“I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:23 NKJV).
While the Lord Jesus was coming up from the water after He had been baptized by John the Baptist at the Jordan, the heavens were opened to Him and the Spirit of God descended like a dove and alighted upon Him.
The Scripture records that suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:16-17 NKJV).
God the Father was certainly the One who spoke from heaven, proclaiming His perfect love, acceptance, approval, and total delight in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Similarly, on the Mount of Transfiguration, while Peter was still speaking, the Scripture records that a bright cloud overshadowed them (Peter, James and John his brother) and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” (Matt. 17:5 NKJV).
Here again, God the Father was affirming His love for His Son, Jesus Christ, and His complete satisfaction in Him.
Many believers today undoubtedly believe that Jesus Christ is indeed the Beloved Son of God, but are in doubt of God’s perfect love, acceptance, or total delight in them.
While you may never hear any audible voice from heaven proclaiming, affirming or confirming to you that you are a beloved son of God, or that God is well pleased in you as in the case of Jesus, yet the Scripture amply affirms that God loves you as much as He loved Jesus while He was on earth.
While praying for His disciples before leaving this world, the Lord Jesus clearly revealed the truth that God loves those who believe in Him just as God has loved Him.
Jesus said, “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:23 NKJV).
Every born-again believer, like the Lord Jesus Christ, is God’s beloved. It is very crucial for you as a believer in Christ to know, believe and walk in the understanding of the truth that your Heavenly Father loves, accepts, and delights in you the same way He loves, accepts, and delights in Jesus Christ.
You are completely loved, accepted and well-pleasing to God in Christ Jesus, not based on your self-righteousness, performance or good works, but on your faith in the person and in the finished work of Jesus on the cross (Eph. 1:6).
The devil will pay any price to keep you from knowing, believing or accepting the truth that you are God’s beloved son, just like Jesus Christ. Why?
Because the devil knows that he can only hold you in bondage of fear as long as you are not sure that God loves you perfectly, completely, unconditionally and infinitely as His beloved son!
Although many believers today believe and accept that God loves them, yet only few believe and accept the truth that God loves them as much as He loves Jesus Christ. This is why many believers are still being constantly harassed, oppressed and tormented by the devil.
When you don’t accept God’s perfect love for you, you will live in constant fear and thus in bondage (Heb. 2:14-15).
The Scripture states: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18 NKJV).
You, like Jesus, are God’s beloved. Your adoption into God’s family as God’s beloved son is purely a gracious gift of God to be received by faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. You can never earn or deserve it by your self-righteousness, performance, or good works.
The Scripture testifies: “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Gal. 4:4-5 NKJV).
As a new creation in Christ, you are perfectly, completely and infinitely loved and accepted by God in Christ (Eph. 1:6). The Scripture reveals that the believers are chosen as God’s beloved in Christ before the creation of the world.
The Scripture states: “Even as, in His love, He chose us as His own in Christ before the creation of the world, that we might be holy and without blemish in His presence.” (Eph. 1:4 WNT).
Beloved, God sees, accepts, treats and deals with you as His beloved son in Christ. God does not love you any less than He loves His Firstborn, the Lord Jesus, who is our “Eldest brother” in God’s family (Rom. 8:29).
Don’t ever allow religion or the devil to confuse you, or plant doubt in your heart, or talk you out of this fundamental truth!
Just before His crucifixion, the Lord Jesus plainly said to His disciples, “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; “for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.” (John 16:26-27 NKJV).
This is awesome!
Friend, as a born-again believer in Christ, the Lord Jesus wants you to know that your prayer will be promptly answered by your heavenly Father the same way His prayers were promptly answered by God while He was in the world. Why?
Jesus said, “for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.” (John 16:26-27 NKJV).
Therefore, begin to approach God’s throne of grace with gladness, boldness and confidence, knowing that you are a beloved son of God in Christ and that the Father loves and accepts you and delights in you as much as He loves, accepts, and delights in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, I am so excited to know that You love and delight in me as much as You love and delight in Jesus Christ. Help me Holy Spirit to walk in this truth always, in Jesus’ name. Amen.