Jean’s Gospel: In Jesus Name

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  1. JD says:

    “Jesus consoled the disciples by teaching them that the Father’s love for them does not depend on their righteousness or worthiness or from any other inward measure, which they might have imagined. The Father loves us solely because of our belief in Jesus: “because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” Therefore, when we pray, we have only these two unshakeable considerations: (1) God’s promise to hear us for the sake of His Son; and (2) Jesus name.”

    Sure need God’s love now even more than ever to be a fresh witness of the grace of God. Thanks for the gift of encouragement.

  2. JoelG says:


    You write: “The Father loves us solely because of our belief in Jesus.”

    Doesn’t he love us whether we belief or not?

    “For God so loved the world….”

  3. em... again says:

    JoelG asks a question of Jean that i’d like to comment on…
    i have great love and respect for his quote from John 3:16 – was what broke down the barrier between myself and God
    when i realized that, if God loved the world THAT much, there was no argument i could make against His righteousness and justice that could stand – how it must grieve our Father when we disrespect that love…
    that said, i think faith involves both belief and trust/agreement and that opens the door for God’s grace to bless us, to show us individually His love

    could we say: “for the Father himself loves you [personally], because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” (John 16:27) …?… just sayin’ and ponderin’ again

  4. Jean says:

    Hi Joel,

    Both are true. God so loved the word (i.e., in this way He loved the world) that He gave His only Son.”

    However, it is also true that we each receive God’s grace through faith in His Son.

    Therefore, I like Em’s last paragraph when she personalizes His love for us when our faith apprehends the the forgiveness of sins that Christ won for us on the cross. Faith completes the reconciliation between God and us.

    As I also said in the article, our faith is a gift of God which we receive by hearing (Rom 10:17). So let us not see faith as a work.

    Does this make sense?

  5. Jean says:


    You’re very welcome. Thank you for commenting.

  6. JoelG says:

    Yes makes sense. Thank you Jean and Em.

  7. John 20:29 says:

    Jean’s # 4 faith comes by hearing (what God is saying to us) usually thru the written Word, i think… i have to ask myself why i spend so little effort in praying for my faith to be increased

    this lesson posted today is a good place to spend some time pondering… pondering what we’re missing, perhaps? yes, Jesus saves, but that is where it starts

    “No matter what joys or sorrows we may experience during our earthly lives, our Father gives us an inward joy. This inward joy in the midst of sufferings produces endurance, patience and hope (Rom 5:3-4).” amen, who would think that joy could make us strong?

  8. Jean says:

    “who would think that joy could make us strong?”


    From what I’ve read about, and personally experienced, regarding millennials, I think there is a fair amount of reluctance or disinterest and postponement in family formation, including marriage and having children, because of the lack of God given inward joy and hope. It really manifests itself in choices and behavior.

  9. Jean says:

    “yes, Jesus saves, but that is where it starts”

    If a fruit tree is planted in good soil and watered, it will bear its fruit in season.

  10. em... again says:

    #8- yes, i think i’ve seen this also… sadly, the drum beat, the piper perhaps has been playing that music to them every waking moment of their lives – almost from birth – he’s a very skillful drummer

  11. JoelG says:

    “pondering what we’re missing, perhaps? yes, Jesus saves, but that is where it starts”

    I think He saves us and sustains us through means of grace in order that we might have a personal relationship with Him. And we all know relationships are hard. It is mind boggling that the our creator God wants to spend time with us, but it’s true. The key is taking time alone to spend with God in prayer and His Word. Talking straight with Him… perhaps doing a little wrestling Jacob style. 😉

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