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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
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 is immeasurably compassionate, so much so that we cannot truly grasp it, and yet, it is exactly sufficient to accomplish His plans.
Jonah 4
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 Glorious Plan to Do the Unexpected
Ephesians 2:1-10
God's Love, God's Salvation, God's Grace, God's Glory.
Published November 12th, 2018; Updated April 21st, 2019
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Main point summary
There was no life in your sinfulness and you were destined for eternal damnation, but God brought you back to life, gave you the righteousness of Christ, and promises you an inheritance to his throne through Christ's work on the cross not so that you might boast in your own worthiness, for you have none, but to reveal his immeasurable and incomparable love, kindness, and grace. To God be all glory, honour, and praise forever and ever.
Ephesians 2:1-10
j And you were k dead in the trespasses and sins l in which you once walked,
You remained in a state of spiritual death by pursuing sin in vain, darkness, condemnation and faithlessness
following the course of this world,
HOW? WELL, 1) you followed the foolishness of the world (they love the darkness),
following m the prince of the power of the air,
AND 2) you gave into the lies of the devil (he says to only trust in yourself!)
the spirit that is now at work in n the sons of disobedience—
IN OTHER WORDS, you possessed the worldly and satanic desires that consume those who only seek earthly, non-eternity-granting comforts
among whom we all once lived in o the passions of our flesh,
We were all like this - wanting to follow the world, wanting to follow the devil, wanting to live only for ourselves
carrying out the desires of the body 1 and the mind,
BY ONLY DOING what our carnal bodies and minds wanted
and p were by nature q children of wrath,
RESULTING IN the promise of condemnation under God's unrelenting wrath
like the rest of mankind. 2
EXACTLY LIKE how the rest of the unsaved world walked.
But 1 God,
being r rich in mercy,
WHO IS infinitely merciful to us
s because of the great love with which he loved us,
AND BECAUSE he loves us
even t when we were dead in our trespasses,
DESPITE our nothingness (!) and our willingness and inclination to walk according to our sinful desires
u made us alive together with Christ—
THEREFORE, brought us up and out of death through the atonement of Jesus
v by grace you have been saved—
and raised us up with him
FURTHERMORE, he reestablished our holy identity in Christ
and w seated us with him
AND FURTHERMORE, eestablished our kingly/ priestly status in Christ
in the heavenly places
IN heaven and among the people and creatures of heaven
in Christ Jesus,
IN OTHER WORDS, in and with Christ
so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable x riches of his grace in y kindness toward us
IN ORDER THAT he, now and forevermore, might be glorified and vindicated and shown to be exhaustively loving and caring over our well-being
in Christ Jesus.
BECAUSE of what Christ has done.
For z by grace you have been saved
AGAIN I SAY you have been saved completely by God's grace
a through faith.
BY the faith he has given you in Christ
And this is b not your own doing;
IN OTHER WORDS, you are in no way responsible for your salvation
c it is the gift of God,
BECAUSE God has given it to you
d not a result of works,
THEREFORE, you didn't earn or merit your salvation
e so that no one may boast.
SO THAT you do not place your worship in yourself
For f we are his workmanship,
RATHER, we are God's new creation
g created in Christ Jesus
THROUGH the merit, righteousness and atoning work of Christ
h for good works,
IN ORDER THAT you would do works of life (not death)/of good (not evil)
i which God prepared beforehand,
AND God planned to save you, this way, through Christ's blood and righteousness, BEFORE you were formed
j that we should walk in them.
IN ORDER THAT we might do what God purposed us to do, namely, good works
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.