Cleansing: Inward and Outward (Part 2)

Cleansing: Inward and Outward (Part 2)

Last week we established how cleansing must start within. The heart is in need of re-creation (Psalm 51:10) and a new redemptive story written upon it (Jeremiah 31:33-34), replacing the record of sin which was engraved with a diamond-pointed iron stylus on the old heart (Jeremiah 17:1). Since “the heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick” (Jeremiah 17:9), the cure cannot be merely a topical treatment of the outside. It must be a fundamental, surgical change from within - a circumcision of the heart (Deuteronomy 30:6; Romans 2:29)

Let’s go back to where we were in the early chapters of Isaiah last week. Between 2 judgment sections (2:12-3:26 and 5:1-30), the 6 verses of Chapter 4 interweave the hopeful threads of remnant, return from exile, cleansing, and re-creation.

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How many miracles happen each year?

How many miracles happen each year?

Question: How many miracles happen per year?

Answer: To answer this question we must first have a better understanding of miracles. First, take an overall look at the miracles which happened in the New Testament. Are those those type of miracles happening today? Miracles were used for 4 purposes:

1. The first purpose of the miracles was to prove that Jesus is Deity/God. (John 1:1-3; 20:30; Acts 2:22). Why would John have made a record of these miracles, if Jesus were still performing miracles today? 

2. The second purpose of the miracles was to confirm God's word to those who heard (Mark 16:20; Hebrews 2:1-4).

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