Torrey - Man -12.2- How love to Christ is manifested


II. HOW LOVE TO CHRIST IS MANIFESTED. John 14:15,21,23 RV — "If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments .... He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself unto him .... Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."

First Proposition: Love of Christ manifests itself in keeping His words and commandments. (The same thing is said elsewhere of love to God.) 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 RV — "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that one died for all, therefore all died; and he died for all, that they which live should no longer live unto themselves, but unto him who for their sakes died and rose again."

Second Proposition: Love to Christ manifests itself in our not living unto ourselves, but unto Him who for our sakes died and rose again. John 21:15-17 RV — "So when they had broken their fast, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again a second time, Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Tend my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus said unto him, Feed my sheep."

Third Proposition: Love to Christ manifests itself in feeding His lambs and shepherding His sheep. Luke 7:44-47 — "And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman, since the time I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little."

Fourth Proposition: Love of Christ manifests itself in ministering to Him.

QUESTION: How can we minister to Christ?

ANSWER: Matthew 25:40 — "And the king shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Philippians 3:7-8 — "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ."

Fifth Proposition: Love to Christ manifests itself in counting all things but loss and gladly sacrificing them for His sake. Acts 21:13 — "Then Paul answered, what mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."

Sixth Proposition: Love to Christ manifests itself in a willingness to suffer and to die for His name. 2 Corinthians 5:8 — "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." Philippians 1:23 RV — "But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better."

Seventh Proposition: Love to Christ manifests itself in a desire to be with Christ. 2 Timothy 4:8 — "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all of them also that love his appearing.'' Revelation 22:20 — "He which testifieth these things saith. Surely I come quickly: Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."

Eighth Proposition: Love to Christ manifests itself in a longing for His appearing.