Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Well pleased

I love to think about all that I have in Christ (Ephesians 1:3-14). Because I am united in Christ by His death and resurrection, I share all that is His.

One thing I share is the Father's love for the Son. This is an amazing thought. The Father loves us with the same love with which He loves the Son:

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:20-26)

The Father has loved the Son throughout all eternity with a perfect love and perfect fellowship. When Christ was baptized, when He was transfigured, as He walked in perfect obedience, submitting joyfully to the will of the Father, the Father looked down with pure love on the Son and said:

"This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased."

If you are in Christ, you share all things with Christ. What the Father says to the Son, He says to you.

This is what the Father is saying to you: "You are my beloved son or daughter and I am well pleased with you."

Go ahead and let that blow your mind. 

It's supposed to do that ...

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