You can’t undo history.
You can’t undo history.
A gospel-centered look at Ephesians 6:10-17
In one sense God’s work on you is already done, because when Jesus said, “It is finished,” He meant it. But in another sense, God’s work on you is a continual process. While justification is by declaration, sanctification is a process. He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.
Have you ever accused someone of legalism? Have you been called a legalist? We need to be crystal clear about what legalism is and what it is not.
The world, our flesh, and the devil do not want us to live as Christians. They continually tempt us. For this reason, every epistle of the New Testament exhorts us to “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called.” (Ephesians 4:1)
Sharing the faith as loving your neighbor.
We have become a people ready at a moment’s notice to break off mid-thought or mid-project and chase the squirrels of our own fancy.
The Lord’s reply to Jeremiah is the same comfort He speaks to you today, “Do not fear!” Waiting is hard, but the Holy Spirit will comfort us through the Word of God.
God has given you a portion of His dominion so that you might rule (serve) others as Christ has served you. You bear the image of God in order to reflect the righteous rule of King Jesus.
Listen carefully to the true preaching of God's Word and flee from all those who bring a different word. The above picture was drawn by Holbein, Hans who lived from 1497 to 1543. It depicts Elijah who contended with the prophets of Baal in order to bring the people of God to repentance, faith, and salvation.
Christianity refuses to overlook the tremendous debt sinners owe God. But it also teaches that a complete and sufficient repayment has been issued on their behalf by Christ at the cross.
Dying in faith is a blessed end because in Christ it is not an ultimate end. Any end, sudden or prolonged, when salvation through Christ is believed, is a blessed one.
Let’s not talk about the issue. Let’s talk about how we talk about the issue.
Christians have not been regarding porn as the deadly disease it is. We’ve failed to take proper precautions and we’ve come into contact with something that will kill us.
What does it mean to have a God? Martin Luther, in his Large Catechism explains the difference between trusting God and trusting in idols. He writes, "So, to have a God is nothing other than trusting and believing Him with the heart. I have often said that the confidence and faith of the heart alone make both God and an idol."
What does God’s grace do for us? Does it make up for our lack of good works? Does God help those who do the best they can? Or does God have to do more?
“Primarily, we come to church not to worship and serve God, although this, of course, happens. First and foremost, we come together as a body to be served by God through his Word and the Sacraments.”
When all is hopeless and the only hope you have left is for the resurrection on the last day, that’s still a LOT of hope.
Peter is banking on the fact that his audience has either seen for themselves or heard from others about the mighty works, wonders, and signs God performed through Jesus.
What will happen when you die? If the Holy Spirit has brought about faith in you so you trust God is merciful to you because of what Jesus has done for you, then when you fall asleep your spirit will go to be with the Lord. On the final day Jesus will also raise your body to life and you will live with the Lord forever in the New Heavens and the New Earth. Believers, we may feel the sting of death today, but we have victory over death in Jesus Christ the Lord!