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In the seventh letter to the Churches, specifically to Laodicea, Christ rebukes, warns, and promises this lukewarm church to be zealous and repent of their backslidden and lukewarm condition---1- Christ's Description Of The Lukewarm Churchgoer-2- Christ's Judgement Upon the Lukewarm Churchgoer-3- Christ's Counsel To The Lukewarm Churchgoer-4- Chris…
 
Almost 1500 years after the Exodus, and the tenth plague against Egypt -the death of the firstborn-, Christ celebrates the Memorial Meal of the Passover for the last time. While He celebrates it with His disciples, He changes the feast into the New Testament Memorial of the Lord's Supper---1- The Death of the Firstborn-2- The Memorial Feast-3- The …
 
We have seen already how Christ with a word is able to rebuke the devil and deliver people possessed by him. Christ's Word of power to destroy the prince of darkness is evident to all, as we read and study the Scriptures. In todays' text, we see again the power of Christ against not just one devil, but against many. A legion of devils---1- The Devi…
 
In the previous verse, Ephesians 4-32, we were directed to be Kind, Tenderhearted, and Forgiving. We noticed how these were also traits we noticed in the character of Christ. And that is how the Apostle now continues in chapter 5, because the Putting On of the New Man, is the putting on of Christ---1. What is this Following of God---2. The Reason f…
 
Cain, the firstborn of Adam, has become a murderer, a liar, and an apostate. He has turned away from God and from his parent's upbringing. He has the blood of his own brother on his hands. And so, he flees from God and his family, he goes eastwards and settles with his wife in a place of relative safety, and starts a family, and a city---1- Cain's …
 
Again we consider the exhortation of vs 32, but this time try to see the rebuking side of these words. We are to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving, and yet are more often unkind, hard-hearted, and unforgiving. Christ, elsewhere in the Scriptures describes Himself as meek and lowly in heart, let that be the key to understanding and applying this…
 
On the basis of His Mediatorial authority, which He declares in vs 27, Christ goes on to issue a most winning call to the sinner to find rest and peace in approacing Christ and being yoked to Him, forever---1- Christ's Commands Spoken--2- Christ's Character Shown--3- Christ Calls Specific Persons--4- Christ's Covenantal Seal…
 
We saw Paul beginning to round of this chapter in versses 30 and 31, in considering The God Offended, Who is the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the The Godless Offences which still issue forth from the corrupt flesh. The final verse is in some ways the highpoint of the previous verses when applying the doctrines of the old man and the new man, and com…
 
Cain is the firstborn of the first man and woman created, Adam and Eve. In Cain is revealed how terrible the fall has affected ALL of mankind. It didn't just affect Adam and Eve, but all who are descended from them. Their firstborn reveals that he too is the fallen son of fallen Adam---1- His Self-Centred Religion--2- His Self-Righteous Anger--3- H…
 
Paul rounds of this section of putting off the old man, and putting on the new man, by attempting to persuade believers to stop committing their bosom sins by making us realise that horizontal sins are more especially vertical sins. And now, Paul identifies by Name the one Person of the Godhead Who caused us to believe in the first place- the Holy …
 
Christ Jesus preached salvation clearly and simply. He used parables to open up spiritual truths and mysteries, which at the same time fell on deaf unbelieving ears. What is quite solemn to consider, is that the preaching of the Gospel is not only a way of opening hearts, but can also harden unbelieving hearts---1- The Gospel Is Preached--2- The Go…
 
In a world of sensitive egos and swollen pride, people are easily offended, and then, in reaction, they easily offend. But those that profess that they are born-again of the Spirit of God ought to display a more Christlike attitude. Not paying back bad for bad, but speaking gracious words to edify---1- Put Off Corrupt Communication--2- Put On Graci…
 
Many consider faith a personal choice. A take it or leave it choice. But that is not what the Saviour teaches in vs 18. Christ not only teaches that unbelief in Him is damnable, but that all that do not believe fully in Him stand condemned already---1- The Description of Unbelief--2- The Damnation Owing to Unbelief--3- The Deliverance from Unbelief…
 
Having seen in chapter 3 of Genesis the Mystery of the Fall, and thereafter the Misery of the Fall, we now see the the Mercy After The Fall. Much of God's rich and eternal mercy was revealed in His approach and handling of the fallen Adam and Eve, but now, as we close chapter 3, and see the events surrounding mankind's expulsion from the garden, we…
 
Modern-day slavery is a little known, but widespread phenomenon. Parts of the world are rife with domestic slaves and human-trafficking. Action Groups highlight this evil in different ways, but remain mostly ineffective, and yet it is only the Gospel of Christ that succesfully deals with a more pernicious and eternal form of slavery - the slavery o…
 
Adam sinned against God and conscience, Eve was decieved and sinned against God and conscience. This breaking of the Covenant of Life led to terrible consequences, even immediately after the fall, when the Lord visits Adam and Eve, questioning them, and judging them, but also holding out hope towards them---1- The Separation by the Fall-2- The Sear…
 
On either side of the cross of Christ, hung two serious criminals, receiving the death penalty for their crimes. Both are described as being punished for the same crime. And at first sight there would appear to be nothing to distinguish them. And yet, we discover in the verses we've read together, a great change taking place in the life of one of t…
 
The Lord crowns off creation by creating Adam, he then crowns mankind by making Woman - the man's own glory.--We saw how God brought them together in Holy Matrimony, and all was indeed very good in all of creation. So, how did the fall into sin and death happen---1- The Details surrounding the Fall--2- The Discussion at the Fall--3- The Degeneratio…
 
Paul now begins to apply this Putting off of the old man and Putting on of the new man, by the grace of God, and by the Sanctifying work of the indwelling Spirit of God. He applies it in various practical ways, and we will examine those found in vss 25-27---1- Truth on the Lips--2- Anger in the Breast--3- Bitterness in the Heart--4- The Devil in yo…
 
The Apostle Peter finishes his short Gospel sermon by declaring how God has been revealing the only Saviour and the only Gospel throughout the Scriptures from the very beginning of time. A message of good news, a Gospel of peace of conscience and forgiveness of sins - everything a troubled sinner needs to hear and respond to---1- It Is An Historica…
 
For nearly 2,000 years, the Church of Christ, of whatever denomination, held to the doctrine of headship and headcovering in 1 Corinthians 11. It was not until the mid-late 1800's when the authority of the Scriptures began to be undermined, that even in conservative Churches, some believers began to cast off their hats, believing headcovering a tim…
 
We continue the Apostle Paul's teaching on The Witness And Walk Of The Christian. This is part two of a whole section that continues unto chapter 5 and vs 21, when Paul goes on to make application to specific groups within the Church. Here he continues with a general but urgent call to believers to no longer live like sinners, but like saints---1- …
 
We can be so overwhelmed by fears in this life, that we lose sight of Him Who removes all our fears. How does He do so- By granting us something oh so special - His fear. The fear of God that submerges all other fears, when we look unto Him with expectation and trust. Such a lesson is learned from the historical incident of Israel crossing the Red …
 
On the basis of everything we've understood about the one faith we have in Christ, in the opening verses of chapter 4, and then via those gifts the Risen Christ has given to the Church for the teaching of the believer and therefore the whole body of Christ, Paul now moves on to apply this in the witness and walk of the Christian compared and contra…
 
The Lord knows the heart of man, that he either shirks his responsibilities or that he attempts to dominate others in matters that are none of his business. It is because the Lord desires that His Church be run well and fairly, that He has taught the necessity of elders being ordained to rule His flock. It is a God-given responsibility for them to …
 
In these unsettled Covid days, when secular authorities have put pressure on congregations to limit numbers, or even to close, often Hebrew 10-25 is brought in to contradict the government's presumption or overreach. This verse, however, is not pointed towards secular or ecclesiastical authorities, but rather to ordinary believer---1- The Holy Bold…
 
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