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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
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
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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The Law Held Captive What Christ Sets Free
Galatians 3:15-29
In Christ we are made heirs to the throne of God, justified by faith, children of promise and free from the shackles of law.
Published June 27th, 2018; Updated June 30th, 2018
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The Covenant of God to Abraham is secured in Christ, while the Law of God through Moses points to our need for Christ. The Covenant of God is justification by grace (promise) through faith. The Law of God is captivity of sin (works) through self-righteousness. The Covenant was given to show that God's grace (promise) precedes our obedience (works), whereas the Law was given to reveal that our sin (works) is overcome by the depth and the riches of God's grace (promise/inheritance) in the Covenant. The Covenant is sonship, the Law is imprisonment. In Christ, all are heirs. In the Law, all are prisoners. Be free in Christ, be children of promise.
Galatians 3:15-29
y To give a human example, brothers: 1
The Covenant of God works SIMILARLY TO human covenants
z even with a man-made covenant,
WHAT I MEAN IS, DESPITE man's fallibility, man's understanding of covenant is similar to God's understanding
no one annuls it
Covenants aren't amended
or adds to it
NOR are they added to
once it has been ratified.
WHEN the covenant has been set in place
Now a the promises were made b to Abraham
LIKEWISE, a covenant was made to Abraham
and to his offspring.
AND to his offspring
It does not say,
DO NOT misinterpret
“And to offsprings,”
IN OTHER WORDS, it does not say "offsprings"
referring to many,
SO AS TO MEAN, a number of offspring
but referring to one,
RATHER, it is singular
c “And to your offspring,”
IN OTHER WORDS, "offspring"
who is Christ.
MEANING, Christ (or all those in Christ in whom the covenant to Abraham is rooted)
This is what I mean:
MORE SPECIFICALLY, let me interpret:
the law, which came d 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant
The coming of the law did not write-off the applicability of promise
previously ratified by God,
WHICH God made PRIOR to the law
so as e to make the promise void.
WITH THE RESULT THAT the promise would no longer apply
For if the inheritance comes
BECAUSE IF God is to give us anything
by the law,
AS A RESULT of our obedience
it no longer comes by promise;
THEN it's not a gift, it's something we've earned
but f God gave it to Abraham by a promise.
RATHER, God gave the inheritance to Abraham out of grace (promise), not out of what Abraham had done (law)
Why then the law?
NEVERTHELESS, why did God give us the law?
g It was added because of transgressions,
ANSWER: to point out our sin and wretchedness
h until the offspring should come
UNTIL Christ comes
to whom the promise had been made,
WHAT I MEAN IS the Christ who God spoke of in His promise to Abraham
and it was i put in place through angels j by an intermediary.
AND the law was implemented to mediate the promise of God and the wrath of God over the condemnation of the sins of God's people
Now k an intermediary implies more than one,
PROBELM: Mediation means there are at least two parties that need to be reconciled
but l God is one.
BUT God is one party
Is the law then contrary to the promises of God?
WHAT I MEAN IS, QUESTION: Does not God's provision of the law mean that God is in contradiction to His promises?
Certainly not!
For m if a law had been given that could give life,
BECAUSE IF by obedience to the law, you were able to live
then righteousness would indeed be by the law.
THEN your righteousness would be by works
But the Scripture n imprisoned everything under sin,
HOWEVER, the truth is that the law was to show you how sinful you are, and that you cannot be freed from your sin by your own power, rather, you are a prisoner to your sinfulness (and the law traps you)
so that o the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given p to those who believe.
IN ORDER THAT you might see that Christ is your only hope for expiation through faith, and that Christ (who is God) vindicates the wrath of God and validates His promise to Abraham!
Now before faith came,
WHAT I MEAN IS, PRIOR to the gift of faith (redemption by promise)
we were held captive under the law,
We were not free under the law
q imprisoned
IN OTHER WORDS, the law would trap us
until the coming faith would be revealed.
until we received faith
So then, r the law was our s guardian
THEREFORE, the law kept guard
until Christ came,
UNTIL Christ (the giver of faith) dwelt among us
t in order that we might be justified by faith.
FOR THE PURPOSE OF being made righteous by faith alone
But now that faith has come,
BUT because Christ has come as our propitiation
we are no longer under a guardian,
We are not captives to the condemnation of the law anymore
for in Christ Jesus
AND AS A RESULT all those in Christ
u you are all sons of God,
are now children (not captives) of God/loved by God
through faith.
BY faith to do what He wants/you want (not by works)
For as many of you as v were baptized w into Christ have x put on Christ.
WHAT I MEAN IS Christ is now the means for your righteousness - it is not your doing that justifies or condemns, but your belief in Christ, who has already done, that justifies or condemns
y There is neither Jew nor Greek,
THEREFORE, there's no issue of law as to who can be justified, grace has come, and can be received by all - both Jew or Gentile (spiritually speaking)
there is neither slave 1 nor free,
OR slave or master (socio-economically speaking)
z there is no male and female,
OR male or female (authoritatively speaking)
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
BECAUSE Christ is our righteousness
And a if you are Christ’s,
FURTHERMORE, IF Christ is your righteousness
then you are Abraham’s offspring,
THEN you are God's promises to Abraham apply to you (because Christ is the true offspring)
b heirs according to promise.
IN OTHER WORDS, you are children of grace
How could God promise one thing to Abraham and then add the law later? It seems contradictory!
From captives to sons - from being in prison for a short time, to being children who will receive an inheritance.
There are now, therefore, none of these heirarchies for salvific faith - all are set free as sons and daughters by faith in Christ - all can have faith and it is not dependent on being a Jew, or you are not qualified by your debt to other men, and you are not qualified by your gender (for all are equally unworthy and made worthy).
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