Jottings – Appearance of the Saviour

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For in speaking of the appearance of the Saviour amongst us, we must needs speak also of the origin of men, that you may know that the reason of His coming down was because of us, and that our transgression called forth the loving-kindness of the Word, that the Lord should both make haste to help us and appear among men. For of His becoming Incarnate we were the object, and for our salvation He dealt so lovingly as to appear and be born even in a human body.

Schaff, P. (1997). The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Second Series Vol. IV (38). Athanasius: On the Incarnation

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God’s Good News: Lesson 6 Part 1

1. READ THESE VERSES IN YOUR BIBLE: Romans 5:12-6:14

2. READ TEACHING ABOUT THE VERSES

God’s Gospel Continued: The two races of men – Adam and Christ (Romans 5:12-21)

We have learned that we can be right before God forever. If I trust in Christ who died for my sins, I will not be judged for my sins. This is the first thing God teaches us in Romans (chapters 1 to 5).

But God also wants us to live right, so He also made a way for this in Christ. We can walk right while we are here on earth, if we reckon that we died and rose with Christ, and let Him live His life in our body. This is the second thing that God teaches us in Romans. We want to learn some more about this second part of God’s gospel that He teaches us in Romans 5 to 8. We will learn God’s solution to our internal problem, that is, the deep problem we have inside us.

For us to walk right, the key is to understand that there are two men with two races that came from them. The two men with their two races are Adam and Christ. All men are born into Adam’s race. Sin rules in Adam. We can see that sin rules Adam’s race if we think about the fact that everybody dies.

Sin began to rule when Adam sinned. By his one act of sin, his whole race came under sin’s rule. This is similar in Christ, who is the second Man. Christ did one act and it affected everyone in His race. But the difference is that Christ’s act was a righteous act, and so His race is a righteous race.

Because sin rules Adam’s race, all die. The law was added to Adam’s race to show that sin had control. Grace rules Christ’s race through righteousness, so all who have received Christ have eternal life in Him. Grace has super-abounded over sin!

Continued in Lesson 6 Part 2

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Jottings – One in Christ Jesus

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There is a heavenly reality about the church, and there are no divisions in heaven. All who are there are ‘one in Christ Jesus’, for the only people to enter that kingdom are those who ‘have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’, and their security of tenure depends on their names being in ‘the Lamb’s book of life’. Divisions contradict this fundamental ‘fact of life’. The church on earth is called to be a replica of the ideal or heavenly. This is involved in the possession of heavenly ‘citizenship’: to live here and now in the privileges and duties of the far-off homeland. Thus it is against the nature of the church, the community of the redeemed, to confess unity in heaven and practise disunity on earth.

J.A. Motyer, The Message of Philippians. The Bible speaks today. Downers Grove, Ill.: Inter-Varsity Press, 1984, p. 202.

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Jottings – Jesus Gave

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Jesus gave His life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
Jesus gave Himself for the church. Ephesians 5:25
Jesus gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Dwight L. Moody, Notes From My Bible, published in 1895 by Fleming H. Revell Company.

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Jottings – Christ Our Daily Sustenance

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It is tragic to go through our days making Christ the subject of our study but not the sustenance of our souls.

Vance Havner

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Jottings – Preaching Christ

If you are preaching Christ, you are preaching grace.

Bob Upton speaking at the 2011 Workers & Elders Conference in Raleigh, NC

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Jottings – The Great Shepherd Became a Lamb

The Great Shepherd became a lamb.

Bob Upton speaking at the 2011 Workers & Elders Conference in Raleigh, NC

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Jottings – Jesus is Jehovah

To me it is as clear as the sun at noonday that Christ was the Jehovah of the Old Testament.

John Nelson Darby, Collected Writings of J. N. Darby, Vol. 9.

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Jottings – No Weakness

There is no weakness in the tenderness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

John Heller – at the 2011 Workers & Elders Conference, Raleigh, NC

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