With chapter 21, we come to an interesting period of David’s life. He will never return to the court of Saul. He will literally be running, hiding, and fighting for his own survival until the day Saul dies. Difficult choices will face him at every turn and extreme measures will often have to be taken just to preserve his life. This sermon explores David’s request to Ahimelech for sacred bread and the sword of Goliath, and we will understand both as provisions of God for His annointed one.
Here in first Samuel 20, Saul is continuing his rampage against young David. After so many attempts on his life, David now seeks out the only other person in all of Israel who could possibly act to protect him — Jonathan. Here we see these two young men reaffirm their covenant, and in the process express their mutual trust in the providence of God. We also see Saul very clearly reveal his all-consuming commitment to his own kingdom rather than God’s.
There is something universal in the celebration of mothers, or motherhood. No matter what our life situation may be, or have been, we were all born of a mother. Spiritually, the Bible tells us we are all born of one of two mothers; according to flesh, or according to promise; slave or free. These women are two covenants; Hagar is Mount Sinai, while Sarah is New Jerusalem; works and grace. Understanding this contrasting analogy helps us to think rightly about our relationship to God through Christ.
Piety is a combination of reverence for God, love of His character, and the exercise of these affections in obedience to His will and devotion to His service. This personal holiness is the means of enjoying fellowship with Christ for God’s glory. The Bible teaches that we grow in true godliness as both our life and doctrine become consistent with the gospel. Having asserted the great doctrine of justification by faith, and introduced the idea that where sin abounded grace abounded much more, Paul now wonders, in Romans 6:14, if someone might take this truth to imply that it doesn’t matter if a Christian puts to death sin in his life, because God will always overcome great sin with greater grace. Paul argues that since we are born again in Christ, we are indeed dead to sin, though sin may not yet be dead in us. In this verse we find a test, a promise, and an encouragement.
How is it that people come to have assurance of their salvation in Jesus Christ? The Bible says it doesn’t begin with anything inside of us, but with the free promise of salvation in Christ, coupled with the sworn oath of God. The foundation of Christian assurance of eternal life is God’s eternal decree coupled with the bloody death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Christ speaks in a parable here in order to reveal more truth regarding the coming of His new covenant, and how that new covenant is far better than the covenant of works that came before. The new wine of the gospel can only be placed within the new covenant, it cannot simply be tacked onto the old covenant in one’s attempt to justify themselves by their works.
Jesus Christ came into this world to identify with sinners and to reveal God to men. When He came, He brought with Him a new covenant. Listen to this sermon to find out how Christ identifies with us and how we are no longer under the old law covenant, but that grace and truth has arrived in Jesus Christ.
The Law does not save us or justify us because we are all sinful and not one of us is able to keep the law perfectly. The law itself, or our obedience to the law, is also not the basis of our sanctification. Christ, through His Holy Spirit sanctifies us, enabling us and giving us new desires that cause us to depend upon Christ and to pursue His example. But the standard that the Spirit directs and guides us to is God’s moral law, given by God in the Old Testament, expounded and modeled by Christ Himself in the New Testament. God’s law is what exposes our depravity, and therefore it is holy, righteous, and good.
Marriage is an amazing institution, and it is one that God uses continually throughout the Bible as a metaphor to illustrate the power of certain relationships. Here in Romans 7, we see Paul use the idea of marriage, death, and remarriage to illustrate how our relationship to God’s law changes when we are saved. In verses 1-3, he establishes the analogy of marriage which he then applies in verses 4-6. From these verses, we see that we are either (1) Wed to the Law, and Bearing Fruit for Death, or (2) Wed to Christ, and Bearing Fruit for God.
The sixth saying of Christ from the cross was, “It is finished.” Christ spoke these words just before He died, paying the penalty of our sins and satisfying the curse. Christ is declaring that He has finished everything given to Him by the Father for the redemption of His people in the covenant of redemption. This is our great hope!