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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 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
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 Power of God to Vindicate God and Save Sinners
Romans 1
How Does God Prevent Divine Contradiction? By Revealing His Power in the Gospel.
Published June 21st, 2018; Updated June 21st, 2018
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Main point summary
The Gospel reveals, restores and redeems us to God. More specifically, the Gospel saves us from 1) the same God who is righteous, wrathful and angry at our sin, and 2) our stupid, sinful and God-alienating selves (hearts, bodies and minds).
Romans 1:16-32
For d I am not ashamed of the gospel,
Let me explain what the gospel is to you
for it is e the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,
It is the means and the very power by which God will save His elect
to the Jew f first
MORE SPECIFICALLY, it was delivered to the Jews first
and also to g the Greek.
THEN to the Gentiles
For in it h the righteousness of God is revealed i from faith for faith, 1
WHAT I MEAN IS the gospel reveals God's good will to give faith to people so that they might have faith
j as it is written,
WHICH you already know
“The righteous shall live by faith.” 2
NAMELY, justification is by faith alone
For k the wrath of God l is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,
MORE SPECIFICALLY, to understand the power of God in salvation, we must FIRST understand the wrath of God directed at sinful, unfaithful men
who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
BECAUSE they suppress the truth
For what can be m known about God is plain to them,
because God has shown it to them.
BECAUSE, it is what they've already seen
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, n have been clearly perceived,
WHAT THEY HAVE SEEN IS his character - power and divinity - in nature
ever since the creation of the world, 1
SINCE the world was created
in the things that have been made.
IN every made thing
So they are without excuse.
THEREFORE, they will be judged by what they know and what they have seen
For although they knew God,
FOR EVEN THOUGH they had clearly perceived God
they did not honor him as God
They refused to worship Him as He deserved
or give thanks to him,
NOR did they thank Him for all He had done
but they o became futile in their thinking,
RATHER, they dismissed the use of basic logic, from what they had clearly perceived
and their foolish hearts were darkened.
WHICH RESULTED IN having their hearts become blind to the light of God, like fools
p Claiming to be wise,
MORE SPECIFICALLY, DESPITE thinking that they were discerning
they became fools,
they became idiots
and q exchanged the glory of r the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
WITH THE RESULT THAT they worshiped created, fallible things!
Therefore s God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts
THEREFORE, God, who is not a fool, 1) withdrew from their midst and let them indulge in their sinful lusts (heart)
to impurity,
RESULTING IN their become impure
to t the dishonoring of their bodies
AND RESULTING IN them violating their bodies
among themselves,
WHEREVER other people were
because they exchanged the truth about God for u a lie
FOR they fooled themselves
and worshiped
RESULTING in their worship
and served the creature
AND their service to created things
rather than the Creator,
NOT their creator
v who is blessed forever! Amen.
WHO IS eternally perfect and holy!
For this reason w God gave them up to x dishonorable passions.
AND THEREFORE, 2) God allowed them to pursue their sinful cravings (bodies)
For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;
MORE SPECIFICALLY, women rejected men and pursued other things
and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women
SIMILARLY, men gave up pursuing women
and were consumed with passion for one another,
AND INSTEAD pursued other men
y men committing shameless acts with men
RESULTING IN men willingly slept with other men
and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
AND in some form of earthly, and future punishment
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God,
AND BECAUSE of their worship of created things
z God gave them up to a a debased mind
THEREFORE, 3) God allowed them to become thinkers of immorality (mind)
to do b what ought not to be done.
FOR THE PURPOSE OF doing unnatural, sinful things
They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice.
IN OTHER WORDS, they were filled with evil
They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness.
RESULTING IN them doing overt acts of evil (progressive)
They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
OR LEADING TO less overt, but more insidious forms of evil (also progressive)
Though they know c God’s righteous decree
THEN, AND EVEN THOUGH they knew what God's requirements were
that those who practice such things d deserve to die,
NAMELY, that those who do wicked things shall be put to death
they not only do them
they NOT only did these wicked things
but e give approval to those who practice them.
BUT encouraged others to do them as well!
Link: righteousness of God and wrath of God
Q: What is the power of God for salvation? A: The Righteousness of God P1: The Love of God for His creation P2: The Wrath of God over His creation C: The Righteousness of God, which vindicates the Wrath of God to display the Love of God in salvation How great is the power of the gospel? Powerful enough to save you from the consequences of sin, namely, God's wrath.
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.