Brent Karding
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God commands you to turn from idols to the true God.
Acts 17:22-31
Jesus is sovereign over the natural and spiritual realm
Matthew 9:1-8
Faith leads to speaking.
2 Corinthians 4:13-15
A humble birth and great glory to God
Luke 2:1-21
Because God is uniquely faithful, he will remove our sins.
Micah 7:18-20
Phrasing Narrative and Teaching
Mark 11:12-25
Christ's Supremacy Described and Grounded
Colossians 1:15-17
Christ's Resurrection and Ours
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
God's Furious Punishment
Romans 1:18-25
God will surely set up an indestructible, everlasting kingdom.
Daniel 2:31-45
Just like Adam's sin led to death for all people, so Jesus' obedience led to life for all people.
Romans 5:12-21
To apply this text, think through the Concessive, the Negative, and the Ground (v. 7-9), asking where those things are true of you.
1 Kings 14:1-18
Remember the happiness of the Word-delighting, and the misery of the only other option.
Psalms 1
In every difficulty, cry to God, your trustworthy Savior.
Psalms 42:1-43:5
Jesus, the Father's Spirit-filled Son, inaugurated God's kingdom.
Mark 1:1-15
Paul describes how men and women should act in church, based on their specific roles.
1 Timothy 2:8-15
Dedicate yourself to the local church for the eternal glory of Christ.
Haggai 2:20-23
The gospel call to repentance gives light to people in darkness.
Matthew 4:12-17
God has given the local church the responsibility to judge its members.
1 Corinthians 5
The eternal state will immediately follow Christ's return and our bodily resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
When Jesus next returns, he will destroy death.
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
At the day of the Lord, believers will be saved and unbelievers will be destroyed.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-10
Our certain gospel hope of resurrection should encourage us.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
This passage reveals the fact of and the reason behind God's anger.
Romans 1:18-23
The kind of faith that saves is a faith that is characterized by works.
James 2:14-26
Only those who look to Jesus for spiritual wealth, righteousness, and guidance will sit with him on his throne.
Revelation 3:14-22
Jesus promises eternal life to those who overcome; therefore, cling to the gospel and preach it to others.
Revelation 3:7-13
Those who treasure the gospel and live it out today will enjoy intimacy with Jesus now and forever.
Revelation 3:1-6
Hold tightly to holy living that flows from the gospel.
Revelation 2:18-29
God calls us to boast only in the cross, through which we participate in the New Creation.
Galatians 1:1-6:18
Jesus will destroy His enemies and give eternal life to His people; therefore, the church must not tolerate sin in its midst.
Revelation 2:12-17
It is vital to boast only in Jesus' cross.
Galatians 6:10-18
Those who are fearless in the face of death will receive life from the Victor over death.
Revelation 2:8-11
True spirituality is seen in bearing other people's burdens.
Galatians 6:1-10
You are nothing without love.
Revelation 2:1-7
Serve each other in love through the leading of the life-giving, flesh-opposing Spirit.
Galatians 5:13-26
Jesus is a king and priest who is present with His church in judgment and salvation.
Revelation 1:9-20
Only those who rest on Christ alone for justification will receive eternal righteousness.
Galatians 5:2-12
Obey this urgent revelation so you will be blessed, and rest in the sovereignty of your Saviour.
Revelation 1:1-8
God redeems Naomi - and all Israel - through the son of Boaz and Ruth.
Ruth 4:13-22
Believers must stand firm in the freedom of being God's children through faith alone in his promise.
Galatians 4:21-31
Boaz generously and sacrificially redeems Elimelech's and Mahlon's family.
Ruth 4:1-12
Paul's proven trustworthiness and godly motives should have led the Galatians to trust him, not reject him.
Galatians 4:12-20
Boaz acted with generosity again, and Ruth waited for redemption.
Ruth 3:14-18
In Christ we are God's fully adult sons and heirs.
Galatians 4:1-11
Boaz commits himself to redeem Ruth.
Ruth 3:1-13
All of God's children enjoy his covenant and promised salvation through faith in Christ.
Galatians 3:15-29
Ruth and Naomi encounter the generosity of Boaz.
Ruth 2:14-23
Gentiles are declared righteous, become the true Israel, and receive the blessing and the Spirit by faith alone.
Galatians 3:1-14
God guided Ruth to the field of a man who showed undeserved favor to her.
Ruth 2:1-13
Justification by faith, not by works, alone glorifies God's grace and accomplishes the purpose of Christ's death.
Galatians 2:11-21
Ruth committed herself to Naomi and to her God.
Ruth 1:15-22
From the beginning of church history, there has been only one true gospel.
Galatians 2:1-10
The biblical gospel is demonstrably given by Jesus.
Galatians 1:11-24
Naomi was left alone in a foreign land, suffering judgment.
Ruth 1:1-5
A bitter Naomi plans to return to her homeland, and convince her daughters-in-law not to.
Ruth 1:6-14
Reject the perverted gospel and embrace the God-accomplished and God-taught gospel.
Galatians 1:1-10
It is right for God to show mercy on whomever he desires to show mercy - and we should praise him for this!
Jonah 1:1-4:11
God is right to show mercy on whomever he chooses.
Jonah 4:1-11
God cares about Gentiles.
Jonah 3:1-10
The Lord saved Jonah because he prayed to him.
Jonah 2:1-10
Jesus' death and resurrection created Gentile worshippers.
Jonah 1:1-17
Because God is holding tightly to you, hold tightly to his Word.
2 Thessalonians 1-3
We pray for you to experience God's grace and peace.
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Paul gives two final commands in the main body of this letter: pray and stay away.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-15
How God's sovereignty motivates our perseverance
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
You were dead, but God made you alive in Christ; therefore, remember that God has brought you near to him and made you part of his temple.
Ephesians 2:1-10
God is holding tightly to you.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
The path to eternal happiness isn't what you think: it requires joyful endurance of trials and humble obedience to God's Word.
James 1
Choose the way of life that God delights in, a Christlike life of compassion and purity, for this is the pathway to Heaven.
James 1:26-27
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Luke 23:39-43
Christ rejected and accepted
Published April 14th, 2021
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Luke 23:39-43
Christ Rejected
Christ Despised
One of the criminals ... railed at him,
who were hanged
“Are you not the Christ?
Content #1
Save yourself
Content #2
and us!”
Christ Defended
But the other rebuked him,
“Do you not fear God,
since you are under the same sentence
of condemnation?
And we indeed justly,
for we are receiving the due reward
of our deeds;
Reference or Objective
but this man has done nothing wrong.”
Christ Accepted
Plea for Remembrance
And he said,
“Jesus, remember me
when you come
into your kingdom.”
Promise of Paradise
And he said
to him,
“Truly, I say
to you,
you will be
with me
in Paradise.”
I left "railed at" together, since this is a translation of one Greek word. Also, even in English, it must be a phrasal verb: you can't simply "rail" when there is a direct object; you must "rail at " someone.
FB Live notes (April 2/21): INTRODUCTION This passage is just one small portion of Luke's narrative of Christ's crucifixion, but I've isolated it since it talks about the two criminals crucified with him. This paragraph follows 32-38, where the rulers and soldiers mock him after he is crucified with the two criminals. STRUCTURE I noticed that 39-41 contain one criminal speaking to Jesus and the other criminal speaking to the first, and then 42-43 contain the second criminal speaking to Jesus, and Jesus' response. So you have two people speaking to Jesus, followed by two responses. But also, in the middle are the words of the second criminal, both to the first and to Jesus, providing a focus for the passage. Verse 43 contains two of the most wonderful prepositional phrases in Scripture: "with me" and "in Paradise." Phil 1:23 and John 17:24 help us see this better: to be with Christ is "far better"; it involves seeing his "glory." And the same Greek word translated "paradise" appears in the LXX in Genesis 3, to refer to the garden of Eden. Paul was caught up "into paradise," and Jesus promises to give fruit from the tree of life, "which is in the paradise of God," to the one who conquers. DETAILS The focus of the first criminal is on salvation of physical life: "Save yourself and us " (39e-f). But the second criminal acknowledges his sin (40), and asks for salvation of his soul (42). The first is unrepentant, the second is repentant. The first has no faith, the second has faith. APPLICATIONS Head How do you view yourself - a sinner, justly condemned? How do you view Jesus - as righteous, suffering not for himself? As the King who will reign forever? Heart Rejoice in the contrast between our deserts and our experience. Rejoice in the way of salvation, available to all - not limited to those who can do anything "for" God. Rejoice in your certain future of being with Jesus in paradise. Hands Look away from yourself and to Jesus for salvation, for hope, for security. Rest on his word of promise. QUESTIONS How do you set aside time to meditate on Scripture? Morning, evening, lunchtime? What do you when you meditate? Study Bible? Journal? Memorization? Lots of thinking?
With Me
Philippians 1:23
23 n I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is o to depart and p be with Christ , for that is far better .
John 17:24
24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be e with me f where I am, g to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me h before the foundation of the world.
Genesis 3:23-24
23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden s to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the t cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
2 Corinthians 12:3-4
3 And I know that this man was caught up into c paradise —whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, b God knows— 4 and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.
Revelation 2:7
7 p He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. q To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of r the tree of life, which is in s the paradise of God .’
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