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“Christ, the Fruit-Bearing Seed”

Galatians 3:15–18 (ESV) — 15 To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. 16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. 17 This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. 18 For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise.

15 To give a human example- Speaking in human terms, or by means of a human analogy.

, brothers – Paul is now using a more affectionate term. From when he started the section with “foolish Galtians”. He is appealing to them, trying to reason with them, wrapping his arms around them. The truth rebukes, but also must be spoken in love. This complexity is known to any of us who have parented. Times to be harsh and times to speak affectionately. Times to call them by their full name, times to call them “Sweetie”.

: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. – the word for “covenant” (diatheke), can be understood as covenant or will. In a bi-lateral understanding among men with each other, agreements are binding. If someone decides to change the terms or refuses to honor certain stipulations, they will be legally liable in a just society. If man-made covenants carry this significance, then how much more with God, who makes a covenant with man.

  • “Berith” – Testament has referred to the outworking on a uni-lateral promise
  • “diatheke” – God initiated, requiring stipulations which can’t be regarded as meritorious but only consistent with the nature of promise which far exceeds the demands of faith.
  • “syntheke” – horizontally stipulated, fair, pay for wages.

–          I am a covenant theologian, essentially I read they whole Bible in light of this framework of a gracious God who reaches down to fallen creation in grace to establish relationship. God administrates this covenant through different phases, but each is built upon the idea of promise!!! (more…)

Here is a link to the audio.

Here is my sermon outline:

Romans 5:18-6:14 Baptism Signifies a Changed Identity

Pastor Rick Hogaboam, Sovereign Grace Fellowship, 6.20.2010 A.D.

Romans 5:18–6:14 (ESV) — 18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

–          A Changed Identity

–          Who’s your daddy?

  • The whole human race is represented by one of two heads, Adam or Christ.
    • Everyone is born into Adam by natural birth, an enmity with God because of the fall and the infection of sin into the whole human race.
    • You are only born into Christ by rebirth, regeneration, being “born again”.  Paul shows how baptism corresponds to this reality of dying and newness of life.
      • 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life

20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

–          The Superior power of Grace

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

–          Grace is not licentiousness!!! You died to sin, past tense. In Christ, judicially but also in actuality. Sin no longer has reign over you.

A Confirmation –

3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

–          There are realities in baptism, namely that it signifies a very real union with Christ. This of baptism as your wedding ring.

  • In some sense, we are to wear our baptism.
  • It is dangerous if someone is tempted to remove their wedding ring, usually leads to trouble, a desire to show oneself available.
  • Our baptism signifies a dying to one life and a rising to a new one. It signifies our transfer from darkness to light, from death to life, from Adam to Jesus.
  • Marriage also signifies this transfer from Rick being Rick, to being one with Mimi. I am no longer myself and alone, but and wedded with another.

–          “in order that” – very important, pay attention.

–          “we too might walk in newness of life” – connected with Jesus’ resurrection which allowed Him to walk in the realities of exalted Lord, a newness, so also we.

  • Paul corresponds with our future hope, but also in the present newness, an actual newness that we are to walk in. (more…)

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My sermon notes are pasted below…this is a rough outline that I make for my own use and not really polished for public consumption, but you may get something out of it.

Galatians 2:1-5 “What’s Circumcision Got to do with It?”

Pastor Rick Hogaboam, Sovereign Grace Fellowship of Nampa


Galatians 2:1–10 (ESV) — 1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. 2 I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain.

–          :1 > 14 years following previous visit that followed his 3 years of silence

  • Scholars dispute when this trip to Jerusalem took place, whether it was the famine relief trip recorded in Acts or the council in Acts 15, good arguments for each and I tentatively believe that it was the relief trip recorded briefly in Acts 11:30 with the revelation that Paul and Barnabas should take an offering to Jerusalem, and then brief mention that they returned from the trip in Acts 12:25, bringing back to Antioch John Mark, who was Barnabas’ cousin (Col 4:10).
    • Pluses: this was the second trip of Paul to Jerusalem and makes the most sense if he is being chronological here in Galatians
    • This does affect dating of the book: Did he write after his first missionary trip, where he visited the province of Galatia in Acts 13-14? If so, this would support the relief trip as the reference here.
    • I think the issue that emerges here is what developed post the relief trip, Acts 15 was the nail in the coffin of this issue and was so public that Paul would simply be reminding the Galatians of what was already decided.
  • BARNABAS [BAR nuh bus] (son of prophecy; encouragement, consolation) — an apostle in the early church (Acts 4:36–37; 11:19–26) and Paul’s companion on his first missionary journey (Acts 13:1–15:41). A Levite from the island of Cyprus, Barnabas’ given name was Joseph, or Joses (Acts 4:36). When he became a Christian, he sold his land and gave the money to the Jerusalem apostles (Acts 4:36–37). Cousin of John Mark (Col. 4). Early in the history of the church, Barnabas went to Antioch to check on the growth of this early group of Christians. Then he journeyed to Tarsus and brought Saul (as Paul was still called) back to minister with him to the Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:25).[1]
  • TITUS (Tīʹ tŭs) Gentile companion of Paul (Gal. 2:3) and recipient of the NT letter bearing his name. Titus may have been converted by Paul who called him “my true child in our common faith” (Titus 1:4 HCSB). As one of Paul’s early associates, Titus accompanied the apostle and Barnabas to Jerusalem (Gal. 2:1), probably on the famine relief visit (Acts 11:28–30). Though Acts does not mention Titus, he was quite involved in Paul’s missionary activities as shown in the Pauline letters. He was evidently known to the Galatians (Gal. 2:1, 3), possibly from the first missionary journey to that region. Titus also seems to have been a very capable person, called by Paul “my partner and coworker” (2 Cor. 8:23 HCSB). He was entrusted with the delicate task of delivering Paul’s severe letter (2 Cor. 2:1–4) to Corinth and correcting problems within the church there (2 Cor. 7:13–15). Paul apparently was released after his first Roman imprisonment and made additional journeys, unrecorded in Acts. One of these took him and Titus to Crete, where Titus remained behind to oversee and administer the church (Titus 1:5). According to church tradition, Titus was the first bishop of Crete. See Crete.[2]

–          :2 I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain.

  • “ revelation’, Depends on whether you understand the Acts 11-12 trip or the Acts 15 trip.
  • Acts 11:27–30 (ESV) — 27 Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). 29 So the disciples determined, everyone according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. 30 And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.
  • Acts 12:25 (ESV) — 25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had completed their service, bringing with them John, whose other name was Mark.
  • “privately”: supports viewing this relief trip as what paul is mentioning because the Acts 15 trip was very public and not private at all (although Paul could be mentioning private discussions within the broader council)
  • he follows though be saying that he presented the Gospel he had been preaching to see if he had been working in vain or not. This seems to be much more than a mere relief trip and leads people to believe that it was what Luke records in the following:

–          Acts 14:25–15:2 (ESV) — 25 And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, 26 and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled. 27 And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they remained no little time with the disciples. 1 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. (more…)

Amos 6 Sermon Notes

Posted: April 27, 2010 by Rick Hogaboam in Amos, Biblical Studies, Sermons
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Amos 6:1-14 “Wake up, O Sleeper”

Pastor Rick Hogaboam

Sovereign Grace Fellowship 4/25/10

Safety? (1-3)

Sin. Sin. Sin. (4-7)

Sent Away (8-14)


Amos 6:1–14 (ESV)

1“Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the first of th e nations, to whom the house of Israel comes!

2Pass over to Calneh, and see, and from there go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are you better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory greater than your territory,

3O you who put far away the day of disaster and bring near the seat of violence?

–          “Ease…feel secure”: A call to wake up from their drunken stupor.

–          “notable men” : irony here is that the best Israel has to offer has been corrupted, much like politicians today.

–          “Calneh, Hamath, Gath” were small city-states from which Israel is feeling secure in comparison. There is something big out there called Assyria that God can do whatever He wants with. They are ignoring the iceberg, not seeing it.

  • ILLUS: Titanic

–          2552 “Shut Up” Five iceberg warnings were telegraphed to the ill-fated Titanic. When the sixth message, “Look out for icebergs,” came in, the Titanic’s operator wired back: “Shut up, I’m busy.” Exactly thirty-five minutes later the great ship, whose captain had said, “God, Himself couldn’t sink this ship,” was sinking. [1]

–          511 God Could Not Sink Ship

–           “God Himself could not sink this ship,” boasted a deckhand aboard R. M. S. Titanic in 1912. The men who built the ship, the civilized world, the credulous public—all believed and boasted that the ship was unsinkable. But God was not mocked. It is said that when the captain gave the order to abandon ship, many passengers simply could not believe that the Titanic could possibly sink and refused to board the lifeboats. And the crew was almost criminally complacent. So 1,502 men, women, and children plunged into the depths. [2]

4“Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory and stretch themselves out on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock and calves from the midst of the stall,

5who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp and like David invent for themselves instruments of music,

6who drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!

–          They are living a perpetual party, eating it up, dancing it up, and drinking it up. Reminds me of an old show “Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous”.

–          God is not opposed to having a good time, in fact He prescribes true joy to those who find Him to be their treasure. What is taking place here is an indifference to ruin and judgment:     

  • “but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph”

–          Their partying is such a priority that they would ignore a devastating earthquake, a 9/11, someone passing out, screams from a room where people are being violated.

–          ILLUS: Jon and Kate plus 8 is no more. I don’t know all the dynamics of what was taking place in the marriage, but it certainly was revealing when Jon was out partying at bars, sleeping with various women, apparently so pathetically insecure that he needed the affirmation of drunk college women, all the while his family is blowing up. It is certainly a picture of a man who wants to party and shows little to no grief over the disintegration of his family.

–          Israel was intoxicated with the lust of their eyes, flesh, and the world and their relationship with God was falling apart and they didn’t care. (more…)

Luke 23:32-53 “A Criminal, Centurion, and Council Member”

Preached by Pastor Rick Hogaboam at Sovereign Grace Fellowship (ID) on April 2, 2010

Luke 23:32-49 (ESV)

32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” 39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” 44 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

Criminal and centurion get saved because they realized the significance. Joseph of Arimathea is also good news in the story. Everyone else, who is enslaved to self-preservation, could never figure why one wouldn’t save themselves. Not the type of leader they want to serve.

32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

–          23:33 The place called the Skull. As usual Luke omitted the Aramaic term found in his Markan source (cf. 22:39; see Introduction 3). The word for skull in Greek is Kranion; in Aramaic, Golgotha (Mark 15:22; Matt 27:33; John 19:17); and in Latin, Calvariae, i.e., Calvary. The place probably was so-called because it looked like a skull. This is most likely the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. In Jesus’ day this site was outside the walled city.[1]

–          Jesus is here proclaiming forgiveness upon the very ones putting Him on the cross, and yet they were at the same time fulfilling the mission for which Jesus came, to die for our sins. Ancient writers loved irony and Luke here presents the incredible scandalous irony of the cross. Ion fact, Jesus’ prayer is answered by His death, and only made possible because of His death.

  • Some accuse Luke of not having a theology of the cross, yet I think he does in presenting Jesus’ intercession for His enemies, which is a big theme for Luke. He reaches out to outcasts and the most unlikely recipients of salvation
  • “criminals” – laystai, could refer to revolutionaries, think them robbers.

35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!”

–          These rulers sound much like Satan from Luke 4 when Jesus was tempted. Satan appealed to Jesus to save Himself and abandon the mission to save others.

–          Matt and Mk only mention 1 taunt, whereas Luke records 3 taunts. The irony is that salvation will only come through brokenness and death, not a triumphant display of power, that waits till Sunday in the resurrection and then later in the ascension.

–          The key verb mock (ἐκμυκτηρίζω, ekmyktērizō, lit., to turn up one’s nose, to sneer) alludes to Ps. 22:7[2]

  • Psalm 22:7 (ESV) 7 All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; (more…)

I just received my author copies of the upcoming edition of the Cook Bible Lesson Commentary for 2010-2011. There’s both a KJV and NIV version.

Each year over the last decade, I have had the privilege of writing and editing these publications for Cook, which contain Bible lesson commentary for use for each Sunday of the year. And it’s my understanding that tens of thousands of churches make use of these products in their Sunday school and adult CE programs throughout the U.S. and overseas.

I’m happy to report that I’m busily working on the next edition for 2011-2012!

“Coram Deo” Sermon on Psalm 1

Posted: June 16, 2009 by Rick Hogaboam in Psalms, Sermons

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6.14.09 Liturgy:

–      Silent heart preparation

–      Opening prayer

–      Worship in song

–      Testimonials, words of exhortation from god’s people

–      Corporate Prayer

–      Teaching: Psalm 1

–      Closing Song

Psalm 1 – “Fruitful Trees vs. Useless Chaff”

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
Psalm 1:2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 1:3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Psalm 1:4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Psalm 1:5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
Psalm 1:6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

This first psalm is intersteingly a “beatitude”, a declaration of blessing. It also sets the framework for the rest of the Psalter. There are two ways to live, two types of people, two destinies. All of it is summed up briefly in this first psalm.

The Person God Blesses (1-3)

–          Separated from the World (1)

–          Saturated with the Word (2)

–          Situated by the Waters (3)

The Person God Judges (4-6)

–          Chaff (4)

–          Collapse (5)

–          Cursed (6)

The Person God Blesses (1-3)

Separated from the World (1)

  • Christian life is compared to a walk (Eph 4.1). We are to walk after our Lord. Jesus recruited some of his disciples with the words, “Follow Me”. He also applies this idea of following to all of us:
    • Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
  • We are told that there are two paths to follow:
    • Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. (more…)