Sermon leftovers (1/30/11)

To answer the question “How does a man love his wife?” the question “How has Christ loved the church?” must be answered first.

What follows is a list of some of the ways in which Christ has loved His church to accomplish her purity and sanctification (please note that this list is not exhaustive).

  • He has accepted me in Christ (1 Pt. 2:5)
  • He was made a Savior that He might be with me (Mt. 1:23)
  • He gave Himself up for my transgressions (Rom. 4:25; Gal. 1:4)
  • He paid the ransom for my debt of sin (1 Tim. 2:6)
  • He offers gentle patience to bring me to repentance (Rom. 2; Ps. 25:18)
  • He has reconciled me to Him (2 Cor. 5:18-21; Col. 1:20-23)
  • He has forgiven me (Eph. 1:7; 4:31-32)
  • He has provided me the Holy Spirit (Jn. 14:26) to teach me and comfort me
  • He has given me abundant life (Jn. 10:10)
  • He has demonstrated His love for me through His actions towards me and for me (Rom. 5:8)
  • He has freed me from the bonds of sin and released me from the destiny of hell (Rom. 6)
  • He gave himself for me (Eph. 5:25; Rom. 5:8)
  • He continues to intercede before God on my behalf (Rom. 8:34)
  • He defends me against the accuser Satan (Rev. 12:10; Heb. 7:25)
  • He has made me a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17)
  • He has justified me — given me His imputed righteousness (Rom. 5:1; 2 Cor. 5:2)
  • He has sealed me (guaranteed my future) by the gift of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14)
  • He has protected me (Jn. 10:29-30; Rom. 8)
  • He has shepherded me (Jn. 10)
  • He has given me the truth (Jn. 14:6; 1 Tim. 3:15)
  • He has remained faithful to Himself and me (2 Tim. 2:15; Lam. 3:22-23)

And all these truths come with real gifts from Christ the groom to His beloved church — gifts like access to Him, confidence and security in our relationship, fellowship, peace, and comfort.  And those gifts also have implications for how an earthly husband will care for and nurture his wife in preparation for presenting her to Christ.

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