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Who are the sons of God in Job 1:6?

Someone sent me this question: "Who are the sons of God in Job 1:6?" 

The term "son of" speaks of both generation and creation.  God indeed has only one Son (Psalm 2:7; John 3:16), because only Jesus bears exact likeness of God (Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:3). 

However, special creation also speaks of sonship.  For instance, Adam is called a son of God (Luke 3:35) because God made him.  Israel is also called God's "son" (Deuteronomy 14:1) because God created the nation.  It speaks of God as direct Creator.

None of these are referenced in Job here.  This is another group of beings specially created by God known as angels.  Because God created them directly, they get to bear the honorable term "sons of God."

What we've skipped in all this is one key other usage, though it's not applicable to Job 1:6.  In the New Testament, Christians who repent and trust in Christ as their Lord and Savior are also called "sons of God" (Galatia…

SERMON: Watching for Christ’s Second Coming? | Mark 13:28–37

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Watching for Christ’s Second Coming? | Mark 13:28–37
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | January 6, 2018

With so much sensationalism surrounding end-time prophecy, it's tempting to ignore it and focus on other doctrines. However, that is not the proper response. In fact, our Lord commands our interest in it! He fills this passage with imperative statements that demand watchfulness and attention.
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As we mentioned last week, there have been many Christians who get obsessed with eschatology, the end of the world.  In part, this is a good thing—Christians should desire to understand all what Scripture says, even the portions that sometimes prove to be difficult.  Moreover, believers should desire to see our Lord return and establish His order on this sinful world.
However, it can become a contentious obsession.  For instance, over twenty years ago, I began listening to a radio call-in show that answered Bible questions called “Open F…

SERMON: The Second Coming of Christ | Mark 13:24–27

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The Second Coming of Christ | Mark 13:24–27
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | December 30, 2018

Christians rightly desire the return of Christ to earth, but we wonder when it will be. Some have even taken to predicting when it will be. What does Jesus reveal about His own return in Mark 13?

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As we previously noted, we’ve been going verse-by-verse through Mark, and in the Lord’s providence, we’re in Mark 13 at Christmas time.  That means that, as we think about the first advent of our Lord, as well as preparing for the new year, we’re studying the events leading to His Second Coming.  We’ve seen that this chapter not only prepares His disciples for what they will face until Christ’s eventual return, it gives us a brief overview of earth’s final years as described in the Book of Revelation.


We noted that Jesus addresses both would happen in the first century as well as the coming time of tribulation.We looked first at the disciples’ …

One reason we're not yet in the kingdom...

In the parallel to what we're studying in Mark 13, we read this:

So you also,
when you see these things happening,
recognize that the kingdom of God is near

(Lk 21:31).

This parallels Mark 13:29 specifically, which the NASB translates, “Even so, you too, when you see these things happening, recognize that He is near, right at the door.”  The “He” can just as easily be translated “it” (as noted in the NASB); based on the parallel, “it” is correct.

With that in mind, both Mark 13:29 / Luke 21:31 plainly mean that the kingdom of God is only “near” in arrival after the abomination of desolation and return of Christ. 

Why is that important? 

Remember that some Christians read the events of Mark 13 as referring exclusively to AD 70.  Let's grant that for a moment.  That means that the kingdom was only “near” and therefore hadn’t started on Pentecost or by the end of Acts. 

The church started before the kingdom began.

Moreover, since the Book of Revelation confirms the rest of “these t…

SERMON: The Beginning of Birth Pangs | Mark 13:5–13

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The Beginning of Birth Pangs | Mark 13:5–13
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | December 16, 2018

We all want to know what will be the signs of the end. Jesus's answer was not quite what the disciples expected, and it involved more suffering than they could have imagined. Still, His disciples can take comfort in the fact that they He will sustain them through even the roughest tribulation this world has ever known.



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Manuscript (PDF): Remember that Jesus had just decreed destruction on the temple.  This context is vital to understand.  In the parallel account, right before Jesus exists the city, Matthew records these words: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.  Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!  For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘B…

Our Ten Most Listened-To Sermons from Grace Bible Church

We're a small fellowship of believers, but our sermons have been listened by a surprising number of people.  Since November 2017, our sermons have been listened to or downloaded 6,583 times!  It's humbling to consider the impact that God is allowing us to have, and we pray that His Word would continue to work in the lives of all who hear it.  To mark the year end, here's a review of our most listened-to messages:

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#10: The Greatest Commandments | Mark 12:28–34 Jesus sums up the entire Law of Moses in these two commandments of love. Even so, that doesn't make keeping the Law any easier. What do these commands entail, and what hope do we have for pleasing God?


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#9: The Abomination of Desolation | Mark 13:14–23 Jesus clearly commands Hi…