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“If you love… you will hate” Or “Why do married couples fight so much?”

SIH STSTA ICON(Valentine’s Day devotional 2015)

 

 

 

“Fighting is good for your marriage, it helps to get everything out of your system”…
“Fighting in a marriage is a sign of a very strong, healthy, and passionate love for one another”…
“All couples fight… if they tell you otherwise, they are lying”…
“We fight a lot because making up is so much fun.”

Huh? ….

All of these statements are made by those who desire to justify anger and fighting in the marriage relationship… but can anger and fighting in a marriage really be justified?

Is fighting in a marriage a good thing?  Is fighting a sign of a true deep passionate love for one another?  Is fighting a “normal” activity in a marriage?  Does a great makeup session justify getting angry at one another?

In this Valentine’s Day devotional, we will be looking at the interrelationship of self-sacrificial love, and anger within the marital union, but first, we will look at how each should manifest itself within the marital union…

 

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

Psa 97:10 KJV – Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

1Co 13:4-7 KJV – Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Jas 4:1-3 KJV – From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

 

THE STUDY:

Before we begin our study I would like to include a very important definition.  For today’s devotional “fighting” does not mean “disagreeing”…

Disagreements in marriage are inevitable due to our sinful natures.  None of us perfectly understand God’s Word, therefore none of us perfectly understand His will for our lives.  Because of this, there are times that couples will disagree on the issues of life.  These disagreements should be resolved through self-sacrificial spirits and/or compromise.

By “fighting” we mean to become angry at our spouse, to hit our spouse, to yell at our spouse, to call our spouse names, to say hurtful things to our spouse, to speak ill of our spouse to others, to give our spouse the silent treatment, etc etc etc.

We all understand the difference.  Please keep this in mind as we proceed with our study.

 

How love should manifest itself within the marital union…

1Co 13:4-7 KJV

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Here, we find how love exhibits itself.  Some of the most basic ways that a Godly love is shown to others are in acts of patience, kindness, humility and a self-sacrificial desire for the good of the one that is loved.

No place in this list do we find anger, selfishness, nor fighting on the list; nor is it implied.  As a matter of fact, the root cause for fighting is actually rejected.  Folks, when we love others we will not seek our own but give sacrificially for the good of others.  It will result in us acting kindly, with a spirit willing to give for the other, not being easily provoked nor behaving ourselves in ugly, distasteful ways that will take place during fights.

The Bible is clear, based upon this passage and many others, fighting should have no place among those who love one another. Period.

 

So why do we fight?…

Jas 4:1-3 KJV

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Just as the Bible is clear that fighting has no place in the marital union, so too, it speaks clearly about why fighting takes place.  Here, we are told that the root of all fighting is the selfish lusts that lie within us.  Instead of working through our disagreements in a spirit of love, compromise and self-sacrifice, many times we allow our selfishness to rule over us.  This results in us doing “whatever is necessary” to “win” the argument, “the gloves come off” and the “games begin”!    All because we want to selfishly get our way and, in effect, force our spouse to fulfill our desires and submit to our wishes.

 

So what about the title of this devotional “If you love, you will hate”?

This is the key principle that lies behind all that we are looking at in this devotional.  If we love our spouse, we will hate anything that harms or wrongs them.  Please note this verse…

Psa 97:10 KJV

Ye that love the LORD, hate evil:…

Here, we see that if we love the Lord, we are to hate evil… Why?

We hate evil because it harms our Lord, it displeases Him, it hurts Him to see us commit it, it takes away from His glory, He suffered because of it on the cross, it opposes His work etc. etc.

In other words, if we love the Lord, we will not want to see Him abused, mistreated, blasphemed, or opposed in any way.  When we sin, or are accepting of the sin around us, we are doing all this to Him and more.  This is why when we love our Lord we will hate sin and its effects on Him.

This same attitude should hold true in our marital relationship.  If we love our spouse as we should, we would never want to see our spouse hurt, abused, harmed or saddened in any way.  Sadly some, if not all, of these things are normal results of fighting and conflict in our home.

Truly “if you love, you will hate” anything that harms or saddens the one you love.. this includes fighting with them.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION/SUMMARY:

Folks, when we see ourselves fighting with our spouse, it is a clear indication that our love is not what it should be.  Something is wrong.

Sadly, for there to be peace in the family it takes two.  If only one spouse is committed to loving in a Biblical way, the other spouse can take advantage of them, selfishly abuse them, and always get “their way”.  In these cases, the abused, unloved spouse many times will enter into arguments out of desperation, simply wanting the abuse and mistreatment to stop.

The spouse who is not committed to loving as Christ loved His church, clearly carries the greater load of guilt, knowingly disobeying their Lord. They will give an account to God for their lack of love and selfish abuse of their loved one suffering great loss of reward.  Not only are they committing sin by not loving their spouse as they should, but they are also a contributing factor in the sinful actions of their spouse.  Their actions are practically begging their spouse to sinfully rise up against them in desperation and self-defense.  They are laying a stumbling block which causes their spouse to fall. These are serious issues indeed.

If both spouses are committed to loving one another with a Biblical love, it is very easy to live in peace.  Both spouses work for the good of the other and place their spouse’s needs above their own.  When they do this, it makes disagreements in the decision making very easy to reconcile.  When both are committed to this, they will not allow themselves to take advantage and selfishly gain from their spouse’s desire for peace.

Can living in peace really be accomplished ?  Absolutely, I saw this attitude in my parent’s marriage, I lived at home for 20+ years, and I can truly say I cannot remember ever seeing them fight. They did disagree at times, but they always worked it out through unselfish compromise seeking the good of the other and the family as a whole. It is one of the many things that I have learned to appreciate about my parents and the living example they had so graciously set for me.

I can say the same for myself and Eva.  During our 15 years of marriage, we have rarely disagreed, but when we do, we simply put the other first and work things out.  We have never fought.

Eva’s saying is “We have only been given a fixed amount of time to be together here on earth, we don’t have the time to waste fighting”.     All I can say is “AMEN” to that.

 

 

(I know this may seem to be a very unusual, and perhaps inappropriate, subject to be addressed in a Valentine’s Day devotional.  And I admit it may be.   However, I truly believe this is a greatly needed devotional.  For those who are struggling with this issue in their marriage, by faithfully applying the principles of God’s Word that have been presented, our marriages will never be the same.  And this will become the most precious Valentine’s Day that we have ever experienced. )

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

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SIH Valentine’s Day Devotionals…

SIH STSTA ICONShare Christ And The True Meaning Of His Love With Others!

 

 

SIH Valentine’s Day 3-Part Devotion Series: The Greatest Of These Is Love:

Part  #1 – The Importance Of Love

Part #2 – The Eternal Nature Of Love

Part #3 – The Supremacy Of Love

 

 

SIH Valentine’s Day Devotional Video Playlist:

SIH Valentine’s Day Devotional Playlist (4 Videos)

 

 

 

 

Where Does Waldo Go To Church?

SIH STSTA ICONIn the late 1980’s a series of books containing the theme, “Where’s Waldo?” came to America.  Originating in Britain, these books contained illustrations of many characters all participating in a variety of activities.  The goal of the reader is to seek out Waldo, in the midst of the crowd.  For more about the book series take a look at these sites:

http://www.findwaldo.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where’s_Waldo

Just as children throughout the world looked for Waldo in the pages of his books, how many of us are looking for a church that we can confidently attend?   How many of us are frustrated, not being able to find a church that aids our spiritual growth?   Many times, the reason why we can’t find a spiritually edifying church is because we do not understand what we should be looking for in a church.

The Word of God is not silent about this matter….

THE SCRIPTURE:

Hebrews10:

24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

THE STUDY:

Here is list of the characteristics of a church (local assembly of believers) that we can attend with which the Lord is pleased…

Uses Scriptures only as foundation of beliefs and teachings  (1 Tim 3:15 )

The Lord’s churches are described as being the “pillar and ground” of the truth.  In other words, one of the greatest roles the church has is to firmly hold up the truth of His Word.  This refers to both the declaration of His Word from the pulpit as well as declaring His Word through the practices of the church.

Seeks to glorify the Lord in all of it’s ministries by putting His desires first.  (Eph 3:21)

The Lord Jehovah is to be glorified in all things (every ministry/activities) of the Lord’s churches.  Every endeavor that is undertaken by the church is to be done with His authority, His direction and His glory as the end motive.

Clearly teaches salvation by grace through faith …man’s inability to save himself from his sinful condition  (Eph 2:8-9)

The Word of God is clear, salvation is entirely of God’s grace, even the faith we exercise at our salvation is a gift that is given to us through His intervention in our lives.  Understanding these truths results in God being exalted to His deserved level, while properly humbling man and showing his true impotence in the salvation experience.   Any other message of salvation leads to a man trusting in not only Christ’s work, but his own actions, and righteousnesses, for the forgiveness of his sins.

Observes ordinances of Lord’s Supper and Baptism as declarations and memorials to work of Lord Jesus Christ  (1 Cor 11:23-29, Matt 28:16-20)

The Lord’s church has been given two, and only two ordinances to observe, baptism and the Lord’s supper.  Both of which are observed as a form of remembrance and declaration.  Baptism, declares an individual’s salvation and is a remembrance of the Lord’s death, burial and resurrection.  The Lord’s Supper is a declaration of a church’s existence and the unity of its members, as well as a remembrance of His suffering and death on the cross.

Teach practical and doctrinal truth during it’s services to encourage spiritual growth of members (Eph 4:11-13, Acts 20:27-29)

The Lord placed those who teach and lead within the church so that the members may become perfect (spiritually mature), edified (built up, strengthened), they are to do this by teaching the “all the counsel of God”… a churches goal should be to gradually build up and mature it’s members so that, eventually, the entire Word of God can be declared with no fear of misunderstanding on the part of it’s members.

Promotes a lifestyle of service and worship of Christ through the leadership of the Spirit (Rom 12:1-2, Rom 8:1-9)

The church is to lead and teach God’s people so that they will become living sacrifices, bringing praise to their Lrod in every aspect of their life.  This is done through an exercise of the fruits of the Spirit, as they follow God’s Word through leadership of the Holy Spirit.

Emphasizes the need for prayer and independent Bible study (Roms 17:10-13)

One of the greatest needs within a local assembly is a clear acknowledgement of each man’s responsibility to learn, understand, and live according to God’s Word.   This can only be accomplished through each member developing an intimate knowledge of His Word.

Has evangelistic outreach/missionary ministries to local area and throughout the world (Acts 1:7-8, Matthew 28:16-20)

The Lord, in giving His assemblies a mission, made it plain that the gospel was to be declared to the entire world…locally, nationally and internationally.  The mission of the church, described as “the Great Commission”, includes proclaiming the gospel to the lost, baptizing those who are saved (to publically declare the salvation they have already received) and teaching those who have been saved and baptized.

Meets the physical needs of the community in which they reside (Matt 14:13-21)

The first and primary mission of the church is fulfilling the Great Commission.  However, in the course of ministering, meeting the physical needs of others opens many doors and creates receptive hearts in the community.  This, in turn, aids the proclamation of the truth to them… meeting the physical needs of the community not only yields physical benefits but spiritual benefits as well.

The members lives are living testimony to the righteousness, love, peace and joy given by the Lord Jesus Christ. Roms 13:11-14, Gals 5:22-25

A church that is fulfilling the mission the Lord has given to them, will have a membership that will be growing in grace, knowledge and spiritual fruit bearing.  As a general rule, if the members of a church are not growing spiritually, there is a problem in the churches ministry to them.

THE APPLICATION:

Hebrews 10:24-25 ….  “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

Church attendance is a necessity for the Christian’s seeing to grow in the Lord and in His service…  if you are one of the many Christians who are seeking a church home, my prayers are with you. 

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Valentine’s Day Devotion: But The Greatest Of These Is Love – Part 3

SIH STSTA ICONOne of the most talked about sections of Scripture is found in the book of 1 Corinthians.  Chapter 13, commonly called the “love chapter of the Bible”.  In this small section of Scripture we have several basic principles concerning love being addressed:

  1. vs 1-3 – the absolute necessity of love (charity) in all aspects of Christian life and ministry
  2. vs 4-7- the evidences of Biblical love
  3. vs 8-12- the eternal nature of Biblical love compared to the ceasing of Divine, inspired revelation to man; the physical / spiritual maturing of an individual picturing the increasing revelation of God received by man until completion; the increasing understanding of God due to completed revelation
  4. vs 13a- the continuation of love, faith and hope
  5. vs 13b- the supremacy of love over faith and hope

We will divide our study of this section of Scripture into 3 basic parts.  In the last part of our study we will be looking at 1 Corinthians 13:11-13.

Let us prayerfully, begin our study of the compelling and important subject of love…

THE SCRIPTURE:

1Cor 13:1-13 (KJV)

1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal…13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.

THE STUDY:

In our previous study, we saw how both the gifts of prophecy and knowledge ceased to exist when the last of God’s revelation to man was received.    We now turn our attention to two examples given by Paul to help illustrate the principle.

1 Corinthians 13:

Vs 11 – When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Paul now uses the example of the physical maturing process to picture the process of God’s revealed Word being brought to completion.  Just as Paul’s growth allowed him to come to a more mature and full understanding of life, so too, as God’s Word is brought to completion, it brings to us a fuller understanding of our Lord and our responsibilities as servants.

Based on the Word being brought to completion during the age of the Corinthian church. It was time for them to “grow up” and become mature as well. It would only be at that time that they could use the wonderful blessing of His completed Word to help them to correct the many errors in their assembly.

Vs 12 – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Paul now compares our understanding of God in our sinful flesh with mankind’s knowledge of God with only a portion of His Word given to them.  In both cases, an incomplete view of God is had by man.

  1. Paul describes a time when God cannot be seen clearly
    1. Paul describes our life in sinful flesh as seeing our Lord “through a glass darkly”.
    2. Paul then compares this to mankind trying to see a full picture of Christ with only a portion of God’s Word given to man. “now I know in part”.
  2. Paul next describes when we can receive a fuller vision of Christ
    1. When we go home to be with the Lord in heaven, it is seeing Him “face to face”, this will result in seeing Him much more clearly than while in our sinful flesh.
    2. Paul then compares this to receiving His completed Word which gives us a much more full revelation of the Lord.  “ then shall I know even as also I am known” .

In other words, through the completed revelation of God given to man, we can now understand truths about Him, much like others can come to know us.  Others can see much about us clearly but they still do not know everything about us (especially what goes on inside of us)

Vs 13 – And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.

After telling us about the Word it’s soon completion, Paul now beings us back to the original thought.  That love is even greater that our three existing gifts of faith, hope and love.

Why didn’t Paul mention prophecy or knowledge as abiding (to continue on for extended period of time, to endure to limit)? We have already seen they would end within a short period of time when Word was brought to completion.  So he didn’t include these on our list.

But why didn’t he include the gift of tongues… when did they cease to exist?  Tongues ceased to exist, around the same time as knowledge and prophecy.  Tongues was one of several “sign gifts” that God gave to mankind.  These were gifts given by God to His followers to accredit their message and to prove He was the only true God.  This is why these types of miracles are called “sign gifts” from God (Exo 3:14, 4:1-8)   A listing of the sign gifts can be found at 1 Cor 12:8-11.

Over the years, studying the sign gifts of the Bible, I have noticed something very interesting.  It seems as if these sign miracles of God were basically performed in three “groups” throughout Biblical history.  Please notice the following basic, generalized table to help explain my point:

Group 1                            Group 2                               Group 3

Miracle Workers:  Moses, Joshua    Elijah, Elisha, Other Prophets   Christ, Apostles

Worship Accredited:  Tabernacle Worship            Temple Worship                Church Worship

Message Accredited:  Law                                 Prophets                           New Testament

It has been so interesting for me to come to an understanding of the Lord’s motives in these sign miracles that were performed.  Note that the Lord, through divine miracles, accredited the messenger, as well as the section of Scripture written, and the worship place used at that time.  In each case, the “sign miracles” were in existence for approximately 70 years. In each case, a “silent time” existed after each group of miracles, where no sign miracles and few, if any, other miracles were performed.  Why?  Once God established the validity of each of the above segments, there was no need for miracles until another segment was about to take place.

For example, following the accreditation of the tabernacle and the message of the law, there was no reason to accredit anything, or anyone, until the temple and the prophets came on the scene.  Likewise, there was an extended period of “miracle silence” after the completion of the Old Testament.  It was only when Christ came on the scene that we have a period of sign miracles taking place to validate the message of the New Testament and the church as the new place of worship for God’s people.

So therefore, tongues, being one of several sign gifts came to an end approximately 70 years after they had come into existence (29 or 30 AD), probably about 90-100 AD.  They would have gone out of existence in and of themselves, nothing had to act on them. This is unlike the gift of prophecy and knowledge which ceased at the completion of God’s Word.

Putting all of this together, it is easy to see why only faith, hope and charity are said to “abide” (to stray in place for an extended period of time).  The gifts of prophecy, knowledge and tongues would go out of existence within a few years after Paul’s ministry would be complete.

But not so with faith, hope and love.  They would continue on until the second coming of Christ.  When Christ comes back we will have no need of faith nor hope…. As we begin, our eternity with Him, we will begin the process of receipt of all His promises to us.  Faith and hope will no longer be needed, we will be experiencing all He has for us.

At that point, faith and hope will no longer be in existence, but only love will continue on to eternity.  Thus making “love” the greatest gift of all that are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:.

    • Gifts are temporary but love is eternal
    • Gifts are elementary but love is mature
    • Gifts are partial but love is complete

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

For those who are saved…

As we come to a completion of our study the basic principles we have learned about love compared to the other gifts mentioned is significant.

First of all we saw that God’s gifts to man are temporary, but love is eternal.

Secondly, the gifts of God are elementary, love is the essence of maturity.

Thirdly, the gifts of God are partial, but love is complete.

Keeping all this in mind, it should not surprise us that the Lord gave Peter this word of self inspection and instruction….

John 21:15-17 (KJV)

15So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.16He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.17He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

You see, our love for the Lord should be one of the ultimate motives in our service to Him.  The more we love and appreciate Him the greater our service to Him.  Is our service motivated by our love for Him?  Is our helping and instructing others coming from a heart filled with love for our Lord?

May the Lord help all of us to be able to say “yes” to these questions.

For those who have never trusted in Christ…

If you have never experienced the love of God in your lives, look to Him knowing He has made clear His love and concern for His people…

1John 4:7-12 (KJV)

7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.12No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

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Valentine’s Day Devotion:But The Greatest Of These Is Love -2

SIH STSTA ICONThe Eternal Nature of Love 

One of the most talked about sections of Scripture is found in the book of 1 Corinthians.  Chapter 13, commonly called the “love chapter of the Bible”.  In this small section of Scripture we have several basic principles concerning love being addressed:

  1. vs 1-3 – the absolute necessity of love (charity) in all aspects of Christian life and ministry
  2. vs 4-7- the evidences of Biblical love
  3. vs 8-12- the eternal nature of Biblical love compared to the ceasing of Divine, inspired revelation to man; the physical / spiritual maturing of an individual picturing the increasing revelation of God received by man until completion; the increasing understanding of God due to completed revelation
  4. vs 13a- the continuation of love, faith and hope
  5. vs 13b- the supremacy of love over faith and hope

We will divide our study of this section of Scripture into 3 basic parts.  In today’s blog entry we will look at 1 Corinthians 13:8-10.  And in our final part we will look at verses 11-13.

Let us prayerfully, begin our study of the compelling and important subject of love…

THE SCRIPTURE:

1Cor 13:1-13 (KJV)

1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal…13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.

THE STUDY:

1 Corinthians 13:

Vs 8 – Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Here, Paul makes it very plain that love is the only gift of the four divine gifts (love, prophecy, tongues, knowledge) that will exist eternally.   In our previous study, we explained that both knowledge and prophecy was related to the divine inspiration of Scripture, when the Lord handed His Word to mankind.  The sign gift of tongues was related to the accreditation of the ministry of Christ, His NT Word and the local church ministry.

(Please note it is crucial to understand the meaning of the phrases “shall fail”, “shall cease”, and “shall vanish away”…

  1. “shall fail”
    1. is the greek word – “pauo” – it means “to stop”, “to be made complete” and “to end”.
    2. is in the middle voice, meaning the subject of the verb is acting upon itself.  In other words, tongues would “stop by themselves” or “would be ended in and of themselves”
  2. “shall cease” and “shall vanish away”
    1. Both of these phrases are the same Grk word “katargeo” which means “to be made inoperative, to cease to work, to cease to exercise, to render useless, to vanish”
    2. Both of these are in the passive voice meaning the subject of the verb receives the action.  In other words our verse is saying that “the perfect thing” (vs 10) will cause both knowledge and prophecy to “no longer be exercised”, or “to vanish away”

Vs 9 – For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

Out of the four previously mentioned gifts from God… knowledge and prophecy are set apart as being “in part”.  What does in part mean?  This phrase is referring to the nature of divinely inspired revelation to man.  Keep in mind, as God handed down His word to mankind, he did it over many years and many different men.  He gave it a part at time, not all at once.   (Isa 28:9-13)

The gifts of prophecy and knowledge were “in part” meaning… as each prophecy came from God (as each bit of knowledge came to man) they were “one part” of the whole of divine revelation to man.  Until the final revelation from God was received by John on the Isle of Patmos (the book of Revelation), both knowledge and prophecy received by man was only a piece of His Word.  At the end of the message given to John on Patmos, the word was finally completed.  It was only then that mankind had the prophecy and knowledge God had chosen to give to man in a state of completeness.

Love exists eternally, knowledge, prophesying and the gift of tongues will definitely come to an end, making love a much more valuable gift from God.

Vs 10 – But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

Paul here describes what causes prophecy and knowledge to vanish away.  He describes it as “that which is perfect.  To help us understand what Paul is referring to we need to recognize a few important points in our study…

  1. Lets review a few points from the previous verses in our study
  1. Remember, in the previous verse of our study we saw that the gifts that were in part were the gifts of prophecy and knowledge.
  2. Also, we saw that the ending of these gifts were described by the Grk word “katargeo” which means “to be made inoperative, to cease to work, to cease to exercise, to render useless, to vanish”
  3. Thirdly, we learned that based on the Grk passive voice, something must act upon the knowledge and prophecy “to render it useless” or “to cause it to vanish away.”

2.  What has acted on the gift of prophecy and knowledge rendering them worthless?  It is the completed revelation from God… Once God had given to man all of His Word, there was no need for prophecy or knowledge gifts any longer… they were now useless and ineffective because the Lord was not going to give men His inspired revelation any longer.

  1. Remember, the Lord has made it plain that the Word He has given to us is now complete with the revelation He had given to John.  We will be receiving no additional inspired truth from Him.  (Rev 22:18, Heb 1:1-2)
  2. We know it is His Word that is perfect based on the Greek word for “perfect”

The word for perfect here is the Grk word “telios” – which means “complete”, “matured”, “brought to completion”.  “Telios” refers to the Word of God in James 1:25.  The only other two times this word is used in 1 Corinthians “telios” refers to human beings who are mature, or should be mature in the faith. (1 Cor 2:6, 1 Cor 14:20).  Also there are many other occasions in the Word of God where this word refers to the same type of idea.  (Matt 19:21, Phil 3:15, Col 1:28, 4:12 etc etc)

In Matthew 5:48 “telios” is used to describe the Lord and in the context, it is describing His absolute maturity.  Note that the issue of treating all men kindly and with respoect is the issue being addressed, this is a mark of spiritual maturity.  We are to even pray for those that mistreat us.  By doing this, we will be mature Christians following the example of our Father who is in heaven.  He is the epitome of spiritual maturity and completeness.  The issue is not sinlessness, the issue, here is spiritual maturity.  Learning to treat all men with love and kindness. The very issue of our study in 1 Corinthians.  No place in Scripture does the word “telios” mean sinlessly perfect.

3.  But what about the Lord?  We’ve already seen that the Lord is described using the term “telios” In Matthew 5:48.  However, we have already seen that this “perfect thing” that is coming must act on the gifts of prophecy and knowledge rendering them useless.  If this is so then…

  1. We have to say that the Lord is continually revealing His inspired word to man throughout the ages. In other words, His word is not in completed form but He is continually adding to His revealed Word to man. This revealing of the Word will only stop at His second coming.
  2. If this is so, we should be continually adding to the Scriptures.  Every new revelation God gives to man should be added to the Scriptures.  This principle does away with the warning given by John to not add to the Scriptures (Rev 22:18-19).
  3. And also the fullness and completeness of God’s Word for us to use is done away with.  Therefore we cannot count on His Word being the complete set of instructions for us to live by. (2 Tim 3:16-17)  In this hypothetical scenario, we may face situations that the Word cannot equip us to face.  What happens if the part of the Word we need now, will not be revealed to man for another 25 years?  Our entire view of the Scriptures must change if this is the case.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

For those who are saved…

Remember, the principle concerning love that is presented in our study today…. Charity NEVER FAILS.  But all these other gifts that are mentioned have already failed and now cease to exist.  We’ve seen that the gifts of prophecy and knowledge have already ceased to exist when man received the final revelation of God to man.  In our next study, we will see that the gift of tongues has already gone out of existence as well.

The eternal nature of love is one of the many reasons why love is counted as superior over these sign gifts.

With the importance of love in view… should we not all strive to show love to others?  How much love do we show others?  Or maybe, I should ask it this way… how much are we willing to sacrifice for others?  This is the true mark of love.

John 15:12-14 (KJV)

12This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

For those who have never trusted in Christ…

If you have never experienced the love of God in your lives, look to Him knowing He has made clear His love and concern for His people…

1John 4:7-12 (KJV)

7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.12No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

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Valentine’s Day Devotion: But The Greatest Of These Is Love – Part 1

SIH STSTA ICONOne of the most talked about sections of Scripture is found in the book of 1 Corinthians.  Chapter 13, commonly called the “love chapter of the Bible”.  In this small section of Scripture we have several basic principles concerning love being addressed:

  1. vs 1-3 – the absolute necessity of love (charity) in all aspects of Christian life and ministry
  2. vs 4-7- the evidences of Biblical love
  3. vs 8-12- the eternal nature of Biblical love compared to the ceasing of Divine, inspired revelation to man; the physical / spiritual maturing of an individual picturing the increasing revelation of God received by man until completion; the increasing understanding of God due to completed revelation
  4. vs 13a- the continuation of love, faith and hope
  5. vs 13b- the supremacy of love over faith and hope

We will divide our study of this section of Scripture into 3 basic parts.  In today’s blog entry we will look at 1 Corinthians 13:1-7.   In section two of our study we will be examining verses 8-10. And in our final part we will look at verses 11-13.

Let us prayerfully, begin our study of the compelling and important subject of love…

THE SCRIPTURE:

1Cor 13:1-13 (KJV)

1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal…13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.

THE STUDY:

1 Corinthians 13:

Vs 1 – Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

If men were not motivated by love when they exercised the gift of tongues, they were simply making noise without gaining any spiritual benefit for themsleves or the listener.

(Note here,  that angels are seen throughout the Bible as God’s “messengers” delivering His Word to those of God’s choosing.  This is why in many verses, a human messenger sent by God is described by this same Greek word “angelos” (matt 11:10, Lk 7:24, 2 Cor 8:23 etc etc etc )

In EVERY case, angels speak human languages as they give God’s Words to man.  Paul is saying whether he shared God’s word in a off-hand everyday way, or as part of an authoritative, divinely called ministry, without love, he is not actually pleasing the Lord.

The divinely given  gift of tongues was the ability to speak a human tongue not learned by the speaker.  It was intended to give the gospel message to foreigners who could not speak the same language as the speakers.  Acts 2:1-13.  The main purpose of the gift of tongues, like all other sign gifts, was to accredit the ministry of Christ, the apostles and the first churches as they took the gospel to the Gentiles.)

Vs 2 – And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

Paul, says that the display of miraculous feats, without love, are of no true spiritual value.   The four miraculous feats that Paul talks of are feats involving inspiration, knowledge and faith.

(At the time of the writing of 1 Corinthians 13:, the revelation of God’s Word to mankind was not completed.  God still had more to say to man.  This is why the gift of prophecy, understanding, and knowledge were still in effect at the writing of this letter.

The gift of prophecy is simply the miraculous ability to receive a message from God and to be able to reveal it to man without error.  The ability to understand all mysteries, involves a supernatural ability given by God to understand the spiritual truths that He revealed to man.  The third gift is the ability to possess knowledge that had never been shown to man before.

All three of these gifts were absolutely necessary as God handed down His Word to mankind.  They are three different aspects of God’s giving His Word to man via Divine inspiration)  And now that the Word is completed there is no longer any need for these gifts.

Vs 3 – And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Paul states although he gave up his possessions to meet the needs of the poor, and if He was willing to sacrifice his very body and life for the cause of Christ, if he was not motivated by a love for Christ and others, all of these immense sacrifices were of no spiritual profit for him.

In verses 1-3, we come to a very important and overlooked principle of our service to our Lord.  All areas of our service to Him, must be motivated form a heart of love for God and man.  That is why love for God and others is described as the “first and great commandment” … Matt 22:37-39

Vs 4-7 – Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

 Here, we find the evidence of Biblical love in our life. These are the signs that we have a Biblical love in our hearts as we serve our Lord and others…

  1. Charity suffereth long, – patient
  2. [and] is kind; – make our self useful to others
  3. charity envieth not; – does not desire possessions of others
  4. charity vaunteth not itself, – does not brag about self
  5. is not puffed up, – to believe we are better than another
  6. Doth not behave itself unseemly, – does not make someone look bad in public
  7. seeketh not her own, – does not live selfishly
  8. is not easily provoked,  – does not get agitated, irritated easily
  9. thinketh no evil; – does not plan nor desire evil
  10. Rejoiceth not in iniquity, – does not find joy in sin of others
  11.  but rejoiceth in the truth;  – finds joy in truth of  God’s Word
  12.  Beareth all things,  – to be willing to “put up” with things in silence
  13. believeth all things, – exercises faith, trust in others
  14. hopeth all things, –  thinks the best of others, sees the best in others
  15. endureth all things – willing to bear up under burdens for extended period of time 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

For those who are saved…

We have seen the importance of love in every aspect of our service to the Lord.  We have also seen the marks of true love in our loves.

Do our lives exhibit the Lord’s love?  Are our ministries motivated by a love for Christ and others?

If we can say “yes” to these questions, we can have joy knowing that our ministries, and lives, are pleasing to our Lord.  If we must say “no” to these questions… we need to reevaluate our service, and lives, we are living for Christ.  It is very possible we are simply going through the motions without ever actually having experienced God’s grace in our lives.  This is the message of Matt 7:21-23.

Matt 7:21-23 (KJV)

21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

For those who have never trusted in Christ…

If you have never experienced the love of God in your lives, look to Him knowing He has made clear His love and concern for His people…

1John 4:7-12 (KJV)

7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.12No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

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To see this lesson taught on video please go to my Video Blog at  http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

If you have any questions concerning this blog, or if you have a subject you would like discussed, please feel free to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.    I will answer all emails via my blog, email, or both.

Take A Look At My Wife’s Artistic/Scriptural Devotion Blog http://alivewithchristart.blogspot.com

Follow my Squidoo Instructional Lens “Presenting God’s Grace” “The Solemn Obligation To Present the Doctrines of Grace to the Lost and Saved Alike” http://www.squidoo.com/presenting-gods-grace

May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

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