How does believers' behavior show their blessedness? Matthew 5:7–9 prepares us for the morning sermon on the Lord's Day. In these three verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that believers' behavior shows their blessedness by showing that they are about to come into their inheritance in Christ.
Regenerating and Refreshing
Paul's letter to Titus describes the encounter like this... "But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man was manifested (made clear to us), not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3:4-7)
Those who have been bought, sought, caught and taught by Jesus can see and know that Jesus is God in the flesh and this revelation and regeneration changes their perspective and perception on God, life, grace and eternity. Jesus alters everything when He interrupts and invades a life.
"But we are BOUND to give thanks to the Father always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because the Father, FROM (eternity past) the beginning, CHOSE you FOR salvation (now, in time) through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, TO which He called you by our gospel, FOR the obtaining of the (eternal, forever and ever) glory of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14).
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Isaiah's report of Messiah, in Isaiah 40:5, says that "The Glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." John comments that Christ was "… The true light, which gives light to every man coming into the world." (John 1:9) Yet John also says, "… The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." (John 1:5) The diamonds of the glory of the Messiah are displayed on the black velvet of man's unbelief.
The Reformations of the 16th century was no less than the rebirth and resurrection of the church of Jesus Christ from false doctrine that laid an impossible burden on people and robbed christ of his glory as the all sufficent Savior of sinners through personal faith in him. The recovery of key doctrine is expressed in later adopted mottos of the five solas- Scripture alone, Grace aloe, faith alone, Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
Unbelief is the worst problem in the world. With unbelief, of course, comes all manner of sin. We have been looking at Isaiah 53:1-12 and studying its gospel-centered content. At the same time there is a prevailing question that starts this chapter. "Who has believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?"
The only Cure for Unbelief is The Grace of God, The Son of God, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What transformations will come, in the great work of the Lord? Isaiah 29:15–24 prepares us for the first serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these ten verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that in the great work of the Lord, His transformation of the creation will correspond to His transformation of His people.
There are many different versions of the truth in the world. Who shall we believe? The Messiah / The Christ must be revealed to men. There are two essential elements to make this happen: 1) God's Spirit must be working; 2) The Gospel must be preached. To know Christ is our greatest reason for Joy and thanksgiving. To make Him known to others should be our greatest concern and focus.
What has turned foolish rebels into careful maintainers of good works? Titus 3:3–8 prepares us for the second serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these six verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that righteous works do not come from righteous works, but from divine kindness and mercy that necessarily produces righteous works.
You Are or Were… Where and Who are You?
Yes, a dark and grossly deceived world that as Paul described as being... unwise, unpersuaded, unable to see right properly, being led away by the darkness of their self-centered minds, being hated and hating others (Titus 3:3). And while he gives us this description he also says we were no different than them until we were interrupted by Jesus and invaded with His redeeming grace and glory.
Before the interruption of Jesus: Humanity without Jesus
"For we ourselves also were sometimes (in the past) foolish (unwise), disobedient (unpersuaded), deceived (unable to see light), serving divers lusts (living for self)and pleasures (going our way), living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another (looking out for number one and dared anyone to cross us or try to get in our way" Titus 3:3
After the interruption of Jesus: Disciples who now know and follow Jesus
"But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man was manifested (made clear to us), not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3:4-7)
The only thing that separates verses three and four is Jesus and His far-reaching redeeming grace.
America and the entire world need this interrupting work before they are disrupted with destruction as in the days of Noah. See, Noah, like you and I, was interrupted when he was invaded with grace and instructed by God on what to do
Jesus has come as the Seed of the woman, the Seed of Abraham, and the Son of David. He is not only the promised King, but God the Son, Who conquers Satan and obeys in our place—and Who pours out God the Spirit upon us to give us life by His Word.