To Despise the Love of God

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To Despise the Love of God

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

The Laodiceans are the people of the judgement but we want to be overcoming Laodiceans. It is written that there will be overcomers. I would like to consider the love of Jesus. The love of God should be the centre of every discourse. Do you ever get tired of the love of God? Do you despise it? Do you ever get weary of the love of God? Do you suppose that we could ever be saved if we rejected the love of God? Would be happy in heaven if we didn’t want the love of God? I fear that there are many, even amongst us that get tired of the love of God and that actually despise the love of God. We should reassess if we get weary, reject or scorn the love of God. That love of God is bound up in a gift. That gift is all of heaven. Jesus Christ, given by God the Father, to our planet, for our redemption, is the manifestation of the love of God. In Jesus Christ was the fullness of the Godhead bodily. All of heaven was captured in Jesus Christ. As we receive Jesus Christ, we must receive everything in Him and everything that comes with Him. This great gift of God writes personal letters. In the whole Bible, Jesus never wrote any personal letters, except to the seven churches. We have letters dictated by Jesus Christ himself, to us. He writes of this gift of love.

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Do you love the love of God? Do you love being rebuked? Is that part of the love of God? Do you like to be chastened? Have you experienced the tingle of the rod? Do you love that? Do you scorn it, despise it or get weary of it? As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. When they were children, they were also disobedient. We have a time of generational disobedience where it is taught that you can disobey the life of God and still be in heaven. That teaching is a result of these perilous times in which we live

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The world is about to perish, you and I are about to perish. Did God want us to perish? No. So what did He do? He sent His Son, Jesus Christ.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Did Jesus Christ come to execute the wages of sin upon this world? He didn’t come to condemn this world.

John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

He came to save the world. This is the love of Jesus.

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Zephaniah 1:12 And it shall come to pass at that time, [that] I will search Jerusalem with candles,

Zephaniah 1:12 …and punish the men that are settled on their lees:

A lee is a place secured away from a storm. This is saying there is a class of people in Adventism that are very comfortable. God is saying I’m going to let that light shine. When the light shines it shows their evil deeds. People don’t like that because it shows their evil deeds.

Zephaniah 1:13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

1:14 The great day of the LORD [is] near, [it is] near, and hasteth greatly, [even] the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

1:15 That day [is] a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

1:16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

1:17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

God’s House

If you believe that you are part of God’s house, if you call yourself a child of God, then God wants to correct you. If you want to hide away from that correction, He will still catch you. This time of probation has been given not as an execution of the judgement. It has been given for rebuke and chastisement. Be zealous therefore and repent. There are people caught up in building houses and other things in their temporal life. Those people God wants to discipline, people in their comfort zone.

Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

He has the light and is searching out Jerusalem and finding out who is misbehaving.

Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire,

Do you want to be tried by the fire?

Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

I’m counselling you to get an understanding of your condition.

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:

The children at the time do not interpret it as love. Humanity when they get rebuked by God don’t see the love in it because they are blind but if we submit ourselves to it and give it time, we will be thankful for it.

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

What happens to the son before they take over a kingdom? They have intense training. Generally they’re put at the head of the army. If they can handle that, then they can’t have the throne. Do you think God is any different? Do you think that he is going to let a bunch of disobedient Laodiceans take the throne? Absolutely not.

Revelation 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

It says we don’t know that we are. Don’t think that we know, we don’t know! We actually don’t know how bad it is. We don’t even know how bad we are. Let us not assume to do know because we don’t. What we need is someone to turn the light on. If you say, ‘I get tired of people always point out problems in the church or in my life’, are you tired of the love of God?

Proverbs 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

We are prone to despise, reject and scorn chastisement.

Proverbs 3:12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth.

They look at the world and think, the wicked seem to prosper. If that’s the case, the Lord loves you. Some people think if you do well in life, you’re favoured by the gods but if you’re abhorred by God, if you’re under chastisement, the Bible says you’re loved by God. The parents that don’t love their children don’t correct them.

Hebrews 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children,

Who forget it? The Hebrews. Do we forget it? Absolutely.

Hebrews 12:5 My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth

Do you want to be received of God? Then there is come scourging that needs to take place.

Hebrews 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons;

If we endure the chastening then He will deal with us as with sons. If we are sons, we are heirs, joint heirs with Christ. There is a Calvary for all of us on the way to heaven.

Hebrews 12:7 for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

If we don’t endure through chastisement, we’re not God’s people and we won’t be saved.

Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

12:10 For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness.

The word bastard means illegitimate son but it also means a decrease of value. God chastens us for our profit. Our value depends how much we submit to the chastising of God.

Hebrews 12:10 but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness.

Do you see how needful it is that God pulls out the rod and makes us tingle? All the letters have an admonition and a rebuke. There is one church that has no admonition. Does he love Laodiceans? Jesus Christ loves Laodiceans with intensity and because of that intense love, those rebukes are intense. We want to be partakers of His holiness and sit on his throne. He has ordained this chastisement.

Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

What does discipline yield? Peaceable fruits of righteousness. There are little children who cannot keep still at all. There is no peace in them because they haven’t been disciplined properly. After the thundering of God’s word comes to us, after that the air is clear.

Psalms 103:7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

Look at Israel and the discipline and rebukes that God gave them. That was to bring them into the promise land. God was chastening His people in that circumstance.

Psalms 103:8 The LORD [is] merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

God doesn’t discipline us through rage. There are so many parents that hit their children in anger. Is that what God does? No. That isn’t discipline. The parents that do that need to be disciplined. God is slow to anger.

Psalms 103:9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep [his anger] for ever.

103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

Psalems 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

People believe that Jesus Christ has forgiven us therefore we don’t need any chastisement. Do you know what He forgave?

Psalsm 103:13 Like as a father pitieth [his] children, [so] the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

It’s healthy for children to have a deep respect for their parents.

Psalms 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we [are] dust.

Inside the heart of God when He disciplines is an intense love. Yet we’re blind and do not see it.

Psalms 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him,

That fear of reverence and awe of the words of God need to be held. If we have no respect to God, He can chasten us, we can be taken captive into Babylon and we still won’t learn.

Psalms 103:17 and his righteousness unto children’s children;

103:18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

103:19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

John 16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

There’s a joy coming for all those who yield to the rebuke of God. That joy will eclipse every little bit of suffering that you received at the hand of God. Do you want your sins revealed now or later? Everyone’s sins will be revealed. Do you want to be rebuked now or later when there’s no remedy? The world will rejoice now and have a great time, sitting in their lees, but there are some people who take the rebukes of God. If someone rebukes you is that a good report? It is because Jesus loves you. If you say don’t rebuke me and trust in the position you hold as though you’re all okay, then you’ll have problems.

God’s law reaches the feelings and motives, as well as the outward acts. It reveals the secrets of the heart, flashing light upon things before buried in darkness. God knows every thought, every purpose, every plan, every motive. The books of heaven record the sins that would have been committed had there been opportunity. God will bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing. By His law He measures the character of every man. As the artist transfers to the canvas the features of the face, so the features of each individual character are transferred to the books of heaven. God has a perfect photograph of every man’s character, and this photograph He compares with His law. He reveals to man the defects that mar his life, and calls upon him to repent and turn from sin (ST July 31, 1901). {5BC 1085.4}

What does God do? God wants to reveal the sins that mar your life, he knows the problems that mar your life but you don’t know. Never think you know as you don’t. You have to say Lord you reveal the things that mar my life as I don’t know. God doesn’t come to condemn us as we are already condemned but he reveals things to us so we can repent. Be zealous therefore and repent.

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to [our] father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

3:10 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

John the Baptist is rebuking and says don’t think in your heart we have Abraham to our Father, don’t think that just because you are part of Gods church you are okay. Don’t think that your heritage is going to put you in good stead with God. Don’t think to put darkness into light and comfort yourself with it, you can’t. It is a natural tendency for human nature when rebuke comes for the mind to flick to the evidences and think it’s all okay. There are certain things that we hang onto that make us feel okay and in the case of the Pharisees it was being connected with faithful people.

John 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

If you were truly Adventist, you would do the works that the Adventist pioneers did as lead by God.

John 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

We look to comfort ourselves and then attack or pull down the person that brings the rebuke. This is the hallmark of rejecting the rebuke. The Pharisees told Jesus he was born of fornication;

John 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, [even] God.

The Jews pointed to Jesus’ birth and said, we’re not like you. Jesus Christ rebuked them and they turned around and said, you’re not any good either, you’ve got problems too. What a cop out, when people look at the problems of the person that have rebuked them. Who’s rebuking? Jesus Christ. The marks of the people are comforting themselves and looking at the rebukers bad life. Do you have an ear to hear what the spirit says to the churches? He that hath an ear let him hear. We don’t have ears that rebukes very well. I once rebuked my child and they covered their ears. Do we do the same to God? He rebukes us and we say I don’t want to hear the rebuke. He that hath an ear let him hear. Isn’t that what Jesus said to the Laodiceans? As many as I love I rebuke and chasten. What are you going to hear? Flattery? A rebuke. Open your ears to the rebukes of God, don’t’ close them.

The True Witness says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.” Revelation 3:20. Every warning, reproof, and entreaty in the word of God or through His messengers is a knock at the door of the heart. It is the voice of Jesus asking for entrance. With every knock unheeded, the disposition to open becomes weaker. The impressions of the Holy Spirit if disregarded today, will not be as strong tomorrow. The heart becomes less impressible, and lapses into a perilous unconsciousness of the shortness of life, and of the great eternity beyond. {DA 489.5}

Have you got an ear to hear it? Do you know what it is when Jesus knocks you’re your heart? He rebukes you. Do you hear the knock or are you deaf to it? If you are deaf how can you open up to Jesus? You can’t do it. We have a problem and our parent may come and rebuke us and we bar the door of our hearts but is it our parents or Jesus that we bar the door to? Jesus is knocking at the door and gives a rebuke and you padlock the door with a thousand padlocks to keep him out. Do you think you can be saved if you don’t have Jesus Christ inside of you? You get the rebuke and you reject it. That exercise of rejecting the rebuke and pointing out the problems who gave them or saying it doesn’t apply to me, all those actions strengthen the reaction for the next rebuke. God rebukes and if you don’t want to be his child, fine, he won’t chastise you and you can have fun in the world, do what you like but you will meet it later and there is no remedy. The rejection of light makes hell hotter. You shrink down to the temporal and you get back into building your house and planting your vineyard and getting comfortable and your consciousness of the nearness of Christ drops away. Then a family member will be alert and say Jesus is coming soon and the members will say you are not meant to be rebuking me, that is wrong. Some are sensitive to how close Jesus is coming and because they love they give the rebuke.

Our condemnation in the judgment will not result from the fact that we have been in error, but from the fact that we have neglected heaven-sent opportunities for learning what is truth. {DA 489.5}

You’re not going to be judged because you were naughty it was because you didn’t get rid of your naughtiness, you will be judged because you didn’t yield to God’s rebukes. Did Jesus rebuke the Jewish nation? Absolutely but did he love them? Did they see his love? No, they didn’t see it. He wept outside of the city.

As the light and life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities in the days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeeding generation. Again and again the history of Christ’s withdrawal from Judea has been repeated. When the Reformers preached the word of God, they had no thought of separating themselves from the established church; but the religious leaders would not tolerate the light, {DA 232.2}

Aren’t religious leaders meant to be giving the light? So why are they rejecting it? Who is giving it?

…and those that bore it were forced to seek another class, who were longing for the truth. In our day few of the professed followers of the Reformers are actuated by their spirit. Few are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise it may be presented. {DA 232.2}

A wife may rebuke a husband and the husband may say that is not the wife’s position that is wrong. If it is the guise that God has used because the husband didn’t do it, then the husband needs to have the ear to the voice of Jesus in the rebuke.

Every warning, reproof, and entreaty in the word of God or through His messengers is a knock at the door of the heart. {DA 489.5}

Few are listening for it. We have sentimentalism on the point of Jesus knocking on the heart. We think it’s a woozy emotional feeling. No, it is a rebuke. God didn’t come to say as many as I love I will flatter. The Laodiceans have no flattery from God. God gave them a prophet that went on and on about the problems in the church until the church said go to Australia we don’t want to hear you anymore and still today the prophet of the Lord is being rejected. Not in whole but making of none affect the testimonies. They will claim all the flattery ones that say the church is the apple of Gods eye and will always be okay, they love those quotes but they won’t search for the other ones. Of course the church is the apple of Gods eye and appears to fall and it won’t fall but do we read more of what it is actually saying? Do we take the whole lot or do we pick and choose like a smorgasbord?

Few are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise it may be presented. {DA 232.2}

Even nature rebukes us. There is not an ox in the field, not a sparrow in the tree that does not at some point give us a rebuke but do you have an ear to hear it? Jesus said to the disciples consider the lilies of the field, do they spin and stress out over their life? Do not the plants and nature rebuke us? For all our stresses and problems we have? Do we have the ear to hear it? No. Do we have an ear to hear providence? We might have a great idea to do something and God says no it is not a good idea but we jump in anyway and off we go and providence says bad idea rebuke. That has been a recent experience and you come away from it like a child being disciplined. There are no smiles on the face, we must listen to what God has to say. Providence, nature, even the children can rebuke us is that correct? You see the little children when they start talking and they can ask rebuking questions at the table. God will use the children. Someone may receive a rebuke and say that wasn’t given in the correct spirit. This message is not about giving a rebuke but about taking a rebuke. Whether it is given in the right or wrong spirit is up to them but if it is a rebuke you want to go to God about it. People may be out of place and God may use their weakness to rebuke you. Don’t say they did it in the wrong manner therefore I can shut my ears to it, even if it was done in the wrong manner if what they are saying is correct, if it aligns up with what God is saying then you had better line up with it.

Jeremiah 29:18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them:

29:19 Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the LORD, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending [them]; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD.

I don’t want to hear it. The people will walk out. The failure is in doing that is failing to see the love of Jesus and the grace of God.

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled;

There is the grace of God, look diligently lest you fail. If you don’t receive God’s rebukes of love and understand and receive it, what will happen in your heart? A root of bitterness will spring up and you will become bitter and sour in your life and you will dwell always on what the person did to you, whoever gave the rebuke. You will say I don’t like that person and you will chew it like the cow chews the cud going over it again and again. By this many have been defiled. People say the grace of God is just unmerited favour. The Bible says that the grace of God is a teacher teaching us.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

You want to fear and be diligent lest you fail of the grace of God as it’s going to teach you how to get rid of worldliness and jesting and joking and frivolous spirit. It says to live soberly. Does that mean you have to be sad? You can be joyous but to be jovial all your life is not what grace will teach you. Jesus Christ has said he hasn’t come to judge people.

John12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Jesus says if you didn’t hear what I’m saying I’m not going to judge you. If no one wants to take God’s rebukes, do what you like.

John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Anyone that delivers a rebuke is never to hold judgement against the person in their heart. Say the word and leave it with them. They are free to do whatever they like but if they don’t listen to that word it will come to them in the judgement and destroy them. The same word that could have been life becomes death. It’s a two-edged sword. The knife can either be the surgeon’s knife that cuts your cancer out or slits your throat. Which do you want? Do you want to live or die by it? There are two effects of the gospel. It is upon our reception t that determines the effect of the gospel. I pray we can ask the Lord to show us our secret sins. This message is not about delivering any particular rebuke but it is to rebuke about not taking rebukes. Jesus said, as many as I love I rebuke and chasten. Be zealous therefore and repent.

Amen.

 

 

Posted on February 1, 2011, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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