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Hope And Love Abide

1 Corinthians 13:13 (English Standard Version)

 13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

For Valentine’s Week:

LOVE SONG

INTRODUCTION

Interpretations are rampant

          And ideas run galore

                   So I’ll not be adamant

                             To propagate one more;

Yet the figures are symbolic

          And each in his own right

                   Should serve to clarify the tale

                             And keep the focus bright.

The Shepherd represents to us

          God’s Man sent from above

                   And the Shulamite, most glamorous,

                             The Church; His gift of love.

For Solomon,

          The world’s confliction

                   An expose’

                             Of dereliction.

 THE SHEPHERD’S PROPOSAL

My lover returns; He speaks to me:”

          “Arise my beloved, my lovely one;

My little one come, I’m betrothed to thee

          You are fair and bright like the morning sun.”

As the tents of Kedar; not lovely, but black

          I have spent the day in my brother’s field.

Dear Shepherd, the sun has burned my back –

          To their demands I always yield.”

Ah you are beautiful; eyes like a dove,

          Your lips are like a scarlet strand.

Come, let us have our fill of love,

          For I in marriage would take your hand.

Set me as a seal in your heart.”

          The vineyard is yours.  I’ll never more part.”

THE SHULAMITE RESPONDS

Bring me, Oh King of Kings into your chambers,

          More delightful to me is your love than wine.

Come and quench this driving thirst for pure sweet waters.

          Some have charged me with the caring of the vine.

Tell me, You to whom my heart has now been wedded

          Where You feed Your flocks and rest them at midday.

I shall follow every track ‘til I am ridded

          Of soul hunger!  My companion all the way.”

Oh my King has spread a banquet table sumptuous

          And my nard gives forth its fragrance pure and sweet

I have decked myself; they tell me I am gorgeous,

          But I’ll find a place just sitting at His feet.

Come, Beloved, we will build a home of cedar.”

From my heart’s throne every idol I’ll debar.”

THE SHULAMITE MAKES HER DEFENSE

Daughters of Jerusalem:  I tell you true

          That my Shepherd came:  He came to me last night:

And He spoke to me.  I’m NOT on barley brew!

          Must you really be so very impolite?

As the lily of the valley, so He sees me,

          Though I told Him I was but a Sharon rose,

He denied the fact … He speaks in symphony:

          … says my perfume’s fragrant and delights His nose.

As an apple tree within a barren orchard,

          So my lover is to me amongst all men;

I delight above all else to rest in His word,

          And whate’ere He says, I will believe again.

Strengthen me, for I am faint, I faint for love.

R’fresh me!  Bring me raisin cakes; I shall improve.

          He comes; across the mountain tops

Like a gazelle or a two year stag.

          He gazes through the window props

The youthful lover never flags.

          Ah now He speaks.  Hark to His voice:

Arise my beloved, my beautiful one.”

          It seems He offers her a choice.

The winter is over; the rain has now gone.

          The flowers appear; ‘tis the time of spring,

Along the way I met a fawn

          The turtle-dove is on the wing.

Hurry, my love, ‘twill soon be dawn.”

          The figs appear; the tree has leafed

And naught of nature’s been deceived.

          “Oh my dove, in the clefts of the rock,

Come, let me see you; please speak to me dear.

          Let me hear your voice; please, won’t you talk?

You are lovely, and yet I know fear.

          Catch us the foxes.  They spoil the vine.

They damage the vineyards now in full bloom.

          Tell me beloved that you are mine.

Lest my heart be broken and filled with gloom.”

          “I’m my beloved’s and He is mine.

He browses midst the lilies fair

          “Til moon beams shift and sun doth shine

And I have bathed and dressed my hair.

          When new day breaks and night shadows flee

My Lover will sing His love song o’er me.”

 

Pastor Emeritus – Rev. Margaret I. Coates

Church On The GO www.churchonthego.ca

Published In: BROKEN HEART STRINGS MENDED

Copyright, Canada 1983

Pastor Emeritus Rev. Margaret I. Coates


Hope And Love Abide

1 Corinthians 13:13 (English Standard Version)

 13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

The Hope Of Glory

Colossians 1:27, KJV To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory:

Colossians 1:27 (English Standard Version)

27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

The Greek word for "Christ” in this passage is:

·       Christos, and it means, "anointed, anointing; the anointed One.”

·       Its Hebrew equivalent is maw-shee-akh' and can also mean, "a consecrated person, such as a king or priest,” and is transliterated into the English, "Messiah.”

·       Paul further adds in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that "Christ” is the "IMAGE of God”

·       2 Corinthians 4:4 (English Standard Version)

4In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Lets’ Compare: Are You In His Image?

·       Genesis 1:26-28 (English Standard Version)

 26Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
 27So God created man in his own image,
   in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

 28And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

·       1 Corinthians 15:49 (English Standard Version)

49Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

·       2 Corinthians 3:18 (English Standard Version)

18And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

·       Colossians 3:10 (English Standard Version)

10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

·        "Christ” is the ANOINTED ONE.        Three persons who were anointed in the Old Testament:

1. The PROPHET, exemplified by Elisha.

1 Kings 19:16 (English Standard Version)

16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place.

2. The PRIEST, exemplified by Aaron and his sons.

Exodus 40:13-15 (English Standard Version)

13and put on Aaron the holy garments. And you shall anoint him and consecrate him, that he may serve me as priest. 14You shall bring his sons also and put coats on them, 15 and anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may serve me as priests. And their anointing shall admit them to a perpetual priesthood throughout their generations."

3. The KING, exemplified by David.

1 Samuel 16:13 (English Standard Version)

13Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

2 Samuel 2:4 (English Standard Version)

4And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.

2 Samuel 5:3 (English Standard Version)

3So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel.

1.    The PROPHET is God's mouthpiece.   There is a powerful anointing within every Spirit-filled Christian to declare God unto others.

2.    The PRIEST shows forth God's mercy.    There is a compassionate anointing in every Spirit-filled believer to bring others to the Lord as we share the love of God and bear witness to our faith.

John 3:16-17 (English Standard Version)

For God So Loved the World

 16"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Proverbs 11:30 (English Standard Version)

30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
   and whoever captures souls is wise
.

Proverbs 11:30 (King James Version)

 30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

3.    Where the word of a KING is, there is power and dominion.

Ecclesiastes 8:4 (English Standard Version)

4For the word of the king is supreme, and who may say to him, "What are you doing?”

·       The Christ in every Spirit-filled child of God rules by the power of God's (Jesus') name!

Romans 14:17, KJV  For THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy IN THE HOLY GHOST.

·    The Kingdom is in the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost is in you!

Luke 17:21 (English Standard Version)

21nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you."

·       By the indwelling Spirit—"Christ in you”—

1.    the prophetic anointing produces righteousness,

2.    the priestly anointing affects peace, and

3.    the kingly anointing brings forth joy.

 

·       You received the Holy Ghost – Christ - when you believed!

Ephesians 1:13-14 (English Standard Version)

13In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

·    Have you received the Holy Ghost (Baptism) since you believed?

 Acts 19:2 (King James Version)

 2He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

·    Have you been made aware of the greatness of "Christ in you”?

 

IN CONCLUSION:

Have you released the power of the prophet, the priest, and the king, the "Christ” who lives in your heart, the "anointed One” who waits to be manifested through faith-filled words that are destined to come out of your mouth?

Romans 10:6-10 (English Standard Version)

6But the righteousness based on faith says, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down) 7or "'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Galatians 4:6 (English Standard Version)

6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"

 The Hope Of Glory

Colossians 1:27, KJV To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory:

Colossians 1:27 (English Standard Version)

27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Hope And Love Abide

1 Corinthians 13:13 (English Standard Version)

 13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Compiled By:

Pastor Rev. Stephen Coates

Church On The GO www.churchonthego.ca

Resources:

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