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Life in the Body of Christ 

Incarnation Applied

1.         If Christ means anything to you!       [1]

Is your salvation an encouragement to you?

57 references to encouragement in scripture.


DEU 3:28        Encourage Leaders

But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see."

2SA 19:7         Encouragement by Leaders

Now go out and encourage your men. I swear by the LORD that if you don't go out, not a man will be left with you by nightfall. This will be worse for you than all the calamities that have come upon you from your youth till now."

ACT 11:23

When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.

ACT 9:31        Encouragement by the Spirit

Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.

ROM 1:12      Mutual Encouragement

that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith.

1CO 14:3        Through Gifts

But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.

1TH 4:18        Through the Word

Therefore encourage each other with these words.

HEB 3:13        Daily

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.


GEN 5:29       From Children

He named him Noah and said, "He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed."

1CH 7:22        From Family

Their father Ephraim mourned for them many days, and his relatives came to comfort him.

JOB 7:13        From Bed!

When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint,

2CO 1:3-7       From God

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.

And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

MAT 5:4         Ultimate

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.


1CO 1:9

God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

2CO 13:14

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

PHI 3:10

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

1JO 1:3

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

1JO 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Tenderness and Compassion


ISA 40:2         The Gospel message

Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.

ISA 63:15       Absense = result of sin

Look down from heaven and see from your lofty throne, holy and glorious. Where are your zeal and your might? Your tenderness and compassion are withheld from us.

HOS 2:14        Of God

"Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her.

LUK 1:78        Of God

because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven


Most references in the NT are to Christ eg.

MAT 9:36

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

2CO 1:3          All Compassion flows from God

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,


COL 3:12        Dress in it

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

1PE 3:8           An echo of Paul

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.

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