Defined by the Love of the Fatherby Dr. Mamdouh Riad on June 21, 2015
Defined by the Love of the Father
by Dr. Mamdouh Riad
“I am my beloved and He is mine”
Song of Solomon 6:3
Almighty God, the Great I AM, the Ancient of Days, the Most High, our Sovereign God, King of kings and Lord of lords, is often referred to in the Scriptures in context of His relationship to His people, the apple of His eye.
As the Holy Spirit inspired the writing of God’s Word, God often referred to Himself or defined Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Israel, the God of Daniel, or God of Elijah..etc.
In the New Testament our Almighty God revealed Himself to us as God the Father, “Our Father”, again defining Himself in reference to His relationship with His people.
Imagine a powerful heroic figure like George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, referring to himself and introducing himself as the father of his children! What does that say about the place of his children in his heart?
Those who have had a true revelation of God’s love, can’t help but be overwhelmed and defined by it in return.The Apostle John, who wrote one of the gospels, three epistles, and the book of Revelation, also defined himself by God’s love for him. He did not define himself as the great prophet of God who was entrusted with revelations of such great magnitude, or by his accomplishments in ministry. He referred to himself and defined himself as “The disciple who Jesus loved”.
The Apostle Paul who wrote much of the New Testament, as well as Apostles James and Peter, referred to themselves as “Bondservants of Jesus Christ” , also defining themselves by the love of God. In biblical times, a bondservant was a slave who was given the opportunity to be free, but chose to stay and serve his master because he loves him.
(From Exodus 21:5-6).
Our First commandment is to love the Lord with all our hearts, soul, and strength, because He first loved us. Jesus said it is the greatest commandment. Despite all ministry accomplishments by the church of Ephesus, the Lord reminded them not to forsake their first love.
May the Lord give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in His knowledge, to understand His great love for us, respond to it, and be defined by it.
May we live the essence of our walk with Christ: “I am my beloved and He is mine”