Thinking of the old days when I would go to Klemet Preus home in Grand Forks and visit with his Father Robert. Robert was the great theologian of Justification and also a fun guy to sit and visit with.
Robert Preus in a sermon on Revelation 17:13-17 says. “Listen to Jesus: “If a man love me, he will keep my words.” He will hang on to those words of promise concerning that eternal hope. “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him;’ and we will “make our abode;’ our dwelling place, permanently, our dwelling place “with him”(Jn 14:23). Now, there is nothing figurative about that. It happens. If I love Christ, he comes to me, and he is present with me, he and the Father. And they dwell in me in a beautiful, inexpressible unio mystica, actively, graciously, dwelling with and in me; divine Godhead dwells in me. And this is not just something ontological. God isn’t just there. It’s something dynamic, operational. He dwells in me and with me, helping me, strengthening me, upholding me. He forgives me, he comforts me, “he leads me;’ as our text says. Right now, and also in heaven. And he leads me here out of this great tribulation to heaven, to the heaven where he is present in all his glory, where he loves me and I love him, love him not with a failing, faltering, flagging love, but with a perfect love