Creator-Creature Conflict 487: Unconditional Love is Filled with Warfare

ANCF-521-130707 - length: 66:37 - taught on Jul, 7 2013

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Therefore let us (believers in Christ) be diligent to enter that rest (with faith…total dependence on God through obedience to His Word), so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience (as Israel and unbelievers follow…having faith only in themselves).
 
For the word of God is living (alive) and active (powerful) and sharper than any two-edged sword, and (the Word of God is) piercing as far as the division of soul(ishness) and (that which is) spirit(ual), of both joints and marrow (the inner being life), and (is) able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
 
And there is no creature (nor a creature’s motives that are) hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him (the Lord Jesus Christ) with whom we have (much) to do.
 
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, (the Lord) Jesus (Christ) the Son of God, let us (believers in Christ) hold fast our confession (which is the profession of our faith in God through our priesthood).
 
For we do not have a high priest (in the Lord Jesus Christ) who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but (we have) One (a high priest) who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet (who is) without sin (the Lord was never sucked in by a lying temptation from the kingdom of darkness).
 
Therefore let us (believers in Christ) draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and (so that we may) find grace to help in time of need.
 
 
 
But now faith, hope, love, abide (in the sphere of) these three; but the greatest of these is (unconditional) love.
 
Remind them (all believers in Christ of how to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which they have been called, which is) to be subject to rulers, to (be subject to) authorities, to be obedient (both to rulers and authorities), to be ready for every (divine) good deed (reflecting the fruit of the Spirit)…
 
…to malign no one, to be peaceable, (to be) gentle, showing every consideration for all men.
 
For we (Paul) also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
 
But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared (in action, by means of the Cross)…
 
He (the Lord Jesus Christ) saved us (all mankind…whosoever), not on the basis of deeds which we have done in (self) righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and (by the) renewing by the Holy Spirit…
 
…whom He (God the Father) poured out upon us (beginning on the day of Pentecost) richly through Jesus Christ our Savior…
 
…so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope (the absolute confidence) of (the) eternal (Zoe) life.
 

TODAY’S STUDY

Unconditional Love is Filled with Warfare 

 
WARFARE
Unrelenting conflict between enemies
 
For our struggle is not against flesh (sin natures) and blood (souls…of human being), but (our struggle is) against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
 
 
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called…
 
BREAK
Indescribable
When I Think About Home
 
I (Paul) thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service…
 
…even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor (of Christians) and a violent aggressor (against God). Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief…
 
NIETZSCHE
“If you could prove God to me, I would believe Him all the less.”
 
…and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and (unconditional) love which are found in (union with) Christ Jesus.
 
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whomI (Paul) am foremost of all.
 
Yet for this reason (that I am the foremost sinner) I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost (sinner), (the Lord) Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for (the) eternal (Zoe) life.
 
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
 
This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the
good fight (“our struggle”)…
 
…keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and (as a result have) suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.He is your Father…you are His Children
 
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we (believers in Christ) are children of God,//and if (1) children (and we are), heirs also, heirs of God (the Father) and fellow heirs with (the Lord Jesus) Christ, if (1) indeed we suffer with Him (and we do) so that we may also be glorified with Him. 
 
He is your Father…you are His Children
Therefore be imitators of God (the Father), as beloved children;//and walk in (unconditional) love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God (the Father) as a fragrant aroma.
 
He is your Mother…you are His Children
O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me.//Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me.
 
He is the King…you are His Subjects
He (the Lord Jesus Christ) will bring (it) about at the proper time — He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords…
 
He is the Groom…you are His bride
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him (the Lord JesusChrist), for the marriage of the Lamb (the Groom) has come and His bride has made herself ready.”
 
He is the Shepherd…you are His sheep
The Lord Jesus Christ is the One who keeps on shepherding me…I cannot lack anything.
 
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called…
 
…in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit…
 
…and that you be renewed (by God) in the spirit of your mind…
 
…and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
 
But I say, walk by (means of God) the (Holy) Spirit (and His guidance), and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
 
(Pick up and ) Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes (tactics) of the devil.
 
For our struggle is not against flesh (sin natures) and blood (souls…of human being), but (our struggle is) against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
 
CLOSING SONG
Essence of God 
 
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