Ephesians 4 says to put off the old man and put on the new man created in God's image in righteousness and holiness. The passage gives several examples. The point is that in order to put off an old character, you must not just stop the wrong, but put on the new and right. To put off dishonesty, put on speaking the truth. To put off stealing, put on working with a generous spirit. To put off slander, put on speaking was is good for edification, to build up. To put off anger, clamor, bitterness, malice, put on kindness, tenderheartedness and forgiveness.
Thus, the principle of substitution applies to how people change. To put off anger and bitterness, substitute compassion. Forgiveness and compassion lead to kindness and love. Refusing to forgive will lead to bitterness and ultimately malice.
In Psalm 65 we see: that God is to be praised for…
…his merciful kindness is in hearing the prayers of his people.
…his merciful kindness in atoning for the transgressions of his people.
…his merciful kindness in choosing his people to bring them near to himself by allowing them to dwell in his courts, to join in to congregational worship.
... his merciful kindness in dealing with his people in righteousness through the death and resurrection of his Son to bring us to salvation.
Death is the darkest of dreads. Life is the sweetest of graces. Paul set these two in contrast to each other. He began the chapter with the gloom of bondage. He hastened to begin verse four with "But God". Describing what God has done for His chosen people, Paul linked three meaningful verbs: "quickened", "raised", and "seated". Further, these will be shown as objects of His effectual grace and kindness.
This is an illuminating and probing sermon about mercy and mercifulness. What is its source? What does it look like in the world? How is it different from grace? Is it the ground of our receiving mercy ourselves? And, in a powerful conclusion, you are impressed with how mercy reaches you and helps you. The Holy Spirit was very much at work during the preaching of this sermon.
What has turned foolish rebels into careful maintainers of good works? Titus 3:3–8 prepares us for the second serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these six verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that righteous works do not come from righteous works, but from divine kindness and mercy that necessarily produces righteous works.
Remember God in your youth – 12:1-8
Recall what the preacher said earlier in the book.
Purpose of the preacher - 12:9-12
Now the finale that requires serious consideration - 12:13-14
I. God Offers a Meaningful Life - (Eccl. 12:13-14)
A. The conclusion on the search for life's true meaning – when all has been considered.
Fear God – an inward reverence of Him.
Keep His commandments - outward demonstration.
B. The reasoning
Because this applies to every person – no one is excluded.
Because God will hold everyone accountable.
II. God Desires Reverence & Obedience – (Proverbs 3:1-6)
A. God's commandments – 1-4
Don't forget to keep the commandments
Length of life and peace will be yours
Hold kindness & truth close to you
You will benefit from this
B. How we are to "trust in the Lord"– (5) - With all your heart.
C. The alternative to trusting in the Lord – (5)
D. What happens when you trust in the Lord? – (6) – "He makes your paths straight"
Does the reverence for God drive/motivate you from within?
Does your outward obedience show your devotion to God?
Peter repeats the phrase "these things" five times in these verses, emphasizing that there are things that Christians are given by God that will cause them produce and multiply for His glory. And, those things give Christians confidence and peace in their calling and election by God's grace.
David once again finds him in a great straight. Not knowing what to do, he looks to his only source of hope, God's mercy.
This is the Forty Eighth Sermon in the Series Kingdom, Dynasty and Glory; an exposition on the Second Book of Samuel.
Pastor prepares his family for the evening sermon at Covenant PCA in Panama City in 1Kings 3. In these twenty-eight verses, the Holy Spirit teaches us that saints in this life are still complex sinners, but that their God is a patient and gracious God. More important than wisdom and honor is to fear Him and keep His commandments, for this is man's end.