v1, Matt 27:46; Psa 22:1-2 a. forever - ◊†◊¶◊ó (natzach) from the root ◊†◊¶◊Ē (natzah) meaning ‚Äėto be permanent‚Äô
v2a, Alone upon the cross, the intimate relationship broken and the counsel from the Father through the Spirit absent.
v2b, Luke 22:53
vv3-4, From the cross, Christ silently prays the prayer of hope in His resurrection to come a. Psa 18:28
vv5-6, Because Jesus Christ, as holy, perfect and sinless Man, trusted in His Father‚Äôs steadfast love, you and I may rejoice in God‚Äôs salvation by faith which trusts in Christ alone! a. Isa 12:2 b. ‚ÄúNone live so easily, so pleasantly, as those that live by faith.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ Matthew Henry (1662-1714)
Application Key: Romans 12:1-2, 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
"...by the mercies of God" - because of Christ and Him crucified
It is by the power of the truth of Christ‚Äôs cross...
Jon Cardwell was saved by God‚Äôs grace on June 3, 1985 while serving in the military as a deep sea diver in the U.S. Navy. The call to ministry came 8 years later when he was invited to serve the Lord in the Philippine mission field. Jon‚Äôs entry into pastoral ministry came...