Out of Satan’s darkness, into the light of the Lord

How do we get from this - "Lord, you are the God who saves me" (Psalm 88:1) - to this - "darkness is my closest friend" (Psalm 88:18)? - "An enemy has done this" (Matthew 13:28). God's people are under constant attack - from Satan, the enemy of God and his people. Satan is a …

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Jesus was a Jew. Jesus is for all nations.

Learning From God's Word

Jesus was a Jew – “a descendant of David” (Romans 1:3).

Jesus is for “all nations” (Romans 1:5).

Jesus was a Jew.

If we are to understand Jesus, we need to go back to the Old Testament Scriptures, We need to read about what God did for his people, Israel. This is not to say that we should lose ourselves in the history of Israel. As well as learning from the Old Testament, we should, also, turn our attention to the New Testament Scriptures.

Jesus is for all nations.

In the Old Testament, there are a few glimpses of the “all nations” purpose of God. When we come to the New Testament, this emphasis on “all nations” becomes the dominant teaching. We don’t forget what we have learned from the Old Testament – but we learn to read the Old Testament in the light of what we read in the…

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With Christ’s example, the encouragement of the Scriptures and the enabling power of God, let us love one another.

Romans 15:1-33 -  With Christ’s example, ‘the encouragement of the Scriptures’ and the enabling power of God, let us love one another,‘with one heart and one voice’ (1-6). This is the way of glorifying God. Trusting in Christ, ‘the root of Jesse’, we are blessed by ‘the God of hope’, filled with ‘the power of …

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We thank You, Lord, that “we have peace with You through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We thank You, Lord, that "we have peace with You through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). We thank You that "Jesus is our peace" (Ephesians 2:14). This peace is not something that comes from within ourselves. It comes to us from outside of ourselves. It comes from above. It comes to us from You. …

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Led by the Spirit, strong in the Spirit, let us press on to glory.

Romans 8:1-39 -  Each of us must choose. We can ‘live according to the flesh’ or we can ‘live according to the Spirit’. We can ‘set the mind on the flesh’ or we can ‘set the mind on the Spirit’ (5-6). The new life in the Spirit is just the beginning. God is preparing us …

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Salvation is not a reward. It’s a gift.

Romans 4:1-25 -  Salvation is not a ‘reward’ to be ‘earned’. It is God’s ‘gift’ (4-5). Salvation comes from the Lord. ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only Son’ (John 3:16): Without the love of God, the gift of God, the Son of God, there can be no salvation. The way of …

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