This is our last message from 2 Corinthians 13: 11-14 titled, "The Final Comforting Call for Unity." We will consider our subject under these headings, 1) The 5 Exhortations to Unity, 2) The Call for a Holy Kiss, and 3) The Threefold Benediction. As always I claim no originality but will quote, cite, refer, etc to various sources including Ortland, Kistemaker, Wilson, Hughes, Naylor, etc.
For what does our soul bless the LORD? Psalm 104:1–15 looks forward to the opening portion of morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these fifteen verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that our souls are to bless the LORD for His Creator-goodness to all His creatures and especially to us among them.
This sermon looks at the final three verses of the book of I Peter. In order to understand them correctly, it is critical to remember the book's introduction and the themes from the whole book. Both the introduction and conclusion offer a blessing of grace and peace from God, to the reader. How does one obtain this blessing? Read and meditate on the book of I Peter, seeking to know Christ in it. May God bless you through his word.
Mr G. D. Buss preaches about the Trinitarian blessing found in 2 Corinthians 13.14: 'The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.'
How do God's people know that they are accepted with Him? Leviticus 9 looks forward to the evening sermon on the coming Lord's Day. In these twenty-four verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that God shows His people that they are accepted with Him by receiving their sacrifices, pronouncing His blessing, and displaying His glory.
We share a precious faith with the Saint's of old and with all who will come later. It was obtained through Jesus Christ and His grace and peace are multiplied to us even though we don't deserve it. It comes through knowledge--a deep, intimate, experiential knowledge of Christ we gain through the Spirit, scripture, and time with the Lord. It is not mere head knowledge, but a heart knowledge that gives us everything we need to follow Him and the examples of virtue and glory He left for us.
Verse by verse exposition through the book of 1 Thessalonians. (Sermon also includes the reading and exhortation from the Lord's Table liturgy) An introduction to the closing benediction of 1 Thessalonians and overview of biblical liturgy
Luk 24:50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
Luk 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
Luk 24:52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
Luk 24:53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
This sermon concludes our study of 1 Peter with the apostle's final encouragements, instructions, acknowledgments, doxology and benediction. This has been a good and necessary study to help us respond properly to the radical changes that have already happened in our own society and prepare us for what will be coming in the future.