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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
Abraham was justified by faith, as are those who follow in his footsteps.
Romans 4:1-12
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
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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God is Just Over Those He Condemns
Romans 3:1-8
The Law was Given for Blessing, but it Became a Curse
Published June 25th, 2018; Updated June 25th, 2018
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To those entrusted with the law: you have been given every advantage to know God and to be blessed by Him through obedience to His commands, but you willingly spurned and disobeyed Him, and thus, He is just to punish you.
Romans 3:1-8
Then what advantage has the Jew?
QUESTION: Is there any upside to being a Jew?
Or what is the value of circumcision?
OR is there any good to circumcision
Much in every way.
ANSWER: there's a huge advantage!
To begin with, x the Jews were entrusted with y the oracles of God.
BECAUSE you get a first hand knowledge and relationship with God, which gives you an advantage over the Gentiles.
z What if some were unfaithful?
YET, *Critique 1)* IF some were unfaithful in following Him
a Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?
THEN does that mean God will not follow through with His promises because some are unfaithful?
By no means!
b Let God be true
FOR God only speaks truth (He will save His people, and He will condemn sinners)
though c every one were a liar,
WHILE everyone else lies about their following Him
as it is written,
AND, HE IS THUSLY, justified, as written in scripture
d “That you may be justified in your words,
NAMELY, God is justified in His words (to save or condemn)
and prevail when you e are judged.”
AND blameless in His judgment (Ps 51:4)
But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God,
BUT, *Critique 2)* IF God is justified by condemning unrighteousness
what shall we say?
THEN, how should we respond?
That God is unrighteous to inflict f wrath on us?
BY SAYING God is the author of our sin, and thus, not able to judge us (we are innocent?)
( g I speak in a human way.)
(I say this from a man’s perspective)
By no means!
For then how could h God judge the world?
BECAUSE it is on the basis of His righteousness and our wilful disobedience that He judges the world.
But if through my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory,
BUT, *Critique 3)* IF God is righteous in judgment, and, thus, glorious, in said judgment of my unrighteousness
i why am I still being condemned as a sinner?
THEN how can I be condemned (because I'm making Him look good)?
And why not j do evil
FURTHERMORE, *Critique 4)* Shouldn't I just perpetuate my unrighteousness
that good may come?—
IN ORDER THAT He may be shown to be more glorious
as some people slanderously charge us with saying.
(this is what some evil people say)
Their condemnation is just.
ANSWER to all questions: God is just in His condemnation (because of His trustworthiness, our wilful unrighteousness, or because we are simply foolish (answer to follow-up questions 3 and 4))
No, it means other people broke their promises
NEVERTHELESS, their condemnation is just
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