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Sermon on Luke 5:33-39 - The Biblical Doctrine of Joy

God rejoices in Himself, I Chron. 16:27, His works, Psa. 104:31, and His people, Psa. 149:4; Isa. 62:45; Dt. 30:9; Zeph. 3:17. God rejoices in the repentance of sinners, Lk. 15:5, 9, 32.

God is the object and source of joy, Gal. 5:22; Psa. 16:11; 15:11; 16:24; 17:13. We rejoice in His perfections, Psa. 97:12; 30:5; Lk. 10:20; 21:6, 7; Hab.3:17, 18, His salvation in Christ, Psa. 21:1; Hab. 3:18; Phil. 3:3; I Pet. 1:8, His Laws, Psa. 1:2; 119:1f, and His judgments along with all His works, Psa. 48:1l. The good news of great joy is the content and effect of the gospel, Lk. 2:10. Furthermore, the consummation of life at death is the consummation of joy, Lk. 15; Mat. 25:21, 23.