Weekly Devotion

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THURSDAY, August 11, 2022

"If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him" (John 14:23).

Anyone who spends time regularly in God’s Holy Word knows that many verses can be misunderstood if they are not taken in context. I think this verse is one of those – on several levels. First, it may suggest that if we love Jesus, we will keep His word. We will always fail in that endeavor because we are sinful human beings. (See Romans 3:23: "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," 1 John 1:10: "If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us"). The verse also suggests that, if we keep His word, the Father will love us and will come to us and make our home with Him. That sounds like works doctrine doesn’t it? We do not have to do anything to obtain salvation and eternal life. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Verse 10 in Ephesians chapter 10 clarifies the point in today’s verse: "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." By His grace, we have been given faith and salvation. As a member of His flock, He prepared good works for us to do beforehand. Good works can only be done by those who have been called to faith by the Gospel through the works of the Holy Spirit.

Lord, thank you for your gift of faith and the love that flows through your Holy Spirit. Continue to use me, this earthly sinful vessel, to show your love to the world.

- Hank Funsch

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