Heaven’s Love Displayed

We long for, pray for, and strive for a gospel culture at Redeemer. You can simply search “gospel culture” on this blog and see a number of posts conveying what we mean when we say gospel culture. In his booklet, Understanding the Great Commission, Mark Dever gives a quick glimpse of a facet of gospel culture when he writes:

So much does Jesus love the church that he means to identify it with himself. Among other things, this means that our love for one another in the church should look like his love. “I give you a new command,” said Jesus, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). The church is to demonstrate heaven’s own love. Such one-another love is a distinctive of Christ’s disciples. By it the nations will know that we belong to him.

But it’s not just other Christians that we should love. We demonstrate God’s love for the world in our love for outsiders too. Jesus connects loving one’s neighbor with loving God. “Which command is the most important of all?” asked the scribe. Jesus answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And love your neighbor as yourselves” (Mark 12:28-31). The claim to love God brings a necessary horizontal element.

Now don’t miss what Dever says next:

You can have wonderfully rich quiet times, but if that doesn’t translate into how you treat other people, something is wrong. The normal, natural way for Christians to express our love to God is not merely in singing hymns to him, though that is wonderful. It is also giving ourselves in love to others.

Churches should be centers for such loving activity. It’s where heaven’s love shows up, first in the pronouncement of Christ’s love for us in the gospel, and second in our love for insiders and outsiders alike. (pg. 13, emphasis mine)

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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