God Bought You

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Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

I just want to share some Scripture today on God owning us as Christians.

for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

1 Corinthians 6:20 NLT

 

God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.

1 Corinthians 7:23 NLT

 

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

1 Peter 1:18-19 NLT

 

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9 NLT

 

And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

Revelation 5:9 NLT

 

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

Acts 20:28 NIV

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

MEDIATION: JESUS CHRIST IS THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN

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Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

I know it’s been a while but here we are continuing our discussion on J.I. Packer’s Concise Theology.

Understanding basic theological truths is important in the life of the believer. Again I reiterate what J.I Packer says,

theology is for doxology and devotion—that is, the praise of God and the practice of godliness. “

MEDIATION

JESUS CHRIST IS THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

1 TIMOTHY 2:5

The saving ministry of Jesus Christ is summed up in the statement that he is the “mediator between God and men” (1 Tim. 2:5). A mediator is a go-between who brings together parties who are not in communication and who may be alienated, estranged, and at war with each other. The mediator must have links with both sides in order to identify with and maintain the interests of both and represent each to the other on a basis of good will. Thus Moses was mediator between God and Israel (Gal. 3:19), speaking to Israel on God’s behalf when God gave the law (Exod. 20:18-21) and speaking to God on Israel’s behalf when Israel had sinned (Exod. 32:9–33:17).

Every member of our fallen and rebellious race is by nature “hostile to God” (Rom. 8:7) and stands under God’s wrath (i.e., the punitive rejection whereby as Judge he expresses active anger at our sins, Rom. 1:18; 2:5-9; 3:5-6). Reconciliation of the warring parties is needed, but this can occur only if God’s wrath is somehow absorbed and quenched and man’s anti-God heart, which motivates his anti-God life, is somehow changed. In mercy, God the angry Judge sent his Son into the world to bring about the needed reconciliation. It was not that the kindly Son acted to placate his harsh Father; the initiative was the Father’s own. In Calvin’s words, “in an inconceivable way he loved us even when he hated us,” and his gift to us of the Son as our sin bearer was the fruit of that love (John 3:14-16; Rom. 5:5-8; 1 John 4:8-10). In all his mediatorial ministry the Son was doing his Father’s will.

Objectively and once for all, Christ achieved reconciliation for us through penal substitution. On the cross he took our place, carried our identity as it were, bore the curse due to us (Gal. 3:13), and by his sacrificial blood-shedding made peace for us (Eph. 2:16; Col. 1:20). Peace here means an end to hostility, guilt, and exposure to the retributive punishment that was otherwise unavoidable—in other words, pardon for all the past and permanent personal acceptance for the future. Those who have received reconciliation through faith in Christ are justified and have peace with God (Rom. 5:1, 10). The mediator’s present work, which he carries forward through human messengers, is to persuade those for whom he achieved reconciliation actually to receive it (John 12:32; Rom. 15:18; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; Eph. 2:17).

Jesus is “the mediator of a new covenant” (Heb. 9:15; 12:24)—that is, the initiator of a new relationship of conscious peace with God, going beyond what the less effective Old Testament arrangements for dealing with the guilt of sin could ever secure (Heb. 9:11–10:18).

One of Calvin’s great contributions to Christian understanding was his observation that the New Testament writers expound Jesus’ mediatorial ministry in terms of the threefold office (“office” means set task, or defined role) of prophet, priest, and king.

The three aspects of Christ’s work are found together in the letter to the Hebrews, where Jesus is both the messi~anic king, exalted to his throne (1:3, 13; 4:16; 2:9), and also the great High Priest (2:17; 4:14–5:10; chs. 7–10), who offered himself to God as a sacrifice for our sins. In addition, Christ is the messenger (“apostle,” the one sent to announce, 3:1) through whom the message of which he is himself the substance was first spoken (2:3). In Acts 3:22 Jesus is called a prophet for the same reason that Hebrews calls him an apostle, namely, because he instructed people by declaring to them the Word of God.

While in the Old Testament the mediating roles of prophet, priest, and king were fulfilled by separate individuals, all three offices now coalesce in the one person of Jesus. It is his glory, given him by the Father, to be in this way the all-sufficient Savior. We who believe are called to understand this and to show ourselves his people by obeying him as our king, trusting him as our priest, and learning from him as our prophet and teacher. To center on Jesus Christ in this way is the hallmark of authentic Christianity.

Source: Packer, J. I. Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1993.

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Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Clock Of Life

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Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

Mark 8:36 NLT

 

The clock of life is wound but once,

And no man has the power

To tell just when the hands will stop,

At late or early hour.

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To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed.

To lose one’s health is more.

To lose one’s soul is such a loss

That no man can restore.

Thirty-nine people died while you read this short poem. Every hour 5,417 go to meet their Maker. What are YOU doing to help reach them with the Gospel before they are cast into Hell?

Reminder let’s be active in sharing the gospel with other’s reminding them of the coming judgement!

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

Hebrews 9:27 ESV

The clock of life is ticking and at any moment it can be over!

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Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

The Nature of Saving Faith

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Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

I want to share my sermon notes I recently preached on with you all!

It’s important we have a proper understanding of what saving faith is. Once we understand it let’s go and share the gospel with others!

The Nature of Saving Faith

1. Question: What must I do to be saved?

2. Answer: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

3. Problem: What does it mean to believe?

4. Difficulty: Faith is easily counterfeited

• James 2:19 …the demons also believe, and shudder

• Luke 8:13 And those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away

• John 2:23, 24 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, beholding His signs which He was doing. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men

• John 8:30 As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him …John 8:59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him

• John 12:42, 43 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God

5. Helpful: Consider interchangeable terms.

1. COMING TO CHRIST

A. Used interchangeably

• John 6:35 I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst

• John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me

B. Used often

• Mat 11.28 come unto Me

• Luke 6:47 Everyone who comes to Me, and hears My words, and acts upon them

• Luke 14:26 If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own

• Isa 55:1 Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost.

• Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost

C. Meaning: to change locations [spiritually]

2. RECEIVING CHRIST

A. Used interchangeably

• John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name

B. Also seen in …

• Mat 10:40 He who receives you receives Me

• Rom 5:17 those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness

• Col 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him

C. Receive as a …

1) Receptionist at a place of business

2) As a guest is received into the house

3) As a gift – that of eternal life

3. LOOKING TO CHRIST

A. Used interchangeably

• John 3:14, 15 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness [that whoever looks shall live], even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes

• John 6:40 For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life

B. Looking is also in reference to sanctification and glorification

• Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus

• Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him

C. Meaning?

1) The eye of faith

2) Gaze of trust, confidence, expectation

4. COMMITTING TO CHRIST

• John 2:23 many believed in His name, beholding His signs which He was doing. John 2:24 But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them [Note: same Greek word in both places reveals the meaning]

5. CALLING ON THE LORD

A. Used interchangeably

• Rom 10:11 For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed … Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

B. Meaning? A desperate appeal

6. SUBMITTING TO CHRIST

A. Seen in

• Rom 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

B. Meaning? To put oneself under the rule, authority and plan of another

C. We are to submit to the God-given righteousness – Christ

7. FLEEING TO CHRIST

A. Seen in

• Heb 6:18 … we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge

• Mat 3:7 … You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

B. Fleeing is in the backdrop of fear and danger

8. PARTAKING OF CHRIST

A. Seen in

• John 6:53 Jesus therefore said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.

• Heb 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end

B. Meaning? Finding nutrition and life for the soul

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Called To Be A Street Sweeper

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Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

I’ve been wanting to share the following quote for some time now and found today would be a good day to do so.

In honor of MLK Jr. day I’m reminded,

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

So, whether you eat or drink (sweep streets), or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV

 

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez