Changed into the Image of the Lord
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Pastor Ralph Ovadal
The believer can look back over his Christian life and mourn his sin and failings. But it is important that we remember the Lord will never leave or forsake us. He has promised to change us into His image from glory to glory. By God's free grace and in His great mercy, which endureth forever, we know He will keep that promise and do that work. It is for us to avail ourselves of the means of grace which He has provided so that this work may go forward more and more, not less and less, as the days go on.
Below are some more recent additions from January through April, 2007.
Sanctification Discussed - 1 Thessalonians 4:3. Since sanctification is a spiritual work, we must seek to be sanctified by spiritual means. If we do not, our lives will be spent in a raging, discouraging, exhausting battle with the flesh and the devil instead of being more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
Thy Saints Shall Bless Thee - Psalm 145.
What Should We Do about Abortion? - Luke 10:25-37. My text today is Luke 10:25-37, which contains what is known as the Parable of the Good Samaritan. The topic of my sermon today is, What is the church's responsibility with regard to abortion?
A Great Multitude Before God's Throne - Revelation 7:9-17.
From Malediction to Benediction - Galatians 6:11-18. The Apostle Paul is fierce in his defense of the gospel. All Christians should be zealous in a like manner. And God forbid that we should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Tried and Reproached for Whom? - 1 Peter 4:12-16. In every generation of Christians, there have always been those claiming to belong to Christ who claimed to be persecuted for Christ when in reality they were bonafide rebels and lawbreakers who cloaked their lawlessness with Christ's name.
God's Overruling Grace - Romans 1:1-7. I believe the only way a sinner can be saved is by God's irresistible grace and sovereign will overruling the sinner's corrupted will and rebellious nature. There was certainly no free will involved in Paul being called to salvation through faith in Jesus; that is a matter of record.
A Wonderful Home-Going - Psalm 116:15. Many an old Christian who has neglected the things above has all but said, 'Let me stay; let me stay,' when it was his time to go to glory and be forever with the Lord. Contrast that to young Margaret Wilson, drowned in the cold waters of the Solway, who said, 'Let me go; let me go. I am Christ's child!' when offered life at the price of denying the crown rights of Christ.
Are God's People the Unchosen Chosen? - Romans 11:33-36. All we know about the unseen work of God in the salvation of souls is what we read about in His revealed Word. The question before us is this: Are God's people chosen and then saved, or are we saved and then chosen? Are we chosen to salvation, or are we the unchosen chosen?
Whosoever in the World? - No matter which side of the election debate one is on, we must, in the end, decide the issue from the Scriptures alone. We are not Romanists who base our doctrine on philosophy and tradition.
More Than an Escape from Hell - 1 Peter 1:1-9. I don't believe the knowledge and promise that he has been spared eternity in hell will in turn cause a Christian to rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. How long would we rejoice with such a joy if we were only delivered from hell to live a few years on earth and then be given over to death, the grave, and annihilation?
The Wrath of God Revealed - Romans 1:18. When God's wrath against sinners is spoken of in the Scriptures, Old Testament and, yes, New Testament, the word wrath means a fierce, fiery tempest of righteous anger and vengeance.
A Woman's Place - 1 Timothy 2:11-15. The issues I am going to deal with today are crucial to the spiritual well-being and good order of the church.
They Are without Excuse - Romans 1:19-32.
There Is No Light in Them - Isaiah 8:20. Many Christians today condemn the lawlessness of the world, but they themselves act as self-appointed arbitrators of the Word of God whenever they choose. They live as sweet moralists, jealous of their own little Christian-flavored world which they have created for their family.
Thou Art Inexcusable - Romans 2:1-10. These first and second verses in chapter two of Romans are not meant to be used as an anthem for antinomian error. They are rather a withering condemnation of the error of true legalism, which is the claim of justification by the law.
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