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18 Speaking God's Word
Apr 22, 2008 John Ahn 17675
Anger I will follow God’s example who is, “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” Psalm 103:8 시편103:8 - 여호와는 자비로우시며 은혜로우시며 노하기를 더디 하시며 인자하심이 풍부하시도다 In my anger, I will not sin. I will not let the sun go down while I am still angry, and I will not give the devil a foothold. – Ephesians 4:26,27 에베소서 4:26,27 - 분을 내어도 죄를 짓지 말며 해가 지도록 분을 품지 말고 27마귀로 틈을 타지 못하게 하라 Psalm 23:5,6 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. 23:5 주 께 서 내 원 수 의 목 전 에 서 내 게 상 을 베 푸 시 고 기 름 으 로 내 머 리 에 바 르 셨 으 니 내 잔 이 넘 치 나 이 다 23:6 나 의 평 생 에 선 하 심 과 인 자 하 심 이 정 녕 나 를 따 르 리 니 내 가 여 호 와 의 집 에 영 원 히 거 하 리 로 다 Anxiety Philippians 4:6,7 I will not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present my requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. 빌립보서 4:6,7 - 아 무 것 도 염 려 하 지 말 고 오 직 모 든 일 에 기 도 와 간 구 로 너 희 구 할 것 을 감 사 함 으 로 하 나 님 께 아 뢰 라 4:7 그 리 하 면 모 든 지 각 에 뛰 어 난 하 나 님 의 평 강 이 그 리 스 도 예 수 안 에 서 너 희 마 음 과 생 각 을 지 키 시 리 라 I will cast all my anxieties on Him because He cares for me. 1 Peter 5:7 베드로전서 5:7 - 너희 염려를 다 주께 맡겨 버리라 이는 저가 너희를 권고하심이니라 Authority God has given me authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm me. – Luke 10:19 누가복음 10:19 내가 너희에게 뱀과 전갈을 밟으며 원수의 모든 능력을 제어할 권세를 주었으니 너희를 해할 자가 결단코 없으리라 God will bless me and enlarge my territory. His hand will be with me and keep me from harm so that it will not pain me. - 1 Chronicles 4:10 역대상 4:10 - 야베스가 이스라엘 하나님께 아뢰어 가로되 원컨대 주께서 내게 복에 복을 더 하사 나의 지경을 넓히시고 주의 손으로 나를 도우사 나로 환난을 벗어나 근심이 없게 하옵소서 하였더니 하나님이 그 구하는 것을 허락하셨더라 I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13 빌립보서 4:13 - 내게 능력 주시는 자 안에서 내가 모든 것을 할 수 있느니라 PURITY As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15 여호수아 24:15 - 만일 여호와를 섬기는 것이 너희에게 좋지 않게 보이거든 너희 열조가 강 저편에서 섬기던 신이든지 혹 너희의 거하는 땅 아모리 사람의 신이든지 너희 섬길 자를 오늘날 택하라 오직 나와 내 집은 여호와를 섬기겠노라 I am not my own; I was bought at a price; therefore I will honor God with my body. 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20 고린도전서 6:19,20 - 너희 몸은 너희가 하나님께로부터 받은바 너희 가운데 계신 성령의 전인 줄을 알지 못하느냐 너희는 너희의 것이 아니라 20값으로 산 것이 되었으니 그런즉 너희 몸으로 하나님께 영광을 돌리라 When Christ, who is my life, appears, then I will also appear with him in glory. 5 I will put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to my earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. – Colossians 3:4,5 골로새서 3:4,5 - 우리 생명이신 그리스도께서 나타나실 그 때에 너희도 그와 함께 영광 중에 나타나리라 5그러므로 땅에 있는 지체를 죽이라 곧 음란과 부정과 사욕과 악한 정욕과 탐심이니 탐심은 우상 숭배니라 Galatians 5:16 - I will live by the Spirit not gratify the desires of my sinful nature. 갈라디아서 5:16 - 내가 이르노니 너희는 성령을 좇아 행하라 그리하면 육체의 욕심을 이루지 아니하리라 COURAGE When I am afraid, I will trust in you. – Psalm 56:3 시편 56:3 - 내가 두려워하는 날에는 주를 의지하리이다 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" – Hebrews 13:5,6 히브리서 13:5,6 - 돈을 사랑치 말고 있는 바를 족한 줄로 알라 그가 친히 말씀하시기를 내가 과연 너희를 버리지 아니하고 과연 너희를 떠나지 아니하리라 하셨느니라 6그러므로 우리가 담대히 가로되 주는 나를 돕는 자시니 내가 무서워 아니하겠노라 사람이 내게 어찌하리요 하노라 God will prosper me and not harm me, give me hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11 예레미아 29:11 - 나 여호와가 말하노라 너희를 향한 나의 생각은 내가 아나니 재앙이 아니라 곧 평안이요 너희 장래에 소망을 주려하는 생각이라 God will provide for all of my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:19 빌립보서 4:19 - 나의 하나님이 그리스도 예수 안에서 영광 가운데 그 풍성한대로 너희 모든 쓸 것을 채우시리라 God will do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. – Ephesians 3:20,21 에베소서 3:20,21 - 우리 가운데서 역사하시는 능력대로 우리의 온갖 구하는 것이나 생각하는 것에 더 넘치도록 능히 하실 이에게 21교회 안에서와 그리스도 예수 안에서 영광이 대대로 영원 무궁하기를 원하노라 아멘 Focus I will fix my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of my faith. – Hebrews 12:2 히브리서 12:2 - 믿음의 주요 또 온전케 하시는 이인 예수를 바라보자 저는 그 앞에 있는 즐거움을 위하여 십자가를 참으사 부끄러움을 개의치 아니하시더니 하나님 보좌 우편에 앉으셨느니라 I will not get drunk on sin or the world, which leads to debauchery; instead I will be filled with the Holy Spirit. – Ephesians 5:18 에베소서 5:18 - 술 취하지 말라 이는 방탕한 것이니 오직 성령의 충만을 받으라 God will turn my heart toward His statutes and not toward selfish gain. God will turn my eyes away from worthless things and preserve my life according to His Word. – Psalm 119:36,37 시편 119:36,37 - 내 마음을 주의 증거로 향하게 하시고 탐욕으로 향치 말게 하소서 37내 눈을 돌이켜 허탄한 것을 보지 말게 하시고 주의 도에 나를 소성케 하소서 I will not love the world or anything in the world. – 1 John 2:15 요한일서 2:15 - 이 세상이나 세상에 있는 것들을 사랑치 말라 누구든지 세상을 사랑하면 아버지의 사랑이 그 속에 있지 아니하니 God will open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in His Word. – Psalm 119:18 시편 119:18 - 내 눈을 열어서 주의 법의 기이한 것을 보게 하소서 God will create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10 시편 51:10 - 하나님이여 내 속에 정한 마음을 창조하시고 내 안에 정직한 영을 새롭게 하소서 Since I have been raised with Christ, I will set my heart on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 I will set my mind on things above, not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:1,2 골로새서 3:1,2 - 그러므로 너희가 그리스도와 함께 다시 살리심을 받았으면 위엣 것을 찾으라 거기는 그리스도께서 하나님 우편에 앉아 계시느니라 2위엣 것을 생각하고 땅엣 것을 생각지 말라 Forgiveness I will not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good. I will not take revenge but leave room for God’s wrath for it is written, “"It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. - Romans 12:19-21 로마서 12:19-21 - 내 사랑하는 자들아 너희가 친히 원수를 갚지 말고 진노하심에 맡기라 기록되었으되 원수 갚는 것이 내게 있으니 내가 갚으리라고 주께서 말씀하시니라 20네 원수가 주리거든 먹이고 목마르거든 마시우라 그리함으로 네가 숯불을 그 머리에 쌓아 놓으리라 21악에게 지지 말고 선으로 악을 이기라 Humility I will humble myself before the Lord and He will lift me up. - James 4:10 야고보서 4:10 - 주 앞에서 낮추라 그리하면 주께서 너희를 높이시리라 Joy I will delight myself in the Lord and He will give me the desires of my heart. – Psalm 37:4 시편 37:4 - 또 여호와를 기뻐하라 저가 네 마음의 소원을 이루어 주시리로다 I will be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in all situations for this is God’s will for me in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 데살로니가전서 5:16-18 - 항상 기뻐하라 17쉬지 말고 기도하라 18범사에 감사하라 이는 그리스도 예수 안에서 너희를 향하신 하나님의 뜻이니라 This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24 시편 118:24 - 이 날은 여호와의 정하신 것이라 이 날에 우리가 즐거워하고 기뻐하리로다 God will turn our mourning into gladness; He will give us comfort and joy instead of sorrow. – Jeremiah 31:13 예레미아 31:13 - 그 때에 처녀는 춤추며 즐거워하겠고 청년과 노인이 함께 즐거워하리니 내가 그들의 슬픔을 돌이켜 즐겁게 하며 그들을 위로하여 근심한 후에 기쁨을 얻게 할것임이니라 I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty," declares the LORD. – Jeremiah 31:14 예레미아 31:14 - 내가 기름으로 제사장들의 심령에 흡족케 하며 내 은혜로 내 백성에게 만족케 하리라 여호와의 말이니라 Love I will do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than myself. – Philippians 2:3 빌립보서 2:3 - 아무 일에든지 다툼이나 허영으로 하지 말고 오직 겸손한 마음으로 각각 자기보다 남을 낫게 여기고 I will be patient; I will be kind. I will not envy. I will not boast; I will not be proud. 5 I will not be rude; I will not be self-seeking. I will not be easily angered; I will keep no record of wrongs. 6 I will not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth. 7 I will always protect, always trust, always hope, and always persevere. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 고린도전서 13:4-7 - 사랑은 오래 참고 사랑은 온유하며 투기하는 자가 되지 아니하며 사랑은 자랑하지 아니하며 교만하지 아니하며 5무례히 행치 아니하며 자기의 유익을 구치 아니하며 성내지 아니하며 악한 것을 생각지 아니하며 6불의를 기뻐하지 아니하며 진리와 함께 기뻐하고 7모든 것을 참으며 모든 것을 믿으며 모든 것을 바라며 모든 것을 견디느니라 I will love the Lord my God with all my heart, with all of my soul and with all of my mind. I will love my neighbor as I love myself. – Matthew 22:37-39 마태복음 22:37-39 - 예수께서 가라사대 네 마음을 다하고 목숨을 다하고 뜻을 다하여 주 너의 하나님을 사랑하라 하셨으니 38이것이 크고 첫째 되는 계명이요 39둘째는 그와 같으니 네 이웃을 네 몸과 같이 사랑하라 하셨으니 I will not let any unwholesome talk come out of my mouth but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Ephesians 4:29 에베소서 4:29 - 무릇 더러운 말은 너희 입밖에도 내지 말고 오직 덕을 세우는데 소용되는대로 선한 말을 하여 듣는 자들에게 은혜를 끼치게 하라 I will hide God’s Word in my heart that I may not sin against the Lord. – Psalm 119:11 시편 119:11 - 내가 주께 범죄치 아니하려 하여 주의 말씀을 내 마음에 두었나이다 I will be very careful how I live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. – Ephesians 5:15,16 에베소서 5:15,16 - 그런즉 너희가 어떻게 행할 것을 자세히 주의하여 지혜 없는 자 같이 말고 오직 지혜 있는 자 같이 하여 16세월을 아끼라 때가 악하니라 God will teach me His way that I may walk in His truth. He will give me an undivided heart that I may fear His name. – Psalm 86:11 시편 86:11 - 여호와여 주의 도로 내게 가르치소서 내가 주의 진리에 행하오리니 일심으로 주의 이름을 경외하게 하소서 Wisdom When I lack wisdom, I will ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to me. – James 1:5 야고보서 1:5 - 너희 중에 누구든지 지혜가 부족하거든 모든 사람에게 후히 주시고 꾸짖지 아니하시는 하나님께 구하라 그리하면 주시리라
17 What Man Does in the New Birth
Mar 29, 2008 Administrator 21113
February 10, 2008 By John Piper Read, listen, or watch this resource on our website. Subscribe to our sermon podcast in iTunes. 1 Peter 1:13-25 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. I am reading the autobiography of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir. He had been raised as a Roman Catholic and attended Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. But while there, he parted ways with the church, though not forever. Here is what he said: During my second week on campus, I went to Mass for the first and last time at Holy Cross. I don’t know why I bothered—probably habit, or guilt—but whatever the reasons, I got up and walked out midway through the homily. It was all about Church dogma, not the social problems with which I was obsessed, and seemed to me hopelessly irrelevant. (51) True Relevance—Whether You Know It or Not As a preacher, I think a lot about relevance. That is, why should anyone listen to what I have to say? Why should anybody care? Relevance is an ambiguous word. It could mean more than one thing. It might mean that a sermon is relevant if it feels to the listeners that it will make a significant difference in their lives. Or it might mean that a sermon is relevant if it will make a significant difference in their lives whether they feel it or not. That second kind of relevance is what guides my sermons. In other words, I want to say things that are really significant for your life whether you know they are or not. My way of doing that is to stay as close as I can to what God says is important in his word, not what we think is important apart God’s word. So in any given service—like this one—a dozen young, idealistic Clarence Thomases might be present, full of anger about racism, or global warming, or abortion, or limited health care for children, or homelessness, or poverty, or the war in Iraq, or white-collar crime, or human trafficking, or the global AIDS crisis, or rampant fatherlessness, or the greed behind the subprime mortgage crisis, or the treatment of illegal aliens, or the plight of Christians just coming out of prison. And then they hear me announce that today we are going to talk about the way a person can be born again. And they might react like Clarence Thomas did and simply walk out and say, That has nothing to do with the real problems this world is facing. The Supreme Relevance of the New Birth They would be wrong—doubly wrong. They would be wrong, in the first place, in failing to see that what Jesus meant by the new birth is supremely relevant for racism and global warming and abortion and health care and all the other issues of our day. We will see in the coming weeks what the necessary fruit of the new birth looks like. And they would be wrong, secondly, in thinking that those issues are the most important issues in life. They aren’t. They are life-and-death issues. But they are not the most important, because they deal with the relief of suffering during this brief earthly life, not the relief of suffering during the eternity that follows. Or to put it positively, they deal with how to maximize well-being now for eighty years or so, but not with how to maximize well-being in the presence of God for eighty trillion years or so. My job as a spokesman for God week after week is to deal in what matters most, and to stay close to the revealed will of God in the Bible (so you can see it for yourselves), and to pray that, by God’s grace, the young, idealistic, angry Clarence Thomases in the crowd, and everyone else, will see and feel the magnitude of what God says is important. Seeing and Savoring the Magnificence of Jesus Jesus says in John 3:3, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Not to see the kingdom of God is to be excluded from the kingdom of God. Jesus said in Matthew 8:11-12 that outside the kingdom is “outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” He called it “eternal punishment” (Matthew 25:46). The alternative to that is to be in the kingdom of God and spend eternity in everlasting joy with the greatest person in the universe (John 18:24). Nothing is more important than the glory of Christ personally seen and savored in the kingdom of God with as many people as we can gather in his name. And it will one day fill the earth with peace and justice as the waters fill the sea. So I hope you don’t leave—for the sake of your soul and the sake of the world. Our Part in the New Birth: Faith The question in this tenth message on the new birth is: What is our part? What do we do in the act of new birth? How do we participate in bringing it about? Let me give you the answer first that I see in the Bible, and then we will go back and show where it’s found. Your part in the act of new birth is faith—faith in the crucified and risen Son of God, Jesus Christ, as the Savior and Lord and Treasure of your life. What you do in the act of new birth is believe on Christ. The way you participate in bringing the new birth about is by receiving Christ for who he really is, the supremely valuable Savior, Lord, and Treasure of the universe. The Simultaneity of the New Birth and Faith The answer continues like this: Your act of believing and God’s act of begetting are simultaneous. You do the one and he does the other at the same instant. And—this is very important—his doing is the decisive cause of your doing. His begetting is the decisive cause of your believing. If you have a hard time thinking of one thing causing another thing if they are simultaneous, think of fire and heat or fire and light. The instant there is fire, there is heat. The instant there is fire, there is light. But we would not say that the heat caused the fire, or the light caused the fire. We say that the fire caused the heat and the light. So that’s the answer I see in the Bible to the question What is our part in the new birth? So now let’s look at some passages of Scripture. “Obedience to the Truth” We will start here in our text at 1 Peter 1:22-23: “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.” Notice several things here. One is that the aim of what is happening is love. “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love.” For—or unto—a sincere brotherly love. So the purifying of the soul is not itself the presence of brotherly love—not yet. The purifying of the soul is “for brotherly love.” It is “to the end of brotherly love.” Love is a very basic fruit of the Spirit. So verse 22 means that something more basic than brotherly love is happening when it says “having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth.” “Obedience” here is not the obedience of love. It leads to the obedience of love. What is it then? It the right response to “the truth.” It is called the “obedience to the truth” (verse 22). And what is that truth? In the context, the truth is very likely the word of God, as it’s called in verse 23 (“through the living and abiding word of God”). And that word of God is called in verse 25 the good news, the gospel: “This word is the good news that was preached to you.” So obeying the truth in verse 22 means obeying the gospel. Obey the Gospel: Believe in Jesus And what does obeying the gospel mean? It means believing in Jesus, because the free offer of the gospel is “believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2). The first and basic command of the gospel is not love your brother. What the gospel requires first is faith. So obeying the gospel at this basic level is having faith. You can see that’s the way Peter talks in chapter three, where the husbands without faith in Christ are described as “disobeying the word”—“Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word” (1 Peter 3:1). Not obeying the word means they are not believers. The same thing turns up in 1 Peter 2:8 (“they disobey the word”) and 4:17 (“who do not obey the gospel of God”). So, not obeying the word means not obeying the gospel, that is, not believing. Paul talked the same way in 2 Thessalonians 1:8 where he says that God will inflict “vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” In other words, the gospel of the Lord Jesus calls for faith, and these people did not obey. They did not believe. They rejected “the word of truth, the gospel” (Eph. 1:13, Col. 1:5). So when 1 Peter 1:22 says that you have “purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love,” he means “you have purified your souls by faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ and this faith leads to brotherly love.” Faith works through love (Galatians 5:6). Love comes from sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:5). Believing: Acting Out the New Birth Now remember that in John 3:5 and Titus 3:5, the new birth involves purifying—the imagery of water and washing. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” And Paul said that God “saved us . . . by the washing of regeneration.” So when Peter says that our souls have been purified by obedience to the truth—that is, by faith in the gospel—and says that this purification leads to love, and is not the same as love, I take him to mean that this purification is the purification of the new birth. It’s the purification spoken of in the water of John 3:5 and the washing of Titus 3:5. This is the new birth. Which means that the new birth is “by obedience to the truth.” That is, the new birth is by faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s why I say our part in the new birth is believing. In believing we are acting out the new birth. God’s Begetting Causes Our Believing Now in verse 23, Peter explains this in the very language of being born again. Let’s read both verses (22-23) so you can see the connection: “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again [literally: having been born again], not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.” The connection between our action in new birth (verse 22) and God’s action in new birth (verse 23) is a relationship of effect and cause. God’s action is underneath our action. We purify our hearts in obedience to the gospel, that is, we act out regeneration; and we are able to do that because God regenerates us. There are three clues in this text that God’s action in new birth is the cause of our action in the new birth. That is, his begetting causes our believing. 1) The Order: New Birth, Faith, Love First is simply the order of the statements: Verse 22 contains a command: “Love one another earnestly from a pure heart.” And verse 22 contains a prerequisite to that love, namely, that we have purified our hearts by faith in the gospel. Then coming last, as it does, verse 23 seems to be a prerequisite of both of those. Because of God’s work in begetting, you are able to believe the gospel, which purifies your heart and then love each other. So God’s begetting is underneath our believing and loving. It makes the believing and loving possible. 2) The Instrument: The Gospel The second clue that God’s begetting is the cause of our believing is that God makes the word the instrument of the new birth in verse 23: “You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.” Some take the imperishable seed of verse 23 to be the Holy Spirit, and it may well be (see 1 John 3:9). But I’m inclined to take the “imperishable seed” to be “the word of God.” The seed is described as “imperishable.” And the word is described as “living and abiding.” Those are virtually the same. So I take “born . . . of imperishable seed” to be synonymous with “[born] through the living and abiding word.” This is confirmed by the fact that in verses 24-25 the entire focus is on the word, not the Spirit. So the point is that God makes the word his instrument in the new birth and the way the word works in the new birth is by awakening faith. That’s what Paul says in Romans 10:17: “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” So if our part in the new birth is believing, and if the word causes believing(and verse 24 says that God causes the new birth “through the word”), then behind the word and behind our believing is the decisive hand of God. This is what James says in James 1:18: “Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth.” 3) The Ultimate Actor: God The third clue that God’s begetting is the cause of our believing is that Peter says at the Jerusalem council in Acts that Gentiles and Jews are both being saved, not just Jews. And the way he says it is this: “[God] made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith” (Acts 15:9). Here he speaks the same way he does in 1 Peter 1:22. “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth . . .” That is, “having purified your souls by faith . . .” Only in Acts 15:9 he says something very significant: He says that ultimately God does it through our faith. “[God] made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.” God cleansed their hearts through their faith. This shows us that our faith is crucial and instrumental in the act of new birth. But it is not ultimate. It is not its own cause. God is. What This Means for Us What then does this mean for you? It means four things, and I pray you will receive them with joy. 1) It means you must believe in order to be saved. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). The new birth does not take the place of faith; the new birth includes faith. The new birth is the birth of faith. 2) It means that left to yourself you will not believe. There is no hope that the dead will breathe by themselves. 3) God who is in rich mercy and great love and sovereign grace is the decisive cause of your faith. 4) According verse 22, the fruit of the born-again heart is love. Which means that nothing in life is untouched by the new birth: racism, global warming, abortion, limited health care for children, homelessness, poverty, the war in Iraq, white-collar crime, human trafficking, the global AIDS crisis, rampant fatherlessness, the greed behind the subprime mortgage crisis, the treatment of illegal aliens, or the plight of Christians just coming out of prison. Nothing is untouched. And most important, you enter the kingdom of God, and see the face of Jesus, forever. Believe and Relieve Therefore, I plead with you on behalf of Christ, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Receive him as the Savior and Lord and Treasure of your life. And, Christian, humble yourself under the gracious hand of God, and as an everlasting, invincible child of God, give yourself to relieve suffering, especially eternal suffering.
16 Blessing others
Jul 15, 2008 bc 17119
Say these blessings out loud to others. May God grant you the grace to not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God and to experience His peace. Philippians 4:6,7 May God grant you the grace to cast all your anxieties on Him and believe that He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 May God grant you the grace to believe that you can do everything through Him who gives you strength. – Ph 4:13 May God grant you and your family grace to serve Him joyfully and effectively. Joshua 24:15 May God grant you the grace to believe that you are not your own, that you were bought at a price and to honor God with your body. 1 Cor 6:19b-20 May God grant you the grace to put to death whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. – Col 3:4,5 May God grant you and your family the grace to not be yoked together with unbelievers. – 2 Cor 6:14 May God grant you the grace to live by His Spirit and not be controlled by your sinful nature. – Galatians 5:16 May God grant you and your family the grace to be joyful always, pray continually and give thanks in all situations. 1 Th 5:16-18 May God grant you the grace to trust in Him when you are afraid. - Psalm 56:3 May God grant you the grace to say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" – Heb 13:6 May God grant you the grace to believe that He will provide for all of your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. Ph 4:19 May God grant you the grace to believe that He will do immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. – Eph 3:20,21 May God grant you the grace to continually fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of your faith. – Heb 12:2 May God grant you the grace to not get drunk on sin or the world, which leads to debauchery but to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. – Eph 5:18 May God turn your heart toward His statutes and not toward selfish gain. May God turn your eyes away from worthless things and preserve your life according to His Word. – Ps 119:36,37 May God grant you the grace to not love the world or anything in the world. – 1 Jn 2:15 May God open your eyes that you may see wonderful things in His Word every day. – Ps 119:18 May God create in you a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within you. – Ps 51:10 May God grant you the grace to continually set your heart on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Col 3:1,2 May God grant you the grace to continually humble yourself before the Lord so that He will lift your up. - Jm 4:10 May God grant you the grace to continually delight yourself in the Lord and receive the desires of your heart. – Ps 37:4 May God grant you the grace to remember that this is the day the Lord has made and to rejoice in Him. – Psalm 118:24 May God grant you the grace to believe that His goodness and love will follow you all the days of your life, and to remember that you will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. – Ps 23:6 May God grant you the grace to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself. – Phil 2:3 May God grant you the grace to be patient, kind and not envy. 1 Cor 13:4-7 May God grant you the grace to boast only in Him and keep no record of wrongs. May God grant you the grace to not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth. May God grant you the grace to continually protect, trust, hope, and persevere. – 1 Cor 13:4-7 May God grant you the grace to love Him with all your heart, with all of your soul and with all of your mind. Mt 22:38 May God grant you the grace to love your neighbor as you love yourself. – Mt 22:39 May God grant you the grace to not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Eph 4:29 May God grant you the grace to live by the Spirit and not be controlled by your sinful nature. – Gal 5:16 May God grant you the grace to hide God’s Word in your heart so that you do not sin against the Lord. – Ps 119:11 May God grant you the grace to ask and receive wisdom from God - Jm 1:5 May God grant you the grace to be very careful how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. – Eph 5:15,16 May God teach you His way that you may walk in His truth. May God give you an undivided heart so that you may fear His name. – Ps 86:11 May God strengthen and protect you from the enemy. 2 Th 3:3 May God grant you and your family the grace to glorify Him in your family, workplace, and church. 1 Cor 10:31
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