The secret of the mystery. Part 213. The mystery behind Christian marriage. Part 6.
Sunday, April 19, 2007
1. The star witness, the Lord Jesus Christ, the faithful and true witness, REV 3:14.
2. The individual witnesses, believers who fulfill the spiritual life and glorify God, ACT 1:8.
3. The corporate witness of Christian marriage, EPH 5:32.
1. Love toward God.
2. Love toward man.
Love toward others = spiritual autonomy.
Love toward self = spiritual self-esteem.
True biblical love called agape is a virtue.
It is not an emotion, not a feeling, but a virtue.
2CO 5:14 For the love for Christ motivates us,
Personal love for God motivates the believer; it is a motivational virtue.
When love is directed toward mankind then love is a functional virtue.
We need the functional virtue of impersonal unconditional love to learn how to function in Christian marriage, and we need the motivational virtue of love toward God for personal motivation.
Impersonal unconditional love gives the believer two things -
Virtue means two things: graciousness and power.
Virtue means right thinking resulting in right action.
A virtue is a particular moral quality regarded as good or meritorious.
Personal love is only a virtue when it is directed toward God or when it is rooted in God’s love.
When God’s love is in view, agape love is simply a mental attitude love requiring the thoughts in the Bible concerning how to handle different situations.
Agape love has virtue when it is the love of God or from God.
Agape love has power and is graceful as God’s love, but agape love is not automatically the love of God.
Toward God personal love will give you power and grace in your life.
LUK 6:32 And if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners agape-love those who agape-love them.
LUK 11:43 “Woe to you Pharisees! For you agape the front seats in the synagogues, and the respectful greetings in the market places.”
2TI 4:10 for Demas, having agape’d this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica;
Agape love is a certain way of loving, and it all has to do with thought, not feelings or emotions.
When someone says, “I don’t love you anymore,” they better be talking about phileo or personal love not agape.
Impersonal unconditional love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get; it is what you are expected to give, which is everything.
If you love something set it free; if it returns it is yours forever, if not, it was never meant to be.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction, for in Christian marriage it is love toward God.
When the satisfaction or the security of another person becomes as significant to one as one’s own satisfaction or security, then the state of love exists.
“Love” - agapao = a mental attitude love based upon a maximum amount of doctrine resident in your soul.
“Heart” - kardia =
1. Frame of reference.
2. Memory center.
3. Vocabulary storage.
4. Categorical doctrinal storage.
6. The momentum department or the department of spiritual growth.
7. The wisdom department or the launching pad.
8. The subconscious mind.
Strength - ischus = all your physical strength, not human power, but all your strength in the sense of you making the maximum effort to get to know God and His plan for your life.
Mind - dianoia = the left lobe of the soul and the place where you first perceive and understand knowledge.
PSD #7 is Personal love for God the Father, and that is followed by PSD #8, Impersonal love for all mankind.
1CO 16:22 If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed. Maranatha [under a curse until the Lord comes back].
1. Temporal blessings = above and beyond logistical grace support.
2. Eternal blessings = blessings for the eternal state.
Control - pres-act-ind - sunechei - sunevcei = to motivate, to compel, to urge.
ROM 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.