Steven Long
Broken and healed; sinful and forgiven. His mercies are new every morning!
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The gracious benefits we receive from the Father through the Son should cause us to praise Him with much laude!
1 Peter 1:3-5
Grace and peace come to God's people because it was His will that His Son give Himself for us. Any other peace is non-lasting and cannot end
Galatians 1:1-5
Justification before God is clearly grounded in Christ's atoning work on the cross. When this is clearly portrayed, there is no confusion on
Galatians 3:1-9
Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
Hosea 2:16-20
Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Hosea 2:16-20
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
Galatians 1:1-5
1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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The Resurrection Hope
1Peter 1:3-5
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
Published April 16th, 2017
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Luke 24:1-2
Block Diagram
I. The Object of Our Salvation
II. The Means of Our Salvation
III. The Benefits of Our Salvation
Wisdom, Works, and Worship
Luke 24:1-2 ESV
Luke 24:1-2
The Resurrection 24 1 h But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, i taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found j the stone rolled away from the tomb,
Block Diagram
1 Peter 1:3-5
I. The Object of Our Salvation
Blessed be the God
and Father
Explanation (Apposition)
of our Lord Jesus Christ!
II. The Means of Our Salvation
According to his great mercy,
he has caused us to be born again
The Benefits of Our Salvation
to a living hope
Advantage #1
through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ
from the dead,
to an inheritance
Advantage #2
that is imperishable,
Content #1
Content #2
and unfading,
Content #3
kept ... for you,
in heaven
who ... are being guarded
by God’s power
through faith
for a salvation
ready to be revealed
Condition (of 5f)
in the last time.
*1:3d – God is the agent of the mercy
*1:3e – this clause is subordinate because 'he' is actually the definite article in Greek. According to the rules of block diagramming
when a definite article stands in place of the pronoun it is subordinate to the main clause.
*1:5e – the condition is the "last time." Salvation will not come to full fruition until the Temporal is complete.
I. The Object of Our Salvation
The one who is blessed is none other than God Himself. This first phrase stands as the chief though for these three verses, and one could argue, for the rest of the epistle. This section can be summarized in two questions: Who is God? and who is Jesus Christ? 1. Who is God? He is the one who is Blessed . According to Peter, He is blessed ( Εὐλογητὸς ). The word denotes an interesting feature as noted by Blenkin in his commentary for The Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges . He writes, " worthy to receive blessing is nearly always restricted to God in the LXX. while εὐλογημένος, one who receives blessing , is used of men." The same form of benediction occurs in Eph. 1:3 and 2 Cor. 1:3 . (pg. 29). God, and not man, is the one who is to receive our blessing. Not that we give anything to God excepting our praise alone. He expects this because He is the sole creator and worthy of our attention in our day-to-day lives. Peter is getting ready to explain in detail why he blesses God and why all believers should exult this type of doxology. He is Father . The term "God and Father" conveys a double meaning: God means that He is the author of life, creator of the universe, and in complete and sovereign control over all the creation He has made. Father signifies His great benevolence towards His creation, and especially of mankind. Jesus uses a similar illustration of God's heart as a Father in the gospels. " 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" (Mat 7:9-11) . 2. Who is Jesus Christ? The answer to this question is implied in His title. He is the Christ , God's anointed One. He is anointed for a specific task which Peter earlier identifies as the One who sprinkles us with His blood (verse 2). The sprinkling of the blood has purified all believers and has caused us to obey Him. He is the Son of the Father . Of course this does not imply that He is any less important than the Father. Scripture makes it clear that the Father, Son, and Spirit are all co-equal and co-eternal. But Jesus is the lamb that was foreknown before the foundation of the world to be the sacrifice for the believer's sins (1:20). The title of Son only implies that He willingly took this position, not begrudgingly or out of necessity, but simply out of love. He is Lord . The title Christ is the addendum to the precursor of His being Lord. He is first and foremost Lord. The word itself invokes the sense of nobility and the head of an estate. In this case, He is the head of the estate of all creation as is stated by the apostle Paul in Colossians 1:15-18. Though the Lord hold everything together by the power of His word he humbly clothed Himself in human flesh, became submissive to His Father and allowed Himself to die cruelly for His own creation. It is no wonder at all why He is pedastled by the Father Himself to be preeminent in everything.
II. The Means of Our Salvation
Our salvation is only "according to His great mercy." The Agent by which salvation comes . While some would focus on the mercy itself and say that that is the means, I think Peter's focus is on the One from whom this mercy springs. Thus, I have labeled this relationship as Agency instead of Manner or Means. It is solely of God giving His mercy freely that mercy can be obtained. And this mercy is described as being great. It is great in the sense that it is marvelous and wonderful. How can man understand the depth, and the riches, and love by which God loves us? (Eph 3:18-19). The result of mercy . God's great mercy results in a new birth. The familiar phrase "born again," which is so common in Evangelicalism is used here. The connotation is that something brand new is conceived and brought forth from the result that God's mercy has had upon us. So often we use the phrase loosely without considering its implications. Being born again results in having God's incorruptible seed within you (1:23). We cannot claim this mercy if we are not walking in fellowship with the Triune God. Scripture is very clear that those who do not practice God's commandments are those who not truly experienced the new birth (1John 3:7-10).
III. The Benefits of Our Salvation
This is the largest section of the three as Peter describes what the believer has on account of the great mercy of God. A living hope . This is contrasted with the rest of the world which has no hope, or a dead hope, just as Paul describes in the epistle of Ephesians (Eph 2:1-2). Those who are spiritually dead have no hope beyond this life. Yet the believer's hope is alive and full of assurance of what God has promised him in Jesus Christ. And why? Because of the resurrection. This is where the foundation of our hope is found. If there is no resurrection then there cannot be any mercy or salvation which results in mercy (1Cor 15:17). Christ's resurrection from the dead was to prove with finality that His blood sacrifice was acceptable to the Father. The blood which we have been sprinkled is what Jesus has presented to the Father on His throne so that His wrath may be turned away from our sin (Heb 7:27, Heb 9:12). This is why we have a living hope. Christ is the first born from among the dead so that we may follow. An inheritance . God's mercy not only gave us life, but also gave us an inheritance along with His Son. This inheritance is described by Peter in three words: Imperishable - this is that which can never be affected by the effects of the Curse, that is, it will never rust, or corrode, or otherwise be subjected to the natural consequences of the Fall. It is everlasting. Undefiled - it is completely pure and untainted by man. Man has a way of corrupting everything. Even in our holiest of prayers are we in corruptness as we often pray for that which would benefit us over our fellow man. Not so with this inheritance. It is pure, and will never have the stench of the world or its selfish desires. Unfading - some associate this with the first description of imperishable. But unfading, here means that this inheritance will never loose its luster or brilliance. In a sense, it is closely tied with imperishable as time is the enemy of all things. But Peter makes it clear that the brilliance of this inheritance is unfading. Note that the description of our inheritance is that which is heavenly and stands in stark contrast of that which is earthly. That which captures man's heart is contrasted by what true beauty and worth is. It is that which God gives to those who love Him and His Son. The power that guards. Lastly, I would like to point out that this inheritance is kept for a specific group of people. It is those "who are guarded by God's power." The implications of this are unfathomable. The fact that it is God Himself who guards us reminds me of the Old Testament passages which commanded Moses and Joshua not be afraid because God Himself would fight for them (Ex 14:14, Josh 1:5). Peter tells us that this guarding comes through means of faith. Faith is not necessarily abstract (Heb 11:1) but is that for which we hope in. It is this same faith that God gives as a gift (Eph 2:8-9) and that allows us to be free of our sinful nature so that we may again obey God. But the real assurance is this: God defends His people and brings them into their inheritance. It is only because of this promise that we are able to stand (Josh 23:14).
Wisdom, Works, and Worship
That One with such authority would give His life a ransom, and that One with all sovereignty would send His Son to be that ransom is a great encouragement. He keeps us by His very own power. If my power were involved I would be in Hell this very day, this very hour, this very minute! His mercy is the hope for our future and He deserves all praise, honor, and glory from His people, that they would obey Him and make known His greatness in all the earth ( Isa 12:5 ).
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