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The only antidote to sin is the gospel—and since Christians remain sinners even after they’re converted, the gospel must be the medicine a Christian takes every day. Since we never leave off sinning, we can never leave the gospel.

Source: Tullian Tchividjian’s Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels (p. 16):

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Jesus helped and healed many people. He made blind people see. He made deaf people hear. He made lame people walk.

Jesus was making the sad things come untrue.

He was mending God’s broken world.

Source: The Jesus Storybook Bible – every story whispers his name. 

‘The little girl and a poor frail lady’.

 

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I’m reading this book for family devotions while on holidays. It is the best children’s Bible story book I’ve ever seen. Every story whispers his name.

Check it out The Jesus Storybook Bible – every story whispers his name.

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The beginning: a perfect home

And Adam and Eve joined in the song of the stars and the streams and the wind in the trees, the wonderful song of love to the one who made them. Their hearts were filled with happiness.

The terrible lie

They had broken their wonderful relationship with him. And now God knew everything else would break. God’s creation would start to unravel, and come undone, and go wrong. From now on everything would die – even though it was all supposed to last forever.

… God sent them away on a long, long journey – out of the garden, out of their home. Well, in another story, it would all be over and that would have been … The End.

(turn the page)

But not in this story.

… no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children – with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. …

Before they left the garden, God whispered a promise to Adam and Eve: "It will not always be so! I will come to rescue you! And when I do, I’m going to do battle against the snake. I’ll get rid of the sin and the dark and the sadness you let in here. I’m coming back for you!"

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(1John 1:9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(1John 2:1-2) My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

(1John 3:5) You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.

(1John 3:20) … for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.

(1John 4:10) In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

(1John 5:1,4) Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God … For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.

(1John 5:17-18) All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death. We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

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Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;

O Lord, hear my voice.

Let your ears be attentive

to my cry for mercy.

If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins,

O Lord, who could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness;

therefore you are feared.

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,

and in his word I put my hope.

My soul waits for the Lord

more than watchmen wait for the morning,

more than watchmen wait for the morning.

O Israel, put your hope in the LORD,

for with the LORD is unfailing love

and with him is full redemption.

He himself will redeem Israel

from all their sins.

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In Luke 4:34 a man possessed by an unclean spirit cries out to Jesus "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?"

This is the first encounter between Jesus and an unclean spirit. So the question is what will happen?

Clearly the unclean spirit is afraid of what Jesus might do to him (Bock 1994:431).

He speaks of himself using the plural us. While it is possible that the demon is referring to himself and all other demons who will be destroyed by Jesus, it seems more likely that the demon is referring to himself and to the man he possesses.

He is issuing a challenge to Jesus, saying in effect that the only way Jesus can drive out the demon is by destroying the man as well (Bock 1994:432; Green 1997:223).

Possibly the implication is that if Jesus does not leave them alone, the demon will hurt, harm, and even destroy the man.

Hence Luke makes the point "he came out of him, having done him no harm."

So Jesus is able to defeat the unclean spirit without destroying the man.

Reminds me that Jesus is able to destroy the sin that resides in me and threatens to kill me and he is able to do so without destroying me in the process.

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Approach with boldness

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses … Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

 

Hebrews 4:15-16

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Creation as deliverance

Bruce Waltke:

the creation narrative is a story of redemption, of the triumph of light over darkness, of land and sky over water, both of which are essential for life

[An Old Testament Theology, 181].

 

Rolf Knierim:

Creation and Israel’s own history are correlated under the aspect of Yahweh’s salvific actions. Creation out of chaos is seen as the first in a chain of salvific actions. Here, world order and Israel’s history are united under one purpose, liberation from chaos and oppression. Thus, it can be said that Yahweh is the creator of the world because he is its liberator from chaos, just as he is the creator of Israel because he is its liberator from oppression. Therefore, the notion of liberation belongs to both creation and Israel’s history.

[The Task of Old Testament Theology, p. 209–201]

 

C.f. Psalm 74:12–17; Isaiah 40-55

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Hidden in Christ

(Zephaniah 2:3)

Seek the LORD,

all you humble of the land,

who do his just commands;

seek righteousness;

seek humility;

perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD.

 

(Psalm 34:18)

The LORD is near

to the broken hearted

and saves the crushed in spirit.

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manna

Joshua 5:12  And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

 

Manna is the food of wanderings – the food eaten by people who have not arrived and experienced the fulfilment of God’s promises. It is miraculous and wonderful but perhaps somewhat disappointing.

But to eat the fruit of the land !!!! …. well that is the food of people experiencing the fulfilment of God’s promises.

It may well have tasted better but the eating of it was a participation in God’s rest in the land. To taste that food meant one had not missed out as the wandering generation had.

This food is real food, real meat, real drink that signifies participation. To feast at this banquet is to feast at the kingdom of God!

In the book of Joshua you can hardly imagine the pleasure when manna is replaced with the fruit of the land! The wanderings are over, the promise fulfilled! God-given manna has been replaced with God-given fruits!

It is all good and He does all things well!

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