God’s Extravagant Love Pt 3

God’s Extravagant Love Pt 3

1 John 4:16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

GODS LOVE CAN BE MEASURED BY LOOKING AT SOME STANDARDS

1. BY LOOKING AT THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID

THE PRICE THAT HE PAID WAS HIS OWN BLOOD.

HE GAVE IT UP IN A 7 FOLD SHEEDING OF HIS BLOOD.

Leviticus 16:14 Moreover, he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; also in front of the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.

Lev 26:18 If also after these things you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

21 I will increase the plague on you seven times according to your sins.

24 I, will strike you seven times for your sins.

28 I, even I, will punish you seven times for your sins.

2. HIS LOVE CAN BE MEASURED BY THE INHERITANCE THAT HE GIVES US IN CHRIST.

HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND TO GOD’S EXTRAVAGANT LOVE?

1 John 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

BEING A CHRISTIAN IS BEING LIKE CHRIST!

LOVE IS OUR GREATEST WITNESS AND IF WE LIMIT THIS WE LIMIT OUR WITNESS.

WE SHOULD BE EXTRAVAGANT ALSO!

Mark 14:3 While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head. 4 But some were indignantly remarking to one another, “Why has this perfume been wasted? 5 For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they were scolding her. 6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial. 9 Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”

John 12:3 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?” 6 Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it.

3 FACTORS IN THE STORY.

1 WHAT MARY DID,

2 WHAT JESUS DID,

3 HOW THE CRITICS REACTED

MARY WAS EXTRAVAGANT. AND TOTALLY DEVOTED.

NOTICE WHAT JESUS SAID.

Mark 14:6 She had done a good deed to me… (Amp – a good and beautiful thing to me)

Msg Something wonderfully significant

Wnt She has done a most gracious act towards me

Mark 14:8 She has done what she could

GOD NEVER ASKS US TO DO MORE THAN WE CAN.

Mark 14:8 she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial.

SHE WAS OPEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT.

THE HOLY SPIRIT COULD SPEAK TO HER HEART BECAUSE SHE WAS WILLING TO BE EXTRAVAGANT

Mark 14:9 wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.

3 THINGS ABOUT THE CRITICS.

1. THEY WERE STINGY.

2. THEY WERE HYPOCRITES.

3. THEY WERE MISERABLE. THEY COULDN’T EVEN ENJOY THE FRAGRANCE THAT FILLED THE ROOM.

God’s Extravagant Love Pt 2

God’s Extravagant Love Pt 2

4 FACTS ABOUT EXTRAVAGANT LOVE

1. GOD’S LOVE IS INDIVIDUAL
2. IT IS EVERLASTING
3. IT PRECEEDS TIME

4. IT IS IRRESISTABLE

FOR JESUS TO REDEEM US IT COST HIM EVERYTHING.

THE PRICE THAT HE PAID WAS HIS OWN BLOOD.

1 Peter 1:18 Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE THE BLOOD?

Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’ (PROPHETIC)

ISAIAH PROPHESIED THAT THE MESSIAH WOULD GIVE HIS BLOOD AS AN ATONEMENT FOR SIN.

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

“He poured out his soul (life) unto death”

Leviticus 16:14 Moreover, he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; also in front of the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.

THIS WAS FULFILLED IN EXACTLY THE WAY JESUS SHED HIS BLOOD.

HIS BLOOD WAS SPRINKLED 7 TIMES BEFORE THE SACRIFICE WAS COMPLETE

THE 1ST SHEDDING OF HIS BLOOD TOOK PLACE IN THE GARDEN

Luke 22:44 And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.

THE 2ND SHEDDING OF BLOOD WAS IN THE HOUSE OF THE HIGH PRIEST

Matt 26:67 Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him, (Blood came from his nose & other places)

THE 3RD SHEDDING OF BLOOD IS WHEN PILOT HAD JESUS FLOGGED

Matt 27:26 Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

Isaiah 50:6 I gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.

THE 4TH SHEDDING OF BLOOD IS FOUND ALSO IN Isaiah 50:6 “My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard”…

THE 5TH SHEDDING OF BLOOD WAS THE CROWN OF THORNS.

Matt 27:28 They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head,

THE 6TH SHEDDING OF BLOOD WAS THE CRUCIFICTION WHERE THEY PIERCED JESUS HANDS AND FEET WITH NAILS.

Matt 27:35 And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots.

PREDICTED IN Psalm 22:16-18 They pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.

THE 7TH SHEDDING OF BLOOD IS WHEN A ROMAN SOLDIER WAS SENT TO MAKE SURE THE MEN ON THE CROSS’S WERE DEAD.

Q. WHAT DO WE RECEIVE BECAUSE OF HIS EXTRAVAGAN LOVE?

WHAT WE RECEIVE IS EQUALLY EXTRAVAGANT.

Romans 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

PAUL CONTINUES WITH OUR POSITION IN CHRIST

16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, (THE SPIRIT REINFORCES WHO WE ARE)

PAUL GOES ON TO EXPLAIN WHAT IS INVOLVED

17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him

JESUS AS THE FIRST SON HAS THE WHOLE INHERITANCE AND WE SHARE THE WHOLE INHERITANCE WITH HIM.

John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.

THE INHERITANCE IS THE FULLNESS OF WHAT GOD HAS BESTOWED UPON US IN CHRIST.

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

WHEN WE RECEIVE CHRIST WE RECEIVE ALL THINGS.

1 Cor 3:21 So then let no one boast in men. For all things belong to you, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, 23 and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.

1 John 4:16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

NIV And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

God’s Extravagant Love

God’s Extravagant Love

GOD’S LOVE IS BOUNDLESS AND EXTRAVAGANT.

Eph 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded (established) in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

PARABLE IN Matthew 13:44 (THE TREASURE IN THE FIELD)

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

THE MAN WHO FOUND THE TREASURE IS JESUS.

THE FIELD IS WORLD

THE TREASURE IS GOD’S PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

THE “WHOEVERS” ARE THE TREASURE IN THE FIELD THAT JESUS DIED TO PURCHASE.

Titus 2:14 who (He) gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

PARABLE OF THE COSTLY PEARL

THE FIRST PARABLE – GOD’S LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE COLLECTIVELY

THE PARABLE OF THE PEARL – THE MEASURE OF CHRISTS LOVE FOR EACH HUMAN SOUL.

Matt 13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

4 FACTS ABOUT EXTRAVAGANT LOVE

1. GOD’S LOVE IS INDIVIDUAL

2. IT IS EVERLASTING

3. IT PRECEEDS TIME

4. IT IS IRRESISTABLE

1 & 2 Jer 31:3 The Lord appeared to him from afar (old), saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.

3. HIS LOVE PRECEDS TIME – Eph 1:4-5 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,

4. Song of Solomon 8:6 Put me like a seal over your heart, Like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death,

JESUS PAID FOR THE FIELD & THE PEARL WITH HIS LIFE BUT HE LEAVES HIS MINISTERS TO HELP RECOVER THE TREASURE.

WE HIS SERVANTS ARE TO BRING PEOPLE OUT OF THE WORLD AND HELP DISCIPLE THEM. AND IT’S WORK.

PAUL REFERING TO HIS OWN MINISTRY

Col 1:28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.