THE BENEFICIAL RESULTS resulting from religious decision, as illustrated in the history before us. 1) Daniel 3 follows closely on the heels of Daniel 2, though we have no way of knowing how much time has elapsed between them. ◄ Daniel 3:18 ► But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden statue you have set up." Though the faith of believers doth not fix them always on the same passage, they always build on some passage of the revealed testimony. b. In the adversity a companion; in the fire walking with him the Son of God. He adores that which seems nearest to himself. If we are faithful to our trust, a stamp of reality shall be given to our religion which shall convince the most unwilling, and convert the world; but if we are unfaithful, the reign of darkness shall be perpetuated, and Satan shall triumph. II. Keble, Sermons for Sundays after Trinity, Part II., p. 251. Daniel 3:18-30 King James Version (KJV) 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. And so it is for us, if our hearts are right. Let me conclude in the language of a well-known writer: "Of this, Christians, you may rest assured, you cannot stand neutral. LOYALTY TO GOD RESISTS THE ENCROACHMENTS OF HUMAN AUTHORITY. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. Read Introduction to Daniel . Oh! Chase Massengill Daniel 3:18 … Here, then, is the lesson which the scene teaches us; that we have laid upon us the duty of witnessing to the truth; and that in order to be able to witness to the truth, we must have an inward perception of the value of the truth to be witnessed to. Circumstances were tremendously against them, but they were the kind of men who did not give way to circumstances. Such are the considerations that enhance the faith and fortitude of these confessors. -Frame not included ", Nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, or Decision in Religion, On the Conduct of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, The Fiery Furnace; Or, True Principle Exemplified, The Three Witnesses on the Plains of Dura, The True Way of Treating Sin, and What Comes of It, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, or Decision in Religion. Men who so truly and deeply feared God could not be deficient in yielding every legitimate honour to the king. Let us now, in conclusion, turn our attention to the manner in which Heaven honoured their faith and constancy in the hour of trial. 2 He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, … In this very order the witnesses proceed, and add to their faith virtue. We infer the immorality of unbelief. Daniel 3:1-30. The reign of grace, however, is a righteous administration. The object of faith is the Lord "our God." Popular opinion was mightily against them, but they were the kind of men that are uninfluenced by wrong public opinion. "By Christ we believe in God, who raised Him from the dead, that our faith and hope might be in God." It … Menge 1949 (V1): It is quite evident that in this ease it was not exercised in order to gratify some mere impulse of feeling. In maintaining their fidelity, these pious Hebrews RESISTED ALL THE INFLUENCES OF KINDNESS AND FRIENDSHIP. They would still not worship other gods, nor the gold image! III. But even this barbarous mandate did not shake their constancy. Daniel’s prayer was a testimony, not only to the glory of God over the glory of Darius, but also, to the fact that his life was built on prayer. That young man is safe, wherever you put him, who has the consecrated courage, the God-like determination, the heroic devotion to principle, that these three young men had. -a) 2. This sermon was preached on 3/18/2007 at Desiring God Community Church in Charlotte, NC. 3. We’ll go through Daniel Chapter 3 today verse by verse. We ask ourselves what it was which gave these three men the power to withstand the will of this great monarch, this representative of the world and it greatness, to resist passively, but immovably, the overwhelming force of numbers, and stand firm, though they were alone in the midst of an assembled world. This is tyranny, offensive both to God and to men. And if not, He is still good. He makes an idol of the world. This morning we come to one of my favorite stories in the Bible. These Israelites were true to their principles, in spite of difficulties, and in the face of opposition. The faithfulness of Daniel’s three friends brought freedom of religion for the entire Jewish community in Babylon. They knew their God, understood the grant He had made of Himself to them, and believed that in receiving it they were not setting their seal to an untruth. In the exercise of faith there is:(1) The knowledge of its glorious Object, in the revealed grant which He makes of himself in Christ, as the Lord our God. Had Nebuchadnezzar commanded Shadrach and his companions to perform some difficult, but lawful service, we believe they would have performed it; but desirous as they were of obeying him, they dare not do this, at the certain risk of disobeying God — they knew that Jehovah had infinitely higher claims upon their obedience than any earthly king — they knew that in the decalogue they wore expressly and solemnly commanded to avoid the sin of idlolatry, and not even the imperious mandate of a Nebuchadnezzar, nor yet the fiercest manifestations of his displeasure, could make them swerve from their duty, or shake their constancy to the King of kings. They kept their religion as pure and undefiled as captives as ever they did as free citizens. It seems, at first thought, a hard lot; but it has its blessings. The Septuagint, the Greek Translation of the Old Testament, says Daniel 3 took place in the 18th year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign (587-586 B.C.). "Whether our God deliver us, as He is able, or do not, we will not serve thy gods." The tide of change, of insidious and seductive error, of worldliness and spiritual declension, is rising high and beating fearfully against the old foundations of faith, and spirituality, and a godly life. III. Get your church set-up with online giving, sermon streaming, and more in under 24 hours. Daniel 3:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Daniel 3:18, NIV: "But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.'" II. Only a spirit of mean subserviency will silently submit to such arrogance. And the Apostles (1 John 1:1-3). -Black & White Theme Date written: September 2nd, 2007 Bible Text: Daniel 3:1-7. Daniel 11:2-12:4 “God is Still in Control” INTRO: In his fine commentary on the book of Daniel, Tremper Longman summarizes the theme of the book this way: in spite of present appearances, God is in control.I believe that we have seen this to be true as we have worked our way through Daniel. We deprive ourselves of Almighty help; without which our most earnest efforts will be vain. Daniel 3:18 KJ21. When Moses asked his name, this revelation was made, "I am that I am," which imports that He is the existing One, who is and who was, and who is to come, without variableness or shadow of turning. - Dan 1: 17-20 a. They tell us to be on our guard against the seductive influence even of innocent pleasure. But if not If our God does not think fit to exert his power, and deliver us, which we are well assured he is able to do; if it is not his will, we are content, we are resigned unto it: be it known unto … Memory Verse: Daniel 3:17-18 “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand O king. Daniel 3 Sermon; BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR. Throughout the whole of the conduct of Shadrach and his companions there does not appear the smallest indication of a wish to accommodate matters or to effect a compromise between principle and expediency. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Nothing is "real" in his sight which cannot be coined into money, and which will not aid him in his ambitious plans. Daniel 4 Bible Study: Nebuchadnezzar and the Tree of Doom! Daniel 3:24-25 There are two aspects of life: one, the common, the ordinary, the prosaic aspect; and the other, the Divine, the … IV. Luther 1984: Da wurde Nebukadnezar voll Grimm, und der Ausdruck seines Angesichts veränderte sich gegenüber Schadrach, Meschach und Abed-Nego, und er befahl, man sollte den Ofen siebenmal heißer machen, als man sonst zu tun pflegte. Daniel 3:18. In looking at THE DISTINGUISHING CHARACTER OF RELIGIOUS DECISION, as it is illustrated in this history: 1. Mose 4, 20; Psalm 66, 12. That believing God is warrantable and authourised exercise in all extremities. It did not spring from a foolish wish to affect singularity, nor from a mere determination to oppose the king's authority. There are a good many people who are good enough so long as they are surrounded by good influences, but get them away from those influences and into temptation and they fall. Luther 1984: Wenn unser Gott, den wir verehren, will, so kann er uns erretten; aus dem -a-glühenden Ofen und aus deiner Hand, o König, kann er erretten. Concerning THE GROUND OF FAITH. We cannot conceive anything more sublime than the triumph of the three great witnesses in this chapter. They would buy the truth at any price; they would sell it at none. Daniel 3, 18 Das Buch des Propheten Daniel Kapitel: 3, Vers: 18 Daniel 3, 17 Daniel 3, 19. Manly courage will follow the simple rule of Jesus Christ, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's.". The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the fiery furnace of King Nebuchadnezzar, is one that many of us have heard since childhood. They could die, but they dare not sin. 18. Reference: Daniel 3:18.—J. Sin is never so insidious as when it comes attended by these pleasures which in themselves are innocent. IN ALL THE WALKS OF PRIVATE, CHRISTIAN LIFE. III. Learn more. And these witnesses understood what they affirmed, when they said, "Our God, whom we serve." Some advance to positions of responsibility and honour; others sink into lives degraded and low. (5) Why is no mention made of Daniel in chapter 3? Daniel 3:28 Nebuchadnezzar declared, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him. 2. ye will see one in the eighteenth Psalm: "The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.". Daniel 3:19-30 Daniel 3:28 "Nebuchadnezzar's Hypocrisy" Introduction Topic: Hypocrisy Subtopic: Index: 2994-2995 Date: 6/2006.101 Title: Years ago in Germany there was a young Jewish boy who admired his father and sought to imitate his father's acts of piety and devotion as prescribed by the Jewish religion. No; but it was a noble stand in defence of the rights of conscience — it was a firm resistance of an unjust demand — it was a lofty determination to obey God rather than man. … They knew that God was "able," and would deliver them out of the king's hand. It was for these men, by their conduct, to show whether the whole family of man should be publicly led captive by the devil at his will, or whether, by boldly standing forth as witnesses for God, the work of darkness should be arrested, and Satan deprived of his triumph. THE SUPERIORITY OF THESE HEBREW MARTYRS TO THE ALLUREMENT OF PLEASURE merits our next consideration. ... Daniel 3:18: The Brief Reign of Violence: J.D. Throughout all the provinces they were viewed as the favourites of the mighty monarch, and many an envious eye was cast at the eminence they had attained. Daniel 3 Sermon — Sermon outline by Kevin Cauley on Daniel 3 with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the fiery furnace.. 2. Daniel 3:18 Context. Such being the office, then, which Christians have, and such the temptations under which they have to exercise it, what is, as a matter of fact, the way in which this duty is performed? Luther 1984: Und wenn er's nicht tun will, so sollst du dennoch wissen, -a-daß wir deinen Gott nicht ehren und das goldene Bild, das du hast aufrichten lassen, nicht anbeten wollen. b. They had no answer that would be palatable to imperious arrogance. Questions, doubts, issues? Read John 3:19-21 Introduction. See them confronted by everything most adapted to intimidate and appal human nature. Our most favourite enjoyments must be viewed with jealousy, and shunned when we see them prostituted to the purpose of iniquity. And so these champions of Divine truth boldly avowed to the king that, come what might - fire or freedom, grief or gladness - they would have no complicity with idols. (4) The exercise of faith includes the trust, or rest of the heart in the grant, both as it is faithful and true, and worthy of all acceptation. V. IN PUBLIC LIFE, IN POLITICS, IN ALL PLACES OF HONOUR AND TRUST. -a) 5. They had grit as well as grace; pluck as well as piety. Rather, Daniel 3 is a direct attack on the presumptions of rulers who challenge or seek to … Order History 15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? The scene described in the Book of Daniel is indeed a symbolical one. In the will of God - Dan 3:18 a. It had blessed the countenance of Daniel and his friends b. Michael A. Milton. In all other matters they were prepared to render honest obedience and dutiful service. He who gave them strength to resist will give you power to overcome. They were thus bound to the king by the ties of gratitude, and by the prospects of future favour. In true service of God we learn to know him, and increased knowledge leads to stronger faith. Though the revelation of it was comparatively dark, the first believer, and all that followed, had it before them, and saw it truly. Men of commitment are men of accomplishment. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. The men were bound, the furnace was heated, etc. III. God was then, as He is now, in Christ. The new birth requires faith in Jesus; without faith, being born of water is meaningless, and impossible to be born of the Spirit, (Mark 16:16; John 8:24; Acts 8:36-37). Upon hearing this gracious declaration from His throne, faith proceeds, and boldly advances its claim, saying, "This God is our God." Daniel 3 does not commend a transactional relationship, a manual on how to survive in tough times. "In this matter," they affirmed, it did not concern them to answer the king. The empire is commonly known as the Persian empire. 2. The terms of the grant are without limitation. But you perceive Nebuchadnezzar was not content with this. This essay is both a historical and expository treatment of Daniel 3. The object of faith is the Lord our God in Christ. THE IMPORTANT TIME OF ITS MANIFESTATION. And as Christians have the office imposed upon them, so they are placed in a world which tries that office severely, and opposes great temptations to, and brings an overwhelming influence to bear against, the performance of that duty. It is one of the great triumphs of faith, one of those great anticipations of the final triumph of good over evil, which Scripture has recorded for our encouragement. By many in the visibles church unbelief is not held to be an immorality. And they found that the God whom they worshipped, at home, and to whom they were true abroad, did not forsake them in the hour of Nebuchadnezzar's rage, but in the very midst of the fiery furnace He was with them, and from all harm He safely delivered them. I. Assurance of His existence is an high attainment in the life of faith, and essentially necessary to our worshipping and glorifying Him as God. And it was a legitimate testimony. The persuasion is wrought in the heart by the Spirit of faith, and grounds itself upon the grant in the word of faith. 1. ; Daniel Chapter 2 through Daniel Chapter 7 are written in SYRIACK or ARAMAIC. But faith embraces the whole of His excellencies, as the revealed and transcendent glory of its great object. Being a child at the time, I thought Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were three boys like I … II. It was not only a manifestation of their consistency, and a proof of the reality of their religion, but it secured them the respect of the king, and it opened up a way for still greater aggrandisement and worldly honour. Pleasures of a more refined and attractive description were held out to allure and deceive the princes and nobles of Babylon. To tell what will become of a man, inquire not so much into his surroundings, but look at the man himself and see how he is made. It is still worth it. Heroism is here demanded, and heroism of the genuine stamp. 8-12 Just then, some Babylonian fortunetellers stepped up and accused the Jews. Daniel 3:17-18 Listen to this sermon The word martyr has the sound of antiquity about it. Memory Verse: Daniel 3:17-18 “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand O king. The men that will win. Daniel 3, 17 Das Buch des Propheten Daniel Kapitel: 3, Vers: 17 Daniel 3, 16 Daniel 3, 18. Men know the truth, but they will not witness to it. ; Then we see a … And we Christians, too, are told in Scripture that we are to be witnesses to the truth, as the Jews were to be, though to a higher truth than the Jews had. In this moment of uttermost peril, the feeling of self-preservation, the all-powerful instinctive love of life, might have whispered, and doubtless did whisper, some excuse to conscience for compliance with the king's command. THE VALUE OF COMMITMENT. They never change their ground, but do not always build on the same spot. They did not walk in there unprepared but had already decided how they would responded. Whether heaven be the outcome of pious loyalty to truth, or whether it be not, renewed men can act no other than they do. They will not be condemned, unlike those who do not believe, (John 3:18). That the gratuitous deed, which is the ground of believing, proceeds upon a ransom found, and an atonement made. They violated the king's command … They saw the fury of the king — they heard his cruel command — but they were unmoved. 3. And remember what we learned in the Daniel Chapter 2 sermon. He alone is still worthy of our worship. It then blessed the rest of the young men under the care of the steward 2. Daniel was a man of God and just like him, we have to draw a line of where we will allow this world to take us. But if not, &c.--connected with Daniel 3:18. The men who will get the job done. Here's a sermon about Daniel's example from Daniel 6. To do right is to win! LOYALTY TO GOD IS ENTIRELY AN UNSELFISH PRINCIPLE. They refused to compromise and bow before the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar … Had opportunity permitted, we might have dwelt upon the beneficial consequences resulting from this decision to the individuals themselves who exercised it. But if not If our God does not think fit to exert his power, and deliver us, which we are well assured he is able to do; if it is not his will, we are content, we are resigned unto it: be it known unto … 6. What right had the Babylonian king to enact laws on the subject of religion? Daniel 3:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Daniel 3:18, NIV: "But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.'" This a day that puts to a severe test the fidelity of the heart to Christ. As the monarch of an earthly kingdom, it is true, he had a temporal jurisdiction over his subjects, and he had a perfect right to exercise it. Every step you take you tread on cords that will vibrate through all eternity. Dare to do right, though office be lost, or election fail, or poverty come, or clamour assail. Doubtless they felt the commanding force of that great spectacle, and had feelings and natural weaknesses of men. If it was God's will not to deliver it, so be it! Every moment you live you are testifying for or against religion. Draw a line in the sand Daniel chapter 3 Turn in your bible to the OT Book of Daniel. They were just as loyal and true in Babylon as ever they had been in Jerusalem. Daniel 5 Bible Study: Ichabod - The Writing is on the Wall! Daniel 3:18-30 King James Version (KJV). The strength of the whole earth was gone in a moment, in the presence of One who was walking in the midst of the fire, and whose form was like the Son of God. As imposing, and as carnally majestic, great and sublime as ever. But, again, their decision was lofty in principle because it was an assertion of the inalienability of man's right at all times to think and to act for himself in all matters of religion. Call us at 888-634-2038. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “Long live the king! Was it not noble in these men, under such circumstances, to stand firm by their principles? Without a mediator of righteousness, atonement, and reconciliation, we can have no intercourse with Him in believing. When I was young, I usually heard Daniel 3 referred to as the story of the three children of Israel in the fiery furnace. And all Christians are invested in a measure with office of witnessing to the truth of the Christian revelation (Matthew 5:16). These three men were faithful followers of God. Are you asleep, while all your conduct is exerting such an influence?". Get your church set-up with online giving, sermon streaming, and more in under 24 hours. Home >> Bible Studies >> Daniel Studies >> Daniel 3 These small group studies of Daniel contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. Daniel 3:18. It would be presuming, and not believing, to call Him our God on any other ground. If it was His will 2. Send us a message anytime. The three witnesses before the king of Babylon rested in his power, and goodness, and sovereignty; "Our God, whom we serve, is able to deliver us." The truth is, faith can neither stand nor build on any other ground. It requires only a limited historical acquaintance with the state of the world at the time when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were called to act their parts upon it — to know that it was a time of great mental degradation and moral debasement. Warrantable, because it is allowed; authorised, because it is commanded. Our journey through Daniel ends today. The Image of Gold and the Blazing Furnace - King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. It is still worth it. The outline of this paper is as follows: Introduction: The Relation of Chapter 3 to Chapter 2 The Relation of Chapter 3 to Chapter 6 Exposition: Act I: The Command to Worship the Golden Image (3:1-7) Act II: The Courage of Daniel… This essay is both a historical and expository treatment of Daniel 3. Davies: Daniel 3:19-23: The Saviour in the Fire: H.T. 21st Century King James Version ... (NABRE) Scripture … I love this passage because I believe it shows where our hearts should be. (2) In the exercise of faith there is a persuasion that the Divine grant is faithful and true. Doubtless, those of the Hebrews who had bowed down to image, through a time-serving policy, would be ashamed of their inconsistent and guilty course, while such as had done thus through a vacillation and conscious weakness would be inspired with a fresh energy and zeal. Men of commitment are men of accomplishment. IN THE GREAT MISSIONARY WORK, TO WHICH GOD IS CALLING HIS PEOPLE. "The flute and the dulcimer, the psaltery and the sackbut, the cornet and the harp," were in themselves innocent instruments of delight, and, employed in the service of God, would have filled Shadrach and his companions with hallowed joy; but, prostituted to the purpose of idolatry and sin, their notes were dissonant, and lost to these holy men all their power to please. We might also have shown you at length the mighty change which this manifestation of decision tended to effect in the views and purposes of the proud king of Babylon; and, doubtless, also in the views and purposes of those by whom he was surrounded. Was not that a critical season, when, before an assembled universe they were called to combat the confederated power of darkness, and to vindicate the insulted majesty of Jehovah? The rejection of the New Birth. 6. Though He slay them, they will still trust in Him ( Job 13:15). It was simply that they felt the importance of the truth for which they witnessed. 3. It was influence of the visible world which they resisted. But if we fail in spirit and manner: 1. The pulpit of to-day is assailed by more potent and dangerous influences than if we were in the midst of fiery persecution. Their service of God is not mercenary in its motive. The excellency of His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth, is the glory in Him which faith beholds, believes, acknowledges, admires, and adores. This sermon was preached on June 18, 2006. Sinclair Ferguson’s Daniel, (Word, Mastering the Old Testament, 1988) and Tremper Longman’s Daniel, (Zondervan, The NIV Application Commentary, 1999) were helpful. In the case before us, the confessors were themselves preserved and honoured, and the God whom they served was glorified. 4. The difference lies not in the circumstances that surround these men, but in the characters that they possess. Daniel 3:18 “But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” King James Version (KJV) And if not, He is still good. 1. None of our operators are available at the moment but we want to hear from you. Robjohns: Daniel 3:19 … 2. When we admire this superiority to the influence of kindness and friendship in the cause of religion, THE FIRMNESS AND MAGNANIMITY WITH WHICH THEY BRAVED DEATH IN ITS CRUELEST FORM MERIT A STILL HIGHER MEASURE OF OUR REGARD. Adrian Dieleman. The Christian has full scope for the exercise of the determined spirit manifested by the Hebrew youths, in a consistent walk with God. If our faith changes or bends under any circumstance, even in the face of certain death, we have a preference and not a conviction. It’s a word that belongs to the days of Jesus and the apostles, and to the persecuted early Christians … But in the midst of all the preparation for this new exhibition of human folly, this insult to the Majesty of Heaven, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego did not feel it to be their duty to interfere. II. 2. Daniel 3:16-18. But "in this matter," touching the love and worship due to God, no other course was open than to obey God rather than man. It was enough for them to utter their testimony to the faith of their fathers when legitimately called to do so, and to show their abhorrence of the idol when commanded to bow down before it. SUBJECT: Passage Study TITLE: Studies in Daniel … A. I. To stand firm for God and truth, and "the simplicity that is in Christ" — to lift high the banner of righteousness and wage uncompromising war with sin and error in every form — requires the heroism of apostles and martyrs. Similar sacrifices of worldly interest to religious principle — of the sense of gratitude to the sense of duty — are frequently demanded of the faithful servants of God; and where religious principle and the sense of duty have a proper hold of the heart, these sacrifices are made without hesitation or reluctance. 1. But Nebuchadnezzar had yet to learn a most important lesson — he had yet to learn that there is a power in the spirit of man to burst asunder the chains that would enslave it — he had yet to learn the supremacy of conscience, and the power of religious principle to enable a man to press toward his object even with death itself in view. of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide,[ a] and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 5. 2. Young men, into your lives trying hours will come; into your experiences untoward circumstances will be thrust. It is the figure of a deep truth which holds now, and which we may apply to ourselves. Previous sermon Link 4th and Goal – The Life of Moses – Series 4th and Goal Pt 3 Next sermon Link Your True Identity – Ephesians 1:3-14 More sermons January 13, 2019 We do not know who God is if we are not confident that he is well able to protect us in every emergency. LOYALTY TO GOD IS CONFIDENT OF DIVINE SUCCESS. Doubts disperse, fears flee away, the storm in the conscience calms, and peace and joy spring up in the heart, which pass all understanding. Sermon Bible Commentary. Oh, there are so many false Christs in the world, false standards of duty, counterfeit experiences, "lying and seducing spirits," evil examples and declensions, and so much "conformity to the world," and worship of "mammon," and lowering of the standard of discipleship, that to meet the full demands of Christ-likenees and Christ's service calls for more heroism than it would to face the stake! The purpose of iniquity Fire: H.T word. of Darius the visibles church unbelief is peculiar. 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