Gospel

The Supremacy of Love in Motion by David Beadle

1560605_10152567736179056_879624786_nThe ‘Supremacy’ of Love

Part 2– Love in Motion

 Preface

{ The purpose of part 2 of this blog is to provide practicality to the theology of part 1 (God’s Kingship Methodology). To summarize and outline my point, in three sub-plots, Love is our future– this future is partially present and calling us unto it’s future culmination– and finally, how we respond to this reality is by Love (shed abroad in our hearts by the Spirit of God). I should also note, that “God is Love.” (1 John 4:8) }

Intro

“Through your Seed, all Nations will be blessed”– the Gospel. “Jesus is Lord.” – the Kingdom. The first tells of the later. The “Good News” is that when God is King, “all Nations will be blessed.” This is our mandate. Our proclamation. Our joyful call!

Love is our Destiny

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.

 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.” [Rev 21:3-6]

“Hope is anticipated Joy.”– Jürgen Moltmann. The Christian Hope is in the faithfulness of God. In the barrenness of Sarah’s womb, Abraham remained hopeful toward God’s faithfulness to His promise. In the destruction of the first temple, Israel remained hopeful toward God’s faithfulness to His People. In the suffering and despair of the world, we remain hopeful toward God’s faithfulness to resurrect His Son– and all who are in Him.

I have come to the tough realization that a hopeless ‘christian’ is hardly one at all. No doubt, there is suffering, doubt, confusion, and many other entities fighting for (and all too often claiming) one’s joy, but a follower of Christ is an embodiment of hope. Who are we following anyway? God, who faced head-on the pinnacle of suffering (Death), and overcame it’s power through Resurrection. We are following the path of Resurrection. Suffering does not define us, rather “we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” [Romans 5:3-5]

We can never forget that we are the very representation of Hope for the world. The Christian can not be content to join in hopeless, but must counter the hopeless systems of the world. Our allegiance is to Christ.

 Love is our calling

The Kingdom of God, where Love reigns in pure perfection, has jumped from the future and into the present. God has begun the process of creational redemption in the death and resurrection of His Son. This process consists and is dependent upon those who are in Christ– joining in the radical life of Jesus of Nazareth.

“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son” [Romans 8:29]

Our calling is to bear the image of Christ. This is not a ‘feel-good’ ethical trend– this is the very thing we were created for. Beyond the frailty of human life is the Love of God, beckoning us to draw near. The ‘calling’ of Love is an eternal one. We begin now, and extend our journey into the everlasting Joy of the New Creation. No situation is beyond this reality. Every action and reaction we make is a response to the calling of Love.

Love is our method

The irony of Love’s beckoning is that, in our response of reciprocated love, we in-turn bring Love into the world. Too many Christians are consumed with ‘going away’ to meet Love “in the clouds” as if the culmination of all things is the destruction of our struggling world. The calling of Love is that the Divine is knocking on the door of the Futile, longing for eternal fellowship (Rev 3:20). We are the runners. From room to room, we reveal who it is that is knocking, aiding Love in the persuasion of the Futile, by bearing His image, by extending His hand, and by sharing His Hope.

 Abandoning the expectations and pressures of the world, we join in reconciling the world to God (2 Cor 5:20). We pick up our cross, we turn the other cheek, we walk the extra mile, we give more than what was taken, we respond to violence with self-sacrifice, and we always choose Love.

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