The Corinthians church frequently put Paul in the position of having to defend his apostleship and ministry. In this text, Paul is specifically defending His preaching ministry, but through his words, God gives us a magnificent picture of the church’s role in lifting up Christ. As we proclaim Christ, the church is edified, the world is judged guilty of sin, and the lost are saved as God sovereignly gives the light of the knowledge of His glory in the face of Christ.
Christ here puts his compassion on full display as he gently exposes the sin of the Samaritan woman and guides her in the truth of what true, new covenant worship ought to look like.
When we get into the doctrine of election, the reason people struggle with it the most is not just because it challenges our individualistic notions of free will, but because it challenges our understanding of God. A Sovereign God, a God who is in the heavens and does whatever He pleases (Psa 115:3), does not seem to us to be a “good” God. The problem lies with our perspective. What we see in Romans 9 is that God is good, and in his goodness, He chooses who will be saved, thereby establishing the certainty of His purpose and the wonder of His grace.
Psalm 110 sets forth God’s decree that Jesus Christ will govern the world politically and spiritually as the Divine King and Priest. The Psalm reveals the LORD’s Oracle of Christ’s Reign, the LORD’s Oath of Christ’s Priesthood, and the LORD’s Overthrow of Christ’s Enemies.
Jesus was born among a conquered people to a common family under coarse conditions, but every circumstance surrounding His birth was in accordance with the sovereign purpose of God. From the proclamation of the angels to the earnestness of the shepherds, we see the good news of salvation begin to unfold before the world and we learn again the wonder of the incarnation as we are brought to the manger to worship heaven’s King.
Why is it important to gather for worship with God’s people? What’s really happening when we assemble in Christ’s name? What are the consequences of forsaking the assembly? This sermon answers those questions and more.
This sermon corrects the heresy of the prosperity gospel, which teaches that if we trust God and follow His instructions, He will give us health, wealth, and success in this world. The biggest problem with this view is that it makes God into a way to get earthly treasures, instead of seeing God Himself as the great treasure.
In these chapters, we have the people stepping forward to complete all of the articles for the tabernacle according to the plans revealed to Moses by God on Mt. Sinai. As we reflect on its construction, we see six different lessons emphasized that speak to us of God’s character, our place as His people, and the manner in which He is to be worshiped.
As God renews His covenant with Israel, He repeats many of the moral and ceremonial laws that He gave to His people earlier in the Exodus account. This repetition served the purpose of reminding the people of His holy requirements after they had sinned so grievously with the golden calf. The principles reflected in this exchange serve to remind us of how seriously God takes our worship of Him, our identity in Him, and our service to Him.
Within Scripture, we have many instances of God speaking directly to men to reveal Himself and His will. But here in Exod 34, we have God’s own definition of Himself. In verses 6 and 7 of this text, God Himself proclaims 7 attributes of His divine being in answer to Moses’ request to behold His glory. From this, we learn that encountering God’s glory is not so much about what we ‘see’ as much as it is about how we know Him and reverence Him and love Him.