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Today I want to feature another song from Amanda Cook. It's a great declaration of God's love.

Enjoy.

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written by Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger

Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger © 2015 Bethel Music Publishing (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

VERSE 1

Unreserved, unrestrained

Your love is wild, Your love is wild for me

It isn’t shy, it’s unashamed

Your love is proud to be seen with me

 

CHORUS

You don’t give Your heart in pieces

You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

 

VERSE 2

Uncontrolled, un-contained

Your love is a fire burning bright for me

It’s not just a spark, it’s not just a flame

Your love is a light, and all the world will see

 

DOUBLE CHORUS

You don’t give Your heart in pieces

You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

You don’t give Your heart in pieces

You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

 

BRIDGE

Your love’s not fractured

It’s not a troubled mind

It isn’t anxious, it’s not the restless kind

Your love’s not passive

It’s never disengaged

It’s always present

It hangs on every word we say

Love keeps its promises, it keeps its word

It honors what’s sacred, cause its vows are good

Your love’s not broken

It’s not insecure

Your love’s not selfish, Your love is pure

 

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What does the Gospel teach us about God? What attribute of the Father is made plain by the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Is it His love? His grace? Perhaps His mercy?

Each of these is manifest in the Gospel.

But when Paul starts his wonderful treatise on the Gospel (also known as the book of Romans) he says:

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; - Romans 1:17 NASB

Not love, not grace, not mercy, but righteousness.

Sometimes I look at God’s great salvation plan, where He wipes away my sin, and think, it’s anything but righteous. You see, righteousness implies a keeping of the law, doing what’s right—doesn’t it?

So if I look at the Gospel’s implications toward me, it seems unrighteous. How can a righteous God turn a blind eye to all my crimes and rebellions.

But is that what God has done? Does He simply sit on His throne with His fingers in His ears while the accuser walks back and forth listing my indiscretions, my transgressions?

This line of thought belies a misunderstanding of the Gospel. God did—does nothing of the sort. God has not turned a blind eye to my lawlessness. Not by a long shot. The wrath of God was stored up for me according to the multitude of my transgressions and the magnitude of my rebellions. The cup of God’s wrath set aside for me was brim full.

And God in His righteousness, handed the cup of wrath set aside for me, to Jesus. Just as Jeremiah saw, God handed Jesus the cup of wrath assigned to me—assigned to you—and said drink all of it and die.

"You shall say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Drink, be drunk, vomit, fall and rise no more because of the sword which I will send among you."' - Jeremiah 25:27 NASB

God’s righteousness required that blood be shed—that the cup be taken.

And He gave it to Jesus.

And Jesus did not turn away the cup of the Lord, though He despised it, though He hated it.

Jesus took the cup from the hand of His Father, for thus He fulfilled all righteousness. He fulfilled the law by taking the judgement—the guilty verdict—for us.

Do you see how God’s righteousness is revealed in the gospel?

It’s stunning.

And it get’s better. He takes these broken, sin scared vessels and put’s His righteousness in us. Just as Jesus became sin for us, we become the righteousness of God as we dwell in Him, and He in us.

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. - 2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB

We become the revelation of God’s righteousness to those around us, as we walk in the Spirit.

that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. - Romans 8:4 NKJV

Hallelujah!

I think I’ll say that again.

Hallelujah!

Arn’t you glad you stopped by?

BenHeadshotI am.

See you again soon

Ben

Love is an act of the will.

God chose you - will you choose Him?

Wine photo credit: keeva999 (on vacation) via photopin cc
Wine photo credit: keeva999 (on vacation) via photopin cc

He has brought me to his banquet hall, And his banner over me is love. ~ Song of Songs 2:4 NASB

This is one of the few verses in the Song of Songs that many people who have been in the church for a while are familiar with. When I was young often sang a song called “His Banner Over Me Is Love” that included this verse, “He lifts me up to His banqueting table, His banner over me is love.”

But in doing a bit of word study on this verse I find that these words translated banquet hall or banqueting table, are not uncommon, but they never, anywhere else in scripture are rendered this way.

Everywhere else this word for banqueting shows up it is translated “wine.” The word used for hall, or table, is more often translated house.

There are a few less common translations that give us this more common form of these words such as:

He hath brought me in unto a house of wine, And his banner over me [is] love (YLT)[i]

I believe the reason they have gone this way, is wine speaks of Luxury, and to the common man, would not be part of a normal day. It would accompany a feast, and so the leap from house of wine to banquet hall.

Remember back in the 2nd verse of the Song, she declared to her then fantasy lover, “Your love is better than wine” and at that point it was a longing of her heart to be with this Shepherd King, but now her deepest longings are taking shape in reality.

So what is a good tea totaling “EvangChariCostal” to make of all this wine?

The path is clear for me is clear:

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit ~ Ephesians 5:18

But this raises a new interpretation of the idea of being drunk or filled with the Spirit.

If God is love, then the Spirit is clearly Love. Paul”s exhortation could be boiled down to be filled, or even drunk, with love. We will see in a week or two that this is what is described in verse 5 of Song of Song chapter 2. We will find our girl lovesick.

So today I invite you to the house of wine – sit at the master’s table and dine, and taste the sweet wine of His Love. [Tweet This]

You say – pretty word pictures Ben, but how do I do it – how do I find this intimacy with Jesus?

I’ll tell you what – start with His name. Worship Him.  Don’t have a ‘quite time,’ where you read a set number of verses and say prayers – reading your spiritual grocery list to Him. Worship Him.

Meditate on His name, tell Him your deepest thoughts and fears. Scream, cry or be quiet before Him.

Ask Him to speak to you and then be quiet and listen for His voice.

He wants to talk with you. He wants to sit in the house of wine with you.

BenNext week we will talk about this Banner of Love.

See you then.

Ben

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