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God exalts Christ for he is doubly worthy of honour as Creator and Purifier of sin.
Hebrews 1:1-4
Christians of God's Beloved Covenant Forgive.
Matthew 18:19-35
God's providence through his messengers to his beloved children assures our grace, mercy, and peace.
1 Timothy 1:1-2
Unity Achieved in the Depth of the Gospel
Philippians 2:1-11
The Perseverance of the Christian Depends on God's Gift and God's Sustaining Power
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
How can you tell the sincerity of your faith?  By the words that you speak.
James 3:1-12
To behold Christ is to be transformed in believing obedience
James 2:14-26
Blessed is the man who desires to do good with his whole being without partiality, for God has saved him wholly.
James 2:1-13
True Religion is displayed in a sanctified love for God and love for neighbour.
James 1:19-27
Those who fall away do so because of sin and lack love for God and not because God is unfaithful to keep his saints.
James 1:12-18
Trials increase our faith to God, but when they are difficult God gives aid to see his unswerving goodness in Christ, our exaltation.
James 1:2-11
For Christians: rejection of a God who sent his Son to die for us and his Spirit to restore us yields an incomparably severe punishment.
Hebrews 10:26-31
Worldly Success is No Sure Sign of God's Favour.
James 4:13-17
The perfect Jesus is the perfect high priest, the perfect sacrifice, and the source of a perfect, everlasting covenant.
Hebrews 7:20-28
God shall keep you through the prayer of others for your joyful growth in theology leading to a life of grateful doxology.
Colossians 1:9-12
A people saved for a glorious purpose.
Exodus 19:4-6
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!  Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
1 Peter 1:3-5
We need gospel-unity because it is a gift from God for our assurance and for Christ's glory.
Philippians 1:27-30
The Immeasurable Gift of the Gospel
2 Corinthians 5:21
God's Love, God's Salvation, God's Grace, God's Glory.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Christians, if someone wrongs you and refuses to humbly repent, then let him go, because God desires to keep and protect you from his sin.
Matthew 18:15-20
I cling to my Lord who is my Helper, Saviour and Friend.
1 Peter 3:18
We have full confidence in the revealed, illumined and inspired Word of God given to us by the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2
What is more amazing than being set free from sin?  Being set free to Christ, our righteousness and keeper forever.
1 Peter 2:24-25
As those identified with Christ, we are called to live new lives enabled by a glorious God.
Romans 6:1-4
Death in Adam; life in Christ.
Romans 5
If you have been called to preach the gospel, do not relent, because God delights in your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:1-8
Grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.
2 Timothy 3
What does a false teacher look like?  He appears to be godly, but, in truth, he seeks only to steal and devour.  Avoid these wolves.
2 Timothy 3:1-9
Scripture is from God alone.  Let no man claim otherwise.
Galatians 1
Although our sin deserves punishment, the love and grace of God, through Christ, intercede to give us everlasting joy.
Romans 5:1-17
What is our joy?  It is not ourselves.  It is the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:6-11
Condemnation follows us in Adam, but Rejoicing is our reward in Christ
Romans 5:1-14
Good News! The life, death and resurrection of Christ is the source of our faith, pardon, justification, and reconciliation to God.
Romans 5:1-11
Rejoice!  God doesn't just save, and God doesn't just promise a future, but He promises His love and help for those who believe now.
Romans 5:1-5
Faith in God to fulfill His promises by grace is the only way by which we can be saved
Romans 4:13-25
Abraham was justified by faith, as are those who follow in his footsteps.
Romans 4:1-12
Who is the blessed man?  He who seeks after the very things of God.  To Him shall be a heavenly reward and satisfaction forever.
Psalms 1
Righteousness is a gift to those who cannot save themselves, and, instead, fall at the cross and confess Christ as Lord.
Romans 3
In God there is no contradiction, for the law condemns self-righteous sinners, but God saves the repentant who believe in Christ.
Romans 3:1-26
Church, set your minds on things above by loving one another as Christ loved you, which is your thanksgiving to God.
Colossians 3:12-17
What is the advantage of having the Law?  To know God's will.  Does the law justify?  No, it condemns.  Simply, the Law is good, we are not.
Romans 3:1-20
God saves us to show us Himself.  Namely, that He is unlike any other and requires our worship through obedience.
Deuteronomy 4:32-40
It is not too late!  Repent and Believe!  He is merciful and mighty, alone, to save.
Jonah 3
When we are in despair without hope of deliverance, look to the merciful Lord who is faithful to save and deliver.
Jonah 2
Obey when God calls.  Reject God and suffer the consequences.  In both obedience and disobedience, God will accomplish His purposes.
Jonah 1
In Christ we are made heirs to the throne of God, justified by faith, children of promise and free from the shackles of law.
Galatians 3:15-29
The Law was Given for Blessing, but it Became a Curse
Romans 3:1-8
God is Holy, We are Sinful, He shall Judge the Nations.
Romans 2
How Does God Prevent Divine Contradiction? By Revealing His Power in the Gospel.
Romans 1
Marks of True Salvation: A New Heart, Divine Conviction and the Delight of God Alone.
Romans 2:25-29
God wants us for Himself, so He does it by Himself, for our joy, and His worship.
Psalms 23
Jews, the bearers of the law, are not exempt from the wrath of God
Romans 2:17-24
Spiritual gifts in the public assembly are for its mutual benefit and the reflection of God's character.
1 Corinthians 14:26-40
Christ, Our Master and Commander - the Anchor of Our Faith.
Matthew 8:23-27
Men lead as men, women submit as women, and do it for the pleasure of God and the gospel.
1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Prayer for the Peace of God Rooted in the Character of God Given to the People of God through the Son of God.
1 Timothy 2
Healthy Churches for Christ-Centred, Gospel-Hearing, Cross-Bearing Peoples.
Acts 6:1-8
No one receives pardon, all are to be judged. For those in the law, Christ's example condemns.
Romans 2:12-16
If you are good, then God shall give life; If you are bad, then God shall render destruction.
Romans 2:6-11
Come ye weary, heavy-laden, lost and ruined by the fall, if you tarry, till you're better, you will never come at all.
Romans 2:1-5
How do we stay motivated to share the gospel to the nations? We see the immensity of the grace that we first received.
Romans 1:1-7
When God gives us up to our sinfulness, it is a complete destruction of everything He originally intended.
Romans 1:28-32
What is the result when God abandons sinners? They seek pleasure in things just like themselves, which will always be insufficient.
Romans 1:26-27
God abandons those who refuse to love and obey Him, but such abandonment does not come without a hope of restoration.
Romans 1:24-25
God alone saves and justifies
Romans 1:16-17
What is the primary motivation for God's wrath against humanity, and what is man's chief sin?
Romans 1:18-23
We need to praise God for the faithfulness of gospel-centred missions, but the task is not complete. Does God call me to go? Faithful steps.
Romans 1:8-15
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God's Compassion
Jonah 4
God is immeasurably compassionate, so much so that we cannot truly grasp it, and yet, it is exactly sufficient to accomplish His plans.
Published July 4th, 2018; Updated July 31st, 2018
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The self-centered and envious man does not understand the compassion of God. Nevertheless, God is compassionate. His compassion is not grounded in the understanding and inclinations of man, but is motivated by His own perfect character. He displays His compassion both in bringing unworthy sinners to repentance and in judging the self-righteous in their rebellion, but all of it is to display His sovereign wisdom alone, which He reveals to us despite our own futility and self-absorption.
Jonah 4:1-11
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly , 1
AS A RESULT OF GOD'S MERCY OVER NINEVEH, Jonah was greatly unhappy
and y he was angry.
AND upset
And he prayed to the Lord and said,
AUDACIOUSLY, he prayed,
“O Lord , is not this what I said
"God, didn't I predict that you'd do this
when I was yet in my country?
WHEN you first called me?
z That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish;
WHICH RESULTED in me quickly fleeing to Tarshish
for I knew that you are a a gracious God
BECAUSE I knew that you are too gracious
and merciful,
AND too merciful
slow to anger
AND too slow to punish evil
and abounding in steadfast love,
AND too loving
and a relenting from disaster.
AND too compassionate!
b Therefore now, O Lord , please take my life from me,
THEREFORE, kill me
c for it is better for me to die
BECAUSE I'd prefer to die
than to live.”
NOT live."
And the Lord said,
THEN God responded,
d “Do you do well to be angry?”
"Do you feel your anger is justified?"
Jonah went out of the city
AS A RESULT OF HIS ANGER AND GOD'S REBUKE, Jonah left Nineveh (of his own free will)
and sat to the east of the city
AND THEN walked over to the east of the city (instead of resting in the city)
and e made a booth for himself there.
AND THEN made a little covering for himself (instead of taking the reparations the Ninevites would have given him)
He sat under it in the shade,
AND THEN sat under it
till he should see what would become of the city.
IN ORDER TO see what God would do to Nineveh.
Now the Lord God appointed a plant 1
AS A RESULT OF JONAH'S POUTING, God compassionately orders a plant to do something (similar to how He order the fish to do something)
and made it come up over Jonah,
WITH THE RESULT that it hung over Jonah
that it might be a shade over his head,
IN ORDER TO shade Jonah
to save him from his discomfort. 2
AND TO provide comfort from the sun
So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant.
THEREFORE, Jonah was very (sinfully) happy for the plant/in the plant (because he took His comfort in it/and believed he deserved it)
But when dawn came up the next day,
BUT WHEN the next day came
God appointed a worm that attacked the plant,
God commanded a worm to eat the plant
so that it withered.
FOR THE PURPOSE OF making it wither.
When the sun rose,
THEN, WHEN the sun came up
God appointed a scorching f east wind,
God commanded a hot wind to come
g and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah
FOR THE PURPOSE OF overheating Jonah
so that he h was faint.
THEREFORE he became exhausted.
And he asked that he might die
AS A RESULT the withering plant and the heat, Jonah asked to die
and said,
BECAUSE he believed that he'd,
c “It is better for me to die
"prefer to die like the dead plant
than to live.”
AND NOT live"
But God said to Jonah,
INSTEAD of killing Jonah, God rebukes him,
i “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?”
"Do you feel injustice for the plant?"
And he said,
THEN Jonah responded,
“Yes, I do well to be angry,
angry enough to die.”
IN FACT, I am angry enough to die"
And the Lord said,
GOD'S ANSWER TO Jonah's daring answer is to show His mercy
“You pity the plant,
"SIMILAR TO how you feel injustice for a SINGULAR plant
for which you did not labor,
IN OTHER WORDS, a plant you did not plant
nor did you make it grow,
AND a plant you did not grow with your own hands
which came into being in a night
AND it was an insignificant plant that came up in one night (not something that's been there for a long time)
and perished in a night.
AND it was a plant that ceased to exist the next day (unlike the souls of a nation)
And should not I pity j Nineveh,
THEREFORE, as you feel injustice over a plant, how much more should I feel injustice over destroying all of Nineveh (which I created with my own hands, and have crafted my workmanship into, and which has stood over generations, and if I shall kill them, then its people shall suffer forever!),
that great city,
WHICH is far greater than your plant
in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left,
FOR EXAMPLE, there are over 120,000 people in it some of which do evil without knowing they are doing evil, and some of which may not be contributing to the evil (such as children) but would perish anyway
and also much k cattle?”
AND there is also a lot of living creatures (more worthy of pity than your plant)!
Jonah probably would have received a tremendous gift in thanks from the people of Nineveh, but instead he pouts, and goes off into the wilderness like a child!
God appointed a fish, a plant, a worm, and a wind to accomplish His purposes.
Takes deep joy in this plant, and wraps up His life with it (inordinate amount of happiness over this plant)
Jonah tied up his willingness to live in a small thing like a plant! He's so tied up in himself, his thoughts that he deserves better than this, that he mocks God - "Why don't you just kill me? I don't deserve this!" Lesson: God gives us things, and God takes away things, but we are not the provider of them, they are not ours to possess - we are God's possession, and He is ours! Everything else is fodder something we can have for a time then lose, but our confidence is not shaken, because we have our God.
Disclaimer: The opinions and conclusions expressed on this page are those of the author and may or may not accord with the positions of Biblearc or Bethlehem College & Seminary.