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Archive for October 9th, 2010

Neh 2:8,18) Sovereignty. God directs the heart of the king to favor Nehemiah because God’s hand in upon him.

(Neh 2:9,19) Sovereignty. God does not direct the hearts of others to favor his people but allows/ordains them to oppose them.

(Neh 5) Both Nehemiah, and Christ are seen to be godly as evidenced and demonstrated by their care for the poor.

(Neh 6) Both Nehemiah & Christ are godly men as evidenced by the opposition and false testimony designed to frustrate their serving of God.

(Neh 8:1-3,8,12) Christ, like Ezra, taught the gathered people of God in the temple, giving sense to the meaning of God’s word so understood

(Neh 8:14-18) The celebration of tabernacles points to the kingdom of God which is realized in Christ c.f. Rev 7:9-17.

(Neh 11:30) The exiles are said to have "encamped" in towns around Jerusalem. Sounds unsettled & wilderness wandering like. … interesting.

(Neh 12:27-47) The celebration of the rebuilding of Jerusalem and re-commencement of temple worship foreshadows the joy in the New Jerusalem

(Neh 13:6-13) Christ, like Nehemiah has a zeal for God’s house and worship.

(Neh 13:15-22) Christ, like Nehemiah, is concerned for the keeping of the covenant of which the Sabbath was a sign.

(Neh 13:15-22) Christ establishes the true and ultimate sabbath rest of God in a way that transcends Nehemiah’s sabbath work.

(Neh 13:30-31) Nehemiah’s zeal for temple worship, his making provision for that worship & his cleansing the people of all things foreign…

(Neh 13:30-31) … points to the greater work of Christ in his zeal, establishing worship and cleansing of God’s people.

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All I Have Is Christ

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I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way.
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave.
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will.
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still.

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross.
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace.

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me.
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose.
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You.

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Sovereign Grace Music, J. Kauflin

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A set of rules is unable to motivate and conform us to holiness.

You have to know that you are loved by God. Otherwise you will always have fear motivating you i.e. if I don’t do this he will be mad and punish me.

Fear cannot motivate you to genuine holiness. You must know that you are loved and that the outcome is assured – so you can obey with your whole heart.

This knowledge will propel one to obedience, knowing that you are loved and believing that God has given you what is needed in terms of enabling.

If you not assured of God’s love for you then you will fall into a sinful lifestyle. Duty cannot motivate in the face of temptation but love in response to grace (God’s love and enabling) is more motivating.

Source: ‘The Gospel and Sanctification: How Does Your Garden Grow?’  Providence Church in Temecula, CA is a congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

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