach His Word, and His Word is Jesus, Christ.
The “good news”, then is that the Word of God (Jesus) saves by our being willing to “keep Him (God’s Word)”, not just “accept” Him. There are too many cases of people who want a temporary salvation, a quick “fix” to get them by for a time, or to calm a troubled conscience. There seems to be few who are willing to “keep Him” for ever.
Grieving the Spirit of God is when we turn aside from “keeping His Word, Jesus”. Have you ever been heart broken because someone you loved mocked you, or was unfaithful to you? Heart-brokenness is grief of spirit. This is what happens to the Holy Ghost when we disrespect Him; He is grieved, and we who are in Covenant with Him know it immediately, and need to confess this fault, and repent with sorrow for our deed.
Keeping Jesus is a joy, and makes for such a happy life, that we want to let others know that they can also have such joy if they are willing to not only receive Jesus, but to keep Him forever. So, when Jesus commands us to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel, etc.”, we are really excited to obey and see others receive their new life in Jesus, and Jesus in them, forever.
If you have not yet believed that Jesus is the Word of God, and that God’s Word can be in you, please begin to seek the truth of God’s Word. As you do, you will find open spiritual doors that will lead you to Jesus, because Jesus is the truth. When He reveals Himself to you, then is your opportunity to invite Him into your heart for keeps, because you must “keep Him” if you are to have a place in Him.