Topic:CHRIST THE SOURCE OF LOVE FOR THIS GENERATION
Text:2 Chronicles 6:14
INTRODUCTION:We are familiar with the person of Christ. This has become a normal teaching for every believer to know who Christ is, even at this time are we celebrating the work of salvation made person on the cross of Calvary by His death and resurrection in the person of Jesus, Hallelujah!
WHAT IS LOVE
Love is one of the attributes of God, surrounded by what makes God a true God is love dimension, and the bible confirms it that God is love (1John 4:8). Love is not just loving someone according to yourself, love means putting others before yourself (Philippians 2:3…Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves] AMP).
Love means to be compassionate about others, if you don’t have compassion for others, you won’t have the ability to put them before you, love is not defined when compassion is nowhere to be found.
WHAT ARE WE TO EXAMINE IN THIS LECTURE?
- THE OUTLINE OF THE TEXT
- THE MOVE OF THE LOVE OF GOD IN THE PAST GENERATION
- THE FULFILMENT OF GOD’S LOVE.
- THE BREAKDOWN OF THE TEXT IN FULL.
- TWO DIMENSIONAL WAY TO BRING CHRIST TO THIS GENERATION.
- TEXT OUTLINE
According to our text, 2 Chronicles 6:14 portrays the prayer of a king called Solomon, who was chosenby God to build a temple for Him, after the temple has been built and worship is rendered, God descended down in Glory (Chapter 5:13-14), after this Solomon made a prayer unto the Lord and the prayer he made was our text to be examined in our lecture…. “He prayed, “Lord God of Israel, in all heaven and earth there is no God like you. You keep your covenant with your people and show them your love when they live in wholehearted obedience to you”.
- THE MOVE OF THE LOVE OF GOD IN THE PAST GENERATIONS
God has not been happy ever since the fall of man in Genesis Chapter 3, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and was changed to another identity asides what God had created, their nakedness was noticed, which the prefer solution of man is fig tree, unable to last them a day but when God steps in (SHOWING LOVE), He made them a coats of skin to cover their nakedness, with a promise to be fulfilled in Genesis 3:15.
After this comes another generation found in Genesis chapter 6, where the whole generation was filthy, atrocities here and there and diverse evil actions loomed the earth, in the judgment of God comes another solution, SHOWING LOVE which is seen in the life of a man called Noah and his family, ark was made to contain them and animals to keep the love of God on earth.
At this point in time, God is showing His love with a purpose (In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed), with this God’s love is working to fulfill a mandate (restoring mankind to its rightful position as at life in the Garden of Eden)
The love of God kept the sons of Jacob in Goshen of Egypt until it becomes a nation to birth the promise of God (Love of God) in Genesis chapter 46, they become a nation ripped to birth the Promise of God (Love) of God in the book of Exodus, their Exodus began with Moses to the land of Canaan according to His promises for Abraham, God choose for them a king after His heart which is David, who served God with his heart, he planned to build a temple for God but God fulfill it in the life of his son Solomon, to build a temple for him, this temple is our text which we have been treating, after this temple did Solomon make a prayer, according to our topic, love is our focus.
- THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S LOVE
As far as God is concerned, He is not a man to faint or to lie, in other to bring up His covenant. He has been seeking for the available vessels to use until the time is ripped in Galatians 4:4, through the Virgin Mary, which birth Christ, the fullness of both the Covenant of God and Love of God. So when speaking or talking about the Love of God, what we are saying is Jesus Christ in personality, He is the perfect and express love of God to humanity.
The love God has been trying to relate to mankind has been vivid in Christ given to humanity as the express love of God seen in John 3:16…becoming what we still celebrate till this moment
- THE BREAKDOWN OF THE TEXT IN FULL
“He prayed, “Lord God of Israel, in all heaven and earth there is no God like you. You keep your COVENANT with your people and show them yourLOVE when they live in wholehearted obedience to you”.
Three entities to examine
- WHOLEHEARTEDLY OBEDIENCE
THE COVENANT here is seen in Genesis 3:15 (And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel) – the covenant he was referring to is the one God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3 in respect to Genesis 3:15
THE LOVE here is seen in Matthew 1:21-23
- 21 She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God].
- 22 All this took place that it might be fulfilled which the Lord had spoken through the prophet
- 23 Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel — which, when translated, means, God with us. [Isa 7:14.] – Christ is the Love of God for human kind
WHOLEHEARTED OBEDIENCE: The covenant of God for showing His love to humanity is seen in the person of Christ according to Rom 10:17, So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).So the criteria for entering into the covenant of God and enjoying His Love through obedience is to believe in the person of Christ and not only believe, but to walk in the path of Christ
TWO DIMENSIONAL WAYS TO BRING CHRIST TO THIS GENERATION
We have been rubbed off our right, vision, mission, knowledge about the burdens of God throughout the ages and God has been so displeased that Christians nowadays have lost the vision of God thinking we are working for the kingdom not knowing we aren’t in the plans of God. Let’s examine them:
We are to examine two things here which are:
- THE MESSAGE
- LIFE OF CHRIST
THE MESSAGE: To bring back Christ’s love to this Generation, we must be careful of our messages these days. According to the Old Testament and God’s dealing, the message is only God and nothing else. God didn’t tell Adam and Eve the existence of Satan (they were the first church and generation), it’s because God is only to be known and nothing else. There are many idols and gods but Moses didn’t introduce them to the Israelites because only God must be known for the love of Christ to be shown in their generation.We need to change our messages to knowing God alone rather than exposing them to things other than Christ (such as prophetic prayers which are not of Christ, teachings about demons and all messages which didn’t carry Christ), this goes in accordance with John 12:32 (When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to me) until Christ alone is lifted, we are not yet communicating His love.
THE LIFE OF CHRIST:Another important aspect is the life of Christ, although the message can be right but be powerless, yes, you might have a lot of information and speak about Jesus all your day but if you refuse to inhabit the life of Christ, all your communication are noises to this generations. In accordance to Galatians 2:20 (I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me), Paul was able to make a great impact and work more than the other Apostles because he died to self to allow the flow of Christ in him, if your life is not a replica of Christ, this generations will lack the love of Christ. Lifestyle I meant is how you relate with people, for example, you preach on anger that people should not get angry and yet you are a victim of it, if your preaching, teachings and talk about Christ is not seen in your life, you only has a message with no life and message without life can’t transform or change people. It is easy to have accurate message but work on your life.
Christ is the source of love for this generation. He is alive as a spirit seeking for a vessel (man) to lives, through that vessel to live out His life and to preach out Himself and this is done by being born again, being filled with His spirit and sacrificial life (releasing all to perish inorder for God to be seen) when this is done, you are the next Christ through which God can express His love to this generation.
So in conclusion, before Christ can be the source of love for a generation, a vessel (Man) is needed to align with God to release this possibility into man to be able to carry this love without blemish and perfectly.