What Love Looks Like

What Love Looks Like (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

A little girl was invited for dinner at the home of her first-grade friend. The vegetable was buttered broccoli and the mother asked if she liked it. “Oh, yes,” the child replied politely, “I love it!”

But when the bowl of broccoli was passed, she declined to take any. The hostess said, “I thought you said you loved broccoli.” The girl replied sweetly, “Oh, yes ma’am, I do, but not enough to eat it!”

Do you love your family? “Of course, I do!” We all would say that! It’s the only right answer. But what do you mean by love? So often we love our family like that little girl loved broccoli: We love in the abstract, but when it comes right down to it, we don’t want to get too close. In the words of the Apostle John, we love in word, but not in deed and truth (1 John 3:18).

What does biblical love look like? We know that our relationships in the family need to be marked by love. Husbands, especially, are to love their wives. But, wives, too, must love their husbands. Parents and children, brothers and sisters, must love one another. But how do we know what such love looks like in everyday dress?

Paul’s famous chapter on love, 1 Corinthians 13, tells us. The Corinthian church was emphasizing a good thing, spiritual gifts, to the neglect of the best. They were using their gifts apart from love. Paul makes the point that the use of their God-given gifts would amount to nothing if the Corinthians did not make love their priority.

Selfless love is the priority for every Christian.

These verses are the most eloquent and profound words ever written on the subject of love. To comment on its parts is a bit like giving a botany lecture on a beautiful flower–if you’re not careful you lose the beauty and impact of it. But we can profit from understanding the parts and applying it to family relationships.

In verses 1-3 he shows the preeminence of love, that love is greater than all spiritual gifts because without love, gifts are empty. In verses 4-7 he shows the practice of love, how love is greater than all spiritual gifts because of its selfless characteristics. In verses 8-13 he shows the permanence of love, that love is greater than all spiritual gifts because it outlasts them. We’re going to focus mainly on verses 4-7, where Paul describes how love acts. While in English most of these words are predicate adjectives, in Greek they are verbs. Love is not talk; it is action.

We’re all prone to apply verses like these to others: “My mate and my kids could sure use a lesson in love. But me? I’m basically a loving person. I’m really easy to get along with.” But I ask each of you to forget about everybody else and ask God to apply these verses to you.

Paul enumerates 15 characteristics of love to show how love acts or what it looks like in everyday life. A New Testament definition of agape is “a caring, self-sacrificing commitment which shows itself in seeking the highest good of the one loved.” Jesus Christ, in His sacrificial death on the cross, is the epitome and embodiment of this kind of love. A whole series of sermons could easily be preached on these qualities of love. But let’s look briefly at each of them.

  1. Selfless love is patient.

Ouch! Why did he put that first? This often confronts me with my failure in relating to my family. Patience is an interesting quality in that when I don’t need it, I want it. It’s when things start to irritate or frustrate me that I need patience, but usually at that point I don’t want to be patient!

The Greek word comes from two words meaning, “long-tempered.” If you’re patient, you’re slow to anger, you endure personal wrongs without retaliating. You bear with others’ imperfections, faults, and differences. You give them time to change, room to make mistakes without coming down hard on them. Do you do that, men, with your wife and children?

I read a story of a man who had developed this quality to a far greater extent than I. During the late 1500’s, Dr. Thomas Cooper edited a dictionary with the addition of 33,000 words and many other improvements. He had already been collecting materials for eight years when his wife, a rather difficult woman, went into his study one day while he was gone and burned all of his notes under the pretense of fearing that he would kill himself with study. Eight years of work, a pile of ashes!

Dr. Cooper came home, saw the destruction, and asked who had done it. His wife told him boldly that she had done it. The patient man heaved a deep sigh and said, “Oh Dinah, Dinah, thou hast given a world of trouble!” Then he quietly sat down to another eight years of hard labor, to replace the notes which she had destroyed. (Paul Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations [Assurance Publishers, #2350.) Next time you think you’ve arrived at being patient, that will give you something to aim for!

  1. Selfless love is kind.

Kindness is patience in action. The Greek word comes from a word meaning “useful.” A kind person is disposed to be helpful. He seeks out needs and looks for opportunities to meet those needs without repayment. He is tender and forgiving when wronged. The word was used of mellow wine, and suggests a person who is gentle, who has an ability to soothe hurt feelings, to calm an upset person, to help quietly in practical ways.

The kind person shows kindness in response to harsh treatment. Jesus said, “And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same thing. . .. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men” (Luke 6:33, 35). The kindness of God leads us to repentance (Rom. 2:4). Kindness motivates others toward positive change.

As with patience, the real proving ground for kindness is the home. Are you kind to your wife and children? Do you do kind, useful things for them? Are you training your children to be kind to one another by the way you treat your wife and them? Love is not macho; love is kind.

  1. Selfless love is not jealous.

The word means to eagerly desire, and it is used both positively and negatively in the Bible. Jealousy in the negative sense is related to greed and selfishness. The jealous person wants what others have, he wants things for himself. He is too selfish to applaud others’ success; he has to have all the attention. In the family, a jealous husband refuses to trust his wife. He doesn’t want to recognize her abilities and contributions. He is jealous of the time she spends with the children or with her friends. He wants it all for himself. James says that jealousy is often the source of quarrels and conflicts (James 4:2).

  1. & 5. Selfless love does not brag and is not arrogant.

These ugly twins are related. They both stem from selfishness and are the flip side of jealousy. “Jealousy is wanting what someone else has. Bragging is trying to make others jealous of what we have. Jealousy puts others down; bragging builds us up” (John MacArthur, Jr., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, 1 Corinthians [Moody Press], p. 341). Bragging is an outward manifestation of pride.

The braggart tries to impress others of his great accomplishments in order to make himself look good: “After all I’ve done for you, and you treat me this way!” But love isn’t trying to build up me; love is trying to build up the other person. Love is humble. The humble, loving person is aware that everything he has is an undeserved gift from God (1 Cor. 4:7). So, he doesn’t boast, but thankfully uses what God has given to serve others.

  1. Selfless love does not act unbecomingly.

The NIV translates, “It is not rude.” Love does not needlessly offend. Love has good manners. It is courteous, polite, sensitive to the feelings of others and always uses tact. The reason we are not courteous, of course, is that we are thinking only of ourselves and not of others.

I read of a man who was generally lacking in manners. He never opened the car door for his wife. “She doesn’t have two broken arms,” he would say. After many years of marriage, his wife died. At the funeral, as the pallbearers brought her casket out to the hearse, the husband was standing by the car door. The funeral director, who knew the husband by name, called out to him and said, “Open the door for her, will you?” He reached for the car door and then, for one second, froze. He realized that he had never opened the door for her in life; now, in her death, it would be the first, last, and only time. A lifetime of regret came crashing down around him. Love is not rude.

  1. Selfless love does not seek its own.

It is not selfish, does not demand its rights. Alan Redpath said, “The secret of every discord in Christian homes, communities and churches is that we seek our own way and our own glory.” R. C. H. Lenski put it, “Cure selfishness, and you plant a Garden of Eden” (The Interpretation of I and II Corinthians [Augsburg], p. 557). Selfishness is the root problem of the human race; it is the antithesis of love, which is self-sacrificing.

Elisabeth Elliot was once speaking on this subject to an audience that included some young children who were sitting right in front of her. As she spoke, she wondered how she could make this plain to them, so that they could apply it. Later, she got a letter from one of those children, a six-year-old boy, who wrote, “I am learning to lay down my life for my little sister. She has to take a nap in the afternoon. I don’t have to take a nap. But she can’t go to sleep unless I come and lay down beside her. So, I lay down with my little sister.” That boy is learning to love!

If husbands and wives, as well as children, would apply this verse as that little boy did, our homes would be free of conflict and an honor to Jesus Christ, who did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). Aren’t you glad Jesus didn’t insist on His rights? He would have stayed in heaven and we wouldn’t be saved!

  1. Selfless love is not provoked.

The Greek word means to sharpen, stimulate, rouse to anger. Phillips paraphrases, “It is not touchy.” Love does not have a hair-trigger temper. Some people make everyone around them walk on eggshells. They’re easily offended. One little thing that doesn’t go their way and “KABOOM!” They use their temper to intimidate and to punish. When you confront them, they say, “Sure, I have a bad temper. But I get it all out and it’s over in a few minutes.” So is a bomb. But look at the devastation it leaves behind! When you’re angry, usually you’re not loving.

  1. Selfless love does not take into account a wrong suffered.

This is an accounting word, used of numerical calculation. It is used of God not imputing our guilt to us, but instead imputing the righteousness of Christ to our account (Rom. 4:6-8). Love doesn’t keep a tally of wrongs and bear a grudge until everyone is paid for. It doesn’t try to gain the upper hand by reminding the other person of past wrongs. Love forgives.

One married man said to his friend, “You know, every time my wife and I get into a conflict, she gets historical.” His friend said, “Historical? Don’t you mean hysterical?” “No, I mean historical. She rehearses everything I’ve ever done wrong in the whole history of our marriage.” That’s keeping score! That’s not love.

  1. & 11. Selfless love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth.

These qualities are the flip side of one another. Moffatt puts it, “Love is never glad when others go wrong.” To rejoice in the truth means to be glad about behavior in accordance with the truth of God’s Word. If someone you don’t like falls into sin, you don’t gloat; you grieve, because God is grieved over sin. If they repent, you rejoice.

There is a fine balance to love. Although love is kind and overlooks the faults of others, it does not compromise the truth or take a soft view of sin. To allow another person to go on in sin, whether it is known sin or a blind spot, is not to seek his best; it is not love. Love will sensitively confront and correct precisely because it cares deeply and knows that sin destroys. Love rejoices with the truth. Love gets excited when it hears of spiritual victories. Love encourages by expressing joy over little evidences of growth. John, the apostle of love, wrote, “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth” (3 John 4).

  1. Selfless love bears all things.

The word can mean either to bear up under or to protect by covering. If it has the first meaning, then it would be the same as “endures all things” (end of v. 7). I prefer the second meaning, to protect by covering. Love doesn’t broadcast the problems of others. Love doesn’t run down others with jokes, sarcasm or put-downs. Love defends the character of the other person as much as possible within the limits of truth. Love won’t lie about weaknesses, but neither will it deliberately expose and emphasize them. Love protects.

  1. Selfless love believes all things.

The NIV translates, “Love always trusts.” This does not mean gullibility; it does mean that love is not suspicious and doubting of the other person’s character and motives without good reason, even if his actions offended you. If trust has been broken, then it needs to be earned again, step by step. But love believes the other person is innocent until proven guilty, not guilty until proven innocent. If there is a problem, love doesn’t jump immediately to blame the other person.

In the family, trust shows itself by not grilling the other person about every detail of his story, like an attorney cross-examining a defendant. It means believing in your kids, expressing confidence in them. I’m thankful that my parents trusted me as a teenager; it made me want to live up to that trust. One of my friends had parents who did not trust him, and he lived up to their distrust! Sometimes you will get ripped off when you trust, but love persists in trusting.

  1. Selfless love hopes all things.

It is not pessimistic. It does not expect the one loved to fail, but to succeed. Love refuses to take failure as final. It exudes a godly optimism which says, “I know you can do it, because God in you is able!” It does not ignore reality. It doesn’t close its eyes to problems. But it rests on the promises of God, that He is working all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. And so, love always hopes.

  1. Selfless love endures all things.

The word “endures” is a military word meaning to sustain the assault of an enemy. It has the idea of holding up under trial, of perseverance in spite of difficulties. It means that love hangs in there. It is not just a passive, stoic attitude. It is a positive, triumphant spirit that sticks it out.

There is an epidemic among Christians of bailing out of tough situations. People don’t like something that happens in a church. They go find another church more to their liking. They run into problems or disagreements in their marriage, grow tired of the effort and bail out. “But,” you say, “isn’t adultery a legitimate grounds for divorce?” Technically, yes. But all too often one partner uses it as an excuse to bail out of a marriage where both partners have wronged one another repeatedly in many ways. I’m not minimizing the seriousness of adultery. It destroys trust and creates all sorts of problems in a marriage. I’m not suggesting that it’s easy to work through. It takes a lot of hard work to rebuild, a brick at a time. But God’s best is to forgive and renew the marriage, not to bail out. Love endures all things.

That’s how love acts. It is selfless, wholly directed to build the other person. Of course, nobody can love like that. Only God is love (1 John 4:7). Put “Christ” in verses 4-7 instead of “love” and you have a description of Him. He is patient, kind, not jealous; does not brag, is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; does not seek His own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. If we want to love one another, we must focus on His love for us and walk in His Spirit who produces His love in us (Gal. 5:22).

Conclusion

Humorist Sam Levenson says, “Love at first sight is easy to understand. It’s when two people have been looking at each other for years that it becomes a miracle” (Reader’s Digest [3/83]). But it’s not really a miracle; it’s the result of yielding to God, repeatedly confronting our selfishness and daily practicing biblical love in our homes.

An old legend says that in his old age the apostle John was so weak that he had to be carried into the church meetings. At the end of the meeting he would be helped to his feet to give a word of exhortation. He would invariably repeat, “Little children, love one another.”

The disciples grew weary of the same words every time. Finally, they asked him why he said the same thing over and over. He replied, “Because it is the commandment of the Lord, and the observation of it alone is sufficient.”

Someone has said that if we discovered that we had only five minutes left to say all we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to stammer that they loved them. Selfless love is our priority. “Pursue love” (14:1).

 

 

 

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Redeemed Man

Redeemed Man

Arlen L. Chitwood.
Redeemed man, through a past and finished work of the Spirit,
based on a past and finished work of Christ, has been brought from
a dead to a living state spiritually. He has passed “from death unto
life.” And in this living state, he is now in a position to realize the
purpose for his salvation — the salvation of his soul.
One aspect of salvation is past. The individual presently possesses
eternal life, and nothing can ever change or nullify this fact. But the
individual has been saved for a purpose, which will be brought to pass only
within the framework of his realizing present and future aspects of salvation.
And this complete panorama of the salvation message, with a
purpose in view, must be recognized. Redeemed man must recognize
Salvation

Past, Present, Future 
that there is not only a past aspect to salvation but present and future
aspects as well. And the present and future aspects of salvation are
inseparably connected with man one day being brought into a realization
of the purpose for which he was created in the beginning — “…
let them have dominion” (Gen. 1:26-28). Present and future aspects of
salvation have to do with man occupying regal positions following the
time when he, in that coming day, is brought into a realization of the
salvation of his soul.

1) The Complete Salvation Issue
In order to effect man’s eternal redemption,the Spirit of God deals
with unsaved man on one basis alone. The Spirit deals with unsaved
man solely on the basis of Christ’s finished work at Calvary.
But once an individual has believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and
has been dealt with on the basis of Christ’s finished work, realizing
the birth from above — the salvation of his spirit — the salvation issue
then shifts from the salvation of his spirit, to the salvation of his
soul. The salvation of the spirit becomes a past, completed work and
is never dealt with as an issue beyond this point. The Spirit of God,
from this point forward, deals with the individual solely on the basis of
present and future aspects of salvation. The individual, from this point
forward, is dealt with in relation to the salvation of his soul.
Thus, all Scriptures dealing with carnality or unfaithfulness of
Christians, resulting in forfeiture or loss, MUST pertain to issues
surrounding the salvation of the soul, NEVER to issues surrounding
the salvation of the spirit.
Once the salvation of the spirit has been effected ,making it possible
for the indwelling Spirit of God to impart spiritual truth in to and control
an individual’s life through his own spirit, then man’s unredeemed
soul occupies the center of attention. And salvation now (in relation
to the soul, not the spirit) becomes dependent on the actions of the
individual. Salvation now becomes dependent on the life one lives
after his spirit has been saved. Salvation now becomes dependent
on the individual allowing the Spirit of God to impart spiritual truth
into and control his life through his own spirit.
An individual allowing the Spirit of God to impart spiritual truth
into and control his life through his own spirit progressively grows
SALVATION OF THE SOUL
from immaturity to maturity. He progressively grows into a spiritually
mature Christian. Growing in this manner, he exerts control over
his emotions, feelings, and desires pertaining to his man-conscious
(soulical) existence. And,through this means, he will ultimately come
into a realization of the salvation of his soul (life).
On the other hand, an individual who refuses to allow the Spirit of
God to impart spiritual truth into and control his life in the preceding
manner can only remain a carnally immature Christian. Apart from
the assimilation of spiritual truth, resulting in spiritual growth, he
cannot help but be controlled by his emotions, feelings, and desires
pertaining to his man-conscious (soulical)existence. And,accordingly,
such a person will ultimately suffer the loss of his soul (life), which can
have no bearing whatsoever on his eternal salvation (for that is a past,
finished matter which has already been dealt with).

2) The Complete Salvation Message
The shift of the salvation issue from the spirit to the soul at the
time of the birth from above necessitates a corresponding shift from the
salvation message which is to be proclaimed to the unsaved (which
concerns the salvation of the spirit) to the salvation message which
is to be proclaimed to the saved (which concerns the salvation of the
soul). This must ever be the case, for that which is past ceases to be the
issue, and that which is present and future becomes the issue.
The only message to be carried to the unsaved is the gospel of grace.
This is the good news that “Christ died for our sins according to the
scriptures.” This message alone forms the basis upon which the Spirit
can breathe life into the one having no life (I Cor. 15:3; cf. I Cor. 2:1, 2).
But once the unsaved individual has believed on the Lord Jesus
Christ, experiencing the birth from above, the message must then
change, for the goal of the message will have been realized. The Spirit
must then deal with the individual on an entirely different plane, with
the issue at the forefront no longer being the salvation of the spirit,
but the salvation of the soul.
Thus, a minister with a congregation placed under his care has
been charged with a tremendous responsibility. His central ministry is
among the saved, among those capable of grasping spiritual truth;
and he is to disseminate spiritual truth to these individuals as it relates
Salvation — Past, Present, Future
to things surrounding present and future aspects of salvation, not to
things surrounding the past aspect of salvation. He, in this manner,
is to “feed the flock of God,” looking ahead to Christ’s appearance in
all His glory (I Peter 5:2-4).
This individual is responsible, under the leadership of the Spirit
of God, to provide proper spiritual nourishment for those Christians
placed under his care. And the only thing which God has provided
for him to use as he feeds the flock of God is the Word of God.
As a minister in charge of a flock, he is to expound this Word
under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. And Christians placed under
his care are to receive this proclaimed Word into their saved human
spirits. Then the Spirit of God can take this “engrafted [‘implanted’]
word” and effect spiritual growth unto maturity, with the end result
being the salvation of their souls (James 1:21).
The tragedy in Christian circles today is the light regard which
pastors of Churches have for fulfilling the very purpose for their
ministry. And, the end result of pastors failing to properly “feed the
flock”entrusted to their care will be the entrance of innumerable carnal,
immature Christians into the Lord’s presence at the end of the present
dispensation with redeemed spirits, changed bodies, but wasted
and thus unredeemed souls — forfeited lives. Their eternal salvation
will remain unaffected; but, with the forfeiture or loss of their souls,
they will be unable to realize the inheritance presently “reserved in
heaven” for the faithful. Consequently, they will occupy no position
among the “many sons” who will be brought unto glory.
(The subject surrounding pastor-teachers and each having been
entrusted with a flock, with a view to the salvation of not only the souls
of the pastor-teachers but the souls of those in their flocks as well, is
developed more fully in Chapter VIII of this book.)
Concluding Thoughts:
Failure to understand and distinguish between the salvation which
we presently possess and the salvation to be revealed when our Lord
returns has wrought untold confusion in Christian circles.
Many Christians take Scriptures dealing with the salvation to be
revealed and seek to apply them to the salvation which we presently
SALVATION OF THE SOUL
possess. And misapplying Scripture in this manner, these individuals
arrive at the erroneous conclusion that it is possible for a saved
person to be lost, which not only casts reproach upon the sufficiency
of the finished work of Christ at Calvary, but also does violence to
numerous portions of the Word of God.
Then, on the other hand,there are those Christians who recognize
that the loss of one’s eternal salvation is not possible, but still fail to
understand distinctions between the salvation of the spirit and the
salvation of the soul. Most from this group take many of these same
verses and seek to either apply them to the nation of Israel or to unregenerate
individuals, whether Jew or Gentile. And applications of
this nature not only remove the Spirit’s exhortations and warnings
to redeemed individuals, but erroneous interpretations in one area
of Scripture will often, for the sake of consistency, lead to erroneous
interpretations in other areas.
Thus, the importance of understanding distinctions between the
salvation of the spirit and the salvation of the soul becomes self-evident.
Let it be forever stated: Redeemed man has come into a position
from which he can never be removed. But this same redeemed man,
in this position, is directly responsible to his Creator; and, at a future
date, he will either inherit as a joint-heir with his Lord or suffer loss in the
presence of his Lord. The former will be realized through the salvation
of his soul, or the latter will, instead, be realized through the loss of
his soul.

Many Thanks to Arlen L. Chitwood. Author of Salvation of the Soul –saving of the Life.

Possession

Possession

This topic is without a doubt very misunderstood by scholars and as well as much of Christianity. Please allow me to use real life experiences that glorify our Lord Jesus Christ. As a Christian who has had and by the Grace of our Lord continues to work in the area of Inner Healing/Deliverance.

I speak for myself as being privileged to minister in and through the person of the Holy Spirit of God. There are many contrived examples of the misunderstanding in these two areas. These two areas Inner Healing/Deliverance must work together to bring lasting freedom to those who are bound.

Deliverance without praying for wounds in people of God is simply put, not effective. Binding a host of demons and commanding they depart will expel them but ten minutes after leaving the building they return, Why? The root cause has not been dealt with in prayer led by the person of the Holy Spirit of God.

Demons are practicing legalists of the highest order. They are malignant, injurious, and hate all who follow Christ. They are well versed in the language of the flesh (soul and body) and target these areas in believers.

Christians love to quote that a born-again Christian cannot be possessed by a demon because the person of the Holy Spirit lives in them. Absolutely true BUT what does possessed mean? It means owned and controlled 24/7. The only Spirit that can possess you 24/7 is the Holy Spirit of God. Who must be invited and cooperated with.

We are a tri-part being according the Apostle Paul as stated In 1 Thessalonians 5:23. In our soul (mind, will, emotions and desires) any area that holds unforgiveness our any character issues (personalities) is open to demons. Any area that has not been broken at the Cross of Christ. Demons work through areas of our soul and body and war against the Holy Spirit.

Please remember we are positionally sanctified in Jesus and experientially being sanctified on earth as we live. I use a quote often to emphasize the wide spread issue of fear. “Please do not scare the sheep.” This is the number one weapon against Christians.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, BUT of power and love and of a sound mind.”

Allow me to give a testimony of the Holy Spirit’s work on behalf of a born-again believer. Notice I am saying it is the Holy Spirits work doing the deliverance through me and bringing healing to a very badly damaged Christian’s soul and body.

Fred came needing healing and we began with basics. It was an immediate confrontation by spirits in Fred who threw him on the floor with harsh bodily actions. I commanded them to stop and for time to place him back in his chair.

Many issues were confronted during this deliverance. Step by step we did what I ask most clients “How do you eat an elephant?” “Answer: “One bite at a time.” As we went through areas of wounding’s and traumas, Fred repented and asked for forgiveness. I would command the specific demons up and out because their legal rights no longer existed. In the process the Holy Spirit brought healing in all areas He wanted to deal with at this time.

As I have stated it is a high privilege for me to be allowed to work and learn from the person of the Holy Spirit. We have no idea how much our Lord wants to heal us from issues in our lives that build and maintain walls to separate us from intimate times of refreshing with Him.

I do not teach behavior modification. I take wounded people to the Cross of Christ and reckon these issues dead in the name of Jesus and ask for His cleansing blood to cleanse one from all issues (sin) in there lives.

I submit this post in deep humility and as a testimony of the love of our savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

In His Service

Mannyr

The Seven fold Spirit of God

The Seven Fold Spirit of God.      Part four

The Seven Fold Spirit of God gives us the Mind of Christ Isaiah 11:2. The person of the Holy Spirit of God is the birthing agent of our salvation. At the time of our spiritual birth He manifests in the core of our being and creates the thoughts of our hearts, and, in turn produces the actions of our lives.

Scripture also tells us that the whole purpose of the Mind of Christ in us, is that we might know—intimately experience —the things freely given to us by God 1 Corinthians 2:12-16.

Now, there are seven stages or functions that form this conceptual process called the Mind of Christ and each stage depends upon the last.

We are continuing with the Spirit of Knowledge and the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord. Death to self is exactly what these next two functions of the Mind of Christ require.  Some Christians, go their entire  lives and never truly experience intimate Knowledge of God or walk in the Fear of Him because they’re just not willing to surrender and submit everything —their will and their lives –to God.

This to me, is what Philippians 2:12 is talking about when it says, “work out your salvation (not referring to spiritual salvation but soulish salvation) with fear (reverential awe) and trembling.” Having intimate knowledge of God and walking in the Fear of Him is our own responsibility to work out moment-by-moment.

The Spirit of Knowledge (Daath-Heb. –Oida-Greek)

This is not head knowledge or intellectual knowledge but knowing something through living experience of it working in your life.
This is intimate, firsthand knowledge of God’s Life as our own
It’s a mingling of two things(Gal. 2:20), and like a marriage relationship
Without intimacy with God, we will go into captivity (Hosea 4:1, 6; Isa. 5:13; Titus 1:16; Matt. 22:29).
There are two types of Knowledge:
Ginosko knowledge (Yada In Heb.) is knowledge we gain by lots of self-effort on our parts (works of the flesh). It’s beginning knowledge (John 17:3; Hosea 2:19-20; Hebrews 10:16.
This is knowing Christ is our Savior, But not as our Life. In our life means our soul.
Yada often refers to the marriage act–intimacy
Oida knowledge (daath in Heb) means to know something without effort on our part. This knowledge that is taught by the Spirit of God (2 Cor. 2:11-12; Job 33:30;
This is knowing Christ as our life itself (Phil. 3:8-10; 2 Cor. 4:10-12 Heb.11:27;2 Cor. 4:10-11).
Daath means intimacy, becoming one in every aspect.
It ‘s critical we go on from beginning knowledge to fulness of knowledge (Gal.5:24-25; Col. 2:6; 1 John 4:16;2 Peter 1:10-11.
Jesus had this intimacy with the Father (John 8:55; 7:29; 10:30.

To know is to see (John 12:21; 1 John 3:2; Acts 2:25. We know God because we “see” His handprint in everything 1 John 3:2.
Oida is knowing Christ’s Life in our souls, in place of our own(Hosea 6:6; 1 Joh2:20,27.
We have to put off the self-life (Rom.6:6; 1 Cor. 9:27.
We have put on Christ’s Life (Rom.6:18; John 15:9
“For me to live is Christ” (Phil.1:210 —He is my life! 1 Cor. 2:2.
Only intimate knowledge of Christ brings precious riches and freedom (Prov. 8:10; 23:3-4 John
8:31-32).

The Fear of the Lord (yirah—phobeo).

The purpose of the Mind of Christ is to walk in the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:3-4;
Prov. 2:1-5). Fear of the Lord is the completion of the Mind of Christ in us (Proverbs 14:27;

Eccl. 12:13.).

The Fear of the Lord means two things:
I stand in awe of who God is (Psalm 4:4a; 33:8)
Reverential awe mingle with Joy).

To hate sin (Proverbs 8:13a).
Fear of the Lord is walking in intimate knowledge of God, fleeing any outside influence
that would quench His Spirit (Isaiah 11:3; John 15:4-10; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 Tim. 6:11).

This is not fearfulness of the Lord (2 Tim. 1:7; 1 John 4:17-18), but
2. Choosing to walk by His Spirit 5:24-25; Ezek. 36:27).
This is the genuine Christian—walking in God’s Truth and Love (3 John 3;Eph. 4:15;
Isaiah 11:3).

Forgiving others (Luke 23:34).
Caring more about what God thinks, than what man thinks
Our confidence is in God alone (Prov. 14:26; Phil. 4:13).
We are not perfect (fully mature) or sinless
Can’t tame self-life, must kill it. (1 Cor. 2:2)
Then we will manifest His Life and not our own (2 Cor. 2:14; Malachi 3:16;
1 Cor. 2:9).

This is the transformed life that God desires for all of us—manifesting and glorifying
Him in our bodies (1 Cor. 6:19-20; Phil.1:20;2 Cor 4:11).

This is the beginning of more Wisdom, Understanding, etc. (Prov. 1:7; 9:10.
15:33).

After we have the Fear of God , we can begin to worship Him (Ps. 5:7).
Promises to those who Fear God
Names to be written in the book of remembrance (Malachi 3:16).
His Eye will be upon them (Ps. 33:18) and He will deliver them (Ps.34:7).
He will make them “His jewels” (Malachi 3:17).
They will know His covenants (Ps. 25:14).
Their prayers will be heard (Ps. 34:6-7, 17).
Health to their bodies (Prov. 3:7-8: Prov.22:4).
No want to them (Ps.34:9; Prov.22:4).
His Love will forever be upon them (Ps.103:17).

 

The Seven Fold Spirit of God.

Part two

The Seven Fold Spirit of God gives us the Mind of Christ Isaiah 11:2. The person of the Holy Spirit of God is the birthing agent of our salvation. At the time of our spiritual birth He manifests in the core of our being and creates the thoughts of our hearts, and, in turn produces the actions of our lives.

Scripture also tells us that the whole purpose of the Mind of Christ in us, is that we might know—intimately experience —the things freely given to us by God 1 Corinthians 2:12-16.

Now, there are seven stages or functions that form this conceptual process called the Mind of Christ and each stage depends upon the last.

Spirit of the Lord.

  1. The Spirit of the Lord (ruwch -pneuma) The easy way to conceive of the Seven fold Spirit of God is by the Jewish Menorah given in Zechariah 4:2. The Spirit of the Lord is the trunk or main shaft of the Menorah and is the energy source or the life-giving power source that is know united with our personal spirit 1 Cor. 6:17; 15:45; John 6:63.
  2. The Spirit of the Lord cultivates knowledge through our waiting upon Him. To learn to wait means to “bind together” which clearly leads to the virtuall envelopment of our soul by the Holy Spirit.
  3. In our waiting we grow in sensitivity both to His presence and His promptings, which quiets our hearts, focuses our minds through thanksgiving and praise, and allows Him to reveal any subtle attitudes or forgotten sins that would dull our sensitivity to His voice.

The Spirit of Wisdom.

  1. The first function of the Mind of Christ produced by the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Wisdom.

1. In Hebrew Chomah is defined as Moral sense skills for living correctly (Isa.11:2). In Greek Sophia means right application of truth (Acts 6:10). This wisdom is all of God’s thoughts that He inscribes in our hearts the moment we believe Hebrews 8:10; Proverbs 4:4, +20-21.

2. God’s wisdom is God’s supernatural intelligence Colossians 3:16; 1 Cor. 2:7a; His secret knowledge 1 Cor. 2:6-11; Col 2:2-3.

      a. Wisdom is the ability to discern between good and evil 1 Kgs 3:9,28.and to understand our way. Proverbs 14:8.

      b. God’s wisdom is not a wisdom of this world, but a hidden wisdom Job 28:12-21, Ecclesiastes 7:23; 1 Cor1:19. Eph. 1:17.

      c. Great men don’t always have God’s wisdom Job 32:9, 1 Cor. 1:19.

      B.    The Spirit of wisdom is our blueprint for living Matthew 7:24; Proverbs 4:7; 14:8.

          1. God’s wisdom tells us “how to come in” and “how to judge between good and bad.”1 Kgs. 3:7-9.

              2. Wisdom is the key proverbs 2:1-5; 4:7. It is the principle thing. Whoever finds Wisdom , finds life Proverbs 3:18, 22;4:10. It’s a tree of Life Ecclesiastes 7:12c. Only God’s Word (His Wisdom) will bring peace and happiness Proverbs 3:2, 13, 18; proverbs 8:11.

              3.  God’s Wisdom is always available to us James 1 :5,6; Proverbs 7:3.

   C.      God’s Wisdom is the foundation of our house proverbs 24:3, It’s our life 1 John 1:1; Deuteronomy 32:46,47.

               1. God’s Wisdom is our bread of Life  Matthew 4:4. We must eat of it every day 1 Tim. 4:13-16; 2 Tim. 2:15.

               2. If we only taste His Word, and never partake of it, our lives will never change Jeremiah 48:11.

This is what happens when we eat God’s Word and place it in our hearts. “Therefore, his taste which is minuscule stays small in him and his scent has not changed. This means his scent going up to God is what 2:Cor. 15,16. Read. Our Lord once told me “You stink,” and “you are the fly in the apothecary.” His perfume. He has wonderful ways to ring our dull ways.    

Zep.1:12 explain. Here people of God who are unwilling to change and are settled “On their Lees; like the dregs of wine.” This is a very important set of Scriptures as it was then and is now.

These Scriptures show us the pitfall of what happens when people are confirmed or hardened in their evil habits. The reference is to old wine which has not been poured off and has become thick. These people do not say this outload but in their hearts,  they say, ”The Lord will not do good, nor will He do evil.” In doing this they make God into an idol.” Someone with no power. Settled in complacency.

           3. God wants us to eat is word His word Jeremiah 15:16; Ps. 119-9-16.

           4. God’s Word is our Life Acts 17:28; Philippians 2:16.

           5. Wisdom is just the entrance to the city Proverbs 1:20-21.

The Spirit of Understanding.  Hebrew is Binah-Greek is Sunesis.

       The next function or operation produced by the Spirit of God giving us the Mind of Christ, is the Spirit of Understanding. Now just because we have God’s Wisdom written in our hearts and inscribed in our hearts, does not necessarily mean that we understand that Wisdom. E.A. Lord gives me a Word an I ask what does that mean.

This is a whole other step. A Scriptural example might be Revelation 13:18 which says, ”Herein is Wisdom (in other words, these are God’s thoughts); let him who has understanding (a totally new function) count the number of the beast …666.”

Now, I know that the Scripture refers to God’s Wisdom, but I have no understanding of its meaning yet. It’s the Spirit of understanding that’s going to open our eyes and give us the supernatural revelation we need. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore, get Wisdom; (but) with all thy getting get understanding.”

The Spirit of Understanding is simply God’s supernatural revelations- His secret insights to His Word. Understanding means putting together, a comprehending or a grasping of His Word. In other words, He’s the one who turns on the lights in us. Psalm 119:130 states, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

Let’s Summarize:   

A. The Spirit of Understanding is God’s supernatural revelations , His insight, His illumination of His Word Psalm 119:27, 73, 105, 130. Luke 24:31-32,45; Ephesians 1:17-19; Revelation 3:18.

                1. Supernatural understanding is a gift from God Prov. 2:6; Eph. 1:17; Luke 24:45.

                2. We are not to depend upon our own understanding Prov. 3:5.

B. God’s Spirit of Understanding sheds light not only upon what God’s Word says, but also upon what our own hidden motives are 1 Cor. 2:14;Heb.4:12; God’s understanding opens our eyes.

C. Without understanding we will fall  Hosea 4:14; prov.2:1-5; ignorance is a major cause for God’s “Light” being quenched Jeremiah 25:8-11.

D. Understanding is life to our soul Prov.3:21-22; 4:7-13,22; Psalm 119:144b Neh. 8:8.

E. Only by understanding can a house be built Prov. 3:19.

So. God’s Understanding comes to us in God’s timing and in God’s way, not our own.

         Tune in next week for Spirit of Counsel and the Spirit of Might.                                        

The Seven-fold Spirit of God. Introduction

“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of His roots: And the Spirit shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and the Fear of the Lord; And shall make Him of quick understanding in the Fear of the Lord: and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears: But with righteousness shall He judge the poor…” Isaiah 11:1-4.

The Seven-fold Spirit Of God that gives Us the Mind of Christ is:

  • Spirit of the Lord is the supernatural power source that creates God’s thoughts in our hearts.
  • Spirit of Wisdom is all of God’s supernatural Thoughts themselves.
  • Spirit of Understanding is God’s personal illumination of those Thoughts.
  • Spirit of Counsel is God’s personal instructions for Godly choices.
  • Spirit of strength is God’s supernatural ability to perform those Thoughts in our lives.
  • Spirit of Knowledge is experiencing God’s Life (His Thoughts) in place of our own.
  • Fear of the Lord is walking in God’s Love and Truth, fleeing anything that would quench His Spirit.

As we have discovered in past teachings; our mind (Greek Nous) is not just our conscious thoughts, reason or intellect but a whole conceptual process.

A whole Conceptual Process.

  1. We are made aware that our mind begins with the spirit that resides at the core of our being.
  2. That spirit then creates the thoughts of our hearts, and, in turn, produces the actions of our
  3. In other words, our minds not only include the conception or the creation of an idea in our hearts, but also its fulfillment in action in our lives.
  4. The Mind of Christ is the very same conceptual process, only it’s a “divine” process of thinking. God’s Holy Spirit creates God’s supernatural Thoughts in our hearts and then, His Holy Spirit produces those Thoughts as godly actions in our lives.
  5. Here we have God’s Word and His Spirit again working together to give us the Mind of God.

Divine Seven-Fold Process of Thinking by the Holy Spirit.

The divine seven-fold process of thinking called the Mind of Christ begins with the Spirit of the Lord (at the core of our being), who desires to impart to us, not only all of God’s supernatural Thoughts (His Wisdom); but also understanding of those Thoughts; counsel as to which of those Thoughts are appropriate for own situation; supernatural strength to implement those Thoughts in our lives; personal experiential knowledge of seeing those Thoughts manifested in our life actions; and lastly, the ability to walk in the fear of the Lord (and not the fear of man), by fleeing anything that would quench His Spirit in us.

It helps to think of the seven-fold Spirit of God that creates the Mind of Christ in us like a Jewish Menorah. The Spirit of the Lord is the trunk or the center core of the lampstand, and then all the other six functions (capabilities, attributes) branch out from it. So, yes, the Spirit is all one (because it’s the Holy Spirit), but with six different capabilities …behold a lampstand all of Gold, (symbol of deity) and His seven lamps thereon…” Zechariah 4:2.

So, it’s the Holy Spirit’s mission—with our consent—to produce this mind in us, so that we can “Live the truth” and that the Gospel can be passed on to others.

Something important to understand is that this divine conceptual process called the Mind of Christ does not automatically occur in our lives. Only as we “renew our minds” by putting off the garbage in our thinking, are we able to receive from the Holy Spirit, not only God’s agape love, but also His Mind. Should we choose not to renew our minds, then we’ll quench God’s Spirit in our hearts, and His love and His Mind will be blocked and prevented from coming forth.

1 Corinthians 2:12-16. This Scripture also tells us that the whole purpose of the Mind of Christ in us, is that we might know—intimately experience—the things freely given to us by God. God wants us to intimately know these truths because He wants us to be able to judge everything that happens to us, not through our own eyes (our own mind), but through His Mind, through His Wisdom, His counsel and His knowledge.

Throughout the Bible, the Spirit of the Lord is often referred to as “the eyes (or the mind) of the Lord. Psalm 32:8 supports this view, “ I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.”

And Revelation 5:6 agrees, “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”

Functions of the Mind of Christ.

So, let’s learn what fantastic capabilities are that we receive through the Mind of Christ, so we can put them to use in our lives. Again, we can’t use these incredible gifts if we don’t really understand what they are.

Explaining the seven Spirits of God in the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit of the Lord.  In Hebrew is Ruwach- in Greek is Pneuma.  Is the core of our being, the main lampstand. And then all the other six functions (capabilities, attributes) branch out from it. The Bible tells us that “the spirit of a man is the candle of the Lord Proverbs 20:27. Scripture goes on to say that in order for our spirit or our candle to be united with God’s Spirit, it must be lit. And, Psalm 18:28 tells us that God is the only One who lights our candle.

So, the Spirit of the Lord is the energy source, the power source or the light source of our lives. Without God’s Spirit in our hearts, we will have neither the Agape Love of God nor the Mind of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6 supports this, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give (us) the light of the knowledge of the glory of God…”

So, the Mind of Christ is not the light itself, God is, but simply the instrument through which God’s Spirit gives us light. Salvation occurs when the Lord “Lights our candle” When His Spirit becomes united with our human spirit; but we only “see” clearly when that light (God) fully encompasses every part of our body.

The goal of our instruction then, is not more learning or more head knowledge, but simply showing forth more of Christ’s life (His Light). “Now the end of the commandment is love (Christ’s Life) out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and faith unfeigned…” 1 Timothy 1:5.

The person of the Holy Spirit grows the fruit of the Spirit in us Galatians 5:22-25. This is the sign that we have been filled or empowered with God’s love.

Finally, there needs to be a daily refilling (pleroo) of the Holy Spirit all day, everyday Ephesians 5:18.

The Spirit of the Lord is like a fountain of water that leaps up within us John 4:10,11, 14; 7:38.  Experiencing the fullness of God means continually setting aside our self-Life and allowing God’s Spirit to refill us. Ephesians 3:19; John 4:14.

Next we will learn about the six functions of the Spirit of the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does the Bible mean when it speaks of the salvation of the soul?

I want to touch on something that goes on a lot in Christianity. Many camps of Protestants are divided over Biblical truths no matter how many recognized positions of Bible scholars and theologians may be referenced in support of their beliefs. The error camps make in the noble effort to understand God’s Word is called “illegitimate totality transfer,” which is the assignment of a “meaning” to a word or phrase regardless of context.  Certain words, such as “save” and “life,” are often subject to this type of misapplication of meaning.

In brief, the salvation of the soul (soul-salvation) as seen in various passages throughout the New Testament.

  1. (Matthew 16:26, 27
  2. Romans 8:13 + Galatians 5:19-21. emphaise “being saved” soul salvation
  3. 1 Corinthians 1:18
  4. Hebrews 10:35-39
  5. 1 Peter 1:3-9
  6. James 1:21; 5:20), is an aspect of salvation distinct from salvation of the spirit
  7. spirit-salvation; John 3:5-7; 16-18
  8. Acts 16:30, 31
  9. Ephesians 2:8, 9 this includes the eventual salvation of the body
  10. Romans 8:23
  11. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57. which distinctions are purposely and rigidly maintained by the Holy Spirit throughout the Word, embodies the following characteristics:

(1) It involves only the soul-component of a person, as opposed to his spirit and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12); the soul being his life now (sanctification) and, specifically, its relevance (i.e., rewards or lack thereof [suffering]) to the millennial kingdom — the rule and reign over the earth by Christ for one thousand years to be established at His Second Advent.

(2) Although soul-salvation, like spirit-salvation, is based on (made possible by) Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, it may be secured only after a person comes to the cross — placing one’s faith alone in Christ alone for one’s personal and eternal salvation, which is spirit-salvation.

(3) Whereas spirit-salvation is a past, completed act (a one-time act of the will when a person places his faith in Christ) that results in a secured (guaranteed) eternal possession; where does the word of God state this:

  1. 2 Cor. 1:22
  2. 2 Cor. 5:5
  3. 1:14

soul-salvation is a present, continuous process that, when and if completed successfully, results in a future, inherited possession.

(4) Whereas spirit-salvation is a free gift totally apart from any works by man, soul-salvation is obtained by the production of divine good-works — perseverance in faithfulness and bearing the fruit of the Spirit by (through) the person himself.

(5) Whereas spirit-salvation is totally the work of the Holy Spirit, soul-salvation is a shared work between the Holy Spirit and the person who has passed from death to life through faith in Christ Jonah 2:9.

(6) Whereas spirit-salvation involves only the judgment of sin in the person of Christ on the cross at Calvary, soul-salvation involves the judgment of the believer (his temporal life of faithfulness or lack thereof) at the Judgment Seat of Christ. The Bema seat Mat. 27:19; 2 Cor.5:10.

(7) Whereas spirit-salvation has eternal verities in view, soul-salvation has millennial verities in view.

What does verities mean? Verity designates the quality of a state or thing that is exactly what is purports to be or accords completely with facts <test the verity of his remarks> or refers to things felt to be of lasting, ultimate, or transcendent truth.

 

Summary.

Therefore, the term “salvation” in its full context means not only receiving God’s Life in our spirits, but also renewing every part of our soul and body as well.  This takes time and effort.

The first step in salvation (justification) gives us peace and satisfaction and joy.  The second step in the process of full salvation (the sanctification of our soul) gives us the power to overcome sin and self, receive personal deliverance from the enemy and the freedom to walk in God’s way.  Many Christians, however, take only the first step (justification).

Like the Israelites, they only put the blood on the door-posts of their house (Exodus 12:22), but they forget to purge the leaven from their lives (sanctification).  They trust God for the salvation of their spirits, but they fail to declare war on their flesh.  Consequently, they prevent the power of God from doing the work of sanctification in their lives.

Complete salvation is not only believing in the Lord, it also includes walking with the Lord, overcoming the world, the flesh, and the devil and enduring to the end.  Again, a lifelong process.  First, we are saved (in our spirit) from the penalty of sin; next, we are saved (in our soul) from the power of sin, and finally, we are saved (in our body) from the presence of sin.

Our spirit is saved by God at the time of our new birth; our body is redeemed by God at the time of the rapture and translation; but the salvation (or the transformation) of our soul by the Holy Spirit is dependent upon and determined by the individual himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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