Brent Karding
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Remember the happiness of the Word-delighting, and the misery of the only other option.
Psalms 1
In every difficulty, cry to God, your trustworthy Savior.
Psalms 42:1-43:5
Jesus, the Father's Spirit-filled Son, inaugurated God's kingdom.
Mark 1:1-15
Paul describes how men and women should act in church, based on their specific roles.
1 Timothy 2:8-15
Dedicate yourself to the local church for the eternal glory of Christ.
Haggai 2:20-23
The gospel call to repentance gives light to people in darkness.
Matthew 4:12-17
God has given the local church the responsibility to judge its members.
1 Corinthians 5
The eternal state will immediately follow Christ's return and our bodily resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
When Jesus next returns, he will destroy death.
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
At the day of the Lord, believers will be saved and unbelievers will be destroyed.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-10
Our certain gospel hope of resurrection should encourage us.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
This passage reveals the fact of and the reason behind God's anger.
Romans 1:18-23
The kind of faith that saves is a faith that is characterized by works.
James 2:14-26
Only those who look to Jesus for spiritual wealth, righteousness, and guidance will sit with him on his throne.
Revelation 3:14-22
Jesus promises eternal life to those who overcome; therefore, cling to the gospel and preach it to others.
Revelation 3:7-13
Those who treasure the gospel and live it out today will enjoy intimacy with Jesus now and forever.
Revelation 3:1-6
Hold tightly to holy living that flows from the gospel.
Revelation 2:18-29
God calls us to boast only in the cross, through which we participate in the New Creation.
Galatians 1:1-6:18
Jesus will destroy His enemies and give eternal life to His people; therefore, the church must not tolerate sin in its midst.
Revelation 2:12-17
It is vital to boast only in Jesus' cross.
Galatians 6:10-18
Those who are fearless in the face of death will receive life from the Victor over death.
Revelation 2:8-11
True spirituality is seen in bearing other people's burdens.
Galatians 6:1-10
You are nothing without love.
Revelation 2:1-7
Serve each other in love through the leading of the life-giving, flesh-opposing Spirit.
Galatians 5:13-26
Jesus is a king and priest who is present with His church in judgment and salvation.
Revelation 1:9-20
Only those who rest on Christ alone for justification will receive eternal righteousness.
Galatians 5:2-12
Obey this urgent revelation so you will be blessed, and rest in the sovereignty of your Saviour.
Revelation 1:1-8
God redeems Naomi - and all Israel - through the son of Boaz and Ruth.
Ruth 4:13-22
Believers must stand firm in the freedom of being God's children through faith alone in his promise.
Galatians 4:21-31
Boaz generously and sacrificially redeems Elimelech's and Mahlon's family.
Ruth 4:1-12
Paul's proven trustworthiness and godly motives should have led the Galatians to trust him, not reject him.
Galatians 4:12-20
Boaz acted with generosity again, and Ruth waited for redemption.
Ruth 3:14-18
In Christ we are God's fully adult sons and heirs.
Galatians 4:1-11
Boaz commits himself to redeem Ruth.
Ruth 3:1-13
All of God's children enjoy his covenant and promised salvation through faith in Christ.
Galatians 3:15-29
Ruth and Naomi encounter the generosity of Boaz.
Ruth 2:14-23
God guided Ruth to the field of a man who showed undeserved favor to her.
Ruth 2:1-13
Justification by faith, not by works, alone glorifies God's grace and accomplishes the purpose of Christ's death.
Galatians 2:11-21
Ruth committed herself to Naomi and to her God.
Ruth 1:15-22
From the beginning of church history, there has been only one true gospel.
Galatians 2:1-10
The biblical gospel is demonstrably given by Jesus.
Galatians 1:11-24
Naomi was left alone in a foreign land, suffering judgment.
Ruth 1:1-5
A bitter Naomi plans to return to her homeland, and convince her daughters-in-law not to.
Ruth 1:6-14
Reject the perverted gospel and embrace the God-accomplished and God-taught gospel.
Galatians 1:1-10
It is right for God to show mercy on whomever he desires to show mercy - and we should praise him for this!
Jonah 1:1-4:11
God is right to show mercy on whomever he chooses.
Jonah 4:1-11
God cares about Gentiles.
Jonah 3:1-10
The Lord saved Jonah because he prayed to him.
Jonah 2:1-10
Jesus' death and resurrection created Gentile worshippers.
Jonah 1:1-17
Because God is holding tightly to you, hold tightly to his Word.
2 Thessalonians 1-3
We pray for you to experience God's grace and peace.
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Paul gives two final commands in the main body of this letter: pray and stay away.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-15
How God's sovereignty motivates our perseverance
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
You were dead, but God made you alive in Christ; therefore, remember that God has brought you near to him and made you part of his temple.
Ephesians 2:1-10
God is holding tightly to you.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
The path to eternal happiness isn't what you think: it requires joyful endurance of trials and humble obedience to God's Word.
James 1
Choose the way of life that God delights in, a Christlike life of compassion and purity, for this is the pathway to Heaven.
James 1:26-27
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Bracket of Galatians 3:1-14
Galatians 3:1-14
Gentiles are declared righteous, become the true Israel, and receive the blessing and the Spirit by faith alone.
Published March 8th, 2019
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The Galatians know from experience and from the Scripture that justification, the blessing of the Spirit, and becoming a true Israelite happens through faith alone .
Galatians 3:1-14
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?
z It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly a portrayed as crucified.
Let me ask you only this:
b Did you receive the Spirit
by works of the law
or by c hearing with faith?
Are you so foolish?
d Having begun by the Spirit,
are you now being perfected by 1 the flesh?
e Did you suffer 1 so many things in vain—
if indeed it was in vain?
Does he who supplies the Spirit to you
and f works miracles among you
do so g by works of the law,
or by hearing with faith—
just as h Abraham “believed God,
and it was counted to him as righteousness”?
Know then
that it is i those of faith who are j the sons of Abraham.
And the Scripture ... preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham,
...foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, ...
saying, l “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”
So then, those who are of faith are blessed
along with Abraham, the man of faith.
For all who rely on works of the law are m under a curse;
for it is written,
n “Cursed be everyone who does not o abide by all things written in the Book of the Law,
and do them.”
Now it is evident that p no one is justified before God by the law,
for q “The righteous shall live by faith.” 1
But the law is not of faith,
rather r “The one who does them shall live by them.”
Christ s redeemed us from the curse of the law
by becoming a curse for us—
for it is written,
t “Cursed is everyone who is hanged u on a tree”—
so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might v come to the Gentiles,
so that w we might receive x the promised Spirit 1 through faith.
Paul is referring back to 2:15-21, esp. v. 21, where he asserts that justification by works opposes and nullifies the work of the cross! But the Galatians knew that Christ was crucified - so how can they believe in justification by works and the importance of the cross? They can't!
V. 2: "You received the Spirit by faith." V.3: "Therefore, will you be perfected by works?"
The only possible explanation for the Galatians forsaking the cross is some sort of bewitchment!
That's because the Galatians clearly know that their reception of the Spirit, and their current powerful experience of the Spirit, came about by faith .
Breaking the Law curses you.
But following the Law cannot justify you; only faith in Christ who was cursed for us can justify you.
The Scripture proves that those who believe are the children of Abraham.
The Scripture prophesied that all nations would receive the blessing of justification by faith.
The Scripture proves and prophesies all nations receiving the blessing by faith, and Christ died to redeem us from the curse of breaking the Law; therefore , those who believe receive the blessing of Abraham .
The Galatians know from experience that they are justified by faith, and they know from Scripture that justification is by faith.
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