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
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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Phrasing of Revelation 2:12-17
Revelation 2:12-17
Jesus will destroy His enemies and give eternal life to His people; therefore, the church must not tolerate sin in its midst.
Published May 9th, 2019
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Revelation 2:12-17
Jesus Speaks As a Powerful Judge
“And to the angel
of the church
in Pergamum
‘The words
Content #1
of him
who has the sharp two- edged sword.
Jesus Praises Faithfulness to the Gospel
“‘I know
where you dwell,
where Satan’s throne is.
Yet you hold fast my name,
Content #2a
and you did not deny my faith
Content #2b
even in the days
of Antipas
my faithful witness,
who was killed
among you,
where Satan dwells.
Jesus Rebukes Tolerance of Idolatry and Immorality in the Church
But I have a few things
Ground #1
against you:
you have some there
who hold the teaching
of Balaam,
who taught Balak
to put a stumbling block
before the sons
of Israel,
so that they might eat food sacrificed
Purpose #1
to idols
and practice sexual immorality.
Purpose #2
So also you have some
Ground #2
who hold the teaching
of the Nicolaitans.
Therefore repent.
Content #3a
If not,
I will come ... soon
Content #3ba
to you
and war
Content #3bb
against them
with the sword
of my mouth.
Jesus Promises Everlasting Life to Those Who Overcome Their Disobedience
who has an ear,
let him hear
Content #4
what the Spirit says
to the churches.
To the one
who conquers
I will give some
Content #5a
of the hidden manna,
and I will give him a white stone,
Content #5b
with a new name written
on the stone
that no one knows
except the one
who receives 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? Why does Jesus describe himself as the one "who has the sharp two-edged sword" (12g)? Because his words are powerful , and he will use them to judge unbelievers, and even Christians. See Heb 4:11-13, which also emphasizes perseverance, and John 12:47-48. How was "Satan's throne" in Pergamum (13c)? Pergamum was the Washington D.C. of its day in Asia Minor. It was also the heart of pagan idol worship. To refuse to worship in this way was to be a traitor . What was "the teaching of Balaam," and how did the false teachers proclaim it (14)? Look up and read Numbers 25:1-6. What was "the teaching of the Nicolaitans" (15c)? We don't know; it must have been distinguished from teaching the idol worship and immorality were OK for believers, for it is mentioned separately, and qualified with "also" (15a). What is "the hidden manna" (17i)? It is interesting that the story of Balaam takes place during the wilderness wanderings, as does God's daily giving of manna . The 24,000 were killed in Numbers 25 would have kept enjoying God's provision had they not rebelled! They ate idol food , and so were barred from eating God's food . What is the "white stone" (17j)? T here are many possibilities! In ancient times, a white stone could be used in a vote, expressing someone’s vote to acquit someone of a crime. Sometimes a white stone was used like an entry ticket to a banquet or some such event. Think of Jesus’ parable of the wedding banquet, where a wedding garment was required for entry (Matt 22:1-14), and think of God’s description of His bride wearing “fine linen, bright and pure” in Rev 19:8, which represents “the righteous deeds of the saints” (v. 8), and is followed by a description of the happiness of those who are "invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb" (v. 9). 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? We ought to feel the danger we're in if we don't repent of sin, for Jesus holds a razor-sharp sword. He is the perfect Judge. He does say, "Fear not" to John in 1:17, but to those who insist on sinning, he says in 2:12-17, "Be very afraid !" We ought to feel encouraged that Jesus knows exactly where we live - the trials we face at work, in our hearts, at school, and at home. He sees and will praise faithfulness to him. We ought to rejoice at the knowledge of our certain acceptance by Christ in eternity, if we are overcomers through his power. 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? This letter is written to the faithful in the church, as it is not they who are worshipping idols and committing immorality. However, Jesus rebukes them for the sin of these others . It seems like they were tolerating this idolatry in their church (see v. 16). We need to repent of tolerance of sin - not just in our own lives, but in the lives of people we know and love, especially fellow church members. See Gal 6:1-5. We need to cling to Jesus' "name" and "faith" (13d-e), even if we are rejected by others. For to do so means to be accepted by Jesus!
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