John 10:18 He chose to lay down His life for us
John 10:18

14-18 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”

John 10

He Calls His Sheep by Name

10 1-5 “Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he’s up to no good—a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.”

6-10 Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep rustlers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

11-13 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him.

14-18 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”

19-21 This kind of talk caused another split in the Jewish ranks. A lot of them were saying, “He’s crazy, a maniac—out of his head completely. Why bother listening to him?” But others weren’t so sure: “These aren’t the words of a crazy man. Can a ‘maniac’ open blind eyes?”

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22-24 They were celebrating Hanukkah just then in Jerusalem. It was winter. Jesus was strolling in the Temple across Solomon’s Porch. The Jews, circling him, said, “How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you’re the Messiah, tell us straight out.”

25-30 Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don’t believe. Everything I have done has been authorized by my Father, actions that speak louder than words. You don’t believe because you’re not my sheep. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand. The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him. I and the Father are one heart and mind.”

31-32 Again the Jews picked up rocks to throw at him. Jesus said, “I have made a present to you from the Father of a great many good actions. For which of these acts do you stone me?”

33 The Jews said, “We’re not stoning you for anything good you did, but for what you said—this blasphemy of calling yourself God.”

34-38 Jesus said, “I’m only quoting your inspired Scriptures, where God said, ‘I tell you—you are gods.’ If God called your ancestors ‘gods’—and Scripture doesn’t lie—why do you yell, ‘Blasphemer! Blasphemer!’ at the unique One the Father consecrated and sent into the world, just because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I don’t do the things my Father does, well and good; don’t believe me. But if I am doing them, put aside for a moment what you hear me say about myself and just take the evidence of the actions that are right before your eyes. Then perhaps things will come together for you, and you’ll see that not only are we doing the same thing, we are the same—Father and Son. He is in me; I am in him.”

39-42 They tried yet again to arrest him, but he slipped through their fingers. He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and stayed there. A lot of people followed him over. They were saying, “John did no miracles, but everything he said about this man has come true.” Many believed in him then and there.

These are notes on the sermon, All Things Work For Your Good, preached by Pastor Joseph Prince on Sunday, 11 April 2021, at The Star Performing Arts Centre, Singapore. We hope these sermon notes will be an encouragement to you!

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Overview

  1. Introduction: You can come boldly to God and receive what you need because of Jesus’ perfect work
  2. God wants you to enjoy eternal life—the abundant, quality life that He Himself lives by
  3. Jesus’ resurrection life and power are working in your life to give you a glorious future
  4. You have access to God’s unmerited and unlimited favor
  5. God makes all things, including your troubles and mistakes, work for your good
  6. God’s divine purpose is for you to be more like Jesus—in character and in the results you see in your life
  7. Keep your eyes on Jesus and see yourself transformed into His image from glory to glory
  8. Closing prayer
  9. OWN THE WORD (life application)

Introduction: You can come boldly to God and receive what you need because of Jesus’ perfect work

We are continuing from last week’s sermon, Stand On Favor Ground.

“Who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.”


— Romans 4:25 NKJV

was delivered up because of our offenses

— Jesus was sent into this world to die for our offenses (sins). The reason Jesus came in the form of a human body was so that He could sacrifice Himself for us at the cross. Though He took on the likeness of sinful flesh, He had no sin in His flesh (Rom. 8:3).

During Jesus’ ministry on earth, there were times people tried to kill Him but were unsuccessful because it wasn’t His time yet. As Jesus held all power and authority, no one could kill Him without His consent. He chose to lay down His life for us (John 10:18). When the time came and the guards went to arrest Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was the One who stepped forward and allowed Himself to be captured (John 18:6).

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life (zóé) through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
— Romans 6:23 KJV

For the wages of sin is death

— Man fell when Adam chose to listen to the voice of the enemy who hated him instead of submitting to the voice of God who loved him. Subsequently, all of mankind had sin in their blood; all of us were like sheep who had gone astray (Isa. 53:6) and needed saving.

eternal life” — Though sin was man’s fault, God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die at the cross for all our sins and give us eternal life. “Life” here is the Greek word “zóé,” which refers to the highest form of life—the life that God Himself lives by.

We go back to Romans 4:

“. . . and was raised because of our justification.”
— Romans 4:25 NKJV

was raised because of our justification” — Through Jesus’ perfect work at the cross, we have not only been delivered from our sins but we have also been justified. Jesus’ work was to remove our sins in the presence of a holy God so that when God looks at us today, there is no more sin on us. While there is still sin in our physical bodies, God sees no sin on us. When Jesus comes again, we will receive our glorified bodies with no trace of sin or its effects.

Jesus has done a perfect and eternal work, one that is efficacious forever—and we stand in that value of work before God. This is why through Jesus’ perfect work at the cross, we can come boldly to God and receive what we need.

The Young’s Literal Translation translates Romans 4 this way:

“. . . and was raised up because of our being declared righteous.”

— Romans 4:25 YLT

was raised up because of our being declared righteous” — If we were not declared righteous, God would not have raised Christ from the dead. Jesus was not raised because of His position as the Son of God (that He always was), but because of His perfect work at the cross. Because He has borne all our sins in His own body, today we stand righteous and without sin before God. As believers, we need to receive and believe this truth in our spirit.

The perfect work that Jesus did at the cross includes bearing our sins and everything that is a result of sin—including sickness, disease, depression, and pains.

There are people who struggle to believe that Jesus did this perfect work. They believe that He bore their sins but are unsure of whether He bore their sicknesses and pains. So when they are trying to trust God for their breakthrough, they say, “I can’t believe. I don’t have enough faith.”

Beloved, it’s not about the amount of faith you have, but about the trustworthiness of the Person you have faith in. Don’t look at your faith; look at Jesus. He is perfect. Because Jesus is perfect, there is no doubt that He did a perfect work at the cross and purchased the healing or provision breakthrough you need.

God wants you to enjoy eternal life—the abundant, quality life that He Himself lives by

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”

— 1 John 5:13 NKJV

These things I have written to you . . . that you may know that you have eternal life” — The Bible doesn’t deal with “perhaps” or “maybe,” the Bible says “these things are written that you may know that you have eternal life.”

that you may know that you have eternal life” — Eternal life is your portion as a child of God. Eternal life is not about living eternally (all mankind are already spirit beings that cannot die). Those who refuse to accept Jesus and end up in hell will also live eternally. Eternal life refers to the quality of life (zóé life)—the life that God Himself lives by. When we are born again, God imparts His zóé life to us (Rom. 6:23).

Plants, insects, animals, and humans all have varying degrees of life, but the life of God Himself is the highest form of life (zóé life—eternal life). You and I have this eternal life that comes through Jesus, who came to give us life more abundantly (John 10:10)!

The Christian walk is about learning to allow the Spirit to lead you in life. This is how we practically live by the tree of life. When Adam and Eve partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that was when all the problems started. Today, living according to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is to live by natural reasoning and logic. On the other hand, living by the tree of life is to be led by the Spirit.

When you are led by the Spirit (the tree of life), you will produce many good works and exceed the standards of the law. You will live with moral excellence. You will not only give what is sufficient to others but have the Spirit’s prompting to be generous. When you trust that God is your supply, you will be generous because you know He provides in abundance. This is contrary to natural thinking (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), which tells you to limit your kindness.

Pastor Prince shares a story of two farmer neighbors (one a Christian, one a non-Christian) who grew crops in paddy fields. The farmer who lived on the lower part of the hill (the non-Christian) used crafty methods to benefit from the flow of water that his neighbor above (the Christian) used to water his crops. Though this was unethical and upsetting to the Christian farmer, he felt the Holy Spirit on the inside tell him to be generous and water his neighbor’s field before his own. Shortly after, his neighbor realized what was happening and asked him about it, to which he replied, “I just felt the Lord tell me to do it.” In the end, his neighbor got saved because he experienced the goodness of God. This is a testimony of what happens when you allow the Lord to lead you in life—you see supernatural results that go beyond what you could have imagined.

Jesus’ resurrection life and power are working in your life to give you a glorious future

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
— Romans 5:1–2 NKJV

having been justified by faith . . . rejoice in hope of the glory of God” — As believers, we were sinners before we were saved by grace, but now we are sons and daughters of God who are justified by faith. We are not perfect in our flesh but we have been made perfect in the Spirit. God doesn’t just want to save and justify us, but He also wants us to have a glorious future!

“Those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
— Romans 8:30 NIV

he also justified . . . he also glorified” — Jesus is the first One whose glorified body rose from the dead, and our lives are patterned after His. When Jesus comes again for us, our bodies will be exchanged for a glorified body—a body where we will never feel fatigued, sick, or die. While we wait, we rejoice in hope and anticipation. Even right now, we have already entered into His glory (it’s just that the last thing for us to possess is our glorified bodies).

When Jesus raised Lazarus after he had been dead for four days, the power that raised Lazarus was not resurrection life, for Lazarus still died physically later on. Resurrection life and power came when Jesus was raised from the dead—where He would die no more.

In His glorified body, Jesus still has flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). Jesus’ glorified body also transcends time and space and can be anywhere in an instant. Yet His body is made of matter and can be touched and felt. This is a picture of our future, where our glorified bodies will be like His glorified body after being changed by His power (Phil. 3:21).

To live in our glorified bodies is God’s plan for us. He never intended for man to grow old and die because He counts death an enemy (1 Cor. 15:26). When Jesus comes again in the rapture, God will put the final enemy—death—under His feet (and our feet) once and for all. Death has already been defeated at the cross, but it will finally be under our feet experientially when we receive our glorified bodies (1 Cor. 15:52). On that day, we will be with the Lord forever.

He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”
— Matthew 8:17 NKJV

He Himself” — Jesus didn’t entrust His work to an angel, but He Himself willingly bore our infirmities upon His own body. Only Jesus can do a perfect work, and everything He does carries an eternal effect—one that remains efficacious once and for all.

You have access to God’s unmerited and unlimited favor

“By whom we have also access by faith into this favour in which we stand.”
— Romans 5:2 (DARBY)

There were many Biblical figures who saw God’s favor at work in their lives. David had favor; Esther had favor before the king; Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord; Ruth found favor in the eyes of Boaz who redeemed her from poverty; and Joseph had favor with Pharaoh though he was someone who initially had nothing to his name and was even cast out by his own brothers. All of them had their own faults and failures, yet God gave them favor with people.

we have also access . . . into this favour in which we stand” — Today, we have access into this favor in which we stand because we are declared righteous through the cross.

As God’s beloved, you can declare you have favor with God and with man. Not every man will find you favorable (e.g. people against the gospel of grace), but God promises that you shall find favor with many people.

Likewise, Jesus had favor with countless people He met. He even found favor with Pontius Pilate even though He was eventually delivered up to be crucified due to Pilate’s fear of Caesar. The only people that Jesus didn’t have favor with were the Pharisees—the religious people of that day. The Pharisees shunned Jesus because they despised the grace and accessibility He gave to sinners.

Wherever you go, remember that you are living under the unclouded favor of God!

God makes all things, including your troubles and mistakes, work for your good

“And we boast on the hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we also boast in the tribulations.”
— Romans 5:2–3 YLT

boast in the tribulations” — Even if you’re going through a troubling time, the Bible says you can still boast in your tribulations, knowing that God is working every trouble for your good.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
— Romans 8:28 NKJV

we know” — God doesn’t want us to have some fleeting hope that all things will work together for good. He wants us to know it as a fact!

all things work together for good” — Even as you persevere through tough times, know that every trouble will work for your good. It won’t happen because of your good deeds but because you have the unmerited favor of God upon your life. The word “work” here is the Greek word “synergos,” which means “synergy.” Synergy is an employment of different parts that work together to produce the total desirable effect.

If there seems to be all sorts of challenges that you’ve been facing for a long time (e.g. this pandemic and all its negative repercussions), remember to fall back on God’s Word that reaffirms your standing on favor ground. No matter what you’re going through, big or small, there is always something good that God is doing behind the scenes that will benefit you.

When it comes to the COVID-19 virus sweeping the globe and bringing about lockdowns such that churches had to move online, one positive change the church has seen is the increased number of salvations over the past year. We rejoice knowing that Jesus is being unveiled to more people and more lives are being transformed by His grace.

When the Bible says “all things,” it means all things. Believe that God is synergizing everything for you and your family’s good!

While God is not behind the pandemic or the challenges that you face, these bad things that happen don’t catch God by surprise. We are living in a fallen world—bad things that happen in this world are the consequences of Adam’s sin.

We go back to Romans 8:

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
— Romans 8:28 NKJV

those who love God . . . those who are called according to His purpose” — This describes everyone who is born again. They are characteristics, not conditions. All those who are born again love God, though we love Him in varying degrees. When you are redeemed by Jesus’ work, you will come to love God and know Him (Heb. 8:11). And all those who are born again are called according to God’s purpose.

Knowing the hope of our calling is part of the prayer in Ephesians 1.

God’s divine purpose is for you to be more like Jesus—in character and in the results you see in your life

As a child of God, you will discover your God-given purpose that He has called you to fulfill.

This year, Pastor Prince has encouraged us to pray this prayer from Ephesians 1 daily:

“May give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling.”
— Ephesians 1:17–18 NKJV

you may know what is the hope of His calling” — God has a purpose and a calling for your life that only you can fulfill. This calling is not based on your right doings, but it is a destiny that God has called you to before you were formed in your mother’s womb.

Though the apostle Paul said that God had separated him from his mother’s womb (Gal. 1:15) with a calling to preach the gospel of grace, he first grew up to be a Pharisee of Pharisees. Not only that, but Paul was also instrumental in the torture and persecution of many believers, going as far as sanctioning the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Though Paul seemed to miss his purpose and go off-track in his earlier years, God brought him back to His intended purpose.

Pastor Prince addresses a commonly asked question about destiny and predestination: Has God predestined those who will be saved?

Us having God-given destinies does not mean that God has predestined those who shall be saved.

When it comes to Paul and his God-given destiny, we can see the way God set him apart by looking at Paul’s upbringing. Many things in Paul’s life were God-arranged. God caused Paul to be born a Jew in that day and age in order for him to have accurate knowledge of Scripture. He also caused Paul to sit under the teaching of Gamaliel, one of the best Bible teachers of that time. Paul was also fluent in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic, and he was a very intelligent man. All these things were to prepare him for his ministry in the future.

Later on in life, Paul realized that all these achievements and accolades were nothing compared to knowing Jesus Christ. Yet he needed to have them to come to this revelation.

We, too, cannot be satisfied by achievements, status, or worldly pleasures. Our spirits are God-breathed, and this is why the things of this world can never satisfy us the way our Lord Jesus can. He is the bread of life.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
— Romans 8:29 NKJV

foreknew” — To have foreknowledge is to know what will happen in the future, which God does. In His foreknowledge, God knew whether you would receive Christ or not based on your free choice. God always gives us free choice; He will never manipulate it. If He was going to manipulate man’s free choice, He would have made sure Adam did not make the wrong choice in the Garden of Eden.

predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” — To believers: Because God foreknew that you would accept Christ, He has predestined you for the good intent He has for your life—which is to be conformed to the image of His Son. This is predestination.

We are predestined to become more like Jesus, the Son whom God dearly loves.

Look at Jesus, look at His moral beauty and glory. He doesn’t see things the same way everyone else does.

When you fail or make a mistake, Jesus doesn’t see the filth on you. Instead, He sees you clean, righteous, and welcomes you with open arms for you are His sheep and He is your Shepherd. For sinners who are not yet saved, Jesus views them as sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36). His heart as a good Shepherd is to feed them and receive them into His sheepfold.

Everything in your life—the good and the bad things, the big and the small things—has all been predestined to conform you to the image of Christ. That is what it means for all things to work toward your good.

When you are like Christ, your character starts to be like His. And the results you see in your life are like the results Jesus had when He walked on earth.

Look at Jesus—whatever He touched prospered. When Jesus touched the leper, the leper was completely healed. When Jesus touched the five loaves and two fish, it multiplied in plenty to feed five thousand people. When Jesus touched the poor, they became rich. When Jesus touched a sick body, it became healthy and vibrant. To be conformed to the image of Christ and to have His results is true success in life!

Success is not about being famous or earning lots of money. If you live to please man, that bondage only brings about the fear of man. When you trust in the Lord, you shall be safe (Prov. 29:25).

God is working out every detail and circumstance in your life for your good.

One example in the Bible is the life of Joseph. Joseph went through trouble after trouble, but ultimately God worked every trouble for his good. Joseph, who started off with nothing to his name after his brothers betrayed him and sold him off, rose to become Pharaoh’s right-hand man. Not everything that happened along the way was of God, but everything working out for his good was of God.

Joseph’s story is also a picture of our heavenly Joseph—our Lord Jesus. When Joseph’s brothers came to meet him to ask for food during a time of great famine, Joseph revealed himself to them as their long-lost brother whom they had sold as a slave. Instead of using his power to execute vengeance against them, Joseph used his power to draw them near to him (Gen. 50:20–21). Like Joseph, Jesus was rejected by His brothers (the Jews) but loved by His Father. Jesus came as the Bread of Life and became provision to the Gentile world. Jesus first came as a lowly and humble man but will come again as the glorious King of Israel.

God forgives every mistake you’ve made and works them all out for your good. This doesn’t mean that you should keep on sinning because that is unwise. God will bring you to the place where you fulfill your calling, but if you carry on living in sin, you will take a longer time to be led to that place.

God has so much good and glory in store for you—greater than all the things this world offers.

As a child of God, you can always have the attitude that you are favored. Judgment, death, and all the effects of the curse are behind you. The symptoms you feel in your body are only temporary, for your bodily redemption is drawing nearer and you will receive a brand-new glorified body (1 Thess. 1:10; Luke 21:28; 1 Cor.15:52).

The apostle Paul said in the book of Philippians:

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
— Philippians 1:21 NKJV

to die is gain” — Regarding our loved ones who have gone to heaven: Know that they are happy, free, liberated, and in perfect shalom peace. Feeling sad over the loss of a loved one is only human, but know that they are in a better place than you and I are. One day, we will meet them in heaven and be with them for eternity. We will even have fun exploring the vast universes (see Zech. 12:1) God has designed for us to enjoy!

Here is some advice for parents: It is understandable that you want the best for your children (e.g. for them to grow up educated, get a good job, and earn a good salary, etc.), but true joy and success are not found in these things. True joy and success happen when your children know the Lord. Encourage your children to attend the children’s ministry or the youth ministry and do what it takes to get them to attend it. This upbringing will produce fruitful results at the opportune time. They may not understand the Word fully now, but one day their eyes will be flooded with light and be filled with the revelation of who Jesus is to them in a personal way.

The enemy wants your children. When Moses asked Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, Pharaoh agreed but wanted the children to stay behind (Ex. 10:11). The reason why Pharaoh wanted the children to be left behind was that he knew the parents would come back for them. Moses didn’t allow that to happen, and all the Israelites left Egypt, children included. It is important we don’t leave our children in Egypt (the world) but raise them up in the ways of the Lord!

Let us not bypass this opportunity to let our children know the Lord, for the very things you see the Lord do in your life, you also want your children to experience in their lives.

God’s purpose will always cause everything to work for good for you and your family!

Keep your eyes on Jesus and see yourself transformed into His image from glory to glory

“Because as He is, so are we in this world.”
— 1 John 4:17 NKJV

as He is, so are we in this world” — This is a promise that is happening right now (not sometime in the future). As Jesus is (present tense), so are we in this world (not just in heaven).

Today, God sees you as one with Jesus. As Jesus is above all principalities, powers, might and dominion, and every name which is to come (Eph. 1:21), so are you in this world right now. As Jesus has no unhealthy flesh, so are you in this world (Eph. 5:30). You can declare that you are healthy, for Jesus is healthy. As Jesus is free from disease, having borne your diseases at the cross, so are you free from sickness in this world!

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
— 2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV

beholding . . . the Lord . . . transformed into the same image from glory to glory . . . by the Spirit of the Lord” — When you behold Jesus, you will see yourself transformed into His image from glory to glory. This transformation will not happen by your own efforts but by the Spirit of the Lord. When you have an image of Jesus that is based on eternal facts and truth found in His Word, you will be transformed into that same image through that hazon vision (vision from God)!

When Peter asked Jesus to call him to walk on water just as Jesus was doing, Jesus said, “Come” (Matt. 14:28–29). With that one word, there was more than enough power to bring about the miracle of Peter walking on water. As long as Peter’s eyes were focused on Jesus, seeing Him above the storm and transcending the waves, Peter was able to carry on walking on water. This depicts our Christian walk on earth today—we are to walk with our eyes on Jesus. When you do this, you will begin walking above every fear, challenge, and dire circumstance, and you will start being conformed to the image of God and experience the results that Jesus experienced!

Peter only began to sink when he was distracted by the howling winds and fear caused him to take his eyes off Jesus. What was supernatural (Peter being kept buoyant by the Spirit), became natural (Peter began sinking).

What we need today is a hazon vision, one that turns our eyes and focus back on Jesus. While Peter looked away, Jesus never stopped looking at Peter.

How do you behold Jesus today? You behold Him in His Word and the preaching of the gospel of grace.

Pastor Prince shares a powerful healing testimony of a lady in our church who had been diagnosed with lumps in her breast many years ago. Filled with faith after hearing a sermon that Pastor Prince preached on 1 John 4:17, she wrote on her medical report: “As Jesus does not have lumps in His breast, so am I in this world.” When the lady went back to the doctor, she found that the lumps were no longer there!

The results of your testimony are not produced by you but by the Holy Spirit in you. Your part is to keep your eyes on Jesus and let the Holy Spirit transform you supernaturally into Jesus’ image.

Pastor Prince closes the sermon by emphasizing how God wants us to come to a place where our eyes are flooded with light and understanding (Eph. 1:17–18), and we flow and cooperate with what He is doing. Remember, all things work together for good for a child of God! Learn to flow with God so as to move according to His purposes for your life.

Pastor Prince prays for these conditions:

  1. Neck condition that is linked to the shoulder
  2. Diabetes
  3. Blurred vision that occurs on-and-off
  4. Kidney conditions

Closing prayer

“This coming week, the Lord bless you and your families, and the Lord keep you and your loved ones from the COVID-19 virus, from every infection, from every disease, from every danger, harm, accident, and from all the power of the evil one. The Lord preserve you and keep you for His glory. The Lord make His face shine on you and your loved ones, prosper you in everything that you do, prosper your way and make all the crooked places straight. And the Lord grant you His shalom peace and favor, in Jesus' name. And all the people said, Amen.”

Own The Word (life application)

What trouble or challenge are you going through today?

Friend, God is working every detail and circumstance in your life together for your good (Rom. 8:28), even if it doesn't feel like it right now. While that difficulty you’re facing in your career, your health, or your family is not from God, He is able to cause all things to propel you into His glorious purpose for your life—that is, for you to be more and more like Jesus (Rom. 8:29).

To be like Jesus is to have every enemy of sickness, disease, and depression under your feet. To be like Jesus is to have everything you touch prosper. To be like Jesus is to have favor with God and man. To be like Jesus is to be wise and led by the Spirit. To be like Jesus is to have moral excellence and glory. To be like Jesus is to be beautiful in every way. To be like Jesus is to be truly happy and successful in life!

The way we are transformed into His image is by simply beholding Him (2 Cor. 3:18). So in the midst of that negative situation you’re in, will you turn your eyes upon Jesus? See Him in His Word or listen to anointed sermons that reveal more and more of who He is. He is the hazon vision (prophetic vision) God wants you to see.

Just like the lady whose healing testimony Pastor Prince shared, you can also fix your eyes on Jesus by applying 1 John 4:17—“as He is, so are we in this world”—to your own situation. You can personalize this verse and write it plainly where you will see it often. Here are some suggestions:

“As Jesus is healthy, so am I in this world.”

“As Jesus is successful, so am I in this world.”

“As Jesus is far above every storm in life, so am I in this world.”

This is one practical way you can remind yourself of how God is working all things for your good such that you become more like His Son!

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John 10:18

14-18 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”

John 10

He Calls His Sheep by Name

10 1-5 “Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he’s up to no good—a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.”

6-10 Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep rustlers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

11-13 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him.

14-18 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”

19-21 This kind of talk caused another split in the Jewish ranks. A lot of them were saying, “He’s crazy, a maniac—out of his head completely. Why bother listening to him?” But others weren’t so sure: “These aren’t the words of a crazy man. Can a ‘maniac’ open blind eyes?”

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22-24 They were celebrating Hanukkah just then in Jerusalem. It was winter. Jesus was strolling in the Temple across Solomon’s Porch. The Jews, circling him, said, “How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you’re the Messiah, tell us straight out.”

25-30 Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don’t believe. Everything I have done has been authorized by my Father, actions that speak louder than words. You don’t believe because you’re not my sheep. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand. The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him. I and the Father are one heart and mind.”

31-32 Again the Jews picked up rocks to throw at him. Jesus said, “I have made a present to you from the Father of a great many good actions. For which of these acts do you stone me?”

33 The Jews said, “We’re not stoning you for anything good you did, but for what you said—this blasphemy of calling yourself God.”

34-38 Jesus said, “I’m only quoting your inspired Scriptures, where God said, ‘I tell you—you are gods.’ If God called your ancestors ‘gods’—and Scripture doesn’t lie—why do you yell, ‘Blasphemer! Blasphemer!’ at the unique One the Father consecrated and sent into the world, just because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I don’t do the things my Father does, well and good; don’t believe me. But if I am doing them, put aside for a moment what you hear me say about myself and just take the evidence of the actions that are right before your eyes. Then perhaps things will come together for you, and you’ll see that not only are we doing the same thing, we are the same—Father and Son. He is in me; I am in him.”

39-42 They tried yet again to arrest him, but he slipped through their fingers. He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and stayed there. A lot of people followed him over. They were saying, “John did no miracles, but everything he said about this man has come true.” Many believed in him then and there.

These are notes on the sermon, All Things Work For Your Good, preached by Pastor Joseph Prince on Sunday, 11 April 2021, at The Star Performing Arts Centre, Singapore. We hope these sermon notes will be an encouragement to you!

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Overview

  1. Introduction: You can come boldly to God and receive what you need because of Jesus’ perfect work
  2. God wants you to enjoy eternal life—the abundant, quality life that He Himself lives by
  3. Jesus’ resurrection life and power are working in your life to give you a glorious future
  4. You have access to God’s unmerited and unlimited favor
  5. God makes all things, including your troubles and mistakes, work for your good
  6. God’s divine purpose is for you to be more like Jesus—in character and in the results you see in your life
  7. Keep your eyes on Jesus and see yourself transformed into His image from glory to glory
  8. Closing prayer
  9. OWN THE WORD (life application)

Introduction: You can come boldly to God and receive what you need because of Jesus’ perfect work

We are continuing from last week’s sermon, Stand On Favor Ground.

“Who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.”
— Romans 4:25 NKJV

was delivered up because of our offenses” — Jesus was sent into this world to die for our offenses (sins). The reason Jesus came in the form of a human body was so that He could sacrifice Himself for us at the cross. Though He took on the likeness of sinful flesh, He had no sin in His flesh (Rom. 8:3).

During Jesus’ ministry on earth, there were times people tried to kill Him but were unsuccessful because it wasn’t His time yet. As Jesus held all power and authority, no one could kill Him without His consent. He chose to lay down His life for us (John 10:18). When the time came and the guards went to arrest Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was the One who stepped forward and allowed Himself to be captured (John 18:6).

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life (zóé) through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
— Romans 6:23 KJV

For the wages of sin is death” — Man fell when Adam chose to listen to the voice of the enemy who hated him instead of submitting to the voice of God who loved him. Subsequently, all of mankind had sin in their blood; all of us were like sheep who had gone astray (Isa. 53:6) and needed saving.

eternal life” — Though sin was man’s fault, God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die at the cross for all our sins and give us eternal life. “Life” here is the Greek word “zóé,” which refers to the highest form of life—the life that God Himself lives by.

We go back to Romans 4:

“. . . and was raised because of our justification.”
— Romans 4:25 NKJV

was raised because of our justification” — Through Jesus’ perfect work at the cross, we have not only been delivered from our sins but we have also been justified. Jesus’ work was to remove our sins in the presence of a holy God so that when God looks at us today, there is no more sin on us. While there is still sin in our physical bodies, God sees no sin on us. When Jesus comes again, we will receive our glorified bodies with no trace of sin or its effects.

Jesus has done a perfect and eternal work, one that is efficacious forever—and we stand in that value of work before God. This is why through Jesus’ perfect work at the cross, we can come boldly to God and receive what we need.

The Young’s Literal Translation translates Romans 4 this way:

“. . . and was raised up because of our being declared righteous.”
— Romans 4:25 YLT

was raised up because of our being declared righteous” — If we were not declared righteous, God would not have raised Christ from the dead. Jesus was not raised because of His position as the Son of God (that He always was), but because of His perfect work at the cross. Because He has borne all our sins in His own body, today we stand righteous and without sin before God. As believers, we need to receive and believe this truth in our spirit.

The perfect work that Jesus did at the cross includes bearing our sins and everything that is a result of sin—including sickness, disease, depression, and pains.

There are people who struggle to believe that Jesus did this perfect work. They believe that He bore their sins but are unsure of whether He bore their sicknesses and pains. So when they are trying to trust God for their breakthrough, they say, “I can’t believe. I don’t have enough faith.”

Beloved, it’s not about the amount of faith you have, but about the trustworthiness of the Person you have faith in. Don’t look at your faith; look at Jesus. He is perfect. Because Jesus is perfect, there is no doubt that He did a perfect work at the cross and purchased the healing or provision breakthrough you need.

God wants you to enjoy eternal life—the abundant, quality life that He Himself lives by

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”
— 1 John 5:13 NKJV

These things I have written to you . . . that you may know that you have eternal life” — The Bible doesn’t deal with “perhaps” or “maybe,” the Bible says “these things are written that you may know that you have eternal life.”

that you may know that you have eternal life” — Eternal life is your portion as a child of God. Eternal life is not about living eternally (all mankind are already spirit beings that cannot die). Those who refuse to accept Jesus and end up in hell will also live eternally. Eternal life refers to the quality of life (zóé life)—the life that God Himself lives by. When we are born again, God imparts His zóé life to us (Rom. 6:23).

Plants, insects, animals, and humans all have varying degrees of life, but the life of God Himself is the highest form of life (zóé life—eternal life). You and I have this eternal life that comes through Jesus, who came to give us life more abundantly (John 10:10)!

The Christian walk is about learning to allow the Spirit to lead you in life. This is how we practically live by the tree of life. When Adam and Eve partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that was when all the problems started. Today, living according to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is to live by natural reasoning and logic. On the other hand, living by the tree of life is to be led by the Spirit.

When you are led by the Spirit (the tree of life), you will produce many good works and exceed the standards of the law. You will live with moral excellence. You will not only give what is sufficient to others but have the Spirit’s prompting to be generous. When you trust that God is your supply, you will be generous because you know He provides in abundance. This is contrary to natural thinking (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), which tells you to limit your kindness.

Pastor Prince shares a story of two farmer neighbors (one a Christian, one a non-Christian) who grew crops in paddy fields. The farmer who lived on the lower part of the hill (the non-Christian) used crafty methods to benefit from the flow of water that his neighbor above (the Christian) used to water his crops. Though this was unethical and upsetting to the Christian farmer, he felt the Holy Spirit on the inside tell him to be generous and water his neighbor’s field before his own. Shortly after, his neighbor realized what was happening and asked him about it, to which he replied, “I just felt the Lord tell me to do it.” In the end, his neighbor got saved because he experienced the goodness of God. This is a testimony of what happens when you allow the Lord to lead you in life—you see supernatural results that go beyond what you could have imagined.

Jesus’ resurrection life and power are working in your life to give you a glorious future

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
— Romans 5:1–2 NKJV

having been justified by faith . . . rejoice in hope of the glory of God” — As believers, we were sinners before we were saved by grace, but now we are sons and daughters of God who are justified by faith. We are not perfect in our flesh but we have been made perfect in the Spirit. God doesn’t just want to save and justify us, but He also wants us to have a glorious future!

“Those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
— Romans 8:30 NIV

he also justified . . . he also glorified” — Jesus is the first One whose glorified body rose from the dead, and our lives are patterned after His. When Jesus comes again for us, our bodies will be exchanged for a glorified body—a body where we will never feel fatigued, sick, or die. While we wait, we rejoice in hope and anticipation. Even right now, we have already entered into His glory (it’s just that the last thing for us to possess is our glorified bodies).

When Jesus raised Lazarus after he had been dead for four days, the power that raised Lazarus was not resurrection life, for Lazarus still died physically later on. Resurrection life and power came when Jesus was raised from the dead—where He would die no more.

In His glorified body, Jesus still has flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). Jesus’ glorified body also transcends time and space and can be anywhere in an instant. Yet His body is made of matter and can be touched and felt. This is a picture of our future, where our glorified bodies will be like His glorified body after being changed by His power (Phil. 3:21).

To live in our glorified bodies is God’s plan for us. He never intended for man to grow old and die because He counts death an enemy (1 Cor. 15:26). When Jesus comes again in the rapture, God will put the final enemy—death—under His feet (and our feet) once and for all. Death has already been defeated at the cross, but it will finally be under our feet experientially when we receive our glorified bodies (1 Cor. 15:52). On that day, we will be with the Lord forever.

He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”
— Matthew 8:17 NKJV

He Himself” — Jesus didn’t entrust His work to an angel, but He Himself willingly bore our infirmities upon His own body. Only Jesus can do a perfect work, and everything He does carries an eternal effect—one that remains efficacious once and for all.

You have access to God’s unmerited and unlimited favor

“By whom we have also access by faith into this favour in which we stand.”
— Romans 5:2 (DARBY)

There were many Biblical figures who saw God’s favor at work in their lives. David had favor; Esther had favor before the king; Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord; Ruth found favor in the eyes of Boaz who redeemed her from poverty; and Joseph had favor with Pharaoh though he was someone who initially had nothing to his name and was even cast out by his own brothers. All of them had their own faults and failures, yet God gave them favor with people.

we have also access . . . into this favour in which we stand” — Today, we have access into this favor in which we stand because we are declared righteous through the cross.

As God’s beloved, you can declare you have favor with God and with man. Not every man will find you favorable (e.g. people against the gospel of grace), but God promises that you shall find favor with many people.

Likewise, Jesus had favor with countless people He met. He even found favor with Pontius Pilate even though He was eventually delivered up to be crucified due to Pilate’s fear of Caesar. The only people that Jesus didn’t have favor with were the Pharisees—the religious people of that day. The Pharisees shunned Jesus because they despised the grace and accessibility He gave to sinners.

Wherever you go, remember that you are living under the unclouded favor of God!

God makes all things, including your troubles and mistakes, work for your good

“And we boast on the hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we also boast in the tribulations.”
— Romans 5:2–3 YLT

boast in the tribulations” — Even if you’re going through a troubling time, the Bible says you can still boast in your tribulations, knowing that God is working every trouble for your good.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
— Romans 8:28 NKJV

we know” — God doesn’t want us to have some fleeting hope that all things will work together for good. He wants us to know it as a fact!

all things work together for good” — Even as you persevere through tough times, know that every trouble will work for your good. It won’t happen because of your good deeds but because you have the unmerited favor of God upon your life. The word “work” here is the Greek word “synergos,” which means “synergy.” Synergy is an employment of different parts that work together to produce the total desirable effect.

If there seems to be all sorts of challenges that you’ve been facing for a long time (e.g. this pandemic and all its negative repercussions), remember to fall back on God’s Word that reaffirms your standing on favor ground. No matter what you’re going through, big or small, there is always something good that God is doing behind the scenes that will benefit you.

When it comes to the COVID-19 virus sweeping the globe and bringing about lockdowns such that churches had to move online, one positive change the church has seen is the increased number of salvations over the past year. We rejoice knowing that Jesus is being unveiled to more people and more lives are being transformed by His grace.

When the Bible says “all things,” it means all things. Believe that God is synergizing everything for you and your family’s good!

While God is not behind the pandemic or the challenges that you face, these bad things that happen don’t catch God by surprise. We are living in a fallen world—bad things that happen in this world are the consequences of Adam’s sin.

We go back to Romans 8:

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
— Romans 8:28 NKJV

those who love God . . . those who are called according to His purpose” — This describes everyone who is born again. They are characteristics, not conditions. All those who are born again love God, though we love Him in varying degrees. When you are redeemed by Jesus’ work, you will come to love God and know Him (Heb. 8:11). And all those who are born again are called according to God’s purpose.

Knowing the hope of our calling is part of the prayer in Ephesians 1.

God’s divine purpose is for you to be more like Jesus—in character and in the results you see in your life

As a child of God, you will discover your God-given purpose that He has called you to fulfill.

This year, Pastor Prince has encouraged us to pray this prayer from Ephesians 1 daily:

“May give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling.”
— Ephesians 1:17–18 NKJV

you may know what is the hope of His calling” — God has a purpose and a calling for your life that only you can fulfill. This calling is not based on your right doings, but it is a destiny that God has called you to before you were formed in your mother’s womb.

Though the apostle Paul said that God had separated him from his mother’s womb (Gal. 1:15) with a calling to preach the gospel of grace, he first grew up to be a Pharisee of Pharisees. Not only that, but Paul was also instrumental in the torture and persecution of many believers, going as far as sanctioning the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Though Paul seemed to miss his purpose and go off-track in his earlier years, God brought him back to His intended purpose.

Pastor Prince addresses a commonly asked question about destiny and predestination: Has God predestined those who will be saved?

Us having God-given destinies does not mean that God has predestined those who shall be saved.

When it comes to Paul and his God-given destiny, we can see the way God set him apart by looking at Paul’s upbringing. Many things in Paul’s life were God-arranged. God caused Paul to be born a Jew in that day and age in order for him to have accurate knowledge of Scripture. He also caused Paul to sit under the teaching of Gamaliel, one of the best Bible teachers of that time. Paul was also fluent in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic, and he was a very intelligent man. All these things were to prepare him for his ministry in the future.

Later on in life, Paul realized that all these achievements and accolades were nothing compared to knowing Jesus Christ. Yet he needed to have them to come to this revelation.

We, too, cannot be satisfied by achievements, status, or worldly pleasures. Our spirits are God-breathed, and this is why the things of this world can never satisfy us the way our Lord Jesus can. He is the bread of life.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
— Romans 8:29 NKJV

foreknew” — To have foreknowledge is to know what will happen in the future, which God does. In His foreknowledge, God knew whether you would receive Christ or not based on your free choice. God always gives us free choice; He will never manipulate it. If He was going to manipulate man’s free choice, He would have made sure Adam did not make the wrong choice in the Garden of Eden.

predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” — To believers: Because God foreknew that you would accept Christ, He has predestined you for the good intent He has for your life—which is to be conformed to the image of His Son. This is predestination.

We are predestined to become more like Jesus, the Son whom God dearly loves.

Look at Jesus, look at His moral beauty and glory. He doesn’t see things the same way everyone else does.

When you fail or make a mistake, Jesus doesn’t see the filth on you. Instead, He sees you clean, righteous, and welcomes you with open arms for you are His sheep and He is your Shepherd. For sinners who are not yet saved, Jesus views them as sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36). His heart as a good Shepherd is to feed them and receive them into His sheepfold.

Everything in your life—the good and the bad things, the big and the small things—has all been predestined to conform you to the image of Christ. That is what it means for all things to work toward your good.

When you are like Christ, your character starts to be like His. And the results you see in your life are like the results Jesus had when He walked on earth.

Look at Jesus—whatever He touched prospered. When Jesus touched the leper, the leper was completely healed. When Jesus touched the five loaves and two fish, it multiplied in plenty to feed five thousand people. When Jesus touched the poor, they became rich. When Jesus touched a sick body, it became healthy and vibrant. To be conformed to the image of Christ and to have His results is true success in life!

Success is not about being famous or earning lots of money. If you live to please man, that bondage only brings about the fear of man. When you trust in the Lord, you shall be safe (Prov. 29:25).

God is working out every detail and circumstance in your life for your good.

One example in the Bible is the life of Joseph. Joseph went through trouble after trouble, but ultimately God worked every trouble for his good. Joseph, who started off with nothing to his name after his brothers betrayed him and sold him off, rose to become Pharaoh’s right-hand man. Not everything that happened along the way was of God, but everything working out for his good was of God.

Joseph’s story is also a picture of our heavenly Joseph—our Lord Jesus. When Joseph’s brothers came to meet him to ask for food during a time of great famine, Joseph revealed himself to them as their long-lost brother whom they had sold as a slave. Instead of using his power to execute vengeance against them, Joseph used his power to draw them near to him (Gen. 50:20–21). Like Joseph, Jesus was rejected by His brothers (the Jews) but loved by His Father. Jesus came as the Bread of Life and became provision to the Gentile world. Jesus first came as a lowly and humble man but will come again as the glorious King of Israel.

God forgives every mistake you’ve made and works them all out for your good. This doesn’t mean that you should keep on sinning because that is unwise. God will bring you to the place where you fulfill your calling, but if you carry on living in sin, you will take a longer time to be led to that place.

God has so much good and glory in store for you—greater than all the things this world offers.

As a child of God, you can always have the attitude that you are favored. Judgment, death, and all the effects of the curse are behind you. The symptoms you feel in your body are only temporary, for your bodily redemption is drawing nearer and you will receive a brand-new glorified body (1 Thess. 1:10; Luke 21:28; 1 Cor.15:52).

The apostle Paul said in the book of Philippians:

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
— Philippians 1:21 NKJV

to die is gain” — Regarding our loved ones who have gone to heaven: Know that they are happy, free, liberated, and in perfect shalom peace. Feeling sad over the loss of a loved one is only human, but know that they are in a better place than you and I are. One day, we will meet them in heaven and be with them for eternity. We will even have fun exploring the vast universes (see Zech. 12:1) God has designed for us to enjoy!

Here is some advice for parents: It is understandable that you want the best for your children (e.g. for them to grow up educated, get a good job, and earn a good salary, etc.), but true joy and success are not found in these things. True joy and success happen when your children know the Lord. Encourage your children to attend the children’s ministry or the youth ministry and do what it takes to get them to attend it. This upbringing will produce fruitful results at the opportune time. They may not understand the Word fully now, but one day their eyes will be flooded with light and be filled with the revelation of who Jesus is to them in a personal way.

The enemy wants your children. When Moses asked Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, Pharaoh agreed but wanted the children to stay behind (Ex. 10:11). The reason why Pharaoh wanted the children to be left behind was that he knew the parents would come back for them. Moses didn’t allow that to happen, and all the Israelites left Egypt, children included. It is important we don’t leave our children in Egypt (the world) but raise them up in the ways of the Lord!

Let us not bypass this opportunity to let our children know the Lord, for the very things you see the Lord do in your life, you also want your children to experience in their lives.

God’s purpose will always cause everything to work for good for you and your family!

Keep your eyes on Jesus and see yourself transformed into His image from glory to glory

“Because as He is, so are we in this world.”
— 1 John 4:17 NKJV

as He is, so are we in this world” — This is a promise that is happening right now (not sometime in the future). As Jesus is (present tense), so are we in this world (not just in heaven).

Today, God sees you as one with Jesus. As Jesus is above all principalities, powers, might and dominion, and every name which is to come (Eph. 1:21), so are you in this world right now. As Jesus has no unhealthy flesh, so are you in this world (Eph. 5:30). You can declare that you are healthy, for Jesus is healthy. As Jesus is free from disease, having borne your diseases at the cross, so are you free from sickness in this world!

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
— 2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV

beholding . . . the Lord . . . transformed into the same image from glory to glory . . . by the Spirit of the Lord” — When you behold Jesus, you will see yourself transformed into His image from glory to glory. This transformation will not happen by your own efforts but by the Spirit of the Lord. When you have an image of Jesus that is based on eternal facts and truth found in His Word, you will be transformed into that same image through that hazon vision (vision from God)!

When Peter asked Jesus to call him to walk on water just as Jesus was doing, Jesus said, “Come” (Matt. 14:28–29). With that one word, there was more than enough power to bring about the miracle of Peter walking on water. As long as Peter’s eyes were focused on Jesus, seeing Him above the storm and transcending the waves, Peter was able to carry on walking on water. This depicts our Christian walk on earth today—we are to walk with our eyes on Jesus. When you do this, you will begin walking above every fear, challenge, and dire circumstance, and you will start being conformed to the image of God and experience the results that Jesus experienced!

Peter only began to sink when he was distracted by the howling winds and fear caused him to take his eyes off Jesus. What was supernatural (Peter being kept buoyant by the Spirit), became natural (Peter began sinking).

What we need today is a hazon vision, one that turns our eyes and focus back on Jesus. While Peter looked away, Jesus never stopped looking at Peter.

How do you behold Jesus today? You behold Him in His Word and the preaching of the gospel of grace.

Pastor Prince shares a powerful healing testimony of a lady in our church who had been diagnosed with lumps in her breast many years ago. Filled with faith after hearing a sermon that Pastor Prince preached on 1 John 4:17, she wrote on her medical report: “As Jesus does not have lumps in His breast, so am I in this world.” When the lady went back to the doctor, she found that the lumps were no longer there!

The results of your testimony are not produced by you but by the Holy Spirit in you. Your part is to keep your eyes on Jesus and let the Holy Spirit transform you supernaturally into Jesus’ image.

Pastor Prince closes the sermon by emphasizing how God wants us to come to a place where our eyes are flooded with light and understanding (Eph. 1:17–18), and we flow and cooperate with what He is doing. Remember, all things work together for good for a child of God! Learn to flow with God so as to move according to His purposes for your life.

Pastor Prince prays for these conditions:

  1. Neck condition that is linked to the shoulder
  2. Diabetes
  3. Blurred vision that occurs on-and-off
  4. Kidney conditions

Closing prayer

“This coming week, the Lord bless you and your families, and the Lord keep you and your loved ones from the COVID-19 virus, from every infection, from every disease, from every danger, harm, accident, and from all the power of the evil one. The Lord preserve you and keep you for His glory. The Lord make His face shine on you and your loved ones, prosper you in everything that you do, prosper your way and make all the crooked places straight. And the Lord grant you His shalom peace and favor, in Jesus' name. And all the people said, Amen.”

Own The Word (life application)

What trouble or challenge are you going through today?

Friend, God is working every detail and circumstance in your life together for your good (Rom. 8:28), even if it doesn't feel like it right now. While that difficulty you’re facing in your career, your health, or your family is not from God, He is able to cause all things to propel you into His glorious purpose for your life—that is, for you to be more and more like Jesus (Rom. 8:29).

To be like Jesus is to have every enemy of sickness, disease, and depression under your feet. To be like Jesus is to have everything you touch prosper. To be like Jesus is to have favor with God and man. To be like Jesus is to be wise and led by the Spirit. To be like Jesus is to have moral excellence and glory. To be like Jesus is to be beautiful in every way. To be like Jesus is to be truly happy and successful in life!

The way we are transformed into His image is by simply beholding Him (2 Cor. 3:18). So in the midst of that negative situation you’re in, will you turn your eyes upon Jesus? See Him in His Word or listen to anointed sermons that reveal more and more of who He is. He is the hazon vision (prophetic vision) God wants you to see.

Just like the lady whose healing testimony Pastor Prince shared, you can also fix your eyes on Jesus by applying 1 John 4:17—“as He is, so are we in this world”—to your own situation. You can personalize this verse and write it plainly where you will see it often. Here are some suggestions:

“As Jesus is healthy, so am I in this world.”

“As Jesus is successful, so am I in this world.”

“As Jesus is far above every storm in life, so am I in this world.”

This is one practical way you can remind yourself of how God is working all things for your good such that you become more like His Son!

We hope these sermon notes blessed you! If they did, we encourage you to get the sermon and allow the Lord to speak to you personally as you watch or listen to it.

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These sermon notes were taken by volunteers during the service. They are not a verbatim representation of the sermon.

Definitions of revenge

Noun

1

the action of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands.

other spurned wives have taken public revenge on their husbands

Synonyms:

vengeance retribution retaliation reprisal requital recrimination an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth) redress satisfaction

Verb

1

inflict hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong done to (someone else).

it's a pity he chose that way to revenge his sister

Examples of Revenge

One of his losses was to Akira Oguchi, on whom he gained his revenge when he knocked the Japanese boxer out in five rounds in Bangkok in September 1961.

Synonyms of revenge

Noun

vengeance vengefulness retaliation

Verb

avenge

Jeremiah 50:28-32 - The Humiliation Of Babylon

28 There is a sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon, To declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, Vengeance for His temple. 29 "Summon many against Babylon, All those who bend the bow: Encamp against her on every side, Let there be no escape. Repay her according to her work; According to all that she has done, so do to her; For she has become arrogant against the LORD, Against the Holy One of Israel. 30 "Therefore her young men will fall in her streets, And all her men of war will be silenced in that day," declares the LORD. 31 "Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Declares the Lord GOD of hosts, "For your day has come, The time when I will punish you. 32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall With no one to raise him up; And I will set fire to his cities And it will devour all his environs."

Jeremiah 49:1-6 - A Message Concerning Ammon

Jeremiah 50:41-46 - The Conquest Of Babylon

Jeremiah 51:1-64 - God's Judgment On Babylon

Jeremiah 52:31-34 - An Allowance For Jehoiachin

Jeremiah 66:27-32 - Jeremiah Rewrites The Scroll

Jeremiah 50:28-32 - The Humiliation Of Babylon

Lamentations 1:1-22 - The Desolate City

Lamentations 2:1-22 - The Lord Is Angry

Lamentations 3:1-66 - Israel's Affliction

Lamentations 4:1-22 - Zion Is Punished

Lamentations 5:1-22 - A Request For Mercy

Related Topics

Revenge

Romans 12:19

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.

Deuteronomy 32:35

'Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them.'

Micah 5:15

"And I will execute vengeance in anger and wrath On the nations which have not obeyed."

Isaiah 63:4

"For the day of vengeance was in My heart, And My year of redemption has come.

Luke 21:22

because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.

Hebrews 10:30

For we know Him who said, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY " And again, "THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE."

Psalm 58:10

The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

Ezekiel 24:8

"That it may cause wrath to come up to take vengeance, I have put her blood on the bare rock, That it may not be covered."

Proverbs 6:34

For jealousy enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

Isaiah 34:8

For the LORD has a day of vengeance, A year of recompense for the cause of Zion.

Revelation 6:10

and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"

Jeremiah 51:36

Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am going to plead your case And exact full vengeance for you; And I will dry up her sea And make her fountain dry.

Ezekiel 25:14

"I will lay My vengeance on Edom by the hand of My people Israel Therefore, they will act in Edom according to My anger and according to My wrath; thus they will know My vengeance," declares the Lord GOD.

Psalm 94:1

O LORD, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth!

Ezekiel 25:15

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,"

Leviticus 19:18

'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.

Jeremiah 51:6

Flee from the midst of Babylon, And each of you save his life! Do not be destroyed in her punishment, For this is the LORD'S time of vengeance; He is going to render recompense to her.

Ezekiel 25:17

"I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the LORD when I lay My vengeance on them."'"

Lamentations 3:60

You have seen all their vengeance, All their schemes against me.

Isaiah 35:4

Say to those with anxious heart, "Take courage, fear not Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you."

Genesis 4:15

So the LORD said to him, "Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold " And the LORD appointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him.

2 Corinthians 10:6

and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

Isaiah 1:24

Therefore the Lord GOD of hosts, The Mighty One of Israel, declares, "Ah, I will be relieved of My adversaries And avenge Myself on My foes.

Judges 15:7

Samson said to them, "Since you act like this, I will surely take revenge on you, but after that I will quit."

Judges 16:28

Then Samson called to the LORD and said, "O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes."

Romans 12:21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

2 Thessalonians 1:8

dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

1 Samuel 24:12

"May the LORD judge between you and me, and may the LORD avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you.

Psalm 140:12

I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor.

Jeremiah 15:15

You who know, O LORD, Remember me, take notice of me, And take vengeance for me on my persecutors Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away; Know that for Your sake I endure reproach.

Isaiah 59:17

He put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.

Jeremiah 50:28

There is a sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon, To declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, Vengeance for His temple.

Luke 18:7

now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?

Genesis 4:10

He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground.

Isaiah 47:3

"Your nakedness will be uncovered, Your shame also will be exposed; I will take vengeance and will not spare a man."

Jeremiah 20:10

For I have heard the whispering of many, "Terror on every side! Denounce him; yes, let us denounce him!" All my trusted friends, Watching for my fall, say: "Perhaps he will be deceived, so that we may prevail against him And take our revenge on him."

Ezekiel 25:12

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because Edom has acted against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has incurred grievous guilt, and avenged themselves upon them,"

Psalm 149:7

To execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples,

Jeremiah 20:12

Yet, O LORD of hosts, You who test the righteous, Who see the mind and the heart; Let me see Your vengeance on them; For to You I have set forth my cause.

Luke 18:3

"There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.'

Genesis 4:24

If Cain is avenged sevenfold, Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold."

Jeremiah 51:11

Sharpen the arrows, fill the quivers! The LORD has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, Because His purpose is against Babylon to destroy it; For it is the vengeance of the LORD, vengeance for His temple.

Proverbs 24:17

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

Numbers 31:2

"Take full vengeance for the sons of Israel on the Midianites; afterward you will be gathered to your people."

Jeremiah 50:15

"Raise your battle cry against her on every side! She has given herself up, her pillars have fallen, Her walls have been torn down For this is the vengeance of the LORD: Take vengeance on her; As she has done to others, so do to her.

Psalm 44:16

Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles, Because of the presence of the enemy and the avenger.

From Thematic Bible

Revenge » Forbidden

Revenge » Keep others from taking

Revenge » Forbidden by our lord

Revenge » Punishment for

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Trust in God

Revenge » Exemplified

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Exhibit love

Revenge » Christ an example of forbearing

Revenge » Exemplified » By samson

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Overcome others by kindness

Revenge » Exemplified » By the chief priests

Revenge » Be thankful for being kept from taking

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Exercise forbearance

Revenge » The wicked are earnest after

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Philistines, toward israel

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Ahab, toward micaiah

Revenge » Exemplified » Simon and levi

Revenge » Exemplified » Philistines

Revenge » Exemplified » Edomites

Revenge » Exemplified » Haman

Revenge » Exemplified » Ahab

Revenge » Exemplified » Joab

Revenge » Proceeds from a spiteful heart

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Herodias, toward john the baptist

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Jezebel toward elijah

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Give place unto wrath

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Bless

Revenge » Exemplified » Herodias

Revenge » Exemplified » By absalom

Revenge » Rebuked by Christ

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Haman, toward the jews

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Jews toward paul

Revenge » Exemplified » By herodias

Revenge » Rebuked by jesus

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Sanhedrin, toward the apostles

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Nazarenes, toward Christ

Revenge » Exemplified » James and john

Revenge » Exemplified » Chief priests

Revenge » Exemplified » By haman

Revenge » Exemplified » By the philistines

Revenge » Exemplified » By the edomites

Revenge » Exemplified » By ahab

Revenge » Inconsistent with Christian spirit

Revenge » Exemplified » By simeon and levi

Revenge » Exemplified » By jezebel

Revenge » Exemplified » By joab

Revenge » Jesus an example of forbearing

Revenge » Exemplified » By james and john

Revenge » Inconsistent with

Revenge » Forbidden

Romans 12:19

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.

Romans 12:17

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone Respect what is right in the sight of all men.

1 Thessalonians 5:15

See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.

Leviticus 19:18

'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.

1 Peter 3:9

not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.

More verses: Proverbs 24:29

Revenge » Keep others from taking

1 Samuel 26:9

But David said to Abishai, "Do not destroy him, for who can stretch out his hand against the LORD'S anointed and be without guilt?"

1 Samuel 24:10

"Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, 'I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD'S anointed.'

1 Samuel 25:24-31

She fell at his feet and said, "On me alone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your maidservant speak to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant. "Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name and folly is with him; but I your maidservant did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent. "Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, since the LORD has restrained you from shedding blood, and from avenging yourself by your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek evil against my lord, be as Nabal. read more.

Revenge » Forbidden by our lord

Proverbs 24:17

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

Leviticus 19:18

'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.

Proverbs 24:29

Do not say, "Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work."

Revenge » Punishment for

Amos 1:11-12

Thus says the LORD, "For three transgressions of Edom and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because he pursued his brother with the sword, While he stifled his compassion; His anger also tore continually, And he maintained his fury forever. "So I will send fire upon Teman And it will consume the citadels of Bozrah."

Ezekiel 25:15-17

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity," therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I will stretch out My hand against the Philistines, even cut off the Cherethites and destroy the remnant of the seacoast. "I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the LORD when I lay My vengeance on them."'"

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Trust in God

Romans 12:16

Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly Do not be wise in your own estimation.

Proverbs 20:22

Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.

Revenge » Exemplified

Acts 7:54

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him.

Acts 23:12

When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.

Judges 16:28-30

Then Samson called to the LORD and said, "O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes." Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, the one with his right hand and the other with his left. And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" And he bent with all his might so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed in his life.

Judges 15:7

Samson said to them, "Since you act like this, I will surely take revenge on you, but after that I will quit."

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Exhibit love

Luke 6:35

"But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

Leviticus 19:18

'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.

Revenge » Christ an example of forbearing

Isaiah 53:7

He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.

1 Peter 2:23

and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

Revenge » Exemplified » By samson

Judges 15:7-8

Samson said to them, "Since you act like this, I will surely take revenge on you, but after that I will quit." He struck them ruthlessly with a great slaughter; and he went down and lived in the cleft of the rock of Etam.

Judges 16:28-30

Then Samson called to the LORD and said, "O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes." Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, the one with his right hand and the other with his left. And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" And he bent with all his might so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed in his life.

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Overcome others by kindness

Proverbs 25:21-22

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For you will heap burning coals on his head, And the LORD will reward you.

Revenge » Exemplified » By the chief priests

Acts 23:12

When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.

Acts 7:54-59

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him. But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." read more.

Revenge » Be thankful for being kept from taking

1 Samuel 25:32-33

Then David said to Abigail, "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me, and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed and from avenging myself by my own hand.

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Exercise forbearance

Matthew 5:38-41

"You have heard that it was said, 'AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.' "But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. "If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. read more.

Revenge » The wicked are earnest after

Jeremiah 20:10

For I have heard the whispering of many, "Terror on every side! Denounce him; yes, let us denounce him!" All my trusted friends, Watching for my fall, say: "Perhaps he will be deceived, so that we may prevail against him And take our revenge on him."

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Philistines, toward israel

Ezekiel 25:15

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,"

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Ahab, toward micaiah

1 Kings 22:27

and say, 'Thus says the king, "Put this man in prison and feed him sparingly with bread and water until I return safely."'"

Revenge » Exemplified » Simon and levi

Genesis 34:25

Now it came about on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, each took his sword and came upon the city unawares, and killed every male.

Revenge » Exemplified » Philistines

Ezekiel 25:15

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,"

Revenge » Exemplified » Edomites

Ezekiel 25:12

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because Edom has acted against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has incurred grievous guilt, and avenged themselves upon them,"

Revenge » Exemplified » Haman

Esther 3:8-15

Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, "There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king's laws, so it is not in the king's interest to let them remain. "If it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who carry on the king's business, to put into the king's treasuries." Then the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. read more.

Revenge » Exemplified » Ahab

1 Kings 22:26

Then the king of Israel said, "Take Micaiah and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king's son;

Revenge » Exemplified » Joab

2 Samuel 3:27

So when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the middle of the gate to speak with him privately, and there he struck him in the belly so that he died on account of the blood of Asahel his brother.

Revenge » Proceeds from a spiteful heart

Ezekiel 25:15

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,"

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Herodias, toward john the baptist

Matthew 14:8

Having been prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist."

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Jezebel toward elijah

1 Kings 19:2

Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time."

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Give place unto wrath

Romans 12:19

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Bless

Romans 12:14

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Revenge » Exemplified » Herodias

Mark 6:19-24

Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so; for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him. A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his lords and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee; read more.

Revenge » Exemplified » By absalom

2 Samuel 13:23-29

Now it came about after two full years that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal-hazor, which is near Ephraim, and Absalom invited all the king's sons. Absalom came to the king and said, "Behold now, your servant has sheepshearers; please let the king and his servants go with your servant." But the king said to Absalom, "No, my son, we should not all go, for we will be burdensome to you." Although he urged him, he would not go, but blessed him. read more.

Revenge » Rebuked by Christ

Luke 9:54-55

When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of;

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Haman, toward the jews

Esther 3:6

But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him who the people of Mordecai were; therefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Jews toward paul

Acts 23:12

When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.

Revenge » Exemplified » By herodias

Mark 6:19-24

Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so; for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him. A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his lords and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee; read more.

Revenge » Rebuked by jesus

Luke 9:54-55

When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of;

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Sanhedrin, toward the apostles

Acts 5:33

But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them.

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Nazarenes, toward Christ

Luke 4:29

and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff.

Revenge » Exemplified » James and john

Luke 9:54

When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?"

Revenge » Exemplified » Chief priests

Acts 5:33

But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them.

Revenge » Exemplified » By haman

Esther 3:8-15

Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, "There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king's laws, so it is not in the king's interest to let them remain. "If it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who carry on the king's business, to put into the king's treasuries." Then the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. read more.

Revenge » Exemplified » By the philistines

Ezekiel 25:15

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,"

Revenge » Exemplified » By the edomites

Ezekiel 25:12

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because Edom has acted against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has incurred grievous guilt, and avenged themselves upon them,"

Revenge » Exemplified » By ahab

1 Kings 22:27

and say, 'Thus says the king, "Put this man in prison and feed him sparingly with bread and water until I return safely."'"

Revenge » Inconsistent with Christian spirit

Luke 9:55

But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of;

Revenge » Exemplified » By simeon and levi

Genesis 34:25

Now it came about on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, each took his sword and came upon the city unawares, and killed every male.

Revenge » Exemplified » By jezebel

1 Kings 19:2

Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time."

Revenge » Exemplified » By joab

2 Samuel 3:27

So when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the middle of the gate to speak with him privately, and there he struck him in the belly so that he died on account of the blood of Asahel his brother.

Revenge » Jesus an example of forbearing

1 Peter 2:23

and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

Revenge » Exemplified » By james and john

Luke 9:54

When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?"

Revenge » Inconsistent with

Luke 9:55

But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of;

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Revenge, And Retaliation

45;12;19

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.

Revenge, Examples Of

42;6;11

But they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.