Bible Study on Creating Vertical Relationship With God And Horizontal Relationship With Man To Establish The New Jerusalem For Christ Jesus according to Genesis 2:16-17, Genesis 6:5-8, Genesis 3:8-10, 2 Corinthians 5:18, Matthew 1:23, 1 Corinthians 3:20-21, John 13:34, Psalm 133:1-3, Jeremiah 31:3, Matthew 6:14-15

Having relationships problems? Or constantly falling out of love? Or our broken marriage relationship needs salvation? Don’t be despair, because all these headaches and heartbreaks are nothing new in human history. The biblical answer lies in how do we create relationships with others to glorify God. We must focus all human relationships based on the cross of Christ Jesus by carrying His cross and walking the path of love, truth, righteousness and faith. Which is reflected in our loving vertical relationship with God and loving horizontal relationship with people. By putting God into the center of our lives, church leadership and evangelistic missions, only we have the ability to love others based on Christ Jesus. Because to love a total stranger based on their appearance and behavior can be suspicious and difficult at many times.

In the beginning the relationship between man and God was intimate and perfect. And God gave Adam the blessings of the Garden of Eden and even created a clinging and loving help meet later named Eve (by Adam) to make Adam complete. However, God required them to be faithful and obedient to His commandments as seen in Genesis: 2. 16. And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17. but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. God’s commandments must be obeyed because it is for our own good because Satan is all out to tempt us to fall into sin.Because of disobedient, pride and envy of man at the beginning that caused children of God to fall out the grace of God.

Hence, the human descendants all suffered 2 levels of brokenness of fallen from grace. Which is the struggle with unescapable and impending death and broken relationship with God and man also among men / women. This broken God to man relationship is evident at 3 event levels. After being driven out of the Garden of Eden by God, men never found back the initial relationship with God and they never was able to return back to the Garden of Eden. Either the path back home was guarded by Arch Angel Cherubim or the Garden of Eden was later removed from earth forever through nature’s catastrophes or floods. Man started to having the feeling of emptiness spiritually and also feeling insecure, as a result of no God’s presence as their father and provider. Furthermore, the human character also became more ugly and wicked and lost it’s love, justice, compassion and kindness. Thus, pain, degradation, destruction and suffering in life becomes more regular and prominent as a result.

Genesis: 6. 5. And Jehovah saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6. And it repented Jehovah that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7. And Jehovah said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the ground; both man, and beast, and creeping things, and birds of the heavens; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Fear has taken away the peace and everything good. Fear for our status, reputation and even nakedness as evident in Adam and Eve after they had sinned and disobeyed God in the below biblical story, it is a human disposition that is prevalent in both ancient and modern societies. Fear is the result of human sins and it is implanted into all of us and it matures as we grow into adult. Genesis: 3. 8. And they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God amongst the trees of the garden. 9. And Jehovah God called unto the man, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10. And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

During reconciliation stage, God sent Jesus to restore the relationship between man and God as mentioned in 2 Corinthians: 5. 18. But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and gave unto us the ministry of reconciliation; Because God still wants to salvage and restore all that is still good, despite convicted with guilt for created sinful humans as seen in Genesis 6:8. But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah. We need to look and return to our source, because we longed to return home with God and haveĀ  our relationship with God be restored to the beginning. After the relationship with God has been restored through Jesus as recorded in Matthew: 1. 23. Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, And they shall call his name Immanuel; which is, being interpreted, God with us. Blessings of fullness of life will start to come, the out pouring of God’s blessings is beyond our imagination.

Blessed stage of our life begin as we start to shed all our darkeness and demon covenants from our life and family. And to become children of God that comes with freedom from all bandages. Thus, our lives are transformed and life has a new meaning, that is to inherit the blessings of the new Jerusalem, which is unlimited in blessings. Because the new Jerusalem is the last creation of God for the realization of His Kingdom of Heaven on earth for all mankind.

Family and sibling relationships is planned by God. Grow up together and bond by blood cannot be replaced. In a 3 generation family we need to understand the mentality of the elders grandfather and grandmother I.e. feeling lack of love, fear of death, fear of being abandoned by their children during old age.

Relationship in the body of Christ, for Christ Jesus is the head and we are His body. For our relationship with people ultimately is to glorify God as advised in 1 Corinthians: 3. 20. and again, The Lord knoweth the reasonings of the wise that they are vain. 21. Wherefore let no one glory in men. For all things are yours;

In essence, being able to accept other’s imperfections and so imperfect ministries of the church is meant for all perfect and imperfect people. To be able to accept other’s imperfections, we are able to fellowship together, love another and stay together over long periods of time as commanded in John: 13. 34. A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another as seen in Psalm: 133. 1. A Song of Ascents; of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! 2. It is like the precious oil upon the head, That ran down upon the beard, Even Aaron’s beard; That came down upon the skirt of his garments; 3. Like the dew of Hermon, That cometh down upon the mountains of Zion: For there Jehovah commanded the blessing, Even life for evermore.

God has made us to feel actual love and to be cherished as recollected by prophet Jeremiah: 31. 3. Jehovah appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Unfortunately, the opposite is more common and prevalent in society these days. People are more prone to show off impatience, frustration and anger when confronted with opposing situations. Furthermore, people can be wicked and hurtful to others that they despise and stare down. In order to restore the loving kindness in humanity we need to learn to truly forgive each other for their imperfections, ugliness and trespasses unto us as charged by
Matthew: 6. 14. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. True confession and repentance is the key element in the grace of God’s loving kindness. Because, our merciful God truly forgives those, who have truly turned away from sins and returned to the source; even the laws of man is unable to pardon our mistakes.

Bible Study on Falling In True Love With Christ Jesus In The Center In Our Seasons Of Love according to John 13:34, John 3:16, 1 John 4:11, Ephisians 5:25, Ephisians 5:2

Love affair is big affair because it affects us for a life time. We should not simply marry for fun, for sex or external pressure, unless we are truly in love with each other and God confirms that both of us are God’s chosen match made in heaven. Because sometimes at the best of courting time and even after marriage, we can be deceived by our erotic emotions or blinded by our bad experience or past wounds and lead us to imagine the worst case is rewinding again.

When we fall in love, we are controlled by our hormonal androphenes, creative side of the brain, high metabolism and sexual drive chemistry (testosterone levels in both men and women rises), where our logic goes down and our emotions goes up. However, be mindful that over indulgence in sex will produce excessive amounts of testosterone that will eventually impede the effects of love hormones, resulting in sex couples driven solely by their sex desires and cravings. When we fall in love, we have nice feeling of being cherished and bubbling with love until we cannot eat at day and sleep at night. The saying goes got love drinketh water can survive. However, sometimes love is seen as unspiritual if approached in the wrong way and making wrong decisions can affect us even more spiritually for life. So let’s make it spiritually right by allowing God to guide us into falling in love with our true love.

The word Love in Greek has 3 meanings. Eros Love is love of physical and biological attractions or simply call it love at first sight or ‘puppy love’, which may also leads to ‘doggy life’, because it is superficial in feelings and emotions and not from the true heart. Eros Love only helps attracts opposite sexes together in the beginning and make us ‘fall in love’.

On the other hand, Philio Love is based on friendship, where we know each other better through contact John: 13. 34. A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. It is more reliable and stable foundation of love and will last longer time. The 3rd type of love is Agape Love, which is based on commitment and pure love but not of the type of ‘good’ feelings and erotic and sexual relationships. It is like God’s love because God choose to still love us despite we are all sinners as proclaimed by Apostle John: 3. 16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. In the past, match making is the norm and many older couples still hold on to their marriage vows to the end, simply because of a strong commitment that since you are my wife or husband I will love you forever as depicted in 1 John: 4. 11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. But today, we are exposed only to Eros Love and Philio Love. We need both Philio and Agape love to keep the marriages alive. But many of times, guys have ‘bad eyes’ and look for the wrong things at the right girl and therefore can’t find or be contented with a wife of their choice.

There are also many love seasons of life that couples go through. When courting, we are in Eros and Philio level of love. After a big fight when all the feeling and love have disappeared and weaknesses fully exposed and we are no longer ‘sweet’ and ‘honey bee’ anymore. In that situation, if the person still loves you because of a commitment, a vow and discipline to hold onto, it is due to Agape Love as advised in Ephesians: 5. 25. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it. Discipline makes Agape Love possible because it reflects the level of commitment towards each other. Whereas a undisciplined young men or women in general has questionable Agape Love.

And as the couple ‘ages like fine wine’, Eros Love and Philio Love start to decline after marriage. All couples will always fight and all our good feelings towards each other starts to disappear. In spite of these, Agape Love can help to hold each other together while we seek for marital help. How to bring back the Eros or Philio Love? we need to sow and put in commitment and dedication to each other and start loving each other like God choosers to love the sinners.

When seeking for marital or love advice, please seek from some one older instead of younger. Because the younger people are still exploring and guessing in their volatile love stages. Many good relationships are breaking up because there is no good third party to advise us or help reconcile. Sometimes a good relationship suffers a life time of tragedy because of one moment of pride or unforgiveness or a demonstration of anger and violance, which is a sin that is too luxurious to afford and resulting in a terrible price to pay for one life time in silence and perhaps even passing the same tragedy to our next generation. Therfore, we must learn to follow and walk in faith with sacrificial Love of Christ as depicted in Ephesians: 5. 2. and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell.