What God Desires

God desires a people who desire Him, who serve Him because they love Him.  He “seeks those,” Jesus said, “who worship Him in Spirit and truth.”

In fact, Paul says whatever we do for God that is not fueled by love for God is ultimately worthless to Him (I Corinthians 13:1-3)

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 16

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The More We See, The More We Are Changed

The Holy Spirit shows us Christ in all his glory, and in time we become more captivated with him that we are with our silly, powerless idols.  The more we see of him, the more we are changed into his image until that wonderful day when we will be like him, for we will see him face to face.  (I Corinthians 13:12)

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 188

A New Look at I Corinthians 13

Sometimes the simplest things are the most profound. So it is with the love of Jesus Christ. His love is freeing, liberating, and transforming. There is a deep desire in each of us to be loved, and Jesus alone provides perfect love. Perhaps the best way to understand Jesus is love for the church is to insert his name in the place of the word love in each of the declarations in I Corinthians 13:4 – 8

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 192

For God’s Glory to be Revealed in the Church…

For God’s glory to be revealed in the church, as Paul prayed, we must be satisfied in him individually and collectively, though we also along for the day we see Jesus face to face (Exodus 33:18; I Corinthians 13:2).  This means enjoying him as our greatest treasure, knowing beyond knowing that he loves us, being captivated by and grasping his love, living in a maturing relationship with him, repenting as a person, growing to glorify him more and more by grace with joy, sharing his fame with others, humbly serving those in need as he has served us, singing of his love, and praying for his church. The life lived to reveal the glory of our Father God results in our joy and other’s good as we become more like Jesus by the Spirit’s power.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 120

Five Reasons for Theological Unity

Theologically, unity is to be pursued by churches and among churches for five reasons:

  1. Jesus prayed for it often.
  2. As the leadership goes, so goes the rest of the church.
  3. Without unity, spiritual health and growth cannot be maintained because the church gets diverted from Jesus and his mission for them.
  4. Unity is fragile because it is gained slowly and lost quickly, which requires that it never be assumed or taken for granted.
  5. Paul repeatedly commands unity in churches (I Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 4:3; Philippians 1:27)

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 136

Though Our Minds Have Been Renewed, Some Darkness Remains

Though our minds have been renewed in Christ, some darkness remains (I Corinthians 13:12), and the flesh takes advantage of that.  If we neglect the Word of Christ – the lamp for our path (Psalm 119:105) – we’ll grope and stumble in the dark.

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 105

Though the Believer Has a New Heart…

But the believer has a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26), a new mind – even the mind of Christ (Romans 7:25; 8:26; I Corinthians 2:16), and new desires for things of God (Romans 7:18; II Corinthians 5:2; Hebrews 13:18).  Yet, God’s work in this renewed heart is unfinished (I John 3:2).  The mind can’t see as clearly as it will (I Corinthians 13:9, 12), the desires can be entangled (Galatians 2:11-13), and the will can’t fully do God’s will (Galatians 5:17).  The flesh in the believer remains unsearchable and deceitful.

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 38-39