Salvation

  1. Many people believe this life is all there is.  Their philosophy?  "You only go around once on this earth, so grab whatever you can."  If you're a child of God, you do not just "go around once" on Earth. You don't get just one earthly life.  You get another-one far better and without end.  You'll inhabit the New Earth!  You'll live with the God you cherish and the people you love as an undying person on undying Earth.  Those who go to Hell are the ones who go around only once on this earth. - Heaven, Chapter 43 - by Randy Alcorn.
  2. Hebrews 9:27-28:  Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.  Man dies once.  After she had been dead one thousand years, Jesus declared the Queen of Sheba would rise up in judgment (Matthew 12:42). He didn’t say, “The Queen of Sheba would rise up in judgment if she was still around—but now she’s Elizabeth Taylor or Shirley MacLaine or someone else.”  
    When Elijah and Moses appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus didn’t say to Peter, James and John, “Meet Rajneesh. He used to be Moses.” No, he was still Moses.  
    Take those who say the Bible doesn’t teach against reincarnation to this passage—and wallop ’em.
    - From commentary on Hebrews 9:27 from Courson’s Application Commentary by Jon Courson.
  3. Salvation only comes through God's mercy in Christ. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 2:22 - pg. 116.
  4. No one can earn salvation in any way. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 2:22 - pg. 117.
  5. God took our sins and placed them on Jesus Christ, who suffered and died to pay the debt we could not pay. Then, wonder of wonders, he gave us the perfect life of Jesus Christ. He took our sins and gave us his perfection as an absolutely free gift. We cannot earn it or deseßrve it; we can only live a life of gratitude for this gift that God freely offers us. But that’s not all. Jesus not only died to be our Savior; he also lives to be our Lord. - From the book Resurrection: The Capstone in the Arch of Christianity by Hank Hannegraft
  6. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ep. 2:1-10).
  7. We are not saved by our faith; salvation is by grace. But faith must be present if we are to be saved. - From commentary about the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:1 from Boice Expositional Commentary Series by James Montgomery Boice.
  8. Our own salvation is in the belief that God can implant divine life into the midst of the death of our fallen Adamic nature, making us partakers of the divine nature.  It is our triumph that we believe that God is able to give resurrection life for us to live at the present time, knowing Him in the power of His resurrection (Phil 3:10). - from page 56 of the book Illustrating Great Themes of Scripture by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  9. “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (Jn. 11:25).
  10. Psalms 149:4 - For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Through His grace, His people would be elevated to the level of angels, and even higher. In God's wisdom, the last (His people) would be first, and the first would be last. Are we His people? Do we accept Him, and fashion our life to His will, or do we reject Him, continuing to live by our own rules? Christ will beautify the meek with salvation. It is in our meekness that we realize our need for God. Let God beautify you, and you will find His pleasure.  Prayer: Make me meek, Lord. Break my spirit of willfulness and recreate me with Your beauty. Amen. - Excerpts from the December 26, 2015 devotional reading from Wisdom from the Psalms by Dan R. Dick
  11. Praise God that, through Jesus Christ, there is another perspective of death! For those who know Jesus—who have something above the sun awaiting them—death is…
    • not an enemy but a friend
    • not something to be feared but something to be anticipated
    • not the end but the beginning
    • not the cessation of hope but the fulfillment of hope
    • not painful but painless—it has no sting
    • not a defeat but a victory

    The Lord Jesus Christ, through His death and victorious resurrection, has defeated death. He has removed its painful sting. He now gives us hope. Death does not defeat us, not if we have truly trusted Christ as our Savior and Lord.
    Death delivers us from the woes and the limitations of this life into the glorious presence of the Lord. It transports us from the empty existence of life under the sun to the delights that Christ has prepared for us above the sun.

    The difference in perspective is in a name—the Name above every name—Jesus. He makes all the difference.  
    “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them” (Re. 14:13).  - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 9:2 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  12. John 14:19-24 (ESV): Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.
    The second promise is the promise of certain knowledge of Christ based upon that double resurrection. It is because Jesus has been raised and because we have been given new life that we know him as being who he is. This is what he means when he says, “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father” (v.20).
    The content of this knowledge is that Jesus of Nazareth was God incarnate, that is, that he was fully divine. All else flows from this. And the basis of this knowledge, without which we do not and cannot know, is this double resurrection. On the one hand, it is based upon Christ’s own resurrection. Without this there would have been no faith and no knowledge that he was indeed who he claimed to be. He claimed to be God. But if he had died only, no matter how selflessly or courageously, without the resurrection he would rightly be regarded as no more than a selfless and sincere man. He would have been a good teacher, a friend. But faith and knowledge would have stopped at that point. It was only when Christ was raised from the dead that his life was seen to be fully extraordinary and his daring claims vindicated. This is why Paul can refer to the resurrection as the greatest of all Christian evidences in the opening chapter of the Book of Romans, noting that Christ “was a descendent of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead” (1:3–4). 
    On the other hand, apart from a corresponding resurrection of spiritually dead men to spiritual life, even this great miracle is insufficient for bringing us to know who Christ is. It is only when God plants his own life within us, thereby enabling us to understand his truth and respond to Christ, that we truly know Christ and embrace him joyfully as the ground of our salvation. - From the commentary on John 14-19-25 “Sure Knowledge” from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  13. For the Christian, death is not the end of the adventure but a doorway from a world wheredreams and adventures shrink, to a world where dreams and adventures forever expand.  - Heaven, Chapter 43 - by Randy Alcorn.
  14. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Jn. 14:6).
  15. Perhaps you’ve been lost without Jesus Christ because you’re relying on your religion to save you. But where you worship and the kind of church you attend won’t save you; Jesus will. Trust in Jesus, not religion, to save you and invite others to do the same! - From the August 3, 2015 PowerPoint Devotional by Dr. Jack Graham.
  16. Though we come to the cross dressed in sin, we leave the cross dressed in the “coat of His strong love” (Isa. 59:17) and girded with a belt of “goodness and fairness” (Isa. 11:5) and clothed in “garments of salvation” (Isa. 61:10 NIV).  Indeed we leave dressed in Christ Himself.  “You will put on Christ as a garment” (Gal. 3:27 NEB). - From page 467 of Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado.
  17. Hebrews 7:23- 28:  Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
  18. We live our lives between the first Christmas and the second.  We walk on disputed turf, between Eden and the New Earth, not far from either.  This dispute will soon be settled.  Christ will forever reign over the universe.  And we will reign with Him.    - Heaven - by Randy Alcorn.
  19. Jesus Christ, restoring the ruins that sin has made of us. He sets us free from our self-imposed prisons. He leads us forward into a new way of life, caring for us moment by moment, providing for us fully, overcoming the obstacles, getting us all the way home to his eternal presence (Revelation 7:9-17). - From the reading in Isaiah 49:8-12 from Preaching the Word Commentary by R. Kent Hughes et al by Crossway Publishers.
  20. Jesus Christ deserves our praise. Through His death upon the cross, He has saved us and forgiven our sins. No longer are we held in the bondage of guilt nor enslaved by sin and death. Christ has set us free from sin, death, and the coming judgment of hell. Our souls have been released from all the bondages of this life, and we have been given eternal life. When we take our last breath on earth—quicker than the eye can blink—the Lord will snatch us out of the physical world and bring us into the spiritual world, into His very presence.
    In addition to giving us eternal life, the Lord comforts us as we walk day by day. He guides and delivers us through all the trials and temptations of this life. By His Spirit He strengthens us to endure the hardships and misfortunes of life, teaching us to walk victoriously over all the difficult circumstances that confront us.
    Our praise and thanksgiving are to be lifted up to the Lord. He has done so much for us that our voices should never be silenced. Shouts of joy should be sounded around the world, for the Lord has saved us. He has delivered us from sin and death and given us eternal life. How can we keep silent? An hour should never pass that we do not give thanks to Him for the great things He has done.
     - From the “Thought 1” reading from Isaiah 12:1-6 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  21. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2: Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you— unless you believed in vain.  This is the gospel “by which [they] are saved” (sōzō, GK 5392). Paul uses sōzō twenty- nine times in his letters and with a variety of nuances. He has a rich and full concept of the doctrine of salvation. In Romans 8:24, Paul uses the Greek aorist (simple past) tense to indicate that when people believed in Jesus, they “were saved.” In Ephesians 2:5, 8, he uses the Greek perfect tense:“by grace you have been saved.” This particular tense in the Greek language emphasizes that this refers to a past action with an ongoing effect. In Romans 5:9–10, Paul uses the future tense twice to say that believers “shall... be saved from God’s wrath through [Christ].” And here in 1 Corinthians 15:2, Paul uses the present tense:by the gospel believers “are [being] saved.” While we tend to think of salvation as a past event (“when were you saved?” we ask), salvation is for Paul also a present reality and a future hope. Our salvation will not be complete until we have passed through the judgment day. Interestingly, the same three foci occur in Paul with the noun sōtēria (“salvation,” cf. Eph 1:13, past; Php 2:12, present; Ro 13:11, future). - from commentary from the Expositors Bible Commentary published by Zondervan.
  22. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (Jn. 10:10).
  23. Genesis also contains the first teaching in the Bible of the sovereign election of God in salvation. When Adam and Eve sinned, they did not come to God. They hid from him. He took the initiative in seeking them out and in beginning to teach the means of salvation through the death of the Mediator. It was the same with Abraham. Abraham did not seek God. He did not even know who the true God was. But God called Abraham and made him the father of a favored nation through whom the Redeemer should come. God chose Isaac and not Ishmael. He chose Jacob and not Esau. In the New Testament Paul uses these examples to show that salvation does not “depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. … God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden” (Rom. 9:16, 18). - From the commentary on Genesis 1:1 from the Boice Expositional Commentary (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  24. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation [behavior, conduct] received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Pe. 1:18-19).
  25. To those who have never received him as Savior and Lord, Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in” (Revelation 3:20). Jesus knocks on the door of the human heart, and the question he asks is, Are you ready now to receive me as Savior and Lord?  
    According to Jesus Christ, those who repent and receive him as Savior and Lord are “born again” (John 3:3) —not physically, but spiritually. And with this spiritual birth must come spiritual growth.  - From the book Resurrection: The Capstone in the Arch of Christianity by Hank Hannegraft
  26. It has been said that Christianity can be expressed in three sentences.  The three sentences are:  I deserve Hell.  Jesus Christ took my Hell.  There is nothing left but His Heaven.  When we analyze those three sentences we can see that every doctrine in Christianity is included under one of the three.  Under the first are the doctrines of the nature of man, of the fall, and of the holiness and justice of God.  Under the second are the doctrines of the love of God, the atonement, probation, and redemption.  Under the third is the doctrine of assurance and our future hope. - from page 128 of the book Illustrating Great Themes of Scripture by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  27. “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. - From the commentary on John 17:1-5 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  28. The default setting in our hearts is to treat God as a shaky person, while we trot off to other saviors for reassurance. We don’t think of it that way, because we don’t see that the category of “salvation” is the key to everything. Salvation is what we are always looking for, even in the wrong places. But true salvation is simply God entering into our lives with his grace in Christ to meet all our needs. And Isaiah has been urging us to treat God as a faithful Savior, so that we look like people who have actually been saved from something. Then our faith will be convincing. - From the reading from Isaiah 34-35 in Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) by R. Kent Hughes et al., Crossway Publishers
  29. Israel’s deliverance from captivity is a clear picture of our deliverance from sin and death. God liberates us from the bondages of this wicked and depraved earth. However, no person is sinless, and no person can keep from sinning. We were born with a sinful human nature, a depraved nature that lusts after forbidden fruit. Furthermore, not only can we not keep from sinning, but we cannot prevent death. We all die.No matter how much we may try, we cannot escape sin or death. We are held captive, sentenced to spend our lives in the prison of sin and doomed to die. But there is wonderful news: the Lord will have mercy upon us. He will set us free from the enslavements of this corrupt world. No longer do we have to remain in captivity. The Lord has taken the doors of imprisonment and swung them wide open for us to escape. We can now be set free from sin and death. Victory over both can be ours through the Lord Jesus Christ. He took all our sins upon Himself and paid the penalty that was due us, even the penalty of death. Through Christ we can be set free, become acceptable to God and live eternally with Him. Listen to what God’s Holy Word says:
    “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8:32). …..
    “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Ro. 6:22-23).
    “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Ro. 8:1-2).
    “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Co. 15:3-4).
    “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father” (Ga. 1:4).
    “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Pe. 2:24).
    “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 Jn. 2:2).
    “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Re. 1:5). 
    - From the “Thought 1” reading from Isaiah 14:1-2 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  30. One of the most visible differences between eternity and time is the difference between one will and more than one will.  There are some beings who can begin to live life with the quality of eternity even in the midst of time.  These are those who are born again, and who thus on earth begin to live eternal life.  The Christian should reject decisively the thought that eternal life is to begin when his physical life is over.  We read on a tombstone that a man “ ntered in eternal life” on the da of his death, but the Bible teaches that for a Christian eternal life begins, not on the day a man enters heaven, but on the day eternal life enters into the man through the new birth.  Eternal life for the one who becomes a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ begins at the moment of the new birth.  The true believer learns to say, even now: “Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done - in me - as it is in heaven.” - From page 38-39 in the book The Invisible War by Donald Grey Barnhouse 
  31. Do you know that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God, as he claimed to be, and do you understand that he died in your place, the just for the unjust, that he might save you from sin? Are you convicted of sin so that you are sorry for sin and willing to turn from it? Have you reached the point of committing yourself to Jesus? If you have, say, “Lord Jesus Christ, I am a sinner, but I believe that you are the Son of God and that you died for me. Accept me now as one of your children and help me to follow you faithfully until my life’s end.”  - From the commentary on John 15:27  from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  32. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16).
  33. If God seems severe at times, it’s only because his love is so intense, his imagination so colorful, that he settles for nothing less than our complete salvation. - From location 615 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners 
  34. God's grace does not come to people who morally outperform others, but to those who admit their failure to perform and who acknowledge their need for a Savior. - From location 541-50 / 4940 in the Kindle Book - The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism - Timothy Keller 
  35. From the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. (2 Thess. 2:13).  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 2 Pg 116.
  36. Salvation comes through the man Christ Jesus.  He is fully God and fully man.  "The Word was God....The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:1, 14).  Jesus is not one among many.  He is the One and only. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 2:5 pg. 166.
  37. The closer our relationship with God, the more we will have his concern for everyone to be saved.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 2 pg. 173.
  38. The only salvation for mankind is Christ.  This must determine our goals for life and love for others.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 2 pg. 173.
  39. I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.--I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.--I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.--No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.--He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.--For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 1Jo 5:11 Joh 5:26,21 11:25,26 10:11,17,18 Joh 14:6 1Jo 5:12 Col 3:3,4 .  - Daily from MacSword program.
  40. And God can save you. He wants you to be a part of the Isaiah 35 scenario. If you will turn to him, he will make the difference, all by himself. Salvation is God liberating the soul from the habits of self-focus. Salvation is God clearing away this tangled undergrowth of self-absorption forever. Salvation is God replacing all this dark complication with something new and simple and beautiful, flooding the human soul with a sense of his glory. That is how we obtain gladness and joy. That is how sorrow and sighing flee away. So, let God save you. Your heavenly joy will begin even now (1 Peter 1:8, 9). - From the readings located in Isaiah 34-35 in Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) by R. Kent Hughs et al., Crossway Publisher.
  41. The Lord Jesus Christ has destroyed the power of the devil. Satan’s power has been broken. No longer are we doomed to be held in the grip of his enslavements. All bondages can now be broken through the power of Christ, bondages such as…
       • greed and overindulgence

       • smoking, drinking, and abusing drugs
       • profanity and taking the Lord’s name in vain
       • illicit sex and pornography
       • sensual pleasures and fleshly passions
       • shoplifting and other forms of stealing
       • laziness and indifference
    No matter what bondage may hold us in its grip, this bondage can be broken through the power of the Savior. Christ has broken the power of sin, the power that Satan had over this earth and its people. Listen to what God’s Word says:

    “Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out” (Jn. 12:30-31).
    “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me” (Jn. 14:30).
    “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33).
    “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Ro. 8:37). 
    - From the “Thought 1” reading from Isaiah 14:3 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  42. The Connection Between Election and Salvation - The effectual calling is inseparably tied to this eternal foreknowledge or election on the one side and to salvation on the other. These two links of the chain are up in heaven in God's own hand. But the middle one is let down to earth, into the heart of God's children; and by taking hold of it they have a firm grip on the other two links, for no power can separate them.
    The believer should derive much joy from this. This link is indissoluble, just as the agents are- the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. In the same way election and vocation (and sanctification and justification) and glory cannot be separated. Therefore, believers may, from a sense of the working of the Spirit in them, look back to that election and forward to that salvation, while those who remain unholy and disobedient have as yet no evidence of this love. If election and calling, sanctification and justification, are inseparably linked together, then through any one of them a person may lay hold of the rest and may know that his hold is sure. In this way we may attain, and ought to seek, that comforting assurance of God's love. The person who loves God may be certain that God loved him first. The person who chooses God to delight in may conclude confidently that God has chosen him to be one of those who will be happy in him forever. Discover within yourself sanctification through the Spirit, and this will demonstrate both justification through the Son and election by God the Father. He called those he elected, and he elected those he called.
     - From commentary on 1 Peter 1:2 from Crossway Classic Commentary 1 & 2 Peter. 
  43. Salvation is a process.  It has a beginning point at conversion and its full realization when we are united with Christ.  In between is the process of becoming more Christlike in our person and behavior.  Exemplary living and God's truth will safeguard the leader and those who he leads. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4:16 pg. 209.
  44. There is no human logic in the doctrine of heaven; the only logic is to be found in the punishment of sin by a holy God and the separation of the sinner from His holy Self.  That He was able, in the depth of His being to find a way whereby sin could be put on a substitute and the sinner go free, is one of the greatest glories of His nature which He has been pleased to reveal to us.  Again and again we must cry out: “O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God; how unsearchable are his judgments and his ways past finding out! - from pages 122-123 of the book Invisible War by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  45. The purpose of Jesus' first coming was to rescue sinners; the purpose of his Second Coming will be to save believers.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:15-16 pg. 248.
  46. Righteousness through Christ in Sanctification
    Pelagius put it like this. He said that the will of man is always free and that it can therefore always choose or reject anything offered to it. As to the gospel, grace makes the offer. But the ultimate criterion by which any individual is either saved or lost is his will. Pelagius did not understand that it is impossible for the individual either to become aware of his sin or to understand and respond to the gospel without the Holy Spirit’s previous and supernatural activity in his life. He has a will, but without the Spirit’s activity the will is always deflected from God to its own destruction.  - From the commentary from the section “ Conviction of Sin” from on John 16:8-10 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  47. "For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:3-4)"
  48. How wonderful it is to be "justified freely by His grace" (Romans 3:24). Yet, what disappointment and discouragement awaits us, if we do not learn that God desires to sanctify us freely by His grace as well. This plan of God, as we should expect, hinges upon the work of Jesus Christ, as we depend upon Him.
  49. In matters of justification, as well as sanctification, the law has a weakness. This weakness is that man, by natural human resources (the flesh), cannot live up to the standards of God. Thus, to accomplish what the law could never accomplish, the Father sent His Son. "For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son."
  50. Jesus came as a man and died on the cross to eradicate the consequences of sin. This death of Christ certainly provided justification for all who would believe in the Lord Jesus. Yet, the next verse reveals that through His sacrificial death practical sanctification is available day by day through faith in the Lord. "That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit."
  51. The word "walk" makes Romans 8:4 a verse on progressive sanctification, not justification. Justification takes place with the first moment of faith in Christ. Sanctification continues step by step, day by day, throughout the life of a believer.  - From the January 18th Daily Bread Devotion (DBD) of the MacSword Software program
  52. New Covenant Provided by the Blood of Christ
    1. ""This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you"…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold…but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (Luke 22:20 and 1 Peter 1:18-19)"  The well-known words from the Lord's Supper in Luke 22:20 remind us that the glorious riches of grace found in the new covenant are all provided by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, as He died on the cross for us. "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you." Customarily, we think of forgiveness of sins when we hear these words. Forgiveness is certainly included in the blessings secured by the death of our Lord. Notice, however, that Jesus did not say "this cup is forgiveness in My blood." He said, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood." The new covenant is far more than forgiveness of sins. As previously indicated, the Scriptures reveal that the new covenant has three basic areas of blessings. First is the forgiveness of sins. "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more" (Hebrews 8:12). Second is an intimate relationship with the Lord. "All shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them" (Hebrews 8:11). Third is an internal work of God producing an increasingly godly life in and through us. "I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts" (Hebrews 8:10). The word of God further confirms that all of these grand blessings depend upon God's provision, not our performance. "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God" (2 Corinthians 3:5).  How can it be that such measureless spiritual abundance becomes ours through the new covenant of grace? Well, consider the amazing and effective redemption price paid to establish this new covenant. "Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold…but with the precious blood of Christ." This new covenant was not purchased with limited earthly wealth, like silver and gold. Rather, it was paid for by infinite heavenly treasure, the blood of Christ. No wonder the new covenant provides such amazing and effective resources for all who depend upon the One who died for them.  One final reflection—realizing all that the cup of the new covenant represents can turn the Lord's Supper from a "religious snack" into a "spiritual feast"! - - From the January 25th Daily Bread Devotion (DBD) of the MacSword Software program
  53. God has saved us... not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.  We are delivered out of the worst of disasters because of God's initiative toward us.  It is one of the great imperatives of the Christian life that we realize the source of all our goodness and forgiveness - it is God, in Christ.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 1:9 pg. 268.
  54. There is one more thing about this convicting work of the Holy Spirit in relation to sin. It is that the sin of which the Holy Spirit convicts men is the sin of unbelief. “In regard to sin, because they do not believe in me,” Jesus says. Notice that it is not conviction of the sin of gambling, though that may come in time. It is not the sin of adultery, or drunkenness, or pride, or stealing primarily, but the sin of refusing to believe on Jesus. Why is this? It is not because the other sins are not sin or that they need not be repented of and renounced, for they must be. It is just that belief in Christ, the one thing God requires for salvation, is that which is hardest for the natural man even to acknowledge, let alone attain. Does the average unbeliever look on unbelief as sin? Not at all! If anything is true, it is the opposite. He generally looks upon unbelief as a mark of his supposed intellectual sophistication. “I am glad that you can believe those things,” he says with an air of condescending superiority (he really means, “that you can believe that nonsense”), “but I cannot.” He thinks it a matter for pride that he is an agnostic or an atheist. Or, if he does not take that tack, he looks to you for pity, saying, “I wish I could believe as you do, but I can’t. There must be something wrong with me.” - From the commentary from the section “ Conviction of Sin” from on John 16:8-10 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  55. Even in the face of judgment there is always hope for salvation. God gave the people of Cush ample warning of the coming devastation. They had one last opportunity to turn to the Lord, to cry out in repentance, yet they did not. Likewise, we have heard the warning about evil associations. We have heard that judgment is coming. Thus we still have time to call upon the Lord for deliverance. The gift of salvation is there for the taking, but we must step forward to receive it!
    “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Ro. 10:13). 
    - From “An Overview of the Prophesies against the Nations" reading from Isaiah 13:1 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  56. Death is no longer a terror for those who are in Christ.  Instead, it is a doorway into a new existence of beauty, joy and fulfillment.  When physical life ceases, we are immediately present with the Lord.  Even death's ally, sin, has no power over us in this life because God's Spirit enables us to overcome Satan's trickery.  Spiritual death has been overcome by the power of God's life.  We have been given true life in this world and immortality in the world to come.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 1:10 pg. 269. 
  57. The comprehensive meaning for every Christian is contained in Paul's apologetic:  we were called before the creation of the world by God, our present life and work is safeguarded by Christ, and we are destined for an unshakable future with God.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 1:11-12 pg. 270. 
  58. Works is not the determinant for salvation, which is always by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9).  Even believers will be judged on the basis of their works, but for the purpose of determining rewards, not punishment.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 2,  pg. 92. 
  59. We are justified freely by His grace.  What does it mean to be justified?  It does not mean that God looks at me : "just-as-if-I'd" never sinned.  This is bad theology at worst and drastically discounts what God has done in Jesus Christ.  When God justifies - declares righteous - a guilty sinner, two things happen: negatively, the sinner is no longer guilty of sin.  Positively, the sinner is declared righteous.  Not made righteous, but declared righteous.  God cancels out the debt of guilt that is on the sinner's account.  Both actions must take place for justification to occur.  To say that, once justified, God looks at sinners as if they had never sinned, discounts the worth of the sacrifice God offered to forgive our sins.  Charles Swindoll explains it this way:  after a day of dirty yard work, a hot shower and a bar of soap renders one clean.  It is temping to say, "Ah, it's just as if I'd never been dirty." But that would not have adequately conveyed the power and the value of water and soap.  Better to look in the mirror and say, "I was filthy and now I'm clean."  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 3:24,  pg. 108-109. 
  60. In this last verse Jesus speaks of “the cup the Father gives me.” It is one of two cups spoken of often in Scripture. One is the cup of salvation. It is mentioned in Psalm 116:13 (“I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord”). The other cup is the cup of God’s wrath or tribulation, which is referred to here. Earlier Jesus had prayed that this cup might pass from him (Matt. 26:39). Two cups: the cup of salvation and the cup of God’s wrath! Every person who has ever lived shall drink from one of them. But those who drink of the cup of salvation by God’s grace will drink of it only because Jesus drank the cup of God’s wrath in their place. - From the commentary from on John 18:3-12 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  61. God justifies the wicked by being both the judge and the sacrifice for sin. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 3:25-26,  pg. 110. 
  62. What we must see, in the context of the whole Bible, is that this burning coal symbolizes the finished work of Christ on the cross. He went to the place of sacrifice. His dying love is the only power that can awaken people as dead to God as we are. And awaken us he does. He comes to us today through the Holy Spirit and says again, “Your guilt is taken away. Your sin is atoned for. Welcome into the overwhelming delight of my presence!” When the magnitude of that grace touches Isaiah, he is awakened to live for God.  - From location 1292 in the Kindle Book - Isaiah: God Loves Sinners.
  63. What silences Christians is a curious mingling of self-admiration with a guilty fear that God is against them. His remedy is the blood of Christ purifying our consciences, so that we serve the living God (Hebrews 9:14). A guilty conscience, liberated by grace, unleashes us. The gospel says to us, “That sin most damning to your conscience, that sin haunting your memory — Christ carried it far away to his cross, where it died under God’s wrath. Justice has been satisfied. You are released!” The price we pay for this liberation is traumatic self-discovery before the all-holy God. - From location 1304 in the Kindle Book - Isaiah: God Loves Sinners.
  64. The infestation of human pride like a vast forest cut down. God swings his axe, and the whole evil system falls. Bare stumps as far as the eye can see. No branches waving in the wind, no birds flitting around, no life, no movement, no sound. The world is dead. But wait. Something new appears: There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. (Isaiah 11:1) From one stump a little shoot grows and becomes a branch and bears fruit. And the fruit it bears is a whole new world. Isaiah is thinking of a little boy, born in obscurity more than 2,000 years ago now, with no status but lineage in a failed ancient dynasty. And he is the only one who can save us from ourselves. - From location 1978 in the Kindle Book - Isaiah: God Loves Sinners.
  65. Even in the face of judgment there is always hope for salvation. Remember that all trials are not necessarily judgments from God. Carelessness causes some hardships, while other misfortunes are the natural result of living in a fallen world. In this corrupt world we are subject to all kinds of accidents and diseases. But when we deliberately sin, God will judge us. He will discipline us in order to correct us and keep us from harming ourselves or injuring other people. Because God loves us, He will do all He can to keep us from continuing in sin and darkness and shame.
    When we sin, we will suffer as a result of it. We will bear some trial, some pain, some suffering. But in the midst of judgment there is hope. Even while we are suffering the judgment of God, He will deliver us if we will turn back to Him. As Scripture says, if we will judge ourselves, we will not be judged. If we will confess our sins, He will forgive and cleanse us. He will accept us back into His favor and restore the joy of our salvation. He will once again empower us to live fruitful and victorious lives. Infusing us with His presence and strength, He will enable us to overcome all the trials and temptations that confront us. Listen to the wonderful hope promised by God’s Holy Word:
    “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Ac. 2:21).
    “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” (Ro. 8:24).
    “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Ro. 10:13).
    “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Ro. 15:4).
    “For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel” (Col. 1:5).
    “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Tit. 2:12-13). 
    - From the “Thought 1” reading from Isaiah 18:1-7 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  66. Even now, the fullness of his kingdom is only an inch away. All that stands between the present moment and the promised future is the command of God. He is not waiting for favorable conditions in human social evolution. All he has to do is give the order, and Christ will come and judge and save and rule, because he is himself our peace.  - From location 2037 in the Kindle Book - Isaiah: God Loves Sinners.
  67. Listen to it again. The wrath of God at our real guilt is warranted, even required for God to be true to himself. His condemnation does fall, and with full force, but not on us. It falls on our Substitute. In his great love for guilty people, Jesus changed places with us at the cross. His sacrifice is the reason why God’s grace is morally entitled to treat us like royalty, which he does. If Jesus bears our condemnation far away, then all-forgiving grace toward us is not an extravagance; it is the morally beautiful meaning of our new relationship with God. For us to go boldly now into his presence for comfort, to receive mercy and find grace whenever we have a need, brings God’s own purpose to fulfillment. He wants every one of us to be able to say to him, “You comfort me.” If we will discover what that means for us now, we will be saying it forever. Behold, God is my salvation;I will trust, and will not be afraid. (v. 2a).  - From location 2097 in the Kindle Book - Isaiah: God Loves Sinners.
  68. God starts his renewing work of grace in the desert of our real lives. How could it be otherwise? A dreary desert is what we are. But God is able to give lush growth and life and joyful song. Joy pervades chapter 35, because salvation is not just when we stop being bad; salvation is when we delight in God’s glory and majesty. What must he be, if the mere sight of him transforms us from death into life? It is so foolish to hold God at arm’s length. He himself is the desire of your heart. And he wants you to see his glory, both now by faith and in Heaven face to face.
    How does God show himself now? Through the ministry of the gospel: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). We see God’s glory in the face of Jesus. And we see the face of Jesus as the Holy Spirit makes him real to us through his Word — how Christ is an overflowing fountain for thirsty sinners, how Christ is their wealth and honor and wisdom and happiness, how Christ’s righteousness covers all their guilt, how he is a power to conquer all their sins, a purity to wash away all their filth, and their spring of eternal freshness. They see in Christ a fullness to satisfy them forever. And the believing heart thrives in this new awareness of Jesus Christ.  - From the reading about Isaiah 34-35 in Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) by R. Kent Hughes et al, Crossway Publisher
  69. Jesus is God, that he died on our behalf, and that those who have nothing to present to God in terms of their own merit nevertheless can come boldly to God on the merit of Jesus. - From the commentary from on John 18:36-37 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  70. The Christian doctrine of life from death:  If we died with him, we will also live with him (also see Romans 6:8).  The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life (John 12:24-25). When we identify with Christ through abiding trust, we die to sin, to the world and to self.  God then raises us to a new kind of life as part of his wonderful work of regeneration (Rom. 6:1-4; Gal. 2:20). The glory of our resurrection comes in the future; we have yet to realize it fully.  In this present life we still suffer the effects of this world dominated by death.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 2:10  pg. 285.
  71. Paul clearly taught that believers will be resurrected after they die, and that their bodies as well as their souls will live eternally with Christ (1Corinthians 15:35ff; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18)....Our beliefs should be consistent with God's Word.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 2:18 Note 2:18.
  72. The Holy Spirit and Starting Out with God
    1. ""Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit…You must be born again." (John 3:5-7)"
    2. The new life that allows us to start out with God comes through a spiritual birth provided by the Holy Spirit. "Unless one is born of…the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." Just as man must be physically born into the human family, so man must be spiritually born into God's family. There is no other option. That is why Jesus said, "You must be born again."
    3. The reason spiritual new birth is a necessity is because "that which is born of the flesh is flesh." Natural human birth can only produce a natural life. Becoming a child of God involves a supernatural life that God alone can provide.  - From the DBD 2/23 message in the MacSword Program.
  73. Sin has consequences, but God has provided a solution for our sin: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, loved us so much that he became a man to deliver us from our sin (John 3:16). He came to identify with us in our humanity and our weakness, but he did so without being tainted by our sin, self-deception, and moral failings (Hebrews 2:17-18; 4:15-16). We’re told that “God made him [Christ] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This means that even though we are under God’s wrath for our sins, Jesus died on the cross as our representative, our substitute. God then poured out his wrath on Christ instead of on us. Christ, who stood in our place, conveyed his righteousness to us so that we are declared innocent of all our sins and declared righteous, so we may enter the very presence of God in Heaven and be at home with him there.  - From location 823 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  74. No other prophet or religious figure—only Jesus, the Son of God—is worthy to pay the penalty for our sins demanded by God’s holiness (Revelation 5:4-5, 9-10). Only when our sins are dealt with in Christ can we enter Heaven. We cannot pay our own way. “Salvation is found in no one else [but Jesus], for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).  - From location 831 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  75. There was no fault to be found with Jesus. But of which of us can those words rightly be spoken? No fault in me? No fault in you? Impossible! Rather we are riddled with faults. As the ancient collect says, “We have done those things we ought not to have done; we have left undone those things we ought to have done; and there is no health in us.” We have rebelled against God’s righteous rule. We have broken his laws and have defaced his image in us. We deserve his just condemnation. We deserve to die. But at this point the glory of the gospel comes in. For Jesus, the Righteous One, has died for us that we might be saved from condemnation.

    Has he died for you? Do you know that personally? If not, you can know it merely by committing yourself to him. You can say, “Lord Jesus Christ, I know that I am a sinner. I deserve to die for my sin, but you have died for me. I trust you as having become my Savior in your death. Receive me now as one of your followers. I promise to follow and serve you from this time forth, forever.” If you will honestly pray that prayer, you are already his, for he has received you, having already done the marvelous work of regeneration in your heart.
    - From commentary on John 18:37-38 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  76. The Lord had mercy upon the Egyptians. And He will have mercy upon any of us. But there is a condition: we must turn to the Lord, acknowledging Him as the only true Lord and Savior of the world. God loved the Egyptians, so He offered salvation to them. But He also loves us, so He offers salvation to all of us as well. However, when the gifts of God’s mercy and salvation are offered, we must reach out to take them. No matter who may offer us a gift, it never becomes ours until we reach out to receive it. So it is with the gifts of God’s mercy and salvation. We must reach out to receive them in order to be saved.
    According to the present Scripture, the majority of Egyptians will not turn to the Lord until the days of great tribulation come to earth. It will be the judgment, the terrible trials, that will arouse the majority of Egyptians to turn to the Lord, the only living and true God. But God forbid that we wait until judgment comes to turn to Him. God help us all to turn to Him now. For when the war machines of this earth mobilize and begin their attack, far too often the hand of death snatches us before we can do anything, much less cry out to God for deliverance. War or disease or accident or even murderers can snatch us away at any time. As we all know, the youngest among us are sometimes snatched out of this world by the hand of death. Time to cry out for salvation is not always available. Today—right now, in this moment—the hand of God’s mercy is extending the gift of salvation to us. But we must reach out to accept the gift in order to be saved. Listen to what God’s Holy Word says about His mercy:
    “And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation” (Lu. 1:50).
    “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ep. 2:4-8).
    “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Tit. 3:5-7).
    “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children” (Ps. 103:17).
    “Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Ps. 106:1).
    “For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds” (Ps. 108:4).
    “The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes” (Ps. 119:64).
    “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (La. 3:22-23). 
    - From the “Thought 1” reading from Isaiah 19:16-25 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  77. Because of Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross on our behalf, God freely offers us forgiveness. “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. . . . As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:10-12). - From location 838 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  78. Christ offers to everyone the gift of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life: “Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17). - From location 843 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  79. There’s no righteous deed we can do that will earn us a place in Heaven (Titus 3:5). We come to Christ empty-handed. We can take no credit for salvation: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). - From location 845 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  80. This gift cannot be worked for, earned, or achieved in any sense. It’s not dependent on our merit or effort but solely on Christ’s generous and sufficient sacrifice on our behalf. Ultimately, God’s greatest gift is himself. We don’t just need salvation, we need Jesus the Savior. It is the person, God, who graciously gives us the place, - From location 848 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  81. Will you call upon him? You can never be too sinful or call so late that Jesus will not hear. He is listening for that call now. - From commentary on John 19:16-19 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  82. Once forgiven, we can look forward to spending eternity in Heaven with Christ and our spiritual family (John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11–22:6). We need never fear that God will find a skeleton in our closet and say, “If I’d known you did that, I wouldn’t have let you into Heaven.” Every sin is covered under the blood of Christ. Moreover, God is all-knowing. He has seen us at our worst and still loves us. No sin is bigger than the Savior. If God wasn’t willing to forgive sin on the basis of Christ’s sacrifice, Heaven would be empty. - From location 854 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  83. Jesus said, “Watch out that no one deceives you” (Matthew 24:4). There are countless groups, religious and secular, that will assure you Heaven is your automatic destination or that it can be attained by your hard work and abstention from certain sins. This is false—there is no salvation except by Jesus and his redemptive work. - From location 858 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  84. To those who presumed they would go to Heaven because they were religious, Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 7:21-23). Those who assume their religious activities alone will get them to Heaven have a terrible surprise ahead.  - From location 868 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  85. Do not merely assume that you are a Christian and are going to Heaven. Make the conscious decision to accept Christ’s sacrificial death on your behalf. When you choose to accept Christ and surrender control of your life to him, you can be certain that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  - From location 873 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  86. When God’s judgment fell upon Tyre, the known world of that day was humbled. The day is coming when our world will also be humbled. God forewarns us: the day of judgment is coming. Either we humble ourselves now, or God will humble us in that day. We will either bow the knee before Christ now, or we will bow the knee on Judgment Day. The choice is ours alone. If we reject or deny the Lord, defying His name in this world, He will humble us. No defiant person will escape. Any person who refuses to acknowledge God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be humbled. God loves His Son above all else, so much that He will never tolerate abuse of Christ’s name. If a person walks through life defying and cursing the Lord’s name, there is no chance this person will ever escape the hand of God’s judgment. This person will come to the end of life and suddenly be snatched into the next life, still continuing in his defiance, unbelief, and cursing. And he will continue to be separated from God forever. God will reject the person because he never bowed the knee to humble himself and acknowledge Jesus Christ as God’s Son, the Savior of the world. Listen to what God says about humbling ourselves and acknowledging the Lord:
    And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted” (Mt. 23:12).
    “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Lu. 13:3).
    “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (Jn. 3:17-18).
    “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn. 3:36).
    “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Ro. 1:18).
    From the “Thought 1” reading from Isaiah 23:1-14 in the  Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  87. “There can be but one just method of salvation, and that is the method which God has devised in the infinite bounty of his being, and has brought to us by the goodness of his heart and the sacrifice that flows from his loving kindness. God says to the human race in sum: I will not look at what you have been. It makes no difference how you may have sunken in sin or how you have walked according to your standards. I will not take account of the arrogance of your pride or of the filth of your wallowing. I will not look at what you call iniquity, nor will I look at what you call goodness. I will bring you all to the gate and count you all as equal. I will ask you to admit that your gradations of human efforts and human attainments must be discarded and that you come, one and all, as bankrupts. Just admit that though you may have everything that satisfies your neighbors you have nothing that satisfies me. Then, says God, I will do everything for you and put righteousness to your account as a free gift without respect of persons.”  - From commentary on John 19:16-19 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  88. For those who know Christ, their place is Heaven. For those who do not know Christ, their place is Hell. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). There is no middle ground. Either you are a follower of Jesus or you are not. Christ said, “He who is not with me is against me” (Luke 11:23). - From location 880 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  89. The Bible ends with yet one more invitation, suggesting that God wants to give every reader one last chance: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17). It is Jesus—and Heaven—we thirst for. Jesus and Heaven are offered to us at no cost because he already paid the price for us. God invites you to come. The church invites you to come. - From location 883 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  90. You are made for a person and a place. Jesus is the person. Heaven is the place. They are a package—you cannot get Heaven without Jesus or Jesus without Heaven. - From location 891 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  91. “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6). Have you confessed your sins? asked Christ to forgive you? placed your trust in Christ’s death and resurrection on your behalf? asked Jesus to be your Lord and empower you to follow him?  - From location 893 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  92. God has never given up on his original creation. Yet somehow we’ve managed to overlook an entire biblical vocabulary that makes this point clear. Reconcile. Redeem. Restore. Recover. Return. Renew. Regenerate. Resurrect. Each of these biblical words begins with the re- prefix, suggesting a return to an original condition that was ruined or lost. (Many are translations of Greek words with an ana prefix, which has the same meaning as the English re-.) For example, redemption means to buy back what was formerly owned. Similarly, reconciliation means the restoration or reestablishment of a prior friendship or unity. Renewal means to make new again, restoring to an original state. Resurrection means becoming physically alive again, after death.   - From location 1712 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  93. God has his hands on the earth. He will not let go—even when it requires that his hands be pierced by nails. Both his incarnation and those nails secured him to Earth and its eternal future. In a redemptive work far larger than most imagine, Christ bought and paid for our future and the earth’s. - From location 1828 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  94. The crown of righteousness: Paul used this reference to the reward of righteousness that believers will receive when Christ returns.  Though an individual receives the righteousness of Christ when he trusts in him as Saviour, this righteousness is not fully realized until the day of his appearing.  Legally, before the holy God, we are righteousness.  Practically, we await Christ's return when we will experience the reward of his total righteousness.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 4:8   pg. 322.
  95. Paul looked ahead to the sweep of eternity, the bliss of living in God's presence and wrote, "Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all" (2 Cor. 4:16-17).  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 4:8   pg. 322.
  96. To set our hopes on Christ's appearing qualifies us a children of God.  To those who have staked their lives upon his coming, that day promises a uniting with the Lord.  There is joy in anticipation of seeing him.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 4:8   pg. 322.
  97. Christ came to remove the curse of sin and death (Romans 8:2). He is the second Adam, who will undo the damage wrought by the first Adam (1 Corinthians 15:22, 45; Romans 5:15-19). In the Cross and the Resurrection, God made a way not only to restore his original design for mankind but also to expand it. In our resurrection bodies, we will again dwell on Earth—a New Earth—completely free of the Curse. Unencumbered by sin, human activity will lead naturally to a prosperous and magnificent culture. - From location 2016 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  98. Death to a good man, is his release from the imprisonment of this world, and his departure to the enjoyments of another world.  - From 2 Timothy 4:6-8 of the Matthew Henry CC of the MacSword Software program
  99. No case is hopeless. Your case is not hopeless. God took Abraham, the pagan, and made him into a pillar of faith and the father of his people. He took Moses, the stammerer, and made him into the greatest vehicle for the communication of the word of God until Paul. He made the shepherd boy David into a king; Peter “the weak” into Peter “the rock”; John the Son of Thunder into the apostle of love; Paul, the persecuter of Christians, into a faithful ambassador and martyr. He can do that for you. Allow him to do it. Believe on Christ. Rather than being faithless, may you be one who, like Thomas, was found “faith-full.” - From the commentary on John 20:24-28 of the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  100. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Becoming a new creation sounds as if it involves a radical change, and indeed it does. But though we become new people when we come to Christ, we still remain the same people.  - From location 2141 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn  
  101. Conversion does not mean eliminating the old but transforming it. Despite the radical changes that occur through salvation, death, and resurrection, we remain who we are. We have the same history, appearance, memory, interests, and skills. This is the principle of redemptive continuity. God will not scrap his original creation and start over. Instead, he will take his fallen, corrupted children and restore, refresh, and renew us to our original design. - From location 2148 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn  
  102. The kindness and love of God our Savior appeared.  This is the incarnation, the appearance (epiphany) of Christ among men.  God's kindness and love compelled Christ's appearance in Bethlehem, his exemplary life, and his substitutionary death and resurrection.  Jesus, in these actual events, gained salvation for all people who believe.  Rescuing us from the grip of corruption, he saved us.  The work of salvation comes solely from God's mercy, not because of righteous things we had done.  Isaiah 64:6 states, "All our righteous acts are like filthy rags." We can contrive no goodness by which to attain the favor or forgiveness of God.  Salvation comes independent of human effort or desire.  God initiates, acts, and pursues because of his mercy.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Titus 3:4-6  pp. 382-383. 
  103. The Lord makes a most wonderful promise to any person who will trust Him. He is going to place a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a cornerstone that will serve as the foundation for any life built upon it. Whoever trusts this stone will be secure and never have to flee from the coming judgment of God (v. 16). This stone is a clear reference to the coming Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the One upon whom believers and the church are built (Mk. 12:10; Ac. 4:11-12; Ro. 9:33; 10:11; 1 Co. 3:11; Ep. 2:20; 1 Pe. 2:4-8). All who build their lives upon the foundation of Christ will no longer have to run here and there seeking protection from enemies. Christ is the foundation stone that supports His followers amid the stormy trials and temptations of this world.
    c. At the same time, people must understand this fact: if they reject the foundation stone God offers, they will face judgment (vv. 17-22). God will inspect the foundation of every person’s life and measure it by the standard of His justice and righteousness. If they have based their security on Egypt (the world), they will be swept away by the flood of God’s judgment. They will be guilty of ignoring the Lord and trusting in the arm, the power of the flesh. 
    - From the reading about Isaiah 28:16-17 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  104. In Systematic Theology, Louis Berkhof wrote, "Sanctification is that gracious and continuous operation of the Holy Spirit, by which he delivers the justified sinner from the foolishness of sin, renews his whole nature in the image of God, and enables him to perform good works."  God does enable us.  But we must partner with his Spirit to produce the goodness he intends, putting faith into practice through the commitment of our wills.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Titus 3:8,  pg. 384.
  105. Paul summarizes the two sides of the salvation coin:  Christ was delivered over to death for our sins, but then he was raised to life for our justification.  What's the difference?  The sacrificial atonement for sin was accomplished through the death of Christ (Rom. 3:25), and the approval of God was manifested in the resurrected).  Anyone could die claiming to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world.  The test would be their resurrection.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 4:24-25,  pg. 139. 
  106. Anselm, whom we mentioned earlier, put it like this: First, he said, salvation had to be achieved by God, for no one else could achieve it. Certainly men and women could not achieve it, for we are the ones who have gotten ourselves into trouble in the first place. We have done so by our rebellion against God’s just law and decrees. Moreover, we have suffered from the effects of sin to such a degree that even our will is bound, and therefore we cannot even choose to please God, let alone actually please him. Our only hope is God, who alone has both the will and power to save. Second, said Anselm, apparently contradicting this first point, salvation must also be achieved by man, for man is the one who has wronged God and must therefore make the wrong right. Given this situation, salvation can be achieved only by one who is both God and man, that is, Jesus.  - From commentary on John 19:30 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  107. How mistaken we would be to ever think that God couldn't forgive us.  No sin is too big for the ruler of the universe to handle.  He can and will forgive us when we come to him through his Son.  That Jesus sat down means that the work was complete.  Christ's sacrifice was final.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews 1:3,  page 2219.
  108. We are living in the last days, not in a chronological sense but in a theological sense.  Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension showed that we have entered new territory in God's plans.  In these final days God has spoken through his Son.  God wants us to hear him.  We had better listen.  Anyone neglecting what Jesus says faces the spiritual danger of a driver crashing through road signs announcing, "Bridge out ahead!"  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 1 vv1-3  p. 9. 
  109. Just as Christ is greater than the angels, so Christ's message is more important than theirs.  No one will escape God's punishment if he or she is indifferent to the salvation offered by Christ.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews 2, Note 2:2, 3,  page 2221.
  110. God's love is as constant as his wrath. God showed his love in that he took the initiative to send Christ as the atonement for our sins (1 John 4:10). The death of Christ makes it possible for sinners to be reconciled to a holy God (2 Cor. 5:18–21). The result is that God's love and holiness are satisfied in the death of Jesus. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, Deeper Discoveries: at location 968.
  111. The atonement of Christ is that action by which Jesus makes it possible for sinners to have fellowship with God. As our substitute, he received the suffering and death which each sinner deserves. The result of this loving offering is that we have the possibility of enjoying fellowship with the God who created us. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, Deeper Discoveries: at location 972.
  112. You need to understand that Hell or Heaven will be, in one sense, the eternal extension of the deepest, truest you that you become in this life. So here is the most important question of your existence: What are you becoming? Whatever you are becoming reveals where you are going. If you are savoring by faith a salvation and fullness from God, you are already on your way to what Isaiah calls Zion in chapter 35. But if you choose not to live by faith in this world, Isaiah 34 is showing you your future.
    What if God does leave you to yourself? What if God doesn’t intervene to save you from yourself and Isaiah 34 writes your final chapter? What if that itching envy in your heart, that bitterness eating away inside you, that anger raging inside you, your ungrateful self for whom nothing is ever good enough, the you lurking in the fantasy twilight of lust, the you buried alive in the coffin of greed, the you that’s too sophisticated for childlike delight in God — what if God does not save you? The you that you are becoming now is what you will be forever. Unless God saves you, you will eventually find that you cannot stop anymore.
    And the grumbling and blaming and all the rest will take over and churn on forever like a machine, and you won’t be able to stop and rest. That hell is when you become the photographic negative of what you were meant to be when God made you. God says, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11).
    And God can save you. He wants you to be a part of the Isaiah 35 scenario. If you will turn to him, he will make the difference, all by himself. Salvation is God liberating the soul from the habits of self-focus. Salvation is God clearing away this tangled undergrowth of self-absorption forever. Salvation is God replacing all this dark complication with something new and simple and beautiful, flooding the human soul with a sense of his glory. That is how we obtain gladness and joy. That is how sorrow and sighing flee away. So, let God save you. Your heavenly joy will begin even now (1 Peter 1:8, 9). - From the readings located in the section “Two Final Outcomes in Isaiah 34-35 in Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) by R. Kent Hughs et al., Crossway Publisher.
  113. When we enter into rest with Jesus, we will find God's presence, blessing, and peace but not a cessation from labor. Our rest with God gives us new strength, but it does not introduce us into inactivity. God's salvation produces people who receive divine energy to serve, obey, and work for him. This rest we enjoy as believers in Christ becomes a type of our rest in heaven after leaving earth. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1711.
  114. God gives rest to Christians both on earth and in heaven, but it is the rest of his presence which provides strength for activity.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1723.
  115. Our sinless Savior provided for us a perfect redemption. His victorious experience with temptation provides sympathy, encouragement, and victory for us in our temptation.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1873.
  116. Only thus was it possible for God to be both “just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). This is the ultimate necessity indicated in those well-known verses in John’s Gospel. “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (3:14–17). These verses say that apart from the death of Christ and faith in him, the race is lost. Given the desire of God to save us, there was just no other option. - From commentary on John 19:30 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  117. The word completely may mean that Jesus can save with totality or that he can save permanently. Either possibility supplies good meaning, but most commentators feel that here the emphasis is that Christ is able to save people entirely. Anyone who comes to God for salvation must come through Jesus, for salvation comes only through Christ. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v. 25, at location 3386.
  118. A high priest like this fits our condition. He has experienced the complete force of temptation, and he has yielded to none of it. He has the perfect fitness to represent us before God and to secure our acceptance with God.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v. 26, at location 3403.
  119. The total unselfishness and commitment of Jesus appeared in his offering up of himself. Jesus had said that he came to offer his life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). All who have come to Jesus for salvation have found him to be a powerful and sufficient Savior.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v. 27, at location 3410.
  120. The order of Melchizedek had as priest the Son, who has been made perfect forever. With a perfect High Priest like Jesus, Christians may approach God with confidence. Jesus' character guarantees our access.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v. 28, at location 3417.
  121. The idea is not that Jesus first became perfect and then became High Priest. Jesus' nature was perfect from the beginning. He came to earth as a perfect High Priest. His earthly life was an exhibition of the moral perfection he always possessed. It is true that his suffering developed in him an ability to understand our needs and to become an even more effective Savior (Heb. 2:10). His eternal perfection allowed him to meet the needs of sinful, wandering human beings.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v. 28, at location 3419.
  122. In Jesus God provided struggling sinners better access to him than Old Testament believers ever had.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, at location 3424.
  123. Purity, permanence, and predominance! These three features make Jesus a perfect representative for stumbling sinners. We need someone of spotless character and superior position to represent us before God with stability. Thank God. We have this in Jesus.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, at location 3427.
  124. We glory in Jesus' ability to heal people who are morally sick and make them righteous. In Jesus we have a Savior who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens(Heb. 7:26).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, Conclusion, at location 3446.
  125. Purity, permanence, predominance! These are the traits which we have in Jesus. This is the kind of high priest God gives us in Jesus. This is the kind of representative who can bring us into God's presence. This is the type of high priest who can produce other holy people.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, Conclusion, at location 3448.
  126. In Jesus God has given us a great and powerful representative in his presence. The ministry of Old Testament priests did not produce godly people. Jesus' ministry for us is effective because it is permanent. Jesus' ministry for us is effective because Jesus has spotless character.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, Principals, at location 3452.
  127. Offer praise and thanksgiving to God for the greatness of the ministry which Christ has for you. Find hope in the fact that Christ is able to save you completely (Heb. 7:25). Cast the burden of your failures on Christ because his sacrifice has paid for all your sins. Make no excuses for your own failures but claim strength and forgiveness from Christ to move forward in obedience.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, Applications, at location 3457.
  128. Jesus is in the business of perfecting imperfect people. That's what his high priesthood is all about. Jesus' death has paid for all our sins. In God's presence he is praying for us. When we confess our failures and repent of our sin, God offers us forgiveness through Jesus. Confession, forgiveness, and repentance are processes through which God perfects imperfect people. The perfect sacrifice of Christ, his godly character, and his permanent prayers can take weak people and move them toward God. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, IV. Life Application, at location 3472.
  129. We have in Christ a Savior and High Priest who can take imperfect people and lead them to holiness. Christ prays for us. He offers forgiveness when we come to him with confession and repentance. He is eternally available to offer his encouragement and support. We have in Jesus a priest who can take us in our imperfections and make us what we should be.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, IV. Life Application, at location 3503.
  130. With Jesus as our representative, we have a secure salvation. Jesus' prayers guarantee our growth, development, and complete salvation (v. 25). In Jesus we have a perfect representative before God, who without interruption serves as our representative and helper.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VI. Deeper Discoveries, A. Eternal Priesthood (v. 3), at location 3521.
  131. Jesus himself was the guarantee that God would honor that covenant. The greatness of Jesus' person, the purity of his character, the thoroughness of his sacrifice, the power of his resurrection, and the superiority of his priestly work provided solid assurance that God would completely save sinners. The old covenant had Moses to serve as a mediator (Gal. 3:19), but it had no one to guarantee a fulfillment for sinners. Jesus became that guarantee. The new covenant offered a better hope, and because of Jesus it had a better High Priest.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VI. Deeper Discoveries, H. Guarantee (v. 22), at location 3590.
  132. If you are holding back from an outright confession of Christ and a determination to stand with him whatever may come, you are probably rationalizing your failure in this fashion. You are saying, “My testimony will not do any good. What matters is that I am God’s child, and I can be that in silence.” Can you? Can you have confidence that you are really born again if you will not confess Christ openly? You know the Scriptures: “If anyone comes after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23); “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27); “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved” (Rom. 10:9–10); “Whoever ackowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will also disown him before my Father in heaven” (Matt. 10:32–33). - From commentary on John 19:38 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  133. Christ's ministry of intercession for his people is an outgrowth of the effectiveness of his earthly ministry. It also is an indication of his present activity for believers. In Luke 22:32 Jesus came to Simon Peter to say, “I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.” Those words provide a sample of Jesus' prayers for believers during his time on earth. I believe that they also help us to understand how Jesus prays for us today. Jesus' prayers for Peter helped him endure the failure of denying Jesus and find usefulness as a leader in the early church. We have this same resource available for us today in Jesus' prayers for us.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VI. Deeper Discoveries, J. Jesus' Intercession (v. 25), at location 3614.
  134. As Christ prays for believers in heaven today, he presents himself on behalf of believers who have approached God through him. With such an introduction to God as this, believers will not fail to receive God's grace and help in their times of need. They will remain eternally safe in God's strong hands. Christ's intercession for us gives us secure hope.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VI. Deeper Discoveries, J. Jesus' Intercession (v. 25), at location 3619.
  135. Chapter 7 explains the typological meaning of Melchizedek's priesthood and shows how Christ has become our High Priest to bring us triumphantly into God's presence. Because Jesus exercises a constant ministry of prayer for us, we have hope, encouragement, and the assurance of reaching God.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VII. Teaching Outline, A. Introduction, at location 3627.
  136. With Jesus as our High Priest, we have a strong, effective representative in God's presence. He is praying for us. He is pure and spotless in his character. He can pray for us in our weakness. He can pick us up when we stumble. We can always have access to his strength. As believers we find ourselves constantly safe in Jesus' praying hands.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VII. Teaching Outline, A. Introduction, at location 3640.
  137. The Inability of the Law to Justify
    1. "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ…But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "The just shall live by faith." (Galatians 2:16 and 3:11)"
    2. Our great initial need before God is to be justified, to have God Himself declare us not guilty, to have the Lord pronounce us righteous in His sight. At first glance this appears to be an impossible situation for man. God, our Judge, is holy by His nature. Man (because of sin) is unholy by nature. "But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6).
    3. The consequences of such ungodliness are inevitably universal and appropriately severe. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 3:23 and 6:23a). The just sentence for all of humanity, in light of their sins against a pure, holy, and eternal God, is death (everlasting separation from God).
    4. The law of God offers no help and provides no hope of remedying this dire situation. People are "not justified by the works of the law." Trying one's best to measure up to the law never produces a verdict of not guilty. In all of history, Jesus was the only one who could be evaluated by God's law and receive a declaration of living righteously. Jesus was "in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). No other person could ever perform sufficiently before God's law to achieve a declaration of righteousness. "No one is justified by the law in the sight of God."
    5. Vows and pledges of personal improvement offer no hope. Asking others how to strive more earnestly provides no assistance. Only faith supplies the necessary remedy. "A man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ." Trusting in our own best efforts leaves us guilty before God. Trusting in Christ's perfect work on the cross makes us justified before God. "The just shall live by faith."
    6. "O Lord, my God, I praise You for Your glorious grace poured out upon me in justification. By Your grace alone You have declared me righteous in Your sight. I was totally guilty before Your holy law. I had no excuses and no hope of rescuing myself. Your law rightly condemned me, and I never could have reversed that verdict by my own performance. I trusted in Your Son, and You pronounced me righteous before You. To You, my Lord, I give all honor, glory, adoration, and thanksgiving, through Christ Jesus, my Savior, Amen."   - From the DBD (Daily Bread) October 1st Module as provided in The Sword Software program 
  138. God will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8,  at location 3727.
  139. One of the greatest joys believers find is the assurance of forgiven sin. We do not discover it by trusting in our goodness, church attendance, efforts to keep the Ten Commandments, or any other feature of self-effort. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8,  at location 3728.
  140. We find new hope when we live each day knowing God has forgiven our sins. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8,  at location 3732.
  141. Through Jesus, God has established a new covenant which provides believers new power, new knowledge of God, and new assurance of sins forgiven. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8,  at location 3737.
  142. Christ provides effective service for his people by giving an effective sacrifice for sin. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8,  vv. 1-6, at location 3741.
  143. Christ serves his people before God by offering a sacrifice for sin. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8,  v. 1,  at location 3745.
  144. Christ has established a new agreement which promises inner power, personal knowledge, and forgiveness of sins.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, vv. 7-13, at location 3801.
  145. Now this tabernacle Christ never entered into; but, having finished the work of satisfaction in the true tabernacle of his own body, he is now a minister of the sanctuary, the holy of holies, the true tabernacle in heaven, there taking care of his people's affairs, interceding with God for them, that their sins may be pardoned and their persons and services accepted, through the merit of his sacrifice. He is not only in heaven enjoying great dominion and dignity, but, as the high priest of his church, executing this office for them all in general, and every member of the church in particular.  - From the Matthew Henry Commentary Concordance as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 8, vv. 1-4.
  146. Through Christ God accomplished the reconciliation of the world to himself (2 Cor. 5:19).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, v.8, at location 3821.
  147. Hebrews 8:12. God had promised new power to fulfill his laws and a new closeness to know and understand him. His third promise offered forgiveness to sinners. A literal translation of verse 12 has God promising, “I will be merciful to their deeds of unrighteousness.” God had always been merciful. The new covenant gave more open expression to God's mercy.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, v. 12, at location 3848. 
  148. The parallel statement that God would remember their sins no more reassured sinners that God's forgiveness was complete. God, unlike human beings, does not say, “I will forgive, but I will not forget.” God promises to forget our sins.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, v. 12, at location 3851. 
  149. The ground of forgiveness was not human repentance but Jesus' sacrificial death. Only the death of Jesus could provide full assurance that God has wiped away sins and made believers righteous in his sight. God took the initiative to give sinners his grace and mercy. Because God really dealt with sins, the blessings of knowing him and serving him with power become possible.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, v. 12, at location 3854.  
  150. Through Jesus God has established a new covenant which provides believers new power, new knowledge of God, and new assurance of sins forgiven.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, v. 13, at location 3868. 
  151. By faith in Jesus you and I become members of God's family. We have urgent and desperate needs. Because God is now our heavenly Father, he loves us too much to leave us hanging. We are family. God will help.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, Conclusion at location 3876. 
  152. God's forgiveness offers two marvelous benefits. First, it wiped the slate clean with God. Guilt for past disobedience was gone “as far as the east is from the west” (Ps. 103:12). Second, it sets us free to understand and accept ourselves. Because Jesus has accepted us, we don't fear exposure before others. People delight in pointing the finger at Christians and saying, “You live like that and call yourself a Christian? You are a hypocrite!” Forgiven Christians can say, “Yes, I have sinned. I can't hide it. God has forgiven me. Will you also forgive me?”  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, IV. Life Application, at location 3919. 
  153. Christians alone can accept pardon for sins in the past, mistakes of the future, and embarrassments in the present. Only Christians have the resources to accept themselves when others accuse them. God's forgiveness is a wonderful gift. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, IV. Life Application, at location 3923. 
  154. To say Jesus is our mediator means more than that he was our middleman. His service as our mediator guaranteed our salvation. Since his priesthood endures forever (Hebrews 7:22–25), the covenant he established will last eternally. Christ both stands with and between God and lost human beings, guaranteeing that lost sinners can find God.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, Deeper Discoveries, B. Mediator (v.6), at location 3946.
  155. God articles with them about the pardon of their sins, as what always accompanies the true knowledge of God ( 12): For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, &c. Observe, [1.] The freeness of this pardon. It does not result from merit in man, but from mercy in God; he pardons for his own name's sake. [2.] The fullness of this pardon; it extends to their unrighteousness, sins, and iniquities; to all kinds of sin, to sins highly aggravated. [3.] The fixedness of this pardon. It is so final and so fixed that God will remember their sins no more; he will not recall his pardon; he will not only forgive their sins, but forget them, treat them as if he had forgotten them. This pardoning mercy is connected with all other spiritual mercies. Unpardoned sin prevents mercy, and pulls down judgments; but the pardon of sin prevents judgment, and opens a wide door to all spiritual blessings; it is the effect of that mercy that is from everlasting, and the earnest of that mercy that shall be to everlasting. This is the excellency of the new dispensation, and these are the articles of it; and therefore we have no reason to repine, but great reason to rejoice that the former dispensation is antiquated and has vanished away.  - From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 8, vv. 6-13.
  156. Three features made Christ's cleansing effective.  First, Christ made the offering through the eternal Spirit.  This is probably not a reference to the Holy Spirit, but to Christ's own spirit.  Christ made an inner spiritual response in which he offered himself.  His response was not merely outward but inward and eternal.  The Holy Spirit energized this response.  Second, Christ offered himself.  Christ's offering was voluntary, and it represented an intelligent act of spiritual obedience to God.  Third, Christ offered his unblemished character to God.  Jesus responded in perfect moral purity.  The sacrifice was of infinite value.  This offering produced a cleansed conscience among those who commit themselves to Christ.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, vv. 14, at location 4133. 
  157. Jesus secures forgiveness of sin.  On the basis of giving himself, Christ became a mediator of the new covenant and a ransom to free captives from their sin.  Christ's death was the price paid to liberate spiritual prisoners. In his death Christ removed the consequences of sin for those who trust him.  The real cleansing from sin against God did not come from sacrificing animals but from the sacrifice of Christ.  The purpose of the new covenant Jesus established was to provide an eternal inheritance for believers.  Because of Christ, sin no longer can bar believers from divine blessings.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, vv. 15, at location 4133. 
  158. The death of Christ not only set believers free from their sins, but it also activated the positive benefits of the new covenant.  Christ died so believers might receive the benefits of the new covenant.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, vv. 16-18, at location 4151. 
  159. Christ now appears for us in God's presence.  He has constant access to God.  Christ represents us, prays for us, and accomplishes what we could never do (Heb. 7:25). - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, vv. 24, at location 4184. 
  160. Christ voluntarily surrendered his life for the sins of the world (Luke 22:42).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, vv. 25, at location 4184. 
  161. You can choose not to live by faith in God, but you cannot choose to evade the consequences. Lance Armstrong is a great athlete, a seven-time winner of the Tour de France, and a courageous survivor of cancer. We all admire him. But when his life was in danger, he rated his chances this way:
    Quite simply, I believed I had a responsibility to be a good person, and that meant fair, honest, hardworking, and honorable. If I did that, if I was good to my family, true to my friends, if I gave back to my community or to some cause, if I wasn’t a liar, a cheat, or a thief, then I believed that should be enough. At the end of the day, if there was indeed some Body or presence standing there to judge me, I hope I would be judged on whether I had lived a true life, not on whether I believed in a certain book, or whether I’d been baptized. If there was indeed a God at the end of my days, I hoped he didn’t say, “But you were never a Christian, so you’re going the other way from heaven.” If so, I was going to reply, “You know what? You’re right. Fine.”
    Do we know who we are? Do we know who God is? Nobody will get the last word in on God.
    “The good life” turning into an eternally barren desert — that is where God-neglect takes us (Isaiah 34). But if you will put your trust in God, your desert will be transformed into a garden. That is what the grace of God can do (Isaiah 35). Each one of us is moving in one of these two directions, either into judgment or into salvation. What God wants is to save you.
     - From the reading about Isaiah 34-35 in Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) by R. Kent Hughes et al, Crossway Publisher
  162. Hebrews 9:27 (ESV) -  And just as  it is appointed for man to die once, and  after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once  to bear the sins of  many, will appear  a second time,  not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly  waiting for him.  Commentary from Holman - These verses contrast the death of human beings and the death of Christ.  The death of human beings was destined, and judgement followed after it.  We cannot avoid death.  God has appointed that death should visit every human being.  The fact that judgement follows death does not mean that it occurs immediately after death.  An interval separates death and judgement.  The mention of judgement after death does not suggest that no judgement occurs prior to death.  These verses speak of the final judgement which clearly occurred after physical death.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, vv. 27-28, at location 4202. 
  163. Christ died to take away the sins of many people (see 9:26).  At a time after his death, he will come again not to deal with sin but to bring salvation to his people.  Jesus dealt completely with sin in his death.  At his return he will usher his people into the experience of eternal life.  The idea of Christ's appearance a second time reminds us of the reappearance of the high priest after he had completed his task in the Most Holy Place on the Day of Atonement (see Luke 1:21-22).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, vv. 27-28, at location 4202. 
  164. Through Jesus, God has acted to destroy the effects of sin permanently.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, vv. 27-28, at location 4219. 
  165. The appointment of God concerning men contains in it two things:-- (1.) That they must once die, or, at least, undergo a change equivalent to death. It is an awful thing to die, to have the vital knot loosed or cut asunder, all relations here dropped at once, an end put to our probation and preparation state, and to enter into another world. It is a great work, and it is a work that can be but once done, and therefore had need to be well done. This is matter of comfort to the godly, that they shall die well and die but once; but it is matter of terror to the wicked, who die in their sins, that they cannot return again to do that great work better. (2.) It is appointed to men that after death they shall come to judgment, to a particular judgment immediately after death; for the soul returns to God as to its judge, to be determined to its eternal state; and men shall be brought to the general judgment, at the end of the world. This is the unalterable decree of God concerning men--they must die, and they must be judged. It is appointed for them, and it is to be believed and seriously considered by them.   - From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 9, vv. 27-28.
  166. The appointment of God concerning Christ, bearing some resemblance to the other. (1.) He must be once offered, to bear the sins of many, of all the Father had given to him, of all who should believe in his name. He was not offered for any sin of his own; he was wounded for our transgressions. God laid on him the iniquity of all his people; and these are many, though not so many as the rest of mankind; yet, when they are all gathered to him, he will be the first-born among many brethren. (2.) It is appointed that Christ shall appear the second time without sin, to the salvation of those who look for him. [1.] He will then appear without sin; at his first appearance, though he had no sin of his own, yet he stood charged with the sins of many; he was the Lamb of God that bore upon him the sins of the world, and then he appeared in the form of sinful flesh; but his second appearance will be without any such charge upon him, he having fully discharged it before, and then his visage shall not be marred, but shall be exceedingly glorious. [2.] This will be to the salvation of all who look for him; he will then perfect their holiness, their happiness; their number shall then be accomplished, and their salvation completed. Observe, It is the distinguishing character of true believers that they are looking for Christ; they look to him by faith; they look for him by hope and holy desires. They look for him in every duty, in every ordinance, in every providence now; and they expect his second coming, and are preparing for it; and though it will be sudden destruction to the rest of the world, who scoff at the report of it, it will be eternal salvation to those who look for it.  - From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 9, vv. 27-28.
  167. Jesus' death touched the conscience (vv. 11-14).  The holy influence of his death developed in his people a desire to serve the living God.  Jesus' death also brought permanent forgiveness (vv. 15-22). Jesus' death was permanently effective (vv.23-28).  It required no repetition.  The single offering of his life removed the sins of all who trust in him.  Jesus gives us permanent forgiveness for which cleanses our conscience.  God's grace richly blesses us.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, III. Conclusion, at location 4221. 
  168. Believers in Jesus receive the promise of an eternal inheritance.  This inheritance involves an experience of divine grace both here and hereafter.  It allows believers to experience the presence of God in their lives.  It permits them to live with joy and delight in experiencing God's blessings.  Believers enjoy an eternal inheritance because the salvation Jesus gives lasts forever.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, D. Inheritance (v. 15), at location 4284. 
  169. An Effective Remedy for Sin (Hebrews 9:11-28).  Christ's death was effective because it cleansed the conscience (vv. 11-14), provided full forgiveness (vv.  15-22), and needed no repetition (vv. 23-28).  Effective, eternal, encouraging.  These three adjectives contrast the death of Christ with the ineffective animal sacrifices which readers of Hebrews had seen and observed.  Christ's death was effective because it removed sin permanently.  It was eternal because it never needed repetition.  It was encouraging because it provided hope to sinners struggling with guilt and weakness because of sin.  Christ's death provides the power and forgiveness for godly living! - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, VII Teaching Outline, A. Introduction, at location 4317. 
  170. If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be empty. - German Proverb.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, Quote, at location 4379. 
  171. Christ's sacrifice is permanent.  It makes forgiveness possible, gives access to God, and produces people who can endure in righteous living and in love for one another.  It develops followers who can face and overcome persecution.  Receiving Christ's sacrifice is so important that anyone rejecting it will find no other means of paying for sins.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, "In a Nutshell", at location 4379. 
  172. Christ's sacrificial death has the power to produce people who are being made holy (Heb. 10:14).  This is a superior product!  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, I. Introduction - Producing a Superior Product, at location 4411. 
  173. Because the sacrifice of Christ is endlessly effective, it produces people with spiritual stamina, liberal love, and conspicuous commitment.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, II. Commentary - The Power of Christ's Permanent Sacrifice, at location 4411. 
  174. Christ's sacrifice is permanent because it demonstrates a chosen obedience and true forgiveness.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, II. Commentary - The Power of Christ's Permanent Sacrifice, A. The Permanence of Christ's Sacrifice (vv. 1-18)  Supporting Idea, at location 4411. 
  175. Hebrews 10:13 - The present era is a waiting period as Christ anticipates a final victory over his enemies.  We have been living in this era since the time of Jesus' exaltation to heaven.  Christ has already won the victory, but we do not yet see the complete defeat of Christ's spiritual enemies.  Rather than complaining about the delay, we should see this time as a day of grace to allow outsiders to experience God's mercy and forgiveness.  We have no doubt or question about the ultimate outcome.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, 3. Permanent Because It Secured Forgiveness (vv. 11-18) Verse 10:13, at location 4480. 
  176. Hebrews 10:13 - As a king, Christ will enjoy full victory over his enemies.  He will make a final display of triumph over evil at the end of history (see 1 Cor. 15: 22-28).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, 3. Permanent Because It Secured Forgiveness (vv. 11-18) Verse 10:13, at location 4480. 
  177. Hebrews 10:15 - Whereof the Holy Ghost is a witness. The passage is cited from Jer. xxxi. 31, in which covenant God promises, 1. That he will pour out his Spirit upon his people, so as to give them wisdom, will, and power, to obey his word; he will put his laws in their hearts, and write them in their minds, 16. This will make their duty plain, easy, and pleasant. 2. Their sins and iniquities he will remember no more ( 17), which will alone show the riches of divine grace, and the sufficiency of Christ's satisfaction, that it needs not be repeated, 18. For there shall be no more remembrance of sin against true believers, either to shame them now or to condemn them hereafter. This was much more than the Levitical priesthood and sacrifices could effect. - From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 10, v. 15.
  178. Hebrews 15-17 - God has written his law within us and will no longer remember our sins and lawless acts.  The old covenant had provided for an annual remembrance of sin (v.3).  The new covenant promised no more remembrance of sin.  We can receive complete forgiveness for Jesus' death gives freedom from the penalty of sin.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, 3. Permanent Because It Secured Forgiveness (vv. 11-18) Verse 10:15-17, at location 4480. 
  179. Hebrews 10:18 - Anyone who wants forgiveness of sin can find access by placing a repentant faith in the completed work of Christ.  Chris's sacrifice was God's final answer to the universal problem of human sin.  God has no need to speak a word beyond Jesus.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, 3. Permanent Because It Secured Forgiveness (vv. 11-18) Verse 10:18, at location 4497. 
  180.  It is fit that believers should know the honours and privileges that Christ has procured for them, that, while they take the comfort, they may give him the glory of all. The privileges are, 1. Boldness to enter into the holiest. They have access to God, light to direct them, liberty of spirit and of speech to conform to the direction; they have a right to the privilege and a readiness for it, assistance to use and improve it and assurance of acceptance and advantage. They may enter into the gracious presence of God in his holy oracles, ordinances, providences, and covenant, and so into communion with God, where they receive communications from him, till they are prepared to enter into his glorious presence in heaven.  - From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 10, v. 19.
  181. The apostle tells us the way and means by which Christians enjoy such privileges, and, in general, declares it to be by the blood of Jesus, by the merit of that blood which he offered up to God as an atoning sacrifice: he has purchased for all who believe in him free access to God in the ordinances of his grace here and in the kingdom of his glory. This blood, being sprinkled on the conscience, chases away slavish fear, and gives the believer assurance both of his safety and his welcome into the divine presence.  - From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 10, v. 19.
  182. Christians who fall into sin and disobedience break their fellowship with God, but they never lose their position in his family.  Confession of sin can restore this fellowship (1 John 1:9).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10 IV Deeper Discoveries, A. Cleansing (v 2)  at location 4693. 
  183. The offering of Jesus' body in obedience to God has opened a new and living way to God's presence.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10 IV Deeper Discoveries, E. Curtain (v 20)  at location 4725. 
  184. Christ's revelation of God's redemption allows all believers to experience their eternal inheritance.  Ultimately, all the redeemed from all the ages will be gathered under Christ (Eph. 1:9-10).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 11, B. Examples of Faith, verses 11:39-40 at location 5019. 
  185. At conversion Christians become members of a community of those who can worship the living God and receive from him grace for daily needs (Heb. 4:16(.  Christians already experience a fulfillment of fellowship with God.  The future will bring a complete consummation of this fellowship.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 12:22, C. The Supremecy of the New Covenant (vv. 18-24) at location 5376. 
  186. When Jesus returns in glory, the fire of God's holiness will consume all that is false and evil.  Those with wickedness will be consumed by the fire of this judgement.  Those who profess faith in Christ cannot expect mercy if they willfully turn from Jesus back to sin, disobedience, the Law, or a false god.  We must show the reality of our confession by our obedience and worship.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 12:29-30, at location 5425. 
  187. As sinners, we were under condemnation for our sin until we accepted the provisions of Christ, who took this condemnation on himself. At that point, we were moved from condemnation to regeneration.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2845.
  188. Christ paid the eternal price (hell) for all our sins, once and for all (Hebrews 10:12-18). If we have trusted him for that provision, we will not pay the eternal price; that is, we will not go to hell. He has fully forgiven our sins and we are completely secure in the love of Christ (Psalm 103:8-18; Romans 8:31-39). Our salvation is sure, and we will not undergo the judgment of condemnation (John 5:24; Romans 8:1).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2859.
  189. Forgiven (Mark 2:5) - Forgiveness is at the heart of Christ's mission and message.  When we forgive someone, we let them go; we release their obligation to us.  When God forgives us, he is releasing us from an obligation for sin.  It is clear in the Bible that the initiative for forgiveness is with God (Hos. 14:4; Eph. 4:32; Col 2:13; Heb. 10:17).  God stands ready to forgive, as seen in Jesus' parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32).  His forgiveness is given freely and immediately.  No other religion teaches forgiveness in this way.  Christianity is truly set apart from the other great religions which teach that forgiveness must be earned by good works or repeated lifetimes.  The Bible teaches, however, that forgiveness comes only through the shedding of blood (Heb. 9:22).  Our great God, through his infinite mercy, has provided the way for us.  He offered Christ, to be our sacrifice (Heb. 9:26; 10:5-10).  He is truly Jehovah Jired, the God who provides (Gen. 22:8).  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Mark" by Max Anders and Rodney L. Cooper, Mark 2, VI. Deeper Discoveries, B. Forgiven (2:5), page 40.
  190. Principals from Luke 2 - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Mark" by Max Anders and Trent C. Butler, page 35-36.
    1. Jesus' role as Savior was proclaimed before his birth.
    2. Jesus' salvation was intended for all people.
    3. Jesus' salvation comes to us through the dedicated lives of the "insignificant people" of the world who choose to serve God in obedience and trust rather than carve out a niche in history for themselves.
    4. Jesus' salvation comes to us in the midst of the world history and even through the unsuspecting actions of unbelieving historical rulers.
    5. Jesus' salvation does not come automatically.  People retain the freedom to reject him.
    6. Jesus' salvation often brings pain to those closest to him.
    7. Jesus' salvation was accomplished only because a human baby faithfully accomplished the growth tasks of a child in order to enter a heavenly mission.
  191. God provided the solution - a way to deliver man from his wretched state.  Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15 that God provided another Adam.  The Son of God became a man - a perfect Man - yet still our relation.  He is called "the last Adam" (1 Corinthians 15:45) because he took the place of the first Adam.  He became the new head and, because He was sinless, was able to pay the penalty for sin:  " For since by [a] man came death, by [a]a Man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).  - From page 67-68 of "The New Answers Book 1" by Ken Ham.
  192. Psalm:119:81 -  My soul longs for your salvation;
    I hope in your word.
    82 My eyes long for your promise;
    I ask, When will you comfort me?
  193. "When wilt thou comfort me? Comfort me with thy salvation, comfort me with thy word." Observe, 1. The salvation and consolation of God's people are secured to them by the word, which will certainly be fulfilled in its season. 2. The promised salvation and comfort may be, and often are, long deferred, so that they are ready to faint and fall in the expectation of them. 3. Though we think the time long ere the promised salvation and comfort come, yet we must still keep our eye upon that salvation, and resolve to take up with nothing short of it. "Thy salvation, thy word, thy comfort, are what my heart is still upon." - From Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary Psalm 119:81-82 
  194. Let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord (Jas 1: 7). How can people expect to seek God's favor effectively in adversity when they have never sought out his statutes in prosperity? Eternal salvation is far from them. They flatter themselves with the thought that it is near and that they are going to heaven, but they are mistaken: it is far from them. They thrust it far from them by thrusting the Savior far away from them. It is so far from them that they cannot reach it, and the longer they persist in sin, the further away it is; in fact, while salvation is far from them, condemnation is near; it does not sleep. Behold, the Judge stands before the door (Jas 5: 9). - From The New Matthew Henry Commentary Psalm 119:155. 
  195. “Whosoever believeth in me shall never die,” Jesus declared (John 11:26). We are going to live forever, gang. Our last breath on earth will simply bring us to our first breath in heaven. This isn’t hyperbole. It’s reality. If you’re not happy about anything else today, rejoice in the fact that you’re saved and you’re going to heaven. - From the commentary on Psalm 21:4 from Courson’s Application Commentary by Jon Courson.
  196. When a Christian sins, his or her legal standing before God is unchanged. He or she is still forgiven, for "there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 8:1). Salvation is not based on our merits but is a free gift of God (Rom. 6:23), and Christ's death certainly paid for all our sins- past, present, and future- Christ died "for our sins" (1 Cor. 15:3), without distinction. In theological terms, we still keep our "justification." - From the Book "Systematic Theology" by Wayne Grudem.
  197. Rom. 5:15–21  - Every human being is either in Adam or in Christ. We are all born in Adam, but God by his grace brings many into Christ. Whereas Adam’s trespass led to death and woe, God’s grace abounds through the free gift offered “by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ” (v. 15). The word “grace” occurs 21 times in Romans—six times in Romans 5 alone. This chapter marks a high point of Romans’ teaching about grace. By God’s grace, the “free gift of righteousness” can be dominant in our lives (v. 17). Condemnation for “all men” because of Adam is universal, but the availability of “justification and life for all men” (v. 18) does not mean universal salvation, as the next verse makes clear. It is by grace—received through faith—that Christ’s obedience makes righteous “the many” (not “all”; v. 19). In the end, grace reigns over and among God’s people through the righteousness Christ won (v. 21). The result is eternal life through him—the strongest possible reversal of all the ills that came about through Adam.- From the Gospel Transformational Bible by Crossway.
  198. Salvation is free, but there is a price to pay in following Jesus.  It is never said in Scripture that we can have “Christ and …”.  Is is always “Christ or…”.  What is your “or”? - From page 139 of "Billy Graham in  Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Toney.
  199. Josua 24:15 - But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. The call goes out, “Choose this day the one you will serve for the rest of your life. There is the promise of the assurance of salvation that can be ours if we have met the conditions, admitting that we are sinners, expressing genuine sorrow for our sins, and placing our trust in Jesus Christ as the One who has promised us His forgiveness. Is there any other religion in the world that so clearly specifies the mighty acts of God? This is why the Apostles’ Creed is so central to our faith. Ours is a God of action who has taken initiative on our behalf. This is the God who made heaven and earth; who loved us so much that He became a man in the person of Jesus Christ; who lived among us, teaching us how to live by setting a good example. But this is the God who knew that we cannot earn our salvation by good works. So He went to the very cross bearing our sins in His body, was buried in a borrowed tomb, and rose victorious from the grave. This is the God who, having promised His Holy Spirit, ascended into heaven and now has come into our lives in all the fullness of His spiritual power. This is the God who has built His church and is coming back in the form of His Son Jesus Christ to bring all human history to a point of final cataclysmic culmination in which the power of Satan will be destroyed, and Jesus Christ will reign for eternity. - From commentary about the Facts from “The Preachers Commentary Series” by Stuart Briscoe