See what an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we would [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. (I John 3:1 AMP)
Amazing irony that we want to know love; our encompassing name for something we really can only begin to comprehend. The essence of God himself, a metaphysical force that is able to engage the physical world and spiritual reality beyond. In part one, I reiterated Ephesians 3 where Paul declares the immensity of God’s love. Getting my head around the size and depth of love from our creator is task enough – grasping the transformative power of that love is beyond imagination.
One of my pastors was describing the Body of Christ as the worldwide set of believers, past, present and future put together and becoming one. That is the Kingdom, so diverse and nearly impossible to imagine as “fitly joined together”. Bridging the timeline is difficult enough, bridging the cultural and language barriers is staggering. The only unifying factor is the love we are mandated to have for one another.
The love of God is also transformative. It changes us. We go through a lot of trouble and hardships which confound and confuse us but they are part of the process that changes us also. We then are transformed and conformed into the image of Christ who suffered so greatly for all of us. The transformation would overwhelm us but the love of God is poured out on us like the waters of a great waterfall (emphasis added). see Romans 5:5
So then, the love of God is not just a blessing or a feeling of goodwill descending from above. To the contrary, it is the actual power of the Spirit transforming us and transporting us to heavenly places where we sit in His throne and reign with Him (both now and hereafter!)