Thursday, January 31, 2013

John 12

It is necessary for Jesus to die because a corn of wheat will not yield its increase unless it is cast into the ground. He used this illustration to explain His crucifixion, and the increase of God's kingdom. The Greeks who wish to see Jesus (v21) is a prophetic sign that the Gentiles will accept Him as their Lord and Savior. As Christians, it is the great desire of our souls to see Jesus, and keep up daily communion with Him. Reading: John: 12. God bless. PF 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

John 11

The Lord's sympathy with His friends is seen in this story; that in all of our afflictions He is also afflicted. He wept, and was shown by His tears of compassion. He is our High Priest that can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. And if we take His word and rely on His power, our souls will be brought out of the grave of sin, it will be sanctified, and we shall see the glory of God from this life to eternity... Reading: John 11. God bless. PF

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

John 10

Even in our time, many do not understand His words because they don't have the means (v6). But we shall find one passage expound another with the help of the Holy Spirit. What is amazing here is that Jesus is in the midst of both His followers and enemies. He is the Door open for truth and communication between God and believers, but closed to others. As our Good Shepherd, He has everything that care for His flock... Reading: John 10. God bless. PF

Monday, January 28, 2013

John 9

The gospel of John was written in a time when persecution was so severe, that if anyone confessed that Jesus was the Christ, they would be put out of the synagogue, first time to happen in those days. But the assurance is that, anyone who believes in His name and teaching will receive the light of the gospel and deliver from blindness. John said that the Pharisees were blind guides that never came into the knowledge of truth... Reading: John 9. God bless. PF

Saturday, January 26, 2013

John 8

Many people are condemning others, yet do the same thing; we call it self-condemnation (See: Romans 2:1). The adulteress was condemned by the Pharisees, but where was the adulterous man. That's why Jesus said to them, "You judge according to human standard" (v15), which means unfair & with favoritism. Lessons: all men are sinners, Jesus shows mercy to sinners, sin no more when convicted, don't judge for God is the Judge... Reading: John 8. God bless. PF 


Friday, January 25, 2013

John 7

In the time of Jesus, the Jews drew water and poured it out before the Lord as a symbol of prayer for the Fall rains. Jesus used water as illustration and challenged them that if they desire to be for ever happy, let him come to Christ, and be ruled by him. Thirst means strong desires after spiritual blessings, which only the Christ can satisfy. The Spirit of God in the lives of believers is like a fountain of living and running water which streams flow... Reading: John 7. God bless. PF



Thursday, January 24, 2013

John 6

John relates that the feeding of 5000 has induced the multitudes, even His followers to make Him their leader. However, when Jesus saw that they were ready to force Him to be their king, He departed right away because that was not His goal in this world. Politics was not in the mind of Christ, His mission is to save men from their sins, cleanse them, and become like Him. As Christians, our goal in life is to become like Him... Reading: John 6. God bless. PF

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

John 5

The divine power of signs and wonders proved Jesus to be the Son of God, making Himself equal with God. "For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life whom He will." (v21) All things now about the final judgment are committed to the Son, that all men might honor Him as they honor the Father, & will never be condemned for their  sins, but have already passed from death into life... Reading: John 5. God bless. PF
  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pride

When a person rises in position, as happens to workers and leaders of the church, the tendency to pride also increase. If not checked, the attitude will disqualify the person from further advancement in the kingdom of God, for "the Lord detests all proud of heart" (Proverbs 16:5) - J. Oswald Sanders

John 4

The God of Abraham revealed Himself as the Father of the Israelites in Scriptures. Later, He revealed Himself as Father to the Gentiles through Jesus Christ. The spirit of man as being influenced by the Holy Spirit must worship God, and have communion with Him. Spiritual affection is shown in prayers, thanksgivings, & worship of an upright heart, in which the Father delights and is glorified... Reading: John 4. God bless. PF 

Monday, January 21, 2013

John 3

God so loved the world, and the wonder is that the great God should love such a worthless world! The world’s duty is to believe in Jesus Christ. Having given Him to be our Savior, we must give up ourselves to be ruled, taught, and saved by Him. The benefit is, that whoever believes in Christ, shall not perish but shall have everlasting life. The world could not be saved, but through Him salvation opens its door... Reading: John 3:16. God bless. PF

Saturday, January 19, 2013

John 2

Our Lord knows all men, (v24) their nature, dispositions, and affections, so as we do not know any man, not even ourselves.  Jesus knows his enemies, and all their secret projects; His false friends, and their true characters. He knows who are His, their uprightness and weaknesses. Christ knows what is in men, He tries the hearts. Beware of a dead faith, carnal and empty promises that are not to be trusted... Reading John 2. God bless. PF

Friday, January 18, 2013

John 1

The 1st chapter is the prologue, explaining that the Messiah is not just a man but God. The Word was with God in eternity, He is the Creator, the source of light, & became a man. As man, He personified the lamb sacrifice (v29) to redeem mankind from sin. He was anointed not by man, but by the Holy Spirit (v32), because His ministry is heavenly not earthly. And through Him, we have received the fullness of grace from God... Reading: John 1. God bless. PF 






The plainest reason why the Son of God is called the Word, seems to be, that as our words explain our minds to others, so was the Son of God sent in order to reveal his Father's mind to the world. What the evangelist says of Christ proves that he is God. He asserts, His existence in the beginning; His coexistence with the Father.

The Word was with God. All things were made by him, and not as an instrument. Without him was not any thing made that was made, from the highest angel to the meanest worm. This shows how well qualified he was for the work of our redemption and salvation. The light of reason, as well as the life of sense, is derived from him, and depends upon him. This eternal Word, this true Light shines, but the darkness comprehends it not. Let us pray without ceasing, that our eyes may be opened to behold this Light, that we may walk in it; and thus be made wise unto salvation, by faith in Jesus Christ.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Luke 24

The appearance of Jesus to the 2 disciples going to Emmaus happened the same day that He rose from the dead. They heard the voice but can't recognize that it was Jesus. The Lord reproved them for the weakness of their faith. Many Christians are like these  two, couldn't recognize that God has a personal message in their lives. Lesson: be sensitive to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit... Reading: Luke 24. God bless. PF

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Luke 23

Pilate declared Jesus innocent, found no fault in Him, but crucified. Bar-abbas was a murderer & rebellious, but released from prison. This is a picture of exchange of the cross. We're all guilty for our sins, but because of the cross, we have been pardoned & released from guilt. We are sinners and we have nothing to be proud of. Jesus is holy & worthy to be our Savior... Reading: Luke 23. God bless. PF

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Luke 22


The Lord's supper is a memorial of Christ’s death to deliver us from our sinfulness. The breaking of His body as a sacrifice reminds us during the communion as we break the bread together. The shedding of His blood has satisfied our souls that assures our salvation through the atonement. Therefore, we do this in remembrance of what He did when He died for us at the cross... Reading: Luke 22. God bless. PF

Monday, January 14, 2013

Luke 21


Christ tells us to observe the signs of the times, which we may use for personal judgment. He tells to look upon the destruction of the Jewish nation, and its restoration. Yet He warned the believers that they be not overpowered by temptations, nor betrayed by their own corruptions. They cannot be safe, if they are carnally secure. The danger is when that day come that they are not prepared... Reading: Luke 21. God bless. PF 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Luke 18


The parable of the Pharisee & Tax Collector teaches that those who trusted in themselves have miserable condition in the eyes of God. The Pharisee believed that he was a better person & more righteous than the tax collector, yet he was rejected, because he thinks that the favor & grace of God is not worth asking. It shows that we must be beware of presenting proud devotions to the Lord, & of despising others... Reading: Luke 18. God bless. PF

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Luke 17

A sense of spiritual leprosy should make us very humble whenever we draw near to Christ. In the story of healing of the ten lepers, only one of those who were healed returned to give thanks to Jesus. The thankful got the spiritual blessing, while others got only outward healing. As we grow in the grace of God, never forget the goodness of God and the people who helped us in the time of our needs... Reading: Luke 17. God bless. PF

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Luke 16

There is a day coming, when those who hate & despise God's people would be damned in hell to be tormented forever. The wicked people have good things in this life, but at death are for ever separated from all good. The godly people have evil things in this life, & at death they are separated from all evil. In this world, Jesus links the gulf between God & man. We have passed from death to life, from evil to good, from judgment to salvation... Reading: Luke 16. God bless. PF

Monday, January 7, 2013

Luke 15


The parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, & lost son are related to the great work of man's redemption. Christ is earnest to bring the sinners back to God, and He is delighted to see them in their return. We were once lost but now are found. Thanks be to God for our salvation. Indeed, His mercy is great, enduring forever. Our prayers: May the Lord open the eyes of the blind and be merciful to the wrongdoers. Reading: Luke 15. God bless. PF

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Luke 14

The parable of the Great Supper shows the grace & mercy of God in the gospel of Christ. This gospel will be food for men's soul, yet will be rejected by many. But it has not been made in vain, because others like, the poor, the low, & the simple will thankfully accept the offer. And many times, the gospel has the big success among those who labor with pain & sufferings. Thanks God, the Lord shall fill His house... Reading: Luke 14. God bless. PF

Friday, January 4, 2013

Luke 13


Our Savior came to save and guide men's consciences, not to gratify their curiosity. The disciple’s question if there are only few who will be saved is a hint that not too many will make it in heaven (v23). Ask not: How many shall be saved? But ask: “Shall I be one of them?” The Lord’s suggestion is to strive to enter in at the strait gate, and must undergo a change of the whole being... Reading: Luke 13. God bless. PF

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Luke 12


Typically, we think of hypocrisy as to those who do not practice what they teach and preach. A false pretense that involved in telling other people how they ought to live, but inconsistently living with what they claim their beliefs are. Jesus said, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." We can avoid hypocrisy by humbling ourselves & submitting with one another in the the spirit of love... Reading: Luke 11. God bless. PF

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Luke 11

"Lord, teach us to pray," is a good prayer, & a very needful one for us. Always ask the Lord to teach us what it is to pray, quicken us to our duty & ministry, & direct us what to pray for. Christ encourages fervency & constancy in prayer. If God does not answer our prayers speedily, yet in due time He will, if we continue to pray. All these blessings our Father is more ready to bestow on every one that asks for them... Reading: Luke 11. God bless. PF

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Luke 10

Don't rejoice because evil spirits obey us, or we have done great things in the kingdom, but rejoice because our names are written in heaven (v20). Men can do many great things for the sake of their religion, without realizing that obedience and humility is still better than all of these things. As we enter 2013, check your faith and current relationship with God and men, where do you stand now? Reading: Luke 10 God bless. PF