Monday, June 25, 2012

Gospel as Center: chapter 6

Simply titled "The Plan."
  • Revelation 13:8 and Titus 1:2-3 - This was no surprise, but ordained from the beginning! God brings His own plans to pass without contingencies.
  • Old Testament promises:
    • Humans are created unique.
    • The curse was shunted from us to the ground.
    • God took the initiative to elect Abraham.
    • Redemption and reconciliation are in the Passover sacrifice.
    • David would have an eternal (!) kingdom.
    • Resisting God's call means to expect discipline from Him.
    • Resurrection and restoration (Ezekiel 37:1-13)!
  • New Testament promises:
    • God (Christ) became man too (Jesus).
    • When tempted, Christ triumphed, giving us strength.
    • John 1:11-12 - He was and is rejected. . .but He blesses those who receive Him!
    • God calls us to heed the transfigured Christ by faith.
    • In the Crucifixion, our punishment was shunted onto Jesus Christ.
    • Christ's bodily resurrection guarantees ours, for which we wait with repentance (complete) and forgiveness (total).
    • He blessed while ascending and continues to bless today.
  • Acts (church spreading the promise) and the Epistles (the Spirit giving the promise's fruits):
    • Faith and repentance are to occur together, just as justification and sanctification cannot be confused nor separated.
    • Other gifts: regeneration, union with Christ (reality!), adoption by the Father, glorification (life as a mirror of God's glory), and consummation (seeing God's face).

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