How is Love Created Within Us?

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How Is Love Created Within Us?

Hi S​____,

​Thank you for your question about why we were not created with perfect love.

​You are exactly right when you say:

​By His design, for mankind it all must begin in imperfect, carnal-​minded flesh and blood, and afterward we will all be given spiritual bodies, for the very reason you gave – so we can come to understand good and evil, love and hatred.

​It really helps to notice how these words in Genesis are properly translated:

Gen 1:27 And creating is the Elohim humanity in His image. In the image of the Elohim He creates it. Male and female He creates them. (CLV)

​This is the proper translation of the Hebrew, which is in the “Qal stem”. The ‘Qal stem’ is the equivalent of the Greek aorist tense,​ and while Strong says it is usually translated as the past tense, he admits it is a simple statement of fact without regard to tense, and “the sum of [God’s] word” (Psa 119:160) reveals that the CLV nailed it in this case. The Lord IS making man in His image, and the creation process is not yet finished and will not be finished until judgment and resurrection are accomplished. The Lord’s spiritual creation is not completed in us until we have “entered into His rest” (Heb 4:1-11).

​I do want to point out that “we have this treasure [Christ within us] in earthen vessels”, and we can, through Him, have the love of God within us even now. It is not of us, but it is within us, through Christ, even though we are still in these earthen vessels.

2Co 4:7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

​What is most significant in light of what is said in Isaiah 66:1 is that we are able to connect “trembling at God’s Word” to “the love of God”. That is a connection that very few indeed have been given to make simply because they have never been given to know the Biblical definition of “the love of God”.

Here is that definition:

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

​We can say we love God while we ignore or are ignorant of His Words, but what we say or think does not affect the Truth which is the Word of God:

Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

​His Word tells us that if we do not do the things He tells us to do we do not love Him, even though we may do “many wonderful works”.

Luk 6:46  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Mat 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

​If we “love God and keep His commandments” only then do we know that we “love the children of God”. We don’t really know whether our children, family members or friends really love us unless they “keep the commandments of God” because “this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments”.

​That is what connects Isa 66:1 to 1 John 5:2-3. Notice that “tremble at my word” is mentioned in both verses 2 and 5 of Isaiah 66. It is mentioned twice to distinguish between those who have done many wonderful works in Christ’s name, but they did not “tremble at His words”, and they did not “keep His commandments”.

Here are verses 1-6:

Isa 66:1  Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
Isa 66:2  For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Isa 66:3  He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
Isa 66:4  I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
Isa 66:5  Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
Isa 66:6  A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.

​These words carry the same message as Christ’s message in Matthew 7:21-23 and 1 John 5:2-3. If we truly love God, we will “tremble at” and “do the things [He] says”, and we will “keep His commandments”, because that is what constitutes “the love of God”.

​You are surmising with the mind of Christ. Yes, it is the process taking place in us while we are in these “earthen vessels” which is teaching us “the love of God”, and it is not being done at the snap of a finger. It entails first being made of corruptible flesh and blood with a rebellious carnal mind which “is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be”, dying daily to that mind, and developing through that death a true love of God and of our fellow man.

I hope this adds something to what you are already being shown.

Your fellow servant, Mike

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