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When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to (hear) Him (the Lord Jesus Christ), He spoke by way of a parable…
“The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up.”
“Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.”
“Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out.”
“Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He (the Lord Jesus Christ) said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant.
And He (the Lord Jesus Christ) said, “To you (believers in Christ…the spiritually discerning) it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest (unbelievers) it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.”
“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.”
“Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved (these are unbelievers).”
“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 (trails, suffering, enticement) fall away.”
“The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, (the Word of God) and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.”
“But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.”
From Now On, When We Look at the Cross We’ll See Love
Deacon Caleb Alburn
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And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Do not worry then, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear for clothing?” //For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. //But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Cease striving and know that I am God…
Remember to give with the motivation suggested in Scripture
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful (grace oriented) giver.
How Great Is Our God?
From Now On, When We Look at the Cross We’ll See Love
“Beloved of God”
Being loved by God is not going to make us a good church, a great church, or even a church. The fact that God loves us doesn’t mean a thing in itself because that merely reflects motivation, but not action, security, protection, supply, or blessing.
Security, protection, supply, and blessing all come from the grace of God, and they come from His justice rather than His love. Love is the motivator; grace is the provider. The function of all blessing to every born again believer has come through justice. God’s love cannot provide blessing. Only God’s justice can provide blessing.
But now faith, hope, love, abide (in the sphere of) these three; but the greatest of these is (unconditional) love.
The one who does not love (unconditionally) does not know God, for God is (unconditional) love.
…the Lord Jesus (Christ) in the night in which He was betrayed…said, “…(Keep on) do(ing) this in remembrance of Me.”
“Greater (unconditional) love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
For if (1) the word spoken through angels proved unalterable (and it did), and (if) every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty (and it did),//how will we (anyone) escape if we neglect so great a salvation?
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ…
For He (God the Father) rescued us (as unbelievers) from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son (the Lord Jesus Christ),//in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
THE LORD’S SUPPER
Enjoying the Element
For I (Paul) received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, thatthe Lord Jesus (Christ) in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; //and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is (and keeps on being) My body, which is (broken) for you; (keep on) do(ing) this in (the purpose of) remembrance of Me.”
In the same way He (the Lord Jesus Christ) took the cup (representing His death on the Cross) also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant (testament) in (the sphere of) My blood (in spiritual and physical death); (keep on) do(ing) this, as often as you drink it, in (the purpose of) remembrance of Me.//For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”
LORD’S SUPPER SONG
When I Think About Home
Therefore, having been justified by (means of) faith (by being legally declared by God to be in the sphere of God’s absolute righteousness as an established and irrevocable fact in the past), we (believers in Christ now) have peace with God (the Father) through our Lord Jesus Christ…
…(the Lord Jesus Christ) through whom also (additionally) we have obtained our introduction (our direct access to God) by (means of our) faith (in Christ, that we expressed in the past, at the moment of
salvation) into this (sphere of) grace in which we stand (right now)…
…and we (believers in Christ) exult (with inward confidence) in (the future) hope (the confident and absolute expectation) of the glory of God.
And not only this (peace, this sphere of grace in which to stand, and this hope of glory), but we (believers in Christ) also exult in our tribulations (which weigh us down), knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; //and perseverance (brings about) proven character; and proven character (brings about), hope (an absolute confidence because of our faith in God)…
…and (our) hope (which comes from our faith in God) does not disappoint (put us to shame), because the (unconditional) love of God (the Father) has been poured out within our hearts through (God) the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
For while we were still (and even though we were) helpless (condemned to the Lake of Fire from the point of our physical birth…unable to achieve our own salvation…because of sin), at the right time (the appointed time…the Lord Jesus) Christ died for the ungodly (spiritually dead unbelievers).
And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick.//I have not come to call the righteous (ones) but (I have come to call) sinners (unbelievers) to repentance (a change of mind about Christ).”
For one will hardly (rarely) die for a righteous (good) man; though perhaps for the good (generous) man someone would dare even to (be brave enough) die.
But God (the Father) demonstrates His own (unconditional) love toward us (all mankind), in that while we were yet sinners (as “strengthless” unbelievers), (the Lord Jesus) Christ died for us.
Much more then, having now been justified by (means of) His (the Lord Jesus Christ’s) blood, we (believers in Christ) shall be saved from the (coming) wrath of God through Him (the Lord Jesus Christ).
For if (1) while we were enemies we were reconciled to God (the Father) through the death of His Son (the Lord Jesus Christ…and we were), much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved (delivered) by (God through) His (resurrection) life (the eternal life…the Zoe Life).
And not only this, but we also exult in God (the Father) through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
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