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God communicates in words proclaimed, received, accepted, and now at work among believers
1 Thessalonians 2:13
There is a river flowing right through the middle of God's eternal city. We may indeed be refreshed by its waters even now.
Psalms 46
Satan may be powerful, but God is sovereign!
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
Arc.
1 Peter 5:12-14
An exhortation from a fellow elder.
1 Peter 5:1-11
Arc.
1 Peter 4:12-19
...therefore live so as to magnify Christ.
1 Peter 4:7-11
A knotty passage indeed!
1 Peter 3:18-22
Arc.
1 Peter 3:13-17
Arc.
1 Peter 3:1-7
Arc.
1 Peter 2:18-25
Arc.
1 Peter 2:11-17
An Exhortation to Gospel-Rooted Love
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
Arc.
1 Peter 1:13-21
A Greeting Packed Full with Theological Truth
1 Peter 1:1-5
Christ fulfills Psalm 8 on our behalf
Hebrews 2:5-18
Jesus: the exact and perfect revelation of God
Hebrews 1:1-14
Arc.
Romans 7:13-25
The Hour has Come.
John 12:20-26
Light From the Father.
John 12:44-50
The Nature of Unbelief.
John 12:37-43
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
Arc.
Philippians 3:12-16
Arc.
Philippians 3:7-11
Arc.
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Arc.
2 Timothy 3:10-17
Arc.
Philippians 1:3-11
Destroying Strongholds
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
Central Idea: Paul declares that he is going to defend himself so that the accusation of inconsisten...
2 Corinthians 10:7-11
Central Idea: Paul declares he would not dare to join the fray of 'ministry comparisons.
2 Corinthians 10:12-18
Central Idea: Paul asks the Corinthians to bear with him as he enters into the foolishness of boasti...
2 Corinthians 11:1-6
Central Idea:   All praise to God for the treasure of blessings we have in Christ, namely: He c...
Ephesians 1:3-14
Central Idea: Paul will not give an inch in this matter of preaching free of charge.
2 Corinthians 11:7-15
Central Idea: Paul, finally ready to meet boasting with boasting, makes an ironical appeal: "You've ...
2 Corinthians 11:16-21
Central Idea: Having unraveled all his opponents' categories of boasting (v.
2 Corinthians 11:30-33
Central Idea: Paul will go on to speak of his visions, however to boast of such things is a worthless exercise in self-promotion.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Central Idea: None of this has been for Paul's sake (in self-defense) but for their sake; His fear i...
2 Corinthians 12:19-21
Central Idea: Paul sighs, "Ugh! It's done.
2 Corinthians 12:11-18
Central Idea: Paul addresses a supposed implication of 5:20, ".
Romans 6:1-14
Central Idea: Paul's prayers of thanksgiving for the Colossian believers are in response to Epaphras...
Colossians 1:3-8
Central Idea: Paul relates the substance of his prayers on behalf of the Colossian believers: that t...
Colossians 1:9-14
Central Idea: Paul's prayer for the Colossians overflows into a hymn of praise declaring the glories...
Colossians 1:15-20
Central Idea: Paul calls the Colossians to not allow the intruders to either pass judgment on them o...
Colossians 2:16-23
Central Idea: In contrast to those that would steer them away from Christ, Paul calls the Colossians...
Colossians 3:1-4
Central Idea: The direct inference from setting one's mind on heavenly things is the command, "put to death what is earthly in you.
Colossians 3:5-11
Central Idea: Here is the practical culmination of all that Paul has been driving toward: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
Colossians 3:12-17
Central Idea: Paul details what it looks like to obey v.
Colossians 3:18-4:1
I'm curious to see how others arc v.
Mark 2:18-20
Central Idea: God has graciously and abundantly provided all that we need to live in godliness.
2 Peter 1:3-11
Central Idea: Because growth in Christian maturity is not automatic, Peter will confidently remind h...
2 Peter 1:12-15
Central Idea: Paul exhorts his readers to walk in sacrificial love which stands in sharp contrast to...
Ephesians 5:1-14
This a simplified alternate to my arc "Walk as Children of Light.
Ephesians 5:1-14
Apposition = two words or phrases side by side performing the same grammatical role in a sentence.
Titus 2:11-14
Summary:   In the fear of God, Paul persuades others because he is controlled by the love of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Summary: It is not to angels that God has subjected the world to come; It is subjected to The Man, (...
Hebrews 2:5-9
The emphasis that began in chapter 1 concerning what we have "in Christ" continues.
Ephesians 2:11-22
I found this to be a very difficult passage to arc but, as always, worth the effort of pressing on u...
Ephesians 3:1-13
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Treasure in Jars of Clay
2 Corinthians 4:7-15
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Ἔχομεν δὲ τὸν θησαυρὸν τοῦτον ἐν ὀστρακίνοις σκεύεσιν,
Bu t we have this treasure in jars of clay ,
But we carry this treasure of the gospel in fragile bodies, prone to weakness.
ἵνα ἡ ὑπερβολὴ τῆς δυνάμεως ᾖ τοῦ θεοῦ
to show that the surpassing power belongs to God
But even this has a definite purpose: that it would be clearly evident that the strength by which we endure is God's strength,
καὶ μὴ ἐξ ἡμῶν•
and not to us.
and not our own.
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ἐν παντὶ θλιβόμενοι ἀλλʼ οὐ στενοχωρούμενοι,
We are afflicted in every way,
We have faced the whole gamut of hardships
but not crushed;
But we have not crumbled under the weight;
ἀπορούμενοι ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἐξαπορούμενοι,
perplexed,
many circumstances have caused us great grief and deep wrestlings of the heart,
but not driven to despair;
but they have not caused us to lose the hope of the gospel;
διωκόμενοι ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἐγκαταλειπόμενοι,
persecuted,
We have suffered many persecutions designed to halt our witness,
but not forsaken;
but we have never been abandoned by God;
καταβαλλόμενοι ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἀπολλύμενοι,
struck down,
We have been physical beaten,
but not destroyed;
but these things have not put an end to us.
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πάντοτε τὴν νέκρωσιν τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματι περιφέροντες,
always carrying in the body the death of Jesus,
All this to say that our suffering is part and parcel of discipleship to Jesus. (He himself said that if he was hated and suffered violence, then so too would his disciples.)
ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματι ἡμῶν φανερωθῇ.
so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
—to the end that the unassailable life that we have in Christ Jesus would be put on full display in our earthly bodies.
ἀεὶ γὰρ ἡμεῖς οἱ ζῶντες εἰς θάνατον παραδιδόμεθα διὰ Ἰησοῦν,
For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake,
To say it again in other words, we who live on this side of the grave are brought face to face with death because of our proclamation of Christ,
ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ φανερωθῇ ἐν τῇ θνητῇ σαρκὶ ἡμῶν.
so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
in order that the life on the other side of the grave—the eternal on which we have set our hope—might actually be on display in our temporal bodies.
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ὥστε ὁ θάνατος ἐν ἡμῖν ἐνεργεῖται,
So death is at work in us,
So here’s the end result: my life in gospel ministry has indeed taken its toll on my body, and will soon enough lead to death;
ἡ δὲ ζωὴ ἐν ὑμῖν.
but life in you.
nevertheless, this is the means by which you have come to see and believe and hope in Christ for eternal life. And that is worth it all!
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13b, though only a prepositional phrase, could be restated (with 13a) "we have the same spirit of faith as the psalmist who said..."
NASB, treasure in earthen vessels NIV, treasure in jars of clay NET, treasure in clay jars NLT, we ourselves are like fragile clay jars The Message, in he unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives.
"It was not a matter of 'life' after 'death' or even life through death, but of life in the midst of death." ~Murray Harris
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