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Divine Elevation of Gentiles
Sun, Mar 03, 2019
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The word Gentile is an English translation of the Hebrew word goyim (“people, nations”) and the Greek word ethne (“nations, people groups, people”). The Latin Vulgate translated these words as gentilis, and this word was then carried over into English as “Gentile.” The term refers to a person who is not a Jew. Gentiles were long seen as enemies of the Jewish people, yet Christ provided good news for both Jews and non-Jews. Paul praised the Lord’s goodness in his letter to the church in Ephesus. It is, therefore, from this letter that we want to learn how God elevated the Gentiles. In the first place, Paul speaks of the condition of the Gentiles before Christ came (Eph. 2:11-12). One, the Gentiles were called the uncircumcision by those who laid claim to that circumcision which is a physical and man-made thing. Two, the Gentiles had no hope of a Messiah. Three, the Gentiles were aliens from the society of Israel. Four, the Gentiles were strangers from the covenants on which the promises were based. Five, the Gentiles were without hope and without God. Second, Paul deals with how God dealt with the hatred and united the Jew and the Gentile (Eph. 2:13-18).
Divine Elevation Above the Powers of Darkness
Sun, Feb 24, 2019
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Prior to the coming of Jesus Christ into the world to die for our sins, Satan had a field day. The Bible presents him as having a highly organized army of demonic beings through whom he brings everyone under his control and enslavement (Eph. 2:1-3; 6:12; John 10:10).
Created to Do Good Works
Sun, Feb 17, 2019
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44 mins 5 secs
Why does God save? What is the purpose of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ? Some people say that salvation is so that you can go to heaven someday.
Salvation As Divine Elevation From Spiritual Death To New Life In Christ
Sun, Feb 10, 2019
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38 mins 36 secs
Ephesians 2:8-10 is one of the great evangelistic summaries of the Bible. It answers for every human being two basic questions—namely, how to be saved and the result of being saved. One, these verses tell a man how to be saved. First, Man is saved by God’s grace (v. 8-9). Grace means the favor and kindness of God, but there is a uniqueness about God's favor and kindness. His favor and kindness are given despite the fact that it is undeserved and unmerited. God has given His grace to men despite their cursing Him; rejecting Him; and rebelling against Him. When Jesus Christ hung upon the cross, He was taking our sins upon Himself and bearing the punishment for our sins. Jesus Christ took our penalty and condemnation upon Himself. He died for us—in our place, in our stead, as our substitute. This is the grace of God—God's grace that gave the greatest gift possible to men—the gift of His Son to save the world.
Salvation as Divine Elevation from Death to Life
Sun, Feb 03, 2019
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38 mins 36 secs
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul, using the believers as an example, demonstrated why and how every human being can experience divine elevation from spiritual death to new life in Christ. First, he described the kind of life the believer lived before conversion.
Pathway to Divine Elevation II
Sun, Jan 27, 2019
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41 mins 42 secs
To “elevate” means “to raise somebody or something to a higher place or rank” The word “elevation” means “the process of elevating something or somebody”. Promotion is another word that is often used in place of elevation. It means the lifting up of someone from a lower position to a higher position with all the privileges that pertain to this higher position. God does not leave us in any doubt concerning the source of elevation. The Bible says that it is God, and God alone, that can exalt or promote a man. Nobody can become anything without the permission of God.
Pathway to Divine Elevation
Sun, Jan 20, 2019
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41 mins 35 secs
By elevation, we mean “the action or fact of raising or being raised to a higher or more important level, state, or position. Synonyms of the word include promotion, upgrading, advancement, advance, preferment, aggrandizement, move up, and step up. Elevation or promotion is a legitimate desire of every human being. There is nothing wrong about wanting to be the head, and not the tail. Unfortunately, the way some people pursue this desire leaves much to be desired.
The Grace of Serving
Sun, Jan 13, 2019
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46 mins 51 secs
God gives us grace to be saved, grace to live, and grace to serve. To see this truth, we need to remember that grace is an active attribute of God. It expresses his powering us, giving us both the desire and the dynamic to do things his way (Phil 2:13). This is how we have grace for serving. His power is at work in us, giving us the desire and power to serve his way.
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