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Sanctification 2

Last week we saw that sanctification is a break from our sinful past, turning by the power of the Holy Spirit from being a slave of sin to a slave of righteousness, Romans 6:16,18. We primarily see it as a continual state of holiness, improving from one degree to the next. The Westminster Confession of Faith in question #70, and #74, refer to justi…

Sanctification

A big theological word, not one to be scared of, but one to know of, and one surely to be a possessor of. A word that is used some 10 times in the New Testament, the Greek word, Hagiasmos, often translated as the word holy and, not to be confused with justification, that of God's declaring the sinner righteous, sanctification is God's renewing and …

Abram and Lot Part 2

Last week we saw Abram and Lot part ways for their possessions were so great that the land could not sustain them to enable them to remain together. There is strife between the herdsmen of the two parties and Abram plays peace maker and says to Lot that he can go to the left and Abram will go to the right, or vice versa. We see that the one who wal…

Abram and Lot

As we saw, the last two blogs spoke of Abram's going forth on a journey that the Lord had spoken to him to begin. In the land near the Negev he journeyed into a severe famine that was in the land, Gen.12:9. The Lord does not speak to him to find a different route to make life easier, more comfortable, and less painful. So Abram went down to Egypt t…

Abram's Journey Part 2

As we saw last week, the Lord says to Abram to go forth from country, relatives, and his father's house to a land which He will show him. He knew not where he was going the great faith chapter in the Bible says, Hebrews 11, but the Lord promises Abram to bless him, make him a great nation, and in him, all the families of the earth shall be blessed,…

Abram's Journey

In Genesis 12 Abram takes his wife Sarai, Lot his nephew, and all the possessions they had accumulated, and the persons which they had acquired in Haran and went forth as the Lord had spoken to him and headed out on a long journey. As they moved from Ur of the Chaldeans to Haran and then to Canaan, they would have covered 1,100 miles as the crow fl…

Brand-Marks

The great Apostle Paul states in Galatians 6:17,"From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on mybody the brand-marks of Jesus." What a way to close out the book of Galatians! There is nothing special aboutthe Greek word here for brand-marks, the word here in Greek is only mentioned here in our Bible. But this is justnot a mark. When w…

The Majestic God

Majesty, only One has the liberty to be called majestic, God Almighty, as we see the Greek word for majesty used only 3 times in the New Testament, twice in Hebrews to refer to the Name of God, and once in Jude describing the honor He deserves. Majesty is not a name we commonly use today, we can think of it in the context of talking of a King or Qu…

Kindness

Have you seen any acts of kindness lately? It seems as if that quality is sorely missing in our society today. You step in front of someone in line accidentally and you get an earful. You speak softly to someone about an issue today, and the response is anything but soft. You happen to slip or fall, and no one helps you up. Why is this? What is hap…

God's Precious Word Part 2

The Word of God, what could possibly compare to it? It is not from a finite mind of understanding, but One who has understanding that is infinite! (Psalm 147:5) It is authored by One who had no beginning and will have no end! And it is sent to us to show us this great Being, save our souls, and always give us hope through whatever circumstances in …