Thomas Watson – How May We know Whether We Love God?

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He who loves God desires His presence. Lovers cannot be long asunder, they soon have their fainting fits, for lack of a sight of the object of their love. A soul deeply in love with God desires the enjoyment of Him. David was ready to faint away, when he had not a sight of God. “My soul faints for God.” Psalm 84:2

He who loves God, does not love sin. “You who love the Lord—hate evil.” Psalm 97:10. The love of God—and the love of sin, can no more mix together than iron and clay. Every sin loved, strikes at the being of God. He who loves God, has an antipathy against sin. He who would part two lovers is a hateful person. God and the believing soul are two lovers; sin parts between them, therefore the soul is implacably set against sin. By this try your love to God. How can he say he loves God, who loves sin—which is God’s enemy?

He who loves God is not much in love with anything else. His love is very cool to worldly things. The love of the world eats out the heart of piety; it chokes holy affections, as earth puts out the fire. He who loves God—uses the world but chooses God. The world engages him—but God delights and satisfies him. He says as David, “God, my exceeding joy!” Psalm 43:4. “God is the cream of my joy!”

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Michael Boling – Betrothal, the Believer’s Relationship with Jesus, and Eschatology (Part 2)

Betrothal, the Believer’s Relationship with Jesus, and Eschatology (Part 2)

In part one of this series, we explored the marriage process known as betrothal, a process that would have been fully understood in the time period Scripture was written. So when God stated in Hosea 2:19 “I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy” or when Jesus discussed going away to prepare a place in John 14:1-4, these were statements the hearers would have been very familiar with.

Unfortunately it seems, believers today are not as familiar with the betrothal process and more importantly, have not engaged with a great deal of diligence a study and understanding of what it means to be married to Christ, or better yet, what it means to be the bride of Christ. Most believers likely have heard of the wedding supper of the Lamb noted in Revelation 19:7-9 but the full reality of how one gets to that wedding supper seems to be literally lost in translation. If we are the bride, what does that mean, how are we to act, how are we to prepare for the wedding ceremony, when will the wedding ceremony take place? These are all valid questions to ask. It will be the aim of this post to outline the actual application of what it means to be the bride of Christ to our everyday Christian walk. We will take what we have learned about the betrothal process and with that as the background, exegete the numerous Scriptures that speak of being betrothed to God or being the bride of Christ to see exactly how this all plays out in a practical way. The discussion concerning the timing of the wedding and the wedding supper will be addressed in the final part of this series. This particular post may be divided into two parts itself due to the great amount of information Scripture has to provide on the subject. So we will see how far we get and if need be, I will break the discussion up into one, possibly two or even more posts before we get to the eschatology aspect of the bride of Christ. But wait, there’s more!

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