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A new MP3 sermon from Reformation Church of Elizabeth is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: A Walk Through the Christian Life — Part 1 Speaker: Kevin Swanson Broadcaster: Reformation Church of Elizabeth Event: Sunday Service Date: 11/28/2021 Bible: Ephesians 4:17-32 Length: 68 min.
Messianic Expectation prophet greater than Moses king greater than David priest greater than Aaron servant suffering more than Israelsage wiser than Solomon “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”- Romans 15:13 HOPE DEFINED“…waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”- Titus 2:13 -14"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." - 2 Peter 3:8-9“…having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints”- Ephesians 1:18 2. HOPE ABOUNDING “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. ”- 1 John 3:1 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows…”- Psalm 23:5 “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”- John 10:10“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”- Philippians 4:4: “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”- Romans 15:4“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring;he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”- Genesis 3:15“Yes, Adam's one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.” - Romans 5:18-19_______________________QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: Throughout Scripture, hope is illustrated as a helmet and an anchor. Why do you think that is? What area of your life do you need to be preaching to yourself, “HOPE IN GOD”? Who do you know that is abounding in joy and peace? What is different about them?
Listen in as Pastor Kirk finishes out our series in Ephesians with a message entitled "Spiritual Warfare Requires Spiritual Weapons" from Ephesians 6:10-20. info@CalvaryFayetteville.com www.CalvaryFayetteville.com 479-442-4634
Join us for our morning Take 10 - Table Talk, “How to Heal from Generational Family Hurt.” with Mrs. Cherlyn. We are talking about, "How to Heal from Generational Family Hurt - Part IV ." No one has a perfect family. We've all experienced disappointment and hurt. This morning we are talking about, " Get off Your Soapbox - Stop Gossip." Matthew 12:36 (ESV)I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,Ephesians 4:29 (ESV) Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.Stay encourage and know that God is able. For more information and other valuable resources, make sure to subscribe, follow and visit our sites.Website: www.thevoiceofmany.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theevoiceofmany/?hl=enTwitter: https://twitter.com/TheVoiceofMany3Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Voice-of-Many LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/the-voice-of-many-podcast-1417a81b7Support the show (https://pod.fan/the-voice-of-many-podcast)
(Ephesians 1:15-23) If you're a Christian, you're rich! You may not be wealthy by the world's standards, but you have a family inheritance. You have the Father's resources now and His riches forevermore. Be sure you're part of the family of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (05499211129)
(Ephesians 1:15-23) If you're a Christian, you're rich! You may not be wealthy by the world's standards, but you have a family inheritance. You have the Father's resources now and His riches forevermore. Be sure you're part of the family of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (05499211129)
Scripture: | 1 Corinthians 13:4-6; Ephesians 6:4Sermon Series: | Me and My HouseThe world is really different than it was back in the day, when you and I were kids. But the goal of our families hasn't changed. We want to raise great kids, we want to love each other well, and we want to enjoy every ounce of the God-given gift that family can bring.At St. Mark Houston we believe that life is a gift from God and that through faith in Jesus Christ we can truly have a fulfilling life. Join us on Sundays at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM for Worship. Find us on the web at www.stmarkhouston.org or call us at 713-468-2623.
Welcome to a new week of the Hope Rescue Podcast. This week, Tim is back on the show with Kimberly, and they break down Ephesians 5:18-21 which acts as a perfect recipe for healthy relationships. Check it out to discover what the ingredients are. To purchase Tim's new book "Breathe": https://www.hoperescue.org/product-page/breathe For more information on this particular show, be sure to check out the show notes on https://www.hoperescue.org/ If you enjoyed listening, please head over to iTunes and leave us a review! You can connect with us on Instagram and Facebook @hoperescuepodcast. If you have comments, questions, or recommendations for future podcasts, email us at email@example.com. Thanks for listening! We love you guys!
When read in light of Aristotle's household codes, Ephesians 5 means something completely different than what we've made it mean today. If Christ is the head and collectively, we are the body and bride of Christ, what does this mean for the way we live out our faith, our family relationships, and our fellowship with the family of God? If you've learned something new here and are enjoying this series on “Marriage, Mutuality, and Gender Roles,” please leave a rating & review!Podcasting by: Kensi Duszynski, MA, LMFT, CPCEditing by: Evan Duszynski, MAMusic by: John Tibbs
Monday, 29 November 2021 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:39 Peter just instructed the men of Israel what they needed to do in order to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. At first, it might seem contradictory to do something in order to receive a gift, but that was seen to be incorrect. A gift is not necessarily something everyone will get. Only those who meet the qualifications for receiving it will. In the case of those of Israel who had just crucified Christ Jesus, they had to prepare themselves in order to be eligible. Today, we too must be prepared, meeting the qualifications that are set forth for us as outlined in the epistles. Understanding this, and having seen what Peter instructed the people before him, he notes to them, “For the promise.” This is certainly referring to the reception of the Spirit. It is what Peter cited in verse 2:17 – “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;” However, and whether they understood it or not, this promise is based on the establishment of a New Covenant. Peter was fully aware of this, having sat with Christ as He proclaimed it. But those there before him will receive that instruction in due time if they accept the terms set forth to receive the gift. This New Covenant was prophesied by Jeremiah, and it is what allows the pouring forth of the Spirit – “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” Jeremiah 31:31 In the establishment of this New Covenant, the Spirit has been poured out. It is the promise Joel referred to. As such, Peter continues, saying that it “is to you and to your children.” Again, it follows directly with the next half of the verse that Peter cited from Joel – “Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.” Joel 2:17 The people of Israel were to receive the promise, and it was one that extended beyond a single generation. It would continue from that point on, testified to by the words “and to your children.” It implies a new order of things had come to pass. From there, Peter then says, “and to all who are afar off.” The words “afar off” mean “at a distance” or “unto a long way.” The idea of “to you and to your children” is temporal in nature. The idea of “to all who are afar off” is spatial in nature. It is an all-encompassing thought then. Whatever Peter is thinking of, and whatever the Jews standing there were thinking of, cannot be fully known. Any or all of them may be thinking only of Jews of the dispersion and not of Gentiles at all. However, the words are words of prophecy, therefore, the full scope of their meaning does not necessarily have to be understood at this time. For example, in John 11, it says – “And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all, 50 nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.' 51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.” John 11:49-52 Caiaphas prophesied concerning the nation of Israel, but John clearly indicates that what he prophesied extended beyond the nation. Thus, by default, it extends to the Gentiles. The same is true here, whether Peter and those before him realized this. Peter and the others had already been told that they were to carry the gospel to the Gentiles. That is clearly recorded in Matthew 28 – “‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20 The sentiment is also reflected in Jesus' final words to those gathered with Him in Acts 1:8. However, as Acts continues on, it will be seen quite clearly that Peter did not fully understand this. There is a developmental process that is identified in Acts that shows that the apostles and disciples were learning as they went. Paul, however, will be taken from outside of this group and given a direct commission apart from their slowly developing understanding. This way, the focus of one group, though bearing the same gospel, will be more user-friendly to one audience, while that of the other will be more acceptable and palatable to another audience. When the two sides meet up, such as is recorded in Galatians 2, it will be seen that Peter, not Paul, must continue to develop in his theology to come to the same level of understanding concerning what is going on as that of Paul. For now, and even if Peter and those before him did not understand that the words applied to the Gentiles, it does not negate the fact that they do. Paul makes this clear in his words of Ephesians 2 where he clearly shows that the words apply to Gentiles who were once outside of the commonwealth of Israel – Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Ephesians 2:11-18 As such, and understanding that this promise applies to both Jew and to Gentile, Peter concludes with the words, “as many as the Lord our God will call.” The promise extends to whoever the Lord calls. The words of prophecy are not limited by man, but by God. It is He who determines the extent of the call. As such, and even if a prophecy is misunderstood, it is God's prerogative that stands. With this understood, a person could take a Calvinistic stand on the words “the Lord our God will call” and say, “See, this proves that a person must be regenerated in order to believe. Only then can he be saved.” This would assume the “call” is active (God actually reaches out to the individual and selects him for salvatio n), and the assumption would be incorrect. It has already been seen that God sets forth the conditions for salvation. In the case of these Jews before Peter, it was with a particular requirement based on particular circumstances which are not to be considered normative for today. As far as the call being referred to, meaning salvation through the gospel, the call has been made by Jesus in the giving of the gospel. It has been recorded in Scripture as directed by the Holy Spirit. God has made the move, and now that call – which is passive – must be responded to. Therefore, the words “as many as the Lord our God will call” find their extent based on that. The fact is that the church age will end at some point. Therefore, to say, “as many,” is a parameter set by God. Suppose there is an island that has never been evangelized. If it is expected to take a certain number of missionaries a certain amount of time to evangelize them all, it may be that the rapture will happen before they are all evangelized. As such, “as many as the Lord God will call” will only apply to those who were evangelized before the rapture. This doesn't mean that God actively chose some and actively rejected some (Calvinism). Peter says that God was not willing for any to perish, but that all should turn and be saved (2 Peter 3:9). However, because of the timing of redemptive events, it did not come about. This is the extent of Peter's words now. It is a passive, not an active, calling from God. Life application: One thing that can be highlighted from Peter's words of this verse is the universal nature of the calling of God through the gospel. It is a constant problem with cults and sects that they believe certain things belong only to certain people – such as spiritual gifts, salvation, and so on – and that this is based on limitations they have assumed from Scripture or from their own imaginations. In fact, this is generally the main indication of an incorrect doctrine. The truth of the matter, however, is that salvation is offered to any and to all who meet the requirements set forth by God. His requirement in the church age is that a person must believe the gospel. In this, the Spirit is given in full measure to the person who believes. The Church of Christ, for example, says that a person must be baptized in order to be saved. That is not a limitation set forth in Scripture, even if it was specifically stated to a certain group of people at a certain time (Acts 2:38). One must determine what is normative, meet the requirements for that, and he will be saved. Anytime someone or somebody claims an exclusivity that is not clearly stated in Scripture (those who read the King James Version only, only Jehovah's Witnesses, only Mormons, only the elect (when taken out of context), must be baptized into the Church of Christ, and so on), then be sure to compare their “onlyism” with Scripture. When it is determined that it is not to be found, then run to get away from that body. God does not show favorites. He saves everyone who comes to Him through the parameters He sets forth. Be sure to know what those parameters are (know the gospel) and meet them. When you have, you are saved. This is what God expects for salvation. From there, be sure to continue to learn what God expects from His word for those who have been saved through the gospel. Grow in doctrine, pursue holiness, and walk circumspectly in this world. Oh, and be sure to tell others the message of hope that is found in Jesus Christ our Lord. Lord God, thank You for the simplicity of the gospel. Thank You that it is clear, understandable, and available to any and to all who are willing to simply believe its words. You have done the work. Help us to accept this and to be saved through the precious blood of Christ. Amen.
Welcome to my new series here on the podcast: The Family & Culture: How to bring glory to God within our households in a hostile culture. We are at a time, as a society and as the Church, where we need to be thinking really critically about our families, our households, and the larger culture. We need to figure out how and when we are going to interact with the culture and what it means to share the Gospel and also protect our families. This is a BIG and incredibly important topic, so today kicks off an entire series on this topic. In this series that will span into 2022, we will cover topics like: Equipping our family to be brave for the coming future, How to prepare your family to weather the storm in a hostile culture, how to prepare your home to nurture your family, The mother's role in developing a family culture, The father's role, The children's role and responsibility, defending our faith, and more! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. So today we are kicking off this discussion first by discussing the household. After all, that's what this podcast is for, Finding Joy in Your Home...all for God's Glory! So then, as we jump into these even greater topics, I want to first make sure we see how essential the household is. In the past 50 years or so, Christianity in the West has become progressively more individualistic. We've wanted to shed any ideas of religion in favor or a "relationship". We want to emphasize our own personal walks with the Lord over corporate walks. We've lost how community oriented the Christian life is suppose to be and this has deeply affected our households and how we teach our children about Christ. We need to fight for the households again. We need to fight hard for time as a family, time with our kids, time to slowly teach them about Christ. We've become a very individualistic society that goes a thousand separate ways. And in some ways, I think this has been made worse the past 2 years. We need to start thinking to our great grand children. What are we building for future generations? How are we training up parents and grandparents. Over the course of the next couple of hundred of years, I cannot even begin to calculate how many descendants that Jason and I will have. The Whole Armor of God 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:10-20 There are great joys in a Christian household. There is fellowship and intimacy. There is working through problems and conflicts as Christians. There is the deep love and support of a life lived for Christ. There are male and female,
Merlin Miller continues the “Walk as Children of Light” series, a study of Ephesians. This 10th message is taken from Ephesians 2:19-22 & is entitled A Dwelling Place for God. Having established that the wall of hostility between those near (Jews) and those far (Gentiles) has been destroyed in Christ, Paul concludes this section with the truth that together we become a dwelling place for God.
Luke 10:25-37; Ephesians 2:4-10. In this homily on Christ's encounter with the rich young man, Fr. Anthony encourages us to let go of our need to uses riches, lists, and spells and open ourselves to follow the living God. Enjoy the show!
A Glorious Masterpiece, a Study in Ephesians - Part 6 | Pastor Kevin Shindoll | November 28, 2021Love is our Why. Join Us Online at 11 AM on Sundays and 7:30 PM on Wednesdays. WAYOFLIFE.CHURCH
Be prepared to listen to a gripping message that will captivate and inform you from beginning to end. Although the passage of Scripture is in the New Testament, we learn that the Apostle Paul is quoting from an Old Testament psalm which refers to a celebration when David led a procession bringing the Ark of the Covenant to the Tabernacle. See how it refers to the order of events when Christ ascended to Heaven and reveals a prophetic view of what is yet to happen. Understand the significant role Church Age believers play in this.
A new MP3 sermon from Kabwata Baptist Church is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: In Praise of God the Son Subtitle: Celebrating the Unsearchable Speaker: Conrad Mbewe Broadcaster: Kabwata Baptist Church Event: Sunday Service Date: 11/28/2021 Bible: Ephesians 1:12 Length: 62 min.
In Paul's second prayer in Ephesians, he continues to ask God to do some remarkable things. These are not puny prayers. They are somewhat audacious. We do well to lean in to what he asks in order to instruct us on how to pray for each other. Specifically, in order to teach us how to better delight in God.
Does The World See Jesus In The Church? In You? Ephesians 2:21 - 22 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
John 3:14-17 Love is giving your best. Love is giving your all. God is love. How did Christ prove His love for you (John 15:12-13)? Romans 5:5-8; What did you do to earn Christ's love? Matthew 22:36-40; How do you apply the greatest commandment? How do you apply the second commandment? In Deuteronomy 10:12-13, what actions does God expect out of his people? What commandment does God make to those who love Him, John 14:22-24? Ephesians 5:1-2; How am I to live for God? 1 John 4:7-8; What do you need to be in order to love? How is your love for others to affect your relationships with others, 1 John 4:17-21? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mattrolo/message
Episode 468 - Show NotesListen to those words, “filled with all the fullness of God.” How can we contain all of God. It's like trying to empty the ocean. There is more of God than we could ever possibly experience.Paul is praying for men and women who had already placed their faith in Jesus. They were Christ-followers, but Paul prays that they would experience more of God in their lives.I believe this is God's will for you and me too. We must be careful about two extremes. The first would be to think we know it all and have experienced all there is of God. The second would be to be so full of the things of this world that we leave no place for more of God.Both extremes are likely, but for most of us, the second is more of an issue. Many of us listening today would say, “I want to experience more of God in my life. I want more of His presence, more of his power, and more of his love.”It's important to ask ourselves, “Is there space in my life for more of God?” If you are anything like me you fill your time with activity and your mind with information. We fill our appetites with food, pleasurable things, and entertainment. Not everyone wants to be full of God. Some want just enough of God so that they are protected, happy, and guaranteed Heaven when we die. They don't want so much of God that it changes the way they live or alters their priorities.But being full of God is the whole goal of the Christian life. The word for “filled” has the idea of being dominated by something. If you are filled with rage, then rage will dominate your life. If you are filled with love, then love dominates your life. If you are filled with joy, then joy dominates your life. When you are filled with God, then God himself will dominate your life. It pictures the total transformation of the human personality by virtue of the presence of God in your life. This is an amazing thought—to be filled up with all the fullness of God. As believers, we have been created to be the containers of God. He desires to pour his life into ours and to fill us until we're full.So, how can we experience a greater measure of God in our lives? I believe it starts with what Jesus said in the Beatitudes…we must hunger and thirst for him. Let's check our appetites. What are you hungry for? Do you have an appetite for God? We can pray and ask God to increase our spiritual appetite for Him.Second, we empty ourselves of those things that are taking up unnecessary space. You only have so much capacity. If your life is so full of other things, you'll need to make some spiritual decisions.Third, we experience more of God when we seek after him.Ephesians 3:16, 19 - “I pray…that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”Matthew 5:6 - “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart.”5MinuteDiscipleship.comThe 5 Minute Discipleship JournalJoin the 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook GroupBuy me a coffee
Download the Jesus + Coffee app: https://www.jesusandcoffeeshow.com/ Sometimes, the thing that divides us most is TRUTH. In this episode, we're going to look at what scripture says about speaking truth even when it may divide us. Ephesians 4:1-16
Sunday, 28 November 2021 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 Acts 2:38 is a marvellous verse to practice your memorization skills. Let's see how you do. What are the five basic rules of biblical interpretation that you have been asked to remember? They are: Is this prescriptive (does it prescribe something)? Is this descriptive (does it only describe something)? What is the context? What is the context? What is the context? The answers to these questions will help resolve an untold number of errors in theology that have arisen because of this single verse. The verse is based on the question asked by those gathered before Peter while listening to his discourse, which was, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” The question was asked in response to the obvious fact submitted to them that they had crucified Jesus, their Messiah. This made them enemies of Him. In the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, they had been excluded, proving this fact. Salvation had been presented to Israel, and they missed the offer. And yet, their actions are the very thing that made their salvation possible. The answers are that the passage is prescriptive. It is prescribing something for those standing before Peter (and before the Lord as they were at a pilgrim feast in the presence of the Lord). The passage is also descriptive. It is describing what occurred and who is involved in what is occurring. The context is that this is Peter speaking to the “men of Israel.” Not a single Gentile is involved, nor will any be involved in the entire passage. As such, it is prescriptive for those standing there, but not for anyone else who is not involved in the events at that moment. The context is also that the people standing before Peter are all a part of the body of Israel who had crucified their Messiah. The context is also that some of those of Israel (not those in the crowd being addressed) had received the Spirit while others had not. And so forth. As these things are true, and as the events at the conversion of others – throughout the rest of Acts – are completely different, then despite this passage having a prescription tied to it, the prescription is only for this particular event. It is not a prescription for any other event. It is not normative for the church age. Rather, it is now only a descriptive account for those who receive the completed New Testament. In other words, and stated plainly, what is said here now – and in the verses to come – was a one-time event that is not to be made into doctrine for the church age. It does not apply (it is not normative) for our doctrine today. With that hopefully understood, the account recorded by Luke proceeds, saying, “Then Peter.” Peter has been the leader of the twelve. It is he who has spoken out all of the words since verse 2:14, and he continues with the instruction. Luke then records that he “said to them.” The word “them” is speaking of the “men of Israel.” The masculine speaks for the whole and Peter's words will be inclusive of women who are given the same instruction. It is the body of people who had just crucified Jesus. They had rejected Him openly. In Israel, unlike any other body of people, there is both an individual salvation and a corporate salvation. The individual salvation is evident in Scripture elsewhere, but it is proven by the coming of the Holy Spirit upon some and not upon others. The corporate salvation is spoken of throughout all of Israel's history, and it is confirmed by the words of Jesus and of the apostles. The nation bears collective guilt for its actions. This is based on their agreement to the covenant set forth at Mount Sinai, a covenant that is still binding on them today until they – as a nation – enter into the New Covenant in Christ's shed blood – “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:31-34 The words of Jeremiah are addressed to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. The words are only dealing with them, even if Gentiles are also brought into this New Covenant. Other prophets, Jesus, and the apostles clearly indicate this. This is the context – Peter, Israel, Israel's rejection and crucifixion of Christ, some receiving the Holy Spirit and some not receiving the Holy Spirit. This is what had occurred only a short time earlier – Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” 23 Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!” 24 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.” 25 And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.” 26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. Matthew 27:22-26 As such, these words of Peter now are based on this event. Thew words apply to corporate and to individual Israel, but they do not apply to anyone else, including individual Jews, at any other time. But the precept does apply to the corporate body for all time. With this understanding, Peter states, “Repent.” This is one of the most misunderstood and misused words in all of Christianity. The Greek word is metanoeó. It means “to change one's mind or purpose,” “to think differently after,” and so on. It does not mean actually doing any work at all. It is simply a changing of the heart (the heart signifying the reasoning process of a person in the Bible). Peter is telling the people (it is third person plural, and thus he is speaking to each person as much as to all of the people gathered before him) to change their minds. The question is, “About what?” The answer is, “About Jesus, the Messiah, and their rejection of Him?” They had to repent of this. Their mind was, “Crucify Him. He is not our King.” Their change in mind must correspond to that – “We believe! He is our Messiah!” The word “repent” is prescriptive for Israel who had just crucified Jesus. It is not prescriptive for anyone else who has not first rejected Jesus. In other words, these two examples will help – John walks up to Tom and tells him about Jesus. Tom had never heard of Jesus. Tom does not need to repent of anything. He needs to simply believe the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and he will be sealed with the Holy Spirit, and he will be saved (Ephesians 1:13, 14). Tom has heard the gospel. Tom has rejected the gospel. Tom must “repent” of his former rejection (change his mind), believe the gospel, and Tom will be saved. This is the context of Peter's words. Israel (individually and collectively), who had just crucified their Messiah, must repent. For those who will do so, Peter then says, “and let every one of you be baptized.” The question here is “what baptism” is being referred to. It does say in verse 2:41 that those who received his words were baptized. That is certainly speaking of water baptism. The word “baptize” is a transliteration of the Greek word baptizó. It signifies to immerse. The people were to have an immersion in water. However, it is not the water baptism that saves. Christ's finished work is what saves. Peter makes this clear in 1 Peter 3 – “There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.” 1 Peter 3:21 The Weymouth Version translates these words as “with a view to remission of your sins.” This then is in accord with both the idea of baptism of the Holy Spirit which occurs when one believes, and the water baptism which is a later outward demonstration of what has occurred. The expectation for this guilty group of people is to first change their minds. It is to then make a public acknowledgment of this change in mind by being baptized. The main question to be resolved is, “Does this mean that these people must be water baptized in order to receive the Spirit, or does it mean that these people will receive the “baptism of the Holy Spirit” based upon their faith, and that the water baptism then follows as an outward display of the inward change?” The text says later nothing of their receiving the Spirit after being water baptized in verse 2:41. What appears to be the case is that the formula of Mark 16:16 is evidenced here – “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” When one believes and is baptized, salvation is realized. However, when one does not believe, condemnation remains. Hence, baptism is conditional upon belief. In other words, it follows necessarily that these people will be baptized into the Holy Spirit when they demonstrate faith. One might suppose that this one time in Scripture Peter is making baptism in water a requirement for salvation (which would be contrary to the whole tenor of Scripture). If such was believed, it would still not be a normative thing for the church. Water baptism is a symbolic act of washing away the sin and defilement. This is not something that is required for salvation by anyone else after this. Hence, what Peter must be saying is that these people will be saved when they turn to the Lord, they will receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and then they are to be water baptized as the outward sign of their new life as directed by Jesus in Matthew 28:19. Next, Peter says this baptism is to be “in the name of Jesus Christ.” The Greek reads “upon the name.” Where would the people now stand? Upon the name of Caesar? Or will it be upon the name of the One they had rejected? The crucified Christ, He who was openly rejected by the people – and upon whom His blood remained (see Matthew 27:25 above) – is now to be the One who provides forgiveness and salvation to those who just repented. This is perfectly evidenced in the next words, which say, “for the remission of sins.” The blood atonement of Christ is set forth, clearly and unambiguously, in these words. The Lord was crucified, their actions had caused it, and their repentance of that will allow for atonement for their sins. The word translated as “remission” is aphesis. It signifies “dismissal,” “release,” “pardon,” “complete forgiveness,” and so on. For those who repent and who are subsequently baptized from this group of people, a change will take place which will be explained in a moment. But notice that two things are required for the people standing before Peter to receive that change – 1) repent, and 2) be baptized. The repentance must occur, but so must the baptism. There must be a complete separation from the old and an acceptance of the new for them BECAUSE they were guilty of having rejected Christ along with their nation. This is why what occurs here is not normative for the church age. It only applies to these people, at this time, in order to establish the complete separation between the two. Some of these people may never have heard of Jesus. Some of them might have heard and sympathized with Him. But the point is that the nation bears the guilt, and it is to instruct the nation that these requirements are set forth. It is instructional for Israel, and it is a testimony to bear witness against them for all time. Peter next says, “and you shall receive the gift.” A gift is something one cannot earn. It is grace and nothing more. And yet, Peter has said they must do something in order to receive it. The apostles had received the gift. It simply came upon them. But it did not come upon the others. This means that the reception of the gift is conditional. If someone says, “I have ten thousand squiggalmidoos and they are free to anyone who meets these criteria,” it doesn't mean that it is not a gift. It means that they must be in a certain category. If one of the requirements is to have blond hair, then none but those with blond hair are eligible. Those with blond hair, along with any other set requirements, will be able to receive the gift. For those standing before Israel, the apostles had met the requirements. The others had not. For those who had not, they must first meet the categorical requirements. Once they were satisfactorily met, they would receive the gift. There are no works here. There are only set requirements. And the gift they would receive would be that “of the Holy Spirit.” This is salvation. It is the sealing of the person for redemption. It is receiving the full, final, and forever forgiveness of sins through the shed blood of Christ. It is moving from the Mosaic Covenant (the Law of Moses) to the New Covenant in Christ's blood. It is the covenant that speaks of the non-imputation of sin and the surety of reconciliation with God for all eternity. The words here are prescriptive for those at the time. They are descriptive after the event. The context is Israel who crucified the Lord, and the prescriptions are necessary but are not normative. We are not to take what is said in Acts 2:38 and change the parameters. Even if Peter is speaking of water baptism (which is probably not the case), the requirement would not apply in any other context, and it certainly does not apply to salvation today. The epistles convey to us what is required for salvation. They tell the people of the world what God expects of them in order to be in a right standing with Him. Life application: Acts is a descriptive account of what occurred. The prescriptions within that historical record are not necessarily (and are almost never) normative for the church age. Understand and maintain proper context within your theology and you will be in the sweet spot. Lord God, help us to be in the sweet spot concerning our doctrine and theology at all times. To Your glory, we pray. Amen.
Many of us will face a time when God invites us into something we don't feel ready for. Our past may make us feel unworthy of his plans for us. But God's grace and mighty power go far beyond our shame and fear.Date: 11/28/2021Speaker: Jason MitchellSeries: Active Love
Sunday November 28,2021 After healing the blind beggar, Jesus then becomes his Shepherd, protecting him from the harsh jealousy of the Pharisees. Joh 10:7-9 Jesus therefore said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am [ego eimi = emphasizing Himself] the door of the sheep. 8 "All who came before Me are... for full notes: https://www.cgtruth.org/index.php?proc=msg&sf=vw&tid=2535
Everyone is going back to Jesus (gentiles and Jews) You didn't do anything to get into God's Kingdom Christians that obey are at an advantage Jews have a lot of responsibility and were given much
“The forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” — Ephesians 1:7 Could there be a sweeter word in any language than that word “forgiveness,” when it sounds in a guilty sinner's ear, like the silver notes of jubilee to the captive Israelite? Blessed, for ever blessed be that dear star of pardon […]
Episode 466 - Show NotesGrace is often defined as the unmerited, unearned, and undeserved kindness of God. Grace is "the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it.”At 50 years old, I'm still trying to understand God's grace. My natural tendency is to think I need to work for or earn the goodness of God. Show me what to do, and I'll do it. I'm still trying to understand why God would love me as he does. What would compel him to give me so much grace, mercy, and kindness?Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more—no amount of spiritual disciplines, no amount of Bible knowledge gained, no amount of serving or helping the poor. And grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. Grace means that God already loves us as much as an infinite God can possibly love. When we were at our worst, Jesus loved us the most. Paul said in Romans…While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.To say that someone deserves grace would be a conflict of terms.Grace is the offer of exactly what we do not deserve. It cannot be recognized or received until we are aware of how undeserving we really are.So, how do we receive God's grace? Grace is received as we acknowledge Jesus as God's Son. It begins with faith. Grace is activated in our life when we place our faith in Jesus Christ – a decision to believe that Jesus is who he says he is. Grace begins with a decision to trust in his death on the cross for the payment of our sins.John 1:16 says “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.”Ephesians 2:8-9 - “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” 5MinuteDiscipleship.comThe 5 Minute Discipleship Journal
(Ephesians 1:3-14) This is our second day looking at God's "run on sentence." Why would He use this particular grammatical structure? Perhaps it's because we cannot fully describe the depths of what we have as members of the family of God. They are without end. In this single sentence, we learn of the spiritual blessings received from the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (05498211126)
Patrick O'Banion joins us to speak about Girolamo Zanchi and his book, The Spiritual Marriage between Christ and His Church and Every One of the Faithful. O'Banion translated and introduced a new edition of the book published by Reformation Heritage Books. Zanchi was an Italian Reformer, with close ties to Peter Martyr Vermigli. Developing from Girolama Zanchi's exegetical labors through Ephesians, Spiritual Marriage draws readers into the rich theological of doctrine of union with Christ. Following the lead of the apostle Paul, Zanchi demonstrates how our earthly marriages fulfill their truest purpose by drawing our attention toward the spiritual marriage between Christ and His Church. By paying attention to the Genesis account of Adam's marriage to Eve, to pertinent Old Testament laws, and to the teachings of Jesus and His apostles, we begin to understand something of that higher and heavenly union. This new translation helps us better understand the great mystery of Christ and His bride. Patrick O'Banion is International Trainer at Training Leaders International.
Diet Eman was an ordinary, shy young woman in the Netherlands—in love, working, and enjoying time with family and friends—when the Germans invaded in 1940. As Diet (pronounced Deet) later wrote, “When there is danger on your doorstep, you want to act almost like an ostrich burying its head in the sand.” Yet Diet felt God calling her to resist the German oppressors, which included risking her life to find hiding places for Jews and other pursued people. This unassuming young woman became a warrior for God. We find many stories in the Bible similar to Diet’s, stories of God using seemingly unlikely characters to serve Him. For instance, when the angel of the Lord approached Gideon, he proclaimed, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior” (Judges 6:12). Yet Gideon seemed anything but mighty. He’d been secretly threshing wheat away from the prying eyes of the Midianites, who oppressively controlled Israel at the time (vv. 1–6). He was from the weakest clan of Israel (Manasseh) and the “least” in his family (v. 15). He didn’t feel up to God’s calling and even requested several signs. Yet God used him to defeat the cruel Midianites (see ch. 7). God saw Gideon as “mighty.” And just as God was with and equipping Gideon, so God is with us, His “dearly loved children” (Ephesians 5:1)—supplying all we need to live for and serve Him in little and big ways.
The Kingdom of Darkness is a literal spiritual kingdom Think of the kingdom of darkness as you would any other earthly, terrestrial nation or country. The only difference is the kingdom of darkness, although literal, is not physical, but spiritual in nature. The kingdom of darkness is well equipped and very ready to fight. Always remember you're engaged in a battle with a very organized system of protocol and chain of command. In this episode Pastor Waid takes us through the organization that principalities nad powers use as their structure. Like corporations, there is structure and a chain of commands. What You Will Hear Review The Kingdom of Darkness is an organization. There is a structure, chain of command. Principalities derive their power directly from satan and are the highest-ranking entities in satan's army. Powers Rulers of the darkness of this world Spiritual wickedness in high places Devils and demons Scriptures Jude 6; Revelation 18; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Acts 8:6-25; Ephesians 3:10; Ezekiel 28: 1-10; Colossians 2:15; Colossians 1:13; Revelation 16:10; Jude 6, 13; Jeremiah 1:10; Luke 11:16-26; Romans 8:14-23; Daniel 10:10-13; Isaiah 14:12-14; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Ephesians 2:6, 3:10; Matthew 6:24, 8:16, 28; Revelation 16:13-14 Mentioned IG @rooftopcrew Uncommon Gospel Network Flow Therapy Morning Show w/ Cocoa B and Frank Nitti Facebook, IG, Twitter @realpastorwaid Alex Teamer aka ATEAM Pastor Warren Campbell Lena Byrd Miles Shannon Jackson Shay-J Entertainment House of Noho Julian Payne I AM Music Group --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thisistheday-pastorwaid/support