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Summary, Part 3 (final) 4. THEY ARE BLESSED ONES [48:22]. a. THE NATURE OF THEIR BLESSINGS. 1) With mercy. His mercy, compassion, and sympathy for His people. It is always available to us. 2) With peace. Christ is our peace. 3) With love. We love God because He first loved us. b. THE EXTENT OF THEIR BLESSINGS [53:30]. âMay mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to youâ (Jude 2). Not added, but multiplied. CONCLUDING APPLICATIONS [54:53]. 1. Christian, since you are called, beloved, and kept by God, how grateful, hopeful, and holy you should be in all your thoughts, speech, and behavior. We ought to be grateful no matter what we face. Nothing will separate us from Him, and eternal glory is the end. 2. Christian, God multiplies His blessings of mercy, peace, and love to you so that you may be adequately equipped to stand resolutely and courageously against the apostasy that undermines the church of Jesus Christ. These blessings are spiritual necessities: mercy for temptation, peace for conviction, and love for tribulation. 3. Dear non-Christian, there is hope for you from the God who calls, loves, keeps, and blesses His people. It is found in the gospel of His Son.
Summary, Part 2 4. LESSONS WE CAN TAKE FROM THIS: a. we are likewise bondservants, b. our servant status to Him is greater than all our other relations on earth, c. we are to assemble with orthodox brethren. B. THE READERS: TO WHOM DID JUDE WRITE? [28:20]. Generally, the church at large. But specifically, his Old Testament references suggest that he had Jewish Christians in view. 1. THEIR VOCATION: THEY ARE âTHE CALLEDâ [30:45]. Though irresistible for the elect, the call is resisted by the unelect. 2. THEIR AFFECTION: THEY ARE âBELOVED IN GOD THE FATHERâ [39:06]. Jer 31:3 â the cause of Godâs election before time and the effect of His calling in time. It has no end. He loves His believers as much as He loves His Song (Jn 17:22). 1 Jn 3:1 â this love led to our adoption into His family. Perhaps most surprisingly, consider what we are that God loves us this much. 3. THEIR PRESERVATION: THEY ARE âKEPT FOR JESUS CHRISTâ [44:30]. He keeps us for the sake of His Son (Jn 10:28-29, 17:11-12).
Summary, Part 1 As early as Paulâs age, the threat of false doctrine was real. I. THE WRITER AND HIS READERS [starting at 7:31 of the audio]. A. THE WRITER HIMSELF: WHO IS JUDE? 1. HIS NAME: âJUDEâ. Jude is the English variant for the Hebrew âJudasâ. Aside from Iscariot, there are five other men named Judas in the New Testament. The author of this book is most likely the brother of James (Mk 15:40). But who is James? There are five men named James in the New Testament. The one in view is most likely the one mentioned in Mk 13:55: Jesusâ half-brother. 2. HIS OFFICE: HE IS âA BONDSERVANT OF CHRISTâ [16:07]. A bondservant is one who does the will of his master. Jude did so in three ways: as one sustained by grace in all his needs, as a redeemed sinner, and as a servant to the church, including his contribution to the canon. Also note his humility: he never gloried in his biological relation to the Lord, but instead in his spiritual standing because of Him. 3. HIS RELATION: HE IS THE âBROTHER OF JAMESâ [21:04]. He holds to the same doctrine as his brother, and to not get himself confused with other Judases, especially Iscariot.
Summary, Part 4 (final) III. THE RELIGIOUS AND PRACTICAL IMPORTANCE OF DIVINE INCORPOREALITY [47:09]. A. GODâS INCORPOREALITY CONDEMNS ALL IDOLATRY. God and the things of Heaven are spirit; any image of them ought to bring holy offense. B. GODâS INCORPOREALITY DISPLAYS THE INFINITE DIGNITY OF JESUS CHRIST. Col 2:9 â âFor in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.â C. GODâS INCORPOREALITY CALLS US TO IMITATE CHRISTâS HUMILITY. He came as a servant (Phil 2:8). D. GODâS INCORPOREALITY SUMMONS US TO A LIFE OF HOPE AND HOLINESS. David and Job drew great comfort from this hope. This hope is purifying. E. GODâS INCORPOREALITY COMPELS OUR ADORATION AND WORSHIP.
Summary, Part 3 II. THE PROFOUND DISPLAY OF DIVINE INCORPOREALITY: DIVINE APPEARANCES [34:19]. At times, God has revealed a bit of His glory. A. BEHOLD THE DIVINE APPEARANCES IN THEOPHANIES, VISIONS, AND DREAMS [35:23]. 1. THE DIVINE APPEARANCES IN THEOPHANIES. Gen 32:30; Ex 24:10-11, 33:20, 23; Num 12:8; and Judg 13:22-23 are examples of Godâs great condescensions to us. 2. DIVINE APPEARANCES IN PROPHETIC DREAMS AND VISIONS [38:30]. Gen 28:12, 13, 16, 17; 1 Ki 22:19; Is 6:1, 2, 5; Acts 7:56; and Rev 4:2 all show that God reveals His majesty in small doses so that man can endure the experience. B. BEHOLD THE DIVINE APPEARANCE IN THE INCARNATION [41:09]. Phil 2:6-7 â Though He emptied Himself of His divine privileges (not His divinity), God incarnate was veiled in human flesh. It was an addition to His substance. C. BEHOLD THE DIVINE APPEARANCE IN HEAVEN AND ETERNITY [45:03]. Job 19:26; Ps 17:15; Mt 5:8; 1 Cor 13:12; Heb 12:14; 1 Jn 3:2; Rev 22:4 all state the promise of the elect to one day see God.
Summary, Part 2 4. GOD IS IMPASSIBLE [15:34]. Though the Son suffered greatly in His Passion, the Father is without passions, or intense human feelings. a. God is without âpassionsâ in the sense that He is invulnerable to bodily suffering (Acts 1:13, 1 Cor 12:26, Heb 2:18, 1 Pet 5:10). Patripassianism, the idea the Father suffered at the crucifixion, has been declared a heresy. b. God is without âpassionsâ in the sense that He does not have human or carnal emotions (Acts 14:15, Jas 5:17). When our passions are strong, we cannot pray. But emotion does have strong spiritual and physical dimensions. c. God is without âpassionsâ in the sense that He is without bodily appetites, which are defined as âinstinctive desires necessary for preservation of life.â 5. GOD IS IMMORTAL [22:49]. âImmortalityâ means without death or corruption. God never disintegrates or decays. See 1 Tim 6:16; Rom 1:23; 1 Cor 15:52, 53-54; 1 Pet 1:4, 23, 3:4. God alone is absolutely immortal: immortal from the beginning. The resurrection saintsâ immortality is derived. B. THE INFINITE MAJESTY OF DIVINE INCORPOREALITY: âWHO DWELLS IN UNAPPROACHABLE LIGHTâ [26:46]. Even before the creation, His majesty was present. God dwells (1 Ki 8:30), He dwells in light (Ps 104:1-2), and that light is unapproachable (Ex 33:20).
Summary, Part 1 [Pastor Nutter credits his former professor, Pastor Greg Nichols of Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the outline of this message, which can be found in Pastor Nicholsâ book, *What does the Bible say about God?: The Biblical doctrine of God*.] [Starting at 1:27 of the audio] I. THE BIBLICAL CONCEPT OF DIVINE INCORPOREALITY is also known as the Majestic Form of God. 1 Tim 6:16 and the 1689 London Baptist Confession II.1 tell us that God is immortal and without substance. Rev 22:4 says that the elect will see the display of Godâs form in Heaven. A. THE UNFATHOMABLE MYSTERY OF DIVINE INCORPOREALITY [7:55]. Most of what we know about Godâs form is stated negatively: what He is not. 1. GOD IS INVISIBLE [9:42]. Ex 33:20; Jn 1:18, 6:46; 1 Tim 1:17; 1 Jn 4:12, 20 all speak of Godâs invisibility. Rom 1:20 says that we can only see the effects, but not the cause. By contrast, Col 1:15 affirms Christâs visible image. 2. GOD IS IMMATERIAL OR NON-MATERIAL [12:07]. Lk 24:37-39, Is 31:3, Deut 4:12, 16 contrast the flesh and spirit. 3. GOD IS INDIVISIBLE [14:43]. The Confession and Lk 24:39 confirm that God cannot be dissected; He is irreducible.
Summary, Part 4 (final) TWO CHIEF LESSONS [45:35]: 1. Non-Christian friend: since Christ has saved the chief of sinners, He will also save you if you believe upon Him for eternal life. 2. Christian brethren: God has saved you so that you may be a pattern of His saving grace to others. a. Christ chose you to make you a living sketch to lost sinners of His mercy and patience. Our lives should be attractive lights in the darkness. b. Christ can save those whom you believe to be beyond His mercy and patience. John Newton: âI have never doubted the power of God to convert the heathen world since He converted me.â
Summary, Part 3 III. PAUL IS THE PATTERN OF A GREAT SINNER WHO RELISHED GODâS MERCY AND PATIENCE AFTER HE WAS SAVED [33:00]. The chief of sinners became the chief of saints. Note his increasing humility over time: in AD 55, he called himself the least of the apostles (1 Cor 15:9). In AD 60, he called himself the least of all the saints (Eph 3:8). In AD 62, he called himself the chief of sinners (1 Tim 1:15). Further, he never believed that he had arrived as a Christian. To the end, he desired to grow. Phil 3:10-14: Paul never stopped striving for the prize that Christ had already given him. LESSON: if Christ continued the work of His mercy and patience in Paul, then we may be sure that we need His continued mercy and patience ourselves. IV. PAUL IS THE PATTERN OF A GREAT SINNER WHO NOW CALLS OTHER SINNERS TO BELIEVE IN CHRIST TO BE SAVED [40:52]. The great message of our source text is found in verse 16. The Greek word for âexampleâ conveys the idea of a sketch as a rough draft. Paul didn't just preach the Gospel, he embodied it. LESSON: Christ saves believers not just so that He may give them eternal life, but that He may make them a living sketch of His mercy and patience to great sinners.
Summary, Part 2 A. PAUL IS A PATTERN OF GODâS SOVEREIGN ELECTION [18:21]. Acts 9:15: Paul was chosen. No one at the time could have expected that, let alone that he would become our most prolific apostle. Acts 7:60-8:1: God answered Stephenâs dying prayer. Deut 7:7-8: God chooses whom He loves. Rom 9:22-23: God makes vessels of destruction to show His patience. LESSON: if God chose the chief of sinners, there is surely hope for any here that may be despairing of salvation. B. PAUL IS A PATTERN OF GODâS EFFECTUAL CALLING [24:57]. Ps 65:4: a blessed promise for the elect. 2 Tim 1:9: if works saved us, no one would be called. LESSON: if God spoke new life to the chief of sinners, why would you think that you are beyond the sound of His life-giving voice? C. PAUL IS A PATTER OF GODâS JUSTIFYING GRACE [28:32]. Phil 3:4-9: despite Paulâs great lineage, he was as much in need of the saving mercy of Jesus Christ as everyone else. LESSON: if God is able to turn the chief of sinners away from trusting his own righteousness to trust the righteousness of Christ for acceptance with God, surely He will give the righteousness of His Son to any who believe upon Him alone.
Summary, Part 1 In 1 Tim 3:15-17, we see three reasons why Christ saved Paul: his delivery from the power of sin (v. 15), Godâs glory (v. 17), and to show Christâs mercy for sinners (v. 16). I. PAUL IS THE PATTERN OF A GREAT SINNER WHO TESTED GODâS MERCY AND PATIENCE BEFORE HE WAS SAVED [starting at 6:17 of the audio]. A. PAUL TESTED GODâS MERCY AND PATIENCE AS A BITTER ENEMY OF GOD. He did not speak Godâs name to glorify Him. He once couldn't bear to hear the name of Jesus Christ. B. PAUL TESTED GODâS MERCY AND PATIENCE AS A MURDEROUS ENEMY OF GODâS PEOPLE [9:31]. If you hate God, you will hate His living embodiment on earth: His people. Titus 3:3: Paul describes his unsaved self. He is proof that Godâs grace is greater than our sin. LESSON: Godâs mercy bore with Saul when divine justice called out for punishment. We should cry for mercy, not justice. II. PAUL IS THE PATTERN OF A GREAT SINNER WHO EXPERIENCED GODâS MERCY AND PATIENCE WHEN HE WAS SAVED [16:39]. Paul wasn't looking for Godâs mercy when he was on the road to Damascus; mercy was seeking him.
Summary, Part 4 (final) 2. IT ENCOURAGES US TO CONFIDENTLY EXPECT ETERNAL BLESSINGS (Heb 6:17, 18) [35:49]. God swears by Himself because there is nothing greater. How can an unchanging God not keep His promises? âHow Fine a Foundationâ sings of the certainty of the Lord. When we waver, it is we who are changing, not God. 3. IT CERTIFIES THAT HE WILL ALWAYS DO US GOOD AND PRESERVE US (Jas 1:16-18) [41:24]. The Father of lights will never lead us into darkness. He will finish the work He began in each of us, and He is with us every step of the way. E. THE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF HIS IMMUTABILITY AS MEDIATOR [45:30]. 1. IT WARNS US TO NEVER DEPART FROM CHRISTIANITY (Heb 1:10-12, 2:1). It is the only true religion because Christ is the only mediator between God and men. 2. IT WARNS US TO AVOID NOVEL DOCTRINES ABOUT CHRIST (Heb 13:8) [48:23]. Religious novelty has always been a threat to the faith, even when it was new. Men think they have to have something new and different and always shipwreck themselves on the rocks of heresy. They do not rest on the rock of salvation and in the light of truth. Paul was encouraged by the Bereans, who checked his teachings with the Scriptures. This may not build large churches, but it will build true Christians.
Summary, Part 3 C. THE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF HIS IMMUTABILITY AS CREATOR [24:29]. 1. IT CALLS US TO PLACE OUR TRUST IN OUR CREATOR, RATHER THAN IN HIS CREATION (Ps 102:25-27). All that we own wears out, just like all of creation. But God is unchanging and endures forever. We are only pilgrims here passing through. It is foolish for us to give our hearts to the passing things of this passing world and not to the eternal God. Who sits on the throne of our hearts? 2. IT CALLS US TO NEVER THINK THAT HE HAS FORGOTTEN OUR PROBLEMS (Is 40:27-28) [28:34]. âImmutableâ doesnât mean âcarelessâ. His understanding is infinite and inscrutable. Our way is not hidden from Him or unknown to Him. When has He ever let us down? If we think He has, then our thinking is skewed. D. THE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF HIS IMMUTABILITY AS REDEEMER [31:42]. 1. IT ASSURES US THAT HE WILL NEVER TURN AGAINST US (Mal 3:6). As seen earlier, He doesnât consume His people. He whom He chastens He loves, but never consumes. He will never deny us; He sacrificed His own Son to save us. âJesus, My Great High Priestâ sings of Christ our advocate.
Summary, Part 2 2. IT SHOWS THE FUTILITY OF TRYING TO DEFEAT GODâS WORD (1 Sam 15:29) [14:29]. Saul tried to change Godâs mind, but it was made up. His will is always done, and happy is the Christian who resigns himself to this. 3. IT CALLS US TO SUBMIT TO HIS DECISIONS ABOUT OUR LIVES (Job 23:13, 14) [16:12]. God does in time what He decreed in eternity. Let us take His sovereign, gracious hand that leads us. When we guide our own steps with our own plans, we âkick against the pricksâ. Happy Christians embrace the twists and turns that they could have planned or foreseen. They can say, âThy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.â 4. IT CALLS US TO SET OUR HOPE ON WHAT HE PROMISES TO DO (Ps 33:12) [21:44]. His promises are certain. They prompt us to strive and pray for their fulfillment. 5. IT TEACHES US TO COMMIT OUR PLANS AND CAUSE TO HIM (Pr 19:210 [23:34]. The counsel of the Lord will stand. We should make plans, but commit them to the Lord knowing that His righteousness will prevail.
Summary, Part 1 [Pastor Nutter credits his former professor, Pastor Greg Nichols of Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the outline of this message, which can be found in Pastor Nicholsâ book, *What does the Bible say about God?: The Biblical doctrine of God*.] Mal 3:6 is the most pointed statement in the Bible regarding Godâs immutability. We move on to Part III. THE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF GODâS IMMUTABILITY [starting at 4:56 of the audio]. God tells us about Himself not just to fill our minds, but help us love Him more. A. THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF HIS ABSOLUTE IMMUTABILITY [6:12]. Godâs immutability is a bedrock of our faith. The hymn âGreat is Thy Faithfulnessâ praises a faithfully unchanging God. The church will be kept no matter the attacks on it. âZion Stands by Hills Surroundedâ sings of Godâs unchangeable compassion and love for His people. We were loved before the creation. B. THE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF HIS IMMUTABILITY AS SOVEREIGN [11:04]. 1. IT SHOWS THE FUTILITY OF TRYING TO RUIN GODâS PEOPLE (Num 23:19). Balaam couldnât curse Godâs people even when he tried; only blessings came out of his mouth. âThe Churchâs One Foundationâ sings of the church for which Christ died. Enemies can kill our bodies, but they canât kill our souls.
Summary, Part 4 (final) THREE SOBER CONCLUSIONS ABOUT THE WONDERFUL ANNOUNCEMENT OF IMMANUEL [52:15]: 1. Since Immanuel has been given to us, all who have not embraced Him as Lord and Savior are without hope and thus without God in this world. 2. Since Immanuel was born exactly as prophesied, we may be assured that the zeal of the Lord of Hosts will accomplish all the future prophecies of Christ. He is coming again, this time for judgment. Ahaz and Judah werenât ready for their siege. Are we? 3. Since the zeal of the Lord of Hosts has accomplished the sending of Immanuel, we may be certain that the God who is with us is also for us.
Summary, Part 3 4. PRINCE OF PEACE. He purchased our peace with His blood and authored our eternal peace. C. HIS MARVELOUS EXALTATION: HIS SOVEREIGN DOMINION [43:36]. Immanuel was born a King, and His Kingdom rests on His shoulders. 1. HE POSSESSES A RIGHTFUL DOMINION. His Kingdom rightly belongs to Him. 2. HE POSSESSES AN EXPANDING DOMINION. Where are the great kingdoms of history? In history. But the gates of Hell will never overcome Christâs Kingdom. 3. HE POSSESSES A PEACEFUL DOMINION. Contrast His Kingdom with that of Islam. 4. HE POSSESSES A RIGHTEOUS DOMINION. Shall not the judge of all the earth do right? 5. HE POSSESSES AN EVERLASTING DOMINION. He will expand His rule until all His enemies are under His feet. III. THE DIVINE FORCE ACCOMPLISHING THIS WONDERFUL ANNOUNCEMENT [50:00]. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will accomplish this.
Summary, Part 2 In chapter 8, Isaiah instructed Judah that the things of God would undo them if they didnât look to their deliverer. But in chapter 9, he offers a promise from Galilee of Immanuel, âGod is with usâ, the great liberator. II. ITS GLORIOUS OBJECT [27:26]. We can infer a number of things about Him from Is 9:6-7: A. HIS HUMBLING ENTRANCE: HIS LOWLY BIRTH AS GODâS SON. 1. HE IS BORN. Immanuelâs coming had been foretold since Gen 3:15: the one who would crush the serpentâs seed. 2. HE IS GIVEN. He is mercifully given of God Himself to save us from our sin. B. HIS DIVINE IDENTITY: HIS MANY GLORIOUS QUALIFICATIONS [33:58]. Mary didnât name him Immanuel; an angel had told Joseph what to name Him. âJesusâ means âJehovah savesâ. Christ has become one with us in order to save us. Immanuel is more a title than a name: without âGod is with usâ, there would be no Jesus. Note Immanuelâs titles: 1. WONDERFUL COUNSELOR. It marks every aspect of His name. Immanuel is the living word of God. 2. MIGHTY GOD. What is more wonderful than âGod with usâ, us sinners, as the almighty God? 3. ETERNAL FATHER. One with the Father, Christ is a father to His people, not just an elder brother. Earthly kings come and go, but the King of kings is eternal.
Summary, Part 1 In Is 9:6-7, we see the beginning of the âGospel of Isaiahâ: the promise of Messiah. This message will examine three characteristics of this wonderful announcement. I. THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND [starting at 5:57 of the audio]. The announcement came in the midst of trouble. The kingdom of Judah was under the ominous threat of an alliance of nations surrounding it, including the kingdom of Israel. In chapter 7, God sent Isaiah to king Ahaz with a message of comfort of His covenant promise, and then an offer to ask for a sign of it. But Ahaz refused, thinking he could handle matters himself. Further, he allied with Assyria instead of trusting Godâs promise of a coming Messiah. We can learn a few things from Ahazâs folly: 1) It is foolish to tempt God; there are blessings in obedience and faith. 2) Our most powerful enemies arenât necessarily physical, but spiritual (the world, the flesh, and the devil). Godâs Son is the greater spiritual power. 3) Threats that donât lead us to seek Godâs help will lead us elsewhere and hurt us. Judah sought Assyriaâs help, only to end up being invaded by them. 4) God sent Christ to our hearts so that we may experience the help God promised Ahaz.
Summary, Part 4 (final) E. BEHOLD GOD INCARNATEâS IMMUTABILITY AS MEDIATOR: HIS MEDIATORIAL PERMANENCY [47:30]. 1. HEB 1:10-12. God the Son is the incorruptible creator of the universe. As in the entire book of Hebrews, this stresses the superiority of the New Covenant over the Old Covenant. 2. HEB 13:8 [50:30]. A simple, direct statement of Christâs permanency. The God-manâs focus is His intercession for His people, and it continues unabated. It rests on His perfect life and atoning death. Verse 9 reveals the point: that all the strange ideas about Christ that keep appearing defy the fact of the unchanging Christ.