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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
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 Promise and Gracious Fulfillment
Romans 4:13-25
Faith in God to fulfill His promises by grace is the only way by which we can be saved
Published July 19th, 2018
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The fulfillment of the promise of God to justify His people depends on the gracious action of God. Any attempt to fulfill this promise on our own and on behalf of God are carried out in vain, because we are not God and because we fail His holy standards. Thus, the only option for us is to place our hope and trust in God to fulfill His word, as Abraham did, and we can be sure that He will and has fulfilled it, because His character requires it, because only He has the ability to do so, and because He gave His own Son to ensure it.
Romans 4:13-25
For e the promise to Abraham and his offspring f that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law
BECAUSE God's promise to Abraham/his descendants did not come from Abraham's already established righteousness
but through the righteousness of faith.
BUT from his faith in God who credited him righteousness
g For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs,
BECAUSE, IF you are justified and shall inherit by obedience to the law
faith is null
THEN faith does not matter
and the promise is void.
AND AS A RESULT, God cannot fulfill his promise (since it would be up to man to redeem himself)
For h the law brings wrath,
BUT THE REVERSE IS TRUE, the law condemns (not saves)
but i where there is no law
j there is no transgression.
THEN no one can know their sin.
That is why it depends on faith,
CONVERSELY, the righteousness of sinners depends on faith
k in order that the promise may rest on grace
IN ORDER THAT we might know that God fulfills his promises not by anything we do, but entirely on who He is (promise keeper)
and l be guaranteed to all his offspring—
AND IN ORDER THAT, their inheritance would be assured (by a perfect God) to Abraham's descendants
not only to the adherent of the law
NAMELY, his offspring are not only those who obey the law
but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham,
BUT also those who believe in the promise of God as Abraham did
m who is the father of us all,
IN OTHER WORDS, Abraham set the example for all people
as it is written,
AS EXPLAINED in scripture
n “I have made you the father of many nations”—
"Abraham shall be the father of many nations"
in the presence of the God in whom he believed,
BY 1)* God's acting as a witnesses - the very God whom you believe shall keep His word
o who gives life to the dead
AND 2 )** BY RAISING the dead to life
and calls into existence p the things that do not exist.
AND 3)*** BY CREATING creating ex nihilo
In hope he believed against hope,
TO EXPAND, 1)* Abraham believed in God despite his own frailty and the doubts of his wife
that he should become the father of many nations,
IN OTHER WORDS, he hoped that God would fulfill His promise
as he had been told,
AS God told Him
q “So shall your offspring be.”
"You will have children that are innumerable"
He did not weaken in faith
AS A RESULT, 2)** Abraham held to the resolve that God would fulfill His promise
when he considered his own body,
EVEN WHEN he looked at his own frailty
which was r as good as dead
IN OTHER WORDS, his body looked like he was about to die
( s since he was about a hundred years old),
BECAUSE he was 100.
or when he considered t the barrenness 1 of Sarah’s womb.
AND, 3)*** EVEN THOUGH Sarah had nothing in her, and knew God would have to create ex nihilo, he still believed.
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God,
THEREFORE, Abraham did not doubt God's faithfulness
but he grew strong in his faith
RATHER, THE RESULT OF GIVING GLORY TO GOD is that he became increasingly more resolute that God would follow through
as he gave glory to God,
He gave glory to God by believing
fully convinced that u God was able to do what he had promised.
MEANING that he believed with absolute confidence that God would keep His word.
That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”
IN OTHER WORDS, Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness, because he understood that it was God alone who could fulfill His promise (not something Abraham could work to achieve).
But v the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone,
FURTHERMORE, the credit to Abraham was not only to Him and Israel
but for ours also.
BUT also for the Gentiles
It will be counted to us w who believe in x him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord,
MEANING, those who have faith in God shall be credited with righteousness by the same God who brought Christ back from the dead
y who was delivered up for our trespasses
IN OTHER WORDS, the Christ who paid the penalty and atoned for our sin
and raised z for our justification.
AND THEN was raised so that His righteousness might be imputed on us
Abraham's faith was threefold: 1) In the power of God to fulfill His promises; 2) In the power of God to raise the dead to life; and, 3) In the power of God to bring something out of nothing.
Abraham's threefold faith explained here: 1) God is the God of hope, and His ability trumps our human doubt; 2) God is the God of life, and His nourishment is sufficient to raise up the dead; and, 3) God is the God of creation, and His power creates something where there was nothing.
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