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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
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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The Everlasting Word of God
2 Timothy 3
Grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.
Published August 17th, 2018; Updated August 25th, 2018
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To Timothy, false prophets are coming, and they will offer you empty promises of good things. These promises will seem rewarding because the Christian life is hard, just look at my [Paul's] life, and the suffering I've endured. Nevertheless, these prophets will eventually fall, and our bodies may fade, but the truth shall endure. For Scripture is the very Word of the everlasting and almighty God. Therefore hold fast to it, just as your mother and grandmother did, and know that in it is everything you need to instruct others so that they too may know and be equipped to resist evil and do good.
2 Timothy 3:1-17
But understand this,
Hear my words,
that y in the last days
WHEN the last days come
there will come times of difficulty.
difficult times shall arise
For people will be z lovers of self,
BECAUSE people will fall in love with themselves
a lovers of money,
THEN to promote self, they will come to love money
b proud,
THEN as they accumulate money, they will become self-concerned/self-pitying
b arrogant,
THEN as they become more self-sustaining, they become egotistical and conceited
THEN in their conceit, they take advantage and harm those around them
b disobedient to their parents,
they EVEN harm those closest to them, like their parents
IN OTHER WORDS, they become ungrateful
THEN they become godless/irreverant
c heartless,
THEN unkind
THEN not agreeable
THEN ill-speaking of others
without self-control,
RESULTING in harming others
d not loving good,
THE OPPOSITE of doing what is acceptable to God
AND being back-stabbers
AND having no regard for others
e swollen with conceit,
AND being arrogant
f lovers of pleasure
AND following the lust of the flesh
rather than lovers of God,
NOT love for God
having the appearance of godliness,
ALTHOUGH, these people to be holy
but g denying its power.
they are without true belief/lovers of what the world offers and not what God offers
h Avoid such people.
THEREFORE, avoid these difficult people.
For among them are i those who creep into households
BECAUSE, these difficult people will sneak into homes
and capture weak women,
FOR THE PURPOSE OF entrapping defenseless women (who don't know better)
burdened with sins
IN OTHER WORDS, women who are overcome with their own guilt and shame
and led astray by various passions,
RESULTING in being easily manipulated to accept false doctrines
always learning
RESULTING in their continued learning
and never able to j arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
YET unable to perceive what is really the truth
Just as k Jannes and Jambres l opposed Moses,
FURTHERMORE, JUST LIKE the magicians who sought to contradict Moses
so these men also oppose the truth,
SO TOO are these difficult people who seek to refute what is true
m men corrupted in mind
IN OTHER WORDS, these men who are debased in their minds
and n disqualified regarding the faith.
AND disqualified in their hearts (by their disobedience showing no faith)
But they will not get very far,
NEVERTHELESS, they won't escape
for their folly will be plain to all,
BECAUSE the falsity of their teachings will be made out
o as was that of those two men.
JUST LIKE with the two false magicians
p You, however, have followed my teaching,
NEVERTHELESS, you know me, Paul, and what I teach
my conduct,
AND how I live
my aim in life,
AND my intentions
my faith,
AND my belief
my patience,
AND my forbearance
my love,
AND my heart
my steadfastness,
AND my faithfulness
my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me
q at Antioch,
IN Antioch
r at Iconium,
AND IN Iconium
and s at Lystra—
AND IN Lystra
which persecutions I endured;
RESULTING in the fact that I had to endure them
yet t from them all u the Lord rescued me.
NEVERTHELESS, the Lord delivered me through it
Indeed, all who desire to v live a godly life in Christ Jesus w will be persecuted,
IN OTHER WORDS, those who seek to be like and live for Christ (the true good) will suffer affliction
while x evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse,
ON THE OTHER HAND, those who are ungodly and fake godliness will inevitably digress
MEANING they start off as liars (deceiving others from the truth)
and y being deceived.
THEN eventually they are misled themselves and lost
But as for you, z continue in what you have learned
DESPITE THIS, don't lose heart and keep teaching what you've been taught
and have firmly believed,
AND in what you already hold to be true
knowing from whom 1 you learned it
BECAUSE of the testimony of those who taught it to you
and how a from childhood you have been acquainted with b the sacred writings ,
AND BECAUSE you were made familiar with the truth since childhood
c which are able to make you wise for salvation
IN OTHER WORDS, this truth that has the blueprint for one's redemption
through faith in Christ Jesus.
NAMELY, faith in Jesus Christ
d All Scripture is breathed out by God
FOR Scripture is the very Word of God
and profitable for teaching,
THEREFORE, it is useful for everyting, including to instruct
for reproof,
AND edify
for correction,
AND admonish
and for training in righteousness,
AND to give practical wisdom for doing good
that e the man of God 1 may be complete,
IN ORDER THAT the godly man will be lacking in nothing
f equipped g for every good work.
IN OTHER WORDS that he will have every tool and every confidence to do what is right and godly
Two concessions: 1) False prophets are coming - they will rise for a time, and then they will fall. 2) You will be persecuted, because you desire godliness. Nevertheless, persevere and serve your people, because you have received the book of life and its inheritance from the God of life.
Interesting. I've never thought about 2a-f and 2g-3c being progressions. That's something to chew on!
Let me know if it doesn't sit well with you! I'd love to hear your thoughts =).
Great job Steven beloved of God. I am new to this so not sure my praise is worth much but you are inspiring an old man to keep trying.
Thank you for your encouragement!  It has blessed me, greatly.  I also pray for your blessing and perseverance as you pursue your own study of God’s Word.
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.