Thursday, July 27, 2017
Rachel envied her sister and asked Jacob to give her children or she'll die. Jacob replied that only God can give children, and He is responsible for her barrenness. This is also true in the ministry, that unless the Lord builds a house or a ministry, our works are useless. Only God can provide and satisfy our needs. Remember that this is a story of ancient period, a time when the master can do anything to their slaves. At the persuasion of Rachel and Leah, Jacob became father of their nurses' children. According to the usage of those time, these children might be owned by the real wives. Though there is jealousy and rivalry in this story, in God's sovereign power and plan, He used all things to work together for good according to His purpose; the twelve tribes of Israel. After many years, Jacob had planned to depart and return to Canaan, but his father in law was concern about it because, as he had said, 'the Lord has blessed me for your sake.' Laban was a selfish man, but everything are open and naked in the eyes of God. Let us continue to do good works, for in God's perfect time, He will reward us physically and spiritually. God bless.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
After his communion with God at Bethel, Jacob proceeded to Padan Aram, at the same place where Abraham's servant met Rebecca many years ago (Gen. 24:15). Divine providence brought him there, for the steps of the righteous are ordained by God. He met Rachel and her family, and Jacob declared that he was ready to serve her, be her husband, and promised seven years of service. But Laban deceived him, by giving Leah at the night of his marriage for a valid reason. As some people said, "the deceiver had been deceived." But he was determined to take Rachel even at the cost of another seven years of service, which he fulfilled. Jacob loved Rachel but she was barren, and when the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb and bore his first born Rueben, then Simeon, Levi and Judah. Truly, only God is our comforter, and can satisfy our needs. This chapter encourages us to value the happiness of heaven, that the suffering of this present time will be as nothing to us. If we are truly in love with Christ, it will make long and hard services short and easy. God bless.
Finally, Isaac blessed Jacob with Abraham's blessing (v4), and sent his son to the Padan Aram, with two goals; to escape the wrath of Esau and to find a wife. While resting at Bethel, he took one of the stones and put it at his head. Then he had a dream of a ladder with its top reached to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. He saw the Lord on top of it, and spoke to him that he will be blessed and will become a blessing to all families of the earth. When Jacob had awakened, he was afraid to know that God is here. Then he made a vow that He will serve God and give god Him the tithes of his increase. When we receive more than common mercy from God, we should abound in gratitude to Him. God bless.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Isaac had forgotten the divine prophecy that 'the older shall serve the younger' (Gen. 25:23), and now he wanted to put the honor and power to Esau. Rebekah knew that the blessing should be to Jacob, so she reversed Isaac's plan by putting a deceit on him. "Let your curse be upon me my son," Rebekah said to Jacob. Centuries later, Christ, a descendant of Rebekah, has bore the curses, fulfilling all the yokes written in the law. With all fears and difficulties, Jacob got the blessing. Yet, as he pronounced the blessing to Jacob, it was Esau who was in his mind. When Esau learned that Jacob had taken the blessing, he cried with a great cry. This shows that those who make light of their birthright, and sell their Divine will for material things of no value, shall reap the consequence of their covetousness. Jacob declared, "I have blessed him, and he shall be blessed." Indeed, a common blessing was bestowed upon Esau and to all people like him, but the covenant blessings was given to Jacob and those who have followed the will of God through Christ Jesus our Lord. God bless.
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Saturday, July 22, 2017
In time of famine, the Lord was with Isaac. It tells that if God is engaged with us, and we are where He would have us to be, nothing can prevent us to receive His blessings and comfort. The obedience of his father Abraham to God's divine command was the evidence of that relationship (v5). Same thing with all Christians, Jesus is the object of our relationship with God, for without Christ's perfect sacrifice at the cross, our works are unacceptable to God. "She is my sister," Isaac said to Abimelech. Is it not history repeat itself? But with the help of God, we can be redeemed from the curse of the past in Christ Jesus. And as a result of redemption, God prospered Isaac's labor, and continued prospering him, until he became very prosperous (13). This is the evidence that God's covenant with Abraham that had been renewed and confirmed to the next generation. Blessed to be a blessing! It is true that there are hindrances and struggles along the way, like what happened to Isaac's servant concerning the wells, but in God's sovereign will, still He is faithful and gracious, and His time to show Himself so is, when were are most disappointed by men. God bless.
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Friday, July 21, 2017
Abraham married another woman, Keturah, and bore his children. He lived 175 years, one hundred years after he first came to Canaan. Abraham is dead but his faithfulness to God continued as triumph of faith. The Bible didn't neglect to mention the 12 sons of Ishmael, as it had been prophesied by the Lord (17:20). Isaac was 40 when he took Rebecca as wife, and was 60 when Esau and Jacob were born. Though spent many days of waiting, the fulfillment of God's promise is always sure. When she was pregnant, she asked the Lord about the strange feeling inside her. God told her that twin shall be born, and the older shall serve the younger. As the boys grew up, one was father's pet, and one was mother's darling. And at the time of testing, Esau failed the test by selling his birthright to his younger brother. He ate, drank, and satisfied his appetite, but carelessly rose up and went his way, without any serious thought on the bargain Jacob made for giving up his birthright. Birthright is grace of God, and when we neglect the grace that God gave us, we are despising Him as bestower of all that we have. God bless.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
This chapter told the story of the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca. It tells that the wife of Isaac was from the same family of Abraham, not a Canaanite woman. Rebecca was a daughter of Bethuel, a relative from Nahor, Mesopotamia, where Abraham had been called by God (Gen. 12). Abraham remembers that God had brought him out of the land of his birth, and prospered him in his new hometown, and therefore should not bring Isaac back there again. It shows that God will cause our lives to end with comfort, in which we sincerely aim at His glory. The servant sincerely prayed to God for right direction and success. He asked for signs, and the Lord granted his requests. Truly, our lives are in God's hand, Rebecca answered the character that he sought for in the woman that would be the wife of Isaac. This story was told very particularly, showing that God's providence is in the common events of human life. At the end, the servant thankfully acknowledges God for the good success he had met with. When a person enters into a new life condition, God's people should commend them by prayer to the blessing and grace of our Lord. God bless.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Sarah was 127 years old when she died in Hebron in the land of Canaan, and Abraham mourned and wept for her. Abraham purchased a piece of land in Machpelah for 400 shekels of silver, and buried his death, in the field deeded to him by the men of Heth as a burial plot. The Bible is the Deed of Sale, a legal document proving that the land was bought for a price. Abraham rendered respect to the princes of Heth, although of the ungodly Canaanites. Though all the land of Canaan was given by God to Abraham, yet the time of possessing them is not being come. At this time, this burying place was the only piece of land which Abraham possessed in Canaan. His family was a nomad, a pastoral tribe, moving from one place to another. Abraham was contented to be a pilgrim and foreigner in this world while he lives, after all, his main concern was his eternity with God, a heavenly city whose builder is God. God bless.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
God tested Abraham, and testing in man's life tends to show the disposition of the hearts, whether true or untrue. This time, God told him to offer his only son Isaac as a burnt offering in the land of Moriah. It means Abraham shall kill Isaac as a sacrifice, kill him with solemn ceremony, the way his neighbors offered their firstborn sons to their gods. Abraham obeyed the Lord without question, and traveled three days. Then he said to his servants, "We will come back to you" (v5). This shows that Abraham expected that Isaac shall rise again and would return with them. As they went, Isaac asked: "Where is the Lamb?" After the trial, God did not provide a lamb, but a ram instead, because the Lamb of God shall be provided in God's perfect time. Abraham obeyed the Lord fully, and as a result, God renewed the covenant of blessing and the Seed that will blessed all the nations of the earth. Obedience is the result of faith. Abraham was not justified by his readiness to obey, but by his faith to the promised Seed that will blessed the whole world. The focus is to the Seed, Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. God bless.
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Monday, July 17, 2017
God is always reliable, and faithful to His promises. Sarah became pregnant, and gave birth to a son, Isaac. Abraham was 100 years old, and he circumcised his son eight days after he was born. When God gives us the mercies we began to despair of, we should remember our sinful distrust of His power and promise. Answered prayers might be delayed, but God never forgets His promises to His people. As to Ishmael, he began to oppress and mock the son of the covenant, and for that reason, he was removed from the presence of Isaac, the son of the covenant, lest he corrupt the manners or take the rights from Isaac. If Hagar and Ishmael had behaved well in Abraham's family, they might have continued there; but they were justly punished. Nevertheless, God made a promise to bless Ishmael being a child of Abraham. And the two went and lived in the wilderness of Paran, part of Egypt. It is wise to connect ourselves with those who are blessed by God, as Abimelech did with Abraham. But we must show kindness who had been kind to us. God bless.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
God spoke to Abimelech and told him the danger of death for his sin. But Abimelech pleads ignorance, because he knew that he had been cheated into a snare by Abraham. A sinner will always commit sin, and every sinner is a deadman, but an honest person will always be honest, and God knows their honesty and will acknowledge it. If we had done wrong ignorantly, that will excuse us, but if we persist to commit sin, we shall certainly receive the consequence for the wrong which we had done. Abraham knew the crooked ways and policies of Abimelech, and for that reason, he told him that Sarah was his sister, daughter of his father to other woman, which was also true. This story tells that in time of temptations and troubles, God is here with us. But we need to use our wisdom too and the word of God, in order to escape the effect when we yield to commit sin. Though our Lord will rebuke us if we commit sin, yet He will pardon and deliver us, and give us favor in the sight of men when we humble ourselves. God bless
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Friday, July 14, 2017
All the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were very wicked. When they heard about Lots' visitors, they went to his house and asked him to bring his visitors out that they may 'know them carnally.' But the angels of the Lord struck them with blindness, and told Lot to get out of this place. The stench of this city had reached to heaven, and God has intended to destroy this wicked place. “Scape for your life, and don't look back." Symbolically, it means don't return to sin and Satan, but move forward and look unto Jesus. Indeed, this destruction is a revelation of God's wrath against sin. Lot, his wife and two daughters were able to scape, but his wife looked back and she became pillar of salt. In the gospel Jesus told His followers to always remember Lot's wife (Luke 17:32). Then the Bible tells the origin of Moabites and Ammonites. It shows that the peril of drunkenness, not only a great sin itself, but may bring a lasting wounds and dishonor to many people. Let us walk with Christ, and don't return to our old ways. God bless.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Washing the feet, helping the weary travelers, entertaining and doing kindness to them is customary in those hot climates, where only sandals are worn. While Abraham was sitting, he saw three men coming, heavenly beings in human forms, and one of them was the Angel of the Lord. For this reason, the Bible encourages God's people not to be forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares ( Heb. 13:2 ). Then the Lord spoke to Abraham and promised that next year, He will give him and Sarah a son. Sarah laughed thinking that this news is too good to be true, and beside she was long past the age of having children. God questioned their faith and said, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" Nothing is too difficult for Him, but God requires faith and obedience. The conversation between Abraham and the Lord concerning the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah is a sample of prayer intercession. We see here the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man concerning the salvation of sinners. Let us pray without ceasing for our love ones specially those with the heart of unbelief. God bless.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The covenant was to be accomplished in due time. Abram's name became Abraham, meaning father of many nations, while Sarah means mother of nations. The Lord confirmed again the promised Seed and the land that He shall give to Abraham and his descendants as an everlasting covenant (v7). The token of the covenant was circumcision, which Abraham and his seeds must keep. Foreigners and slaves that will accept the Lord as their God must also be circumcised. Here shows that God's grace began to work from Abraham to many families of the earth. This religious observance was required under the severe penalty, and it is dangerous to make light of Divine institution, and to live in the neglect of it. "That persons shall be cut off from his people, he has broken My covenant" (16). Abraham was ninety years old when circumcised, Ishmael was thirteen, and all eight days old among God's people shall be circumcised. The covenant blessing was reserved for Isaac, and appropriated to him. Christians are no longer strangers and outsiders in God's covenant when they accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. God bless.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Sarai was barren, and after living ten years in Canaan, she's no longer expecting to have a child. She proposed to Abram to take her slave Hagar saying, “you may sleep with my servant girl, and her children shall be mine” (v2). Abram heeded her voice, and this was done without asking counsel of the Lord, as if they had forgotten the power of the Almighty. In every situation in life, there is some cross and hardship to bear, and if we will not exercise our faith to wait upon God's perfect will, that will put us out of God's way. Hagar conceived and became arrogant toward Sarah. As a result, Sarah dealt with her harshly. Hagar herself had given first the provocation to make the whole situation even worse. As part of the lesson, those who suffer for their faults, ought to bear it. Hagar fled from their presence, but the Angel of the Lord found her, blessed her and son Ishmael, and told her to return to them, which she did. Her encounter with God changed her to have a better temper, and that softened Sarai's behavior too. Indeed, our experience of God will change us to be a brand new person. God bless.
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Monday, July 10, 2017
After the war of nations, God assured Abram of safety and happiness, "I am your shield." It tells that those who believe in His name shall be protected by God Himself from enemies and disasters. Then Abram told his complaint to God, that he had no child and it took away all his comfort. Immediately, God gave Abram a promise of a son, and his descendants shall be as many as the stars in heaven. Abram believed in God's words, and He accounted it to him for righteousness (v6). Then the Lord told him to bring animal sacrifices and cut them into two. But the vulture came to eat those animals, and he drove them away. In our lives, we must drive away those evil vultures, and concentrate on God without any distraction. As the sun went down and became dark, a deed sleep fell upon Abram, and a smoking oven and flaming torch had passed between halves of the dead animals. So that day, the Lord made the covenant with Abram (while sleeping). It shows that it is God who would take care and fulfill this covenant to Abram's descendant for all generation. Today, God remains faithful to His promises and our faith to His Son Jesus Christ made us righteous in God's eye. God bless.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
The war of nations was recorded in this chapter, only because Abram and Lot were involved. Out of covetousness, Lot had settled in the fruitful land of Sodom, and its inhabitants, the descendants of Ham and Canaan were ripe for vengeance. The invaders came from the East took the people including Lot and their goods. Abraham took the opportunity to give a real proof of being truly good to his relative Lot, to rescue from the enemies. The Bible tells that as we have opportunity, we must do good to all. While celebrating the victory, Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High brought bread and wine and blessed Abram. It is remarkable that Jesus Christ appointed the same elements as the memorials of His body and blood, the food for our souls. Melchizedek blessed Abram from God, and in return, Abram expressed his thankfulness by giving the tithe of all the blessings he received from the king of Sodom. Like Abraham, the people of God must be faithful not just to their friends, but to God always, who is the Possessors of all that we have. God bless.
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Friday, July 7, 2017
Abraham and Lot were close relatives, and in order to avoid more quarrels and misunderstanding among their servants, they had decided to go their separate ways. Abraham told Lot to take choice of any section of the land he wants, so that Abraham will take the other part. And it happened that Lot took the fertile plains of Jordan Valley near the wicked city of Sodom, while Abraham took the land of Canaan. Here shows that Abram himself was a man of cool spirit, a man of peace, and knew how to turn away wrath by a gentle move and action. Then the Lord spoke to Abraham and told him that He is going to give this land to him and his descendants forever (v15). Later on, the land of Canaan became the land of Israel, and could not be separated from Judaism. The Lord promised him so many descendants as the dust on the earth that can not be counted. As he moved to Hebron, he built an altar unto the Lord, and Hebron became the resting place of Abraham till today. Abraham is the father of both Jews and Christians according to biblical prophecy. God bless.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
This chapter begins a new era of God's dealing with humanity. He called one man named Abram and instructed him to go to the land that God will show him. The Lord told him that He will cause him to become the father of a great nation. God will bless him and make his name famous, and he will be a blessing to many nations. God's formula of blessing is important: "I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (v3). So Abraham obeyed God and went to Canaan, together with Sarai, Lot, and all his servants with their possessions. They saw that the Canaanites were living in the promised land. Abram built an altar unto the Lord to worship and celebrate His goodness to his family (v7). Then famine struck the entire land, so that Abram and Sarai went to Egypt, the most powerful and prosperous kingdom at the time. But the Lord protected them from possible threat and malicious spirit. It shows that God's people are secured in His Hand wherever we go. He is our Help and Protector in time of troubles and harassments. God bless.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
In the beginning, all people spoke a single language. As they journey to the east and populated the earth, they began to build great city with high tower reaching to the skies. They were proud to have an eternal monument to themselves, and not for the glory of God (v4). They thought that the high tower will unite them, protect them in case another flood happens, and keep them from scattering all over the world. And the Lord came down to see the city and saw their evil motive and destructive goal for the whole humanity. God believes that in one language, humans can accomplish all things and nothing will be unattainable for them. So He confused their tongues and gave them different languages so that they would not understand each other’s words. So they left off to build the city, called Babel, and saw that the Hand of God was against their desires. Since then, people were scattered and never come all together again. But on the second coming of Christ, He will gather all believers in all generations before His presence to reward them for their faithfulness unto His kingdom. God bless.
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017
This chapter shows the descendants of the sons of Noah, that from them was the whole earth overspread. No other nation was able to preserve their family tree, except the Jews, because of the Seed that is to come. The Seed or Messiah will crush the head of the serpent, and shall give victory to all mankind. Nimrod was a great and mighty hunter in his day before the Lord (v9). He was a ruler and built cities, and began to rule and forced others to submit unto him. He had several cities under his command, and could not be content till he had more. His spirit is similar to modern days that more kings and emperors were not satisfied on the power that they had, but want to conquer for more. While Japeth's children were moving westward (Europe); the southern part were possessed by Ham and his son Canaan including Egypt and the lower part (Africa); Shem and his descendant moved eastward (Asia and far east). From Shem, the most prominent persons in ancient time came, Abraham the father of both Jews and Christians. God bless and happy 4th of July.
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Monday, July 3, 2017
God blessed Noah and his family after the flood, and told them to eat clean animals as their food in addition to grain and vegetables; but never eat animal unless the life-blood has been drained off. God forbid murder, for to kill a man is to kill someone who had been created in God's image. Willful killing ought always to be punished with death (v6). Then the Lord made a covenant between Him and Noah's descendants; never again to send another flood to destroy the earth. The seal of this covenant was the rainbow, to be placed in the clouds as a sign of His promise in all generations. The drunkenness of Noah is recorded in the Bible and his sons Ham appears to be an unruly man. When Noah became uncovered in his tent, Ham told this to his two brothers. But Japeth and Shem took a robe, walked backward, and covered the nakedness of their father, as they look the other way. As a result, Noah declares a curse on Canaan, the son of Ham, and blessed both Japeth and Shem. The lesson is that, we should protect our brethren and avoid exposing their nakedness in front of others. God bless.
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Saturday, July 1, 2017
The whole race were now dead, except the family of Noah, and God remembered them. This shows the return of God's mercy to humanity, of whom He would not make a full end. Then God send wind to dry the earth, and at the end of 150 days, the waters subsided. Noah then sent forth a raven but did not return, then he sent a dove, but found no resting place and so returned. This story is a symbol of men's relationship with God; others returned to God while others are not willing to return. After few days, he again sent the dove and brought an olive leaf plucked off, showing that the trees began to appear above water. Then the ark rested on a dry ground, and Noah went out of the ark and brought with them all the animals so that they may multiply on the earth. The first thing that they did in the new but desolate world was to worship God, by offering clean animals. God was pleased with what was done, and He declared that He would never drown the world again. We see God's promise to all living things made good, and it may conclude that His promise of salvation to all believers shall be true and faithful. God bless.
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Friday, June 30, 2017
The ark was finished and Noah together with his wife, three sons and their wives were called by God to come inside of it. Noah and his family had taken a great works to build the ark by faith, in the warning given that the flood would come, and now they were kept alive in it. "Come into the ark," means God is with them inside. On the day they closed its door, the windows of heaven were opened, and the waters were poured upon the earth without stop for forty days and forty nights, flooding the whole earth. Noah brought all kinds of animals, coming in pairs, male and female, just as God commanded him. God judged the entire world, men, women, and children, so that the water covered the earth 150 days. Jesus Christ said in the gospel that till the very day that the flood came, the people were eating and drinking. They were deaf and blind to all Divine warnings and revelations. Our lesson is to take God's word sincerely and joyfully in serving our Lord while waiting on His return. God bless.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017
As the people increase in numbers, giants began to appear on earth, and they became corrupt and wicked. God saw that everything they thought or imagined was totally evil. So God resolved to destroy all living things on the face of the earth, though it broke His heart. But there was a man who never conform to the system of the evil world, Noah, and he found favor in the eyes of the Lord. God spoke to Noah and told him to build an ark with its specifications, because He had decided to destroy the wicked world by flood of waters which should drown the entire humanity. Also, God told him to bring two of every kind of clean animals, and food as well to preserve and keep them alive. This chapter tells that any thing that we do in obedience to God, we and our families are likely to have the benefit of it. The devotion of parents to God gets the children good in this life, and furthers them in the way to eternal life if they continue and improve it. Today, we don't need an ark, we have Jesus Christ who is able to save us in time of judgment and destructions. God bless.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Adam was created in the image of God, but when he sinned, he begat his children in his own image, sinful and mortal, like himself. Soon, Adam and all his children began to die one by one, a complete opposite of the Divine likeness in which Adam was made. He lost this likeness, and could not convey it to his own seeds. He lived 930 years; and then died, according to the sentence passed upon him, "To dust thou shalt return" (3:19). Though he did not die in the day he ate the forbidden fruit, yet in that very day he became mortal, and began to deteriorate. Methuselah lived 969 years, the longest that any man ever lived. The phrase "and he died" shows that people began to die literality, except Enoch for God took him (v24). Godliness is walking with God, which means reconciliation with Him, to set Him always before us, and to act as always under His eyes and protection. While other people continued to live in this evil world, Enoch was removed to a better world. On the second coming of Christ, Christians will also be removed from this world, because He had prepared mansion for us in His Fathers house. God bless.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The fruit offering of Cain was rejected by the Lord, but the firstborn animal sacrifice of Abel was accepted. Here shows that God does not look at the content or amount of the offerings, but at the attitude of the heart. Abel offered in faith, while Cain offered out of obligation. "If you do well, will you not be accepted?" God said to Cain. The results were anger, envy, jealousy and hatred, so Cain murdered his brother. In the first generation of humanity, there was sin, and in the second and subsequent, there were killings. Lamech began to kill people too (v23). The hearts of men became desperately wicked after eating the forbidden fruit. The land of Cain was called Nod, means "trembling" that gives us idea that people were restless and uneasy in their own spirit, because they had been separated from God. At the same time, they built city and tents, had livestocks, played harp and musical instruments, and became skillful in many things. This chapter had ended by giving us hope that there were people who remained faithful to God. Seth began to call on the name of the Lord. God
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Monday, June 26, 2017
From the beginning, the devil's plan was to draw our first parents to sin, to separate them from God. It was God's command not to eat the forbidden fruit, but Satan reversed it, and taught Adam and Eve to doubt God's word. The process was clear; the woman saw the fruit, then she took it and ate, finally gave to her husband and ate the same. In neglecting the tree of life, of which they were allowed to eat, they showed a contempt on what God has bestowed upon them, the eternal life (22). The glory of God had departed from them so that they became naked upon their eyes, and sew fig-leaves to cover their body. As a result, God had cursed the serpent more than all animals, punished both man and woman, and promise that someday, the seed of the woman shall crush the head of the serpent (v15). Since then, all human beings became similar to Adam and Eve, disobedient to God's word, following the desire of their own. Then, they were driven out of the garden, and the way to the tree of life was shut. However, God gave them hope that the Seed, Jesus Christ, by whom a new and living way, is laid open for them and their descendants. God bless.
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After six days, God ceased from all works of creation, and the sabbath was appointed for all succeeding generations. God put Adam and Eve at the Garden of Eden, signifying delight and pleasure. It was filled with every tree pleasant to the sight that yielded fruit grateful to the taste and good for food. Eden had two important trees; tree of life and tree of knowledge of good and evil. Even in paradise itself man had to work, to take care of it. None of us were here to be idle. There was liberty in the garden, but there was a trial appointed to obey or disobey God's words. Power over the creatures was given to man, and as a proof of this, Adam named them all. Of all the creatures nothing in the garden was a help meet to man but a woman. He called her Eve, the mother of all living. Like our first parents, our assignment in God's new creation is to take care of it because we are representing His only Son, Jesus Christ. God bless.
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Genesis is a name taken from the Greek word, signifying the beginning and origin of all things. In the beginning was God and God alone. Then, He created heaven and earth, showing His power as the Creator of all things. He spoke, then all things come into being. He created the light, He separates the earth from the waters, and makes it fruitful. He forms the sun, moon, stars, and animals. At the end He created man in His own image, and God considered that all created things are very good. God said, "Let there be light", and at once there was light. It shows that if God will not give His light to all, the whole world will be full of darkness. The earth was empty, but by a word spoken it became full of God's riches. And if our heart does not have word of God, it will be empty and dark, and totally separated from the light of God. The Lord gave Adam and Eve the authority to rule and subdue His creation, because they are God's representatives in this newly created world. Let us always remind ourselves that we too are Christ's representative as the new creation in this world. God bless.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
The tree of life and the pure water that comes from the throne of God are the source of healing and happiness of God's people. In our new home, there is no night, no affliction, no diversion of service, but a complete different from the human point of view of happiness. While God will hide His face to the unbelievers, the redeemed shall see His face always, and His name shall be in our foreheads (v4). The entire message in the book of Revelation is faithful and true, therefore we should read and meditate it for the complete redemption of our souls. John declares that only God is to be worshipped, because angelic worship is part of idolatrous practice among the pagan people. God calls the believers to witness for the declaration of this prophecy, that it should be kept open, and internalize with their holy living. Jesus himself is our reward, for He alone can satisfy our hunger and thirst. Let us remain faithful to the teaching of the Bible, don't add nor deduct, and be ready for His imminent return. God bless.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
God will make all things new, with new heaven and new earth. The old world, with its troubles and turmoils had passed away. No more sea, no sin, no evil, no sorrow, no crying, no pain, no death, but full of light, full of righteousness, and full of God's presence. The New Jerusalem, the Lamb's wife, shall be the eternal home of the redeems. It has 12 gates bearing the name of the the 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 foundations exhibiting the names of the 12 apostles of Christ. It has 12 sorts of precious stones, indicating the variety and excellence of the gospel of Christ. Our new home is a safe and wonderful place, each gate has a pearl, and the main street is pure gold, as clear as glass. We will not be idle there, but we shall have a perfect fellowship both with God and His holy people. The glory of God lightens the entire place, and the Lamb is the Light in there. This place is exclusive only to those whose name are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. God bless.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Satan is bound into the bottomless pit, and Christ will come to earth to reign for 1000 years, together with the believers. But after 1000 years Satan will be released and will go out to deceive the nations, and gather them together to battle against Christ. This will be final test of the nations' loyalty to God, and they shall fail. God shall devour and cast them into the lake of fire as their eternal doom. Then Christ shall judge the unbelievers at the Great White Throne, a place of judgement different from the redeemed. Their names are not written in the Book of Life because they had not been born in the kingdom of God, but rejected the gospel. Another book will be opened because God will recollect all of their past actions, sins that had not been erased by the blood of Christ, and each one is judged according to his works. Their eternal destiny is lake of fire, the second death and final separation from their Creator; men and demons in the same place. Let it be our concern, that Christ died for us, and there is no condemnation to those who are in Him. God bless.
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Monday, June 19, 2017
Let us rejoice and be glad, and always give glory to Jesus Christ, because of what He has done in our lives. He called us, saved us, adopted us, and soon He will glorify us. Only Christ is worthy of praise, worship and adoration, and no other name, not even those ministering angels (v10). Christ is the Head of the church (not Peter), He remains faithful to us even though we are sometimes unfaithful, His blood takes our sins away, He feeds our souls by His Word, and He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. John described Him as the One riding on a white horse, coming down from heaven to earth as the emblem of justice and holiness. He is perfect in all His ways, but His perfection cannot be fully understood by any creature on their own; they need the Word of God. Those who believe in His name will share their joy on the marriage of the Lamb and His bride. But the beast, the false prophet, and their followers will cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone (v21). The words in the Bible are true, they are reliable and faithful promise of God to His people. God bless.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Babylon is a symbol of the entire world's system for economics, politics and military rule. The wickedness was very great, forsaking the true God, setting up idols, and had drawn all sorts of men and women into immoral lifestyle, spiritual adultery and false worship. By deceitful manner, people get rich, and by their wealth and luxury, this evil system had kept the people's interest. John tells that the Lord has people in Babylon, but He called them to get out from it, and not to partake in their sins, or else they shall receive their plagues too. The kings and political leaders of the world mourned as they saw the collapse of the entire world. The merchants and businessmen wept too because no one buys their merchandise anymore (v11). The riches of the ungodly people will avail nothing, and their love for money shall bring them to their own destructions. They lament not for the anger of God, but for the loss of outward comforts. On the other hand, the heaven rejoices, including the apostles, prophets, and all believers, for God had judged evil men for our sakes. Indeed, God is alive, and He knows all things. God bless.
Friday, June 16, 2017
The mother of great harlots and abominations of the earth shall be judged finally. She sat on a red beast having seven heads and ten horns, arrayed in purple and red, holding a golden cup full of blood. She intoxicated herself with it, and this blood represents the lives of the Christians and martyrs of Jesus Christ. John explained that the beast on which the woman sat was a seat of idolatry and persecution. The seven heads are the kings of the earth or empires in different generations; five had gone when this book was written, one was during the day when John wrote it, and the one is yet to come (v10). The ten horns are ten kings that shall rise in the last days including the "one is yet to come" (most probably in our generation). These ten kings will allow the beast to rule over them, and make war against the Lamb. But Christ who has supreme dominion over all the earth shall defeat them, and God will cause people to realize their sins and see the wickedness of the harlot and the beast. The believers will be received to the glory of God, while wicked men and women will be destroyed in the most awful manner. May the Lord find us faithful on His return. God bless.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Here is the succession of terrible judgments, and there are similarities to some of the plagues in Egypt in the book of Exodus; malignant sores, water to become blood, darkness, blast of heat, earthquake, etc. All things throughout the earth, air, sea, rivers, cities, are all condemned to ruin, all accursed because of the wickedness of the people. They are haters of Christ and God, and in the midst of the sufferings, they never repent from their sins, nor acknowledge their sinfulness. Darkness is the opposite of light, and those who do not live in the light of God will be doomed forever, separated from the knowledge and wisdom of God. They are confused as they follow the wicked wisdom of the beast, of the dragon and his false prophet (v13). The battle of Armageddon shall take place and Christ is shall come. When the angel poured forth the last bowl, Babylon collapsed (political, economic, religious system in this world), and the inhabitants of heaven saw it and rejoiced. Blessed are those that watch and keep themselves away from the impurities of this world because they will be with Him forever and ever. God bless.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
In preparation for the seven last plagues, the victorious followers of Christ over the image and mark of the beast sang the Song of Moses joyfully. "Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty!" The more we praise the Lord's wonderful works, the more we shall worship His greatness as our King. Then, seven angels appeared to finish the destruction of all the enemies of God on earth. They are prepared for their works, ministering in behalf of God, doing every thing in a pure and holy manner. Seven golden bowls were given to them, full of the wrath of God for the final judgment. The temple in heaven was filled with smoke, and no one can enter it till the seven plagues were completed. This is the final outpouring of God's judgment to earth, and the greatest deliverance of the people who call upon His holy name. Our good Lord is alway in control. God bless.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
We first encountered the 144,000 in chapter 7, and they had been sealed by God having the Father's name written in their foreheads. Here, they remained faithful to the Lord and followed Him wherever He goes, even in the darkest hour. They kept themselves clean from the wicked abominations of the followers of antichrist, and from the seduction of this evil world. Then another angel appeared, flying with an everlasting gospel of Christ in his hand, preaching it on the earth. The Bible tells that there is no other salvation found in this world except through the name and teaching of the Christ. And because of the gospel's proclamation, Babylon has fallen, and the works of darkness had been destroyed by the power of His Name. But the sins of all nations are filled up, and they become ripe for judgments. Christ thrust in His sickle, a symbol of judgment to all that rejected Him. They shall be tormented with fire and brimstone to the place they have chosen in all eternity. Today, may it be our prayers that the Lord may find us faithful, righteous and honorable in the day of His coming. God bless.
Monday, June 12, 2017
The beast with seven heads and ten horns continued to devastate the lives of all people on earth, and the dragon (devil) gave him power and authority. Those whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb followed the deception of the beast, and worshipped the dragon. The people of the world admired their power, economic system, and religious policy, while the two evil beasts continued to blasphemed the name of the Lord, His people, and His dwelling place in heaven. Then, another beast appeared that had two horns like a lamb but spoke like a dragon (v11). This beast appeared to people like a gentle religious leader, but behind their back is like the devil, deceiving and tricking the people by his signs, miracles and wonders. He causes all people to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead, controlling their entire lives, including their movement, their food distribution, and their wealth and properties. The number of the beast is 666, and those that are ignorant of the Bible will never understand this wisdom and mystery. God bless.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
John saw a vision of a pregnant woman clothed with the sun, and moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head, was crying on her labor pains. Then a dragon appeared, Satan, having seven heads with crowns and ten horns, ready to destroy her baby as soon as it was born. But Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, the old old serpent. Michael won the battle and the dragon and his fallen angels that deceived the whole world, were cast out of heaven and thrown down to the earth. But the believers had overcome the accuser of the brethren by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimonies (v11). The salvation and strength of the church are only to be ascribed to the King and Head of it, Jesus Christ. But the dragon continued to persecute the woman who gave birth to a male Child (v13). With God's mighty protection, she was given two wings so she could fly away from the dragon. Then the dragon tried to drown the woman with a flood, but the earth helped her by swallowing the water. This chapter shows that Satan shall not stop to persecute and deceive the people of God, however, God shall not stop also to protect His faithful people until the final victory and the return of Christ. God bless.
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Friday, June 9, 2017
The two witnesses are God's servants that will attest the truth of His word and the excellence of God's way during this time. They shall prophesy in sackcloth, fire proceed from their mouth, have power to shut heaven so that no rain falls, turn water to blood, and strike the earth with all plagues as they desire (v6). The devil that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them and kill them in Jerusalem. But after three-and-a-half days, they will be resurrected and ascend to heaven in a cloud (raptured), in full view of all people in the world. Note: When we are called by God to witness for Christ and share the gospel, we should not be weary of suffering and service, but must stay faithfully till our Lord and Master call us up; for great is our reward. Then the seventh trumpet was sounded with great joy and proclamation in heaven because the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord (v15). Remember that the triumph of darkness is not permanent, for God has the power to stop them, and His people shall reign with Him forever and ever. God bless.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017
As part of the sixth seal of the previous chapter, another angel, clothed with a cloud and a rainbow upon his head, came down from heaven with a little book in his hand. Rainbow and book (Word) are reminder of God's covenant to people. The angel cried out with a loud voice, then seven thunders uttered their voices (3). We don't know the subject of the seven thunders, but the angel gave us idea that they are about the mystery of God that will be accomplished, just as He announced to His servants the prophets (v7). They are the final salvation of God's redeemed people, who had engaged themselves for the unfailing Word of God. John was told to eat the little book literally, with spiritual meaning to the readers. We know that when the book (Bible) was receive by men or women, it was good and sweet. However, when they thoroughly digested it, the contents would be bitter, and there were terrible trials and persecutions that may happen to the believers. Therefore, let us look unto Jesus, ignore the pains but obey His commands, because this little book will nourish our souls until the end of the age. God bless.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The fifth trumpet signals the opening of the bottomless pit. The smoke came, and out of this a swarm of locusts, an emblem of the devil's agent that promote darkness, spiritual blindness and ignorance to people. The locust has no power to hurt the believers with the seal of God in their foreheads, but can inflict harm to those that are ignorant of the Word. Our Lord is all-powerful, and can distinguish the true followers and fake believers. The power of the devil is limited to five months, but very sharp and devastating. The sixth trumpet was sounded and four angels that are bound in Mesopotamia were released to cause war, and spread destructive religion. This anti-Christian generation, with two hundred million followers, had the power to speak evil words like fire, smoke and brimstone that come out of the mouth. They worship demons, idols made of gold and silver, they are murderers, and sexually immoral, but never repent for their evil works. As students of the Bible, our goal is to counter these evil acts by following the works of Jesus in loving God and loving our brethren. God bless.
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The seventh seal is opened, and seven angels appear with seven trumpets, ready to proclaim the plan of God. But another angel came having a golden censer with incense to offer prayer to God. All prayers of the sincere believers are accepted in heaven, and they produced great changes upon the earth, including our lives, our situation, our society, church and community. When the first angel sounded the first trumpet, hail and fire with blood and destruction fell upon the third of the earth. On the second trumpet, a third part of the sea became blood with more destructions. The third trumpet brought the stars fell from heaven. And in the fourth trumpet, darkness fell upon the sky, and third of the sun, moon and stars did not give their light. These are the coming judgment of God to the inhabitants of the earth. When the gospel proclaims to the people and they has no proper response in it, this shall follow the dreadful wrath. For the past 2000 years, the Christians are preaching the gospel in the world, but only few had a positive response. May the Lord find us faith upon His return in this world. God bless.
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Monday, June 5, 2017
The angel said: "Do not harm the earth, sea or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads" (v3). This seal or mark is God's protection to His people, that they should not suffer from affliction but prepared against all conflicts. The number of those who were sealed were 144,000 that could be understood either literal or figurative, the remnant which God preserved; 12,000 each tribe of Israel. Then John saw great multitude of believers standing before the throne of Christ, clothed with robes of salvation, having palms in their hands victoriously. With a loud voice, they gave to God and the Lamb the praise of the great salvation (v12). It shows that if we want to be on that glorious event, we ought to serve God now, together with the physical body of Christ, the true Church. There might be trials, tribulations and miseries in life, but they are not permanent because our stay in this world is not permanent. Thanks be to God who has loved us with an everlasting love, and to the Lamb that was slain for the redemption of our souls through His blood. God bless.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Jesus Christ the Lamb of God has opened the seals. The first seal shows a rider on a white horse, carrying a bow with crown on his head. His goal was to conquer, win battles and gain victory over all the earth. The second seal had a red horse having a great sword, bringing war, persecutions and killing each other. The third seal had a black horse having a pair of scales, signifying a famine of bread because of war. The fourth seal shows a rider on a pale horse named Death and Hades, bringing great slaughter, devastation and destruction of lives of people. God gave them authority to fulfill His plans and to complete the mystery of iniquities. The fifth seal shows the souls of the martyred believers under the altars, crying for justice from God. These people had suffered for the sake of the word of God during the time of tribulations. When the sixth seal was opened, there was a great earthquake, the sun became black, the moon became like blood, and the stars fell to the earth. This is the wrath of God against wicked men who rejected the word of God. No one can stop God to punish the non-believers of the Day of Judgment. Let us be prepared always. God bless
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Friday, June 2, 2017
John saw in the Hand of Him who sat upon the throne a scroll, sealed with seven seals. This scroll represented the secret plans of God about to be revealed toward the church, the nation of Israel and the world. The creatures cannot open it, nor read it, but only the Lord. We need not to weep because we have Jesus Christ, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, appearing as the Lamb that was slain, worthy to open the seal, standing as Mediator between God and the entire creation (v11). He has seven horns and seven eyes, signifying perfect power to execute the will of God, wisdom to understand it, and to do it in the most effective way. The Holy Spirit is in Him to reveal the truth and will of God to all His followers. The harps were instruments of praise, the bowls of incense are prayer of the saints. Praises and prayers should always go together. "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessings" (v12). Blessed are those who shall adore and praise in heaven, and who shall for ever bless the Lamb. God bless.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
After giving instructions to write to the churches "the things that are," John was summoned to "come up here." He saw a throne set in heaven, and the glorious One sat upon the throne with His surpassing brightness. The Lord shows a glimpse of heaven, the emblems of the excellence of the Divine nature and of God's dreadful justice. Rainbow reminds us of God's covenant with humanity from the time of Noah; twenty four elders in white robes with crowns of gold on their heads signifies the purity and victory of God's people; lightnings and voices that proceeded from the throne is similar to the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai to Moses; seven Spirits of God is the Spirit of perfection in the midst of God's people; and the four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back signifies the all-knowing attributes of God that nothing can be hidden from Him. In heaven, Jesus Christ is the the center of worship; "Holy holy holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and who is and who is to come" (v8), no other but Him. All things were created by Christ, and by His will we all exist, and we became Christians. God bless.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
The church is Sardis was a happy and active church, but there was great deadness in their souls, and in their services, and many were in a disordered and lifeless state. Their works are good but not "perfect before God" (v2), which means hallowed and not filled with holy desires and suitable devotion of soul to God. The encouragement was a reward of white garments if they overcome, and not to remove their names in the Book of life. Philadelphia was a faithful church that kept the command of the Lord to persevere even in time of persecutions (v10). The door of the kingdom shall be opened always to them, and no one can shut it off, but Christ alone. Christ promises a glorious reward to the victorious believers, a monumental pillar in the temple of God, and shall write the new Name of Christ. Laodicea was a lukewarm church, neither cold nor hot, worst because God expects that Christians should be earnest and unchangeable in their faith and purpose. Christ told them to buy gold from Him that they may become rich, and ointment that their eyes may be opened. The Lord Jesus still graciously comes to the door of the hearts of sinners. Those who open to him shall enjoy his presence. God bless.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
This chapter was addressed to four churches, with warnings and encouragements. Ephesus church is famous for good works, perseverance, patience, and more labor, but have left their first love. First love is our passion for daily meditation of the Bible, desire to attend the fellowship, Bible Study and training, and aspiration to grow more in relationship with Christ. When we begin to ignore these, and justify our works, that's it! Repent quickly, because the promise of the Lord is tree of life (v7). Smyrna was a persecuted church, but the Lord told them not to be shaken by the outside force, because the reward is enormous, crown of life (v10). Pergamos was a faithful church, but they compromise their faith by pleasing false brethren that followed the doctrine of Balaam and Nicolaitans. The church received gifts even though these false brethren were immoral and evil doers. Hidden manna and white stone with new name are at stake if they repent (v17). Thyatira is known for good works, patience, and service, but they allowed the erroneous teaching of Jezebel, that immoral woman and idol worshipper. The Lord promised them of power over the nations if they repent. Christ intention for His Church is to be pure, holy, faithful and without blemish upon His return. Let's strive for that. God bless.
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Monday, May 29, 2017
The church of Jesus Christ was experiencing severe persecutions during the time, and the believers were afraid of their future destiny. Christ spoke and showed the vision to John and asked him to write the things that He will show him. This book is God's message to the seven churches in Asia Minor (present day Istanbul), and all the churches in all generations, for "the things that are now happening and the things that will happen" (1:9). God blessed those who read this book, listen to His message and obey it by heart. In the midst of trials, Jesus Christ is in control, because He is the First and the Last, Alpha and Omega, who is, who was and who is to come, whose hair were as white as now, eyes like flame of fire, feet were like fine brass, and voice as the sound of many waters. Many things in this book are symbolic with spiritual meaning, describing the battle between good and evil, light and darkness, believers and nonbelievers, but in the end, Christians will triumph through the word and blood of Christ. Jesus spoke words of comfort and instruction, that we should not fear, but trust in His holy name. God bless.
The book of Jude is a warning and encouragement to all believers because there were certain men in the early church that are sowing evil things unnoticed. They were ungodly men, who turned the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Savior Jesus Christ (v4). Using Old Testament characters and stories, Jude spoke about the judgment of the some Israelites that rejected God's words in the wilderness and they all perished. Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed because of immorality, Cain and Balaam were both judged because of evil doings. But Enoch went to heaven because He walked with God in all his life. Therefore, let us build up ourselves on our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit always (v20). Our beloved Jesus is able to keep us from falling. God bless.
Friday, May 26, 2017
This epistle is addressed to a converted Gentile named Gaius, for his piety and hospitality, especially to the ministers of the Lord. Grace with healthy body and purity of the heart are rich companions, and the prosperity of the souls is the greatest blessing from heaven. Good Christians will rejoice in the prosperity of others, and they are glad to hear of the grace and goodness of fellow believers. In this epistle, John exposed the bad attitude of some people that pretend to be Christians but having selfish ambition. Diotrephes loves to be the leader, but refuses to have anything to do with John and his companion when they visited their church (v9). Diotrephes was full of pride and ambition, hindering the advancement of the kingdom of God. He pretends to be worker of God, but a companion of wicked people. Demetrius, on the other hand, has a good testimony, following only what is good (v11). Few are well spoken of by the people, and may those who live at peace with the brethren may also live together with the Lord in heaven. God bless.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
This epistle is addressed to a lady, a noble one, commenced for the religious education of her children, and is exhorted to abide and preserve the doctrine of Christ. Families are encouraged and directed in their love and duties at home. This lady was popular and the brethren love her not for her position but for her holiness, love of the brother and sisters in Christ, and obedience to the word of the Lord. But she had been warned, because of the many deceivers who bring some erroneous teaching concerning the person of Christ. Do not receive false teachers into their house but disregard them because they don't abide and practice the words of God. Anyone who did not profess and preach the doctrine of Christ, respecting him as the Son of God, and salvation by him from guilt and sin, are not true Christians. It means that the unity of the believers should be maintained by all means and methods, and should be tend to mutual joy. God bless.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Jesus is the Christ (Savior) and the author of love. Anyone who loves Him is born of God, and the Spirit of God dwells on that person. If we say that we love Him, we should obey His commandments, because that is the proof that we love Jesus Christ. People may say that they love Christ, but their works and obedience to His words will determine if they truly love the Lord. Faith sacrifices the desires of the flesh, and Christians overcome the world by faith. They cannot be satisfied with this world, but looks beyond it, and is still striving and pressing toward heaven. God is Trinity, three in One; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. If people reject this belief, they don't know the true God. We don't discovered this belief, God reveals this to us. Those who refuses to trust and honor Christ as the Son of God will be forever blind, lost, dead in sin, and under condemnation. But those who trust in Him is eternally saved by His blood. God bless.
Beware of anti Christian spirits because their message is unscriptural but according to their tastes, so as not to offend the people like them. The world approved them, and they have many followers, the world will love its own, and its own will love it. The true doctrine of Christ and His followers is to lead men from the world to God, the mark against the spirit of error. The Spirit of God is the Spirit of love. God's forgiveness and mercy show that God loves us, and we ought to show these with others. Does love exist between God and sinners? Here was the origin, not that we loved God, but that He freely loved us. His love could not be designed to be fruitless upon us, rather a fruitful one that will last forever. God bless.
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Monday, May 22, 2017
Very few know the real happiness of being followers of Christ. Christians are content with hard fare here, they are in the land of strangers because their home is in heaven, they walk by faith, and live by hope with earnest desire for the revelation of Jesus Christ. And they shall be transformed into the same image of Christ, and they shall see Him as He is (v2). They don't live in sinful ways, but they follow the way of the Lord. They don't practice lawlessness, but abide with Christ's word always. They avoid the works of the evil one who sinned from the beginning, and joined Christ to destroy the works the devil (v8). The children of God and the children of the devil have their distinct characters, one obeys the words of Jesus, the other hates. This Spirit of God works a change; in all true Christians it changes from the power of Satan to the power of God. We know that we are passed from death to life, and we may know it by the evidences of our faith and obedience in Christ, of which love to God and to our brethren. God bless.
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Jesus Christ is our Advocate, Savior and Redeemer, that in every land and through successive generations, all people are invited to come to God through Christ's all-sufficient atonement. The gospel sets the hearts against all sins, and stops the practice of it, at the same time, it gives a relief to the wounded conscience of those who have sinned. He is the Light, and the true believers follow the Light, never to stay in darkness. And those who walk in hatred and enmity to believers, remain in a dark state. As Christians, we have level of maturity, and we have peculiar duties, but there are commands that are common to all, particularly mutual love. Loving God and His people is contrary to loving the world and all that it offers for the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. The things that the world offers fade quickly, but God's love never fail. True Christians are anointed ones, and they can detect the false teachings of Antichrist and antichrist at once. So, let us reject such anti-christian doctrine, and keep away from them as much as we can. God bless.
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Friday, May 19, 2017
John claimed that he saw with his eyes, touched with his hands, and heard with his ears that the Word of God was manifested in real life. All the apostles had witnessed Christ's wisdom, holiness, miracles, love and mercy during some years, till they saw Him crucified for sinners, and afterwards risen from the dead. If people will believe, they will be forgiven and have free access to God the Father. God is Light and therefore we will have knowledge and understanding, because there is no darkness in Him at all (v5). The communion of believers with the Father and Son is being kept by the influence of the Holy Spirit. Those who walk in darkness, living in sinful ways are not with God, and are not true believers. The message of Christ is to walk with Him no matter what may be the situation; even in time of prosperity or poverty, miseries and peaceful, joy and sadness, because is our Guide and Protector everyday. God is a good Father, that if we made mistakes, ask His forgiveness, and we will be forgiven through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ. God bless.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017
There will be scoffers and revilers in the last days, mocking the teaching of the Bible and attacking the followers of Christ. They do not believe that Jesus will come again, and therefore they don't fear God's warning. Peter said that the heavens and the earth that we are in now will be destroyed by fire (v7). This is as sure to come, as the power of God can make it. If some people think that God is slow about His promises, there are some reasons to consider; first, one thousand years is only one day to God, second, He is being patient for our sake, because He does not want anyone to be perished, but wants all people to repent (v9). If our focus is only in this earth, what will become of us on the day of judgment, knowing that all these things shall be burned up? Therefore, learn to make a right use of patience because God is patient to us. Read and study the word of God and apply it well, don't twist it as others do that will end up to their own destruction. Labor to know Christ more, that we may be like Him and to love Him better. God bless.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Peter had warned the believers to be watchful against false teachers that seduce their hearts and mind by proclaiming fake words. Such are condemned already, and the wrath of God abides on them. Peter shows examples like, the fallen angels were cast down to hell for their disobedience, people during the time of Noah were destroyed by flood, and the city of Sodom and Gomorrah turned into ashes. It means that God will judge the disobedient but will protect His own people from destructions. These teachers are not different from the way of Balaam who can tell many things about God, but loved the wages of unrighteousness than following the way of God. There is no cure in them except the blood of Christ, therefore Christians should keep close to God's word and stand at a distance from the evil ways. Beware of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit, and a washed pig returns to the mud.” God bless.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
God's divine power has been given to us after accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, with the goal of transforming and sanctifying our whole being. To maintain our faith, we must add knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, kindness and love, that we may be able to attain assurance of our calling and election as children of God. Without such, we are still blind and lost in this world. Now, our body is only a tent of our soul, and the nearness of Peter's death made him diligent in the business of life. As for us, we don't know about our last day in this world, but we know that one day we will stop breathing, therefore let us be more dedicated in the service our of Savior, specially now that His appearing is so near. Peter remembered the voice of the Father when He said: "This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (v17). Today, it is the Holy Spirit that inspired the hoy men and women of God as He speaks into their hearts through Scripture. We know that the plainest and simplicity and all the power and expression of the Bible come from God alone. God bless.
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Monday, May 15, 2017
Peter said that these dispersed, suffering Christians were the flock of God, redeemed by the blood of the Great Shepherd. The leaders should live by examples, not as being lords over those entrusted to them (v3), while the members must submit the their elders and be clothed with humility (v4). All faithful ministers will receive a crown of unfading glory, better and more honorable than all the authority, wealth, and pleasure of the world. Humility preserves peace and order in all Christians churches and societies, but pride disturbs them. In time of difficulties, cast all your cares to Him, and beware of the works of the devil who always walks and roars to seek whom he may devour. Remember that our sufferings are not unusual, they are common to all men, therefore be steadfast and have a solid faith in Christ. Pray always one with another, because all solid peace is founded on Christ, and flows from Him alone. God bless.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017
The true Christians follow the will of God, not their own desires, nor the rule of their lives, because the Holy Spirit alters our mind, judgment, affections, and the entire being. When a person is truly converted, it is grievous to think how the time past of his/her life had been spent. We were one dead, but made alive to Christ when the gospel was preached to us. But suffering for Christ became part of our lives when we give it up to Him. We should not be ashamed when we experience trials and strange things, because we are partaker of His nature and ministry. Now we can confidently says that the Lord is our portion, and nothing but the glory through Christ is solid and lasting that abide in me for ever. God is cleansing us, or judging us in this present world, so that we would not be judged in the world to come. And if we the believers are barely saved, what will happen to unbelievers? God bless.
Friday, May 12, 2017
In the midst of trials and persecutions, Peter told the wives to submit to their own husband, with purity of the hearts, the inner persons. And to the husbands, to understand and honor their wives as weaker vessel. Christians should take care all their behavior, right order of their own spirits, not returning evil for evil, that we may inherit the blessings, "for the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous" (v12). Let us forsake and keep far from evil actions, do all the good things that we can, seek peace with all men, and be ready to defend our faith in Christ Jesus to everyone, with meekness, in the fear of God. Noah's salvation in the ark which carried him and his family above the floods is a type of eternal salvation of all true believers by means of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Not only of the outward ceremony of the washing with water but the regenerating power of God's Spirit, that enabled us to repent from sin and to walk by faith in Christ our good Lord. God bless.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017
A new life in Christ needs suitable food, the word of God, like the infants that desire milk and make the best effort for it. As chosen generation and royal priest of Christ, we belong to one family of God, a people distinct from the world, of another spirit, with godly principle and practice which should not be compromised. So, we need to exhort one with another to keep from the worldly sins and the fleshly desires of men. A Christian conversation must be honest, they should behave properly, perform their duties consistently, and always remember that they are holy servants of God. Servants in those days were slaves, and used them cruelly, yet Peter told them to be subject to their masters with fear to dishonor or offend God. Christ's death was designed not only for an example of patience under sufferings, but He bore our sins, He bore the punishment of us all, and thereby satisfied Divine justice. Those who shall believe in this fact will be forgiven, justified and glorified on His return. God bless.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Jesus Christ is the object of our living hope that brings comforts over all distresses and difficulties in life. Our faith is more precious that gold, because gold does not increase by trial in the fire, but it becomes less. However, our faith increase and is made firm by trials and afflictions. Gold perishes and lasts, while faith will be found in eternity to give honor and glory to God. Jesus Christ is the main subject of the prophets' studies in the past. His sufferings and victory exactly agree with the apostles, as the coming from the same Spirit of God. All of them searched diligently those Scriptures in OT which contain the teaching about salvation and glorification that the Christ should accomplish. Therefore, we must be careful in our walks because we were redeemed not by gold of silver, but by the precious blood of the Lamb, bringing us unto the state of holiness (v19). Our soul is in the process of purification, and the Spirit in us stirs up to our duty, working a total change of a true born again person. God bless.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
All idolized treasures, personal accomplishments, and earthly securities will soon perish, except those things that glorify the Lord. God does not forbid us to live in pleasure, however sinful pleasure is a provoking sin. As we serve the Lord, let us wait patiently on His return, like the one who waits for a crop of corn till harvest time (v7). Men count time long, because they measure it by their own lives; but all time is as nothing to God, it is as a moment. Let us serve God and bear our trials, like Job who believe that the end will crown all. Our eternal happiness is safe if we trust in Christ, while all else is just a vanity and irrelevant. Do not swear and make promises to God or men, if you are unwilling to fulfill them. The Lord will not hold that person guiltless who takes His name in vain. When we accepted Jesus and promised to serve Him till the end of life, make sure to fulfill that promises till the end of your life. Finally, let us pray one with another, don't stop seeking God's will, because the prayer of the righteous and forgiven person are effective and powerful. God bless
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The reason for division, misunderstanding, and disunity is pride. People follow the ways of the world, therefore they become enemies of God. If that is our case, we shall never receive favor from the Lord, nor accomplish anything, only because He gives grace to the humble, but resists the proud spirit. Submit ourselves therefore to His words, and all evil forces shall flee from us; from our homes, church, ministries and work places. Judging ourselves and not our brethren is the true demonstration of humility. Continue to come closer to God's presence and we shall find peace in our hearts. God bless.
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Christianity teaches the believers to be joyful in time of troubles. God allows trials because it molds and refines the character of God's people. If we lack wisdom and don't understand what is going on in our surroundings, or don't know how to solve the problem that we are in, James said to seek God who gives wisdom liberally to those that asked. Afflictions cannot make us miserable, if it be not our own fault. The tried Christian shall be crowned by the Lord, those who have the love of God reigning in their hearts. As every good gift is from God, so as our being born again, and all its results and consequences in our lives. God bless.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Hebrews concluded with earnest exhortations to several Christian duties, such as hospitality, visitation, admiration for marriage, and contentment. As Christians, we have reasons to be contented with our present state, because we have been saved, received the Holy Spirit, and have good and great God in heaven. The promise of the Lord is always true and eternal: "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (v5). The true believer has the presence of God with him/her; in presence life and in time of death, and in eternity. Christ is always interceding on our behalf as High Priest, and He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Living by faith in Christ set us apart to God through His blood, that's why let us willingly separate from this evil world. Have a good conscience and as let us bring our sacrifice of praise to His altar, in worship, prayer as well as thanksgiving. Our God is the God of peace, who made a way for peace and reconciliation between Himself and sinners like us. God bless.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
After listing the giants of faith in the previous chapter, it is now time for us to show and exercise our faith. By looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, let us continue to run with endurance, and ignore all the obstacles that could prevent us to reach the finish line. As we run, we will encounter trials, sufferings, distress in life, and the like, but we should not faint under these testings. Though our surrounding may be instruments to inflict sufferings, yet it may be a divine chastisements. Our heavenly Father has His hand in all, and it is always for our profit. Our whole life on earth is like in a state of childhood, imperfect as to spiritual things, so we must submit to the discipline of our Father God. Then, when we reached the perfect state in heaven, we shall be fully reconciled to all God. His correction is not condemnation; the chastening may be borne with patience that promote holiness in our lives. Let us not refuse the words of Christ who came from heaven to show God's love and mercy for His redeemed people. God bless.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Faith has been the mark of God's servants from the beginning of the world. It is a gift of God when He planted it in our hearts by regenerating our spirit. Faith is our full approval of everything that God reveals in us when we accepted Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives. This view of faith is explained by many examples of people in former times who obtained a good report when they encountered God. Abel offered a better sacrifice, Enoch walked with God, Noah prepared the ark, Abraham went to a foreign land, Sarah received strength, Isaac blessed his two sons, Jacob wrestled with God, Joseph mentioned the departure of Israelites, Moses refused to be called son of Pharaoh's daughter, Joshua conquered the land, Rahad received the spies, Samuel, David, and many others continued to believe and follow their God. Faith could bring us to victory, or it may lead us to persecutions and torture. The great things here is that they all had obtained a good testimony through faith, and yet, did not receive the promise of God. They set their hearts on the things above not on the things of this world. Let us follow their footsteps. God bless
Saturday, April 29, 2017
The blood of animals are insufficient to wash away the sins of the people. These sacrifices the high priests offered continually could not make the worshippers perfect. It has no power to forgive their sins, nor purify their conscience, but a reminder that they were sinners (v3). The atoning sacrifice that Christ has done is the sovereign will and grace of God. In the old, the sacrifices must be repeated, but under the new covenant one sacrifice is enough to take away the sin of the world. For this reason, the heavenly door has been opened to all men that those who will believe and receive Christ will be forgiven and shall have eternal life. Therefore let us take this privilege to come boldly in the throne of God, and let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near (v25). In the second coming of Christ , His purpose is not to forgive sins and be crucified again, but to judge the faithful and the unfaithful, the living and the dead. God bless.
Friday, April 28, 2017
The ceremonies made by the priests at the tabernacle in the holy place, and the High Priest in the holy of Holies were prefigured and shadows of Jesus Christ's works. The ministries of the first covenant (OT) were limited, in a way that it can't purify the conscience of people, because the blood of animals can't washed away their sins. The priests that offered the gifts and sacrifices cannot discharged the sins and debts, nor make even himself perfect in God's eyes (v9). But Christ's ministry is heavenly, because when He was on earth, He never entered the holy place in the temple (v24), rather He entered the tabernacle in heaven which is not part of this created world (v11). Christ died to forgive the believers from their guilty conscience, and it was testified and sealed up by His blood at the calvary. It is evident that His sacrifice is better than the old law, which could neither produce pardon for sins, nor impart power against it. Sin is still here, but the sacrifice of Christ had destroyed the works of the devil so that our status before God may be changed forever. God bless.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Jesus Christ is ministering in a better sanctuary, a true tabernacle which the Lord erected in heaven, not on earth (v2). His ministry is heavenly, not earthly, and therefore our ministry is heavenly too, because we are reporting to Jesus Christ. No one can be a true leader of any religious organization in this world except Christ, because all human beings are incapable and incompetent of doing that. From heaven, Jesus is looking down on the entire humanity to see if anyone is truly wise and seeks God. His superior ministry is shown from the new covenant of grace, of which He is the Mediator between God and men. God promised that He will write the law to His people, He will give them new heart, and spirit of understanding to know, to believe and to practice His law (v10). The Holy Spirit will make the works of the new covenant (gospel) so effective than OT law, that there shall be a mighty increase and spreading of God's knowledge to the whole world. Let us continue to be taught by the Holy Spirit, and be ready for the final harvest of Christ on His return. God bless.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The Levitical priesthood in OT was weak and unprofitable (v18), and therefore should be changed, including its law (v12). The priests on Aaronic order live for a short period of time, one after another, that prevented them to continue serving God and intercede for the people. However, Christ holds this office/ministry by the power of endless life in Himself, not only to keep Himself alive, but to give spiritual and eternal life to all who rely upon His sacrifice at the cross and intercession. This better covenant brought the believers into clearer light, perfect liberty, and more privileges (v22). It encourages us to desire for more spirituality and holiness in life. In Christ, there is no sin that dwell in Him, and He is free from all habits and principle of sin. He is harmless, undefiled, free from actual transgression, did no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. Those who want to follow Him shall be cleansed from any unrighteousness, and protected in the hour of death and in the day of judgment. God bless.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
God expects growth from His people on foundational teachings in Christian living such as, repentance from dead works, faith, baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. We should beware ourselves to keep close to the word of God, and be careful not to be discouraged on what is going on around us. Because many Christians are not careful in their faith, they fall away from their ministries after receiving the knowledge of the truth, and tasted some of its comforts and benefits. So, do not allow ourselves to separate from fellowship and Bible Study, and from the works of love through Christ, because God is not unjust to forget your hard works toward other men. We are still in this world like the ship at the sea, tossed up and down, and in danger of being cast away. Therefore, remain in Christ and His body, the church. God is faithful to His promises, and through Christ who is the object of our hope, let us set our affections on Him, and wait patiently for His appearance, when we shall certainly appear with Him in glory. God bless.
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Monday, April 24, 2017
The High Priest of the Old Testament law is a man, partaker of human and sinful nature, and his calling is according to the order of Aaronic priesthood. But, the High Priest in the New Testament must be divine, Son of God, forever priest, and according to the order of Melchizedek (v6). This is a great contrast, and Christians are not only ministering to the earthly service, but heavenly service as well, similar to Jesus Christ, whose Audience is God. In New Testament time, no more daily animal sacrifices, no more ritual requirement of the ancient laws, but hearing God's words, study it for spiritual maturity, and total obedience to God (v8). Jesus has left us an example that we should learn to humble obedience to the will of God, even in time of afflictions. We need to grow in knowledge, and should not be satisfied only in milk (soft teaching) but also in solid food (strong teaching) of the word of God. Christian experience is a spiritual sense, taste of goodness, sweetness, and excellence of the truths of the gospel. God bless.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Our privileges in Christ are better than what Moses and Joshua can offer. He gave us love, forgiveness, salvation, and rest for the soul. This rest is a rest of grace, comfort, and holiness where the people of God shall enjoy the relationship with God and the object of all their desires. We can obtain this rest if we believe and received Him as Lord and Savior of our lives. But those who do not believe, shall never enter into this spiritual rest, either of grace here or glory hereafter. God has always declared man's rest to be in Christ, not in their own efforts. God's love is the only real happiness of the soul, and only way of entering that rest. God bless.
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Christ is considered Apostle because He was sent by the Father to rebuild God's house and set it in order. While Moses was faithful to His calling as servant of God, Jesus was a faithful Son of God. Moses took care of God's house, Jesus is the owner of that house. "Take heed" is the reminder for all who would like to get safe to heaven, because if we distrust God, we may stop following Him and may soon desert Him. The deceitfulness of sin hardens the heart of men, and it may become a habit or a lifestyle; so beware of sin. As believers, we have the privilege to be partakers of Christ's Spirit, nature, grace, righteousness and life. The joy of being a Christian is that we are only waiting for our complete redemption. As our obedience follows our faith, so as our dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit. God bless.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017
The warning to the believers is not to neglect but listen carefully to the truth we have heard, so that we may not slip away from it (v1). The Lord's message in the New Testament time is more on spiritual and should be more to be afraid of. It is the will of God that we should have sure ground for our faith and strong foundation, and only Jesus can do that for us. His message is confirmed to us by His disciples, with signs and wonders, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, and many people became brand new persons when they believed. Jesus is the Author of our salvation and His perfect sacrifice is able to bring many sons and daughters for the glory of God. Jesus became a man, not angel, to save the fallen humanity. His blood as the atoning sacrifice to deliver His people from the bondage of Satan is the pardon for our sins through faith. Therefore, let us not neglect our study, meeting, fellowship, and all hardships for Christ, because in due time, we will be rewarded by the King. God bless.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
This epistle shows the superiority of Jesus of Nazareth, as the Son of God, and the benefits from his sufferings and death as the sacrifice for sin, so that Christianity is much more excellent and better covenant than that of Moses. In the time past, God spoke to the prophets in various times and through successive generations and in divers manner to reveal His plan, but this time, God became a man to speak and reveal His purpose in us (v1-2). As a man, Jesus was declared to be the Son of God, displaying the glory of God and the very character and nature of God. He sustains everything that He had created by His mighty power. Many Jews had a superstitious respect for angels, and they looked upon them as mediators between God and men because they were God's instruments in the giving of the law. But the book of Hebrews insist that these angels were only ministering spirits or servants, but Jesus is the God who created them. Therefore, angels are subject to Christ's power, and it is Christ who is the only Mediator of us all. Angels should not be worshipped because only Christ is worthy of our worship and adoration. God bless.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Philemon was from Colosse, a wealthy man and a convert under the ministry of Paul. Onesimus was the slave of Philemon, but he ran away and went to Rome. While in Rome, he was converted to the Christian faith, and became fruitful and faithful brother proving the truth and sincerity in his life. He wished to be reconciled with his master Philemon, but afraid of the punishment for the offense he had done against him. So Paul wrote a letter asking Philemon that faith in Christ and love to Him should unite the believers more closely. In the past, Onesimus was once unprofitable to Philemon, but would became profitable. Such change of character become a blessing to all among whom they reside. Check our attitude, are we blessing or burden to our surrounding? This passage is an example of our condition before God our Father. We have robbed Him, we run away from Him, we owe Him debts, then Christ came in our lives to forgive our debts, reconcile us with the Father, and fill in the gap. Christ did it for us because He loves us so much. God bless.
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Monday, April 17, 2017
We were once foolish like the nonbelievers, that's why Paul encourages us to remind them with humility and love about the gospel of our Lord. They are servants of sin and have many masters; the spirit of lusts, pride, covetousness, hateful, money, idols, and all forms of darkness. They don't know that they should have only one Master, Jesus Christ. He is the fountain from which the Holy Spirit flows, to teach, regenerate, and save the fallen men. By His mercies, Christ saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of mind, not according to our own works and efforts (v5). Our obedience to His words, and the good works in our lives are necessary because these are the fruits of our faith in Christ Jesus. Let us avoid unnecessary works of the flesh because they are unprofitable to our relationship both with God and with men. Christianity is not a fruitless religion, building up one with another, because there are so much expectations from our Father who is in heaven. God bless.