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October 27, 2020 1:00 am
The Apostle Paul wrote the ultimate essay on love. After you master 1 Corinthians 13, you’ll know what real love is, and isn’t. Here are more details on God’s view of love—the kind He shows us, and the kind we’re to show to others.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Rain forest looking to Jesus, founder and perfecter of our call ultimate essay after you master first review chapter 13 you'll know what real love is today. More details on God's love kind he shows us the kind church in Chicago. This is when links are helps us make it across the elixir last time you told us that is necessary.
Where are we headed today. Thank you so much in your introduction has been so perfect in describing this chapter and today were going to continue our exposition as we have some practical examples of what love really means. But let me ask you a question. Does God love the world does God love you. You look around in the world today and there's a tremendous amount of suffering some of you have gone through real crisis because of coded lost your jobs.
Perhaps some of the friends of yours or even relatives have died. Where is God in all of this. What is his relationship to these events in my new book entitled pandemics, plagues and natural disasters. What is God saying to us. Those are the kinds of questions I answer for a gift of any amount. This book can be yours.
Here's what you do go to RTW offeror.com that's RTW offeror.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 and I'll be giving you that contact information once again at the end of this program but now let's open our Bibles to first Corinthians chapter 13 love is necessary.
Love is special and love is eternal. We keep going here. I told you we're going for a walk and were not yet to the end of the guard. Notice it says in verse eight love never fails. If there are gifts of prophecy. They will be done away this past week I was in Nashville speaking at the religious booksellers convention and that you know their rows and rows and rows of books and blues of the publishing company.
I would even describe what goes on and you look at all of those books you know enough wisdom to float the world really prophecy the gift of prophecy and and these gifts of communication that they are going to last forever. You are going to have to listen to sermons in heaven. Paul is saying in a footnote he says that if there are gifts of prophecy. They will be done away all you say but I can speak in tongues factor people now in certain churches who not only are speaking in tongues, but are making animal noises and they are doing that, thinking that they are doing God a favor in themselves a favor and pulses.
If there are tongs, they will cease. If there is knowledge what that means is that gift of knowledge.
He talked about earlier that some people have pieces. It's going to be done away.
So all of the books and all of the tapes and all of the things that we put so much stock in today.
They will no longer be relevant at a certain point of time and they will all burn able, or we know in part and we prophesy in part C. This is the best we can do. We need these gifts. In this side of eternity.
But when the perfect comes, that is when Jesus returns to earth and the church becomes perfect. This partial, this struggling with our own gifts and knowing where we fit. He says it is going to be done away when I was a child I used to speak as a child I thought as a child and reason as a child when I became a man I put away childish things. Pulses in all your arguing about gifts and this one is greater and you really need that if you're going to get really plugged into God's childish is not depreciating the gifts mind you, they are very important, but what he saying is is if that's your emphasis and you don't see this overwhelming tide of love. That should engulf all that you do is you have really missed it and you are childish now with what he says for now we see through a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known by people say that we know one another in heaven, of course, will know one another and I believe that intuitively will know the names of all the folks in heaven because it says I now we know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known. It doesn't mean that were going to be omniscient in heaven.
We are going to know everything. In fact, one of the things were going to be doing in heaven is studying God to eternity because the ideas of God will extend to eternity. Sorry to be learning in heaven I were going to be studying God that's going to be the subject and but as far as we're concerned about working to know each other in heaven.
And I believe that were going to build a walk up to some of those old saints and will know them intuitively and will just be able to sit down and solve all the biblical questions that puzzled us this to why they acted that way and will ask them those questions if they are relevant and that's a mighty big if. I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known, but now abide faith, hope and love, these three but the greatest of these is love, and though not stated expressly I think Paul wants us to grasp it only love is going to endure because you see when Jesus Christ returns to earth, you'll notice it says now abide faith, we will not need faith anymore because faith will have become site.
We will not need hope, because hope will have become a reality. But love is going to abide to because love is eternal as God, for God is love and he that know with God loveth the Bible says and so that's Paul's word to the people in current and then he picks up the subject of gifts again and says remember now. Nothing matters, it's important, but nothing matters unless you love what we need to do is to back up a little bit and ask ourselves this question and the question that we need to ask ourselves is what is going on here in the text, but is so significant. What is the love that the apostle Paul is talking about it most assuredly is not human love is it because human beings just don't love that way.
This is divine love.
This is something that is supernatural and if I could make a distinction it would be this that human love is based on the one who is love. That's human love.
Human love says I can love you because of what you do for me. I love you because you make me feel good. I love you because you are special to me when a man says to a woman I love you. Usually he also means you are lovely in my site and that's why I love you is because you are easy to love another two things that attract us to people. One is their looks and I want you to know today, that those of you who are beautiful and there are few of you like that out there. You have an advantage that the rest of us don't have when you are in supermarkets and your mother took you there. There are people who made over you and and talk to you and gave you attention that some of us didn't have because we are attracted to people who are beautiful, and then the other is personality. You know, there are those of just whose personality.
They are very gregarious.
They are very outgoing. You'll just love Jim someone may say and the reason is because Jim is this going I was going to say magnetic personality. I know a man who said that his wife has a magnetic personality and the reason is because virtually everything she wears is charged and you meet somebody like that and you are attracted to them. And that is human love the song of Solomon is a poem of human love how beautiful you are my darling how beautiful you are. I guess I should bring Rebecca up here and say that Stewart it's as your eyes are like dogs behind your veil, your hearers like the mountain goats that have come down from Mount Gilead. Your teeth are like new.
Lee washed use and give birth and bear twins and then it goes on to say, it says that your mouth is very beautiful and your lips are like a thread of scarlet and it says that your temples are like slices of pomegranate behind your veil, your neck is like the tower of David with rows and rows of stones on which hang the shields of a thousand warriors. Are you enjoying this.
You make my heart beat faster. My love, my beloved sister. You make my heart beat faster by a single glance of your eyes, your love is more precious to me than wine and your fragrance is more precious than of powers and spices like I had a bad but human love is there anything wrong with human love know that's what makes the world go round. That's what gives us energy will tell you this about human love isn't strong enough to whether some of the real costs situations of life. Many years ago I was speaking in Peoria and a woman came forward and talk to me. She showed me her burned arm at her little child with her and she said I was in a fire and I barely escaped. She said my husband came to the hospital room and saw my burned body and walked out and said you are not the woman that I married the left or to marry a younger person. See that's human love your doing something for me. You are making me feel good. You are meeting my needs. I love you because your lovely but human love was no true that many years ago there was a song that said, I no longer love you dear to waste our lives would be a sin.
Please release me dear, that I might love again and again and again and again and again always looking for somebody more lovely human love divine love is not depends upon the one who is love divine love is based on the lover.
You read first Corinthians chapter 13 there is no way that you can love like this unless the love comes from within you. Unless there is a self originating love that says I can go on loving you even after you change to see that's what real divine love is. That's why it is divine love because the Scripture says so clearly that even when we were without sin. In due time Christ died for the ungodly is a God love us even when we weren't lovely. That's divine love and that's why the Bible says that the fruit of the spirit is a love, joy, peace, long-suffering. This is not a natural kind of love. This is not human love raised to a higher power.
This is supernatural because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. It is building our hearts through the Holy Spirit of God, but is been given unto us.
It is just God did being himself in our lives. That's what divine love is really all about. And by the way, if you have never responded to divine love. I want you to notice that the text did say that Christ shed his blood before centers and if you are here today and you have never drawn near to God, to receive that love. You can do that even before you leave today because God is available for fellowship. If you are, so that's why divine love is so powerful.
With that you can love an enemy. Jesus said that you can do good to those who hate you, you can bless those who curse you.
Is that what you do with those who curse you would work do you bless them you pray for those who despitefully use you a few single where what I find the energy to have that kind of response. And that's the very question you should be asking because the answer is, it must come from God. It is the work of God in the heart to enable us to forgive and to enable us to be able to love supernaturally and could I say that's how the early church one the world for Christ is they love even to the point of being irrational, they just left Bishop Sam well died and that Halo bullets killed Anwar Sadat told Ray Bock.
He said you know how the church spread in North Africa is that you must understand that in the ancient times in the first and second centuries and even before that the means of birth control was to just simply take unwanted babies and leave them on the street today. When that happens here it's front page news, but in those days, that's just what happened in the little babies would cry and eventually they would become hungry and die.
And if somebody wanted them they could pick them up but you could just pick up these unwanted babies and what the church did. Is it gathered together nursing mothers yet understand in those days there were no baby bottles it gathered together nursing mothers and it took them to to a square in town and then they would organize baby hunts and they go up and down the streets looking for abandoned babies and they would bring them to these mothers who would nurse them and who would adopt them, and who would rear them and the world's would say what in the world would make a mother do that. See, that's what's called credibility. Credibility something else that happened in the early church is that oftentimes Christians because they were persecuted got the worst jobs in some of them were garbage collectors and thrown into the garbage because of Greek philosophy.
Men like Plato said the body was an important anyway thrown in the garbage. There were many bodies. Some of them burned some of them who had been infected because of disease and therefore died and these garbage collectors would take these dirty bodies burned dying of disease that they found in the garbage and they would wash them and they would bury them and they did it because of their theology. They said that even the Jost are going to be raised in resurrection. You see, the early church sought as its responsibility to out love of the world and may I say this, that the world cannot finance us, they've certainly done that they most assuredly can now entertain us. They can out organize us. They can out business us, but may it never be said that the world is able to love us may that never be said that's the way in which were going to gain the very thing that the evangelical community has lost in this generation. And that is the word credibility.
We are not credible. Intellectually we can win the arguments in any day.
We got books and we got scholars, all of whom are very important and if you take it argument by argument point by point Christianity can take on any comers. But were losing it because people don't make their decisions just on the basis of intellect and the basis of rational argument, they will not make their decision. Unless there is credibility and the Scripture said by this shall all men know that you are my disciples and Jesus said that because he knew right well how naturally of ourselves. How difficult we find it to love very very difficult.
It is contrary to our nature. That's why we read first grade gets 13 and can scarcely grasp it.
Charles Weigle, whom we probably don't know except that he is the author of the hymn, no one ever cared for me like Jesus was preaching in Pasadena in the previous century and he came to the evening service where he was to preach in the first people who met him said that how did you enjoy the rose garden this afternoon.
I said very fine but the next people that he met also said how did you enjoy the rose garden. He thought he had been seen by few people. He couldn't believe that so many had seen him. Everybody said how did you enjoy the rose garden finally said how come you know that I was in the rose garden this afternoon and they said it's because you brought the smell of the roses with you. How are people going to know tomorrow that we were at Moody church. Our people in your office in your bank in your factory in your hospital.
How are they going to know that we have been in the presence of Christ. It is through this sweet fragrance that God works in our hearts and enables us to respond differently to the two that painful situations of life because we go on loving and loving and loving and here in is a lot. Not that we loved God, but because he first loved us, and because he loved us.
We love him and therefore we also love one another, even to the point of being irrational because love does not confine itself to the categories of reason. It just goes on loving by this show old men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one toward another. And it should begin should begin in this auditorium and spill out into the streets of the city of Chicago. Join me as we pray our father. Today we ask in the name of Jesus that all the excuses that we give for why we can't love might be broken down in light of the fact that we've been granted the Holy Spirit, to whom we can submit if we so will to work in us that which is totally supernatural that which is so unique that the world is astonished the world is astonished and say how can somebody do that all father we pray that from this congregation that you might raise up those who have been called in all of us are just special vocations to special works, knowing that they have been planted there people who know them, they say this person has the smell the aroma of Christ. Granted, Lord Jesus.
We pray in your name on my friend, this is Pastor it's very difficult for me to read the Scripture without a sense of conviction. I suppose that there is no chapter that is so convicted thing is first Corinthians chapter 13 what a high bar God gives us about the doctrine in the teaching of love. Let us love one another and you know during this time of crisis in America.
It's a great opportunity for us to show love one to another. Perhaps you know someone who because of cold. It is ill someone in a family that needs help.
Maybe someone lost their jobs and not just their health were going through a time of crisis and this is an opportunity for the church to be different.
Different than the world I'd written a book entitled pandemics, plagues and natural disasters. What is God saying to us. Five chapters are devoted to what God says to us to chapters on what we should be saying to God for a gift of any amount.
It can be yours. Here's what you do go to RTW offeror.com that's RTW offeror.com or you can call us at 1-888-218-9337 time now for another chance for you to ask Pastor lutes or a question about the Bible or the Christian life Bible versions, which are safe to use. George has written asking this is Dr. lutes or endorse the message paraphrase of the Bible I need to know before buying it. Will George whether or not you buy the Bible. The message is really your decision. I'm not going to make that decision for you. I just need to tell you that there are many good paraphrases out there that can be confidently used and profitably used if they are used as paraphrases whether it is the message.
Also, there are those that talk about the living Bible, we are all acquainted with that I use these. Also, particularly in the Old Testament because when you read it in some of the more literal translation sometimes it is difficult to get the meaning clearly so the answer is yes. I think that you should buy a copy of the message but don't preach out of it. Don't teach out of it. You need something that is much more literal to make sure that you are simply not paraphrasing what someone else's said, but it can be beneficial because it's vivid imagery is contemporary illustrations help us to get to the meaning of the passage bottom-line depends what you need the translation for.
Thank you George and thank you Dr. lutes or if you'd like to hear one of your questions answered on this broadcast go to our firstname.lastname@example.org and click on ask Pastor lutes or or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us at running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 the sins of mankind separated us from the but he was not content to let his finest creation die without hope. He put in motion a plan to redeem those that believe in the value of a great sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Next time, don't miss the series on the drama of redemption.
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