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Does God Really Rule Over our Sin?
He said to him the third time, Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him,
- Jesus foretold Peter's denials.
- Peter denied vehemently that he would deny Jesus, but Jesus remained clear in His foreknowledge of Peter's denials.
- Jesus even foretold Peter's restoration.
- Even though Jesus foreknew Peter's denials and indicated that Satan's activity was behind it, He never denied that it would be Peter's active decision to actually deny Jesus.
- Jesus orchestrated all of the details of Peter's restoration: the lack of success fishing and the miraculous catch at the word of Jesus, the three questions about Peter's love for Jesus and the three commands for Peter to shepherd and feed the flock of Jesus.
Psalm 103 is one of the best texts in the Bible for preaching the gospel to ourselves. It is a glorious reminder of gospel truth and one we should ponder and sing and tell to ourselves again and again!
O Lord, let my soul ever bless You!
and all that is within me,
bless Your holy name!
Let me not forget all Your benefits,
You forgive all my iniquity,
You heal all my diseases, in this life and in eternity
You redeems my life from the pit,
and You crown me with steadfast love and mercy,
You satisfy me with good
so that my youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Oh Lord, let me believe and rejoice and glorify You for Your amazing love and benefits to me!
Psalm 103 by Sovereign Grace:
You, O Lord, work righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
You made known Your ways to Moses,
Your acts to the people of Israel.
You, O Lord, are merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
You will not always chide,
nor will You keep Your anger forever.
You does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is Your steadfast love toward those who fear You;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far do You remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so You, O Lord, show compassion to those who fear You.
For You know our frame;
You remember that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But Your steadfast love, O Lord, is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear You,
and Your righteousness to children's children,
to those who keep Your covenant
and remember to do Your commandments.
O Lord, give us the grace to keep trusting in Jesus,
who is the substance and fulfillment of Your covenant.
You, O Lord, have established Your throne in the heavens,
and Your kingdom rules over all.
Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
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