Romans 8:28 (ESV)
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Matthew 11:28-30 English Standard Version (ESV)
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 16:24–25). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Pastor John MacArthur tells us in his message, Winning By Losing: The Paradox of Discipleship, “… [that] this was one of Jesus’ recurring themes. There are some things that our Lord especially taught, some specially loved truths which He went back to again and again and again. We see them over and over in the Scripture. And we will never understand salvation and we will never understand discipleship unless we understand this principle…so oft repeated. The principle is winning by losing.”
Check out the message here. And then take a look at the book The Gospel According to Jesus available in Print, e-Book, MP3 CD and Audible. Additional sermons resources are available in The Gospel According to Jesus topical series which is available on the Grace To You website or via the Grace To You app for your phone.
The Hebrew word for “create” (bara) is used in the OT to refer to divine activity only—Yahweh alone serves as its grammatical subject—implying the writer wanted to emphasize that people cannot create in the way that Yahweh creates and that no other god can claim to be the creator. The verb bara also conveys the idea of ordering or determining function, suggesting God’s creative activity consists of bringing proper order and function to the cosmos.
Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ge 1:1). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Pe 2:24). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.