Torrey - Man - 12.1- The Importance of Love to Christ


I. ITS IMPORTANCE. Matthew 10:35-38 — "For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." Luke 14:26 — -"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple."

First Proposition: Supreme love to Christ is a primary condition of Christian discipleship.

Christ, in the New Testament, claims the same supreme love for Himself that Jehovah in the Old Testament claims for Himself. Here is undoubted proof of the divinity of Christ. Unless Christ has a place in our hearts above father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, and even our own lives, we cannot be his disciples. 1 Peter 1:8 — "Whom having not seen, ye love." (Compare to verse 2, as to whom the "ye" of verse 8 are — "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:

Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.") Second Proposition: Love to Christ (though we don't see Him) is an unfailing mark of the elect. John 8:42 — "Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me."

Third Proposition: If we are children of God, we will love Christ.

Absence of love for Christ is decisive proof that one is not a child of God. 1 Corinthians 16:22 — "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maran-atha."

Fourth Proposition: Any one who does not love Christ will be anathema (i.e., "devoted without hope of being redeemed,' "doomed to destruction") at the coming of Christ.