Hebrews – Msg #22 “The Rest of God Based on the Testimony”

Hebrews 3 continues to speak of rest. We have been considering the significance of the high priest, the house, and edification as sources of confidence to enjoy what is rightfully ours in the good land. Outline I. Christ as High Priest and Source of Confidence A. Christ’s faithfulness compared to Moses – Hebrews 3:1-6 B. …

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Why is the gospel offensive to the legalist?

The gospel is a message of freedom, assurance, and inheritance, but it can be offensive to legalists. Legalists see righteousness as a matter of law-keeping and are offended by the notion that Christ’s righteousness secures salvation and gives confidence in our relationship with Him. The gospel emphasizes inheritance as the positive focus, as we see in the Epistles. According to 1 Peter 1:3-4, we have been born again to a “living hope” and an “inheritance incorruptible” that is reserved for us. The gospel is Good News that God has made peace with man and has good will toward man, but legalists tend to focus on God’s wrath towards sin and find it difficult to accept that God has made peace with man. Our growth in the Christian life comes as we learn to stand fast in the liberty that we have in Christ, relying on the Spirit and enjoying the graciousness and goodness of God.

What does it mean “I through the law died to the law that I might live unto God”?

The phrase “I through the law died to the law that I might live unto God” is taken from Galatians 2:19-21 in the Bible. It means that through experiences of defeat and failure under the law, a person eventually loses the capacity to approach it in the self-deceived attempt to keep it. This death is necessary so that they can be free to live unto God in the person of Jesus Christ. All the law’s accusations have been dealt with by the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. This is a profound shift from trying in our flesh to be righteous to recognizing that our flesh has to be crucified. The phrase teaches us that we cannot be righteous through our own efforts, but only through faith in Christ.

How does the law of sin work to deceive and defeat us?

Learn how the Law of Sin works to deceive and defeat us in Christianity. While the Law of God demands that we do what is right, the Law of Sin in our members takes us captive to do its will. Sin deceives us by hiding in our flesh and causing us to reject God’s clear judgment while persisting in self-righteousness and self-justification. This causes us to believe that the law is intended to be followed as a “guide” to righteousness, leading to self-deception and a hardened heart. The solution is to place our faith in the righteousness of Christ, who fulfilled the Law on our behalf and paid the penalty for our sins on the cross. This new way of living is through faith in Christ’s righteousness and not by our own efforts under the Law.


People are rightfully cautious about the technological leap forward represented by the new chat experience with AI. In the last few messages, I discussed the importance of setting the context. A Christian should not go into a chat with an AI that has been trained on the entirety of Google’s index without being aware that …


Understanding Dispensationalism: The Importance of Seeing the Difference

ispensationalism is not just about prophecy charts or future events. It is a framework for understanding the distinction between the prophetic program that focuses on Israel and the mystery of Christ as presented by Paul. This distinction especially impacts the believer’s view of sanctification and rewards because when we do not make this distinction, we tend to believe that even though we are justified by faith, our rule of life is law.

My theological conversation with a bot

## USER I would love to have a brief conversation with you if I could. That would demonstrate to my YouTube audience that by prompting accurately and giving the correct context, we can draw out wonderful and edifying responses that are consistent with the teaching of Scripture. There’s a lot of news about ChatGPT, and …

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When God holds your nose to make you drink:

“The flesh is untrainable. It’s like a wild ass. According to Galatians 4, the flesh is like Ishmael, a bondservant that’s always trying to work for a wage and persecute the children of promise, and it’s eventually cast out. And remember, Ishmael was a wild ass of a man, and his hand was against all …

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The Life of Christ By the Spirit vs. Progressive Sanctification

The blood of Jesus sanctified the altar. He is the real offering, and He is the real altar. He sanctified us with His blood and presented us to God in Himself. In Christ, we are on the real altar. We are those who are presenting ourselves (in Him) as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable (which is our reasonable service of worship) (Rom 12:1-4). We are holy because of our union with Christ and our contact with the altar.

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