What does it mean that the righteous shall live by faith?
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that we often hear this phrase and immediately think it’s about the doctrine of justification… because Paul uses that expression to teach that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
But there is another part to it: Not only are we justified by faith, but we live and hope by faith as well.
In the darkest of days, the believer should live by faith, meaning that the people of God continue to trust in Him and cling to His promises even when distress and disaster have come to them.
Knowing not only that God is faithful and will not let their soul come to destruction, but also that Christ is coming to bring an end to all calamity in a final judgment that is so complete, it will right every wrong.
Description: The prophet Isaiah painted a picture of the rebellion in the nations: a place of idolatry, injustice, and insurrection; a place where God is ignored and His followers mocked, as man sits in his citadels of strength.
…That is, until God brings man’s city to ruin and his citadels to rubble.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao virtually delivers a Resurrection Sunday Service to our church body as we watch from the safety of our homes during the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 and reminds us that during these times when God brings people low, we rejoice.
We rejoice because God does it to rescue the afflicted and to vindicate His people. But there’s another reason we rejoice…a scandalous reason.
God brings people low to make the proud humble and remove the strength of the mighty and bring the ruthless to their knees.
And most shockingly, He redeems the ruthless so that they too worship Him.
Description: As we near the end of the Bible, the fate of two women hang in the balance.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Revelation in which we are introduced to two women who will be be judged very differently: the harlot and the bride.
The harlot — the great prostitute and idolatress of Babylon — has been corrupting and poisoning the earth with her adultery, and now must face the fierce outpouring of the wrath of the Lamb.
While the the Bride of Christ has been redeemed and is permitted to dress in fine, dazzling white and clean linen — signifying the righteous and moral acts of the saints — as she readies herself for her groom… who is also the Lamb.
For one will stand as recipient of His wrath, the other, His love.
Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit…
And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, “Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.”
It’s the funeral of Babylon the Great…the funeral of the Harlot.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Revelation in which we see in chapter 18 the world watching from a distance the funeral service of Babylon, lamenting that their cash cow has met her demise.
“Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!”
But the saints are also watching, and they are rejoicing that God has judged the city that has made itself drunk on the blood of the martyrs.
Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her.
Description: The river seems so inviting and the falls seem so far away… but once the current ensnares you, there is no possibility of escape!
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Revelation to show us that there are some things in life which have the appearance of safety, but are actually extremely dangerous.
Such is the reason that the enticement of this world is symbolized as a harlot: Her seduction is the path of doom for she draws her strength from Satan, himself.
Description: In a world of deception and dishonesty, one of the most difficult things is recognizing your enemy.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Revelation and shares that this it is one of the most difficult things about self defense.
With all the subterfuge out there, how do you defend yourself against something whose aim is not to be recognized? Or what happens if your enemy is actually luring you into a trap and leading you down a path that can only end to destruction?
A simple Google search will reveal that many are absolutely obsessed with it.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Revelation and reminds us that Christians need not wonder about the end, for God tells us in His Word — not so we might fear, but so we might increase our faith and trust in Him.
Description: Looking back on recorded history we see the hand of God in all of man’s comings and goings. The Book of Ezekiel gives a fascinating insight into how our sovereign God deals with us. Romans 15:4 says, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning…” There is a saying that a wise man seeks old wisdom. We can find that wisdom studying the book of Ezekiel.
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The Jim Allen Lamentations Study (1998-1999) has joined our SBC Classic Edition.
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