Tuesday, April 30, 2013

2 Corinthians 7

Worldly sorrow is when men despond in consequence of earthly afflictions, and overwhelmed with grief. Godly sorrow is that which has an eye to God, and mourn over their committed sins. Where the heart is changed, the life and actions will be changed. Deep humility before God, hatred of all sin, with faith in Christ, a new heart and a new life, make repentance unto salvation. May the Lord bestow it on every one of us... Reading: 2 Cor. 7. God bless. PF

Monday, April 29, 2013

2 Corinthians 6

Paul tells us to not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers, this is like being in an unequal partnership in evil crime. They are stubborn that cannot perform the task set by God before them, having opposite worldview and morals. Just as Christ has nothing in common with "Belial," a Hebrew word means "worthlessness." Come out from the workers of iniquity and separate from their vain pleasures... Reading: 2 Cor. 6. God bless. PF

Saturday, April 27, 2013

2 Corinthians 5

Our mansions in heaven are built by God, and the happiness of the future state is what Jesus has prepared for those that love him, an everlasting habitations. So let us consider the judgment to come, for the vengeance of the Lord will execute upon the workers of iniquity, but rewards for faithful servants. Our life should be devoted to Christ, because renewed man acts upon new principles, new rules, new company... Reading: 2 Cor. 5. God bless. PF

Friday, April 26, 2013

2 Corinthians 4

The Christians are still subject to the same passions and weaknesses as other men, but God is empowering us through the  Holy Spirit. The devil will keep many people in ignorance to keep them away from the light of the gospel. So in time of struggles, don't give up, though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. Look off from temporary thing, but give diligence to make our eternal joy sure... Reading: 2 Cor. 4. God bless. PF

Thursday, April 25, 2013

2 Corinthians 3

The law of Christ was written in the hearts of Christ's followers, that they may be humbled and softened to receive new-creating power of the Holy Spirit. The OT is a ministry of death that separates men from God; the NT gives forgiveness and life eternal through Christ. Those who lived without Jesus had a veil upon their hearts, but upon accepting Jesus the veil of ignorance is taken away and set at liberty... Reading 2 Cor. 3. God bless. PF 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

2 Corinthians 2

In ancient time, people used perfumes and sweet odors to celebrate victory over war. The triumph at the cross is an event to be celebrated and we are to God the fragrance of Christ, a sweet savor diffused to people in every place. But to some, the gospel is a savor of death, they rejected it to their own destruction. Our mission is great, and we have no strength at all to accomplish it, all our sufficiency is of God alone... Reading: 2 Cor. 2. God bless. PF 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

2 Corinthians 1

All comforts come from God, and our sweetest comforts are in him. By the power of the  Holy Spirit, He is  able to bind up the broken hearted, to heal the most painful wounds, and to give hope and joy in time of sorrows. He gave us favors not only to make us cheerful, but also useful to others. Our past experiences encourage faith and hope, and lay us under obligation to trust in God for time to come... Reading: 2 Cor. 1. God bless. PF

Monday, April 22, 2013

1 Corinthians 16

The early Christians gathered on the first day of the week, to fellowship and worship the Lord. And Paul is urging us to be on watchful, fixing our hearts in the faith of the gospel, and never give it up (v13). Faith is able to keep our ground in an hour of testing and struggles. Those who serve the brethren and desire to honor God must be done with love, not for personal gain and recognition... Reading: 1 Cor. 16. God bless. PF 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

1 Corinthians 15

The doctrine of Christ's death and resurrection is the foundation of Christianity. All the apostles agreed in this testimony; by this faith they lived and died. Remove this, and all our hopes for eternity sink at once; no salvation, no justification, no glorification. By holding this truth, Christians are without fear to stand in the day of judgment. May Christ give us faith, and increase our faith, that we may not only be safe, but joyful and victorious... Reading: 1 Cor. 15. God bless. PF

Friday, April 19, 2013

1 Corinthians 14

A truly servant of God will seek more to do spiritual good for brethren's edification than to get the applause to himself. He will avoid malicious act, confusion and destruction of the community because the Lord is not the author of all these. The way to keep peace, truth, and order in the church, is to seek good things, to bear which is not hurtful to its welfare, and to keep up good behavior, order, and decency... Reading: 1 Cor. 14. God bless. PF

Thursday, April 18, 2013

1 Corinthians 13

The more excellent way to exercise the gifts of the Holy Spirit is with the flavor of love in its fullest meaning. Without love, the most glorious gifts are nothing, and of no honor in the sight of God. Love is preferred not only to gifts, but also to faith and hope. Faith fixes on divine revelation; hope on future happiness. In heaven, no more room to believe and hope when we see God face to face, but love will be made perfect... Reading: 1 Cor. 13. God bless. PF

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

1 Corinthians 12

Spiritual gifts are necessary in a local church, and they originated from one God. They were given to edify the whole church and to glorify the Lord. Each member has its own form, place and use in the church. We should do the duties of our own place in WIN-NY, because all members are useful and necessary to each other. All of us dependent one upon another; each is to expect and receive help from the rest... Reading: 1 Cor. 12. God bless. PF

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

1 Corinthians 11

The Corinthians claimed that they had been set free by Jesus, but they abused their freedom and dishonored not only the Lord but also the authority He had established. Paul said that as Christ did the will of God, so the Christians should avow his subjection to Christ, doing His will and seeking God's glory. We should, even in our dress, hair and habit, examine ourselves, and avoid every thing that may dishonor Christ... Reading: 1 Cor. 11. God bless. PF

Monday, April 15, 2013

1 Corinthians 10

If we want to shun the plagues that happened in ancient Israelites, Paul tells the Corinthians to fear the sins, and don't tempt Christ who was with them in the form of Rock. Remember that Christ is also with us, so don't mumble against one another. Nothing in Scripture is written in vain, and it is our duty to learn from it and live for it. Many have fallen in the wilderness, and it could be true to many Christian on their to "promise land." Reading: 1 Cor. 10. God bless. PF    

Saturday, April 13, 2013

1 Corinthians 9

Preaching the word and doing good was Paul's business in life. He denies himself by giving up his rights for the sake of the gospel. The law is a yoke yet he submitted under it that he might win some over to Christ. In the Gentiles world, he works with them to win them over to Christ. For doing these, he compared himself to the racers and combatants, well known to the Corinthians, that he might win a prize at the end of the game... Reading: 1 Cor. 9. God bless. PF

Friday, April 12, 2013

1 Corinthians 8

The pagans have many gods, but all are agents of deception. Christians know better, we have One God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are called for freedom in serving God with humility. Don't let the old ways of serving idols (on your own) continue in our Christian living. He who has the Spirit of Christ will love those whom Christ loved. Injuries done to Christians are done to Christ... Reading: 1 Cor. 8. God bless. PF

Thursday, April 11, 2013

1 Corinthians 7

Man and wife must not separate for any other cause than what Christ allows. But considering the distress and Christians persecutions of those times, the unmarried state was the best. But, should the believer desert a spouse when there is opportunity to give the greatest proof of love? Paul said, "remain in the same calling in which you were called" (v20), but labor heartily for men's conversion, and faith of brethren... Reading: 1 Cor. 7. God bless. PF

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

1 Corinthians 6

The Corinthians are warned against many great evils, of which they had formerly been guilty. Any sin not repented of shuts out of the kingdom of heaven. Be not deceived because men are inclined to flatter themselves. We cannot hope to sow flesh then reap eternity. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit therefore a Christian would never put himself into the power of any personal bodily appetite because the body is for the Lord... Reading: 1 Cor. 6. God bless. PF

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

1 Corinthians 5

Paul noticed the disgraceful abuse and a false understanding of Christian liberty, that even the unbelievers would be ashamed. Corrupt principles and bad examples if not corrected would hurt even the whole church, because it spread far and wide. We have been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, so we are to avoid conversation with all who disgrace the faith, because such are only fit for their brethren in sin... Reading 1 Cor. 5. God bless. PF

Monday, April 8, 2013

1 Corinthians 4

There is a day coming, that God will judge men's secret sins into open day; like attitude, motive, immorality, hypocrisy, etc. Then every slandered pastor will be justified, and every faithful servant  rewarded. We have no reason to be proud, all we have are owing to the grace of God. Christians must be prepared for suffering and contempt, and be ready for rejection, than having good opinion and favor of the wicked world... Reading: 1 Cor. 4. God bless PF  

Saturday, April 6, 2013

1 Corinthians 3

Men may have Bible knowledge, yet immature in the life of faith and experience. Contentions and dishonesty are sad evidences of carnality. Christ's faith makes men peaceable not quarrelsome. The teachings of Jesus is our foundation, no other, and our part is to follow strictly the rules of the kingdom. Be careful in building our own faith, because all men's works will be tested by fire on the day of judgment... Reading: 1 Corinthians 3. God bless. PF

Friday, April 5, 2013

1 Corinthians 2

Men are alienated from God because of sins. Now, when we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, God's Spirit came into our lives. So, God's secret wisdom, plans, and intentions were fully made known to us, and we can now understand God's mind because we have the mind of Christ. The spiritual Christian can understand the carnal people, but the carnal can never understand spirituals... Reading: 1 Cor. 2. God bless. PF

Thursday, April 4, 2013

1 Corinthians 1

All true Christians are called to be saints, dedicated to Christ and are under strict obligations to be holy. We are distinguished from the unclean people who refuse to obey the rules of God's kingdom. Sinners have no peace with God, they cause division inside the community of believers. God did not choose the philosophers to write and publish the gospel, but those with humble spirit who are willing to sacrifice like Christ... Reading: 1 Corinthians 1. God bless. PF

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Romans 16

Many call Christ, Master and Lord, who are far from God's righteous standard. They serve their carnal and worldly interests. They corrupt their head by deceiving their own heart, causing division and offenses among the brethren (v17). So be wise not to be deceived, yet simple as not to be deceiver. Paul's goal is victory over Satan that defile and destroy many carnal Christians within the body of Christ... Reading: Romans 16. God bless you. PF

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Romans 15

The offering of the Gentiles to their former gods were abomination unto the Lord until Jesus was heard and accepted as their Lord and Savior. Paul preached to them, and what made them sacrifices to God, was their sanctification. Without the work of the Holy Spirit, any attempt to offer will be unholy things that can never be pleasing to the holy God. Make sure that whatever good we do, it is Christ who does it through us... Reading: Romans 15. God bless. PF

Monday, April 1, 2013

Romans 14

Differences of opinion prevailed even among the immediate followers of Christ and their disciples. In present time, it seems that any attempts for producing absolute oneness of mind among Christians would be impossible. But, let not Christian fellowship be disturbed with strifes of words. We need to live in peace, love, and humility, for they are most pleasing to the Lord, abounding in joy in the Holy Spirit... Reading: Romans 14. God bless. PF