Before the foundation of the world, the Father chose a people in Christ to be holy, unblameable and unreproveable in his sight through grace. This Christ accomplished for the elect people of God. They are faultless now and they shall be preserved and kept in Christ unto the end. And shall stand before God in Christ in through all eternity in Christ.
In this message we consider our subject under these headings,
Appealing Against Empty Grace, 2) A faultless Ministry, and
Time for Open Hearts. There can be setbacks in the Christian life, but don't let those things discourage you. As always I claim no originality, but will quote, cite, refer to various sources including; Ortlund, Kistemaker, Naylor, Wilson, Ryken, and many others.
It is because of God, who is unique, that Jude is writing this book. In the last two verses Jude focuses our attention on God our Savior and takes our focus off of this wicked world. Those who are God's are always in in his sight.
The first of three messages centered on observance of the Lord's Supper. This message encourages church members, especially, to make peace with each other, if any disagreements exist, so there will be no discord, but a "Coming Together," when the Supper is taken.
Returning to Hebrews 8, we want to continue our look at the distinctions between the two great Covenants- Sinai and the New Covenant. In today's text, our author describes the Old Covenant as having fault, needing to be replaced, obsolete, and ready to vanish away. These are startling terms, yet they point to the fullness of the covenant theology of our text. The Mosaic covenant had an important purpose, but that purpose was in preparation for the new, more glorious, and efficacious Covenant in Christ.
You May Fall but Not Far Jude 24-25The Christian life is a life of mercy. It defines how God relates to you, and it must define how you relate to others.So, what's the shield-up message of Jude's letter? It's your responsibility to keep up the shield of Faith and hope. It may seem like you're falling sometimes but not far. No one can take you out of the Fathers Hands. You are responsible for you, for what you think, for what you believe, for who you listen to, for what you do. It is on you to keep Jesus first in your life. It is on you to be consistent in spiritual discipline. It is on you to show mercy to the world around you as you await the full expression of God's mercy in your life. It's on you. It's up to you. You're responsible for you. This is how you contend for the faith. Jude closes with a beautiful doxology.God is the only wise God and He is our Savior.
God alone is the God who dwells in glory and majesty, dominion and power.Therefore, the only thing left for believers to do is to shout the praises of Him who alone can save them: vv.24-25
The impeachment and trial of President Trump is all over the news. Mr. Trump was not convicted, even though a majority of the Senators voted him guilty, because it takes a 2/3 vote to convict.
In criminal trials in America, it takes a unanimous verdict to either convict or acquit, but not so in the case of impeachment.
Thus, Mr. Trump was acquitted by the judgment of the Senate, yet he was not entirely exonerated.
To acquit means to discharge from the accusation, or to "quiet" the charges against the accused.
Thus, Mr. Trump has had the accusation made by the House discharged, so that he no longer lies under any charges.
So too our Lord Jesus has taken away from those who trust in Him, the accusation of sin against us. Paul affirms that Jesus has "blotted out the handwriting" against us, nailing it to His cross!
But believers have better then a mere acquittal - we are declared without fault at all, we are justified, by the blood shedding of Jesus in our place on the cross!
As Jesus taught, the sinful publican went home JUSTIFIED by God. Not only were the charges taken away from the poor man, but God declared him to be without any fault at all, indeed to be righteous before God!
In Romans 3, Paul again declares it: by faith in the blood of Jesus, God clothes us with His righteousness, though we were unrighteous sinners in our own selves.
This happens because our crimes and our guiltiness were transferred, or imputed, to Jesus at Calvary, and He disposed of all of them in His Own body there.
Simultaneously, His righteousness and obedience were imputed to those who trust in Him, so that we appear before a Holy God in the beauties of Christ!
After Jude's robust warnings of false teachers, he finishes his letter with a most beautiful doxology. What is a doxology and why do we have them? They are delightful concise summaries. They show that true worship is objective. It is focussed on God, who He is and what He has done. We must rightly acknowledge that every significant blessing originates from Him alone.
He is Forever Faithful — to Himself and His Own
A Covenant Keeping Promise Keeper
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