Main reference: 1 Jn 4:8
What is the meaning of love? Love means life and peace.
All creation of heaven and earth are preserved through love; even the evil animals, thornbushes, and poisonous grass produce offspring because of love. They live by being preserved with love.
God, the Creator of all things, is love. And those who are born of God love one another because they have been created by God, who is love.
(1 Jn 4:7-11) Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
God dwells only within a person who knows God’s love; this is because God is love.
(John 15:9-12) “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
(1 Cor 13:12-13) Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
God, Jesus, John, and Paul spoke in the same manner regarding love. God’s world was a world of love, a world of peace, and a world of freedom. This world was God’s kingdom, the kingdom of heaven. The one who broke apart this world of love was the devil, the betrayer. He made the earth confused (formless) and empty, and made the heavens become dark. This is like mixing water into wine, or two different ideologies fighting one another in one’s heart; these two ideologies were good and evil. This world of confusion continued on for the next 6,000 years, and God even sprinkled the blood of sheep to rid the evil within men (Lv 16:14-16; Heb 9:13). Jesus prophesied that this era (the Second Coming), to which the confused world continued on for 6,000 years, would be like the times of Noah and Lot (Lk 17:26-30). The times of Noah and Lot were times of destruction, in which only a few people were saved. The time of the Second Coming is the time of destruction and the end of the churches, but also a new era to create a new kingdom once again through a few seeds (refer to Is 1:9; 6:13). This is the time Christians have been waiting for.
In every era, God appointed a prophet. He then gave the revelation to that prophet and had him make known all things. Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). The truth is God’s Word (Jn 17:17). One can avoid destruction by perceiving and knowing the promised words of the New Testament, and such a person is able to escape from where he is kept as the enemy’s captive. Without the word of truth, which is the light, it is only a dark night. The night refers to the darkness that people cannot see, the time people sleep. Peace comes by being saved through the truth.
As it says that “the Word in the beginning” is life and the light, when one is born again through the Word in the beginning, he also becomes the Word, like God and Jesus. One must first have the Word for God to be with him and to be guided by God. Truly blessed is the one who is guided by God; he does not fall into death, but reaches eternal life.
As the God of love left men’s hearts, how could God’s love remain within men? What should one have in order to have God and love return to his heart? God’s Word must be within the person’s heart.
As can be seen in John 1:1-5, God was with the Word since the beginning. God is where the Word is; God’s Word can be found in the place where God is. The Word is God. It is life, light, love, truth, and peace.
Believers who believe in God in today’s era must know the true God (Jn 17:3), must know God’s lineage and the history of the past 6,000 years, and must know what happened in the past in order to acknowledge and take it as evidence. This is how one can believe and love. As God loves us, we must love God.
Although God and the people became like enemies because of evil and sin that took place for a long time, we have now become God’s sons (children) and family as we are atoned for our sins through Jesus’ blood, and are born again with God’s seed that is truth. Loving, visiting, and seeing each other face to face, all within faith, is according to the principle of nature as one family, the Father and the son.
We were like orphans who were forsaken and people who had not been atoned for our sins before becoming reborn. But now we can be filled with the joy and love of meeting the Father and can see the Father’s face, as described in Rv 22:1-5. We will reign as kings for eternity as princes.