Liars in 1 John

Introduction:We should all know that it is a sin to lie. Perjury is, after all, prohibited by the ninth commandment (Ex. 20:16). The Colossians were told not to lie to one another, now that they had put off the old man with his deeds (Col. 3:9). And we are told that the lake of fire is reserved for liars, among a number of others (Rev. 21:8). ...

Lust in 1 John

Introduction:We are beginning a short series of sermons in 1 John, but the messages are of a topical nature. Although these messages will revolve around particular topics, I believe that when we are done, we will have apprehended the larger message of the book via a somewhat different route—different, that is, from a verse-by-verse ...

Psalm 110/The Priest/King at God’s Right Hand

Introduction:This psalm is the most frequently quoted passage of the Old Testament found in the New Testament. The verses quoted have various applications which we will consider as we work through the psalm.The Text:“The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The Lord shall ...

Psalm 109/God Is Not Mocked

Introduction:This psalm has been a challenge to many Christians for centuries. It is an imprecatory psalm, and of the most bracing variety. Many commentators have been reduced to saying something like, “Well, we know it is inspired, but we don’t have to like it.” The great C.S. Lewis stumbled over it, saying that God put it in Scripture ...

Psalm 108/We Shall Do Valiantly

Introduction:There is a true theological balancing act that is able to handle two very different sentiments that are both found in Scripture. The first is the response of a humble servant of Christ—“So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that ...

Psalm 107/Let the Redeemed Say So

Introduction:If there is one lesson that the psalmist would like for us to take away from this particular psalm, it is the desire that men would learn how to praise God for His goodness. This is a lesson we must learn regardless. And it must follow from this that—either from the difficulty of the lesson or the sluggishness of the students—this ...