no love for God

marmsky June 2018 (3)

no love for God

Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2401

John 5:41-47

Joh 5:41 “I do not accept acclaim from people,
Joh 5:42 but I know you– that you have no love for God within you.
Joh 5:43 I have come in my Father’s name, and yet you don’t accept me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept that one.
Joh 5:44 How can you believe, since you accept acclaim from one another but don’t seek the acclaim that comes from the only God?
Joh 5:45 Do not be thinking that I will accuse you to the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope.
Joh 5:46 Because if you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me.
Joh 5:47 But if you don’t believe what he wrote, how will you believe my words?”

no love for God

Jesus’ scathing condemnation of his critics included the statement that they had no love for God within them. He implied that Moses’ words accuse them of this deficiency. Moses commanded the people of Israel to love God with all their entire beings (Deuteronomy 6:5; 11:1; 11:3; 13:3; 30:6). It was to be the core motivation of the old covenant. Yet, Moses also predicted the coming of Jesus (Deuteronomy 18:15-22). Yet these critics from Jesus’ generation rejected him, and so rejected Moses, whom they claimed to follow.

If we really love God, we will accept his Messiah. We will listen to his words, and believe in him.

LORD, increase our devotion to Jesus, and trust in his words.



About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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