What Your Behavior Accomplishes

If you sin, what do you accomplish against Him?Or if your transgressions are multiplied, what does it do to Him?If you are righteous, what does it give Him?Or what does He receive from your hand?Job 35:6–7 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) Elihu asks Job a series of probing questions. …

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It’s Nailed to the Cross

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has resurrected together with Him, having forgiven you all sins. He blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us and contrary to us, and He took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed …

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For to God we are a Sweet Fragrance of Christ

Now thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in Christ and through us reveals the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God a sweet fragrance of Christ among those who are saved and among those who perish. To the one we are the fragrance of death, which …

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The Two-Fold Atonement

If Christ is not raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins.1 Corinthians 15:17 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) Paul makes a surprising claim. If Jesus Christ is not risen and alive, we Christians are still in our sins. Wait, what about that hymn, "What can …

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Why Stay in Exile?

We will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; He devises plans so that His banished ones will not be cast out from Him.2 Samuel 14:14 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) This …

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Suffering as a Privilege

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though some strange thing happened to you. But rejoice insofar as you share in Christ’s sufferings, so that you may rejoice and be glad also in the revelation of His glory.1 Peter 4:12–13 — Modern English …

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The Patient Suffering

Therefore, since Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,1 Peter 4:1 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) Therefore. Peter is using all he has written before. That is, what Jesus …

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Live as Servants of God

Dearly beloved, I implore you as aliens and refugees, abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul.1 Peter 2:11 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) Now comes the practical application again. This echoes Peter's introduction to this epistle where he calls his audience pilgrims or refugees. We are …

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