“MOTIVATORS THAT MOVE” PART 3.

2 Corinthians 5:1-8.

Verse 5. The word “wrought” means, that God had formed, or made them for this; that is, he had by the influences of the Spirit created them for this, and adapted them to it.
God has destined each of us to this change from corruption to incorruption; he has adapted us to it; he has made us for it. It does not refer to the original creation of the body and the soul for this end; but it means that God, by his own renewing, and sanctifying, and sustaining power, had formed them for this, and adapted them to it.

“Who also hath given.” In addition to the fitting for eternal glory he has given us the ‘earnest of the Spirit’ to sustain us here.

Verse 6. “Therefore we are always confident.” The word confident here means, to be of good cheer; to have good courage; to be full of hope. The idea is, that Paul was not dejected, disheartened, discouraged. He was positive and happy. He was patient in his trials, and diligent in his vocation. He was full of hope and of the confident expectation of heaven; and this filled him with optimism and with joy.

“Whilst we are at home in the body.” The word here means, literally, to be among one’s own people, to be at home; to be present at any place.

Verse 7, “For we walk.” To walk, in the Scriptures, often means to live, to act, and conduct one’s self in a certain way. It has reference to the fact that life is a journey, or a pilgrimage, and that the Christian is traveling to another country.

The sense here is, that we conduct ourselves in our course of life with reference to the things which are unseen, and not with reference to the things which are seen.

“By faith.” To walk by faith, is to live in the confident expectation of things that are to come; in the belief of the existence of unseen realities; and allowing them to influence us as if they were seen.

The people of this world are influenced by the things that are seen. They live for wealth, power, and praise and for the objects this world can furnish.

The Christian, on the contrary, has a firm conviction of the reality of the glories of heaven; of the fact that the Redeemer is there; of the fact that there is a crown of glory; and he lives and acts as if that were all real, and as if he saw it all.
The simple account of faith, and of living by faith is, that we live and act as if these things were true and in reality even today. We have:

1. The promise of life.
2. We have the assurance that sudden death cannot deprive us of it.
3. We have the assurance that when obtained, it will not decay, but that it will meet all the expectations of the soul, and shall be eternal.

WE WILL CONCLUDE WITH VERSE 8 TOMORROW!

“MOTIVATORS THAT MOVE!” PART 2.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-8.

Verse 3, “If so be that being clothed.”

1. The word “clothed” probably refers to the future spiritual body of believers; the eternal habitation in which we will reside.
2. The expression implies an earnest desire of Paul to be in that body.
3. It is the language of humility, as if it were possible that they might fail, and as if it demanded their highest care and anxiety that they might be clothed with the spiritual body in heaven.
4. “Found naked.” It means that in that future state the soul will not be naked; that is, destitute of any body or covering. The present body will be laid aside. It will return to corruption, and the spirit will ascend to God in heaven. It will be clothed there in its appropriate glorified body; and will have an appropriate habitation there. Unknown.

WE WILL LOOK AT VERSES 5-7 TOMORROW!

“MOTIVATORS THAT MOVE!

Please read 2 Corinthians 5:1-8
(I am going to keep it short for 3-4 days, don’t miss it).
 
In the first part of this message we are going to be spending much time reading some important information and then we will look at the meat of the message and what Paul is really saying in these verses.
 
Verse 2. “For in this.” In this tent, tabernacle, or dwelling. “We groan.”
The sense is, that we are subjected to so many trials and afflictions in our earthly body; that the body is subjected to so many pains, and to so much suffering, as to make us earnestly desire to be in the body that shall be free from all weakness and suffering.
“Earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house,” etc. There is evidently a change of the figure of speech that gives an apparent harshness to the words. One idea of the apostle is, that the body here, and the spiritual body hereafter, is a house or a dwelling.
 
Here he speaks of it as a garment which may be put on or taken off; and of himself as earnestly desiring to put on the immortal clothing which was in heaven.
“With our house.” The phrase “to be clothed upon with our house” seems to be insensitive and unusual. The sense is plain, however, that Paul desired to be in that pure, spiritual body which, was to be the eternal abode of his soul in heaven. That he speaks of as a house, a more permanent and substantial dwelling than a tent, or tabernacle.
 
WE WILL LOOK AT VERSE 3 TOMORROW!

“INGREDIENTS TO A HAPPY HOME” CONCLUSION!”

Ephesians 5:22-32
 
III. THE HAPPY CHRISTIAN HOME HAS THE INGREDIENT OF A LOVING MOTHER.
 
The mother of D.W. Lambert gave a Tea for a group of Pastors. All of a sudden there was a burst of laughter. Lambert thought, “Men of God ought not to indulge in such laughter. The mother answered, “When God makes you holy He gives you sense of humor and makes you happy.”
 
Look at Hannah in 1 Samuel chapter one.
 
IV. THE HAPPY CHRISTIAN HOME HAS THE INGREDIENT OF LEARNING THE BIBLE TOGETHER.
 
Read Romans 12:1-2.
 
V. THE HAPPY CHRISTIAN HOME HAS A LOCAL CHURCH FOR INFLUENCE.
 
Read Psalms 26 and 27.
 
Our Missionary effort must always begin at home.

“INGREDIENTS OF A HAPPY HOME” PART 3

Please read Ephesians 5:22-32.
 
Our second example is Joshua: Joshua 24:14-25.
 
In this chapter Joshua once again gathers the people together, to review the history of the children of Israel as well as the graciousness of God towards them in dealing with them. Look at verses 14-16 again.
 
We as men and fathers must make a covenant with God to be the leaders in our homes. How? By serving Him! Because Israel failed to destroy the occupants of the land (their enemy), they as well as their idolatry surrounded them.
 
• God and Joshua call them to a complete and real dedication to God.
• Joshua was just an “average” man, but totally committed and loyal to God and to his leader.
• This shows what God can do with the average man or woman who will completely dedicate themselves to God.
• This also teaches that an average man or father can be mightily used of God.
• The sad thing is that there was no one to take Joshua’s place as he did with Moses.
• So, after his death to the time of Samuel, they were under a trial Theocracy and Judges.
• As during the wilderness wanderings, the children of Israel had a Cycle of History during the time of the Judges.
We must be careful to guard our homes and be the leaders God commanded us to be so that we do not follow this cycle, or should we say circle.
 
TOMORROW WE WILL CONCLUDED WITH A LOVING MOTHER.

“INGREDIENTS TO A HAPPY HOME” PART 2.

A. Our first example is Abraham: Genesis 18:16-22.

Remember that God called Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldees because of the idolatry in the land, and because God wanted to make of him a great nation through which Messiah would come. Abram’s father Terah was heavily involved in the idolatry also.

Sometimes God has to take us away from family and friends and maybe even a nation to make something out of us. Especially if there is any kind of wickedness to keep us from serving God.

Look again at the example of Abraham: God knows that he would command his family after him.

In verse 19 God said, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

He shows that fathers ought to know God’s commands, and to teach them to their children. Families practicing their faith together are well pleasing to God, and He requires that parents not only give guidance and direction, but commands that their children ‘keep the way of the Lord.’

They must realize that there is an intimate connection between their doing this, and His giving them and their children the richest spiritual and physical blessings.

God is saying that, “I know Abraham that he will command his children and his household after him.” I wonder about us?

This is one of the better qualities of Abraham’s character. He not only prayed with his family, but he taught them,

He commanded them as a man in authority, and was prophet and king, as well as priest in his own house. He not only took care of his own children, but of his entire household: his servants were also taught to be dedicated servants.

Fathers should initiate, instruct, and inspect the character and Christian manners of all under their roof. I believe this is the reason God would make known to him His purpose concerning Sodom & Gomorrah, and because he was forthcoming of his knowledge. He continually improved his knowledge for the benefit of those that were under his care. (How we need to improve our knowledge on God’s Word).

TOMORROW, WE WILL SEE OUR 2ND EXAMPLE OF, JOSHUA

“INGREDIENTS TO A HAPPY HOME!”

Ephesians 5:22-32
 
It is my belief that we must understand that for the Christian, the home begins with Christ and His precious Word. Therefore, we will be studying the many facets of the Christian home according to God’s Word.
 
There will be many other lessons to follow. The next two weeks are to be used as an introduction only and not meant to be an in depth lesson. Please spend some time on Abraham (while the information is still fresh) as we have studied his life in recent weeks.
 
In the Lord’s Supper we are thankful for the sacrifice paid by our Lord Jesus Christ. It is that kind of love which is necessary to make a home a real Christian home. See verses 1-17 and Colossians 3:1-4, 16-17.
 
In verse 22, God starts with a woman’s obedience to her husband.
In verse 25, the husband is commanded to love his wife.
In Chapter 6:1, children are commanded to obey their parents.
In 6:4, a father is commanded to train and teach his children by way of discipline.
 
Five ingredients are necessary for a happy Christian home:
 
I. THE HAPPY CHRISTIAN HOME HAS THE INGREDIENT OF LOVE FOR CHRIST AND EACH OTHER.
 
Spend some time on the fact that it starts here. (A more detailed lesson will soon follow on this subject).
 
II. THE HAPPY CHRISTIAN HOME HAS THE INGREDIENT OF LEADERSHIP BY THE FATHER.
 
In the Bible, the father always taught the son what a Christian man was like. The story is told of a child who asked, “Daddy, have I ever seen one?” In this lesson we will study two great Fathers who were true biblical leaders of their home:
 
TOMORROW, WE WILL SEE OUR FIRST EXAMPLE OF, ABRAHAM.