Brent Karding
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Christ rejected and accepted
Luke 23:39-43
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
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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Phrasing of Revelation 1:1-8
Revelation 1:1-8
Obey this urgent revelation so you will be blessed, and rest in the sovereignty of your Saviour.
Published April 12th, 2019
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Revelation 1:1-8
Listen to Jesus' Words
The Unveiling of Jesus
The revelation
of Jesus Christ,
which God gave him
to show ... the things
to his servants
that must soon take place.
He made it known
by sending his angel
to his servant John,
who bore witness to the word
of God
and to the testimony
of Jesus Christ,
even to all
that he saw.
The Blessing of Obedience
Blessed is the one
who reads aloud the words
of this prophecy,
and blessed are those
who hear,
and who keep
what is written
in it,
for the time is near.
Look at Your Sovereign Savior
The Past and Present
John [is writing]
to the seven churches
that are in Asia:
Content #1a
to you
and peace
Content #1b
from him
Source #1
who is
and who was
and who is to come,
and from the seven spirits
Source #2
who are before his throne,
and from Jesus Christ
Source #3
the faithful witness,
Explanation #1
the firstborn
Explanation #2
of the dead,
and the ruler
Explanation #3
of kings
on earth.
To him
who loves us
and has freed us
from our sins
by his blood
and made us a kingdom,
to his God
and Father,
to him
be glory
Content #2
and dominion
forever and ever.
The Future
Behold, he is coming
Content #3a
with the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
Content #3b
even those
who pierced him,
and all tribes ... will wail
Content #3c
of the earth
on account of him.
Even so.
“I am the Alpha
and the Omega,”
says the Lord God,
“who is
and who was
and who is to come,
the Almighty.”
The main point of verses 4-6 is that John is sending grace and peace to the seven churches from the triune God, and ascribing glory to Jesus .
The main point of verse 7 is that Jesus will return.
The main point of verse 8 is the Lord's claim to eternal self-existence.
The main point of verses 1-2 is that this letter is a revelation of Jesus Christ.
The main point of verse 3 is that the one who reads, hears, and keeps the words of this prophecy is blessed .
Since this sentence is giving further information about "the revelation" (1a), I've indented it.
Head: Focus: The focus of this section is the life of the mind . We want to think accurately according to the truth of God’s Word we’ve phrased. Questions: How should I think differently about God/myself/others because of what I’ve just phrased? What doctrines are taught in this passage? What specific contribution to those doctrines does this passage make? What other Scripture texts add to the truths taught in this passage? This book is both from Jesus and about Jesus. The point of this book isn’t to satisfy our curiosity about the future, but to show us Jesus for our good and awe and fear and love. We must remember this as we approach the book. Notice Jesus' threefold character (1:5a-g) and work (1:5h-6d). Cf. Dan 2:28 with 1:1. 1:1-2 show that this is a prophetic book. It is an unveiling of what God is actively bringing about , at this very moment , to do His will! Cf. Zech 12:9-10 with 1:7. Heart: Focus: The focus of this section is the life of the emotions . We want to feel accurately according to the truth of God’s Word we’ve phrased. Questions: How should I feel differently about God/myself/etc. because of what I’ve just phrased? What emotions are expressed in this passage? What emotions does this passage exhort me to feel? I should feel moved, in awe, of the beauty and power and sovereignty of God in 1:4-6 - his work of redemption, of giving us a new identity. I should receive grace and peace (1:4) through these truths - that is the whole point of this book, after all! Do you view God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Lord Jesus in this way? As eternal and almighty and sovereign, having accomplished your redemption and right now accomplishing your sanctification, as ruling over every event of your life in love and mercy and kindness and holiness and power? This is reality! Or do your problems loom larger than God in your mind? Then you need grace and peace . That means that you need this book of Revelation! You need the entirety of God’s Word ! When you feel weak, where do you turn? Open your Bible! Turn here to Revelation 1 and spend time thinking about the first 8 verses. You need to remind yourself of the firm foundation of God’s sovereignty that your soul and the entire globe is resting on. This book is a treasury of grace and peace, through the power and love and faithfulness of Jesus Christ. Hands: Focus: The focus of this section is the life of the will . We want to act accurately according to the truth of God’s Word we’ve phrased. Questions: How should I act differently because of what I’ve just phrased? What motivations does this passage give for acting differently? What sins do I need to repent of and put off? What good works do I need to put on? I need to see the urgency of obeying the message of Revelation ( 1:3 ). Do I want to flourish, to grow spiritually richer, like the man of Psalm 1? Then I must listen and obey this book. Prophecy in the OT was not only about foretelling the future, but even more about forthtelling how God's people should live. So too is Revelation (1:3). So this book is not meant for debate, or to satisfy your fascination about the end times. It is a book to be obeyed , and we'll see that in chapters 2-3. Why? The end of verse 3 says: the events of this book are imminent ; they could happen at any moment. This is because Jesus has died, has risen again, and has ascended. He is controlling history, and will surely bring the events of this book to pass; the last days have begun ; His kingdom has begun ! But we are still awaiting the consummation of the results of His death and resurrection and ascension, which are at the doors .
Jayse Anspach
How did you format that right column?
Brent Karding
Are you referring to the grey column, "The Unveiling of Jesus," and so on?

You can do that in the Editing box, under the Sections tab. If you make sections using the "New separator" button, you can then add a new heading (like "Listen to Jesus' Words" at the top), or a new block label (the grey column). I use block labels for subpoenas, with headings for main points.
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