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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
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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He Who Loves God's Word Shall Be Loved By God
Psalms 1
Who is the blessed man?  He who seeks after the very things of God.  To Him shall be a heavenly reward and satisfaction forever.
Published July 16th, 2018; Updated September 17th, 2018
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The righteous man is a blessed man because he takes his greatest joy and nourishment from the Word of God, which shall stand forever, and by it he shall be known by God, but the wicked man shall be cast out forever.
Psalms 1:1-6
Blessed is the man 1
This psalm is about the blessed man
who a walks not in b the counsel of the wicked,
The blessed man does not walk in the advice of evil people
nor stands in c the way of sinners,
WHICH RESULTS in being constricted in standing with the actions of other people
nor d sits in e the seat of f scoffers;
THEN WHICH RESULTS in MORE constriction in sitting with a poor attitude to the law of God
but his g delight is in the law 1 of the Lord ,
RATHER, blessed is the man who takes joy in the Word of God
and on his h law he meditates day and night.
IN OTHER WORDS, he is constantly thinking deeply and acting upon it
He is like i a tree
The Blessed Man is JUST like a tree
planted by j streams of water
MORE SPECIFICALLY, this tree has a constant stream of nourishment
that yields its fruit in its season,
WITH THE RESULT that it has a plentiful harvest
and its k leaf does not wither.
AND WITH THE RESULT that it does not die
l In all that he does, he prospers.
THEREFORE, this man shall succeed in everything he attempt (because His delight in what God sees is good - and God shall succeed)
The wicked are not so,
CONVERSELY, the wicked do not delight in the law of the Lord/prosper in all they do
but are like m chaff that the wind drives away.
RATHER, like chaff they are easily blown away, they are useless and easily disposed of
Therefore the wicked n will not stand in the judgment,
THEREFORE, the wicked will be condemned and shall fall/be blown away
nor sinners in o the congregation of the righteous;
IN OTHER WORDS, sinners will not receive the inheritance of the righteous
for the Lord p knows q the way of the righteous,
BECAUSE the Lord knows and loves the man who is righteous
but the way of the wicked will perish.
ON THE OTHER HAND He shall cast out those who are evil
*Notes that I took during a sermon preached on July 15, 2018 by Alex Philip , which have aided my arc (not my own sermon) - to Mr. Philip: I am indebted to you for showing me the many riches of God's Word and for teaching me what it means to pursue Him, His gospel, and His glory all the days of my life.* Psalms 1's progress of the Blessed Man - 1) what he is not and what he does not do, 2) what he is and what he does do, and 3) What he is like (a tree in a barren wasteland that has an infinite supply of nourishment by a stream to which it is rooted - this is an eternal and fully nourishing stream), and what shall become of him (he shall blossom, and provide fruit for others). Psalms 1's progress of the Wicked Man - 1) What he is not and what he does not do, 2) what he is and what he does do (not like the blessed man - walks in the advice of evil, acts in the same way of sinners, and has a poor attitude of the law of God), and 3) what he is like (useless and insignificant like chaff compared to the wheat) and what shall become of him (destroyed). Note the verbs of what the blessed man is not/what the wicked man is: he starts by walking, then he can only stand, then he can only sit - the world tells us that embrace of sin shall result in more freedom, when the Word of God shows that the embrace of sin is to restrict and enslave the self/become less mobile (walking, then standing, then sitting - resulting, eventually, in death and not being known by the Lord ). We are the wicked. We walk in the counsel of wicked, we stand in the way of sinners, we sit in the seat of scoffers. We are like the chaff - nothing to contribute - easily crushed and discarded - we are insignificant, and provide no nourishment. Christ is the blessed man - he is the only one not to walk, stand, sit like sinners. Furthermore, he is the only man who delighted in the law of God above all else - take for example the temptations of the devil, and Christ's recitation of the scripture as the remedy for the devil's bribes. How do we become blessed? We are to be united to Christ. What does it mean to be united with Christ? It means to receive all that he deserves and shall be awarded, like a commoner who marries a prince/king. If we trust in Christ and love His law, we shall receive His every inheritance. What is to become of the wicked man? For those who believe in Christ, He has united Himself to us - He has taken our sins, He has paid for our wrath, He has atoned for us unto freedom and blessedness. Our union with Christ means that we do not have to perish. But if we reject Christ, then He promises that on the day of judgment, He will not know us, and we will be cast out like useless chaff.
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