Michael Lane
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The grace of God trains us to renounce sin
Titus 2:11-12
God communicates in words proclaimed, received, accepted, and now at work among believers
1 Thessalonians 2:13
There is a river flowing right through the middle of God's eternal city. We may indeed be refreshed by its waters even now.
Psalms 46
Satan may be powerful, but God is sovereign!
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
1 Peter 5:12-14
An exhortation from a fellow elder.
1 Peter 5:1-11
1 Peter 4:12-19
A knotty passage indeed!
1 Peter 3:18-22
1 Peter 3:13-17
1 Peter 3:1-7
1 Peter 2:18-25
1 Peter 2:11-17
An Exhortation to Gospel-Rooted Love
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
1 Peter 1:13-21
A Greeting Packed Full with Theological Truth
1 Peter 1:1-5
Christ fulfills Psalm 8 on our behalf
Hebrews 2:5-18
Jesus: the exact and perfect revelation of God
Hebrews 1:1-14
Romans 7:13-25
The Hour has Come.
John 12:20-26
Light From the Father.
John 12:44-50
The Nature of Unbelief.
John 12:37-43
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
Philippians 3:12-16
Philippians 3:7-11
Philippians 3:17-4:1
2 Timothy 3:10-17
Philippians 1:3-11
Destroying Strongholds
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
Central Idea: Paul declares that he is going to defend himself so that the accusation of inconsisten...
2 Corinthians 10:7-11
Central Idea: Paul declares he would not dare to join the fray of 'ministry comparisons.
2 Corinthians 10:12-18
Central Idea: Paul asks the Corinthians to bear with him as he enters into the foolishness of boasti...
2 Corinthians 11:1-6
Central Idea:   All praise to God for the treasure of blessings we have in Christ, namely: He c...
Ephesians 1:3-14
Central Idea: Paul will not give an inch in this matter of preaching free of charge.
2 Corinthians 11:7-15
Central Idea: Paul, finally ready to meet boasting with boasting, makes an ironical appeal: "You've ...
2 Corinthians 11:16-21
Central Idea: Having unraveled all his opponents' categories of boasting (v.
2 Corinthians 11:30-33
Central Idea: Paul will go on to speak of his visions, however to boast of such things is a worthless exercise in self-promotion.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Central Idea: None of this has been for Paul's sake (in self-defense) but for their sake; His fear i...
2 Corinthians 12:19-21
Central Idea: Paul sighs, "Ugh! It's done.
2 Corinthians 12:11-18
Central Idea: Paul addresses a supposed implication of 5:20, ".
Romans 6:1-14
Central Idea: Paul's prayers of thanksgiving for the Colossian believers are in response to Epaphras...
Colossians 1:3-8
Central Idea: Paul relates the substance of his prayers on behalf of the Colossian believers: that t...
Colossians 1:9-14
Central Idea: Paul's prayer for the Colossians overflows into a hymn of praise declaring the glories...
Colossians 1:15-20
Central Idea: Paul calls the Colossians to not allow the intruders to either pass judgment on them o...
Colossians 2:16-23
Central Idea: In contrast to those that would steer them away from Christ, Paul calls the Colossians...
Colossians 3:1-4
Central Idea: The direct inference from setting one's mind on heavenly things is the command, "put to death what is earthly in you.
Colossians 3:5-11
Central Idea: Here is the practical culmination of all that Paul has been driving toward: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
Colossians 3:12-17
Central Idea: Paul details what it looks like to obey v.
Colossians 3:18-4:1
I'm curious to see how others arc v.
Mark 2:18-20
Central Idea: God has graciously and abundantly provided all that we need to live in godliness.
2 Peter 1:3-11
Central Idea: Because growth in Christian maturity is not automatic, Peter will confidently remind h...
2 Peter 1:12-15
Central Idea: Paul exhorts his readers to walk in sacrificial love which stands in sharp contrast to...
Ephesians 5:1-14
This a simplified alternate to my arc "Walk as Children of Light.
Ephesians 5:1-14
Apposition = two words or phrases side by side performing the same grammatical role in a sentence.
Titus 2:11-14
Summary:   In the fear of God, Paul persuades others because he is controlled by the love of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Summary: It is not to angels that God has subjected the world to come; It is subjected to The Man, (...
Hebrews 2:5-9
What 10,000 ways might we live out the truth that Christ has killed the hostility between us?
Ephesians 2:11-22
I found this to be a very difficult passage to arc but, as always, worth the effort of pressing on u...
Ephesians 3:1-13
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Because The End Is Near
1 Peter 4:7-11
...therefore live so as to magnify Christ.
Published July 10th, 2014; Updated July 13th, 2018
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1 Peter
1 Peter 4:7-11
Πάντων δὲ τὸ τέλος ἤγγικεν .
The end of all things is at hand ;
σωφρονήσατε οὖν καὶ νήψατε εἰς προσευχάς·
therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.
πρὸ πάντων τὴν εἰς ἑαυτοὺς ἀγάπην ἐκτενῆ ἔχοντες ,
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly,
ὅτι ἀγάπη καλύπτει πλῆθος ἁμαρτιῶν·
since love covers a multitude of sins.
φιλόξενοι εἰς ἀλλήλους ἄνευ γογγυσμοῦ·
Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
ἕκαστος καθὼς ἔλαβεν χάρισμα,
As each has received a gift,
εἰς ἑαυτοὺς αὐτὸ διακονοῦντες
use it to serve one another,
ὡς καλοὶ οἰκονόμοι ποικίλης χάριτος θεοῦ.
as good stewards of God's varied grace:
εἴ τις λαλεῖ,
whoever speaks,
ὡς λόγια θεοῦ·
as one who speaks oracles of God;
εἴ τις διακονεῖ,
whoever serves,
ὡς ἐξ ἰσχύος ἧς χορηγεῖ ὁ θεός·
as one who serves by the strength that God supplies--
ἵνα ἐν πᾶσιν δοξάζητα ι ὁ θεὸς διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ,
in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.
ᾧ ἐστιν ἡ δόξα καὶ τὸ κράτος εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων· ἀμήν.
To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Central Idea: Having steadily pointed his readers' attention to the Lord's return on the last day in order to raise their hearts and minds as they face various trials, Peter now draws several practical implications for living in the light of the nearness of that day. His focus is on life within the community of faith, calling believers to alertness for prayer, earnest acts of sin-defeating love, gracious hospitality, and service that honors God because it puts his gifts, his power, his glory -and not our own- on display. Explanations/Questions: v.10-11, The three comparative clauses are not complete subject-predicate clauses, but the verb could be supplied for each (as the ESV does in v.11b & d). Peter frequently uses this construction of the comparative, ὡς + a noun phrase (see 1:14, 'as obedient children;' 1:19, 'as of a lamb;' 2:2, 'like newborn infants;' 2:5, 'like living stones;' 2:11, 'as sojourners and exiles;' Question: Does v.11e state the purpose for v.10-11d, or all the commands back to v.7b? Although the purpose holds true for all, I see the grammatical link is to the the stewardship commands in v.10 & 11. In part, v.11e further explains the comparative phrases, " stewards of God's grace," " oracles of God ," and " God's power." Question: Does v.11f explain v.11e directly or give an exclamation point to the whole passage? My answer: Both, but my arc gives weight to the latter as a doxology. Insights: Concerning v.7... Peter uses a pair of verbs σωφρονέω and νηφώ, both related to being in control of one's mental faculties and having sound judgment. He then adds that these should be directed είς προσευχάς, "into prayer," which connotes sober-mindedness either in prayer , that is, while praying (NKJV, NLT, Message) or for the purpose of prayer (NASB, ESV). (The KJV leaves the preposition ambiguous, " unto prayer." ) Among the several themes Peter addresses that are closely connected to Christ's teachings (e.g. 1:10 and Luke 10:24; 1:22 and John 13:34-35; 2:7 and Matt. 21:42-44; 2:12 and Matt. 5:13-16 ), this instruction concerning sober-mindedness and prayer in light of the approaching telos may well have the most direct antecedent in a specific lesson from Christ. In Luke 21:34-36 the Lord warns Peter and the other disciples to, " yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life..." If not, they may be caught by surprise when that day comes, when the Son of Man returns (21:27). Christ's antidote is to, "stay awake at all times, praying... [so that (ἵνα)] you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man." This lesson became intensely personal for Peter when he fell asleep in the garden and Jesus woke him saying, "...pray [so that (ἵνα)] you may not enter into temptation." (Luke 22:46). The point for both Jesus and Peter seems to be that there are many distractions in this life that may steer our hearts away from the goal - the prize at the end of the race. Diligence in prayer will keep our hearts tuned, but this kind of prayer life does not come haphazardly. It is born out of a sober, clear-headedness that seriously considers what is at stake - our holiness and the glory of God in Jesus Christ.
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