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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There is a biblical phrase which is interchangable with the word "Gospel" and that is, "The new covenant of the Spirit." In this brief exhortation, we examine the importance of this prhase in understanding how it is we are transformed into the image of Christ "with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
We complete our study of Thomas Watson's teaching through the sixth petition of the Lord's Prayer (there will be a few more weeks of supplemental studies to conclude this series). We pray in "Deliver us from evil," that God will either 1) prevent temporal evils or 2) deliver us out of them. And lastly, "In all the troubles that lie upon us, let us look up to God for ease and succour ... To pray to saints is idolatry advanced to blasphemy. Our Saviour has taught us in all our distresses to pray to God for a cure ... Let us, then, in all our straits and exigencies, look to God, and say, 'Deliver us from evil.'"
This is the first episode of a 3 part consideration of the spiritual armor Paul list in Ephesians 6. Before one can understand and interpret the various pieces of armor he must consider the whole suit on the Christian. A couple of verse in Paul's other writings can help as well as consideration of the context in Ephesians in which the armor is discussed. Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
Pastor Jesse explains 2 John verse by verse.
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Today we are zipping ahead briefly to the NT so that we can see God's command to sing the psalms. If I merely present the psalms as "You are blessed if you learn and sing these," you may say "That's a blessing I'm happy to forego." But there is more to it than that. God does not put forward the psalter and tell you to take it or leave it. He tells you to take it. That's the message of Colossians 3:16. You must let the word of Christ dwell in you richly by singing the Psalms. That's not optional. That is a command from God. All of us have songs that we enjoy that are not psalms. My playlist and your playlist are not 100% Psalms. But Paul, in the name of Christ, commands us to make sure that our playlists are not 0% Psalms either. He doesn't say "Sing nothing but psalms." But he most emphatically does say "Sing psalms," as indeed the psalter itself says over and over. Yes, you should sing psalms in order to receive the blessing that is contained in them — the blessing of knowing Christ better. But you should also sing psalms because God says to. This is a command, a requirement for the Christian life and especially for the Christian church. Instead of the world's banal earworms, let the Psalms run in your head by singing them to each other and to the Lord.
Since we are now moving into the Christmas season I wanted to preach to you today about the essential glory of our Savior in relation to His Incarnation. In reading to you these first five verses, John would have us to know that our Lord Jesus Christ was, and He is, infinitely glorious in His Being as the 2nd Person of the Divine Trinity. I would like us to dwell at this time on the meaning and the implications of the 3 descriptive titles which are given to us here. 1st of all – That Christ is the Eternal Word of God. 2nd – That Christ is the Creator of all things. And 3rd – That Christ is the Light of this fallen World. How blessed a thing it is for any of us, when we can by faith behold the glory of our Pre-Incarnate Savior and Lord, and also our now Incarnate Savior and Lord.
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.