The Love Of The Father.
"If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1 John 2:15 "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:16
Unlike the love of the child, "the love of the Father" is not for pleasure (dopamine emancipation), but for the child, hating not the child but his behavior when he does wrong/sins, disciplining (chastening) him that he might learn to do right—resulting in the child evaluating the situation, his "self" and the world around him according to the Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth instead of thinking and acting according to his impulses and urges of the 'moment.' Not until the child learns to humble, deny, control, discipline his love of "self," i.e., his love of dopamine emancipation, , i.e., his love of the world (which stimulates it), willingly doing the Father's will instead of his, will he understand the Father's love for him. By nature the child does not learn this on his own, requiring the Father's chastening of him for doing wrong/sinning, i.e., for 'lusting' after dopamine emancipation. When the child has "the love of the Father" in him he loves others (as the Father) despite the wrong or evil they do (even to him), preaching the truth (the love of the Father) to them that they might come under conviction and repent, fellowshipping with them only when they repent before the Father, coming to know (as they) the Father's love for them.
"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Hebrews 12:5-11
When in the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus, i.e., "group psychotherapy," facilitated meeting you are asked to be "positive" and not "negative," you are being asked (pressured) to deny the father's/Father's authority (and love; suspending the truth as on a cross in order to be affirmed by and affirm others, i.e., "build relationships upon their and your carnal nature, i.e., self interest"), establishing policy upon the carnal nature of the child, i.e., upon that which is of and for the world (dopamine emancipation) only instead.
"The heart is deceitful above all things [thinking pleasure (dopamine emancipation) is the standard for "good" instead of humbling, denying, dying to "self," in order to do the father's/Father's will], and desperately wicked [hating whoever prevents, i.e., inhibits or blocks you from enjoying the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' you desire]: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9
"Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15
"The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil." Psalms 36:1-4
"How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?" "And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." John 3:30
Without knowing it ("who can know it") you have established law upon the child's carnal nature, i.e., man's love of pleasure and hate of restraint instead upon the Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth. Immanuel Kant's "lawfulness without law" is the child, in his thoughts and actions (in "theory and practice") 'justifying' his "self," i.e., the laws of his carnal nature ("lawfulness"), 'liberating' his "self" from his father's authority system ("law"), 'liberating' man from God's. Know this though. The 'moment' you get in the child's, man's, or "the groups" way, no longer engendering pleasure, i.e., 'liberating' dopamine within him/them, he/they can remove you (without having a guilty conscience) since he is/they are doing it (augmenting pleasure, i.e., the child's carnal nature and attenuation pain, i.e., the father's/Father's authority) for the "good" (pleasure, i.e., dopamine emancipation) of society, i.e., the many, i.e., the "masses," i.e., the "people," i.e., the "community," i.e., the world.
"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 16:25
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4
"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." Colossians 3:2
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
The gospel is all about the Father's love. It is the Son, Jesus Christ wanting you to know His Father's love for you, so that you can have "fellowship with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ."
"[A]nd truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 1:3
Without the Father's love, all you have is the love of the child. Beware! The scriptures warn us:
"And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable." "As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths." Isaiah 3:4-5, 12 "
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken." Jeremiah 6:16, 17
"... and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death." Mark 13:12
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." 2 Timothy 4:3, 4
"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." James 4:1-3
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;" 2 Timothy 3:1-4
"Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:5
When children, loving the toys their parent's buy them more than their parent's, no longer receive toys from their parent's, because of their (the children's) bad behavior (disrespect for their authority), the government or "the group," i.e., their family relative, neighbors, community, church, etc., step in pressure the parent's to buy them toys (approving, i.e., 'justifying' the child's bad behavior) or buys them for them instead—'justifying'' the children's disrespect toward their parent's authority in the process.
"And for this cause [because men 'justify' themselves, i.e., their love of "self" and the world, i.e., their love of pleasure more than God] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie [that pleasure is the standard for "good," instead of doing the Father's will]: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth [in the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ], but had pleasure in unrighteousness [in their "self" and the pleasure (dopamine emancipation) the world stimulates within them]." 2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12
"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." Ephesians 2:2, 3
The only begotten son of God, Jesus Christ, was sent by the Father to redeem man from the Father's judgment upon them for their disobedience (sins), humbling his "self" to do the Father's will, obeying the Father in all things commanded, taking man's judgment upon himself on the cross, covering their sin by his shed blood, imputing his righteousness to them based upon their faith in him. He was raised from the grave by the Father, to reconcile man to the himself, i.e., the Father. The Father and the son sent the Holy Spirit. The Father set his son on his right hand, gave him the keys to the kingdom, and will tell him when to go and get his bride. From Genesis to Revelation it is all about the Father, i.e., the Son wanting you to know his Father's love for you.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." John 5:19, 30; 12:47-50
"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23
"I and my Father are one." "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father;" John 10:30; 14:9
"For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." Matthew 12:50
"And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." Matthew 23:9
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that " Matthew 10:32-39
"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." Matthew 7:21
"No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Luke 16:13
"Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." John 18:36
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves," (Matthew 7:13-15)
"The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached," "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 16:16; 17:20, 21 19
"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." Revelation 3:19-21
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)
© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2017, 2018