In the midst of our suffering, Peter offers the substitutionary atonement of Christ as an encouragement to us. Because Jesus suffered in our place in order to bring us to God, when we suffer well, and for doing good, we will inherit a blessing. This truth should encourage us in our suffering, because in it we see that Jesus had to suffer, and that He delivers us through suffering. Jesus shows the power of suffering for doing good, in that through His godly suffering, Jesus brought us to God.
Moses has been on the mountain with God for 40 days and 40 nights. As that time ends, God provides Moses with three final things: The Promise of Gifted Laborers, a renewed warning to Keep the Sabbath, and the Tablets of the Law written in stone. In these three things, we are privileged once again to see the perfection of God’s provision as well as His redemptive grace.
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The Apostle Paul explains the primary responsibilities of pastors. They are to pay careful attention to their own souls and watch over the church.
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Exodus 30 is the final chapter of “blueprints” for the Tabernacle. As God describes the Altar of Incense, the required census of males over age 20, the Laver for washing, and the recipe for the anointing oil, vivid pictures of the ministry of Christ become evident. All of these requirements of the ritual law have been fulfilled and superseded by Him who is our perfect Mediator and Sacrifice.
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Chapter 29 of Exodus details the consecration of the Aaronic Priesthood. By God’s design, those descended directly from Aaron would serve among the Levites as the ones responsible for overseeing all the ministries of the tabernacle, maintaining the articles in the Holy Place, and serving as the High Priests in making atonement for the people. Their consecration to the Priesthood foreshadows the greater realities of the Priesthood of Christ, the Priesthood of the Believer, and the very Presence of God in the midst of His people.
The Bible teaches that Christ is the head and authority in the local church, and He exercises His authority through His Word. But Christ also distributes certain responsibilities and powers in the church to pastors and to the congregation.
Last week, we focused on Acts 2:42-43a, digging into the corporate means of grace, which are our means of growth and nourishment in Christ. As believers, we are called to engage with Him, to know Him, and to abide with Him through these means. This morning, we pick up with verses 43 through 47 to examine the normal activities of the local church. The six things we are going to look are the natural results of Christ’s work of redemption in His people.