Christ’s Cross & Our Salvation | Christ’s Resurrection & Our Salvation

24 12 2007

Admittedly, my last two sermons were not the type that would make for the most helpful sort of steady diet. Not (I trust) because they were unbiblical, but because they were so overloaded with biblical references that it would understandably be difficult for even the most eager and engaged hearts to continue to track with that sort of preaching on a week-after-week basis. I hope this sampling of verses will aid us all in deeper meditation on the subjects that we considered together during corporate worship.

Salvation” is being used in the classic three-fold sense: justification, sanctification, and glorification.


Christ’s Cross & Our Salvation:

The Primacy of the Cross of Jesus in our Salvation from the Penalty of Sin (Justification)

  1. Hebrews 1:1-4
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:3

The Primacy of the Cross of Jesus in our Salvation from the Power of Sin (Sanctification)

  1. Romans 5:6-11
  2. Romans 6:1-3
  3. Romans 6:5-11
  4. Romans 7:24-8:4
  5. Romans 14:9
  6. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
  7. Colossians 3:1-4
  8. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
  9. 2 Timothy 2:11
  10. 1 Corinthians 1:30

The Primacy of the Cross of Jesus in our Salvation from the Presence of Sin (Glorification)

  1. 1 Peter 3:18


Christ’s Resurrection & Our Salvation:

The resurrection of Christ stands at the center of the Apostolic Kerygma

  1. Acts 2:22-24
  2. Acts 4:1-2
  3. Acts 2:31-32
  4. Acts 3:13-15
  5. Acts 3:26
  6. Acts 4:7-10
  7. Acts 5:27-32
  8. Acts 10:34-43
  9. Acts 13:30-37
  10. Acts 17:30-31
  11. Acts 26:22-23

The Primacy of the Resurrection of Jesus in our Salvation from the Penalty of Sin (Justification)

  1. Romans 4:24-25
  2. Romans 10:9-13
  3. 1 Peter 1:3
  4. 1 Peter 1:18-21

The Primacy of the Resurrection of Jesus in our Salvation from the Power of Sin (Sanctification)

  1. Romans 6:3-5
  2. Romans 6:8-11
  3. Romans 7:4
  4. Romans 8:9-11
  5. Romans 8:33-34
  6. 2 Corinthians 5:15
  7. Ephesians 1:17-22
  8. Ephesians 2:4-6
  9. Colossians 2:12
  10. Colossians 3:1-4
  11. Hebrews 13:20-21

The Primacy of the Resurrection of Jesus in our Salvation from the Presence of Sin (Glorification)

  1. John 6:44
  2. John 11:25-26
  3. 1 Corinthians 6:14-17
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:19-20
  5. 2 Corinthians 4:14
  6. Hebrews 9:28
  7. Hebrews 10:10-14
  8. Revelation 20:4-6

Four Devastating Consequences If Christ had not been raised from the dead: (1) our preaching is vain; (2) your faith is vain; (3) your faith is worthless; (4) you are still in your sins.

  1. 1 Cor. 15:14
  2. 1 Cor. 15:17

Some Women Among Us Amazed Us

22 12 2007

 Luke 24:22-23:

“But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive.”

As you read the flow of the of the account, it is the testimony of the Lord’s resurrection that was amazing to Cleopas and his friend. The risen Christ supplies His own commentary on their amazement; ”

Luke 24:25-26

And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?”

Being amazed by the resurrection is OK, so long as it is not founded in unbelief. Our great need is to be made partakers of our risen Lord’s power to open our eyes so that we can understand the bible!

Luke 24:45

Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,


19 12 2007

This is in agreement with what I was aiming at on Sunday.

3. Therefore, believers are commanded to become in practice what we are in Christ: dead to sin and alive to God.

Romans 6:11, “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Romans 6:13, “Do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead.”

“Notice carefully, Paul does not draw the conclusion of a mechanical or automatic obedience from our death and resurrection with Christ. He does not say, “Since you all died to sin in Christ and are alive to God in him, there is no need for me to command you to do anything, and there is no act of obedience involved. There is only an automatic, mechanical outcome of sinlessness. You died to sin; so you automatically don’t sin. You are alive to God; so you automatically serve God. No need for commands.” No, that is not what he says. Instead he says, you died, so consider yourselves dead. You are alive, so consider yourselves alive to God. You are . . . so now become what you are. (emphasis mine)

We are justified by grace through faith alone because of our union with Christ whose righteousness is counted as ours. And now we see that this same union with Christ explains why we will not continue in sin.

I hope you can see how crucial this is and will stay with me and learn with me how to live as justified people. O how free and peaceful and joyful and radical we would be if we learned this together. I will do my best to open it for us. Pray with me that we see it and live it – to the glory of Christ: our righteousness.”

(HT: DG)

So, Please State the Obvious: God Is Amazing!

19 12 2007

A new ESPN article diverted from its subject (sports) to give a (random) “cosmic thought.” The article begs for the obvious to be stated. Specifically, God is Amazing. As you read it, don’t stop short of stating the obvious.

pg2_cxo_stars_300.jpg        A Cosmic Thought: There appear to be 50 billion to 60 billion galaxies, containing on average about 100 billion stars each. Not even Tuesday Morning Quarterback has the room to multiply those numbers out and estimate the totality of stars in the cosmos.

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Seen Him Lately?

18 12 2007

“Be not cast down: if you saw Him, who is standing on the shore holding out His arms to welcome you to land, you would not only wade through a sea of wrongs, but through hell itself, to be at Him: and I trust in God you see Him sometimes.” – S. Rutherford, The Loveliness of Christ, 113-4.

The Enough-ness of Jesus for Sanctification

17 12 2007


Yesterday’s sermon was my attempt to say “Amen” Mr. Robert’s sermon from Tuesday evening that was based on 1 Cor. 1:30. In short, the focus of my sermon was to demonstrate the link between (1) the cross of Christ, and (2) our ongoing sanctification. Not only did Jesus die that we might be justified, but also that we would be sanctified. There is no true growth in Christlikenss apart from the death of Jesus.

Too often Jesus (and His cross) is wrongly divorced from how we grow in grace. Biblically speaking, Jesus is the means by which we are sanctified, because He is our sanctification (see 1 Cor. 1:30). Have Jesus and you will have a life lived unto God. Have lots of religious overtones in your life (e.g. Bible study, prayer, church), and still you could be missing Christ, and therefore missing true sanctification also.

We do not need to spin our wheels faster to become more godly, we need to cling more tightly to Jesus—Who died for us—as we also lay hold of the means God has provided for our godliness (e.g. Bible study, prayer, church).

Observe carefully the thrust of the following verses, and especially how they connect Christ’s death and our living:

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.

Hebrews 13:12

Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.

Oh, for more experiential knowledge of Christ as our sanctification!

Right View of God

17 12 2007

“Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.”

– J. I. Packer, Knowing God

(HT: Joe T)