Because God's infinite majesty can be seen in the heavens, we ought to moved to awestruck humility to think that such a God would care for us and call us to rule this world in His stead – the very thing we have failed to do through sin, bringing ultimate fulfillment and restoration only through Christ.
I. The Majesty of God in the Beauty of Creation vv 1-2
II. The Majesty of Man made in God's Image vv 3-4
III. The Majesty God Intended, Broken then Restored vv 5-9; Heb 2:5-9
Jesus is the Spirit Anointed Messiah of Israel. John's theme is that Jesus is the One who surpasses him, one Essence with the Father. But John says - I did not know the magnitude of His Person and His Work. But the Father revealed these things to me. The word of the Lord came to him. The same is true for you and me as well. The Holy Spirit must illuminate our minds and our hearts to the truth concerning Christ and our need of Him.
Absalom's privileged beginning ended in tragic death. Outwardly attractive above many, inwardly he was wretched and corrupt. His biography is a picture of our own hearts, and a call to avoid a similar end by trusting in Christ.
This sermon was delivered on November 12, 2023 at Antioch Presbyterian Church, a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America located in Woodruff, South Carolina. Mr. Brad Egan delivered this sermon entitled "Paradise" on Genesis 2:4-25. For more information about Antioch Presbyterian Church, please visit antiochpca.com or contact us at [email protected].
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness". Holiness in God's people is a reflective beauty of the character of our Maker and Saviour. A beauty the unbeliever does not value, but a beauty that does not fade, fully satisfies and brings God glory.
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!
What do ancient psalms, modern hymns, old songs, and new songs all have in common? All are demonstrated in different times and with different generations in the Bible. David penned several Psalms that other people centeruies later adapted for their generation. Psalm 108 is an example of this. Your life and your music/art, can praise the Lord.
In the story of Jacob and Rachael meeting and the difficult things that happen over the next few years Jacob learns that he can trust God through the good and the bad. He learns about the providence of God and his ultimate plans to fulfill the Covenant of Grace.
Peter's called Christians to display a Christ-like attitude toward our civil authorities and toward even those authorities, like our employers, which do not treat us right. Now Peter calls Christians to display Christ-likeness in the challenging context of marriage.
Assurance of your salvation does not always come at the moment of your being justified. It may, but it is not always the case. Abram had faith, but as I said last week, he was also afraid that God would not give him the child of promise, before he grew too old to have any children. Abram needed his faith to be strengthened and to have his doubts and fears taken away. So too, you will need to have your doubts and fears taken away in regard to your salvation and all that God has promised that he will do for you. You will need to know that you will inherit all that God has promised you, and that God will do for you, in regard to salvation, those things which would be impossible for you to perform without Christ's help and grace.
Psalm 27 is the cry of David's heart; he seeks after "one thing" - to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. God is beautiful! The heart that gazes on God's beauty will find peace, comfort, and joy that lasts.
Christ's love for his Church calls forth her love for him. We see first in Chapter 7 of the Song of Songs Christ declaring his love for the Church, and then her responding to him in a desire for deeper communion and intimacy..