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.
Martin Luther and Huldrich Zwingli were the first of the Reformers in the 16th century. Both were Roman Catholic clergy. Luther was a monk and theology teacher; Zwingli a parish priest. Both of them obtained hot off the press a copy of Erasmus's Greek New Testament in 1516. Encountering the raw text of the Bible in Greek helped uncover and correct mistranslations in the Latin Vulgate. Ultimately Luther was converted as he came to understand Romans 1:17. Zwingli became greatly influenced from preaching through the text of the Gospel of Matthew. After he recovered from near death in the plague of 1519 his breakthrough is recorded in his "plague poem." God's Word is powerful and works the miracle of regeneration and conversion as the Holy Sprit moves in the heart of people.
Why do some covenant children perish in their sins? Romans 9:6–9 looks forward to the midweek sermon. In these four verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that covenant children perish through parents who don't believe the promises and children who fail to believe in the promised One.