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God exalts Christ for he is doubly worthy of honour as Creator and Purifier of sin.
Hebrews 1:1-4
Christians of God's Beloved Covenant Forgive.
Matthew 18:19-35
God's providence through his messengers to his beloved children assures our grace, mercy, and peace.
1 Timothy 1:1-2
Unity Achieved in the Depth of the Gospel
Philippians 2:1-11
The Perseverance of the Christian Depends on God's Gift and God's Sustaining Power
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
How can you tell the sincerity of your faith?  By the words that you speak.
James 3:1-12
To behold Christ is to be transformed in believing obedience
James 2:14-26
Blessed is the man who desires to do good with his whole being without partiality, for God has saved him wholly.
James 2:1-13
True Religion is displayed in a sanctified love for God and love for neighbour.
James 1:19-27
Those who fall away do so because of sin and lack love for God and not because God is unfaithful to keep his saints.
James 1:12-18
Trials increase our faith to God, but when they are difficult God gives aid to see his unswerving goodness in Christ, our exaltation.
James 1:2-11
For Christians: rejection of a God who sent his Son to die for us and his Spirit to restore us yields an incomparably severe punishment.
Hebrews 10:26-31
Worldly Success is No Sure Sign of God's Favour.
James 4:13-17
The perfect Jesus is the perfect high priest, the perfect sacrifice, and the source of a perfect, everlasting covenant.
Hebrews 7:20-28
God shall keep you through the prayer of others for your joyful growth in theology leading to a life of grateful doxology.
Colossians 1:9-12
A people saved for a glorious purpose.
Exodus 19:4-6
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!  Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
1 Peter 1:3-5
We need gospel-unity because it is a gift from God for our assurance and for Christ's glory.
Philippians 1:27-30
The Immeasurable Gift of the Gospel
2 Corinthians 5:21
God's Love, God's Salvation, God's Grace, God's Glory.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Christians, if someone wrongs you and refuses to humbly repent, then let him go, because God desires to keep and protect you from his sin.
Matthew 18:15-20
I cling to my Lord who is my Helper, Saviour and Friend.
1 Peter 3:18
We have full confidence in the revealed, illumined and inspired Word of God given to us by the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2
What is more amazing than being set free from sin?  Being set free to Christ, our righteousness and keeper forever.
1 Peter 2:24-25
As those identified with Christ, we are called to live new lives enabled by a glorious God.
Romans 6:1-4
Death in Adam; life in Christ.
Romans 5
If you have been called to preach the gospel, do not relent, because God delights in your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:1-8
Grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.
2 Timothy 3
What does a false teacher look like?  He appears to be godly, but, in truth, he seeks only to steal and devour.  Avoid these wolves.
2 Timothy 3:1-9
Scripture is from God alone.  Let no man claim otherwise.
Galatians 1
Although our sin deserves punishment, the love and grace of God, through Christ, intercede to give us everlasting joy.
Romans 5:1-17
What is our joy?  It is not ourselves.  It is the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:6-11
Condemnation follows us in Adam, but Rejoicing is our reward in Christ
Romans 5:1-14
Good News! The life, death and resurrection of Christ is the source of our faith, pardon, justification, and reconciliation to God.
Romans 5:1-11
Rejoice!  God doesn't just save, and God doesn't just promise a future, but He promises His love and help for those who believe now.
Romans 5:1-5
Faith in God to fulfill His promises by grace is the only way by which we can be saved
Romans 4:13-25
Who is the blessed man?  He who seeks after the very things of God.  To Him shall be a heavenly reward and satisfaction forever.
Psalms 1
Righteousness is a gift to those who cannot save themselves, and, instead, fall at the cross and confess Christ as Lord.
Romans 3
In God there is no contradiction, for the law condemns self-righteous sinners, but God saves the repentant who believe in Christ.
Romans 3:1-26
Church, set your minds on things above by loving one another as Christ loved you, which is your thanksgiving to God.
Colossians 3:12-17
What is the advantage of having the Law?  To know God's will.  Does the law justify?  No, it condemns.  Simply, the Law is good, we are not.
Romans 3:1-20
God is immeasurably compassionate, so much so that we cannot truly grasp it, and yet, it is exactly sufficient to accomplish His plans.
Jonah 4
God saves us to show us Himself.  Namely, that He is unlike any other and requires our worship through obedience.
Deuteronomy 4:32-40
It is not too late!  Repent and Believe!  He is merciful and mighty, alone, to save.
Jonah 3
When we are in despair without hope of deliverance, look to the merciful Lord who is faithful to save and deliver.
Jonah 2
Obey when God calls.  Reject God and suffer the consequences.  In both obedience and disobedience, God will accomplish His purposes.
Jonah 1
In Christ we are made heirs to the throne of God, justified by faith, children of promise and free from the shackles of law.
Galatians 3:15-29
The Law was Given for Blessing, but it Became a Curse
Romans 3:1-8
God is Holy, We are Sinful, He shall Judge the Nations.
Romans 2
How Does God Prevent Divine Contradiction? By Revealing His Power in the Gospel.
Romans 1
Marks of True Salvation: A New Heart, Divine Conviction and the Delight of God Alone.
Romans 2:25-29
God wants us for Himself, so He does it by Himself, for our joy, and His worship.
Psalms 23
Jews, the bearers of the law, are not exempt from the wrath of God
Romans 2:17-24
Spiritual gifts in the public assembly are for its mutual benefit and the reflection of God's character.
1 Corinthians 14:26-40
Christ, Our Master and Commander - the Anchor of Our Faith.
Matthew 8:23-27
Men lead as men, women submit as women, and do it for the pleasure of God and the gospel.
1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Prayer for the Peace of God Rooted in the Character of God Given to the People of God through the Son of God.
1 Timothy 2
Healthy Churches for Christ-Centred, Gospel-Hearing, Cross-Bearing Peoples.
Acts 6:1-8
No one receives pardon, all are to be judged. For those in the law, Christ's example condemns.
Romans 2:12-16
If you are good, then God shall give life; If you are bad, then God shall render destruction.
Romans 2:6-11
Come ye weary, heavy-laden, lost and ruined by the fall, if you tarry, till you're better, you will never come at all.
Romans 2:1-5
How do we stay motivated to share the gospel to the nations? We see the immensity of the grace that we first received.
Romans 1:1-7
When God gives us up to our sinfulness, it is a complete destruction of everything He originally intended.
Romans 1:28-32
What is the result when God abandons sinners? They seek pleasure in things just like themselves, which will always be insufficient.
Romans 1:26-27
God abandons those who refuse to love and obey Him, but such abandonment does not come without a hope of restoration.
Romans 1:24-25
God alone saves and justifies
Romans 1:16-17
What is the primary motivation for God's wrath against humanity, and what is man's chief sin?
Romans 1:18-23
We need to praise God for the faithfulness of gospel-centred missions, but the task is not complete. Does God call me to go? Faithful steps.
Romans 1:8-15
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Faith: The Standard of Salvation
Romans 4:1-12
Abraham was justified by faith, as are those who follow in his footsteps.
Published July 18th, 2018
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Main point summary
Through Abraham, Israel was given the example of faith, who, by faith, inherited his justification and redemption from God apart from obedience to the law and circumcision. Furthermore, Abraham's example is the standard for the whole world: as God is the God and giver of all, He shall give an inheritance to all those who follow in Abraham's footsteps.
Romans 4:1-12
What then shall we say was gained by 1 Abraham,
What did we inherit from Abraham
t our forefather according to the flesh?
IN OTHER WORDS, the one to whom the promise was made and through whom Israel descended?
For if Abraham was justified by works,
ANSWER: IF Abraham could satisfy the law,
he has something to boast about,
THEN he would be able to justify himself
but u not before God.
BUT NOT because God had done anything
For what does the Scripture say?
IN CONTRAST, what does scripture say about Abraham?
v “Abraham believed God,
ANSWER: it says Abraham had faith in God
and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
AS A RESULT, Abraham was justified by God
Now w to the one who works,
TO EXPLAIN, the one who does things
his wages are not counted as a gift
RESULTS in being paid not out of grace
but as his due.
BUT because he deserves to get paid.
And to the one who does not work
CONVERSELY, to the one who doesn't earn his righteousness
but x believes in 1 him who justifies the ungodly,
BUT lives by faith in God through Christ
his faith is counted as righteousness,
RESULTS IN being found righteous as a gift (of grace)
just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness
AS EXPLAINED by David who talks about the blessed man who is given righteousness by God as a gift
apart from works:
NOT by earning God's blessing,
y “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
"You have received much if your sins are forgiven
and whose sins are covered;
IN OTHER WORDS, if your sins are washed over
blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not z count his sin.”
BECAUSE a forgiven, blessed man is not credited his sin by God"
Is this blessing then only for a the circumcised,
FURTHERMORE, QUESTION: is this blessing only for Israel?
or also for the uncircumcised?
BUT NOT for the Gentile (uncircumcised) too?
b For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness.
ANSWER: No BECAUSE, faith was Abraham's credit to righteousness
How then was it counted to him?
EXPLANATION BY QUESTION AND ANSWER: what do you mean by credit?
Was it before or after he had been circumcised?
IN OTHER WORDS, was he credited prior to or as a result of circumcision?
It was not after,
but before he was circumcised.
BUT before circumcision
c He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith
IN OTHER WORDS, he was circumcised to demarcate something that was already there, namely, righteousness by faith
while he was still uncircumcised.
EVEN THOUGH he was not yet circumcised
The purpose was d to make him the father of all who believe
IN ORDER TO make him the first of those who are made righteous by faith
without being circumcised,
DESPITE not being circumcised
so that righteousness would be counted to them as well,
IN ORDER THAT through him, those with faith and who are uncircumcised would also be found righteous
and to make him the father of the circumcised
AND IN ORDER THAT those who are circumcised would be his sons and daughters too
who are not merely circumcised
HOWEVER, NOT ONLY because they are circumcised
but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had
BUT also walk by faith just like Abraham did
before he was circumcised.
BEFORE being circumcised
Verses 1-8: Abraham received blessing - and Israel has received blessing through Abraham - but the blessing is found in the example of his faith, not through his works of the law or conformity to the law. What did we inherit from Abraham (asks Israel)? We inherited Abraham's example of faith, which we are to emulate.
Verses 9-12: Did only Israel inherit this example of faith, or the rest of the world too? Yes, the rest of the world, because faith is something borne of God (not works by men), and God is the God of all.
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