CHAPTER 37 "But I know you; You have not the love of God in you "(John 5:42, 27.02.1844).
 "But I know you; You have not the love of God in you "
 Such things I have spoken to the Jews; for in them was the dead letter of the law. The work of the ceremony, the work of appearance, was more to them than the Life Himself, who had spoken to them.
 Therefore, they were struck with blindness and saw in Him who is forever alive, nothing but a usual, quite ordinary man; they wondered at most over a striking miracle, sometimes even about a wise word, when they were present, such as this happened or was spoken; and if they were not present, they did not believe that I had worked or spoken this or that, and tried in all possible ways to make the matter suspect. Where they did not reach with naturalization or even with total denial, I had to be a possessed and worked through the power of the devil.
 But why did they not recognize the Lord of life, when it was the will and intention of the Lord that they should have known Him? The reason lies in the text that speaks: "And the love is not in you!"
 Why can one not know the Lord without love? - One cannot do that without love for the same reason that a blind man cannot see what surrounds him, and a deaf person cannot hear the voice of his friend!
 Because love is life; but only life can see and hear for itself, for death cannot do so. So the Jews could not recognize the Lord of life who lived among them, because they had not the life of love in them, which is a free life out of God, while all other life is life under judgement, which is in contrast to true love, pure death.
 For he who does not live out of love, is nothing but a vain machine, set in motion only by worldly instincts, and his sight, hearing and feeling are vainly mechanical and can never rise above the judged sphere of judged restraint. Only the true life of love is an independent free life and can therefore, on its own, overcome all restraints and rise up to Him, Who is his innermost principle.
 No one can see in his natural sphere something he did not have in him beforehand; but how could anyone see and recognize My nature if he has none of it in his heart?!
 Therefore, I say to you: Let everything go, - only keep the love, then you will recognize what the Jews did not recognize, and see what their eyes was not able to see!
 There are also many in the world who do not have the love in them! Therefore, they also hold the shadow, which is nothing, for reality; But Me, who am and always walk among Mine, they do not see and recognize, because they have no love!
 So there are some among you who seek where there is nothing to be found; but when it comes alive and shines before them, they will not see and recognize it!
 These still weigh the diamonds together with the pebbles in a weighing pan! But why weigh the pebble next to the diamond? Why marvel at the dung from afar and indifferently pass by the gold in your own house?
 It is not enough that one knows the value of gold, but one must discern the gold from the dung, even be able to recognize it's worth from a distance! Only the one who has love can do it perfectly; But anyone who wanders back and forth between them cannot do that and will not be able to do so for a long time. But it will be the same with him as with the Jews, who could not distinguish the Lord from a common man.
 I therefore say to you, and remind you that I have given you much; but only he who has the love in him, will recognize it as a pure gift from Me!
 Who reckons and counts what he does and gives in love, I will do to him likewise, and the calculator will not be free and the meter will not quit before Me, until he will banish the reckoning and counting out of himself! Therefore love must be free and must not allow the mind to advise its inner activity!
 The wise giver I will reward with wisdom; But the free spender of love, will receive Me Myself as reward! But anyone who does not act out of free love will not see the face of the Lord, until he becomes active out of free love!
 This say I, the Eternally Faithful, the Truthful, the First and the Last, as Father in all love to you, that you may perfectly observe it! (Explanation of Scriptures, chap. 37)
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