Providence is defined in the Bible-based
Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 27 and 28.
27: "What do you understand by the providence
28: "What does it profit us to know that God created
and by His providence upholds all things?"
The answers, as Kevin Pulliam reads and expounds,
show our need to trust and rest in what God brings
Those who continue in rebellious unbelief against Christ and His Kingdom will be punished in hell forever and receive it directly from God Himself. God Himself is Present in Hell Punishing Unbelievers.
Would it be okay for evil in this world to never go unpunished? Would God actually be good if he allowed them to go unpunished? If God didn't punish these acts, could we actually trust him? By looking at the past and recounting God's actions, we can praise him for his faithfulness. What we find is that as we praise him for the past, our trust in him grows for his future faithfulness.
Two major ideas in this passage are opened up here:
I. Christ's suffering calls us to a radical break with sin.
2. Christ's coming calls us to a radical commitment to the will of God.
These two truths are bedrocks of what it means to be a Christian.
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Pastor Chris brings the message from God's Holy Word. He continues the series on Jesus Christ's Sermon on the Mount titled "Raising the Bar".
Today's message is titled "The Measure of Judgement". It is based on the New Testament Gospel of Matthew, Chapter Seven, verses 1-6 (Matthew 7:1-6). Open up a Bible and get ready to follow!
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Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. 12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
All of the tensions in this passage are resolved when we realize who God is.
Abraham Functions as a Prophet (v. 17-21)
Why did God reveal His plan to Abraham
Because he would teach / pass on his loyalty to Yahweh to his children, to reflect God's ways and purposes in the world
God intends to fulfill His promises to Abraham; His choice of Abraham is why Abraham is loyal
God's response to the severe sin will be epic and establish a pattern
No one can question the justice of His judgment
Abraham the Intercessor (v. 22-33)
This posture, standing before the LORD, is the prophet's stance
Abraham's response: approach and petition God
He knows full well how violently sinful these cities are and the judgment they deserve
Abraham does not dispute the judgment, but he is concerned for the innocent/righteous who may be there
He bases his petition on the character of God -- He is a just Judge who will do right
Abraham is insistent, and God responds positively with grace, not anger
Abraham continues to petition with humility multiple times -- each time God responds with grace, leaning toward mercy before wrath
We see ere a prophet standing in the gap, based on the character of God - he is exercising a shameless faith, and that does not annoy God
God, in His character, will do what is right and will favor mercy -- while we were still sinners, Christ died for us
When life is full of tension, God is still God
We can't understand the main point of a Proverb if we miss the very premise that it is based upon. For that reason, we focus on that premise and will move on to the main point next time... But you can't judge by outer appearance, either way!
This week we continue in Thessalonians with Paul's prayer to the Lord regarding his request for them to grow in Love toward one another and the others. We move to the 13th verse and discuss how the increase of love for others is an integral part of the Lord establishing our hearts in holiness. We discuss holiness in our lives and at his coming. We take a little time to discuss the phrase "coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints" and some controversy surrounding an understanding of it. We move onto a new short prayer of Paul. A declaration that the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, digging into the meaning of the concept of grace.
We live in troubled times where men fear not God, they fear not the flesh and the fear not the devil. Even when we come to Christ, we better fear the flesh. If the Lord doesn't move us with the Holy Ghost, we will not be moved.
Hannah (which means Grace) was afflicted by her adversary Peninnah, because Peninnah bore children, but the Lord prevented Hannah from bearing children. This was of the Lord, who gives his church a picture of Christ in the husband, Elkanah. Peninnah pictures the religious who are left to bear fruits of the flesh in religion. Elkanah does something for Hannah he does not do for Peninnah and her children. Elkanah gives Hannah "a worthy portion", which pictures the grace our God gives to his chosen people whom he loves. Being tormented by affliction, Hannah could not eat the spiritual food, which was Christ. But when her husband speaks to her comfortably, she eats. After she eats, then she is moved to a heaven-born prayer confessing, if you will Lord, then I shall bear eternal fruit of my husband.