Thursday, January 14, 2010

Exceeding Things

Eph. 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

1. Man's exceeding Sin (Gen. 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.)

2. Christ's exceeding Sorrow (Matt. 26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.)

3. God's exceeding Grace (Eph. 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.)

4. The Believer's exceeding Joy (1 Peter 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: ; 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.)

Known in its extent and guilt by God alone

Endured by Him on behalf of guilty man

Cause of man's salvation apart from his own merit

Already enjoyed in part; to be perfected in heaven