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Ezekiel 32:1-32 Pride Comes Before a Fall
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. John Piper calls the reason we tend to hold on to anger and bitterness the "Judicial Predicament", writing:. What gives so much force to the impulse of anger in such cases is the overwhelming sense that the offender does not deserve forgiveness. That is, the grievance is so deep and so justifiable that not only does self-righteousness strengthen our indignation, but so does a legitimate sense of moral outrage.
It's the deep sense of legitimacy that gives our bitterness its unbending compulsion. We feel that a great crime would be committed if the magnitude of the evil we've experienced were just dropped and we let bygones be bygones. We are torn: Our moral sense says this evil cannot be ignored, and the Word of God says we must forgive Now we can see why the biblical promise of God's judgment is so crucial in helping overcome this craving for revenge.
It gives us a way out of the "judicial predicament. God's promised vengeance removes the moral legitimacy of our personal craving for retaliation. Piper, Battling, , pp. So much for the evil enemies who do us wrong.
But, what about the hurts we receive at the hands of other Christians? Sometimes we find these to be even worse than the slings and arrows of our worst enemies; betrayals beyond comprehension. And, what about the things we ourselves do to others. The promise of God's vengeance might not seem to apply, because "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
John Piper continues:. The answer is that we look to the cross of Christ. All the wrongs that have been done against us by believers were avenged in the death of Jesus. This is implied in the staggering fact that all the sins of all God's people were laid on Jesus Isaiah ; 1 Corinthians ; Galatians ; 1 John ; ; 1 Peter ; The suffering of Christ was the recompense of God on every hurt I have ever received from a fellow Christian Romans ; ; 2 Corinthians ; Galatians Therefore, when God says, "Vengeance is mine," the meaning is more than we may have thought.
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God undertakes vengeance against sin not only by means of hell, but also by means of the cross. All sin will be avenged severely and thoroughly and justly. Either in hell, or at the cross. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. John Owen writes, " For there is a faith whereby we are justified, which he who has shall be assuredly saved; which purifies the heart and works by love.
And there is a faith or believing, which does nothing of all this; which who has, and has no more, is not justified, nor can be saved. Wherefore, every faith, whereby men are said to believe, is not justifying.
Thus it is said of Simon the magician, that he "believed," Acts , when he was in the 'gall of bitterness and bond of iniquity;' and therefore did not believe with that faith which 'purifieth the heart,' Acts Ephesians reads, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God".
Romans says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. In testing the. The rest of each of the documents is fine - it's only the metadata titles which are messed up.
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So, I'm presently going through them all to correct this. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon. And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them. At Solomon's coronation, the people rejoiced with great joy. But, when King Jesus returns, our joy will know no bounds. Think of it. The mighty last trumpet will sound. All the cars and trucks and buses will end their frantic hurry.
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The mighty cranes and derricks of the construction site will fall silent. The busy kitchens in all the homes will come to rest. And our Lord Jesus will come to us, descending from the clouds. We who have been redeemed by His blood will crowd forward to join Him.
But we'll have to make room for all the rest of us who have just been resurrected. Our broken hearts will be mended. He will dry the tears from all our eyes. And we will be changed. We will be like Him, because we will see Him face-to-face.
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Our joy will be complete! Oh, to contemplate the wonder of it all. As sleep closes gently over our tired bodies, we can murmur a final, "Even so. Come, Lord Jesus. Having received the atonement, however, there are three things we must do in order to reap the full benefit of the joy which is described in this verse. We must "know", "reckon", and "yield". The Christian who deliberately yields himself to sin will commit sin and reap sorrow. Why should sin be our master when we have died to sin? Why must we be obedient to a master that has already been defeated by Christ?
Christians who deliberately sin are people who have yielded themselves to the old nature instead of to the Holy Spirit. They are living beneath their exalted position in Christ. They are living like slaves when they could be reigning like kings. It is important that we keep these three steps in order. We cannot yield to God and get victory over the flesh unless we first reckon ourselves to be dead unto sin and alive in Christ.
But we cannot reckon ourselves dead unless we know our position in Christ. Satan does not want us to live up to our high position in Jesus Christ, so he tries to confuse us about our victory in the Son of God.
azriconada.gq It is not enough to know that Christ died for us; we must also know that we died in Christ. It is not enough to know that we have new natures within; we must also know that the old nature was dealt with on the cross. Know-reckon-yield: these three steps lead to daily victory over the flesh. These three steps lead to the throne where Christ is exalted on high, and where with Him we "reign in life," servants of righteousness and not slaves of sin. We enjoy life and true freedom in Him. And, please fill my soul with the joy you've promised me.
The basis of our joy is the matchless grace of God. Sometime in the early 's George Sweeting, then the Pastor of Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, preached a sermon in which he compared happiness with joy.