The Christian and His Intellect

Heb. 5: 11-14: The Christian and His Intellect

Itarsi, 27 November 2005
Domenic Marbaniang 

Background
Man is constituted of three
Body      - Instinct, Sensation, and Reflexes (World-consciousness)
Soul        - Intellect, Emotion, and Volition (Self-consciousness)
Spirit      - Intuition, Conscience, and Communion (God-consciousness)
Faculty of Knowledge: Body (Senses), Soul (Intellect), Spirit (Intuition)
The Intellect receives data from the senses and intuition. It then orders them and places them in the memory of knowledge, as well as informs the various elements regarding necessary action. Elements: emotion, will, reflexes, communion.
Two kinds of Intelligences:
Rational Intelligence: Logical and Analytical ability, right reasoning, thinking.
Emotional Intelligence: Self-control, zeal, persistence, and the ability to motivate oneself in accordance to Truth and the Good.
Both kinds of intelligence are important and are developed through experience by study and practice. Emotional intelligence must depend on rational intelligence for consistency and propriety.
1. The Intellect and Salvation
Spiritual – Reconciliation (communion), Regeneration and purification of conscience (Hb. 9: 14)
Intellectual – Renewal of mind through study and practice. Progressive
Physical – Transformation of body. Future
All the three relate to the image of Christ.
  1. The Spiritual and the Intellectual of the Inner man: 2 Cor. 4:16; 2Cor 4:4; 3:18; Col. 3:10
  2. The Physical- 1Cor. 15:49; 1 Jn.3:2; Phil. 3:21

2. The Intellect and Knowledge. Eph. 1:18
a. Knowledge of Spiritual Truths. 1 Cor. 2:10, 12-14
Comes by study of Word – 2 Tim. 3: 16-17, Jn. 5:39 (Search- Investigate)
Hermeneutical Problems: 2 Pt. 3: 15,16 (Linguistic: Russel & Branham; Historical: Mohammed)
b. Knowledge of Spiritual Events. Lk. 24:25,26; 2Cor.2:11; Mt.7:16; 2 Tim. 3:1
(Pastor’s handling of spiritual errors in gifts among youths), Prophetic events; Good,evil
c. Knowledge of Spiritual Conditions
            of Self – 1 Cor. 10.12, 2Cor 13.5
            of Others – Col. 4.8, Acts 13.9,10 (Demon-possessed tactics)
d. Knowledge of Spiritual Work
            words – Col 4.6
            work – Acts 13.2, 1 Chr. 12: 32
Any work must be second to God’s work – Bring your firstfruits
Jer. 3:15, 1 Tim. 5: 17,18
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Why this Wastage?

1. When Social Service Supercedes Divine Worship

  • Worship – Adoration, Prostration, Self-giving.
  • Queen of England – “I’ll lay my crown at Christ’s feet if He comes here.”
  • Ministry to the Lord is important (Acts 13.1)
  • Service to poor should flow out of an attitude of worship of God, not out of superiority complex or religious rituality.


2. When Familiarity breeds Disrespect

  • Remember Who HE is and Who YOU are (1 Cor. 4. 7; Phil. 3. 10)
  • Rev. 2. 4 – left first love.
  • Every great gift given to someone we love, adore, and regard highly is still too small.
  • When Lust destroys Love – Jn. 12. 4
  • Lust dehumanizes, lust excels in flesh and wars against the spirit (Gal. 5. 17; 1 Pt. 2. 11).
  • Gradual overpowering of lust (Heb. 3. 12-13; 12. 15-17)


3. When Envy derides Exaltation

  • They would not have objected if she had spent it on herself or on them all.
  • Why spend on Christ?
  • Satanic Pride (Isa. 14)
  • 24 Elders prostrate before Throne of God.
  • He is worthy of all praise.

She has done a beautiful thing.
1. Kalos – Aesthetically good. Modesty, Order, Beauty.
2. Kalos – Ethically good. Motive, Act, End.
3. Poured – Total Surrender, giving.
4. Burial – Divine Interpretation. Because in accordance to prompting of Spirit.

APPLICATION
Do you stand strong in the first love?
Are your actions modest and beautiful?
What identity do you possess before God?
She hath wrought a good work upon Me?
What can He say about you?
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The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Fruit, and the Gifts

Itarsi, 11 December 2005 | Domenic Marbaniang

Promise of the Baptism
  • Acts 1:5, 11:16
  • Mt. 3.11, Mk. 1.8, Lk. 3:16: With- en (in) “in Holy Spirit and fire” avoid with in italics
Baptism in since baptism = immersion not sprinkling with water or Spirit.


Acts 2.38, 39: Promise to
  1. you: the immediate audience
  2. your children: the coming generations
  3. all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call: all believers:  Jew & Gentile
Since Promise, it is to be received by faith: Gal. 3: 2, 14 (promise of the Spirit is the Holy Spirit Himself; related to power - dunamis trs. as miracles in KJV - v. 5)


Difference Between Baptism Into the Body and Baptism Into the Spirit



BAPTISM INTO CHRIST


BAPTISM INTO THE SPIRIT


Baptizer


Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12. 13)*


Christ (Mt 3.11, Mk 1.8, Lk. 3.16)


Element


The Church (Body Of Christ)


The Holy Spirit, Fire


Purpose


Salvation


Power, Witness


Spirit Work


Regenerative Work (Tit.3.5, Jn 3.5)


Empowering Work (Acts 1.8)


Spirit Presence


Indwelling (made to drink 1 Cor 12.13)


Infilling (Acts 2.4)


Envelop


Christ (Gal 3:27)


Power (Lk 24.49)


Maintain


Continue in Faith (Rom 13.14, Col 1.23)


Continue to be Filled (Eph 5:18)


Description


Receiving the Lord, His coming in us (Jn. 1.12, 14.23)


Receiving the Spirit, His falling upon us (Acts 8.15, 2.4)


Evidence


Inner Witness of the Spirit (sonship and the Gift of New Life) (Rom. 8:16, 6.23)


The Gift of New Tongues (Mk 16.17, Acts 2.4)


* The Scripture doesn’t confuse terms: that would lead to ambiguous statements and conclusions


Pre-Pentecost Experience of Spirit-filling

  • Spirit-filling for word (prophecy and psalm) or work (1 Sam 10.10, Judg 3.10)
  • For office: Anointing with oil (figurative) and the coming of the Holy Spirit (1 Sam 16.13)
  • John filled with Spirit from womb – continuous filling as contrasted to the Spirit coming and going (Lk 1.15, greater prophet Lk 7.28)


The Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit

  • Anointing of Spirit mentioned in relation to Christ (Messiah- the anointed one) (Isa 61. 1, Acts 10.38) Anointed with Holy Spirit and with Power.
  • Christ is the one who baptizes into the Spirit not the one who receives the baptism of the Spirit. John didn’t need to receive John’s Baptism; neither did Christ need either re-baptism in Jesus’ Name (Acts 19) or baptism in Holy Spirit. He never spoke in tongues.
  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit was in fulfillment of the Feast of the Pentecost which had to follow Christ’s crucifixion prophetically foreshadowed by the Feast of Passover and Resurrection foreshadowed by the Feast of the First Fruits.

Terms

a. Receiving the Holy Spirit: John 7: 39, Acts 1:8; 8:15; 19:2 Focus on Giftedness of Spirit Baptism
b. Being Filled with the Spirit: Acts 2:4, Focus on the full control of the Spirit over the human soul – Mind, Emotions, Will. The inner man being in perfect communion with the Spirit of God, sanctified by His very Presence.
c. Being Baptized In the Spirit (Mtt. 3:11; Acts 1:5; 11:6) Focus on the Transforming Power of the Spirit. Gk writers often used baptismo for sinking, being intoxicated. The Spirit baptized is Spirit-filled Spiritual.
d. Release of the Spirit (2 Cor. 3: 17). Focus on the Freedom of the spirit from the corruption of the flesh (the soulish sinful tendencies).


Purpose of Spirit-Baptism

  • Conformation to the Image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:17ff., Rom. 8:14, 29)
  • Strengthening of the Inner Man (Eph. 3:16; Jude 20)
  • Power to be Witness (not merely to witness) (Acts 1:8)
  • Power for Spiritual Warfare (Eph. 6: 10, 17, 18). Overcoming
  • Power in Prayer (1 Cor 14:2, Rom 8: 26,27)
  • Abundant Life (Jn 7.38): the Overflow of Spirit-Life over being.

Initial Evidence of Spirit-Baptism

a. Tongues (Acts 2.4, 10.46).
  • Prophesied: Isa 28:11
  • Evidence of Total Personality Control: James 3:2
  • Means of Spiritual Release and Freedom: Jn. 7: 38, Lk 6:45 (laleo: 1 Cor 14.2)
E.g. Psychoanalysis (Free speaking, writing, or scribbling) vs Spirit-controlled prayer & Speaking. Tongues as spontaneous and not meditated.
  • The Attunement to God through Spirit. Speaketh Mysteries.
b. The Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)

Contrast Between the Fruit and Gifts of the Spirit

The Gifts are related to Spiritual Capabilities, the Fruit is related to Spiritual Character.
The Gifts are many, the Fruit is one: Love
  • Joy Is Love Exulting
  • Peace Is Love Reposing
  • Longsuffering Is Love Untiring
  • Gentleness Is Love Enduring
  • Goodness Is Love In Action
  • Faith Is Love On The Battlefield
  • Meekness Is Love Under Discipline
  • Temperance Is Love In Training
Dimensions of Love Relationship
Relationship with God: Love, Joy, Peace
Relationship with Others: Patience, Kindness, Goodness
Relationship with Self: Faith, Meekness, Temperance (Self Control).

The Gifts of the Spirit as Described in 1 Cor. 12

  • Knowledge Gifts: Wisdom, Discerning, Knowledge
  • Verbal Gifts: Tongues, Interpretation, Prophecy
  • Power Gifts: Faith, Healing, Miracles.
  • Gifts are Operated by the Will of the Spirit and not at human disposal
  • 1 Cor. 14: Tongues as Prayer Language
  • Gifts as Serving to Glorify Christ.
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Sword and Salvation (Matthew 26:52)


Then said Jesus unto him,
Put up again thy sword into his place:
for all they that take the sword
shall perish with the sword. Matt. 26: 52

Introduction

1. The Sword is not The Answer. It is only a Temporal Answer. It has no Eternal Effect. Destruction of the wicked is not the answer to the problem of evil. Such procedure requires a cyclical repetition (Also e.g. avatars). The answer is still earth-bound and has no eternal cosmological benefit. If sword were the answer, Christ had legions to assist Him towards that end. Christ came to deal a permanent and final blow to the problem of sin. 1Jn 3:8.
2. The Sword is an Incomplete Answer. The sword serves the political and judicial purpose in this life but does not deal with the spiritual dimension of evil in the world. As such it is unfulfilled and incomplete. Violence is indispensable in judgment. However, violence doesn’t serve the eternal divine goal for man to be in loving fellowship with God. The rule of sword was not God’s actual design. It was only accommodative. The real and complete answer to the human predicament was provided when the Son of God stepped down to the earth and bore all the violence of divine wrath on Him to succor humanity from hell and reconcile man to God.
3. No Man is Worth to Wield the Sword. The sword of God’s wrath hangs over the head of every man. Man is doomed to perish. His wielding of sword in such fated context is absurd.
4. The Sword is Symbolic of Human Government often severed from divine will. It is the human and only possible way in a world of evil. Might has often been right and the rule of the strong is the rule. And as the mightier always supercedes the mighty, they that take the sword shall perish by the sword.



Domenic Marbaniang, October 16, 2005
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The Story of The Prodigal Son (Deliverance from Sin) - Homily

Text: Luke 15:12-32

I. What Sin Is

A. Sin is Selfish Desire (Luke 15:12)
- "My" "mine" - "I" elongated
- A desire for independence from the authority and rule of God
- A desire to enjoy life in one's own way

B. Sin is Going Far Away From God (Luke 15:13)
- You become separated from Him
- You are away from His protection, love, counsel, provision
- You are away from His discipline and control

C. Sin is Wastage and Wrong Use of God's Gifts (Luke 15:13)
- It is using God's gifts to displease Him /or in a way that displeases Him
- It is using God's gifts in a way that doesn't glorify Him
- It is using God's gifts in a way that would defame Him
- It is using God's gifts for impermanent goals/pleasures

II. What Sin Does

Famine Reveals Your Condition; Hope, Severity

A. Sin Sucks Out the Sap of Your Life (Like Madagascar Tree, Octopus)
- It robs you of your physical health
- It confuses your intellect and debases your reasoning ability
- It disturbs you emotionally: guilt, loneliness, frustration...
- It drains you spiritually - Godless life is a lifeless life

B. Sin Makes/Turns You Into A Destitute
A poor man has at least something; a destitute has nothing
"What shall a man profit if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?"
- A moral destitute
- A spiritual destitute
- An eternal destitute
- Truthlessness, Hopelessness, Affectionless, Powerlessness, Godlessness, Joylessness
- No Home, No Money, Torn Rags, No Food, No Friend

C. Sin Makes You Serve The Thing You Hate - "Uncleanness" - And Gives You Nothing In Return - Only Husks
- A labor that costs you everything but profits nothing
- You can get no sympathy from the swine you serve
- It will kill you - and you are already dead (Rom.6:21)
- Why such labor: Eccl. 2:1-11; 12:1-7; 11:9
-Evil ensnares: Prov.5:22; Gen.4:7; Jn.8:34; Ro.6:13-16; 2Pet. 2:19,24

III. What You Must Do

A. Realize - Come to Your Senses (Luke 15:17) 
- That you still have everything in your Father
- That you do not need to remain here

B. Resolve (Luke 15:18)
- To get out of all this
- To go back to your Father

C. Repent (Luke 15:19)
- Repentance is an action - action of turning your back to sin and your face to God
- Repentance out of a broken heart must express itself in confession of what you are
- Repentance means you do not demand but commit yourself to God's mercy and grace - you are not worthy (Luke 15:21)

IV. What God Does For You

A. He Accepts You As You Are (Luke 15:20)
B. He Restores You and Makes You a King (Luke 15:22)
C. He Celebrates And Is Merry At Your Coming (Luke 15:23-24)

CONCLUSION

- You do not need to keep wandering as a destitute because your Father is waiting for you.
- Come home, O sinner come home! His arms and His house are open for you.
Ill: A boy left his home --After may years wanted to come back-- "I'll come by train. If you want me back, tie a red cloth to a tree..." When he passed thru, he saw red cloths in every tree.."Come back!"
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God our Resting Place

God our Resting Place

12 August 2005
Domenic Marbaniang


My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place. (Jer. 50:6)
Mat 11:28 Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.


Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psa 116:7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
Isa 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with
Psa 132:8 Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.
Psa 132:13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
Psa 132:14 This is my rest forever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
Son 1:7 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thyflock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?

Where do we turn to when we turn away from God?
To death from Life
To sorrow from Joy
To illusion from Truth

What causes people to forget their resting place?
Wrong Leadership
Lust
Delusion
Pride

1. The Delusion of Material Commodity
Message of the Robin
Martin Luther said, "I have one preacher that I love better than any other on earth. It is my little tame robin which preaches to me daily. I put his crumbs on the window sill. He hops on the sill and takes as much as he needs. From there he always flies to a little tree close by, lifts up his voice to God, sings his song of praise and gratitude, tucks his head under his wing and goes to sleep, leaving tomorrow to look after itself. He is the best preacher I have on earth."

2. The Delusion of Emotional Vanity
Love vs Infatuation. Joy vs. Sport.

3. The Delusion of Social Supremity
Trust in God
As D. L. Moody said, "Trust in yourself, and you are doomed to disappointment; trust in your friends, and they will die and leave you; trust in reputation, and some slanderous tongue may blast it; but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity." Luther gave a similar testimony when he said, "I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."

4. The Delusion of Intellectual Sublimity
Critique

5. The Delusion of Spiritual Superficiality
What is true spirituality?

Able to see us through: 2 Cor. 10: 13
Ours to Obey, His to Make Way
A pilot was having trouble bringing his plane down to land. From the control tower, he was given instructions. "But there is a pole there," he objected. The answer came back, "You take care of the instructions; we will take care of the obstructions."
So with the child of God. In the Word, he or she has God's instructions. God will take care of the obstructions. It is ours to obey the instructions from God's Word.

John Wesley was walking one day with a troubled man who expressed his doubt of God's goodness. "I don't know what I shall do with all this worry and trouble," he said. At that moment Wesley noticed a cow looking over a stone wall. "Do you know," asked Wesley, "why that cow is looking over that wall?" "No," replied his troubled companion. "I will tell you," said Wesley--"because she cannot see through it. That is what you must do with your wall of trouble--look over it and above it." Faith enables us to look over and above every trouble, to God, who is our help.
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Four Approaches to God

4 Approaches To God

Sanjay Nagar, 7 June 2005
Domenic Marbaniang

1. JACOB – “If” (Gen. 28: 20, 21) – The Conditional Approach
- The Conditional Approach is also a utilitarian approach
- The Conditional Approach signifies Ignorance of the True nature of God
- The Conditional Approach signifies Unbelief in God
- The Conditional Approach signifies lack of total commitment
A. Jacob was an opportunist
B. Jacob had to go the hard way to learn of his utter helplessness and his need for God
C. At last, at Peniel, Jacob is alone with God, confesses his need, his character, and obtains blessing.
- In Ch. 28 God says, “I will not forsake you till I bless you.” In Ch. 32 it is he who says, “I will not leave You till you bless me.” He has learnt that without God he was nothing and could not move further without Him.
- At Peniel, he has no more conditions. He realizes that God is his God and his all.

2. NAAMAN – “Behold I Thought” (2 Kgs. 5: 11, 12) – The Rational Approach
- The Rational Approach is also an egoistic approach (Knowledge puffs up)
- The Rational Approach does not submit to the Law of God but rebels against it. 1 Cor. 2: 14 The Psuchichos man (rational).
• Eve – “Why should I be deprived of such good fruit?”
• Korah – “Why Moses and Aaron?”
- The Rational Approach desires God to conform to the dictates of reason and to work accordingly.
A. God’s ways are not understandable by reason but by faith. (Hb. 11: 3)
B. God’s ways, however, are not contrary to reason for they are true.(Rev. 15:3). They only transcend reason. There is always a reason on which faith is based.
C. Naaman only got cleansed when he accepted the injunction with child-like simplicity and followed it in humility.

3. ASAPH – “Behold I have cleansed… in vain” (Ps. 73: 13) - The Materialistic Approach
- The Materialistic Approach gives rise to feelings of Theological vanity.(13)
- The Materialistic Approach gives rise to internal perplexity, confusion, boredom, and anxiety. (14)
- The Materialistic Approach makes one irritant towards God and fellowmen.(21)
- The Materialist remains as a beast though close to God.(22)
A. The Solution to the Materialist problem cannot be had materialistically (16)
B. The Answer to the Materialist problem is got by approaching God’s Sanctuary (The Place of God separated from ‘worldly’ ‘secular’ pursuits)
- An understanding of our separation from the world through past history of God’s dealing with us.
- An understanding of our separation from the world through present position in Christ.
- An understanding of our separation from the world through future hope of us and hopelessness of the world.

4. JOB – “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13: 15) – The Spiritual Approach.
- The Spiritual Approach is an approach of Trust
- The Spiritual Approach is an approach of Knowledge (2 Tim. 1: 12)
- The Spiritual Approach is an approach of Total Commitment (Dan. 3: 17)
- The Spiritual Approach is an approach of Love (Dt. 6:5; Ps. 31:23; Song 8:6)


Conclusion
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The City of Truth

PCG, Itarsi, 29 March,05
Domenic  Marbaniang

Introduction
                Modern age distinctively marked by the rise of the cities- Dawn of the industrial era. Statistical growth of urban population. Influx rate accelerated.
                Craze, clamor, fad, and mania for city life has also infected Xtns. E.g. Pastor leaving town for city. The biblical point of view needs to be restored.
               
1. The City of Man Vs the City of God

In AD 410, Alaric the Visigoth sacked and burnt Rome. Christians were blamed. St. Augustine wrote The City of God. In it, Augustine highly contrasted the city of man with the city of God. The City of Man (Gen. 4).


City of Man

City of God

Desire described as Greed

Love

Foul

Holy

Selfish

Social

Rival to God

Subject to God

Turbulent

Peaceful

Factious

Pacific

Seeks Praises of the people

Prefers Truth

Envious

Friendly

Prides itself on itself

Pride in the Lord


The two cities were created by two kinds of love: the earthly city was created by self-love reaching the point of contempt for God, the Heavenly City by the love of God carried as far as contempt of self.

‘Augustine located the fate of Rome as the natural fate of every city that is grounded in the agon, and which uses agonistic tools to promote self-glorification. He presented the city of God as the only true alternative to the agon of Rome.’

                History is packed with stories of the rise and fall of several great cities. Babylon (Semiramis 2 million men for yrs) PLACE OF CONFUSION, Nineveh VIOLENCE, Corinth & Ephesus LUXURY  & ART, Memphis, Susa, Tyre, and even Jerusalem.
               
Against all these giant cities stands the monumental and resplendent City of God, which has foundations whose builder and maker is God.
                
ZECH. 8: 3 THE CITY OF TRUTH (Isa. 1:26) in contrast to The City of Man, City of Falsehood.
                Political Falsehood:          Isa. 56:10,11; 1:23; Jer. 6:6
                Judicial Falsehood:           Isa. 1:21; Jer. 31:23
                Economical Falsehood: Isa. 1:22
                Social Falsehood: Jer. 9:3-6,8
                Religious Falsehood: Jer. 5:30,31; 6:13
·         The DEVIL FATHER OF LIES RULER OF THIS WORLD

2. The City of God/Truth
                a. The Dream of the Fathers.Hb. 11:10, 16: A City,
b. Our Hope Col. 1:3 (Hope in Heaven)
                c. In it dwells Righteousness 2Pt.3:13

                Called City of Truth: Builder: God of Truth (Ps. 31:5; Isa 65:16)
a.       God’s Word is Truth (Jn 17:17).
b.       God’s Works are done in Truth (Ps. 111:8,9)
c.        God’s Word Above Name (Ps. 138:2)
d.       God desires those who stand in and for truth (e.g. Job) Jn 4: 23; Jer. 5:1; Ps 51:6

3. The Citizens of This City
                Ps 15: 1,2 : Speak Truth; Zech 8: 16, 17
                Eph. 4: 25, Rev. 21:8;
                Tit. 1: 16

Conclusion
                ‘A poor woman once told Rowland Hill that the way to heaven was short, easy and simple; comprising only three steps--out of self, into Christ, and into glory. We have a shorter way now--out of self and into Christ, and we are there.’

            
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Divine Promises for our Lives

But we, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. (Gal 4:28)

through which have been given to us precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through these we may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2Pe 1:4)

That is, those who are the children of the flesh, are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. (Rom 9:8)

But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted upon better promises. (Heb 8:6)

1. THE PROMISE OF THE SAVIOR

God, from the seed of this man, according to the promise, has brought to Israel salvation, (Act 13:23)

And we proclaim to you the good news of the promise which was made to the fathers, (Act 13:32)

that God has fulfilled this promise for us to their children, when He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm: 'You are My Son, today I have begotten You.' (Act 13:33)

Now I say that Christ Jesus has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, in order to confirm the promises to the fathers, (Rom 15:8)

2. THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE

And this is the promise which He Himself promised to you--eternal life. (1Jo 2:25)

But the Scripture has confined all under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. (Gal 3:22)

For bodily exercise is profitable a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the present life and of the coming life. (1Ti 4:8)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, (2Ti 1:1)

3. THE PROMISE OF SONSHIP

Therefore "Come out from the midst of them and be separated," says the Lord. "Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you."
"I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty."
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
(2Co 6:17,18; 7:1)

4. THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

And behold, I am sending the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." (Luk 24:49)

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to withdraw from Jerusalem, but to await for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me; (Act 1:4)

"Therefore having being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. (Act 2:33)

"For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all those afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (Act 2:39)

so that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Gal 3:14)

in whom also you, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, (Eph 1:13)

5. THE PROMISE OF HIS RETURN

and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers died, all things continue as from the beginning of creation." (2Pe 3:4)

The Lord does not delay concerning His promise, as some reckon slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2Pe 3:9)

6. THE PROMISE OF RESURRECTION

And now for the hope of the promise having been made by God to the fathers, I stand before you judged, (Act 26:6)

a promise to which our twelve tribes, as they earnestly serve God night and day, hope to attain. Concerning which hope I am accused by the Jews, King Agrippa. (Act 26:7)

7. THE PROMISE OF NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH

But according to His promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (2Pe 3:13)

8. THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL REST

Therefore let us fear, lest while the promise remains to enter into His rest, any one of you seems to have fallen short. (Heb 4:1)

9. THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL INHERITANCE

And on account of this He is the Mediator of the new covenant, so that, since a death has occurred for redemption of the transgressions at the time of the first covenant, that those having been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. (Heb 9:15)

For the promise that he should be heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. (Rom 4:13)

For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise has been nullified, (Rom 4:14)

Therefore it is of faith that it may be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those of the law, but also to those of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (Rom 4:16)

And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Gal 3:29)

that the Gentiles should be joint-heirs, and of the same body, and joint-partakers in His promise in Christ by the gospel, (Eph 3:6)

RECEIVING THE PROMISES

BY FAITH

And all these, having obtained witness through their faith, did not receive the promise, (Heb 11:39)

lest you become dull, but become imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Heb 6:12)

who through faith overcame kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, (Heb 11:33)

BY ENDURANCE
For you have need of endurance, so that having done the will of God, you may receive the promise: (Heb 10:36)

lest you become dull, but become imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Heb 6:12)

IN CHRIST’S NAME

For all the promises of God in Him are "Yes," and in Him "Amen," to the glory of God through us. (2Co 1:20)
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