The Love of God Revealed Through Jesus the Only Begotten Son
“John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, ‘This
was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before
me, for He was before me.’’ And of His fullness we have all received,
and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses,
but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one
has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom
of the Father, He has declared Him.”
In today’s Scripture passage, we can see that John the Baptist,
who had baptized Jesus, and the Apostle John the gospel writer are
witnessing to us about Jesus, who has become our Lord and Savior:
“John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, ‘This was He
of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for
He was before me’’” (John 1:15). John the Baptist witnessed
about Jesus Christ by saying, “When He comes, He will judge with
the fire and deliver with the water.” The Apostle John witnessed
about Jesus, saying, “And of His fullness we have all received,
and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but the
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:16-17). Furthermore,
it continues on, saying, “No one has seen God at any time. The
only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared
Him” (John 1:18). There is no one among us who has seen God
through the naked eye. However, we are able to see Him through the
one and only begotten Son of God who was at the bosom of the Father.
This means that only Jesus Christ, who was in the bosom of the Father,
had revealed to us what God is like.
Really, we have never seen God with our own eyes. We cannot say
that we have met with God through any other senses either. Then,
how was it possible for us to meet with that God and believe in
Him? Through the baptism Jesus had received and His bloodshed on
the Cross, we were able to know that Jesus Christ the Son of God
was the true Savior.
Have You Ever Received the Love of God?
Every December we await Christmas. On that day, we remember the
coming of the only Son of God into this world. Both the Apostle
John and John the Baptist knew that the only Son of God, Jesus,
was the true Savior of the entire humanity and revealed that to
us. They tried to let us know who Jesus was to us. We know that
God is the God of love. What kind of person was Jesus Christ who
had appeared to all of us? We know that He is the Son of God who
delivered us from all our sins, and that He is the true God who
loves us. He is the true Savior to us, the One who delivered us
from all our sins.
God truly loved us all, and not only by words. God showed us His
love Himself by actually delivering us from all of our sins. Since
He is the God of love and justice, He revealed to us that He has
delivered us from all of our sins by His own love and sacrifice,
even though all sins must be judged and accounted for. This love
of God was the absolute love toward us. This love of God was revealed
to us through the only Son of God Jesus Christ.
The essential Truth of the Scriptural Word is that God so loved
the world that He gave His only Son to deliver us all from all of
our sins. If we are to look at how God revealed His love toward
us, it is as follows. “Because God so loved us, God gave His Son
Jesus to deliver us from all the sins of the world at once through
Jesus’ baptism and bloodshed and then made believers into His own
children.” Thus, God revealed what He is like through His only Son
Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ gave His life completely away for us
so that we may have the salvation of Truth and be delivered from
condemnation. Through all of this, God revealed His love for us.
Truly, God teaches us that this love of God is incomparable to
anything else in this world. Now, we can feel the love of God through
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Parents sometimes give away
their lives for their own children, patriots for their countries,
and friends for their friends. If a person gives up his life for
the sake of his own country, he has done it for a great cause.
However, it is not comparable to what God has done for us in order
to deliver us from all of our sins and give us eternal life. Even
if a person gives up his life for his friend, it is only because
of a friendship toward a single friend, it does not reach the level
of the love of God. Sometimes, people give away their lives for
their lovers. Although they sacrifice themselves and choose death
because their emotions are hard to bear and uncontrollable, it still
cannot be compared to the love of God. All these people are at most
revealing only a tiny fraction of the love of God.
Yet, the love of Jesus Christ is special. The only Son of God revealed
God nature to us and we cannot fathom His love because of the sacrifice
of His own life for us. In order to give a new life to us sinners,
Jesus was predestined to give up His own life for us. The love of
our Lord was to give away His own life so that we may be revived
and have the true life. How could we discuss the love of God through
with ideals of love between people?
Every nation has its patriots who sacrificed their own lives for
their own countries. Then, why did Jesus sacrifice Himself? It was
in order to deliver all humanity from all sin and inequity. Because
we, the human beings, were collapsing and dying due to our sins,
He sacrificed Himself to give new life to us. Because He loved us,
He gave us the gospel of the water and the Spirit so that we may
have new life. Jesus Christ clothed us with the glory and honor
of becoming God’s children and gave us the power and authority to
reign over all things. Furthermore, He enabled us to live happily
for eternity. In order to do so, He revealed His love towards us.
The reason Jesus Christ became a sacrifice after coming to this
world was as a presentation of God’s love.
All living creatures in this world exist for themselves. Yet, the
only Son of God came to this world to give true life to His creatures.
His birth and reason of being were different from our own. The only
Son of God, Jesus, was born and existed in this world to show us
what kind of being God was. Jesus carried out the righteous works
of the baptism and the bloodshed to fulfill His reason of existing
in this world. Our Lord demonstrated His own love toward us, and
we now know and believe in that love.
It says in the Bible that God the Father loved us so much that
He gave His only Son to us. During the 33 years of His life in this
world, Jesus saw that many people had a hard life because of their
illness and death and that His people were suffering from the loss
of their land. Because of their sins these people could not help
but face their destruction and condemnation and lose the only life
they had. Before Jesus Christ came to this world, every person could
not avoid the eternal fire of hell, where they would become servants
of Satan the Devil and suffer for eternity, because they could not
receive the remission of sin.
However, Jesus had compassion for everyone. Thus, He received
the baptism on His own body, by which all the sins of humanity were
transferred onto Him, and shed His own blood on the Cross so that
we may have new life. To allow us to live for eternity through the
salvation from all our sins, our Lord sacrificed Himself, enduring
all the sufferings and pains. This was the love of God given to
us to deliver us from all the sins of the world, from death, and
from condemnation. The Lord-given gospel of the water and the Spirit
is the love of God, which allows us to live for eternity by receiving
new life. The Truth was a gift to us from the love of God. Now when
we are asked who God is, we can answer in our faith that He is the
One who sacrificed Himself so that we may have new life.
Is There Any One Among You Who Has Seen God Directly?
Still, there were those people who had seen the sacrifice of Jesus.
They had witnessed that to deliver us from all our sins, Jesus bore
all the sins of the whole of humanity through His baptism, gave
up His body to the Cross where He bled to death, and resurrected
from the dead. We can realize and believe how much God has loved
you and me through their accounts.
Because I too believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
it is not easy to articulate the love of God through words. God’s
love is too big to be understood. Yet, I am able to experience the
love of God through the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Of course,
I am grateful for the love of God that came by the water and the
Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus has wiped away all of our sins
and that He has given us the gift of eternal life, glory, and honor.
I also believe that He has given us His own life. It is true that
we are still not capable in deeply knowing and feeling the love
of our Lord, even though we believe in it. It is because we have
not loved someone to the point of death. We have never given up
our lives to someone else so that the person could have a new life
and live for eternity. Hence, I myself lack the knowledge of and
ability to feel the entire depth of the love of God. I also believe
that the love of God is indescribably big. Still, I firmly believe
one thing in my heart. It is true for myself, all of you, and everyone
in this world that we have all received the love of salvation. The
only Son of God clearly demonstrated who God is toward us. Hence,
we were delivered from all our sins. I surely believe in that. I
am sure you believe in that as well.
We naturally compact ourselves when the weather becomes cold. But,
this does not mean that our hearts have to shrink as well. Although
we are not perfect in our actions, out of compassion we want to
deliver the love of God to the wandering souls. Although we cannot
love humanity perfectly like Jesus, we still want to become instruments
that deliver the love of God. Although we may compact our bodies
in the winter cold, the thought of the magnitude of God’s love for
us makes our hearts warm. Truly, when we think of God who gave us
new life by sacrificing Himself, we are thankful in our hearts.
Although we may crouch in our bodies, we have rest in our hearts
and our hearts become warm as if we have a little campfire in them.
It is good that we can share His love for we have received it first,
despite our weaknesses.
If we look at the saving works of Jesus in this world, we can easily
know that God is like that. Thus, we must believe. Looking at Jesus
Christ, we come to confess, “God was truly like that. Jesus was
truly omnipotent, but He did not abuse His power. Jesus truly humbled
Himself to give new life to all humanity and wash all our sins away.
Jesus sacrificed Himself, and delivered us from all of our sins
by the perfect love of sacrifice, not a false love.” And we know
that Jesus has clothed us with the glory of becoming the children
of God. We must truly give thanks, honor, and glory to God in our
faith for this Truth. This winter as well as in all the winters
to come, we must think deeply about God’s love whenever we crouch
in coldness. Also, we must serve the Lord and do the works of God
with that kind of faith.
If we have a legalistic faith instead of ruminating over the love
of God, we will become nothing. If we believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, which is the love of God, we must be clothed
with the true love of Truth by standing firm on the Lord-given Truth.
Because we were given and clothed with the love of God, we are witnessing
that love to everyone in this world. We are serving the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, even though we feel very weary due to
the works of God we have to do everyday. Whenever we feel weary
serving our Lord, we should be reminded of the love of God, just
as the Shulamite woman who was working hard as the keeper of the
vineyard by wearing the love of King Solomon. We must go forward
holding the hands of our Lord tightly despite of all the hardships
for the gospel of the water and the Spirit, as it is written:
“My beloved spoke, and said to me:
“Rise up, my love, my
And come away.
For lo, the winter is
The rain is over and
The flowers appear on
The time of singing has
And the voice of the
Is heard in our land”
(Song of Solomon 2:10-12).
Every time you and I pray, I hope that God listens to our prayers.
The Lord is responding to us with the Word above, “Rise up, my
love, my fair one, and come away.” You can know the love of
God by these answers from God.
Sometimes we grow exhausted from hard work. Also, there are times
good things happen to us as well as unfortunate things. I wish that
things would get better as time goes by, but worries about God’s
works grow in my heart as time goes by. The gospel of the water
and the Spirit, which is the Truth of God, should be spread until
the end of the world. This is possible only if we continue to believe
and live for our Lord. Although we the servants of God and His people
are weak and deficient in many ways, we must be faithful to our
calling in our knowledge and faith in the love of God. I worry that
we may give up on our tasks and live for our own sake. I worry that
we may give up these precious tasks because we love ourselves too
much, instead of spreading the gospel – which proclaims the love
of God that delivers the sinners from all their sins out of love
Whoever that does not think of the love of God is living selfishly
for one’s own sake. Whoever lives only for himself does not know
the love of God. Because it is clear that God loved us, although
everyone may pursue his or her lusts of flesh, we the believers
in the love of God cannot live for ourselves alone but must keep
spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Because we have
received the love of God, now it is in our hearts. Hence, we can
love others and sacrifice ourselves for the sake of others. We also
can have such faith and can practice God’s love according to our
At one time we did not know or receive the love of God, and instead
of living for others we lived only for ourselves. However, now we
have changed. The more we know about our Lord, and as our new spiritual
lives grow, the Lord allows us to share the love we have received
despite our weaknesses and deficiencies. We come to recognize that
it is right for us to share what belongs to God, although it is
only a small part, until the day we will meet the Lord.
We believe for certain that the sacrificial love of God has blotted
out all the sins of this world. Jesus Christ really has come to
this world for us in the flesh of man and received the baptism so
that all our sins may be transferred onto Him. Moreover, He died
crucified on the Cross. Although God is the Almighty One who created
the universe and everything in it, He has become the propitiation
for all of us to fulfill the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
The disciples of Jesus did not believe in Jesus as the God of salvation
when He walked on water. Hence, Jesus while in this world had to
make known to His disciples clearly who He was so that they can
believe in Him as God and be forgiven from all their sins. Because
of that, Jesus showed His power to His disciples by walking on water.
And most of the time, He acted just like an ordinary person. Jesus
lowered Himself to a very weak appearance and came as our Savior.
Our Lord has become the sacrificial Lamb of God, lowering Himself
to complete His work of salvation: He took all our sins onto Himself
by receiving the baptism from John the Baptist at the Jordan River.
And in order to receive the tremendous and just judgments for all
our sins, He offered His own body to be crucified on the Cross.
He has delivered us believers from sin wholly by vicariously receiving
contempt and insults. By the love of our Lord, we have become possessors
of new life. To recover all of mankind to the status of people created
in the image of God, He has taught the gospel of the water and the
Spirit to everybody. Because of that, we came to believe.
However, there are still many people who do not believe or know
this. This is why the Lord admonishes us to share His love to them.
Hence, we have shared the Word of God, are still sharing by our
faith, and will continue to share in the future. People have received
the same salvation as us, have been clothed with the love of God,
and have received the eternal life because they came to know and
believe God, who was revealed to them by His only Son Jesus through
the gospel of the water and the Spirit we shared.
Thus, I only give thanks to God. There is nothing else other than
thanks that we could say to Him. Because the only Son of God has
revealed to us who God was, we are able to know His love, to meet
with Him, and to receive the salvation from all our sins by believing
in Him. We were able to meet with Jesus because of the love of God.
We have become His own people by wearing the love of God. We give
thanks to God by our faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
God Has Revealed His Love to Us through His Only
Although no one has seen God, people have come to know, see, and
believe in God through Jesus. This is true. Those religious people
who are highly regarded as men of intelligence, have added nothing
to the redemption of the sins of humanity. Sakyamuni died under
a bo tree while meditating about the joy and sorrow of life. He
only worried to solve the problem of life’s joy and sorrow. Put
differently, he started thinking to solve his own problem and reached
a conclusion somehow, but such conclusion had nothing to do with
solving the problem of everyone’s sin. Did he actually wash away
the sins of each one of us? What did he do to blot out our sins,
to receive vicariously the judgments for our sins, to help us avoid
God’s wrath upon us, or to help us receive blessings?
No matter how eagerly the religious people want to do so, they
just lack the ability to do those things for us in the first place.
All the sages of this world are all like this. None of them– even
a charismatic leader of a religious cult – could take all our sins
on his body to wash away the sins of each individual person. Only
the only Son of God Jesus Christ, who was our Savior, could take
all the sins of each one of us by receiving the baptism and sacrifice
Himself for our happiness, and eternal life.
If we were to use the water in all the oceans as our ink and the
blue sky as the parchment, we would still not be able to write all
about the love of God for us. The love of God is that wide. The
grace of salvation by which we are made known that God is truly
the God of love is in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Who
has comforted you, delivered your souls from all your sins, and
given you the eternal life? He is Jesus Christ, who is our Savior.
We have not received our true salvation from any worldly authority
but from Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the true God, the true Savior,
and the King of love – incomparable to any other person in this
world. Jesus was fundamentally God the King of kings, who rules
over the angels up in Heaven, the visible world, and the invisible
Although there is no one who has seen the glory of God, the only
Son of God Jesus Christ has revealed the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit by coming to this world. Jesus has revealed the love
and justice of our God through the sacrifices of His baptism and
bloodshed after He had come into this world in the flesh of man.
Alongside the gospel of the water and the Spirit, He has given us
the remission of sin. In this way God has shown us His love. Do
you believe so?
Dear fellow believers, when your hearts are depressed and you are
exhausted, think about how the only begotten Son of God Jesus Christ
has revealed His love to us. And by bearing in your hearts the love
of God for you and by recognizing and keeping that love, you will
then be made grateful and happy. Nothing else in this world can
be your true love, happiness, or blessing. Because Jesus Christ
is actually our true God and Savior, only He can give us the true
love, happiness, and blessing.
When I witness people receiving the remission of sin through our
books, I truly realize the power of God’s gospel. Many pastors from
every corner of the world are saying that they have not even heard
of the gospel of the water and the Spirit before. And they are further
testifying that by this gospel they have received the true love
of God, grace of salvation, blessing of eternal life, and the abundant
peace of heart.
Truly, there is no one who has seen God or felt God. Still, we
have met with God, received His love, and believed in His love.
Hence, we are spreading the love of God through our faith. People
throughout the world are meeting with God through our service to
the Lord. Truly, they would not be able to meet with God, if it
were not for the gospel of salvation we are witnessing to them.
It is because of the testimonies of John the Baptist, the Apostle
John and the other Apostles that we were able to meet with Jesus
Christ. They all testified the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
If they had kept this true gospel only in their hearts and refrained
from spreading it, we would not have met with God.
There were many men of faith who were called as the Bible writers
of the New Testament: The four Gospels were written by Matthew,
Mark, Luke, and John in turn; the Acts was written by Luke; the
Apostle Paul wrote the Pauline Epistles; the Apostle Peter, the
Apostle John, and James and Jude, the brother of Jesus, also wrote
their epistles; lastly, Revelation was wrote by John the Apostle.
They were inspired by the Holy Spirit and wrote about what they
had seen and heard while they accompanied Jesus. But they still
faced many difficulties to follow the will of God. Despite these
difficulties, they have recorded and left behind the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Of course, God inspired
them with special power so that they could not help but write these
down. Still, it was possible to do the works of God through them
because they were obedient toward God. If they had rejected the
will of God, God would have done this through some other means.
However, because they obeyed the Will of God, we are able to know
and believe the love of God even till this moment.
John the Baptist was despised and cursed by many people of his
age. Although we respect the 12 disciples of Jesus, while they were
still in this world, they were despised and ignored by the people
of their times, being treated below human standards. Still, the
disciples had fellowship with God in their faith in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit and imparted this Truth to us. Because
the disciples of Jesus lived by their faith, you and I are able
to know the love of God and who God is. Following in their steps,
we have to serve the Lord and His gospel so that others can also
come to meet with God.
Even now, there is no one who has seen God, but whoever believes
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit can know what kind of
Person God is. Those who have heard the gospel of the water and
the Spirit through us confess as follows: “The love of God is too
great. Although I have been a pastor, I have neither known the gospel
Truth nor met with God until now.” I am encouraged when I see people
returning to the Truth and meeting with God by the gospel of the
water and the Spirit.
Dear fellow believers, it feels like that our weaknesses, deficiencies,
and the fleshly thoughts rise to the top since the weather has gotten
colder. However, I ask that you remember this verse from the Bible.
“No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who
is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:18).
We should live our lives, remembering this Word, keeping it by faith,
and meditating on it always. We should accept in our hearts the
love by which the only Son of God has delivered us from all our
sins and meditate and propagate this thought by faith. Whatever
you may do, I hope you live such a life. Let’s meditate on the love
of God, share the gospel, and then go up to His Kingdom and live
there forever when the Lord returns.
When the weather gets really cold, we think of the warmth of a
seat next to the fireplace. We do not realize it when the weather
is warm, but we miss the warmth as soon as it turns cold. We are
in a cold winter season where we miss warm food and warm hearts.
How do our souls feel if our bodies feel that way?
Truly, the only Son of God Jesus Christ has revealed to us who
God is and what God’s love is. He also revealed to us that God has
delivered us from all our sins by that love. Our souls receive the
warmth, comfort, blessings and hope by meditating and believing
in that love. I think that we should have such faith. We should
not think about the works of our flesh but instead think about God’s
love. There is something we should never forget in our hearts. It
is the love of God, with which He has delivered us from all our
sins. We should live our lives keeping that love of God in our hearts,
not forgetting it, but meditating on it. We should live in anticipation
of all the blessings and glory that the Lord has promised us. Dear
fellow believers, do you believe this?
Truly, the Law has come through Moses, and the gift of grace, Truth,
salvation and the life-giving gospel has come through Jesus Christ.
We do not receive our salvation by abiding by the Law, but by knowing
Jesus Christ and believing in our hearts the gospel Word of God
that Jesus given us. God comes to our hearts as the Holy Spirit
and designates that we have become His children. We must give thanks
before God through the faith provided by the Holy Spirit and live
by that very faith.
Those who have received the love of God cannot lead their lives
without loving others, so they live loving everyone in this world.
Can you live your lives without loving everyone in this world? Dear
fellow believers, the answer to the question “What does a person
live by?” is very simple once you know it. The correct answer is
that people live by love. Then, what do Christians live by? They
also live by love, but their love is different from the selfish
love of the secular people. Because the born-again Christians have
received the love of God first, they live by loving God and others.
Some people say, “Now that I have received the remission of sin.
I just want to live for myself.” But they say this because they
do not know that there is no enjoyment in such a life. Life is worth
living if you live for others and sacrifice yourself out of love
for others. Don’t you feel this way yourself when you are serving
the Lord voluntarily? We truly do feel that way.
If someone told me to give up spreading the gospel and tried everything
to prevent me from spreading the gospel, I would try to find other
means to do so because I would feel that my life has become worthless
without sharing God’s love with other people. What fulfillment do
we have in our lives if we cannot live doing the works of God? Before
we were born again, we used to live for the sake of drinking, eating,
and enjoying ourselves with our favorite amusement. However, do
we still have satisfaction living like that even now? People who
have just recently received the remission of sin might worry about
their future saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?”
or “What shall we wear?” However, our selfish way of living and
our purpose in life changes the moment we realize what Jesus Christ
has revealed to us about who God is.
We feel alive when we are spreading the gospel of the water and
the Spirit. Hence, we are sharing the gospel of the water and the
Spirit throughout the world now and loving everyone in the entire
world. In the past, we thought that even loving our own neighbors
was a truly great task. But how have we changed now? We have become
people who love everyone in this world. This was made possible by
God. Am I wrong? If it were not for God, how could we have changed?
We would have been satisfied in the past if we could build a nice
house with great heating system, and eat delicious food inside of
it. However, we can no longer live like that. Even if we have to
live in a small single room, we must live for others, just as we
would have to if we lived in a large mansion. Whether we eat or
drink or do anything else, we should do these things for the sake
of others. We must live for the sake of those who have not yet received
the remission of sin and protect others who have already received
the remission of sin. Isn’t this true for you as well?
“The Bible says, “No one has seen God at any time. The only
begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared
Him” (John 1:18). How perfectly did Jesus reveal the love of
God to us! How perfectly did Jesus deliver us! What perfect Truth
of salvation is the gospel of the water and the Spirit! We have
never regretted receiving our salvation through our faith in Jesus,
who came by the gospel of the water and the Spirit. We are not ashamed
in believing in Him. Rather, we are thankful to God for the most
perfect salvation and perfect love. Don’t you feel grateful towards
God? Of course, you do.
I hope that all of you believe in Jesus Christ who has revealed
the love of God, keep the faith in His love in your hearts, and
live daily for the sake of spreading that love. In time, we will
meet our Lord and enjoy the glory of God. Before that, I hope that
you will acquire the blessing of the remission of sin by meeting
with God through the gospel of the water and the Spirit.