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AUGUST 20, 2006 

ENJOYING THE FULLNESS OF GOD’S LOVE 

SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 5:1-11 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: ROMANS 5:10 (KJV) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  

INTRO: How often have we disliked or even hated something that we have never tried but once we did try it we found that we loved it. 

   It is often this way with our love for God. 

   There may have been a day when we may have been indifferent towards God all the way to hating God. 

   But when we allowed God to enter our lives our attitude or love, towards Him changed and should be even changing still. 

   But the love of God towards us never changes, we are only able to enjoy the fullness of His love more and more as we draw closer to Him. 

   God is love.   

I JOHN 4:8 (KJV) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  

I JOHN 4:16 (KJV) And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  

   God is the completeness of love.   

   As God is without limit or boundaries so the Love He has towards us is without limit or boundaries.  

   We fail to understand or experience the fullness of God’s love because we are limited. 

   There are three major changes in enjoying the love of God. 

1.      GOD LOVED US WHEN WE WERE STILL SINNERS.

2.      WE BEGAN ENJOYING GOD’S LOVE WHEN WE ACCEPT HIM AS OUR SAVIOR.

3.      WE CAN ONLY ENJOYING GOD’S LOVE IN ITS FULLNESS IN ETERNITY.

I. GOD LOVED US WHEN WE WERE STILL SINNERS. 

ROMANS 5:6-8 (NASB) For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  

   A.  IT WAS GOD’S LOVE THAT DREW US TO HIM. 

JEREMIAH 31:3 (KJV) The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.  

NOTE: Being unaware of God’s love did not lesson His love for us; it just kept us from enjoying His love. 

   It was like having a secret admirer who would send us gifts but we didn’t know where they came from. 

   Often times we would fail to see them as gifts. 

HOSEA 11:1-4 (NLT) "When Israel was a child, I loved him as a son, and I called my son out of Egypt. But the more I called to him, the more he rebelled, offering sacrifices to the images of Baal and burning incense to idols.  It was I who taught Israel how to walk, leading him along by the hand. But he doesn't know or even care that it was I who took care of him.  I led Israel along with my ropes of kindness and love. I lifted the yoke from his neck, and I myself stooped to feed him.  

   B.  HE SENT OTHERS TO TELL US OF HIS LOVE. 

NOTE: God loved us so much that He sent others to invite us to come to Him and enjoy the blessings of His love. 

JEREMIAH 35:15 (NLT) I have sent you prophet after prophet to tell you to turn from your wicked ways and to stop worshiping other gods, so that you might live in peace here in the land I gave to you and your ancestors. But you would not listen to me or obey.  

   God loved us so much that He sent others to warn us of coming judgment of sin. 

EZEKIEL 33:10-11 (NLT) "Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: You are saying, `Our sins are heavy upon us; we are wasting away! How can we survive?'  As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?  

   God love for us allowed Him to use adversity to turn us to Him. 

HOSEA 6:1-3 (NLT)  "Come, let us return to the LORD! He has torn us in pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds.  In just a short time, he will restore us so we can live in his presence.  Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him! Then he will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring."  

II. WE BEGAN ENJOYING GOD’S LOVE WHEN WE ACCEPT HIM AS OUR SAVIOR. 

NOTE: We could not begin to experience the fullness of God’s love until we recognize WHO it is that loves us. 

   A. OUR LOVE FOR GOD BEGINS AT THE CROSS. 

1 JOHN 3:16 (KJV) Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  

NOTE: It is not until we begin to understand the cost of His love for us that we can begin to enjoy His love.

 1 JOHN 4:19 (KJV) We love him, because he first loved us.  

   B. WE ENJOY HIS LOVE MORE AS WE KNOW HIM MORE.  

NOTE:   The more we know and understand about God, the more we can enjoy His love. 

PHILIPPIANS 3:10-14 (KJV) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  

   C. WE CAN KNOW HIM MORE THROUGH: 

·         Fellowship with Him. 

o        The Word of God

o        Prayer 

·         Fellowship with fellow Believers. 

ILL:  Song: “The Longer I Serve Him.”  Pg. 520 

JAMES 1:17 (KJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  

NOTE: The more we recognize God’s Love for us the more we will love Him, the more we love Him the more we are able to enjoy His love for us. 

CONCLUSION:  We will not fully understand and enjoy God’s love until we reach heaven. 

PSALMS 17:15 (KJV) As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.  

ISAIAH 33:17 (KJV) Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.

 1 JOHN 3:1-3 (KJV) Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
 

 

AUGUST 27, 2006 

GOD’S PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SANDWICH

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 63:1-11 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: JEREMIAH 31:3 (KJV) The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.  

INTRO: The word, loving-kindness, appears 705 times in the Bible in various translations. 

   When you hear the word, loving-kindness, what do you think of? 

 ILL: A class was asked, what is the difference between kindness and lovingkindness?  A little girl answered, “If I was hungry and you gave me a slice of bread that would be kindness, but if you put jelly on it, that would be loving-kindness.”[1] 

   God has shown to us His loving-kindness by giving us much more than bread and jam, He has given us a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. 

I. JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE. 

JOHN 6:51 (KJV) I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.  

NOTE: Man’s fellowship with God had been broken by sin, by sending Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, God has provided a way for man’s fellowship with God to be restored. 

   There are several things about the Bread in God’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich I want you to understand. 

A.      BREAD IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO MAKE A SANDWICH. 

NOTE: We get the word sandwich from John Montagu Dunk, 4th Earl of Sandwich who is often credited with inventing the sandwich but actually, Hillel the Elder made a form of sandwich a couple hundred years earlier.

   Have you ever tried to make a sandwich without using some sort of bread? 

   1) Two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between. 2) One slide of bread covered with food.[2]

JOHN 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  

   It is only through Jesus Christ that we can have our fellowship with God restored. 

    B.  THE BREAD IS NOT A FANCY TYPE OF BREAD.    

ISAIAH 53:2 (KJV) For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.  

NOTE: There are those who reject Jesus because He comes in the spirit of humility and they want something that is gaudy and fancy. 

NUMBERS 21:5 (KJV) And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.  

   There are many who do not like the simplicity of the Gospel.  And because of this, they are never able to enjoy God’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. 

II. THE PEANUT BUTTER IS A SYMBOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. 

NOTE: George Washington Carver found over 300 ways to use the peanut. 

   There are many different ways we can use peanut butter.  There are many different ways the Holy Spirit enables us to live a victorious, productive Christian life. 

   A. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR COMFORTER. 

JOHN 16:7 (KJV) Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  

   B.  THE HOLY SPIRIT CONVICTS US OF SIN. 

JOHN 16:8 (KJV) And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

    C.  THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDES. 

JOHN 16:13 (KJV) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:  

   D.  THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES US. 

1 JOHN 2:27 (NLT) But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don't need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you all things, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So continue in what he has taught you, and continue to live in Christ.  

   E.  THE HOLY SPIRIT PRAYS THROUGH US. 

ROMANS 8:26 (KJV) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  

   F.  THE HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERS US. 

ACTS 1:8 (KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  

G.     THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVE IS GIFTS OF MINISTRY. 

1 CORINTHIANS 12:4-11 (KJV) Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: but all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.  

H.      THE HOLY SPIRIT MAKES OUR LIVES FRUITFUL. 

GALATIANS 5:22-23 (KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  

III.  THE JELLY ON THE SANDWICH SYMBOLIZES ETERNITY IN HEAVEN. 

   A.  JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST. 

ROMANS 8:16-17 (KJV) The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  

   B.  NO SIN.

REVELATION 21:27 (KJV)And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.  

   C.  NO DEATH, TEARS OR PARTING.

 REVELATION 21:4 (KJV) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

    D.  BE WITH GOD FOREVER.

 REVELATION 22:5 (KJV) And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.  

CONCLUSION: Have you begun to enjoy God’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich yet? 


 


[1] Heartwarming Bible Illustrations: AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422 pg. 221 #557

[2]  Merriam Webster’s collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition: Merriam-Webster, INC. Springfield, MA., pg. 1035

 

 

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