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Eight Words, Five Themes


If you’ve ever wondered how preachers can preach for an hour on a single verse (or less) of Scripture, the following is meant to show just how pregnant with meaning a short passage can be. Mind you, this is just off the top of my head, pulled together about as fast as I could copy-and-paste from biblegateway.com. If a pretender like me gets this much, imagine what a competent scholar/expositor who gave the text its due diligence could do.

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She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus [Yahweh saves], for He will save His people from their sins. —Matthew 1:21

  1. He will save His people from their sins.

    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” —John 14:6

    And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. —Acts 4:12

  2. He will save His people from their sins.
    All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. —John 6:37–40
  3. He will save His people from their sins.
    And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. —Ephesians 2:1–9
  4. He will save His people from their sins.

    Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. . . . I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.” —John 17:1–2, 9–10

    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. —1 Peter 2:9–10

  5. He will save His people from their sins.
    My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. —1 John 2:1–2


Posted 2018·10·16 by David Kjos
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