Giving is an issue of freedom which is to be done with joy and a heart transformed by the gospel.
Giving is an act of worship—done as a result of and in response to the gospel.
Officers in the church are given as servants of Christ for the purpose of discipleship and ought, therefore, to reflect Christ as appropriate to their particular callings.
Unity is a gift that God has given the church and therefore requires that we give ourselves to guarding and protecting it.
The Ruling Elder, serves the church in a kingly office, under the authority of Christ the Great King.
The leper discovers that healing comes through faith and faith is increased as the Lord allows us to see how needy we really are and how great he really is.
Christ has come and set the Law aside by fulfilling it, bearing, in his flesh, the curse of the Law and thus establishing peace between God and man (and within the church).
Paul makes it clear that the Gentiles were not formerly a part of the people of God and with that came five disadvantages, but now they are included and that is to drive them to praise God.
We will see that the Deacons have the unique role guarding the holiness of God’s name by caring for the hurting in the flock.
The office of the deacon is established as a part of the church (which is the New Israel) and, in so doing, it displaces the older priestly order.
Joshua, the high priest, serves as a sign that God will come and suffer in order to establish his kingdom and bless his people.
Christ redeems a people to himself by taking their iniquity upon himself and by renewing them in his own image.
Christ came as the final revelation of the Father to do that which the Law could not do – show God’s heavenly kindness in fullness and bring salvation.
Officers are given to the church by God and must therefore serve him in their oversight and the congregation must render submission unto their officers as unto the Lord.
As we will see in this passage today, God calls Christians to walk in holiness, in their speech and actions, because they have been made holy and are united to Christ through the gospel.
Jesus proclaims himself to be the Messianic Son of Man who is able to forgive sins because of his divinity and the provision he has made in his death and resurrection.
Biblical gratitude is a thankfulness which pursues holiness with the entire life by living out of the reality that we have been seated with Christ in the heavenly places.
In this passage we see a prophecy of what will happen at the Messiah’s coming. He will be struck on behalf of his true sheep and bring judgment on the earthly kingdom of Israel and its false leaders or shepherds and inaugurate a new and better order.