The natural revelation speaks to us about the nature of God directly and through contrast. Our world and everything in it is a constant state of change. The same is true of our bodies, our minds, and our circumstances. But God is not at all like the world or anything in it; He is immutable. His changeless nature serves as both a comfort for the troubled souls of believers and as a threat to the wicked. In this sermon we explore the divine attribute of immutability and how should shape the way we think about God.
In the Lord Jesus Christ, believers have everything that they need. Everything they need for eternal life and godliness have been granted to them by the power of God in Christ, and it comes to them through the true knowledge of Christ. The glorious reality that God has given us Himself in the Lord Jesus is a solid rock for believers to build their lives upon, no matter their circumstance.
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.
According to Revelation 12, Christmas is about a 7 headed dragon waiting at the foot of the manger to devour the Christ child. Christmas is about intense spiritual warfare as the devil and his angels wage war in heaven and are cast down to the world in bitter defeat. And Christmas is about the victory of the lamb of God born out in the lives of the saints who are even willing to face death to show the world the glory of His salvation. In this 3rd and final message of the mini-series, we look at how Satan attacks the church and how God’s purpose prevails.
Christ prays that we would remain in the world, but He does not leave us alone. We are protected from the evil one. This produces a life of holiness that distinguishes us from the world.
When Peter instructs believers to make our calling and election sure, he is not giving us the responsibility of “signing off” on God’s sovereign work of redemption. God knows with absolute certainty who is saved and who is not because it is His work. Therefore, Peter’s focus here is our assurance of our salvation. We verify our salvation for ourselves by examining ourselves to make sure we are producing biblical fruit. In doing this, we keep ourselves from stumbling and prepare ourselves for the glory of heaven.
The Apostle Peter is writing to his audience in order to encourage them with the beautiful reality that God has graciously given His children everything required for life and godliness. This giving from God of everything required for our Christian life and godliness is all by His divine power. God is the One who sovereignly provides everything we need to walk through this Christian life well, and that is a gracious gift and encouragement for us.
In these final four verses of Romans 12, God instructs us through the Apostle Paul to be a people who strive for peace with all men. This does not mean we compromise the truth or hide from the world, but rather that we be active makers of peace by spreading the gospel of Christ wherever we go. As we intentionally strive to reflect the compassion of Christ, refusing to take vengeance on those who persecute us, we will (by the grace of Christ!) overcome evil with good.
In these three verses of Romans 12, we have 8 traits that are the practical expressions of the love and devotion which Paul set before us in verses 9 and 10. These are not just the character traits that belong to super-saints, but the traits that are to be embodied by every true child of God. In Christ, who is the perfect example of all of these, we are fully capable of manifesting all of them.
In this passage see a setting and question that provokes Jesus to one of the clearest proclamations of His deity, and of our safety in Him. Therefore, we first learn that the Bible teaches that the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are the union of three distinct persons, who eternally exists in one divine essence, one nature and character; each person being fully God and the being of each Person is equal to the whole being of God. Then, we learn that the great doctrine of the perseverance, or eternal security, of the true believer means that those who are truly in Christ can neither totally nor finally fall from a state of grace.