Paul the apostle was abandoned for the things of Christ, but what is it that drove such a man? What is it that compelled him to risk his life? It was because the greatest privilege imaginable had happened to him – the Son of God, Jesus Christ, loved Paul and gave Himself up for him on the Cross. It was Christ’s love for Paul that controlled his life, his decisions, and it is this love that must motivate us as well.
Father, I pray that our souls, our minds, may they be still. I pray that there would be a God wrought stillness here. Lord, we pray that you would draw near just now. In Christ name I pray, Amen.
Would you please open your Bibles to 2 Corinthians 5.
Brethren, I really appreciate all of the prayers. I still somewhat have a low grade headache and I feel somewhat in a fog. So if you would pray for me while I’m preaching I would very much appreciate it.
Second Corinthians 5 verse 11. Brethren, I will tell you right up front, the title of my message is “The Motivating Power of Christ’s Love”. There in verse 14, “for the love of Christ controls us” or “the love of Christ constrains us” or “compels us” – that’s what I want to deal with today. But I want to read this in context.
The Apostle Paul, beneath Christ, prototype, we might say missionary, we might describe him as the kind of person that John Sytsma was talking about. The kind of person that had let go of the things of this world. The kind of person that is abandoned for the things of Christ. What is it that drove such a man? What is it that compelled him? Because I want to be compelled by the same thing. Because we hold on tightly (to the things of the world), tighter than we think. I want to be like Paul. I want to be ready to let go of anything, at all, at any time. I want to live free of this world, and I want to be driven by the same things that drove him.
These verses contain this well known statement, “the love of Christ controls us.” Let’s see it in context. Let us begin reading in verse 11.
(The rest of the transcript may come at a later date.)