Back in 15:23, as Samuel was rebuking Saul for his disobedience to God’s command, he said to Saul “Rebellion is as the sin of divination.” Divination is exactly what Saul resorts to at the end of his life. With the threat of the Philistines bearing down upon him and God not answering his pleas, he makes the sinful decision to visit a medium to call up Samuel from the grave. In this exchange, we see the peril of faithless religion, God’s sovereign hand in desperation, and the dangers of the occult.
Do you long for and end to all the wickedness and corruption of this creation? Do you wrestle with your own flesh and cry out for the day when you will stand in glory, completely free from this body of death? Then Rejoice! For Jesus Christ is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of Jesse, and the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In this first of three sermons from Revelation 5, we explore how Christ is the exclusive Savior of the world by virtue of his atoning work.
As Peter moves toward the conclusion of his second letter, he continues to answer the questions being raised by false teachers, particularly questions concerning the timing of Christ’s return. In these thee verses, he bids us to understand God’s perspective of time, to recognize God’s sovereign purpose in bringing about the repentance of His people, and to anticipate the severity of God’s wrath when Christ comes again.
In this passage, we have Peter recounting biblical history as a means to assure us of God’s sovereign power to bring judgment and destruction upon sinners and false teachers whenever He so desires. But even as he recounts this history of judgment, he intertwines notes of God’s mercy in delivering the righteous. What we see modeled in in Peter’s words is true throughout the biblical record. Even in the most dire times, when the people are suffering and God’s wrath is being poured out, we see evidences of His grace and redemption shine through.
In this passage we see that Jesus is comforting His disciples. The coming hour of death is upon Him and he knows the disciples aren’t prepared for what’s about to take place. Jesus encourages His disciple to believe in God and to believe also in Him. He then reminds them that the only way to the Father is through the Son.
How far does faith go without works? The answer, not very far. The overflow of faith is obedience to the commandments of God. As believers, we are called to thrive in good works, to love our neighbors, to fight sin, and to pray. Most importantly, we are called to love the very One who created us and redeemed us. The book of James shows us how genuine faith is display in a love of God’s commands.
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.
There are many things Christians can disagree about, but there is no more important doctrine of the Christian faith than the new birth. Jesus clearly teaches, “You must be born again.” Listen to this sermon for what Jesus Christ teaches about the necessity of being born again to enter the kingdom of heaven.
As we come to Romans 8:12, Paul moves from instruction to exhortation, giving us one of the most essential evidences of those who are truly sons of God: killing sin. The critical practice of killing sin in your heart is evidence of the fact that you have been justified in Christ alone. So walking in Christ means that you are by nature someone who is making war on your remaining sin, thereby manifesting that you are indeed in the Spirit and of the sons of God.
Is it possible to be a Christian and live a life of sin? Does salvation by grace mean that we can live as we please and still go to heaven? Are good works necessary for final salvation? Many today teach that grace is cheap, that a one-time decision, experience, or prayer, is all that is required for salvation and eternal life. This sermon looks at what the Scriptures say is necessary for assurance of salvation and eternal life.