Revelation 2:20-21 – Jezebel Matthew 12:31 – Blasphemy
The purpose of this sermon is two fold.
- To break off the mindset that God is mostly disappointed, disenchanted and at a distance from with his people.
- To release the revelation of God’s tender love, affections, friendship to his people and how to abide in it with perseverance.
18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.Ephesians 3:19
- It is difficult to articulate something that needs to be experienced in order to understand (Ephesians 3:18-19)
- Being called to the deeper levels of Love. Conviction is not rejection, it is a deeper call to love.
B. The First Commandment
37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment.Matthew 22:37:38
- The first commandment is not a kingdom ethic, it is of an entirely different order
- The first commandment has been a burning reality since before the foundations of the earth. It is the only way God loves, and we are invited into it.
- This is the highest calling of every believers life. All believers are invited into this dynamic of love.
- Many believers if you ask them what their calling is they will tell you what they do.
- It’s a massive disconnect. Our highest calling is who we will become not what we do.
- Many believers live with the full benefits of cross in regards from eternity but they never tap into this reality. Of being loved and loving God.
- This is the subject that frees us from negative emotions. Boredom, hopeless future, depression, anxiety, low self esteem.
C. The Three Pillars of God’s Love
- John 13-17 is what some scholars call the “holy of holies” of Jesus’ Teaching. These chapters contain Jesus meeting with the disciples in the upper room where he discloses teachings and discipleship lessons that he did not teach in his public ministry.
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”John 15:9
- Pillar #1 God loves God
- Pillar #2 God Loves people the way he loves himself
- Pillar #3 Our Love for god, love for ourselves and love for other people
Pillar #1 God loves God
7 testimonies of love from the father
Matthew 3:17; Matthew 17:5; Mark 1:11; Mark 9:7; Luke 3:22; Luke 9:35; 2 Peter 1:17
7 testimonies of love from the son
John 3:35; John 5:20; John 10:17; John 15:9; John 17:23, John 17:24, John 17:26,
- Parents who love each other and have respect and affection for each other instill an sense of well being and value in there children. Children feel as though the atmosphere is safe and good.
Pillar #2 God’s Love for His people
John 3:1; 1 John 4:19; Galatians 2:20
- We seek to understand the depth of Gods love for people (me included) by studying it, praying it, saying it and asking the holy spirit to teach us.
Pillar #3 Our love for ourselves, Our love for God, and our love for people
- We have the ability to love God because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19-20
- We can only love ourselves to the depth that we understand we are loved.Matthew 22:39
- We will love others with a deeper quality of love when we see how valuable we are in Gods eyes Matthew 22:39
D. Our love matures and is tested through His commandments
We have to break agreement that obey commandments is for the religious legalist
This mindset will leave us with a bankrupt version of Christianity that is powerless to overcome negative emotions and circumstances.
- In John 13-17 Jesus makes seven references to abiding in Gods love by obeying his commandments.
John 13:34; 14:15; 14:21; 14:31; 15:10; 15:12; 15;17
- We say I’m aiming my heart in the direction of your commands and will never settle for less than what you made possible by grace.
- We don’t say “Because of Gods grace it does not matter if I obey his commands”
15″If you love me, you will keep my commandments.John 14:15
“10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. “John 15:10
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.1 John 5:2-3
21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent meJohn 15:21-24
F. The 8 Beatitudes, inspired to love, Jesus’ Commandments
- Matthew 5:19 links John 15:9 to Matthew 5:3-10
- The beatitudes when viewed through the proper lens of love. Become a delight and expression of loving God and people the way God loves God and God loves people
- If in our walk with the lord we are not operating in the dynamic of John 15:9 love the beatitudes become a burden and a snare. The beatitudes are best expressed by those who go deep in love with him.
- The beatitudes are the fundamental instructions on abiding in love in a deeper way.
- We do not simply seek to walk in the beatitudes. The beatitudes are an expression of the Fathers heart.
- Blessed are the poor in spirit
Recognizing we have all things in Christ yet we walk in very little of it.
- Blessed are those who mourn
Spiritual mourning is seeing the gap between what we have (fullness of Christ Philippians 4:13) and what we currently walk in spiritually.
- Blessed are the meek
The meek are those who recognize that all they have and own are from God and they use it for God.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
We view righteousness to the spirit like food to the body. When we view righteousness as a requirement to spiritual nourishment we will hunt for, defend an protect it.
- Blessed are the merciful
How we treat people when they have wronged us or when they make mistakes that are costly. In the small parts of life. We must be eager to be merciful. John and James want to call fire down from heaven. Luke 9:51-56
- Blessed are the pure in heart
To be pure in heart is to be pure in thought word and deed. In the secret place in our heart that nobody can see we are determined to contend for purity.
- Blessed are the peacemakers
A peacemaker does not allow the momentum of slander pass from ear to ear but does everything to snuff out the flame of criticism by introducing reconciliation to all situations.
- Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
As you embrace these attitudes you will be challenged and tested in each one and often.
- Matthew 5:13-16 Salt and Light This is how the world will see the love we are invited into in the Firs commandment.
- Jesus is inviting us to to be salt and light on his terms not our own. To be salt and light requires that we are growing into deeper levels and revelations of his love so that we delight in doing good works for the kingdom.
19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 5:19
- Jesus makes a startling statement in Matthew 5:19. Revealing that we can chose to reject Jesus leadership and make it to heaven but be called least in the Kingdom. Or we can say yes to his leadership, teach others to do the same and be called great.
- The way he makes us great is that he brings us deep into the fellowship of his love. The way we are least is if we reject the terms to go deep in love.
The six negative things that destroy a heart seeking to love God and people
- Anger (5:21-26) criticism and murder, Immorality (5:27-30), Disregarding the sanctity of marriage (5:31-32), Not keeping our commitments(5:33-37), Retaliating (5:38-42) self defense, enemies etc, Being passive in our love to our enemies (5:43-47).
The Five positives that grow our hearts in deep levels of love and revelation
- Serve, Give charitable deeds: giving service and/or money, (6:1-4, 19-21), Prayer (6:5-13), Bless our adversaries (fullness of forgiveness, 6:14-15; 5:44), Fasting (6:16-18).