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 Supremacy Described and Grounded
Colossians 1:15-17
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
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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Phrasing of Revelation 2:1-7
Revelation 2:1-7
You are nothing without love.
Published April 26th, 2019
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Revelation 2:1-7
Description of Jesus' Powerful Presence
“To the angel
of the church
in Ephesus
‘The words
Content #1
of him
who holds the seven stars
in his right hand,
who walks
among the seven golden lampstands.
Praise of Orthodoxy
“‘I know your works,
Content #2a
your toil
and your patient endurance,
and how you cannot bear with those
who are evil,
but have tested those
who call themselves apostles
and are not,
and found them
to be false.
I know you are enduring patiently
Content #2b
and bearing up
for my name’s sake,
and you have not grown weary.
Rebuke of Lovelessness
But I have this
against you,
that you have abandoned the love
[that] you had
at first.
Remember therefore
Content #3a
from where you have fallen;
Content #3b
and do the works
Content #3c
[that] you did
at first.
Warning of Judgment
If not,
I will come
Content #4a
to you
and remove your lampstand
Content #4b
from its place,
unless you repent.
Yet this you have:
you hate the works
of the Nicolaitans,
which I also hate.
Promise of Everlasting Life
who has an ear,
let him hear
Content #5
what the Spirit says
to the churches.
To the one
who conquers
I will grant
Content #6
to eat
of the tree
of life,
which is in the paradise
of God.’
To understand this genitive relationship, put the word "the fruit" after "to eat."
Head: Focus: The focus of this section is the life of the mind . We want to think accurately according to the truth of God’s Word we’ve phrased. Questions: How should I think differently about God/myself/others because of what I’ve just phrased? What doctrines are taught in this passage? What specific contribution to those doctrines does this passage make? What other Scripture texts add to the truths taught in this passage? Who is Jesus? According to 2: 1 , he holds the angels of the churches in his right hand - in the place of authority and power. He is sovereign! Our heavenly existence, the spiritual reality of our salvation, is in his control and power. Jesus is also intimately present with his church, walking among the golden lamp stands. He is active , walking and listening and observing. He knows all the we think and say and do. What did Jesus praise the church for? Orthodoxy. What did Jesus rebuke the church for? For abandoning their earlier love, which is defined as earlier "works" (2:5). What works are those? There is an important clue in the fact that Jesus introduces Himself to this church as the one who walks “in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks” (v. 1). Later in Revelation, the “two witness” (11:3) who preach for three-and-a-half years are called “ the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth” (11:4). The candlesticks shine light into a dark world! Mark records Jesus’ teaching that you don’t bring “ a lamp brought in to be put under a basket , or under a bed,” but rather to be set " on a stand ” ( Mark 4:21 )! Matthew quoted Jesus in 5:15 that when that is done, the lamp “ gives light to all in the house.” Jesus then makes the illustration clear in Matthew 5:16: “ I n the same way, let your light shine before others , so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. ” It is interesting that, in Mark’s version of this parable, Jesus follows the teaching about the candlestick with a warning: “ to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away ” (Mark 4:25), which is similar to Jesus’ warning about the lampstand being removed in verse 5 of Revelation 2 ! See also Matt 24:12-14 , which gives support to this idea as well. What does it mean to "conquer" (2:7)? In the context of each letter, overcoming has a different emphasis . Here in this letter it means that you obey what Jesus said – that you shine the light of the gospel, overcoming your lack of love and previous disobedience. So w ho will eat of the fruit of that tree and live forever? Only those who have “an ear,” who obey Jesus’ words here. To “them” only will Jesus give eternal life. This is because not everyone who makes a profession of faith goes to Heaven; only those who live with Jesus as their Lord go to Heaven . For the tree of life, see 22:3-5. The tree of life also speaks of restoration to fellowship with God, to be in His presence, because God cast Adam and Eve out of His presence for their sin. And being in God’s presence, knowing Him, is eternal life, as Jesus said in John 17:3. Heart: Focus: The focus of this section is the life of the emotions . We want to feel accurately according to the truth of God’s Word we’ve phrased. Questions: How should I feel differently about God/myself/etc. because of what I’ve just phrased? What emotions are expressed in this passage? What emotions does this passage exhort me to feel? The reality of who Jesus is should cause us to tremble and worship . The one who knows all is speaking! The one who is in control of our lives is giving commands. So we must fear him - but not in terror; in awe and love (see 1:17-18). See Isaiah 66:2. Be encouraged if 2:2-3 describes you; Jesus knows that you are suffering faithfully. He knows when you follow him, when you cling to sound doctrine, when you reject false teaching. And he approves ! Better is the praise of Jesus than the praise of all people ! The threatened punishment being a useless lampstand is to be snuffed out (2:5-6). This should cause us to fear , lest we continue to disobey, to refuse to repent, and have Jesus destroy our church or make it a "church" in name only. Jesus is so kind and patient to give us time to "repent" in the Condition of 5g and 5l. Jesus is so gracious, to praise even those who lack love (see 1 Cor 13:2). Hands: Focus: The focus of this section is the life of the will . We want to act accurately according to the truth of God’s Word we’ve phrased. Questions: How should I act differently because of what I’ve just phrased? What motivations does this passage give for acting differently? What sins do I need to repent of and put off? What good works do I need to put on? The reality of who Jesus is should cause us to bow in submission to his words. Do we have spiritual ears (2: 7 )? In other words, are we believers , people who have been regenerated by the Spirit? Then we must listen to him and obey him. For it is only those who conquer who receive the end-time reward of eternal life in God's presence (2:7). How you respond to each of these seven letters reveals your spiritual state . If you hear and go away ignoring what is said, careless, disobedient, that reveals that you are probably not even saved at all . What does conquering mean in this letter? It means overcoming our lack of love for Jesus as shown in our refusal to bear witness to his gospel, to shine his light into the dark world. How can we conquer? See 12:11.
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