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the Bible describes the Church as the Bride of Christ.
The marriage between man and woman is designed to show the relationship between God and humanity: God being husband and the human race being wife.
Paul was talking about spiritual leaders who were "building the church", using the analogy of a building to make a point about what those teachings are, exactly.
This is why the works done apart from the Holy Spirit are burnt away as wood, hay, and stubble. Believers in Christ are baptized and identified in the righteous works of Christ. These works are purified by fire. Non-believers only have human works, therefore they too will burn as wood, hay, and stubble.
People have "a desire to know God" because of Jesus.
Eternal Life is through the Son only. I hope you understand that as a biblical principle. The "love" of man is an emotional chemical reaction. The love of God is faith. The Holy Spirit supplies faith to those who express a desire to know God, therefore the love that a believer expresses to God is a reciprocation of God's initial love. We (believers) love God because He (God) loved us first.
By your standard, an atheist can have salvation because he is capable of emotional love. That is a stumbling block in the way of the truth.
I think you are just making things up here.
That is exactly my point. The "love" of the flesh is a bio-chemical reaction. The true love is of the spirit. Since man is born with a dead spirit, we must be born again through faith in Christ. Only then is man able to express the same love that God expresses toward us. An atheist has a dead spirit, therefore an atheist is incapable if spirit-love.
This is you making yourself a prophet greater than God Himself to make grand proclamations purely out of your own imaginings.
You are misunderstanding me. Only those who are believers in Christ and therefore born again have the Holy Spirit. Only they are capable of love.
That's a made up theory, rather than a biblical teaching.
What about the fact that He died as a payment for our sins on the cross? Do we have to believe in that for Eternal Life? That is very different than just calling Him Lord.
Jesus was not subject to a written script that made him have to follow through like a ceremonial ritual.
But it does line up with what He said. Its easy to distort Jesus' words, as you constantly do, when you ignore the OT and NT context. There is no justification for that. Jesus came as a Jew to fulfill the Jewish prophecies. The Temple was His father's house. The history of the Temple, its function and symbolism is the OT. You cannot discard that...its irresponsible. Jesus did teach love, but He also taught rebirth. First comes rebirth, then love.
It would help if there was somewhere that actually said that in the Bible.
My question was, do you believe Jesus died as payment for our sins?? Yes, or no?
Faith is the law of life.
My point is that we must first have Jesus inside of us, by faith in His atoning sacrifice before we can truly love.
You are taking metaphors as if they were literal.
The love of humans is not love. In God's eyes it is filth. It isn't until we are born again that we are capable of love.
It probably just means that they were the gentiles that the OT prophecies expected to be the subjects of God's intervention on Israel's behalf.
All sons of Adam are born as "children of wrath" by nature, not love (Ephesians 2:3).
We, the entire world, have imputed onto us a higher status because of the righteousness of Jesus, who lived that way of life as a human like us.
It is not until the righteousness of Christ is credited to us by faith that we are then capable of expressing the same love that God has.
"Payment for sins" is a bad attempt at doctrine making based on an actual biblical teaching of redemption, which was in practical terms freedom from the Old Testament Law.
I have love AND faith in Jesus payment for my sins. You have love. Which one counts in the end?