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Saturday, July 10, 2021

2021.07.10 Hopewell @Home ▫ Joel 3:1–8

Read Joel 3:1–8

Questions from the Scripture text: What days and time is Joel 3:1 talking about? Whom else will the Lord also gather(Joel 3:2)? Where will He bring them? For what will He judge them? What will all nations have done (Joel 3:2-3)? Whom does He address in Joel 3:4? Whom did they think they were repaying? But what were they doing instead? Upon whose head will their intentions fall? From Whom? How fast? Whom have they ultimately attacked (Joel 3:5)? What else have they done to whom (Joel 3:6)? What will Yahweh do for the people of Judah and Jerusalem (Joel 3:7a–b)? But what will He do to those who sold them (Joel 3:7c –Joel 3:8)? What makes this sure and final (verse 8e)?

We’ve seen several layers to the day of the Lord in Joel. The locusts were a day of the Lord for judgment. The repentance and restoration were a day of the Lord. The cross was a great day of the Lord with signs in heaven and earth. Pentecost initiated a great day of the Lord: the age of the Spirit, the Bible, the gospel, and the church.

But there is one that is yet to come, even for us. The great day of judgment, with all the nations gathered up. What will that judgment be like?

It will be a confrontation with the Lord Himself. On that day, all will be judged for what they have done with the Lord—and, by extension, with His people. When He says “I will enter into judgment with them,” He is not only taking the position of the judge but also of the accusing prosecutor and the aggrieved plaintiff. 

This is the great wickedness of sin, that it is against God. “My” people. “My” heritage. “My” land. “My” people. What have you to do with “Me”? Will you repay “Me”? But if you repay “Me.” “My” silver. “My” gold. “My” prized possessions. Sin is all about what we have done to God. This is what Paul discovered in his conversion, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me.” This is why he knew himself to be the chief of sinners.

The day of judgment is a day in which every person from every nation discovers himself to be the chief of sinners, for all of his sin is personally against the glorious, holy Yahweh. On that day, when the man stands before Jesus, he will realize that all of his sin has been against this glorious God-Man.

It will be a confrontation with irremediable guilt. The word translated ‘retaliate’ in Joel 3:4-5 has a basic meaning of “repay.” The problem that is being exposed is that these nations actually think there might be some way they could pay back Yahweh. They have zero appreciation of the greatness of their guilt. They have zero appreciation of the impossibility of them doing anything good. Whatever they do will just incur more guilt; “swiftly and speedily I will return your repayment upon your own head.”

It will be confrontation with exactly appropriate punishment. In this particular case, for these particular sins of selling His people (Joel 3:2-3Joel 3:6-7), the punishment will be exactly corresponding (Joel 3:8). But this is not the only sin. And it is not the greatest part of their sin. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. They have pushed down upon the knowledge of His glory, refusing to worship Him or give thanks. And their punishment will be equal to the glory of that God Whom they have despised. In fact, the fiery and everlasting destruction will come upon them from that glory itself (cf. 2 Thessalonians 1:5–10).

What will that day be like for you? We are now in that day of Yahweh in which “everyone who calls upon the name of Yahweh will be saved.” Have you given up the idea of atoning for your own sin? Have you recognized that Jesus is Yahweh? Have you called upon that God before Whom you will stand to be Your Savior? The One Who has offered an atonement as great as the glory of God!

What will come of you in the last great day of Yahweh, if you do not receive the gift of repentance now? How have you sought it from Him?

Suggested songs: ARP98 “O Sing a New Song” or TPH389 “Great God What Do I See and Hear”


Friday, July 09, 2021

Shepherded by the LORD Jesus (2021.07.07 Prayer Meeting Lesson in Psalm 23)

The Good Shepherd, v1; When we need rest, v2; When we need restoration, v3; When we need reinforcement, v4; When we need refreshment, v5; Relentlessly, v6. [clicking the stream title will take you through to a page at which you can download the audio/pdf]

2021.07.09 Hopewell @Home ▫ Philippians 4:2–3

Read Philippians 4:2–3

Questions from the Scripture text: Whom does the apostle now address (Philippians 4:2)? What does he implore them to be? In Whom? What does the apostle call the one he addresses in Philippians 4:3? How intensely does he speak to him? What does he so urgently want the true companion to do to the women? How does the apostle describe the women? Who else labored with him? What does the apostle say about all of their names?

Two prominent women, instrumental in the planting and/or growth of the church, having had a falling out. There are two reasons why the apostle would deal with this so publicly. 

First, this situation in Philippi has been repeated in many a congregation since. By carrying the apostle along to address the situation in the letter to the church, the Spirit has preserved for us a record of the importance of dealing with such conflict, as well as an example of how to do so. Second, such conflicts are never, ultimately, private. They disrupt the fellowship of the whole body and harm the whole body. 

“Be of the same mind in the Lord,” he says (Philippians 4:2b). This pulls together so much of the teaching of the letter. Not only are we all to have the same mind as is in Christ by preferring others to ourselves (Philippians 2:2–5), but we are to be imitating the mature mind that does not consider itself to have attained but strains forward in Christ (Philippians 3:15)—a mind that counts one another as a great part of the joy and crown of the last day (Philippians 4:1). 

So, it is not just the same mind as one another that he urges, but the same mind as himself, the same mind as all the mature, indeed the same mind as Christ Himself. How does the apostle pursue this with these two prominent women of the Philippian church?

First, he pleads and presses. Our translation says “implore” (Philippians 4:2a). Others say “entreat” or “urge,” but it is the verb form of “paraclete.” He repeats the verb for each woman; his duty is to each one. He is coming alongside them as one who has been called alongside them. They are in spiritual need, and he cannot and will not ignore that need. Having set up verse 2 with the terms of endearment in Philippians 4:1 colors his appeal with affection, but it is an urgent appeal.

Second, he petitions others. “companion” here may be a proper name, “Syzygus,” which means “yoke-fellow.” Whether or not it was his name, it was his character, for the apostle calls him “true” (Philippians 4:3). Euodia and Syntyche had labored with the apostle in the gospel. Clement and others had also worked with him. Now he was asking Syzygus to work with him and to help these women. He adds petitioning others to pleading. He adds enlisting help to affectionate urging.

Third, he sets before them gospel promise. Jesus told us not to be proud of attainments but that our names are written in heaven (cf. Luke 10:20). As the apostle has listed off some names, he reminds them that all the rest of the names can be found together in one book, the Book of Life. Those who are living for and laboring for heaven, ought to have their attitudes shaped by what we are looking forward to in that glorious state (cf. Philippians 3:20–4:1; Colossians 3:1–4). If our names are next to one another in the Book of Life, we should strive toward that unity on earth.

In the next passage, we will be commanded to rejoice in the Lord always (Philippians 4:4). A big part of that rejoicing is viewing those alongside whom we labor, and for whose sanctification we labor, as our beloved and longed for joy and crown (Philippians 4:1). That’s worth the efforts that we see the apostle put forth in this passage, and which we ought to put forth ourselves. 

How are you laboring to eliminate conflict in your own life? How are you helping others?

Suggested songs: ARP197 “Christian Unity” or TPH409 “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”


Thursday, July 08, 2021

2021.07.08 Hopewell @Home ▫ Luke 20:20–21:4

Read Luke 20:20–21:4

Questions from the Scripture text: What did the chief priests and scribes do to Jesus in Luke 20:20? Whom did they send to do what? To whose power and authority did they hope to deliver Him? How do they flatter Jesus in Luke 20:21? What do they ask in Luke 20:22? What does Jesus perceive (Luke 20:23)? What does He ask? What does He tell them to show Him (Luke 20:24)? What does He ask about it? How do they answer? What does He say to do in Luke 20:25? In Whose image is Caesar made? What belongs to God? What couldn’t they do to Jesus (Luke 20:26)? What did they think of His answer? What didn’t they do? Who try now in Luke 20:27? What do they deny? What do they point out from Deuteronomy 25:5–10 (Luke 20:28)? What story do they tell in Luke 20:29-32? What problem do they think this presents in Luke 20:33? What does Jesus say happens in this age (Luke 20:34)? What won’t they do in the next age and the resurrection (Luke 20:35)? What else won’t they do (Luke 20:36)? What will they be like? Of what and Whom does Jesus call them “sons”? Whom does Jesus now quote in Luke 20:37 (cf. Luke 20:28a)? What does He say Moses showed? Whose essential character demands this (Luke 20:38)? Who (that hold to the resurrection) answer in Luke 20:39? What do they say? What don’t they do anymore? Who asks a question now (Luke 20:41)? What does He challenge? Whose statement does Jesus quote from where in Luke 20:42? What had David said (Luke 20:42-43)? What had David called the Christ (Luke 20:44)? What does Jesus ask about this? To whom does Jesus speak in Luke 20:45? But who can hear? Of whom does He say to beware (Luke 20:46)? How does He say you can identify their clothing? What does He say they love? But what does He say that they do to widows (Luke 20:47)? And what is it that makes their prayers long? What will they receive? Whom does Jesus look up and see in Luke 21:1? What are they doing? Where? Whom else does He see in Luke 21:2? What is she putting in? How does He emphatically introduce His comment in Luke 21:3? What does He call the widow? Whom does He say she has out-given? Out of what had all these put in offerings (Luke 21:4)? For Whom? Out of what had she put in? How much had she put in?

This series of question-and-answer games of ‘gotcha’ all actually have the same endpoint as Jesus’s observation of the widow and her two mites: God demands absolutely everything. Jesus was here to give absolutely everything, precisely because you and I are unwilling and unable to do so. He must be our righteousness, even as He offers Himself to be our sacrifice, for we have none of our own.

Rome gave the Jews roads, political and economic stability, etc. The tax (Luke 20:22) that these treacherous flatterers (Luke 20:21) tried to use to destroy Jesus (Luke 20:20) had to be paid in Caesar-minted coins because of their Caesar-maintained life. If God had given them Caesar, then they ought to pay taxes to the guy whose image and inscription were on the coin (Luke 20:24-25a). 

But God had given them much more than Caesar. Everything they have and are, they owe to God. And they most certainly are not giving it to Him. Jesus’s answer isn’t just a clever escape; it is a resounding condemnation. For, it is certain that they will have to answer to the wrathful God Whom they have neither glorified nor given thanks as they ought (Luke 20:25b, cf. Romans 1:18–21). God demands absolutely everything.

Then there’s the Sadducees, who think they’re going to make Jesus look stupid with their overly long story (Luke 20:29–32) that they think stands on Deuteronomy 25:5–10, and its underly impressive punchline question in Luke 20:33. Jesus fills them in on how, though marriage is a good thing (Luke 20:34), the resurrection brings us into a state in which we will not be missing out if we lack a wife. The glorious state into which the resurrection brings us will obsolete marriage just like it does death (Luke 20:35-36).

But when Jesus goes to prove the resurrection itself from Exodus 3 (Luke 20:37), He concludes with another zinger, “for all live to Him” (Luke 20:38). Well, they all ought to live to Him. That dovetails with the beginning of Luke 20:35, where he says, “those who are counted worthy.” Again, according to His zinger at the end of Luke 20:38, that “those who are counted worthy” is a group of exactly one: Jesus Himself… unless He is counted as your worthiness through faith.

The next ‘gotcha’ question comes from Jesus Himself and is about Jesus Himself. He refers to “they” who “say that the Christ is the Son of David” (Luke 20:41), and agrees with them. But He wants them to agree with David in Psalm 110 that the Christ is David’s Lord (Luke 20:42-43). So Jesus puts the question to them in Luke 20:44 and then lets them eavesdrop (Luke 20:45) as He contrasts David’s humble service with the scribes’ pride and greed (Luke 20:46-47). 

There’s Hell to pay for pride and greed (end of verse 47) that keep you from bowing the knee to David’s Lord or offering your whole self in the service of David’s Lord. And David’s Lord is the One speaking! God demands absolutely everything. And Jesus is God.

As we move to Luke 21:1–4, we go from condemnation to commendation. If the scribes are dangerous to follow, who might be safer? A widow with only two lepta left (Luke 21:2). Sure, the wealthy put in greater quantity and quality (Luke 21:1). But she put in more (Luke 21:3), because she put in all the life that she had (Luke 21:4, more literally translated than “livelihood).

That’s all that God demands of you. All the life that you have. You can’t pay it. Only Jesus can. If you are going to be “counted worthy” of the age to come, you are going to have to have Jesus as Lord. For He has rendered unto God the things that are God’s and given all the life that He has. But He is the resurrection and the life, and if you believe in Him, He will both be your worthiness and also begin to make you more and more like Himself in giving God absolutely everything.

What does God require? What is the only way that requirement can be met for you? As you become more like Christ what will you give to God? What part of that are you working on?

Suggested Songs: ARP34A “At All Times I Will Bless the Lord” or TPH534 “Fill Thou, My Life, O Lord”


Wednesday, July 07, 2021

The Overruling Providence of the Prayer-Answering God (Family Worship lesson in 2Samuel 16:15–17:14)

What is going on with all these shocking twists? Pastor leads his family in today's "Hopewell @Home" passage. 2Samuel 16:15–17:14 prepares us for the first serial reading in public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these twenty-three verses of holy Scripture, we learn that even through the horrific twists of wicked men and surprising turns of foolish men, Yahweh's sovereign providence is ruling and overruling in response to our prayers according to His perfect will.

2021.07.07 Hopewell @Home ▫ 2 Samuel 16:15–17:14

Read 2 Samuel 16:15–17:14

Questions from the Scripture text: To whom does the Scripture now turn its attention in 2 Samuel 16:15? Who is with him? To where does he come? Who is with him? Who else now comes to him in 2 Samuel 16:16? What is Hushai called? What does he say? What two questions does Absalom ask about this in 2 Samuel 16:17? How does Hushai answer in 2 Samuel 16:18? Whom does Hushai mean? Whom does Hushai plan to serve, but in whose presence (2 Samuel 16:19)? Whom does Absalom immediately address in 2 Samuel 16:20? For what does he ask? What does Ahithophel say to do (2 Samuel 16:21)? How will this make a complete break and force people to choose sides? What does Absalom do in fulfillment of 2 Samuel 12:11–12 (2 Samuel 16:22)? What kind of track record did Ahithophel’s advice have (2 Samuel 16:23)? What advice does Ahithophel now volunteer in 2 Samuel 17:1—how many men does he need to do what? What effect does he say this will have (2 Samuel 17:2)? Whom would he need to strike down? Whom would he bring back (2 Samuel 17:3)? What result does he say this will have on all the people? What did Absalom think of the advice (2 Samuel 17:4? Who else liked it? Whom does Absalom decide to ask as well (2 Samuel 17:5)? What advantage does Absalom give him (2 Samuel 17:6)? What surprising/ unpopular opinion does he give (2 Samuel 17:7)? What picture does he paint of David’s and his men’s state of mind (2 Samuel 17:8)? Why might they think Hushai has the inside info on this? Where does he say they are sure to be (2 Samuel 17:9)? What does he say they will be able to do at first? And what would people say? And what effect would this have (2 Samuel 17:10)? Whom does Hushai say to gather (2 Samuel 17:11)? Whom does he say to go in person (i.e., and get the glory)? What does he say the battle be like (2 Samuel 17:12)? How many would they strike down? But what might David do (2 Samuel 17:13)? And what would such a large force with Absalom do in that case? What do Absalom and all the men of Israel say to this (2 Samuel 17:14)? Why did they come to this conclusion?

The scene shifts back from David to Absalom, just in time for his arrival in Jerusalem and the note that “Ahithophel was with him” (2 Samuel 16:15). In the middle of the passage, we read the comment, “now the advice of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if one had inquired at the oracle of God. So was all the advice of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom” (2 Samuel 16:23). This was the guy to make chief of staff when putting together the royal cabinet. He never missed his mark.

But it is at the end of the passage that we learn what is happening all this time: “For Yahweh had purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that Yahweh might bring disaster on Absalom” (2 Samuel 17:14).

So, it’s interesting to note how wicked (but effective) Ahithophel’s advice (and Absalom’s willing compliance) is in 2 Samuel 16:21–22. And how much closer to the truth Ahithophel’s “weary David” of 2 Samuel 17:2 is than Hushai’s “enraged David” of 2 Samuel 17:8. And how odd it is that after the universally applauded counsel of never-miss Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:4), Ahithophel unilaterally calls for a second opinion (2 Samuel 17:5), and even gives him the advantage of knowing the competition’s counsel (2 Samuel 17:6).

All of that is interesting, but it’s not the main point. The main point is that David had prayed (cf. 2 Samuel 15:31), and Yahweh had already been answering (2 Samuel 15:32).

2 Samuel 17:14 is more of an answer than David wanted. We’re going to find that it’s very difficult for David to deal with Absalom’s disaster. It’s Hushai’s advice that gets him there in person (end of 2 Samuel 17:11). Between that and the warning at the end of 2 Samuel 17:9 that Absalom could take a PR hit at the end of verse 9, the vain usurper was sure to join team-Hushai. At that point, all that remains is a hair-snagging mule-ride (2 Samuel 18:9) and three spears through the heart (2 Samuel 18:14). But David’s going to have such a hard time of it that it’ll threaten the entire kingdom (2 Samuel 19:7).

But it’s Yahweh’s answer. And it’s the answer through which Christ would ultimately come into the world as the Son of David. Sin wreaks havoc along the way (cf. 2 Samuel 12:11–12), but sovereign grace has planned that way through the manger, to the cross, up from the grave, beyond the heavens and onto the throne of glory. 

How glad we ought to be that our redeeming God rules and overrules in every providence! Whether it’s inexplicable royal requests for second opinions, or second opinions that come back with a stage four diagnosis, our God knows what He is doing. And what He is doing is glorifying Christ as the everlasting King and Redeemer of all who call upon His Name. 

We pray, and He hears and answers—according to His perfect wisdom and goodness.

For what seemingly impossible thing have you prayed? What will God’s answer accomplish?

Suggested songs: ARP46 “God Is Our Refuge” or TPH256 “God Moves in a Mysterious Way”

 

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

2021.07.06 Hopewell @Home ▫ Revelation 7:9–17

Read Revelation 7:9–17

Questions from the Scripture text: Whom did the apostle see in Revelation 7:9? In what were they clothed? What were they crying out in Revelation 7:10? With what kind of voice? Who respond to this in Revelation 7:11? What do they do? What do they say in Revelation 7:12? Who asks John a question in Revelation 7:13? How does John answer in Revelation 7:14? Whom does the elder say they are? In what have they washed their robes? Where are they (Revelation 7:15)? What do they do? When? What does “He who sits on the throne” do? What two things won’t they do anymore (Revelation 7:16)? What two things won’t strike them? Who is in the midst of the throne (Revelation 7:17)? What will He do to them? Where will He lead them? What will God do to them?

Next week’s Call to Worship, Prayer for Help, Song of Adoration, and Prayer of Confession all come from Revelation 7:9–17, so that we will see that we are singing God’s thoughts after Him with Here from All Nations

The great multitude of Revelation 7:9 is that great cloud of witnesses of Hebrews 12:1, who have obtained a good witness (Hebrews 11:39), and received their white robes (Revelation 7:9Revelation 7:13) back in Revelation 6:11 as those holding that good testimony of Revelation 6:9.

What an encouragement this multitude would be to us if we could see them! Well, we can both see them, and especially hear them, in this passage by faith! By the Spirit’s convincing you of the reality of Revelation 7:10-12, He sets before you again that marvelous encouragement of Hebrews 11:39–12:2 and Hebrews 12:22–24 but this time with perhaps even more dazzling, heavenly spectacle.

How great the multitude (Revelation 7:9a)! How diverse (verse 9b)! How marvelously attired (verse 9c)! How loud their crying out! How victorious their praise (Revelation 7:10)! How humbled before God (Revelation 7:11)! How lavish in adoring Him (Revelation 7:12)! How relieved from their trial (Revelation 7:14)! How continual in their service to Him and content in their fellowship with Him (Revelation 7:15)! How impervious to and protected from any danger (Revelation 7:16)! How personally attended to, lavished upon, and comforted by the Lamb and God (Revelation 7:17)!

What an encouragement to our persevering—especially since He Who sits upon the throne is the Perfecter of this faith that He has authored in us! Cling to Him! Already, He is sustaining you, and stirring your heart to worship; He will preserve you, and He is worthy of all your devotion in worship and life. And behold how He will perfect you. Cling to Him!

In what circumstance do you need encouragement to endure? What parts of the blessedness in this passage are most encouraging to you? What parts of it do you already enjoy? How often do you think about glory?

Suggested songs: ARP87 “The Lord’s Foundation” or TPH472 “Here from All Nations”


Monday, July 05, 2021

2021.07.05 Hopewell @Home ▫ Joel 2:28–32

Read Joel 2:28–32

Questions from the Scripture text: When will this happen (Joel 2:28a)? What will God do (verse 28b)? Onto whom? Who will prophesy (verse 28c)? Who will dream dreams (verse 28d)? Who will see visions (verse 28e)? Upon whom else will Yahweh pour out His Spirit (Joel 2:29)? Then, what will Yahweh show, where? (Joel 2:30a)? What three things on earth (verse 30b)? What two things in the heavens (Joel 2:31a–b, cf. Revelation 6:12)? Before what (Joel 2:31c, cf. Revelation 6:17)? Who will be saved (Joel 2:32a–b)? What will be where (verse 32c)? What establishes/guarantees this salvation (verse 32d)? Who are the ones who end up calling on the name of Yahweh (verse 32e–f, cf. verse 32b)?

Earlier in the chapter, Joel 2:1-11 asked the question, “For the day of Yahweh is great and very terrible; who can endure it?” By the time we finish the chapter, we get the answer, “whoever calls on the name of Yahweh.” 

Joel 2:28 begins, “and it shall come to pass afterward.” The locust plague was a foretaste of judgment to come. And the repentance that He has commanded Israel in the face of the locust plague, and to which He has responded with marvelous grace, is a foretaste of salvation to come. What are some of the features of that salvation? 

In Joel 2:28-29, we saw that this salvation comes by a pouring out of the Spirit that would give to Gentile slave girls more of God’s revelation, and more understanding of it even than the prophets of old! But as they begin to understand the Bible, what is it that they will understand? They will understand a day of salvation for those who, by the pouring out of the Spirit of the Lord, recognize the death and resurrection of the Lord, call upon the name of the Lord, and join the church of the Lord, all by the electing grace of the Lord.

Because God is God of creation and providence, Lord of heaven and earth, He attended great redemptive works with wonders in the heavens and wonders in the earth. The Exodus event was full of them; if you include Sinai and the wilderness wanderings, there were multiple signs of the kind mentioned here. Fire and smoke at the bush, but the bush unscathed. The river turned to blood. The plague of darkness being second greatest, only eclipsed by death of the firstborn. Pillar of fire, pillar of cloud. Sinai shaking and smoking and burning. All of the blood, fire, and smoke of the sacrifices at the consecration of the tabernacle and the priesthood.

Joel puts us in expectation of such signs. So, when darkness covers the land at high noon with Jesus on the cross. And the juxtaposition of His dying with the slaughter of the Passover lambs. And the earthquake that opened the tombs, with the dead rising.  The blood that He shed from His side. The earthquake at His resurrection. Less than two months after these things, surely the wonders in heavens and the earth were still remembered and talked about.

So, when another sign of fire from heaven appears at Pentecost, with the pouring out of the Spirit, they know that the day has come. For, the word “before” in Joel 2:31 means not “in advance of” but rather “in the presence of.” The day of darkness has come! There had never been a day like it, and never would be.

But the greatness of the day was not only the day of darkness on the cross, but the day of salvation that the cross and resurrection had ushered in. The day of verse 31 ushers in a new age of salvation by calling upon the Name of Yahweh. The poured-out Spirit brings those who are being saved to the understanding that the day of darkness was Jesus’s crucifixion, and especially that Jesus Himself is the Yahweh of Joel 2:32b. 

The apostle Paul especially picks this truth up in Romans 10:9–14. The fact that Jesus is Yahweh Himself is the basic belief of all Christian hearts, the basic confession of all Christian mouths, the basic message of all gospel preachers. It is only in calling upon the name of Jesus as the LORD that we can be saved, and everyone who calls upon Jesus as the LORD in Spirit-given faith, will surely be saved.

We are also not surprised to find that the primary place where this preaching and believing occurs is the gathered church, because Joel tells us this too: in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance (Joel 2:32d). Here is where one tastes heavenly gifts, the work of the Holy Spirit, the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come (cf. Hebrews 6:4–5). 

This doesn’t mean that everyone in church is saved, but it does mean that though God be free to do otherwise, we ought not expect that anyone will be saved apart from His church. Here, especially, is that prophesying of all to all in the singing and supping, to which Joel 2:28-29 alluded. It is this way because Yahweh has said that it would be this way (Joel 2:32e).

And salvation comes in the way that Yahweh has said, because it comes to the men of God’s choosing by the method of God’s choosing. There is a remnant, those set aside from the whole. And it is God Who does the setting aside. If He didn’t all would perish. But He has a remnant, and when He calls them, they call upon the Name of Jesus as Yahweh, and are saved. This believing and confessing and calling continues for the rest of this life—and, because of His salvation, for unending ages to come!

Have you come to recognize the death and resurrection of Christ as the great day of the Lord that has brought in the day of salvation? Whom do you know Jesus to be? Who convinced your heart of this? How is your life one of calling upon His Name? How are you connected to the church within which He says this deliverance is found? 

Suggested songs: ARP130 “Lord, from the Depths to You I Cried” or TPH413 “Revive Thy Work, O Lord!”


Sunday, July 04, 2021

Walking as Citizens Who Have a Savior, Hope, and Joy (2021.07.04 Evening Sermon in Philippians 3:20–4:1)

That we might walk not as enemies of the cross whose end is destruction, but rather as friends of the cross whose end is salvation, the Lord calls us to walk according to our Citizenship, Savior, Hope, and Joy.

Jesus Is Yahweh Who Saves (2021.07.04 Morning Sermon in Joel 2:30–32)


The cross and resurrection were testimony that Jesus is the Yahweh upon Whom we must call to be saved, and that the age has come in which He is heard in His church, and people from all nations and walks of life call upon His Name and are surely saved.

WCF 15.2.1, pt3, What Real Repentance Looks Like (2021.07.04 Sabbath School Lesson in Jer 31, Joel 2, Amos 5, Psa 119, 2Cor 7)

▫ Restoration and New Covenant section in Jeremiah ▫ Yahweh gives repentance and restoration ▫ This repentance includes both bemoaning self and a view of God's tender and persistent 'affections' and actions ▫ Intensity, sincerity of turning ▫ Character of God and promise of God ▫ Laying hold of His willingness ▫ Not only turning from evil, but turning to good ▫ Turning to good a necessary component of turning to God ▫ Not all sorrow is repentance. ▫ Evidences of godly sorrow include: diligence, re-earning trust/honor, indignation/renewed hatred of sin, vehement desire, zeal. These are the things that vindicate (justify or prove/declare true) the sorrow as godly and repentant.