John reminds us of what the apostles and early church came to know about Jesus. He and God the father are one. John invites us to join in that unity—to receive from Jesus—to participate in God’s grace, love—mercy, and peace. As I read chapters 13-17, I am struck by their focus on being. The doing, the service, obeying Jesus’ commands, intentional acts of love, these happen because we share in his nature—his being. We dwell with/we dwell in him. This is John’s language of salvation of believing. God’s nature is being. . .in love. The Presence of God is life and love. As Christ is one with the Father, so is love inseparable from life. The essence of grace is that being (who we are in the love of God) always comes before doing or becoming. God creates and sustains us in love and invites us to be. . .in love. This grace is true freedom. It is not forced or compelled, it flows from sharing in God’s faithful love.
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