Romans 8:30d Glorified

And here is love: “… and for those whom he justified he also glorified.

We look up all of Romans 8:30 as a chain that begins and ends with God. To that end, predestination and glorification are things that our minds cannot fully fathom. But we rest assure that every single person predestined is called is justified is glorified.

There is no whittling or dwindling of numbers as we move along the list, Christ said, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.1

The salvation and thus, glorification of the people of God are wholly dependent on the Father and the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit alone. This more than an unbreakable chain, to which there has never been a scheme or power by Satan powerful enough to break. This chain is unbreakable by the power of God and the logic of God: for no child saved by God is lost by God.

Do you believe and trust in God? Don’t give me the response, “Well, not perfectly.” But do you ever? Did you ever weep with grief at your sin before God but cried with joy that He is the God who is mighty to save?

“But there is often I don’t seek or chase after him. Am I saved?”

Do you know that his grace is upon grace for you? 2 Do you know that his steadfast love never ceases? Do you know that his mercies never end because they are brand new every morning? Do you how great is his faithfulness? 3

My child, do you know that God is the Prodigal Father who waits patiently and eagerly for your return. Do you know that even those with the tiniest repentance and the smallest of faiths find themselves in the wide open of a sweet and glorious Savior who loved us and died for us?

It is the salvation and glorification is what I call the sheer madness of God. For I try to peer deeply into the brightness of his holiness and redemption and love and above all, glory, that surely I will go mad for it does not make sense.

For you see, it is not just that God thought of us before the foundations of the world. It is not just that he spoke and cut through the darkness of my sin and my death so that I would be fully alive. It wasn’t just that He would send His only begotten Son to live for me, die for me, raised from death for me, and then glorified for me.

No! My Lord and my God, who is the perfect maximum of everything, is completely, all-time, and never ever surpressing Himself, has the wherewithal and the audacity to glorify me with him.

For me, who came into this world naked and helpless. 4

For me, just a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. 5

For me, dead in my trespasses and sins  in which I once walked, followed the course of this world, followed the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in other sons of disobedience—  among whom I once lived in the passions of my flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 6

For me, foolish, disobedient, led astray, slave to various passions and pleasures, passing my days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating everybody else. 7

For me, the clear chief of all sinners, a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent, acting ignorantly in unbelief. 8

But for me, God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved me,  even when I was dead in my trespasses, made me alive together with Christ—by grace I have been saved—  and raised me up with him and seated me with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward me in Christ Jesus.  For by grace I have been saved through faith. And this is not my own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works so that I cannot boast.  For I am his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that I should walk in them. 9

But for me, God my Savior appeared by his goodness and loving kindness, he saved me, not because of works done by me in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on me richly through Jesus Christ my Savior,  so that being justified by his grace I might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 10

But for me, since birth, even when I didn’t know him nor loved him nor trusted him, He has been my God! 11

But for me, I received mercy when the grace of my Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 12

But for me, this is the saying that is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

But for me, I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 13

But for me, God made Christ be sin who never knew sin so that in Him I might become the righteousness of God.

But for me, the Son of God became man so that I might become a son of God.

For the angels, who are perfect in splendor and majesty and stay in the full presence of God would not receive this same glory!

To this end, what can I do?

I give thanks who has given me strength; He is Christ Jesus my Lord because He judged me faithful and appointed me to his service. 14

I can only love the God who has done nothing but rescued me and let me be with him for all of eternity.

He is the Lord, most high above all the earth. I will exalt him far above all other gods. I can only worship the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 15

Notes:

  1. John 10:28–31
  2. John 1:16
  3. Lamentations 3:22-23
  4. Job 1:21
  5. Psalm 22:6
  6. Ephesians 2:1–3
  7. Titus 3:3
  8. 1 Timothy 1:13
  9. Ephesians 2:4–10
  10. Titus 3:4–7
  11. Psalm 22:9-10
  12. 1 Timothy 1:14-15
  13. 1 Timothy 1:14–16
  14. 1 Timothy 1:12
  15. Psalm 97:9, 1 Timothy 1:14–17

Now Sings My Soul: Psalm 23:3b He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake

My Precious God,

I am often reminded of my sinful ways of the past. As the vines grew up from my heart and slowly and surely tightened around my neck as I continuously die without thought

But you, my God, broke the spell of the sin over my life.

But time after time, I see those weeds grow. I feel the cancer thriving in my heart. I sense the sin that crouches for me and waits to pierce my soul with his poison.

But you see it, too,

You come down and burn those weeds with extreme prejudice. You come in like the perfect surgeon, with a laser scalpel and burn away those cells, leaving only a soft and tender heart. You come into your pasture and violently bash in the head of the serpent with the heel of your foot.

You have sent your Spirit to walk, lead, and guide me through the darkest valleys. But I never fear. You are my Lord and God. Protector. Giver. Beloved.

I praise and adore you forever.

Mark 9:49-50 God Alone is Our Source

Mark 9:49-50 For everyone will be salted with fire.  Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

  1. Who created us?
  2. What is our source of life?
  3. What does life look like when you are plugged into yourself versus being “plugged” into God? In other words, what are your thoughts like when you just think about yourself or focus on yourself or trying to figure out by yourself?
  4. What is our source of peace?
  5. What do you think happens when we all focus on God and get life from him rather than focus on ourselves and get life from us? (Read Genesis 3)

Ordo Salutis XII: Our New Body – Spirit’s Power in Our Glorification

Psalm 97:9 For you, O LORD,
are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.

And how can we even fathom this glory of God? How can we fully look upon God in his sheer radiance, beauty, and majesty without our minds and eyes and hearts shutting down?

It is sheer madness.

And that is exactly what God wants! He wants to be with him forever and ever. With him. Not “the whole earth is filled with his glory” or even “he dwells within us” type of presence that we are so use to and dare I say, at ease with.

But understand what Christ has done in us for us:

Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own,  for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.  And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,  so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. 1

He takes away sin. All sin. For the whole world. For all of his people. And when we are with him, finally with him, we will be with him in a place where “nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life” and “no longer will there be anything accursed.” 2

Because of Christ took away sin, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.3

But then, it is more than removing sin, evil, Satan, demons and death.

He puts in the fullness of holiness, righteousness, love, joy, peace, grace, mercy, and justice. Namely, He puts himself in with us.

And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. 4

Can we truly comprehend worshiping our sweet king forever? No! Can we ponder what it is like to worship with the God who saved us? Brother and sister, there have plenty of times I could not manage my own debt nor waistline. So you know I am not even thinking about reigning with him.

But that is what He said we will be.

The same God who made known for me the path of life and therefore, because of all that Christ has done, when I do get to him, I will experience the fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. 5

It is only there when we will finally experience “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.6

It is only there when we will finally “behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.” 7

The God who is glorious is the same one who is glorifies his children.

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 8

I am not even doing a great job of extrapolating the glory of God. If I had the fullness of the Spirit and the highest IQ and all the gifts of wordsmithing and writing and had infinite time and resources, perhaps, I could tell you a sliver of his glory.

This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. 9

Well, one day, with infinite light, infinite energy, and infinite worshiping my sweet King, I will attempt to write about his glory.

Until then, I pray:

If Your promises hold true—if You say You will make all things right despite our folly and sin 10; if You say You will bear our iniquities and our trespasses 11 and You will draw near to us just when we think You are so far away 12, then my life and my love is all in Your Word. I have nowhere else to go and no one else to turn to.

Who can I trust? Where I can seek refuge in? Where shall I go? For you alone have the words to eternal life. 13

Whom have I in heaven but You? Is there anyone on earth I desire besides You? My heart and flesh will fail but you are my strength and my portion forever. 14

This much is true: for you are my God. You loved me and you are always mindful of me even before you created time and space.

You have shown the awesome worth of your love by sending and giving Your precious Son to me.

You have shown the infinite might of your power by giving your Spirit to me.

So what then can I say?

So what then can I do?

All I can do is simply thank you.

So from the bottom of my heart,
I thank you for giving me strength.
Thank you my Father God.
Thank you my Christ Jesus.
Thank you my Holy Spirit.

You judged me faithful.
You appointed to Your service.
Despite my dishonoring and blaspheming,
Your holy name,
despite my persecution and hatred
those who love you,
despite my perverted and violent opposition
towards you,

Still
I only received mercy
because I was lost
I was lame
I was deaf
I was blind
I was stupid
I was ignorant
I was evil
I was dead
and I was not looking and could not look for you whatsoever.

But Your beautiful, sweet and tender
love, mercy and grace
overflowed for me
overwhelmingly
undeservingly
ill-deservingly
with your unbroken faithfulness
and your relentless love
that can only be by You,
for You,
through You,
my Christ Jesus my Lord my Savior.

These words
out of my heart
are true
and with all of my hope and dreams
and desires and wishes
that these words would be sweet to your ears.

I know
that you came in this world
to rescue your people
to pull them out of despair
to give your people life
to save them from their sins
to bring them to you
evil sinners
at war with you
All of us
And I lead this group.
I am the foremost
I am their chief
I am their victor
I am their champion of those who would face Your terrifying wrath!

Yet,
in this reason
that Your grace abounds all the more
that Your mercy renews every morning
that Your love never ceases
that You
my Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ
might display

Your perfection, beauty, tenderness, quickness,
Your love, mercy, grace, patience
for all of those who You call Yours
and those would believe upon Your holy name for life forever.

This is why I will sing
to the God of the everlasting to the everlasting
the Triune
the Father
the Son
the Holy Spirit
the immortal
the invisible
the Only One
the Creator
the Sustainer
the Merciful
the Peace
the Grace
the Faith
the Messiah
the Immanuel, God with Us
the Blessed
the Living Word
the Christ
the Son of God
the Fellow Heir
the Second Adam
the Kinsman Redeemer
the Beginning
the Means
the End
the Majesty
the Truth
the Way
the Life
the Wisdom
the Teacher
the Rescuer
the Promise
the Calling
the Fulfillment
the Abundance
the Host
the Governor
the High Priest
the Prophet
the Apostle
the Sufferer
the Messiah
the Servant
the Son of Man
the Glorified
the Power
the Gospel
the Guide
the Elector
the All-Sufficient
the Lion of Judah
the Worthy Lamb who was slain
the King of all kings
the Lord of all lords
the Commander
the Ruler above all
the Name above all Names
the Wonderful Counselor
the Mighty God
the Everlasting Father
the Prince of Peace

my Holiness
my Righteousness
my Justice
my Faithfulness
my Mercy
my Grace
my Friend
my Confidence
my Pastor
my Elder
my Brother
my Assurance
my Redeemer
my Rock
my Salvation
my All in all
my Exalted
my Glorious
my Beloved
my Joy
my Song
my Love

my Jesus Christ, King, Lord, Savior and Messiah
my Father, my Father, my Abba, my heart
my Holy Spirit, my comfort, my peace, my gift, my breath.

So I will be so very careful to
worship,
sing,
praise,
glorify,
exalt,
proclaim,
honor,
dedicate,
and love
You alone.

I pray this desperately and joyfully,
in the beautiful,
sweet,
precious,
most tender,
loveliest,
most worthy,
dearest name of
Your Son.

His name is
the Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Notes:

  1. Hebrews 9:25–28
  2. Revelation 21:22–22:5
  3. Revelation 21:4
  4. Revelation 22:5
  5. Psalm 16:11
  6. Philippians 4:7
  7. Psalm 17:15
  8. Romans 8:16–18
  9. John 21:24–25
  10. Genesis 3:15
  11. Isaiah 53
  12. Psalm 22
  13. John 6:68
  14. Psalm 73:25-26

Christ the Word

When I sin against thee I cross thy will, love, life, and have no comforter, no creature, to go to. My sin is not so much this or that particular evil, but my continual separation, disunion, distance from thee, and having a loose spirit towards thee. But thou hast given me a present, Jesus thy Son, as Mediator between thyself and my soul, as middle-man who in a pit holds both him below and him above, for only he can span the chasm breached by sin, and satisfy divine justice.

– from Christ the Word
The Valley of Vision

Here is Love: Romans 8:31 The Preeminence of the Love of God

Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

The love of God cannot be simply defined by the merest of affections and words that we might share with one another. Is our relationship to our spouse, children, family, co-workers, or neighbor compare to one’s relationship with God? Although our relationships should be held in the light of God’s relationship with us, it is perposturous to think that anybody we know would compare to God is perfect in all things especially when it comes to love.

Yet, if we are not careful or perhaps we just do not know any better, we can let what other people do and say including circumstances and abuse and trauma and failures dictate what love is all about. Nevermind the fact that we sin and we fail and we have fallen short of what is good and right.

John so boldly stated that God is love 1 but we have no right nor authority to redefine what love is in light of our past experiences and current situation. In order to find out what good and perfect love is, we have to go to the One who is love.

How do we do that? How can we go to God and define what love actually is. We can certainly go by what he said. But when it comes to God’s love for us, we see time and time again in the Bible that God does not use just mere words but concretely and certainly backs up those words with real action. Namely:

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 2

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 3

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 4

Christ’s death is not only the ultimate display of love for any living creature on this earth, it is the fullest display of all the attributes of God. 5 It the absolute proof that God will stop at nothing to save His people and bring them back to himself—even if it meant the death of His Son.

So when we see the question that Paul asks in verse 31, we must understand that question is not merely rhetorically or unspecifically generic, but instead, there is a correct and direct answer that Paul is searching.

Fair enough. Shall we look in the context of the verse in order to get the answer? My friends, I suggest to you it is mere more than just a few verses before or even the chapter 8 itself. Not to be overdramatic, but I think at bare minimum, we have to consider every single thing Paul said in his Epistle to the church in Rome and examine and thinking through these things.

Let us gather and examine:

The Gospel of God – The gospel is the power of God in salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also the Greek, and in that same gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, for it is written, “the just shall live by faith”. To that end, we are cannot be ashamed. 6

The Depravity of Man – God’s wrath from heaven is revealed against those who surpress the truth of God and by doing so, do not believe in and obey God. 7

Our Stony Hearts towards him and yet His Soft Heart towards us – While our hearts remained hardened towards Him and his gospel, God continues to be slow to anger, rich in kindness and patience and abounding in steadfast love in hopes that we would repent. 8

The Law of God – Those who were born without the law will perish without the law. However, those who were born under the law had every advantage of the nature and being of God and yet perish because they do not seek nor love God. 9

Everyone is Unrighteous – All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. 10

We are saved by grace alone 11

There is no boosting – We have done nothing yet God has done everything to save us 12

We do not put God into our debt13

We are saved by faith alone14

God did not save us because we were good but because we were sinners15

We were once enemies of God and now we are reconciled to God16

We were dead because of Adam and because of our own sins but we live because of Christ and what he has done in us17

Where law increased the sin, the grace of God abounded all the more18

Likewise, our old selves are dead and buried in the ground – Because Christ has risen, we have risen with him through faith in him who saved us 19

Futher still, we are no longer obedient to sin but slaves to righteousness20

We are released from the yoke of the law so now we have the ability to obey the law of God freely21

Even still, I struggle with obeying God22

I am wretched! Who will save me?23

Christ Jesus is his name!24

Because I am in him and He is in me, there is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION for me 25

Once dead, now alive 26

Cannot be saved by the law, can only be saved by Christ alone 27

Christ is the righteous requirement for his people 28

There are only two paths: One, being led by the flesh which does not possess the ability nor the will nor the power to please God which only ends in death; Two, being led by the Spirit of God which only leads to life abundantly and pleasures every more. 29

We are led by the Spirit if the Spirit of God dwells within us 30

If Christ is in us, we are alive because of the righteousness of God 31

If the Spirit of Christ who raised Christ from the dead dwells in us, the Spirit of Christ will give life to our mortal bodies through the Spirit of Christ who dwells in us. 32

We are not debtors to our old selves – We are free from our old dead selves! 33

But if by the strength and might of the Spirit of Christ, if you place your hands upon the neck of your sins and choke it unto death, you will live! 34

If you are led by the Spirit of God, you are a son of God. Period. End of discussion. 35

You are no longer a slave to fear, but you are a son of God who by the Spirit we can call upon our Father in heaven! 36

You no longer have to defend yourself—the Spirit of God bears witness with our spirit that we are the sons of God 37

And because we are sons of God, we are heirs of God and co-heirs with the Son of God who has inherited the whole world 38

Here’s a promise of God: we will suffer but we will receive his glory 39

Even all of creation, which was subjected to death because of our sin, waits and groans for all of the children of God to be finally and completely saved 40

Along with creation, we also wait eagerly to be saved perfectly and completely 41

For it is in the hope that is Christ Jesus that we are saved 42

While we wait and hope, the Spirit of God gives us strength where we are weak; the Holy Spirit intercedes for us 43

The Spirit of God searches hearts, knows the mind of God, and intercedes for us according to the will of God 44

No matter what we go through or what happens to us, all of those things are meant for our good—for it is only for those who are called according to his purpose. 45

To those whom he saw as sinners and extended grace to them, He has decided that he would mold, shape, and nurture his children to look like His Son so that his Son would be the eldest Brother 46

For every single person he predestined, he called. 47

For every single person he called, he justified. 48

For every single person he justified, he glorified. 49

So what shall we say to all of these things?

If God is for us, who can be against us?

But who can actually go against us? We know for sure that it is not the people on this earth. They are not our real enemies. They are prisoners of war and by God’s sovereign grace, they shall be set free!

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 50

So if the ONLY ones could go against us would be the rulers, authorities, cosmic powers over this present darkness, and the spiritual forces of evil, then let us see what the Bible says about our real enemies:

Who can go against us?

Definitely not the rulers and authorities of this age, namely, Satan and his demons: He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. 51

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 52

Certainly not the gates of hell: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 53

Cannot be the sin itself: For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. 54

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 55

Not even Hell itself nor Death herself: And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 56

God has perfectly and completely conquered the wicked foe! God is the David who flung the single headshot to the vicious enemy of God who is Goliath who only came to kill, steal, and destroy the children of God while we sit and trembled in fear, loathing, and doubt before our mighty Savior. And with that thundering smashing of the pebble against the the skull of the Giant, our David pulled the sword from the sheath, and bared the weight of this own Cross, and sliced open the neck of our enemies once and for all.

The question that Paul asked was never rhetorical.

The absolute answer is that no one can ever stand against us because of everything God has done in us.

Give thanks, for here is love.

Notes:

  1. 1 John 4:7-8
  2. Galatians 2:20
  3. Romans 5:8
  4. John 3:16
  5. Psalm 85:10
  6. Romans 1:16-17
  7. Romans 1:18-32; John 3:36; Ephesians 2:1-3
  8. Romans 2:1-11; Ezekiel 11:14-21
  9. Romans 2:1-3:8
  10. Romans 3:9-23
  11. Romans 3:24-26
  12. Romans 3:27-31
  13. Romans 4:1-12
  14. Romans 4:13-25
  15. Romans 5:1-9
  16. Romans 5:10-11
  17. Romans 5:12-19
  18. Romans 5:20-21
  19. Romans 6:1-14
  20. Romans 6:15-23
  21. Romans 7:1-6
  22. Romans 7:7-23
  23. Romans 7:24
  24. Romans 7:25
  25. Romans 8:1
  26. Romans 8:2
  27. Romans 8:3
  28. Romans 8:4
  29. Romans 8:4-8
  30. Romans 8:9
  31. Romans 8:10
  32. Romans 8:11
  33. Romans 8:12
  34. Romans 8:13
  35. Romans 8:14
  36. Romans 8:15
  37. Romans 8:16
  38. Romans 8:17a
  39. Romans 8:17b-18
  40. Romans 8:19-22
  41. Romans 8:
  42. Romans 8:24-25
  43. Romans 8:26
  44. Romans 8:27
  45. Romans 8:28
  46. Romans 8:29
  47. Romans 8:30a
  48. Romans 8:30b
  49. Romans 8:
  50. Ephesians 6:12
  51. Colossians 2:15
  52. Romans 16:20
  53. Matthew 16:18
  54. Psalm 103:11–13
  55. Colossians 2:13–14
  56. Revelation 20:13–14

Now Sings My Soul: Psalm 23:4a Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

My Great God,

How many times have you rescued me from not only eternal death but certain death and doom?

How many times have I sinned that did and did not lead to my death?

The answer is countless. The truth is infinite.

But yet, you are my great God and Savior! I have fallen into the abyssmal pit too many times to count. But because of your grace upon grace, you were deeper still! You placed your hands underneath my dead body and rose me up again.

I have walked through, no, lived in the valley of the shadow of death. But it was death’s stench that engulfed me but it was your sweet scent of your gospel because you are the lily of the valley.

Never cease to rescue me. I will fall infinitely times more. I will need you infinitely and once more.

Amen.

Mark 10:1-12 God Alone Binds Us to One Another

Mark 10:1–12 And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.  And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”  He answered them, “What did Moses command you?”  They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.”  And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.  But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’  ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,  and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”  And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter.  And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her,  and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

The world says Jesus didn’t talk about things like hell or marriage. Yet, we can see here that Jesus does talk about marriage.

1. What does Jesus say about marriage?

2. Was divorce part of His plan?

3. Why do we have divorce?

4. What is marriage suppose to be about? (Ephesians 5:21-33)

5. What does Jesus do when people get divorce? Does he say condemn them? Does he send them to hell? 

The Lord’s Prayer

Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. 1

Notes:

  1. Matthew 6:9-15 cf. Luke 11:2-4