Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Standing Outside the Box Pt. 1: What Does Scripture Tell Me

God's character according to doctrine is one thing but me shoving Him inside a box based on what my mind can grasp this side of Heaven is something completely different.

What do I know about my King?

Matthew 6:25-27: "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Matthew 6:30-33: But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 10:19: When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.

Exodus 4:12: Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak."

Philippians 4:6: do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

1 Peter 5:7: casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Matthew 15:13-14: 13[Jesus] answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit."

Luke 7:23: And blessed is the one who is not offended by me."

Isaiah 60:21: Your people shall all be righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I might be glorified.

John 15:1-2: 1"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

1 Corinthians 3:9: 9For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

Luke 11:13: 13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

Genesis 6:5: The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Acts 2:38: 38And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:3-4: 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. (cross references: 2 Corinth 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3; Rom 15:6; Eph 1:20; Eph 2:6, 3:10, 6:12; Eph 2:10; 2 Thess 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; James 2:5; Deut 7:6, 26:18; 2 Tim 1:9; Matt 13:35; Eph 5:27; Col 1:22; 1 Thess 4:7).

Ephesians 1:5-6: In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (cross references: Eph 1:11; Rom 8:29, 30; Rom 8:15; Eph 1:9; Luke 2:14; Heb 2:4; Luke 12:32; Eph 1:12, 14; John 3:35, 10:17; Col 1:13; Matt 3:17).

Ephesians 1:7-10: 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (cross references: Col 1:14; Rom 3:24; 1 Corinth 1:30; Eph 4:30; Acts 20:28; Acts 2:38; Eph 3:8, 16; Col 1:27; Rom 2:4; Rom 16:25; Eph 1:5; Eph 1:11; Rom 8:28, 9:11; Mark 1:15; Col 1:16, 20; Eph 3:15; Phil 2:9, 10).

Ephesians 1:11-12: 11In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. (cross references: Deut 4:20, 32:9; Eph 1:14; Eph 1:5; Eph 3:11; Rev 4:11; Rom 8:28; Acts 20:27; Eph 1:6, 14; Phil 1:11).

Ephesians 1:13-14: 13In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (cross references: 2 Corinth 6:7; Col 1:5; 2 Tim 2:15; Acts 13:26, 15:7; Eph 4:30; Acts 1:4; 2 Corinth 1:22; Acts 20:32; Eph 1:18; Titus 2:14; Eph 1:7; 1 Peter 2:9; Eph 1:6, 12).

To be continued…
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