Scripture Reading: Philippians 3
Romans 13:8--Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Galatians 5:14--For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Both books are huge on the Law thing and both say this about love.
Love and the cross: God demonstrated. .Greater love has. . God so loved the world
Cross fulfilled types in the Law and is our great revelation of Love.
Matthew 10:38-39—in context of loving Christ more than family
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Higher and lower, earthly and heavenly, physical and spiritual life. If you don’t give up the lower, you won’t get the higher. This time is coming.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Will come—no one is forced to come. Losing your eternal life happens by choosing to live for this temporal life. You can‘t buy your soul with temporal gains. Life and soul are same word in Greek—psuchay.
Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look [eagerly wait] for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Enemies of cross—these are people in the church he’s talking about! Enemies in practice—they want earthly things. God is belly—they live to fulfill fleshly appetites. Conversation—our state, country, citizenship.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Bodies—there is an active role for the body, not living for the belly.
Living sacrifice—dead to sin but alive unto God.
Reasonable—exchanging this life for that one is completely rational, but looks insane! World tells us living according to science and this world is rational. Exact opposite is true.
A saved person can’t be conformed to the world because he is dead to these things. This transformation, transfiguration, happens by changing the mind, a new rationality takes hold and changes the actions of the body.
Hebrews 12:1-4—Hebrews 11 and those who lived for a better country
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Christ endured His cross for joy set before Him. The present was no fun; the future benefit was worth it. Same is true today for us.
Weight—anything that encumbers progress—earthly things, not just sinful things.
Consider—think it over, reflect on this. If Christ went through all this, shouldn’t we expect it too?
Contradiction of sinners—although He gave Himself for sinners; they fought against Him. Resisted unto blood—don’t shrink from the fight.
Don’t lose heart, it’s what happens. The battle against sin is exhausting, don’t faint. Remember the reward set before you and the joyful fruit of present pain.