Rob Elphick
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Paul draws attention to concepts that will be important in the letter: e.g. one's identity as a servant of God
Titus 1:1-4
One thing, two things: forgetting what's behind, and straining for what is ahead, for the full and final experience of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12-4:1
Paul disciplined himself to treasure the gospel that he would share in it. The exodus fathers provided examples of turning from God.
1 Corinthians 9:23-27
Love is shown through diligence in managing your own affairs.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Do not be distressed. You will be with Jesus. You know him, and so you know the way to the Father, and you know the Father.
John 14:1-7
David's hope is based on God's commitment to His own name.
Psalms 25:1-22
The Father and the Son ... at work to bring healing, life, and fellowship.
John 5:1-47
Let us go on to maturity, knowing that God's purposes, for his children's good, are secured in Jesus.
Hebrews 5:11-6:3
We have the opportunity to provide our brothers and sisters with a service of eternal value. We do so by reflecting the heart of God.
James 5:19-20
Beware of placing your confidence in wealth. Beware of abusing others in pursuing wealth. If you're in this boat, weep.
James 5:1-6
God alone is the lawgiver and assessor, and he alone can save and destroy. I am in no position to cast a verdict on my brother, so don't.
James 4:11-12
In the midst of my waywardness, God's grace abounds. It is a grace that calls for active, sincere submission, and single-minded devotion.
James 4:1-10
The prayer of the downcast: for God's light and truth to lead him back into communion with God. Meanwhile, he has resolved to hope in God.
Psalms 42-43
The gospel is worth our focus. Exalt in the excellent; avoid the worthless. Be fair and decisive with those who stir for division.
Titus 3:9-11
Through God's mercy in Christ, Christians are heirs of eternal life, and in need of reminding about how this should affect their behaviour.
Titus 3:1-8
Let our tongues yield the fruit of God's mighty redeeming work. It makes no sense for corrupt words to flow out of a renewed heart.
James 3:5-12
Spiritual maturity means appreciating and chosing what is truly good.
Hebrews 5:11-14
Hold Christ the King as first place in your heart. Hold him as your hope, and when people want to know more, be ready to gently explain.
1 Peter 3:13-16
What does a well-ordered life look like? It is devoted to the Lord, undistracted ... and knows time is short.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
How can we be free from anxieties? Be anxious about one thing - how to please the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
The time remaining is short so live as though undistracted, including in relation to marriage.
1 Corinthians 7:26-31
Look at Jesus. In Him, we are brothers and sisters with God's people of old.
Hebrews 3:1-6
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How to be welcome in God's house.
Psalms 15:1-5
We now look to Him who has made us whole, and become more like Him. We are invited into the wholeness of which David speaks.
Published February 15th, 2020
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Main point summary
Feb 20
Main point summary
The one who walks blamelessly shall be a guest in the house of the eternal Creator, and shall not be shaken.
Psalms 15:1-5
O Lord , u who shall sojourn in your v tent?
Eternal Creator God, who may be a guest in your home?
Lord , who may be a guest in your home? 1
Lord , who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who shall dwell on your w holy hill?
Who may live on your holy hill (in your holy presence)?
Who may live on your holy hill? 2
Who may live on your holy mountain?
He who x walks blamelessly
He who walks with wholeness (no blemish)
Whoever lives a blameless life, 3
The one whose walk is blameless,
and y does what is right
and does right
does what is right,
who does what is righteous,
and z speaks truth in his heart;
and speaks truth that is in his heart
and speaks honestly. 4
who speaks the truth from their heart;
who a does not slander with his tongue
and does not spread harm with his tongue
He 5 does not slander, 6
whose tongue utters no slander,
and does no evil to his neighbor,
and does nothing bad to his neighbour
or do harm to others, 7
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
nor b takes up a reproach against his friend;
and does not pick a fight with a friend;
or insult his neighbor. 8
and casts no slur on others;
c in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
He sees and gives no value to the wicked
He despises a reprobate, 9
who despises a vile person
but who honors those who fear the Lord ;
but gives great value to those who fear Creator God
but honors the Lord ’s loyal followers. 10
but honors those who fear the Lord ;
who d swears to his own hurt
who makes commitments that will cost him,
He makes firm commitments and does not renege on his promise. 11
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change;
and keeps them,
and does not change their mind;
who e does not put out his money at interest
and does charge interest when he loans
He does not charge interest when he lends his money. 12
who lends money to the poor without interest;
and f does not take a bribe against the innocent.
and does not take a bribe against the innocent
He does not take bribes to testify against the innocent. 13
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be g moved.
The one who lives this way will not be unsettled.
The one who lives like this 14 will never be upended.
Whoever does these things will never be shaken.
Psalms 16:8. For a future study, its interesting that these verses are close together. What is the connection?
Heb 12:28 is there any connection?
See NET note.
Perhaps because his perspective is eternal, and he fears the Lord. (e.g. Mark 8:34-38)
Who may have fellowship with the Lord? He whose conduct is whole, without blemish (2a-b). This wholeness is evident through: (a) his speech: honest, an expression of truth that is in his heart. (b) his relationships: He does not cause harm with his tongue He does not look to bring harm his neighbour He does not pick a fight with a friend (c) his values: He despises the wicked but honours those who fear God. (d) his view of earthly pleasure and treasure
Feb 20
Who may have fellowship with the eternal creator God? More than that. Who may stay, as it were, as a guest in his holy place? The first clause in the Psalm's answer to this question (verse 2) appears to rule us out: He who walks blamelessly (without blemish) and does what is right . We can be like a Pharisee and presume we have it all together (Luke 18:11). If we do this we are lost ( Luke 18:14 ) . Or, we can acknowledge that in our rebellion we are unworthy and are cut off from fellowship with God. But God has provided One who did walk blamelessly, and through faith in Him His righteousness is ours (2 Cor 5:21). The blessing at the the end of the Psalm may truly be said of Him (Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 2:9). He will never be shaken. But we must not stop there. We now look to him who has made us whole (without blemish), and become more like him. We are invited into the wholeness of which the Psalmist speaks; to be renewed in our thinking and our speech, our relationships, our values and our view of pleasure and treasure. Jesus and Paul make the same point in the New Testament (e.g. Matthew 5:48 and Gal 5:16-21). He who does these things shall not be shaken. Note: I found Jonathan Pennington's comments helpful: "The call to teleios -ity [in Matthew 5:48 ] and throughout the Sermon [on the Mount] is the same call to holiness we see throughout the Old Testament (and the rest of the New Testament) - not moral perfection but a whole hearted orientation towards God. ... Grace and virtue are friends, not enemies. The command that is present in Matthew 5:48 ... is an invitation to flourish like God the Heavenly Father, or to put it in the macaristic form, of being called sons of God." ( Pennington, JT, 2017, The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing, Theological Commentary , Baker Academic, p. 204-205)
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