“Though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” -1 Timothy 1:13-14
Paul was thankful that he didn’t get what he deserved: Hell. When you realize you’re not getting what you deserve, you can appreciate what you’ve been given.
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” -2 Corinthians 1:1-2
1 Corinthians is all about how believers deal with other believers. 2 Corinthians is all about how believers deal with the world.
Paul was an apostle, not by his own choosing, but by the will of God. Paul was against the Lord (Acts 26:9-11). God chose him to be a minister (Acts 26:16). It is God who works in you (Philippians 2:13). Your free will is in bondage to sin until it is changed by God. Is it within your power to obtain God’s grace? That changes the definition of grace. It is God who changes our will…we are saved by grace. (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, 1 Peter 1:2-3)
Grace is not at your mercy. We’re at the mercy of God’s grace.
“He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.” -Titus 3:5
“Legalism reinforces self-righteousness because it communicates to you the good news of your own goodness.”
– Paul Miller
(via Josh Harris‘ Twitter)
“Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted His people, and will have mercy upon His afflicted.” -Isaiah 49:13
A Mountain Choir
So sweet are the comforts of the Lord, that not only the saints themselves may sing of them, but even the heavens and the earth may take up the song. It takes something to make a mountain sing; and yet the prophet summons quite a choir of them. Lebanon, and Sirion, and the high hills of Bashan and Moab, He would set them all singing because of Jehovah’s grace to His own Zion. May we not also make mountains of difficulty, and trial, and mystery, and labor become occasions for praise unto our God? “Break forth into singing, O mountains!”
This word of promise, that our God will have mercy upon His afflicted, has a whole peal of bells connected with it. Hear their music — “Sing!” “Be joyful!” “Break forth into singing.” The Lord would have His people happy because of His unfailing love. He would not have us sad and doubtful; He claims horn us the worship of believing hearts. He cannot fail us: why should we sigh or sulk as if He would do so? Oh, for a well-tuned harp! Oh, for voices like those of the cherubim before the throne!
[So this really isn’t “sunrise,” but I wanted to do the notes from last night’s wonderful message justice.]
The Tabernacle (Exodus 25)
-The only building designed by God (a picture of His salvation and purpose).
-built on sand
Hebrews 8:5– strict guidelines to follow pattern
-Through the Tabernacle, God gives us a word picture of how to worship and come to Him. It has to be on His terms, His way.
-Inside the fence: bronze altar, basin, tabernacle (Holy Place: lampstand, altar of incense, table of shewbread; Holy of Holies: ark of the covenant)
-Where He could dwell with His people (same word as John 1:14– tabernacle with)
-Materials used in Tabernacle include gold (represents Deity), silver (represents Redemption), bronze (represents suffering). They all point to Christ.
The Ark of the Covenant
-The first thing He tells them to build. (vs. 10-15)
-He’s putting emphasis on what’s most important
-A little less than 4’x3′
-Ark & Uzzah teaches us not to belittle the things of God. Also, our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, don’t defile it.
-cherubim: were also guards in the Garden of Eden
Ezekiel 1:5-14, 10:1-22 Psalm 99:1 Numbers 7:89 Exodus 31:18 Psalm 132:7-8
God is above the cherubim, they are looking down in awe. The ark is His footstool.
-What was inside the ark could not save them, but only condemn them.
Top=atonement cover; mercy seat
-Once a year, the high priest offered a blood sacrifice.
Leviticus 16:11-17– Day of Atonement
Hebrews 9:22– Christ has become our mercy seat. vs. 11-12
1 John 4:10
Hebrews 4:16– Mercy is obtainable through Jesus Christ for me! Access the throne of grace diligently, daily.
*I do believe this message was recorded if you would like a copy! My notes really don’t do the message justice.