Saturday, March 28, 2020

Romans 8:23-25

Romans 8:23-25
Our Earnest Expectations

Rom 8:23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 
Rom 8:24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 
Rom 8:25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 

       1.     You are not Alone in Hope – vs. 23
a.       All of creation longs for the coming of the bridegroom
                                                              i.      Romans 8:19-22 
b.      It is only the bride that waits in breathless expectation for her bridegroom
                                                              i.      Only the believer and not the unbeliever longs for eternity
1.      Revelation 19:6-9 
c.       The bride has an inner longing to be physically united with her bridegroom
                                                              i.      This is the longing for the salvation of our body and the physical union with Christ
1.      Philippians 3:20-21 
2.      Song of Solomon 2:4-6 
     2.      You are Saved in Hope – vs. 24
a.       If you could now see the future glory of heaven, there would be no more earnest expectation
                                                              i.      Just like at Christmas the joy of opening the gifts is for the child who has not been peaking when he shouldn’t.
1.      Ephesians 1:13-14 
2.      Psalm 130:5-6 
     3.      You Can Rejoice in Hope – vs. 25
a.       We are Now Cheerfully Waiting for the Coming of Christ with Eager Expectation - The Greek word for patience means to cheerfully endure. – vs. 25
                                                              i.      A believer does not long for death but at the same time does not fear it.
1.      Philippians 1:20-25 
                                                            ii.      A believer knows that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
1.      2 Corinthians 5:1-10 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Romans 8:23-25 "Looking Forward with Hope" - 11/8/2018

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Michael Reeves: Take up Your Cross

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

II Timothy 1:7

II Timothy 1:7
The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion!

2Ti 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

  1. God Does Not Make Cowards
    1. The Greek word for fear is a derivative of the Greek word for slave. God does not want us to return to the slavery of the fear, but rather live our lives in courage. You have no need to fear because God gives you the following:
                                                              i.      You are adopted
1.      Romans 8:15 
                                                            ii.      New life
1.      Hebrews 2:14-15 
                                                          iii.      Perfect love
1.      1 John 4:16-19 
                                                          iv.      A powerful message to share
1.      Romans 1:16-17 
  1. God Makes Heroes – He Gives Us:
    1. The power to conquer the world
                                                              i.      Acts 1:8 
                                                            ii.      1 Corinthians 2:1-5 
    1. A love that overcomes hate
                                                              i.      Romans 5:5-8 
    1. A sound mind that stands in the in the face of evil
                                                              i.      Proverbs 28:1 
                                                            ii.      Ephesians 6:10-14 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Romans 8:19-22

Romans 8:19-22
Longing for Eternity

Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Rom 8:20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Rom 8:22  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

1.      All of Creation Longs for the Coming Manifestation (or Revelation) – vs. 19
a.       The final events of the world consist of Christ’s return to call out His church and judge the world for sin. This is the revelation that creation longs for, because currently it is under the curse of sin and death.
                                                              i.      Ephesians 1:10-14 
2.      All Creation is Made Subordinate to the Curse of Sin and Death – vs. 20
a.       Creation suffers under the weight of sin’s curse.
                                                              i.      Romans 5:12 
b.      Creation’s suffering is an involuntary effect of the curse.
                                                              i.      Isaiah 24:5-6 
c.       God has placed creation under this curse because of Adam’s sin, yet still provides a future hope.
                                                              i.      Genesis 3:14-19 
3.      All Creation Will Some Day Be Delivered from the Effects of the Curse – vs. 21
a.       While nature around us suffers under the curse, they look forward to the day of deliverance when Christ returns.
                                                              i.      That deliverance will mean that they are released from the decay that is all around us.
1.      Creation will finally live in peace
a.       Isaiah 11:6-9 
2.      The desert will bloom again
a.       Isaiah 35:1-2 
3.      There will be streams in the desert
a.       Isaiah 35:6-7 
4.      Animals will no longer eat each other
a.       Isaiah 35:9-10 
5.      The mountains and hills will sing
a.       Isaiah 55:12 
6.      There will be no more thorns
a.       Isaiah 55:13 
7.      All flesh will worship God
a.       Isaiah 66:22-23 
b.      Just like creation longs for the return of Christ and His deliverance, so do the sons of God.
                                                              i.      That deliverance from this life will be a glorious reunion with our Savior Jesus Christ.
1.      Colossians 3:3-4
2.      Philippians 3:20-21 
4.      All Creation Longs for the Coming of Christ
a.       Paul compares the entire history of the world to the suffering of a woman in labor. As the glorious new birth approaches her labor pains increase, but her suffering is not eternal. There will soon be joy, and an end to her suffering.
                                                              i.      2 Peter 3:7-13

Paradise Regained

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