confidence of a small sparrow
The people of Daniel's
God - the ancient promise of resurrection
...At that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that
shall be found written in the book.
2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall
awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting
3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the
and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
The effect of
Christ's touch on our soul's leprosy
there came a leper and worshipped him,
saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched
him, saying, I will;
be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Who else but the Lord
Jesus the Messiah? Though disfavoured by the worldly.
66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no
more with him.
67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou
hast the words of eternal life.
69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son
of the living God.
The utterly transforming
power of the cross
9 ¶ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not
inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor
idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you:
but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Cor. 6.9-11
Even the most ungodly
justified freely and changed by blood
1 ¶ Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we
stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing
that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed
abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6 ¶ For when we were yet without strength, in due time
Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure
for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be
saved from wrath through him.
The unspeakable gift
of God's love, more precious than life itself
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or
peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long;
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through
him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able
to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
confidence even in the jaws of death and torture - the joyful song of
The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto
me? Psalm 118.6
The rock badgers are but a feeble folk but they make their houses in
the rocks. Prov. 30.26
4 And I
say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and
after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which
after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell;
yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
6 Are not five sparrows* sold for two farthings, and not one of
them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not
therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.*
*The Lord's chosen word in the Greek for a sparrow here denotes a very
Now why would you
settle for the quicksand of this world's philosophy and its deceitful
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.
And let him that heareth say, Come.
And let him that is athirst come.
And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
But whosoever drinketh of
that I shall give
him shall never thirst;
but the water that I shall
give him shall be in him
a well of water springing up into everlasting