24th May 2015
By Dick Chammings
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The gospel of Jesus Christ is all inclusive -
The price is paid Come let us enter in
To all that Jesus died to make our own
For every sin more than enough He gave
And bought our freedom from each guilty stain
We have everything in Christ. Because of His death and resurrection it is possible for us to enter into all God's promises and all God's blessings.
Just think of a few. We could never exhaust them all.
"Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide.
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine with ten thousand besides"
PARDON FOR SIN
Colossians 2:13-15 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[
Read Leviticus 16 about the Day of Atonement. The High Priest calls for two goats. One he sacrifices and on the other he transfers all the sins of the people and sends it into the desert to eventually die - Scape goat
Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
1 Peter 2:24 'He himself bore our sins' in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; 'by his wounds you have been healed.'
PEACE THAT ENDURES SHALOM
Peace (shalom) is a difficult word to define. It is helpful to see the different ways that the word is translated in the Old Testament
Psalm 29:11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. (172 times)
Song of S. 8.10 I am a wall and my breasts are like towers. Thus I have become in his eyes like one bringing contentment.
Ps. 35.27 May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, "The LORD be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant."
Ps. 38.3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; my bones have no soundness because of my sin.
Ps. 41.9 Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.
2 Sam.18.29 The king asked, "Is the young man Absalom safe?" Ahimaaz answered, "I saw great confusion just as Joab was about to send the king's servant and me, your servant, but I don't know what it was."
THINE OWN DEAR PRESENCE
EX 33: 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people." 14 The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." 15 Then Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?"
Psalm 139:7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?Or where shall I flee from your presence?If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!9 If I take the wings of the morningand dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,10 even there your hand shall lead me,and your right hand shall hold me.
ISA 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
JER 1:7 But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, `I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'
STRENGTH FOR TODAY
Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
BRIGHT HOPE FOR TOMORROW
THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE.
Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness - in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
THE HOPE OF A BODILY RESURRECTION
Acts 17:32 When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, 'We want to hear you again on this subject.'
"I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes - I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!" (Job 19:25-27)
1 Thessalonians 4:13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord's word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord for ever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
THE HOPE OF HIS APPEARING (BLESSED HOPE)
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope - the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Jude 1:24-25 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy - 25 to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen.