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
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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Phrasing of Revelation 1:9-20
Revelation 1:9-20
Jesus is a king and priest who is present with His church in judgment and salvation.
Published April 18th, 2019
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Revelation 1:9-20
A Command to Write
Where John Was
I, John, ... was on the island called Patmos
your brother
and partner
in the tribulation
and the kingdom
and the patient endurance
that are
in Jesus,
on account of the word
Ground #1
of God
and the testimony
Ground #2
of Jesus.
I was in the Spirit
on the Lord’s day,
What John Heard
and I heard ... a loud voice
behind me
like a trumpet
Content #1
what you see
in a book
and send it
Content #2
to the seven churches,
to Ephesus
and to Smyrna
and to Pergamum
and to Thyatira
and to Sardis
and to Philadelphia
and to Laodicea.”
A Vision of Glory
Then I turned
to see the voice
that was speaking
to me,
and ... I saw seven golden lampstands,
on turning
and ... one like a son
of man,
in the midst of the lampstands
Explanation #1
with a long robe
and with a golden sash
Explanation #2
around his chest.
The hairs of his head were white,
Explanation #3
like white wool,
like snow.
His eyes were like a flame of fire,
Explanation #4
his feet were like burnished bronze,
Explanation #5
refined in a furnace,
Means or Example
and his voice was like the roar
Explanation #6
of many waters.
In his right hand
he held seven stars,
Explanation #7
from his mouth
came a sharp two- edged sword,
Explanation #8
and his face was like the sun
Explanation #9
in full strength.
An Explanation of Comfort
Words of Encouragement
When I saw him,
I fell at his feet
as though dead.
But he laid his right hand
on me,
“Fear not,
I am the first
Ground #1
and the last,
and the living one.
I died,
Ground #2
and behold I am alive forevermore,
Ground #3
and I have the keys
Ground #4
of Death
and Hades.
Words of Explanation
Write therefore the things
Content #1
that you have seen,
that are
and those
that are to take place
after this.
As for the mystery
Reference #1
of the seven stars
that you saw
in my right hand,
and the seven golden lampstands,
Reference #2
the seven stars are the angels
Content #2
of the seven churches,
and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Content #3
Notice that there are no quotation marks. That's because chapters 2-3 are entirely the continuing words of Jesus!
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? Verse 11: These are simply seven literal churches; some have seen a prophecy of seven different ages of church history in them, but that doesn’t reflect the reality of the past, and the text doesn’t say anything to make us think that is the case. But remember, the number seven shows universality in Revelation – these churches represent the entire church through all the following centuries, including your church , and we need to listen to what is written here to discern what Jesus thinks of us , and what we must do to please Him. Verses 12-16: Jesus' words in 9-11 and 17-19 bookend his appearance in 12-16. The whole point of this section is to optimize our focus on who the main character of this book is. Verse 13: See Dan 7:13-14 about the "Son of man." Verses 17-18: What is the foundation for John's writing of this entire book ? See the Ground in 17g-18f - the description of Jesus' eternality (his deity ) and victory over death (his bodily resurrection ). This is what Revelation is all about! Verse 19: This is a good threefold description of the book: chapter 1, chapters 2-3, and chapters 4-22. 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? Verse 13: Since Jesus is a king (see Dan 7:13-14), I should gladly submit to his authority and rule. I can do that by "hearing" (see 2:7, etc.) what he says in chapters 2-3. Verse 13: Since Jesus is a high priest, I should hold tightly to my profession of faith in him and go boldly to him for grace and mercy (see Heb 4:14-16). Verses 14-15: Since Jesus is holy (see Is 1:18) and the eternal God (see Dan 7:9), I should bow before him in worship and awe. Verse 15: Since Jesus is a judge (see Dan 7:9-10), I should fear his power and obey his commands. Verses 15b-16: Since Jesus' words are powerful (see Is 11:4 and Heb 4:12), I should turn away from sin and spend much time exposing my heart to its surgical edge. Verse 16b: Since Jesus is awesome and glorious, I should not take him lightly or view him still as weak, but as all-powerful and beautiful (see 1 Tim 6:16 and Rev 20:11). 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? Verse 9b-h: If you are in Christ, you will , guaranteed, experience these three things – pain, identity, and perseverance. See Phil 1:29. And unto you it is given , freely given, that you should hold on to him and be faithful – and that is what the next two chapters are all about! So persevere in difficulties, in trials, knowing that these things are gifts from Jesus. Verses 17-18: Since Jesus is eternal and alive, and since he died and rose for me, I should not fear , but trust him. Verse 20b: From a sermon I preached: "Jesus is present in his church always. And if we really see who Jesus is, and His relationship to us as His church, we will be strengthened . We will be enabled to be fearless . We will be made strong to remain faithful to Him. So if you are struggling, feeling weak, overcome, surrounded by enemies, discouraged, you need to know this: Jesus is here right now . "And if you are wandering from the Lord, if your heart is hard and you are resisting His will and rebelling against His Word, you too need to know this: Jesus is here right now . He is a king, and a priest, and a judge, and you must reckon with the massive reality of His presence for your life."
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