good stuff in the ghetto


 When I worked at CHLO, St. Thomas, many, many moons ago, we had a music system.  Each song was categorized according to genre and each genre had it’s own colour.  Country was yellow, easy listening was blue, novelty songs were pink and green was can-con (Canadian Content).  Now this was a time when good Canadian songs were few and far between and there were rules laid down by the CRTC that you couldn’t ghetto the music…you couldn’t put all the can-con together.  You couldn’t avoid Canadian music all day and wait ’til ten at night and play all the can-con that you had to over the course of a day when you had less listeners.  You had to play x number of songs every hour, if my memory serves me correctly.  Now on radio today, some wouldn’t hesitate to ghetto an hour or two of Canadian music through the prime time because Canadian music has improved.

I read a book one time that was primarily about a particular theological topic and reading all the verses about the same topic, back to back, gave me much confidence.  The author ghettoed the verses.  We always need to be careful what verses we put together.  We can’t ignore the context.  You can get some pretty crazy doctrines if you ignore the context.

Not too long ago I was teaching a theology class and I found great confidence when you ghetto a bunch of verses around the same topic together.  It’s strength for your soul.  So, today, what I want to do is ghetto a bunch of verses for you to encourage you about your position in Christ, if you, in fact, have repented and believed the gospel.  And I will make very few comments so you can just drink the Word in.

[11] And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV)

Paul talks about the way the Corinthians used to live in the previous verses and then hits on their identity in Christ. 

[9] But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)

[17] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)

[12] For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  (1 Corinthians 12:12 ESV)

You are part of the body of Christ…you weren’t meant to go it alone…you have brothers and sisters to assist you.   

[19] So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,  (Ephesians 2:19 ESV)

You are a foreigner to this world and that’s why you wrinkle your nose at much of what our world offers and you long to be with Jesus in Heaven.  

[2:1] And you were dead in the trespasses and sins [2] in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—[3] among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. [4] But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, [5] even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—  (Ephesians 2:1-5 ESV)

I preached on this last Sunday and it’s still rattles my soul.  We were spiritual stillborns, D.O.A….but God rescued us.  He dove to the bottom of the ocean and hauled our lifeless bodies out and breathed spiritual life into us.

[3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,  (Ephesians 1:3 ESV)

[8:1] There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  (Romans 8:1 ESV)

[21] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV)

[4] Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  (1 John 4:4 ESV)

My hope is that you haven’t just sped read the blog today.  These are God’s Words for His kids.  When life gets hard we sometimes look to God and think, we rarely say it out loud, but we may think or be tempted to think, ‘what have You done for me lately.’ May these verses remind you what He did for you in the past through His Son.  Linger over these truths.  See them.  Savour them.  Share them.


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