061214, Considering The Dispensations Of The Bible – First Dispensation, Innocency, Genesis 1:28

The purpose of my posts is to help to “equip the saints,” “for the work of ministry,” “for the building up of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12). Through a study of the dispensations of the Bible, a great deal of knowledge will be attained by those who will thoroughly study that information. The information that was collected and published by Dr. C.I. Scofield is extremely helpful for all serious students of the Bible.

Scofield’s Notes

Learn the Bible Using C. I. Scofield’s Study Reference

For over 90 years people have relied on this reference work in their daily study of God’s Word. Written originally in 1909, C. I. Scofield’s intent was to provide a concise but complete tool that would meet the need of someone just beginning to read the Bible. Cyrus Scofield was born in Lenawee County, Michigan, but during the American Civil War after his conversion to evangelical Christianity in 1879, Scofield assisted in the St. Louis campaign conducted by Dwight L. Moody and in 1883 Scofield was ordained as a Congregationalist minister, and he accepted the pastorate of small mission church founded by that denomination.

Book of Genesis

Genesis 1:28

Bible Verse:
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Verse 28

DISPENSATION

A dispensation is a period of time during which man is tested in respect of obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God. Seven such dispensations are distinguished in Scripture. (See Scofield “Genesis 1:28”), note 5.

And God blessed them

The First Dispensation: Innocency. Man was created in innocency, placed in a perfect environment, subjected to an absolutely simple test, and warned of the consequence of disobedience. The woman fell through pride; the man deliberately. 1 Timothy 2:14 God restored His sinning creatures, but the dispensation of innocency ended in the judgment of the Expulsion Genesis 3:24

1 Timothy 2:14

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.

Genesis 3:24

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

24 He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Now, let us worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus, as we are blessed by the five hundred member choir of Prestonwood Baptist Church. Consider the holiness of the song, and of the scripture that follows the song.

Threshold Of Glory

Prestonwood Baptist Church
Southern Baptist Convention
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Dr. Jack Graham, Senior Pastor

Isaiah 6:1-8, American Standard Version (ASV)

6 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple.

2 Above him stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts.

6 Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

7 and he touched my mouth with it, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin forgiven.

8 And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I; send me.

061114, Considering God’s Love, Song Of Solomon 1:1-8

As we read the Song of Solomon, three aspects of God’s love are present. The love of God for Israel is the direct intention of the Song. Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” The love of God for the Church is intended, due to the love that God has shown by the Words of Jesus, Matthew 16:18, “I will build My church..,” and Ephesians 5:22, “…He (Christ) gave Himself up for her (the church).” Also, the love of husbands and wives in marriage is seen, which is based on the following scriptures. (English Standard Version) Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands love your wives, as Christ loved the church..” Ephesians 5:22, “Wives submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord…”. Consider the aggressive nature that God has expressed in His love for fallen mankind. Luke 19:10, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.” 1 Timothy 2:4, “(God) desires all people to be saved ..” Consider God, as being the loving father of the prodigal son in Luke 15:20: “And he arose and came to his father. But, while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” God actively seeks those who are lost. He desires all to be saved. He takes the initiative and runs toward those who are far from Him. In today’s vernacular, “God doesn’t play hard to get.”

Song of Songs 1:1-8, New International Version (NIV)

1 Solomon’s Song of Songs.

She[a]
2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
for your love is more delightful than wine.
3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
your name is like perfume poured out.
No wonder the young women love you!
4 Take me away with you—let us hurry!
Let the king bring me into his chambers.

Friends
We rejoice and delight in you[b];
we will praise your love more than wine.

She
How right they are to adore you!
5 Dark am I, yet lovely,
daughters of Jerusalem,
dark like the tents of Kedar,
like the tent curtains of Solomon.[c]
6 Do not stare at me because I am dark,
because I am darkened by the sun.
My mother’s sons were angry with me
and made me take care of the vineyards;
my own vineyard I had to neglect.
7 Tell me, you whom I love,
where you graze your flock
and where you rest your sheep at midday.
Why should I be like a veiled woman
beside the flocks of your friends?

Friends
8 If you do not know, most beautiful of women,
follow the tracks of the sheep
and graze your young goats
by the tents of the shepherds.

The following notes of commentary are generously provided by Ligonier Ministries, and are contained in the Reformation Study Bible.

1:2–4 Third person expressions in 1:2 and 1:4 (“Let him kiss me . . . The king has brought me”) open and close the paragraph, which is otherwise in the second person (“your love . . . your name”). The girl oscillates between thinking about her absent lover and addressing him as though he were present.
1:4 The king has brought me. This is the first of five occurrences of the word “king” (1:4, 12; 3:9, 11; 7:5). Here in v. 4 there are two possibilities: either the king is Solomon, who has tried unsuccessfully to win the girl’s affections, or he is her lover, whom she romantically fantasizes as her king. The latter interpretation is to be preferred (see Introduction: Characteristics and Themes). The paragraph ends, as it began, with the girl referring to her absent lover in the third person (vv. 2–4 note).
We will exult and rejoice in you. The “daughters of Jerusalem” (v. 5) agree with the girl that the love of her lover is better than wine (v. 2).
1:5, 6 The girl responds to criticism of her complexion (v. 5, “I am very dark”) by the daughters of Jerusalem (5:10–16 note). She is deeply tanned because her brothers have made her work in the vineyards, and consequently she has not been able to care properly for her “own vineyard” (her body, v. 6).
tents of Kedar. The Bedouin tribes living on the edge of the deserts east of Israel made their tents of dark goat hair.
1:7 like one who veils herself. The word “veils” has the same negative connotations here as it does in Gen. 38:14, 15. The girl does not want to be mistaken for a prostitute.
1:8 most beautiful among women. Elsewhere in the Song this form of address is used only by the daughters of Jerusalem (5:9; 6:1).

Now, let us worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus, as we are blessed by the five hundred member choir of Prestonwood Baptist Church.

Praise His Holy Name
Prestonwood Baptist Church
Southern Baptist Convention
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Dr. Jack Graham, Senior Pastor

Psalm 150:1-6, King James Version (KJV)
1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

061014, God’s Purposes And Promises; Added Thought, Verses, Song

Often times, as I am considering all of the blog world, and the people who following this blog around the globe, it is easy for me to get my dates confused. As I rose from last night’s I sleep, I realized that the day that greeted me was actually June 20, 2014, and not June 21, that I had stated on the post that I published last night (060914). I also realized that there two very important passages of scripture that I had omitted from that post. So, here it goes again. The added verses are Psalm 103:19 and Ezekiel 36:24-28. Also, another song of worship and praise is provided. But first, to those of you who are reading my thoughts on June 20, and prior to sunset, let me wish you a prosperous Day of Preparation and a blessed Lord’s Sabbath. John 19:13-42 shows a transition from the Day of Preparation on Friday morning, until the Sabbath Day, which began on that same Friday at sunset. That text also shows the events that led to the crucifixion and burial of Jesus on the Day of Preparation, before the arrival of the Sabbath, of that same day, Friday. Please be a Berean, Acts 17:11, as follows below.

Acts 17:11, New International Version (NIV)

11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

The following outline of scriptures is for our congregation’s June 20, 2014 Friday evening Sabbath time of worship.

God’s Purposes and Promises, June 20, 2014, Old Testament Scriptures.

Genesis 1:1, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Creation

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 103:19, 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

19 The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens, and His Kingdom ruleth over all.

Genesis 3:14-15, New Life Version (NLV)

14 Then the Lord God said to the snake, “Because you have done this, you will be hated and will suffer more than all cattle, and more than every animal of the field. You will go on your stomach and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will make you and the woman hate each other, and your seed and her seed will hate each other. He will crush your head, and you will crush his heel.”

Genesis 12:1-3, New Living Translation (NLT)

The Call of Abram

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 13:14-17, New Living Translation (NLT)

14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15 I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants[a] as a permanent possession. 16 And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of the earth, they cannot be counted! 17 Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.”

Deuteronomy 7:6-9, New Living Translation (NLT)

6 For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.
7 “The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! 8 Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the Lord rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery and from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. 9 Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.

Ezekiel 36:24-28, New International Version (NIV)

24 “‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.

God’s Purposes and Promises, June 20, 2014, New Testament Scriptures

John 4:22, English Standard Version (ESV)

22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

Romans 8:28-30, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

28 And we know that [a]God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

1 Peter 2:9, New King James Version (NKJV)

9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

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Genesis 3

3:14 cursed. Cursed, the opposite of blessed (1:22and note), denotes a breaking of the serpent’s powers.
dust you shall eat all the days. Dust is the symbol of abject humiliation (Ps. 44:25; 72:9), an indignity lasting forever. Satan’s final defeat under the heel of the Messiah (v. 15) is delayed so that God’s program of redemption through the promised Seed of the woman may be accomplished

3:15 I will put enmity. God graciously converts the depraved woman’s affections from Satan to Himself.
your offspring and her offspring. Humanity is now divided into two communities: the redeemed, who love God, and the reprobate, who love self (John 8:33, 44; 1 John 3:8). The division finds immediate expression in the hostility of Cain against Abel (ch. 4). This prophecy finds ultimate fulfillment in the triumph of the Second Adam, and the community united with Him, over the forces of sin, death, and the devil (Dan. 7:13, 14;Rom. 5:12–19; 16:20; 1 Cor. 15:45–49; Heb. 2:14, 15).

Genesis 12

12:1 said. The call came to Abraham in Ur before his father died, not in Haran (15:7).
the land. The scope of this land grant will be progressively defined (12:7; 13:14–17; 15:18–21).

12:2 bless. Crucial elements of divine blessing and promise in Genesis—fruitfulness and dominion—are evident here and are further spelled out in 22:17(9:1 note).

make your name great. What the city builders at Babel sought in their own strength (11:4 note), God gave in sovereign grace. Subsequent history confirmed God’s promise—the great names of Abraham and David (2 Sam. 7:9) prefigured that of Jesus Christ (Phil. 2:9–11).

you will be a blessing. This last occurrence of the verb “to bless” is an imperative. Abraham will not only be blessed, but is to be a blessing to others (v. 3).

12:3 bless those . . . him . . . I will curse. The extent of God’s merciful and gracious intention is indicated in the Hebrew by a switch from the plural object of blessing to the singular object of cursing. Many are to receive God’s blessing through the Seed of Abraham (18:18; Gal. 3:8;Rev. 7:9, 10).

those who bless. Those who acknowledge Abraham and his offspring as God’s agent of blessing.
him who dishonors you I will curse. The Hebrew words here translated “dishonors” and “curse” differ: the second means “to disdain”; the first often has the sense of “to weaken” (3:14). God will be an effective adversary of those who curse Abraham and his seed.

in you. In Jesus Christ, the Seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:16), and in the spiritual Israel of all ages united with Him (Gal. 3:29; Phil. 3:3 note), rather than in unbelieving ethnic Israel (John 8:39; Rom. 9:6–8).
shall be blessed. Some have argued that the Hebrew verb should be translated reflexively: “shall bless themselves” (i.e., will desire the blessing of Abraham). While grammatically possible, this proposed reading hardly does justice to the context of this divine promise, and the passive translation here (“be blessed”) presents no real linguistic difficulties. In addition, the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) rendered it as passive. We are fully justified in viewing this promise as a reference to God’s plan for the salvation of the world.

Genesis 13

13:14 look . . . westward. The Lord invited Moses to a similar panoramic overview of the land (Deut. 34:1–4). In each case, the invitation was given to confirm the promise to one who himself would not participate in dispossessing the Canaanites.

13:15 land . . . forever. See 12:1 and note. The promises of land were fulfilled several times but never consummated. God fulfilled the promise through Joshua (Josh. 21:43–45), but not completely (Josh. 13:1–7); even more so through David and Solomon (1 Kin. 4:20–25; Neh. 9:8), but still not completely (Ps. 95:11; Heb. 4:6–8; 11:39,40). As Israel’s Exodus from Egypt through the Passover (Ex. 12:1) is a type of the church’s exodus from the condemned world through Christ (1 Cor. 5:7; 10:1–4), so also old Israel’s life in the land is a type of New Israel’s life in Christ. Both are a gift (15:7, 18; Deut. 1:8; Rom. 6:23), and are received by faith (Num. 14:26–44; Josh. 7 and John 3:16). Both uniquely possess the blessed presence, life, and rest of God (Ex. 23:20–31; Deut. 11:12;12:9,10; 28:1–14; John 1:51; 14:9; Matt. 11:28), and demand persevering faith (Deut. 28:15–19;Heb. 6). The land promises are consummated forever in the new heaven and new earth (Heb. 11:39, 40; Rev. 21:1–22:6).

13:16 as the dust. See 32:12. The promise of offspring also finds fulfillment in old Israel (Num. 23:10; 1 Kin. 4:20; 2 Chr. 1:9) and consummation in the New Israel, composed of Jew and Gentile (12:3 and note; Rom. 4:16–18; Gal. 3:29; Rev. 7:9).

13:17 Arise, walk. According to ancient custom, a property transfer was finalized by the new owner’s visit to the tract. God commands Abraham to lay symbolic claim to the Promised Land (12:7 and note; Josh. 1:3; 18:4; 24:3).

Deuteronomy 7

7:8 loves you . . . keeping the oath. The election of Israel as a holy nation set apart for God (vv. 6,7) was grounded, not in any merit or intrinsic goodness in Israel, but in God’s love and in His faithfulness to the covenant promises made to the patriarchs (6:10). God’s election of the church is based on His oath to Jesus, the son of Abraham, the Son of God (Ps. 110:4; John 17:6). See “God’s Covenant of Grace” at Gen. 12:1.

Ezekiel 36

36:25 sprinkle. The sprinkling or pouring of water refers to the ritual purifications for removing religious defilement (Ex. 30:17–21; Lev. 14:52;Num. 19:17–19). It is also used as a symbol for the gift of God’s Spirit, in the anointing of kings and priests and in the prophetic call (Joel 2:28, 29). The outpouring of God’s Spirit is a sign of the messianic age (37:14; 39:29; Is. 42:1; 44:3; 59:21). This rich symbolism attaches to baptism in the New Testament. The language of vv. 25–27 is closely paralleled in Ps. 51:7–11.

36:26 new heart . . . new spirit. See 11:19 and note on 18:31. Instead of a heart of stone, unable to respond to God with love and obedience, God will provide a new heart and a new spirit. Note that these come as the result of divine initiative and not human attainment. Jeremiah describes the new covenant in the same way (Jer. 31:33; and Prov. 3:3; 7:3; Rom. 2:15, 29; 2 Cor. 3:3).

36:27 my Spirit. The new spirit would be the Spirit of God transforming those in whom He dwells and enabling them to obey the law of God. Cf. Rom. 7:6; 8:2–17; Gal. 5:16–18, 22; 1 John 3:24.

Romans 8

8:28 And we know. Christians assess the present in the light of their assurance about the future. As true Israelites, in whom the first and great commandment is fulfilled (Matt. 22:37, 38), our love for God is evoked by knowledge of His love for us (5:5–8).
called. Brought to faith (v. 30; cf. 1:6).
according to his purpose. The purpose of God guarantees “good” for His people. For them this is not necessarily ease and quiet, but being like Christ (vv. 17–23, 29). God’s providence rules in such a way as to ensure everything that happens to us is working for our ultimate good.

8:29 foreknew . . . predestined. See “The Purpose of God: Predestination and Foreknowledge” at Mal. 1:2. Vv. 29, 30 explain God’s “purpose” (v. 28). It is a plan of sovereign saving grace, entitling all who now believe to trace their faith and salvation back to an eternal decision by God to bring them to glory, and to look forward to that glory as a guaranteed certainty. The destiny appointed for believers (conformity to Christ and glorification with Him) flows from divine foreknowledge. Here it is persons, not facts or events, that God is said to foreknow. God does foresee events, but Paul’s point is that God has of His own initiative chosen the objects of His active, saving love. “Know” implies intimate personal relationship, not merely awareness of facts and circumstances (Gen. 4:1;Amos 3:2; Matt. 1:25); it is virtually the equivalent of “elect.”

8:30 Those predestined are, in due time, “called,” or effectively summoned through the gospel into saving fellowship with Christ (1:6; cf. 1 Cor. 1:9). We note that all of those “called” are also “justified.” The call cannot refer to the outward call of the gospel that many reject. It is an inward call of God that performs what He intends. All who are predestined are called in this way. Predestination includes God’s determination that a person will receive such an effective call (that is, the “effectual call”). Predestination is not based on God’s knowing beforehand how people will respond to the gospel. Just as the predestined are called, so the called are both justified and certain to be finally glorified. The past tense of “glorified” indicates that from God’s standpoint the work is as good as done. He will complete it as planned. See theological note “The Perseverance of the Saints.”

1 Peter 2 -The Priesthood of Believers; The Calling For Salvation And Service,The Anchor Holds Both Callings
2:9 But you. This marks a sharp contrast between the destiny of unbelievers (v. 8) and the status of the elect. The theme of God’s sovereign choice of both Christ and the church is prominent in this passage (vv. 6, 9).
that you may proclaim. The election and calling of God’s people is not only for salvation but for service as well. All believers are called to bear joyful witness to the saving acts of God.

Now, let us worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus, as we are blessed by the five hundred member choir of Prestonwood Baptist Church.

Unto The Lamb

Prestonwood Baptist Church
Southern Baptist Convention
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Dr. Jack Graham, Senior Pastor

Philippians 3:10, “That I May Know Him…”

060914, God’s Purposes And Promises, Romans 8:28

Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

The following outline of scriptures is for our congregation’s June 21, 2014 Friday evening Sabbath time of worship.

Genesis 1:1, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Creation

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 3:14-15, New Life Version (NLV)

14 Then the Lord God said to the snake, “Because you have done this, you will be hated and will suffer more than all cattle, and more than every animal of the field. You will go on your stomach and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will make you and the woman hate each other, and your seed and her seed will hate each other. He will crush your head, and you will crush his heel.”

Genesis 12:1-3, New Living Translation (NLT)

The Call of Abram

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 13:14-17, New Living Translation (NLT)

14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15 I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession. 16 And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of the earth, they cannot be counted! 17 Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.”

Deuteronomy 7:6-9, New Living Translation (NLT)

6 For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.

7 “The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! 8 Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the Lord rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery and from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. 9 Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps
his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.

Compassion Church, God’s Purposes and Promises, June 20, 2014, New Testament Scriptures

John 4:22, English Standard Version (ESV)

22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

Romans 8:28-30, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

1 Peter 2:9, New King James Version (NKJV)

9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

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Genesis 3

3:14 cursed. Cursed, the opposite of blessed (1:22and note), denotes a breaking of the serpent’s powers.

dust you shall eat all the days. Dust is the symbol of abject humiliation (Ps. 44:25; 72:9), an indignity lasting forever. Satan’s final defeat under the heel of the Messiah (v. 15) is delayed so that God’s program of redemption through the promised Seed of the woman may be accomplished

3:15 I will put enmity. God graciously converts the depraved woman’s affections from Satan to Himself.

your offspring and her offspring. Humanity is now divided into two communities: the redeemed, who love God, and the reprobate, who love self (John 8:33, 44; 1 John 3:8). The division finds immediate expression in the hostility of Cain against Abel (ch. 4). This prophecy finds ultimate fulfillment in the triumph of the Second Adam, and the community united with Him, over the forces of sin, death, and the devil (Dan. 7:13, 14;Rom. 5:12–19; 16:20; 1 Cor. 15:45–49; Heb. 2:14, 15).

Genesis 12

12:1 said. The call came to Abraham in Ur before his father died, not in Haran (15:7).
the land. The scope of this land grant will be progressively defined (12:7; 13:14–17; 15:18–21).

12:2 bless. Crucial elements of divine blessing and promise in Genesis—fruitfulness and dominion—are evident here and are further spelled out in 22:17(9:1 note).

make your name great. What the city builders at Babel sought in their own strength (11:4 note), God gave in sovereign grace. Subsequent history confirmed God’s promise—the great names of Abraham and David (2 Sam. 7:9) prefigured that of Jesus Christ (Phil. 2:9–11).

you will be a blessing. This last occurrence of the verb “to bless” is an imperative. Abraham will not only be blessed, but is to be a blessing to others (v. 3).

12:3 bless those . . . him . . . I will curse. The extent of God’s merciful and gracious intention is indicated in the Hebrew by a switch from the plural object of blessing to the singular object of cursing. Many are to receive God’s blessing through the Seed of Abraham (18:18; Gal. 3:8;Rev. 7:9, 10).

those who bless. Those who acknowledge Abraham and his offspring as God’s agent of blessing.

him who dishonors you I will curse. The Hebrew words here translated “dishonors” and “curse” differ: the second means “to disdain”; the first often has the sense of “to weaken” (3:14). God will be an effective adversary of those who curse Abraham and his seed.

in you. In Jesus Christ, the Seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:16), and in the spiritual Israel of all ages united with Him (Gal. 3:29; Phil. 3:3 note), rather than in unbelieving ethnic Israel (John 8:39; Rom. 9:6–8).

shall be blessed. Some have argued that the Hebrew verb should be translated reflexively: “shall bless themselves” (i.e., will desire the blessing of Abraham). While grammatically possible, this proposed reading hardly does justice to the context of this divine promise, and the passive translation here (“be blessed”) presents no real linguistic difficulties. In addition, the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) rendered it as passive. We are fully justified in viewing this promise as a reference to God’s plan for the salvation of the world.

Genesis 13

13:14 look . . . westward. The Lord invited Moses to a similar panoramic overview of the land (Deut. 34:1–4). In each case, the invitation was given to confirm the promise to one who himself would not participate in dispossessing the Canaanites.

13:15 land . . . forever. See 12:1 and note. The promises of land were fulfilled several times but never consummated. God fulfilled the promise through Joshua (Josh. 21:43–45), but not completely (Josh. 13:1–7); even more so through David and Solomon (1 Kin. 4:20–25; Neh. 9:8), but still not completely (Ps. 95:11; Heb. 4:6–8; 11:39,40). As Israel’s Exodus from Egypt through the Passover (Ex. 12:1) is a type of the church’s exodus from the condemned world through Christ (1 Cor. 5:7; 10:1–4), so also old Israel’s life in the land is a type of New Israel’s life in Christ. Both are a gift (15:7, 18; Deut. 1:8; Rom. 6:23), and are received by faith (Num. 14:26–44; Josh. 7 and John 3:16). Both uniquely possess the blessed presence, life, and rest of God (Ex. 23:20–31; Deut. 11:12;12:9,10; 28:1–14; John 1:51; 14:9; Matt. 11:28), and demand persevering faith (Deut. 28:15–19;Heb. 6). The land promises are consummated forever in the new heaven and new earth (Heb. 11:39, 40; Rev. 21:1–22:6).

13:16 as the dust. See 32:12. The promise of offspring also finds fulfillment in old Israel (Num. 23:10; 1 Kin. 4:20; 2 Chr. 1:9) and consummation in the New Israel, composed of Jew and Gentile (12:3 and note; Rom. 4:16–18; Gal. 3:29; Rev. 7:9).

13:17 Arise, walk. According to ancient custom, a property transfer was finalized by the new owner’s visit to the tract. God commands Abraham to lay symbolic claim to the Promised Land (12:7 and note; Josh. 1:3; 18:4; 24:3).

Deuteronomy 7

7:8 loves you . . . keeping the oath. The election of Israel as a holy nation set apart for God (vv. 6,7) was grounded, not in any merit or intrinsic goodness in Israel, but in God’s love and in His faithfulness to the covenant promises made to the patriarchs (6:10). God’s election of the church is based on His oath to Jesus, the son of Abraham, the Son of God (Ps. 110:4; John 17:6). See “God’s Covenant of Grace” at Gen. 12:1.

Romans 8

8:28 And we know. Christians assess the present in the light of their assurance about the future. As true Israelites, in whom the first and great commandment is fulfilled (Matt. 22:37, 38), our love for God is evoked by knowledge of His love for us (5:5–8).

called. Brought to faith (v. 30; cf. 1:6).

according to his purpose. The purpose of God guarantees “good” for His people. For them this is not necessarily ease and quiet, but being like Christ (vv. 17–23, 29). God’s providence rules in such a way as to ensure everything that happens to us is working for our ultimate good.

8:29 foreknew . . . predestined. See “The Purpose of God: Predestination and Foreknowledge” at Mal. 1:2. Vv. 29, 30 explain God’s “purpose” (v. 28). It is a plan of sovereign saving grace, entitling all who now believe to trace their faith and salvation back to an eternal decision by God to bring them to glory, and to look forward to that glory as a guaranteed certainty. The destiny appointed for believers (conformity to Christ and glorification with Him) flows from divine foreknowledge. Here it is persons, not facts or events, that God is said to foreknow. God does foresee events, but Paul’s point is that God has of His own initiative chosen the objects of His active, saving love. “Know” implies intimate personal relationship, not merely awareness of facts and circumstances (Gen. 4:1;Amos 3:2; Matt. 1:25); it is virtually the equivalent of “elect.”

8:30 Those predestined are, in due time, “called,” or effectively summoned through the gospel into saving fellowship with Christ (1:6; cf. 1 Cor. 1:9). We note that all of those “called” are also “justified.” The call cannot refer to the outward call of the gospel that many reject. It is an inward call of God that performs what He intends. All who are predestined are called in this way. Predestination includes God’s determination that a person will receive such an effective call (that is, the “effectual call”). Predestination is not based on God’s knowing beforehand how people will respond to the gospel. Just as the predestined are called, so the called are both justified and certain to be finally glorified. The past tense of “glorified” indicates that from God’s standpoint the work is as good as done. He will complete it as planned. See theological note “The Perseverance of the Saints.”

1 Peter 2 -The Priesthood of Believers; The Calling For Salvation And Service,The Anchor Holds Both Callings

2:9 But you. This marks a sharp contrast between the destiny of unbelievers (v. 8) and the status of the elect. The theme of God’s sovereign choice of both Christ and the church is prominent in this passage (vv. 6, 9).

that you may proclaim. The election and calling of God’s people is not only for salvation but for service as well. All believers are called to bear joyful witness to the saving acts of God.

Now, let us worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus, as we are blessed by the five hundred member choir of Prestonwood Baptist Church.

Lord, You’re Holy

Prestonwood Baptist Church

Southern Baptist Convention

Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Dr. Jack Graham, Senior Pastor

Philippians 3:10, “That I May Know Him…”

060814, Considering Internet Security, 1 Peter 5:8

There have been events that have caused me to write articles about internet security. I am going to encourage all of to very seriously consider anything, and everything, that you put on your blogs, web pages, emails, or anything else that can be gathered and used against you. Please know that nobody needs to know anything about you, other than what you want them to know about you. There must be a constant mindset of “need to know;” which means, “what do other people need to know about you?” I have cautioned people about the dangers of placing their names, addresses, and pictures of themselves on the web. Therefore, I am taking some extreme measures that are needed. I will not be making any comments on blog posts, and will not be responding to any comments that have been made in reference to any of my posts, or from emails that come from bloggers. I will be reading posts that come to me, and will be praying for my blog friends. But, until further notice, that is all that I will be doing. I am providing the following serious and detailed references to attacks that may come your way. Please consider them and protect yourselves.

1 Peter 5:8, Parallel Verses

New International Version
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

New Living Translation
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

English Standard Version
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

New American Standard Bible
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

King James Bible
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.

International Standard Version
Be clear-minded and alert. Your opponent, the devil, is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

NET Bible
Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be alert, be reflective, because your enemy Satan roars like a lion and is walking and seeking whom he may devour.

GOD’S WORD® Translation
Keep your mind clear, and be alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion as he looks for someone to devour.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be temperate and vigilant because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour,

King James 2000 Bible
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:

American King James Version
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:

American Standard Version
Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.

Darby Bible Translation
Be vigilant, watch. Your adversary [the] devil as a roaring lion walks about seeking whom he may devour.

English Revised Version
Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Webster’s Bible Translation
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Weymouth New Testament
Curb every passion, and be on the alert. Your great accuser, the Devil, is going about like a roaring lion to see whom he can devour.

World English Bible
Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Young’s Literal Translation
Be sober, vigilant, because your opponent the devil, as a roaring lion, doth walk about, seeking whom he may swallow up,

Parallel Commentaries

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

5:5-9 Humility preserves peace and order in all Christian churches and societies; pride disturbs them. Where God gives grace to be humble, he will give wisdom, faith, and holiness. To be humble, and subject to our reconciled God, will bring greater comfort to the soul than the gratification of pride and ambition. But it is to be in due time; not in thy fancied time, but God’s own wisely appointed time. Does he wait, and wilt not thou? What difficulties will not the firm belief of his wisdom, power, and goodness get over! Then be humble under his hand. Cast all you care; personal cares, family cares, cares for the present, and cares for the future, for yourselves, for others, for the church, on God. These are burdensome, and often very sinful, when they arise from unbelief and distrust, when they torture and distract the mind, unfit us for duties, and hinder our delight in the service of God. The remedy is, to cast our care upon God, and leave every event to his wise and gracious disposal. Firm belief that the Divine will and counsels are right, calms the spirit of a man. Truly the godly too often forget this, and fret themselves to no purpose. Refer all to God’s disposal. The golden mines of all spiritual comfort and good are wholly his, and the Spirit itself. Then, will he not furnish what is fit for us, if we humbly attend on him, and lay the care of providing for us, upon his wisdom and love? The whole design of Satan is to devour and destroy souls. He always is contriving whom he may insnare to eternal ruin. Our duty plainly is, to be sober; to govern both the outward and the inward man by the rules of temperance. To be vigilant; suspicious of constant danger from this spiritual enemy, watchful and diligent to prevent his designs. Be stedfast, or solid, by faith. A man cannot fight upon a quagmire, there is no standing without firm ground to tread upon; this faith alone furnishes. It lifts the soul to the firm advanced ground of the promises, and fixes it there. The consideration of what others suffer, is proper to encourage us to bear our share in any affliction; and in whatever form Satan assaults us, or by whatever means, we may know that our brethren experience the same.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. – Be sober, be vigilant (comp. 1 Thessalonians 5:6). For the first word, νήψατε, see note on 1 Peter 4:7. The second γρηγόρησατε, is the word so often and so emphatically used by our Lord (Mark 13:35, 37; Matthew 26:40, 41, etc.). The imperatives are aorist, as in 1 Peter 4:7; and, as there, either imply that the exhortation was needed by the readers, or are used to express vividly the necessity of instant attention. Because your adversary the devil. The conjunction “because” is omitted in the best manuscripts. The asyndeten, as in the last clause, increases the emphasis. The word rendered “adversary” ἀντίδικος means properly an opponent in a lawsuit, as in Matthew 5:25; but it is also used generally for “adversary,” and so is a translation of the Hebrew word Satan. The word διάβολος, devil, means “slanderer,” “false accuser.” As a roaring lion. He is called a serpent to denote his subtlety, a lion to express his fierceness and strength. The word rendered “roaring” ὠρυόμενος is used especially of the cries of wild beasts when ravenous with hunger (see Psalm 104:21; and comp. Psalm 22:13, 21). Walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (comp. Job 1:7; Job 2:2). The words express the restless energy of the wicked one. He cannot touch those who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation; but he walketh about, looking eagerly after any lost sheep that may have wandered from the fold. He roars in the craving of his heart for prey, like a hungry lion, seeking whom he may devour, or (for the reading here is somewhat uncertain) to devour some one, or simply to devour. The Greek word means literally “to drink down;” it implies utter destruction. It is the word in 1 Corinthians 15:54, “Death is swallowed up κατεπόθη in victory.” Satan now seeks whom he may destroy: “The Lord will destroy him that hath the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14).

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

Be sober, be vigilant,…. The apostle had exhorted to each of these before; see 1 Peter 1:13 but thought fit to repeat them; sobriety and watchfulness being exceeding necessary and useful in the Christian life; and the one cannot well be without the other: unless a man is sober in body and mind, he will not be watchful, either over himself or others, or against the snares of sin, Satan, and the world; and if he is not on his watch and guard, he is liable to every sin and temptation. The Syriac version renders the words, “watch”, and “be ye mindful”, or “remember”; watch with diligence, care, and industry, keeping a good lookout, minding and observing everything that presents, and remembering the power and cunning of the enemy; and the Ethiopic version renders them thus, “be ye prudent, and cause your heart to understand”; referring them not to temperance of body, but sobriety of mind, and to a prudent conduct and behaviour, as having a subtle as well as a malicious enemy to deal with:

because your adversary the devil; he who is a defamer and calumniator; who accuses God to men, and men to God, and is therefore styled the accuser of the brethren; he is the saints’ avowed and implacable enemy. Satan is an enemy to mankind in general, but more especially to the seed of the woman, to Christ personal, and to Christ mystical, to all the elect of God: the word here used is a forensic term, and signifies a court adversary, or one that litigates a point in law, or opposes another in an action or suit at law. The Jews (c) have adopted this word into their language, and explain it by , “a law adversary”, or one that has a suit of law depending against another. Satan accuses men of the breach of the law, and pleads that justice might take place, and punishment be inflicted, and which he pursues with great violence and diligence:

as a roaring lion; so called, both on account of his strength, and also because of his rage, malice, and cruelty, which he breathes out against the saints, who, though he cannot destroy them, will do all he can to terrify and affright them; so the young lions in Psalm 104:21 are, by the Cabalistic Jews (d), understood of devils; to which, for the above reasons, they may be truly compared:

walketh about; to and fro in the earth; see Job 1:7 as a lion runs about here and there, when almost famished with hunger; and it also denotes the insidious methods, wiles, and stratagems Satan takes to surprise men, and get an advantage of them: he takes a tour, and comes round upon them, upon the back of them, at an unawares, so that they have need to be always sober, and upon their guard:

seeking whom he may devour; this is the end of his walking about: and the like is expressed in the Targum on Job 1:7

“and Satan answered before the Lord, and said, from going about in the earth , “to search into the works” of the children of men, and from walking in it;”

that so he might have something to accuse them of, and they fall a prey into his hands. This is the work he is continually employed in; he is always seeking to do mischief, either to the souls, or bodies, or estates of men, especially the former; though he can do nothing in either respect without a permission, not unless he “may”; and though this, with respect to body and estate, is sometimes granted, as in the case of Job, yet never with respect to the souls of any of God’s elect, which are safe in Christ’s hands, and out of his reach; this hinders not but that saints should be sober and watchful.

(c) Yalkut Simeoni, par. 2. fol. 41. 4. Bereshit Rabba, sect. 82. fol. 41. 4. & Jarchi & Aruch in Mattanot Cehuna in ib. (d) Lex. Cabal. p. 231, 417.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. Peter has in mind Christ’s warning to himself to watch against Satan, from forgetting which he fell.

Be sober … vigilant—”Care,” that is, anxiety, will intoxicate the soul; therefore be sober, that is, self-restrained. Yet, lest this freedom from care should lead any to false security, he adds, “Be vigilant” against “your adversary.” Let this be your “care.” God provides, therefore do not be anxious. The devil seeks, therefore watch [Bengel].

because—omitted in the oldest manuscripts The broken and disjointed sentences are more fervid and forcible. Lucifer of Cagliari reads as English Version.

adversary—literally, “opponent in a court of justice” (Zec 3:1). “Satan” means opponent. “Devil,” accuser or slanderer (Re 12:10). “The enemy” (Mt 13:39). “A murderer from the beginning” (Joh 8:44). He counteracts the Gospel and its agents. “The tempter.”

roaring lion—implying his violent and insatiable thirst for prey as a hungry lion. Through man’s sin he got God’s justice on his side against us; but Christ, our Advocate, by fulfilling all the demands of justice for us, has made our redemption altogether consistent with justice.

walketh about—(Job 1:7; 2:2). So the children of the wicked one cannot rest. Evil spirits are in 2Pe 2:4; Jude 6, said to be already in chains of darkness and in hell. This probably means that this is their doom finally: a doom already begun in part; though for a time they are permitted to roam in the world (of which Satan is prince), especially in the dark air that surrounds the earth. Hence perhaps arises the miasma of the air at times, as physical and moral evil are closely connected.

devour—entangle in worldly “care” (1Pe 5:7) and other snares, so as finally to destroy. Compare Re 12:15, 16.

1 Peter 5:8 Additional Commentaries

Context

Cast Your Cares on Him

…7casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.

Cross References

Job 1:7
The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”

Proverbs 28:15
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.

Matthew 24:42
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

Mark 4:15
Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

2 Corinthians 2:11
in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.

James 4:7
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.

Revelation 12:10
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
Treasury of Scripture

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:

sober.

1 Peter 1:13 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober…

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and …

Matthew 24:48-50 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays …

Luke 12:45,46 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; …

Luke 21:34,36 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged …

Romans 13:11-13 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out …

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober…

1 Timothy 2:9,15 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, …

1 Timothy 3:2,11 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, …

Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

Titus 2:2,4,6,12 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in …

your.

Esther 7:6 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then …

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves …

Job 2:2 And the LORD said to Satan, From where come you? And Satan answered …

Psalm 109:6 Set you a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.

Isaiah 50:8 He is near that justifies me; who will contend with me? let us stand …

Zechariah 3:1 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel …

Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have …

the devil.

Matthew 4:1,11 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted …

Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of …

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, …

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against …

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

1 John 3:8-10 He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the …

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

Revelation 22:2,10 In the middle of the street of it, and on either side of the river, …

as.

Judges 14:5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, …

Psalm 104:21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.

Proverbs 19:12 The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favor is as …

Proverbs 20:2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoever provokes …

Isaiah 5:29,30 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: …

Isaiah 14:12,13 How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how …

Jeremiah 2:15 The young lions roared on him, and yelled, and they made his land …

Jeremiah 51:38 They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as lions’ whelps.

Ezekiel 19:7 And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; …

Hosea 11:10 They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he …

Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; …

Amos 1:2 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from …

Amos 3:4,8 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will a young …

Zechariah 11:3 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory …

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that …

Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them…

walketh.

Job 1:7 And the LORD said to Satan, From where come you? Then Satan answered …

Job 2:2 And the LORD said to Satan, From where come you? And Satan answered …

devour.

Ezekiel 22:25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the middle thereof, like …

Daniel 6:24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused …

Hosea 13:8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will …

060714, “Extra! Extra! Read All About it!” The Salvation Of The Spirit, Soul, And Body – 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Introduction

Some of you “old timers” may remember the days when boys would stand on the street corners of many towns and sell their allotted number of newspapers by yelling, “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” Such an announcement of youthful loud voices would indicate “a breaking news story.” I remember the days of nickel newspapers, and when I would deliver my allotted amount to my 278 customers each morning by riding a sturdy bicycle over a route of about five miles.

Many stories have been broken that dealt with the events of everyday life. A news story that should be of interest to the student of the Bible is one that deals with life, the total makeup of the life of all people.

Sermon Text

Every person is the result of being an embryo, which “is” life. It is incorrect to say that an embryo “becomes life.” Life creates similar life, per Dr. Louis Pasteur, and the Law of Biogenesis. Due to the fall of Adam and Eve, the flawed sperm and egg of Adam and Eve began a string of flawed human conceptions and births that continue through this day. As we see in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, each life consists of a body, a soul, and a spirit. The body is “our body.” The soul is “our mind, reasoning, consciousness, etc. The body and soul are being formed from the point of conception. Upon the birth of a child, the body and soul continue to develop. But, per the fall of Adam and Eve, upon conception the body and soul are in the beginning stages of death. The spirit is fully developed when it is conceived, and without a redeemer, our spirit will experience an eternal spiritual death. We have control over our body and soul. We have no control over our spirit (Jn 3:8), but the Holy Spirit prompts our souls to choose to live Godly lives (John 16:8-11). Because our body, soul, and spirit are flawed upon birth, they need to be “redeemed,” or saved, in order for us to spend eternity with God. So, we need to experience the salvation of our spirit, soul, and body. Any part of us that is not perfect is flawed and needs to be saved. If any part of us is sinful, or can be sinful, it needs to be redeemed, or saved, so that we can have an eternal and intimate relationship with God. In 1 John 1:5, we read that “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” Darkness relates to flawed mankind (John 1:4-5). Our spirit is the first part of us that is “redeemed,” or saved, and will immediately indwell the Spirit of God upon our new birth,or birth from above (John 3:1-8; 14:1-21). Upon our being born again, our spirit “has been saved,” and never can be unsaved or removed from its indwelling presence in God’s Spirit (John 10:28-29). This part of our salvation is also called “justification.” Some people say that means, “just as if I have never sinned.” Because God has control of our spirit, our spirit will not sin, and can not sin. It “is saved, has been saved, and can not be unsaved.” Our soul sins, or is capable of sinning (Romans 7:14-14, see indwelling sin). Such sinning relates to thinking, speaking, or any other activity that is caused by our mind. Even though our spirit has been saved, our soul has not been saved, and will not be saved as long as we have control over it until it is redeemed. Only when we die, or are raptured (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) will we achieve the salvation of our soul. We will find verses saying that we “are being saved.” That statement relates to the salvation of our soul, which is also known as sanctification. It is during this stage of our salvation process that we are being sanctified/set apart. During each day of our life, our sanctification should result in a more holy walk, whereby we “are being saved.” Our body, which is also flawed and dying, “will be saved,” which we call glorification. Upon our death, our body will decay until the rapture takes place (1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15: 50-54). At that time, our body “will be saved,” which we call “glorification.”

See the way that the following scripture describes the glorification process. The decayed body will be changed from a flawed state to a perfect state, without which, it can not enter into the Kingdom of God (John 3:3). It is also during the time of Rapture (being “caught up.”) that the glorified body, will be reunited with its sanctified soul, and its justified spirit. Death, which is the result of the sin of Adam and Eve will cease to wreck the lives of God’s redeemed people. It is important to remember that in order for our flawed body, soul, and spirit to spend eternity with God, each of those three elements of our created being must be redeemed/saved and made to be without flaw. Also, as soon as we are born again, our spirit becomes as perfect as the spirit of God, because it will begin to indwell God’s Spirit. Remember 1 John 1:5, we see that there is “no darkness” in God. Unless our spirit is born again, it can not indwell God’s Spirit. In order for our body and soul to be present with our spirit, they must also be born again, and freed from their flaws.

1 Corinthians 15:50-54, J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

50 For I assure you, my brothers, it is utterly impossible for flesh and blood to possess the kingdom of God. The transitory could never possess the everlasting.
The dead and the living will be fitted for immortality
51-53 Listen, and I will tell you a secret. We shall not all die, but suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye, every one of us will be changed as the trumpet sounds! The trumpet will sound and the dead shall be raised beyond the reach of corruption, and we who are still alive shall suddenly be utterly changed. For this perishable nature of ours must be wrapped in imperishability, these bodies which are mortal must be wrapped in immortality.
54 So when the perishable is lost in the imperishable, the mortal lost in the immortal, this saying will come true: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’ ‘O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’

The “Extra, Extra, Read All About It” sense of urgency is greatly needed in the body of Christ as it relates to the subject that we are discussing. Believers need to know that even after they have been born again, they will continue to sin. It’s also important to know that when we are born again that our spirits are as pure as the Spirit of Christ. It is also very important for us to know that all embryos have spirits that have been projected into eternity, and that they also need a Redeemer. When we consider the embryo, or unborn infant, God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8) fits nicely into those spiritual needs. The following scripture texts, and commentary, provide information that will support the positions that I have taken on the salvation of the spirit, soul, and body. These selections of scripture, and of personal thoughts, pretty much have come off of the top of my head, or should I say, from God’s Holy Spirit. As with any lengthy writing, a starting point and stopping point sometimes may be difficult to choose. Also, the information that is put in between those two points may be too lengthy, or too concise, for the average reader. This particular subject has been close to my heart for many years. I have tried to provide due diligence by checking credible authorities of renown for additional thought. If I have omitted a verse, or a thought, that may have made this writing more understandable, please let me know, and please forgive me. I always try to ensure that all of my writings “make a difference” in the minds and lives of readers.

SERMON TEXTS FOLLOW

1 Thessalonians 5:23, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Scofield’s Reference Notes

1 Thessalonians 5

salvation

Verse 23, whole spirit and soul and body

Man a trinity. That the human soul and spirit are not identical is proved by the facts that they are divisible. Hebrews 4:12 and that soul and spirit are sharply distinguished in the burial and resurrection of the body. It is sown a natural body (soma psuchikon= “soul- body”), it is raised a spiritual body (soma pneumatikon). 1 Corinthians 15:44. To assert, therefore, that there is no difference between soul and spirit is to assert that there is no difference between the mortal body and the resurrection body. In Scripture use, the distinction between spirit and soul may be traced. Briefly, that distinction is that the spirit is that part of man which “knows” 1 Corinthians 2:11 his mind; the soul is the seat of the affections, desires, and so of the emotions, and of the active will, the self. “My soul is exceeding sorrowful” Matthew 26:38 see also; Matthew 11:29; John 12:27. The word transliterated “soul” in the O.T. (nephesh) is the exact equivalent of the N.T. word for soul (Greek – εὐψυχέω ), and the use of “soul” in the O.T. is identical with the use of that word in the N.T. (see, e.g.); Deuteronomy 6:5; Deuteronomy 14:26; 1 Samuel 18:1;1 Samuel 20:4; 1 Samuel 20:17; Job 7:11; Job 7:15; Job 14:22; Psalms 42:6; Psalms 84:2. The N.T. word for spirit (pneuma) like the O.T. (ruach), is trans. “air”, “breath”, “wind,” but predominantly “spirit,” whether of God (e.g.); Genesis 1:2; Matthew 3:16 or of man; Genesis 41:8; 1 Corinthians 5:5. Because man is “spirit” he is capable of God-consciousness, and of communication with God; Job 32:8; Psalms 18:28; Proverbs 20:27 because he is “soul” he has self- consciousness;Psalms 13:2; Psalms 42:5; Psalms 42:6; Psalms 42:11 because he is “body” he has, through his senses, world consciousness.

Genesis 2:15-17, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not [a]eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Footnotes:

Genesis 2:17 Lit eat from it

Genesis 3:17-19, 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

17 And unto Adam He said, “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, ‘Thou shalt not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return unto the ground, for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

Romans 5:12, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—

Reformation Study Bible

5:12 just as sin came into. Paul here begins a comparison that is not concluded until vv. 18–21. The comparison is interrupted by a meditation extending through v. 17.
through one man. Death is not natural to humanity, but is the direct result of sin (Gen. 2:17).
because all sinned. The universal reign of death is the consequence of sin. Paul does not explain how all mankind was involved with Adam in his sinning, but simply asserts the fact. All sinned in the sin of Adam. See “Original Sin and Total Depravity” at Ps. 51:5.
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Scofield’s Reference Notes

Romans 5: Verse 12

The “wherefore” relates back to Romans 3:19-23 and may be regarded as a continuation of the discussion of the universality of sin, interrupted;Romans 3:24 to Romans 5:11; by the passage on justification and its results.

have sinned

The first sin wrought the moral ruin of the race. The demonstration is simple.
(1) Death is universal (Romans 4:12; Romans 4:14), all die: sinless infants, moral people, religious people, equally with the depraved. For a universal effect there must be a universal cause; that cause is a state of universal sin (Romans 5:12).
(2) But this universal state must have had a cause. It did. The consequence of Adam’s sin was that “the many were made sinners” (Romans 5:19)–“By the offence of one judgment came upon all men unto condemnation” (Romans 5:18).
(3) Personal sins are not meant here. From Adam to Moses death reigned (Romans 5:14), although, there being no law, personal guilt was not imputed (Romans 5:13). Accordingly, from Genesis 4:7 to Exodus 29:14 the sin-offering is not once mentioned. Then, since physical death from Adam to Moses was not due to the sinful acts of those who die (Romans 5:13), it follows that it was due to a universal sinful state, or nature, and that state is declared to be out inheritance from Adam.
(4) the moral state of fallen man is described in Scripture Genesis 6:5; 1 Kings 8:46; Psalms 14:1-3;Psalms 39:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 18:11; Mark 7:20; Mark 7:23; Romans 1:21; Romans 2:1-29;Romans 3:9-19; Romans 7:24; Romans 8:7; John 3:6; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 3:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 2:1-3; Ephesians 2:11; Ephesians 2:12; Ephesians 4:18-22; Colossians 1:21; Hebrews 3:13; James 4:14; 1 Corinthians 15:22.

John 3:1-8, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The New Birth

3 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; 2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these [a]signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born [b]again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born [c]again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Footnotes:

John 3:2 Or attesting miracles
John 3:3 Or from above
John 3:7 Or from above

Reformation Study Bible

3:6–8 This passage emphasizes the priority and sovereignty of God in the work of salvation. It does not exclude the reality of human response in repentance and faith.
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Scofield’s Reference Notes

John 3 Verse 3

born again

Regeneration:

(1) The necessity of the new birth grows out of the incapacity of the natural man to “see” or “enter into” the kingdom of God. However gifted, moral, or refined, the natural man is absolutely blind to spiritual truth, and impotent to enter the kingdom; for he can neither obey, understand, nor please God John 3:3; John 3:5; John 3:6; Psalms 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 8:7; Romans 8:8;Ephesians 2:3 (See Scofield “Matthew 6:33”).
(2) The new birth is not a reformation of the old nature (See Scofield “Romans 6:6”) but a creative act of the holy Spirit John 3:5; John 1:12;John 1:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 4:24.
(3) The condition of the new birth is faith in Christ crucified John 3:14;John 3:15; John 1:12; John 1:13; Galatians 3:24
(4) Through the new birth the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature and of the life of Christ Himself Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:10;Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 1:27; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 5:10-12

2 Corinthians 5:17, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, [a]he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Footnotes: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Or there is a new creation

Reformation Study Bible

5:17 in Christ. Union with Christ summarizes our experience of redemption. Believers are elected (Eph. 1:4, 11), justified (Rom. 8:1), sanctified (1 Cor. 1:2), and glorified (3:18) “in Christ.” Here Paul focuses on the momentous significance of the believer’s union with the Savior. Because Christ is the “last Adam,” the One in whom humanity is recreated (1 Cor. 15:45; Eph. 2:10) and who inaugurates the new age of messianic blessing (Gal. 1:4; cf. Matt. 11:2–6), the believer’s spiritual union with Christ is nothing less than participation in the “new creation.” Translating “there is a new creation” instead of “he is a new creation” draws this conclusion more clearly, but the thought is there either way.
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1 Corinthians 15:50-54, 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep; but we shall all be changed
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

15:51-58 All the saints should not die, but all would be changed.

Reformation Study Bible

15:50 flesh and blood. This phrase alludes to the weakness of earthly, human existence and is an equivalent to “perishable.” Paul is warning the Corinthians that without new “imperishable” bodies we “cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” How then can some deny the doctrine of the Resurrection?
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Reformation Study Bible

15:51 mystery. See note 2:7.

We shall not all sleep. Paul recognizes that many Christians will not die but will be alive at the time of Christ’s return. Though these Christians will not be raised from death, they too will be transformed and receive imperishable and immortal bodies (1 Thess. 4:13–18 and notes).
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2 Corinthians 5:8, 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

Reformation Study Bible

5:8 The doctrine of the intermediate state between our death and Christ’s return teaches that when Christians die they, that is, their spirits, go immediately into Christ’s presence and are “at home with the Lord,” while their bodies remain here and are buried in the grave (Luke 23:43; Phil. 1:23). When Christ returns, the bodies of believers will be raised from the dead and reunited with their spirits (1 Cor. 15:22, 23; 1 Thess. 4:14, 16). See “Death and the Intermediate State” at Phil. 1:23.
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Scofield’s Reference Notes

1 Corinthians 15:52

raised

Resurrection, Summary:

(1) The resurrection of the dead was believed by the patriarchs Genesis 22:5; Hebrews 11:19; Job 19:25-27 and revealed through the prophets; Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2; Daniel 12:13; Hosea 13:14 and miracles of the dead restored to life are recorded in the O.T.; 2 Kings 4:32-35; 2 Kings 13:21.
(2) Jesus Christ restored life to the dead Matthew 9:25; Luke 7:12-15; John 11:43; John 11:44 and predicted His own resurrection; John 10:18; Luke 24:1-8.
(3) A resurrection of bodies followed the resurrection of Christ Matthew 27:52; Matthew 27:53 and the apostles raised the dead; Acts 9:36-41; Acts 20:9; Acts 20:10.
(4) Two resurrections are yet future, which are inclusive of “all that are in the graves” John 5:28. These are distinguished as “of life”; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 Corinthians 15:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; Revelation 20:4 and “of judgment”; John 5:28; John 5:29; Revelation 20:11-13. They are separated by a period of one thousand years Revelation 20:5. The “first resurrection,” that “unto life,” will occur at the second coming of Christ 1 Corinthians 15:23 the saints of the O.T. and church ages meeting Him in the air 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:17 while the martyrs of the tribulation, who also have part in the resurrectionRevelation 20:4 are raised at the end of the great tribulation.
(5) The mortal body will be related to the resurrection body as grain sown is related to the harvest 1 Corinthians 15:37; 1 Corinthians 15:38 that body will be incorruptible, glorious, powerful, and spiritual 1 Corinthians 15:42-44; 1 Corinthians 15:49.
(6) The bodies of living believers will, at the same time, be instantaneously changed 1 Corinthians 15:50-53; Philippians 3:20; Philippians 3:21. This “change” of the living, and resurrection of the dead in Christ, is called the “redemption of the body”; Romans 8:23; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 1:14.
(7) After the thousand years the “resurrection unto judgment” John 5:29 occurs. The resurrection-body of the wicked dead is not described. They are judged according to their works, and cast into the lake of fire.Revelation 20:7-15.
John 3:16-19, New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His [a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the [b]only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.
Footnotes:

John 3:16 Or unique, only one of His kind
John 3:18 Or unique, only one of His kind

Scofield’s Reference Notes

Verse 16

perish
(Greek – ἀπόλλυμι,” trans). “marred,” Mark 2:22, “lost,”; Matthew 10:6; Matthew 15:24; Matthew 18:11; Luke 15:4; Luke 15:6; Luke 15:32. In no N.T. instance does it signify cessation of existence or of consciousness. It is the condition of every non-believer.
world kosmos = mankind. (See Scofield “Matthew 4:8”).
Verse 17
world kosmos = mankind. (See Scofield “Matthew 4:8”)
condemn Or, judge, and so in John 3:18; John 3:19 cf. John 15:22-24.
saved (See Scofield “Romans 1:16”)

Reformation Study Bible

3:18 Unbelief is not the only basis for condemnation, but it constitutes the climax of rebellion by resisting even God’s gracious offer of salvation in Christ. Jesus comes into a world that is already condemned because of its rejection of God’s self-revelation (Rom. 1:18–32).
3:19 people loved the darkness rather than the light. Jesus gives the reason for the world’s rejection of Him: He is the light who exposes whether a person is righteous or not.
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Romans 8:1, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Deliverance from Bondage

8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Reformation Study Bible

8:1 therefore. The apostle’s concern here is pastoral. Paul is telling his readers, in light of the foregoing reminder of their continuing sinfulness, they must now recall their acceptance, immunity, and security in Christ.
no condemnation. Probably in both senses—the judgment and the punishment.
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1 John 1:5, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

God Is Light

5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

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060614, Consider Jesus. Was He Passive Or Active? John 1:9

What is the world’s view of Jesus? Is He considered to be a deity who observes a lost and dying world, and yet does nothing to redeem fallen mankind from an eternity of separation from God? Does He do nothing to save our lost world from being cast into the lake of fire where Satan, the beast, and the false prophet will be tormented day and night forever and ever? The following scriptures give evidence to indicate whether Jesus is passive or active in the eternal condition of mankind. You will find this exercise to be very telling of God’s love for those who have no hope of eternal life without Him being their Lord and Savior.

Revelation 20:10, New King James Version (NKJV)

10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Revelation 20:15, New King James Version (NKJV)

15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

John 1:4-5, New International Version (NIV)

4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
Footnotes: John 1:5 Or understood

John 1:9, New King James Version (NKJV)

9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.[a]
Footnotes: John 1:9 Or That was the true Light which, coming into the world, gives light to every man.

Luke 19:10, New King James Version (NKJV)

10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

1 John 4:9-10, New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 Timothy 1:15, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.

Romans 5:8, New King James Version (NKJV)

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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Revelation 3:20, King James Version (KJV)

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.