Brent Karding
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Christ rejected and accepted
Luke 23:39-43
God commands you to turn from idols to the true God.
Acts 17:22-31
Jesus is sovereign over the natural and spiritual realm
Matthew 9:1-8
Faith leads to speaking.
2 Corinthians 4:13-15
A humble birth and great glory to God
Luke 2:1-21
Because God is uniquely faithful, he will remove our sins.
Micah 7:18-20
Phrasing Narrative and Teaching
Mark 11:12-25
Christ's Resurrection and Ours
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
God's Furious Punishment
Romans 1:18-25
God will surely set up an indestructible, everlasting kingdom.
Daniel 2:31-45
Just like Adam's sin led to death for all people, so Jesus' obedience led to life for all people.
Romans 5:12-21
To apply this text, think through the Concessive, the Negative, and the Ground (v. 7-9), asking where those things are true of you.
1 Kings 14:1-18
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
Gentiles are declared righteous, become the true Israel, and receive the blessing and the Spirit by faith alone.
Galatians 3:1-14
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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Colossians 1:15-17
Colossians 1:15-17
Christ's Supremacy Described and Grounded
Published April 8th, 2021
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Colossians 1:15-17
He is the image
of the invisible God,
the firstborn
of all creation.
For ... all things were created,
Ground #1
by him
in heaven
and on earth,
Example #1
and invisible,
whether thrones
Example #2
or dominions
or rulers
or authorities—
all things were created
through him
and for him.
And he is before all things,
Ground #2
and ... all things hold together.
Ground #3
in him
Genesis 1:27
27 So God created man in his own image , in the image of God he created him; r male and female he created them.
Psalms 89:27
27 And I will make him the i firstborn , j the highest of the kings of the earth.
Exodus 4:22
22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord , c Israel is my d firstborn son,
Jeremiah 31:9
9 s With weeping they shall come, t and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back, I will make them u walk by brooks of water, v in a straight path in which they shall not stumble, for w I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is x my firstborn .
James 5:12
12 But above all , my brothers, u do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
1 Peter 4:8
8 Above all , keep loving one another earnestly, since q love covers a multitude of sins.
FB Live Notes (Oct. 13/20): This passage was requested by Brandon Long, since he's preaching on it on Oct. 18. 1. The emphasis is on a twofold description of Christ's supremacy: He is "the image of the invisible God," and he is "the firstborn of all creation." Phrasing helps us see how 15a and c have the emphasis for these verses (and perhaps also 17a and b). a. See Genesis 1:27, and the preposition "in" there; compare this with the Ground of verse 16. "[T] he first Adam is one who was created “in” or “after” the image of God, but he is not identified as the image" (Pao, 94). "[T]he genitival qualifier, “of the invisible God,” focuses on the revelatory function of this 'image'" (ibid.). So Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God. b. He is also the supreme ruler over creation. Why? Three reasons: Jesus created everything, is primary over everything, and he sustains everything (notice the recurrence of "all"!). "First born": Look at Psalm 89:27; Ex 4:22; Jer 31:9 where David and Israel are called the "firstborn" (ibid., 95). " In the Greco-Roman context, “firstborn” is also used as a legal term to refer to one who is the legal heir of his father’s inheritance. As the heir, this person also inherits the power and authority of his father over his household" (ibid.). "Of all creation": " This modifier can hardly be a partitive genitive (“firstborn among all creation”) because in v. 16 Christ is clearly distinguished from all creation since all things were created through him. Christ is therefore different from Wisdom, who was created as the “first of his works” ( Prov 8:22 )" (ibid., emphasis mine). 2. Then both descriptions are grounded in Christ's creative work. "Through" and "for": "' Through him' points to Jesus as the intermediate agent through whom God accomplishes his creative acts, and 'for him' points to Christ as the goal of creation . While 'through him' may evoke the role of Wisdom in God’s act of creation (Ps 104:24; Prov 3:19; 8:27–30; cf. Prov 24:3), 'for him' ' exceeds anything predicated for divine Wisdom and now conceives of Christ in an eschatological sense'" (ibid., 97, emphasis mine). 3. Finally, two more grounds are given to prove Christ's superiority: his pre-existence, and his sustaining of creation. "Before all things": " In light of the consistent temporal use of this preposition elsewhere in Paul, a temporal sense cannot be denied. Christ’s preexistence is thus clearly affirmed. At the same time, as in the earlier case of the 'firstborn' (v. 15), the focus is on the supremacy of Christ. Moreover, elsewhere in the NT when the exact phrase ( πρὸ πάντων ) is used, this is always a marker for rank and supremacy (Jas 5:12; 1 Pet 4:8)" (ibid., 98, emphasis mine). "In him": " The exact sense of “in him” ( ἐν αὐτῷ ) is again in dispute (cf. v. 16a). Many take it in an instrumental sense , a reading supported by the wisdom traditions in reference to the Divine Logos: 'by his word all things hold together' ( Sir 43:26 ). In light of the parallel in v. 16a, however, the instrumental sense does not exhaust the meaning of this prepositional phrase . All things are indeed sustained 'by him,' because all things owe their continuous existence to him" (ibid., 98, emphasis mine).
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