Rom 8:14-23; 1Jo 4:15-19; Mat 5:44-45; Joh 15:16-17
ROMANS-200-110203 - length: 58:50 - taught on Feb, 3 2011
February 3, 2011
Winter Gathering Feb 18-20
In order to advance to spiritual maturity, we must respond to the leadings of the Spirit.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
This love is completely supernatural in character. It is qualitatively different and higher than the highest love the world has ever come to know through human devices.
"The second is like it, ’YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.
“A new commandment I give to you [the Church!], that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another”.
“Just as the Father has loved Me [His Beloved Son from eternity past], I have also loved you; abide in My love”.
And we find out that Christ has loved us with the same love that the Father has loved the Son with from all eternity!
From observing the behavior of the Trinity toward one another, we can conclude that this is a love which is sacrificial in character.
This is a love that humbles self and gives self for the benefit of the other.
It is a love that finds its penultimate expression in the cries of suffering by the God-man on the cross.
We come to know the love God the Father has for us, and we respond to that love by learning how to love Him, and finally we express our love for Him by being obedient to His commands.
so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
To be a son of God implies a certain similarity or likeness. A son and a father have similarities, certain things in common.
We are to learn how to see things as God sees them.
The best way to see things the way our Father sees them is see things more and more through the thinking of Jesus Christ.
huiothesia means God’s recognizing Church Age believers in that position as a child come of age, an adult son.
This will be consummated fully at the coming of Christ, when our bodies, redeemed and fashioned anew, shall be conformed to Christ’s glorious body.
Decreed or made certain in eternity past.
Set in place at the moment of salvation.
Completed and made evident at the Rapture.