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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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All followers of Christ, young and old, men and women are expected to behave in every thing agreeably to the Christian doctrine. The reason behind is that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Failures in duties greatly reproach Christianity. As the workers know and do their duties to their earthly masters, let us not neglect our assignments to our heavenly One. We only live by grace, and this grace has appeared to all men that they may be saved. It helps and strengthens people to live a holy living, abound in good works that are acceptable to God. At the glorious appearing of Christ, the blessed hope of Christians will be complete. Jesus Christ, the great God and our Savior, who saves us will be upon us forever and ever. God bless
Friday, April 14, 2017
This epistle contains directions to Titus concerning the qualities of elders of the Church, and the manner in which they should give instructions. All servants of God should put their hope in God and take off their mind and heart from the world. Elders are blameless, clear from any wrong accusation in and out of the church; holding fast the faithful word of God that they may be able to exhort and convict those that contradict the Bible. Leaders, workers and members are one in Christ Jesus, and all of us are God's stewards to take care of the affairs of God's household, especially from those that profess to know God (v16). Always remember that Christian faith was not formed to answer worldly or selfish views, or any non-biblical stories and Jewish fables that give confusion and misunderstanding in faith. Rather, it is the wisdom and the power of God that give clear view about our Savior Jesus Christ. Have a Good Friday. God bless.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Preaching the word should not be seasonal, but in season and out of season. Generally, it means that our commitment to the word of God should be consistent, in good times or bad times, with or without trials, in poverty or in prosperity. For some people like Demas (v9), the love of this world -pleasure or money- is often the cause of turning back from the truths and ways of Jesus Christ. But the crown of believers is a crown of righteousness, purchased by the righteousness of Christ. Let us therefore continue to fight the good fight for Christ, finish the game till the appearance of the righteous Judge who will judge the living and the dead. Be careful with the false believers, they abandoned Paul in time of his trials and suffering (v16). Our focus should be to Christ, who had promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. And let us pray for our brothers and sisters, that the Lord Jesus Christ may be with their spirits, to sanctify them and to receive them to Himself on that Day. God bless.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
In the last days perilous times will come, men will be lovers of money and haters of God, gratifying their own desires, and abandoning their duty to God. Many will crave to get more and anxious to keep what they have that make more dangerous in their lives. They became unholy and without fear of God, unthankful for the mercies of the Lord. They have the form of godliness, but denying its power to change their sinful nature; their real nature. They said that they wanted to learn, but never able to come to the knowledge of truth (v7). True Christians desire to live godly in Christ, willing to face hurdles in life and service to God. They grow in knowledge, become a better person, blessing to all brethren, and exhibit the mark of Christian faith - a changed life. Only the Holy Scripture can give us assurance to be like children of God. Therefore, read the Bible daily because it is able to make us wise unto salvation, develop our heart and mind, and is profitable for instruction in daily living. God bless.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Paul asked Timothy and all Christians to teach the truth about God to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others also. We are being compared to soldiers to win the fight against the enemies; to athletes to win the games and bring the trophy; and to farmers to take care the farm till the day of harvest. In order to accomplish these, we must do the will of God, pray always and be patient, because Jesus is faithful to His promises. The kingdom of God is like a house, with vessels of great and less value, some for honor, others for dishonor. Vessels are containers, equivalent to the hearts of men. Some hearts are containers of God's words, fits for the Master's use; but some hearts of containers of bad words, unfit to serve the Lord. We must see to it that we are holy vessels of God, devoted to the service of our Master, Jesus Christ. Finally, avoid arguments and fighting, but be submissive and gentle in spirit, for this is how the Lord finished His journey. God bless.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Faith becomes genuine when we began to acknowledge that only Christ can provide it. Faith is a gift of God and we cannot produce it. This faith is honest and it will stand the trials and testings in life. Lois, Eunice and Timothy were three generations of faithful servants of God, that can prove the excellent works of God in their lives and ministries. Fear is the opposite of faith, and the proof of faith is power, love and sound minds (v7). Our God is not the author of fear or timidity, but rather the author and finisher of our faith. God saved us for His own purpose, not according to our plans and works. Those who believe in the gospel need not be ashamed, because God will put to shame those who oppose and reject it on the Day of Judgment. For this reason, Paul encourages us to hold fast the Holy Scriptures, the solid foundation of truth and salvation. And the best we can do is to continue seeking the Lord's favor and mercy, till the time when called to pass out of time unto eternity, and to appear before the presence of Christ. God bless.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Aside from respecting our employers and fellowmen, it is our duty to be on guard against false teachings and corrupt minds. We should not give consent to any evil word except the words that glorify the name of the Lord. Focus your mind to the upward calling, and be not affected by the empty promises of the world. For that reason, those who desired to be rich are being trapped and plunged into their own destruction. It is true that we need money, but if we give attention to it more than our Master in heaven, the root of all evil is on our way. Those who craved for money have wandered from true faith and wounded themselves with many sorrows. And being rich in this world is totally different from being rich towards God. Therefore, flee from it, fight the good fight with faith, and never give up to the seductive call of the world. Eternal life is the main goal of all believers, the desire for sanctification in Christ must be our highest aspiration. God bless.
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Friday, April 7, 2017
Paul advised all believers to respect elderlies and younger men and women with all purity. Honor widows that are widows indeed. He said that it is the duty of children to help their parents if they are in need, and do it to the utmost of their power. If the Christians do not maintain the relationship with their parents, they in effect deny the faith. And those who are idle and lazy make mischief among neighbors and sow discord among the brethren. Also, don't forget the elders and ministers in the church, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. Care must be taken that ministers are maintained. Finally, we must take care of our health, and use our body properly, so that it may be the most helpful to us in the service of God. Some sins are open while others are secret, but God will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make known the counsels of all hearts. Let us remind ourselves that we are God's servants, be careful with our actions that the Lord's name may never be blasphemed on our account. God bless.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
The warning of Paul is that, in the last days, false teachers shall appear teaching false doctrines, and many will depart from their faith. These erroneous teachers shall oppose what was written in the Bible, shall ridicule the believers, and become strong and influential. Today, we are experiencing it especially in the media. Paul said to Timothy to continue nourishing the brethren with the pure word of God. It's alright to take care of our physical body, but godliness is more profitable than anything else if you are in God's business. Though we may lose many things if we are followers of Christ, but we shall never lose Him, in this world and in the world to come. Jesus Christ is the Savior of all men, and the Rewarder of those who seek and serve Him. Paul encouraged Timothy not to be shaken because he was a young pastor, but continue to be an example both to the youth and old members. Never to neglect the importance of spiritual gifts in serving the Lord, because in the end, all of them will be saved by grace. God bless.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Paul mentioned the qualifications of bishops (overseer), pastors (shepherd) and deacons (common servants) in this chapter, and they are huge and weighty. They must be ready to deny themselves, willing to undergo hardships by devoting their lives unto the Lord. They ought to be good examples to all men and women. Leaders and workers should take heed of pride, because this was the sin that turned angels into devils. Calling is the most important things for the ministers of God, because they did not choose Him, but He chose them and made them qualified in the ministry. It is not fit that ministerial trusts should be given to the hands of anyone, especially the novice, till they are found fit for God's business with which they are to be trusted. All who are related to ministry, must take great care to walk as becomes the living epistles of Christ. The church is the house of God, and our regard to truth should be the first and greatest. The mystery of godliness is Christ, who was manifested in the flesh, died and rose from the grave, ascended to heaven and coming back again for our final redemption. God bless.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Paul urged the disciples of Christ to pray always for all men, for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peacefully, and fulfill our duty to spread the gospel (v2). God's intent for all men is to be saved through Christ who is the only Mediator between God and men. Sin had made a quarrel between humanity and God, then Jesus Christ came to make peace, a ransom that was to be known in due time. Thank God that we have been born in God's kingdom miraculously, for without such experience, we are lost and separated from God forever. Paul encouraged the believers to pray always; with our families, at our meals, on our journeys, in our studies, in our gatherings, publicly or privately, with faith. Modesty is a requirement for all women in all aspects of life, especially in time of gathering. As Eve was last in the creation, and she was first to commit sin, this is the reason for her subjection. But the word of comfort is that women shall be saved in childbearing, assuming that they continue to live faith in Christ who was born of a women. God bless.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Paul wrote Timothy to instruct him in choosing the proper officers in the church, and concerning the exercise of regular service to God. He warned him to be careful with false doctrine that corrupt the purity and simplicity of the gospel (v3). The law in the Old Testament was given not to save humanity, but to expose their sins, lawlessness, unrighteousness and all form of wickedness. But the gospel was given to offer forgiveness and fulfill what the law can't give, eternal life. Through repentance towards God with love and faith in Jesus Christ, believers will be able to experience the eternal happiness of heaven. This is a faithful saying; that the Son of God came into the world, to die at the cross willingly and purposely, to save sinners (v15). Let us therefore praise and glorify the the Lord for the things that He has done in us and for us. And let us be upright in our conduct in all things. God bless.
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Saturday, April 1, 2017
Prayer is communication with God. It is our sin and our misery, if we place our affections upon wrong objects, and not to Christ. When we pray, the Lord listens because He is faithful to establish us and guard us from the evil one (v3). There is no true love if we don't talk to God. As we pray and lift up our concerns, we talk to Him, then, as we read the Bible, He talks to us. The Lords is with you while you are with Him. Therefore, those who have received the gospel are to live according to the gospel. Our mind is a busy thing, and if we don't train it in doing good, it will do evil. We should not give up our faith or tire in our works, because time to rest will come when Christ returns from heaven. Let us pray for true peace in our hearts, for we need nothing more to make us safe and happy, than to have God's gracious presence with us. God bless.
Friday, March 31, 2017
The hope of all believers in all generations is the coming of Jesus Christ. All Christians shall be gathered together to be happy in His presences for ever. But false doctrines will deceive many people before He returns, and they shall embrace this false teaching, and that would give an occasion to the rise of Antichrist, the man of sin. This man of sin practices wickedness, and would be able to convince many people around the world to follow his evil ways. Many would thought He is the Savior of the world, so that they will worship this man, as the Christian worship Christ. But something and someone hindered or withheld the man of sin (v6-7). The works of the man of sin or Antichrist is according to the works of Satan (9), who did not love the truth, and therefore God shall leave them to themselves, and the Lord shall destroy him and his followers with the brightness of His coming (v11). To avoid God's judgment, Christians should stand fast in the doctrines taught by the apostles found in the Bible, and reject all additions and vain traditions. God chose us for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in truth. God bless.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
This second epistle was a reminder of Paul to the extreme and erroneous teaching that Jesus is coming very soon in their time. Many had began to neglect their duties to their families, started selling their properties, and stopped sharing the gospel. But Paul encouraged them to be more patient and faithful despite the persecutions they were facing. God will trouble those that trouble His people. There is a time of rest for the righteous, but the wicked and disobedient will face the everlasting judgment of God. Paul also reminded them that if people know God, they will obey the gospel; and since they rejected it, simply because they don't know God. On that Day, Jesus Christ will be glorified and admired by His followers, and for the first time, believers of all generations shall see each other in the clouds. And that Day shall be full of surprises and excitements! Therefore, remain faithful and always remember that there is a reason for every thing that happened in our lives. God bless.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Jesus did not reveal the exact date of His return to His apostles. Truly, His coming will be a great surprise to all men; a final victory for all Christians, but a terrible day to the ungodly. No one can escape the wrath of God and the punishment of this world to those who will be left behind. So, let us strive to awaken ourselves and each other, and guard against our spiritual enemies. Most of the people are not considering the things of God's kingdom because they are asleep, or have other concerns in this world. True and fervent love of God will keep us awake to be watchful and sober for Christ (v6). Be prayerful always and set a good example one before another on how to live to Him, with whom we hope to live for ever. Paul encourages all to honor and love their ministers, because their business is the Lord's enterprise and the welfare of their souls (v12-13). Stay away from unruly and sinful works of the enemies, for they are unhealthy to our spiritual growth. This epistle should not only be read to all brethren but share also to the nonbelievers for the sake of their salvation in Christ. God bless.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Paul appeals for holiness, separation from the worldly ways, but obedience to the will of God. The Lord calls the Christians into His family to walk before Him, and not to make light of the precepts of His commandments. The process of redemption begins from calling, second is regeneration, third is sanctification, finally glorification. Sanctification is the hardest part in us, and it requires total surrender to the will of God. Unfortunately, many had stopped in this level. God used the brethren in the church to change our ways; to embrace them, to love them, and to be sensitive with them. Satan is busy to trouble us; and we have in our hearts what disposes us to be unquiet; therefore let us strive to be quiet, to mind our own business, and work with our own hands (v11). Death is unknown thing and we know little about the state after death. But we know that one day, Christ will return to get us and be with Him forever. Life on earth is temporary, but life with Christ is eternity. Let us encourage one with another, and let us comfort the brethren with this words. God bless.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Faith is necessary to grow in relationship with God, and He allows afflictions in our lives as we enter into His kingdom. Paul encourages the believes not to be shaken when trials and tribulations come, because they are just following the example of their Great Master and the Author of faith, Jesus Christ (v4). Our protection in time of trials is to increase our faith by hearing and hearing the word of God. The Lord uses people to encourage us, like what happened to Timothy and Paul, that by hearing good news, even Paul was being encouraged by it. For that reason, we encourage people to share their testimony and experience in God so that others may be energized and inspired to serve God. As Christians, we should not stop in prayers because this is the way of talking with God and of worshipping His holy name. And as we pray together, He will direct our paths, and help us to soften our hearts and love others through Christ our Lord. God bless.
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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Paul had no worldly design to preach the gospel, but through suffering and trials, he boldly proclaimed it to all men, regardless of race, gender and status in life. And as we proclaim the gospel of Christ, some people will not agree with us because they don't understand the mystery of it. They didn't know that our goal is always true and pure, with the purpose of mortifying men's corrupt affections. That's why in serving the Lord, consider our motive, because God who sees all that we do, will always test our hearts (v4). We should not only be faithful and walk worthy to our calling as Christians, but also in our relationship with all brethren in Christ. Our great gospel privilege is, that God has called us to his kingdom and glory (v12). We should regard the word of God with godly affections because it works effectively in our lives (v13). It changed our depraved and carnal old ways forever. But those who rejected the purity of the Bible, will be enemies of God and far from Christ' salvation. God bless.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Thessalonica is located in the north of Corinth, Greece, the land of intellectuals in ancient time. Paul remembers them because of their faith to God and love to one another. Like Paul, we should pray always, not only for ourselves, but for others also; remembering them without ceasing. Wherever there is a true faith, it will work, and it will affect both the heart and life. Christians were elected or chosen by God when they hear the gospel of Christ. Unless the Spirit of God comes with the word in power, the proclamation will be a dead letter (v5). The Spirit will touch the hearts of men so that they may believe and accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. Many Thessalonians received Christ and turned to God from idolatry, and waited for the coming of Jesus for final redemption. Let us continue to wait for Christ, to flee from the wrath to come, and seek refuge in Him and His salvation. God bless.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Our God is an answering God, and no duties can be done aright, unless we persevere in fervent prayers and watch therein with thanksgiving in our hearts. Christians should always pray especially to their ministers who had been called by the Lord to serve and care for His people. Let our speeches be with grace and in Christian manner, encouraging and motivating everyone in serving God, because we are here only by His grace. Time is running out and life in this world is getting more complex, so let not stop in sharing the mystery of Christ which is salvation. Paul mentioned the names of his fellow-workers in Christ, (Tychicus, Aristarchus, Barnabas, Mark, Ephaphras, Luke) and they had been faithful to the Lord till the end of their lives. They have one Lord, though they have different ministries and spiritual gifts from God with a purpose of glorifying His name. The faithful servant will always be sincere to his words, and may expect divine favor and blessings from above. God bless.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Heaven and earth are contrary to one another, both cannot be followed together, and affection to the one will weaken the affection to the other. That's why Paul encourages the believers to set their mind on the things above, not on the things on the earth (v2). Indeed, the true happiness can be found only in the second life with Christ. It is necessary to control our corrupt and sinful flesh, and if we do not stop it, sin will destroy us. As elect of God, we should live a lowly and compassionate attitude towards others, allowing the peace of God to rule our hearts (v15). Always worship the Lord, sing to God, raise your voice unto Him in your daily prayer and meditation of the word of God. We must not separate our blessings from God and duties of the gospel - love from the husband, submission of the wives, obedience from the children, mutual understanding between master and workers. Always remember that our Master knows all, He is the righteous Judge, and nothing can be hidden in His eyes. God bless.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The treasures and godly wisdom are hidden in this world, but made known to the followers of Christ. Our spiritual knowledge and faith make our souls rich, but they are concealed from proud and arrogant unbelievers. We cannot grow in relationship with Christ, unless we are rooted and founded upon His words. Paul said that there is vain and deceitful philosophy that leads men away from Christ, because they are walking in the way of the world. Christ's death was the death of our sins, and His resurrection is the beginning of new life. In Christ, we have the substance of all the shadows of the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament (v17). The animal sacrifices in the Law of Moses are not the real way of salvation, but the sacrifices of Christ and the shedding of His blood at the cross are the substance of gospel blessings. The worship of angels, the worship of images, and using other names in prayer are not according to the biblical principles and should be avoided. There is only one name that can see our services and hear our prayers, Jesus Christ, our Savior. God bless.
Monday, March 20, 2017
The Colossians are cautioned against the devices of carnal wisdom and human traditions, as not consistent with full reliance on Christ. Paul said that the gospel is the word of truth, and all who hear it are expected to bring forth the fruit of the gospel, obey it, and have their principles and lives formed according to it. By faith in Christ, we enjoyed our redemption, the forgiveness of sins, and all other spiritual blessings were bestowed. Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, before any creature was made. He created all things for Him, and by His power they are sustained. He is the Head of the church, and all fulness dwells in Him. Through His death at the cross, men have been reconciled, and it pleased God to reunite the fallen man to Himself. If this be true, what shall we do now for God? Be frequent in prayer, and abound in holy duties; and live no more to yourselves, but to Christ. This is a great mystery hidden from ages and generations, but now has been revealed to the believers. Christ in you, the hope of glory! God bless.
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Saturday, March 18, 2017
As we close this epistle, be reminded that the humility of Christ is our supreme example. The Creator became a man by giving up His divine privileges, and took the humble position of a slave in obedience to God. Paul tells that the day of judgment will soon arrive with full redemption to believers, therefore be sure that our names are written in the book of life. We can do it if we will continue to meditate whatever praiseworthy that pleased the Lord. If Christ is in us, the peace of God will keep our hearts and minds calm and with inward satisfaction. In fact, we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (v13). Let us pray for patient submission and hope when we are spiritually down, because humility and heavenly mind will be exalted by our God. Don't stop giving and sharing like the Philippians (v15); give you hearts, your love, forgiveness, service, possessions, and life both to God and fellowmen, because our God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory through Jesus Christ. God bless.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Before receiving Christ as his Savior, Paul was a man of culture, a Hebrew of the Hebrews, and a very successful person. And if he would have trusted in the flesh and in his personal qualification, he had as much cause as any man. But all of these are considered loss for Christ. Knowing Christ is the most important things that ever happened in his life. He was willing to do any thing and suffer for it, just to attain the glorious resurrection of the believers in Christ Jesus. He tried to forget the unfruitful past of his life, but continue to pursue the future showing great concern to become more like of Christ. Eternal life is a gift of God, and it can only be obtained through faith in Christ. The way of those who mind earthly things (money, job, pleasures even on Sunday), may seem pleasant, but death and hell are at the end of it. If we choose their way, we shall share their end of eternal damnation. True Christians set their affections upon things above, the throne of Jesus, and the home of all the redeemed. Therefore let us walk in the way of the citizens of heaven, and not of the citizens of this world. God bless.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Christ came to humble people that are by nature rebellious, proud, independent and disconnected with God. And if a person is without lowliness of mind, there is no inward and outward peace that he can enjoy. Jesus who is God became like us in all things except in sin. He took upon Himself the likeness of a man, but of one in a low state, not appearing in richness and luxury. His life was a life of poverty and suffering, and His lowest step was His dying at the Cross, the death of a malefactor or a criminal, exposed to public hatred and scorn. He died not because of His own sin, but in obedience to the will of the Father. Therefore, God had exalted Him that at the name of Jesus, all knees should bow down, and all tongues should confess that He is the Lord to the glory of God the Father. Now that we have been favored, let us work out our salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in us to do His will. Mind your own work, do not quarrel with others, and be at peace with all men. It is the will of God that believers should be much in rejoicing, and make our duty to God and to men becomes natural to us. God bless.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter to the Philippians, and yet he remembered the brethren with joy. We must thank our God for giving us the grace and comforts, that despite the pains and sufferings, we are confident that He will perform and complete His good works in us, until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ (6). Though some are insincere in preaching the gospel and many are unfaithful servants of God, Paul was happy that there are still few but true and honest Christians in this world that perform the works of Christ (v15-17). So, let us leave everything to Christ to make us useful to His kingdom, by labor or suffering, to honor His name, and to die with Him. Paul's difficulty was not between living in this world and living in heaven, but living in Christ while on earth and being with Christ in heaven in eternity. If God wants us to remain in this world, it only means that He has works and fruits for us to be harvested. Faith is God's gift through Christ, and this is our ability to believe that His promises will be completed in our lives. God bless.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The great duty of children is to obey their parents, includes inward reverence and outward acts. The duty of parents is to bring them up well, under proper and compassionate correction in the knowledge of the duty God requires. Servants or workers are to be sincere, not pretending obedience when they mean to disobey, but serving faithfully. Masters are to act humane not to be tyrannical and overbearing, because they have also a Master to obey. Therefore, if all people will follow their duties to fellow human being and to God regardless of status in life, both society and families would be more orderly and happy. That's why spiritual strength and courage are needed for our spiritual warfare and suffering. The armor of God is our device for self-protection and defense against the enemy's attack. They are Christians wisdom and virtues such as truth, righteousness, faith, salvation, Holy Spirit, and word of God. All of them must be in our heart, including our prayers, so that we can win the battle in this evil world on daily basis. God bless.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Since God has forgiven us and were given the right to become children of God, we ought to follow Christ and imitate the Father in righteousness and holiness. Those who allow themselves in filthy lifestyle, such as fornication and all uncleanness do not belong to the kingdom of grace, nor shall they come to the kingdom of glory. As children of God, let us walk in the light of God, and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (v11). Remember that sin is sin, and the true people of God are ashamed to speak of what many wicked men are not ashamed to do. Ignorance, neglect of duty, and drunkenness are hateful and hurtful to God. Therefore, by fervent prayer let us seek to be filled with the Spirit, sing for joy always even in trials and afflictions, and God will keep us from sinning against Him. The duty of wives is submission to their own husbands in the Lord, while the duty of husbands is to love their wives. The love of Christ to the church is the supreme example of obedience to God by giving Himself for the church. God bless.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
There is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God who is the Father of all believers (v4-6). If we are united with Christ and obey His words, it means God dwells in us, as in His holy temple. The believers are given gifts of grace for their mutual help. Some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. God's purpose for giving them is to equip the saints or believers, so that they can do the work of the ministry. Not a mere head knowledge but to edify the body of Christ, to strengthen one another, and to glorify our our Lord. God's children are expected to grow and change, otherwise they shall remain burden, liability, unproductive and unfruitful followers (v14). The more a person finds himself drawn out to improve in his present situation, the better he can say that he has the grace of sincere love and charity rooted in his heart. Our hope is anchored in Christ, and we were sealed by the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption. God bless.
Friday, March 10, 2017
We are saved by grace because God's dealing with humanity, Jews and Gentiles, from the time of Christ to the second coming is through the dispensation of grace. The Holy Spirit works in the souls of all men, and it was hidden and was not so fully shown in the Old Testament prophets, that Gentiles should be fellow heirs and partakers of God's promises in Christ. God's way is mysterious and unsearchable, but He reveals it only to those with humble spirit and sacrificial heart, but the carnal mind will never appreciate it. Nevertheless, we should not be discouraged upon the trials and troubles in life, but always ask God for spiritual strength; in faith, in soul, in serving God, and in doing our duties to God. If the word of God is written in our hearts and the love of Christ is shed abroad there, then Jesus Christ dwells in our hearts. Our prayers is that, may we really experience the love of Christ in our lives, that we may be complete with all the fullness of life in Christ our Lord. God bless.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Paul spoke of two different conditions of the believers, past and present. We were once following the ways of this world, evil in nature, a complete opposite of the way of God, and by nature children of wrath. When we became Christians, all things had been changed! We are now children of God, citizens of His kingdom, part of the covenant of the promise, and a temple of the Holy Spirit, not because of our own efforts but by His grace and mercies. Our nature became new, that's why we practice repentance and obey God's commands that lead to a life of holiness and righteousness. We know that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, and not by works, let us therefore continue to live by the grace of God. Living by the grace means having peace in our hearts, with fellow men and with God. Always remember that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, for the service of men and glory of God. Blessings.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
The Ephesian church had been blessed, chosen, predestined, adopted and accepted by God (v-1-6). In Christ, the believers had been redeemed, forgiven, and received the revelation about the mysteries of His will, so that in the fulness of time, when God will gather together all things from heaven and earth in Christ, Christians will be included. Blessings were made known to the believers on how to be saved, and the method of redemption and salvation. God dispenses all His blessings to us, according to His good pleasure. The sanctifying and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit sealed all Christ's followers as the children of God, and heirs of heaven (v13-14). That's why Paul prayed that God may give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, and the eyes of our understanding may be enlightened, so that we may know the hope of our calling and our present standing before God. No one can do this full blessing in us except the Almighty God. Let us pray together that we may truly appreciate the goodness of God in our lives. God bless.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
As members of the body of Christ, we are to bear one another's burden, that we may fulfill the royal law of Christ, love one another. It is common to human being to look for his/her own need, and think of himself better than other men. Such a person deceives oneself by pretending to be more spiritual and prayerful. For this reason, God requires all to prove their own works. The better we know our hearts and ways, the less shall we despise others. Paul said that generosity should not be neglected by all believers, for you will always harvest what you plant (v7). Our present time is seed-time, while in the world to come reap-time. Those who live a carnal and sensual life must expect the wrath of God, but those under the influences of the Holy Spirit shall reap life everlasting in Christ Jesus. We should take care to do good in our life-time, and make this the business of our lives. Religiosity has no bearing to God and knowing the Bible is not enough; the most important is being a new creation (v15); changed life, changed attitude, new life in Christ our Lord. God bless.
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Monday, March 6, 2017
After four chapters of doctrinal discussion, Paul declared to the Galatians that they had been freed by the Lord Jesus Christ from the bondage of the law, and that whoever desires to be circumcised should keep the entire law of the Old Testament (v3). Christ is not the Savior of anyone who will not rely in His teachings. The true Christians with the Holy Spirit wait for final redemption and reward of righteousness, and the object of their hope is the return of Jesus Christ. But without faith working by love, all else is worthless and has no value to God. The life in Christ is a race, running till the finish line (v7). Many are hindered in their progress because of their false belief of spirituality and wrong motives. The gospel is a doctrine according to godliness and walking in the Spirit. Therefore let us avoid every work of the flesh (v19) to avoid conflict; and promote the fruit of the Spirit (v22), that we may not fulfill the evil desire of our sinful nature. Let us walk in the newness of life and be a productive servant of Christ till He comes. Looking forward for the 11th year anniversary celebration. God bless.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Paul said that the Galatians were not original children of God, but slaves and beggars spiritually. When they accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, God sent the Spirit in their hearts so that they can cry out and call God "Abba Father." However, they wanted to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless principle of this world (v9). Though they stopped worshipping idols, yet they practice idolatry in their hearts and minds and become stubborn. They had forgotten that they become children of love by grace and partaker of God's nature. Paul desires that they would be of one mind and united with him in obedience to the words of Christ, until Christ is formed in their hearts (v19). The false teachers in Galatians were pretending love and affections, but were insincere and deceitful. Christians are children of the promise, free from all sinfulness and bondages of spiritual slavery. God bless.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Galatians churches were composed of Jews and Gentile converts from Judaism and paganism. They received Christ as Lord and Savior, they also received the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and became active in church service. Later, they wanted to go back and follow the old system when someone from other church told that circumcision and Old Testament law is necessary in order for them to be saved. Paul said that this teaching is not another type of gospel but false, and might cause them to be spiritually blind again. The law cannot saved them, it cannot give them justification, but will only bring them back to a curse, because "curse is anyone who does not continue in all things" (v.10). Jesus came to redeem them from the curse of the law, when He took upon Himself the curse for men's wrongdoing. The law became the guide of the ancient Israelites only from the time it was given, until the birth of the Savior. The law became irrelevant for salvation when Jesus was born, crucified, died and rose from the grave. The children of Abraham by flesh do not need the law anymore, while the Gentiles need Christ in order to become children of Abraham through faith. God bless.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Paul was not afraid to stand for the truth, opposing even the erring leaders like Peter and James, who did not adhere to the faithfulness of the gospel. Here we can learn that the gospel does not belong to man but to God; and that no human being, nor group, nor institution that can claim ownership of the gospel and its interpretation. Men's duty is to study, observe, and spread it to all people for the glory of God, for God has no favoritism (v6). While Peter and his group were assigned to spread it to the Jews, Paul and his group were appointed for the Gentiles world; and each one of us has his/her own assignment to God. Peter's mistake was very clear, that he tried to compel the Gentiles to follow the gospel, but he himself was not obeying it properly (v14). It shows that before we teach it to others, be sure that we are truly obeying the Lord faithfully. Indeed, we all have greater accountabilities in the Lord. The truth is that, if we allow Christ to live in us, to be crucified with Him truthfully, then we can live by faith with freedom and full dependence on Him. God bless.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Paul was an apostle by Jesus Christ, appointed not by man but by God to spread the gospel and the grace of God. The teaching of the Bible is the only gospel that can save man from their sins; apart from its teaching is not assurance for the salvation of the soul. The power of the gospel is not only to redeem us from the wrath of God and the curse of the law, but also to recover us from the wicked practices and traditions that enslave people of all races and ethnicities. Paul declared that those who preach any other gospels, even angels, than what he had written in the Bible must be accursed (v8, 9). False gospels are devices of Satan, it dishonors Christ's work at the cross, and should be rejected right away. The gospel of Christ brings people to the obedience to God, and not to a man-made custom that may lead people to their own destruction. Paul also said that the gospel is a revelation from heaven, not merely human knowledge being taught by men. Therefore, our task is to study and obey the gospel, spread to others, so that Christ may be known everywhere. God bless.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Finally, Paul ended up his letter to the Corinthians by challenging them about their faith saying, "Examine yourselves as to whether you are still in the faith?" (v5). Faith should be anchored on the finished works of Christ, that though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. Paul wanted them to examine their conduct, attitude, and commitment to Christ. Is it still similar when they accepted Christ as Lord and Savior many years ago? Or it's been changed by purely knowledge but no more sincere obedience. Let the believer question his own soul, either he/she is still a follower, or no more and already disqualified (v5, 6, 7). The most desirable thing we can ask of God is to be kept from sin, remain faithful, continue to be obedient in doing our 'first love.' We pray to God that we might grow in the grace, increase in obedience and holiness, and learn to do well by using our spiritual gifts for God's glory and the edification of the church all the more. God bless.
Monday, February 27, 2017
God's grace is sufficient for all believers if they are willing to cooperate with God's plan in their lives. Like Paul, our ultimate goal in life is the presence of God, not only in this world but in the second life as well. If God loves us, He will keep us from being exalted, and this thorn in the flesh is His way to reach that goal. Trials and troubles are allowed by God to teach us to pray, to rely in His power, and maintain our relationship with Him. Grace signifies the goodness of God toward us, to enliven our spiritual life and make our weakness stronger and capable of facing every trial. When we are weak in ourselves, then we are strong in the grace of Jesus Christ; we go to Him and receive strength from Him, and enjoy the supply of Divine strength and grace. Don't allow our sickness, weakness, present condition whatever it is, or any negative thought a hindrance to serve our Living God. If fact, we should be more thankful to God in all of these, because if we are in abundance and perfection, we would have not think of Him anymore. God bless.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
False teachers and apostles during Paul's time were scattered in Romans world, preaching counterfeit Christianity. They were enemies of the true church, and Paul desired to preserve the Corinthians from being corrupted. There is one Jesus, one gospel, one Spirit, and the other gospels different from the Bible are false and cannot save humanity. This gospel should be proclaimed in simplicity, with the demonstration of God's power. Even young people and new believers in Christ can share this gospel as long as their hearts and motives are sincere. Paul had warned the brethren to be beware of Satan and his apostles that preached another Jesus, a deceitful message, and many are being deceived. By giving account of his labor, hardship and sufferings in mission field (v24-29), his purpose is to encourage the brethren, that Jesus will give us strength even in such a time as this. Let us learn to think of ourselves, that Jesus will never leave nor forsake us even in the time we need Him most. God bless.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Many people are speaking meanly and cruelly against church and ministries, but Christians should maintain humble spirit and obedience to Christ. The work with the Lord is a spiritual warfare with spiritual enemies, and for spiritual purpose. Physical strength is not the method of the gospel, but strong persuasion by the power of truth and the meekness of wisdom. The weapons of our warfare is not carnal but mighty in God, to stop the spread of sin and to destroy the works of Satan in the lives of men. The preaching of the cross can destroy idolatry, immorality, corruption, erroneous spirit, and all forms of wickedness. Our outward appearance is not what matters to God, but the inward person who will be with Him in eternity. That's why, comparing ourselves with others is not wise (v12), because God gave us distinct personality with unique skills and talents that we can be used for His glory. Instead of praising ourselves, we should strive to approve ourselves to God that His name may be glorified in our lives. God bless.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Works of charity should be done freely and cheerfully, not grudgingly. As we share our material and spiritual gifts from God, it tends to prosperity; but as we hold back, it tends to poverty and scarcity. Can we lose something by doing good works which God is pleased? Nothing at all! In fact we are gaining more. The truth is that, God is able to make all grace abound toward us, and to give a large increase both materially and spiritually (v8). While some people scatter, and yet increase; others withhold more, and yet decrease. This is the universal law of God! He can make us to have enough in all things, and be content with what we have. Blessed be the name of our Lord for the indescribable gift of His grace, whereby He enables us to share upon others, and become partaker of His holiness. Let us endeavor to copy the example of Christ, being unwearied in doing good, beyond all expression and measure. God bless.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
All charitable gifts and donations made by donors and philanthropists are acceptable only to God if they surrender themselves first to Jesus Christ and to the teachings of the Bible. The church in Macedonia was a poor church and in great trial of afflictions, yet they overflowed in good works and humanitarian activities. How different is this from the conduct of some Christians who will not join in any good work, unless urged into it! Faith is the root cause, because without faith it is not possible to please God. So those who abound in faith will abound in good works with love. Jesus was rich, as being equal with God, yet He became poor man for us in order to demonstrate the heavenly way of serving God and mankind. Through Him, we became rich in God's eyes, because true riches cannot be measured by how much we own. As Paul commended the Corinthians to give their charity, it is the duty of all Christians to help those that are in need, while acting wisely. Our deeds shall bring glory to Christ, and had obtained honor from Christ to be counted faithful and engaged in His service. God bless.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Paul continued to remind the Corinthians not to be drawn away from the purpose of their calling, to be righteous and be cleansed from all filthiness of the flesh. God's promises are strong reasons why we should obey His command, that if we hope in God as our Father, we must seek His direction, not the other alternative way in this world. His grace alone can purify God's children, and it can be done through meditating, studying, fellowshipping, and obeying His words from the Bible. During that time, there were oppositions against Paul's teaching, and Paul had fears within himself that the Corinthians might reject his writing. But because God is our Comforter in time of distress, He sent Titus to comfort him and told him about the positive response in repentance and humility of the Corinthians. Indeed, God is always in the midst of His people! Repentance is always connected with saving faith in Christ, but worldly sorrow or false humility leads to death (v10). Paul was not disappointed concerning them, and we too will not be disappointed by God until the end of our lives. God bless.
Monday, February 20, 2017
When the day we first heard the gospel of Christ, that day is our day of salvation. God sent someone to us that we may know Him, receive Him, and believe in His words. Now is the day of salvation because everyday is a day of salvation in Christ. All Christians should look upon themselves as God's servants, by sharing the gospel of Christ to all, and act in everything carefully as we enjoy His grace and favor. With patience and afflictions, and by acting from godly principles, we should arm ourselves against temptations and evil forces around us. Indeed, it is dangerous for the believers to join with the wicked and evil doers, however, when they enter into such connection, they should expect much distress. Though we cannot avoid seeing and hearing them, yet we should put limits in making friends with them. We must not selfie ourselves by corrupt conversation with those who defile themselves with sin because we are children of our Holy Father in heaven. God bless.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Our present body of flesh is being compared to earthly house or tent, temporary, but when we go to heaven, our Father has many eternal mansions, whose Builder and Maker is God. The happiness of the future state is what God has prepared for those that love Him. So Paul reminded the believers to be faithful always because we will appear in the judgment seat of Christ (v10). Let us consider this judgment to come, which Paul declared, "the terror of the Lord," considering what terrible judgment would be upon the workers of iniquity. The Christian's life should be devoted to Christ, putting Him first, and above all things in this world. The believers are dead from old self, and should no longer living for themselves, but for Christ who died and was raised for all of us. We are the new creation, a brand new person in Christ, reconciled with the God, so that we can also promote the ministry of reconciliation to all nonbelievers for the glory of His name. God bless.
Friday, February 17, 2017
The intent of the devil is to keep the people in ignorance of the gospel of Christ, by bombarding us so much information that shall lead us away from God, such as materialism, worldliness, etc. The rejection of the gospel can be traced to the willful blindness and wickedness of the human heart. As light was the beginning of the first creation, so, in the new creation, the light of the Spirit is His first work upon the soul (v6). The minister of the gospel is just like an earthen vessel, weak and fragile, subject to the same passions and weaknesses as other human being (v7). He chose them to bring the gospel, instead of angels, that His power might be more glorified in upholding them. Christians are the great sufferers, yet we met with great support from the Holy Spirit. We may be forsaken by our friends and false believers, but our God will never leave nor forsake us. That's why we never give up, because the prospect of eternity and happiness is our support and comfort. All things that can be seen in this world are temporary, but our status is heaven is eternal. God bless.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
The law of Moses was written in tables of stone, but the law of Christ was written in the hearts of the believers, so that they became the living epistle of Christ seen by all men wherever they go. That's why the hearts of the Christians are humbled and softened by the new-creating power of the Holy Spirit. Since then, their ways became genuine, their attitudes are sincere, their actions are not irritating but holy and righteous, ascribing all the glory and power unto the Lord. Paul declares that the Old Testament time was the ministration of death, making the people sinful with the wrath and curse of God. But the New Testament time is the ministration of life, wherein the righteousness of God by faith is revealed. Those who continued to live under the law of Moses had a veil upon their hearts. But this veil is taken away by the Spirit of God when converted to faith in Christ. They have light with open face to behold the glory of Christ, and should improve their relationship both with God and with fellow believers. God bless.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
In the previous letter, Paul told the Corinthians (1 Cor. 5:1-5) to expel the immoral sinner from the church. Later, that person had asked God's forgiveness, repented from his sins, and stopped doing immoral thing. But the Corinthians were not willing to forgive him. So Paul sent them another letter (2 Corinthians), and told them to forgive and restore that man into their community (v7). Unforgiving spirit is deadly, it may cause us to eternal destruction. In this case, wisdom is to be used that the ministry may not be blamed for indulging us to sin. Satan has many plans to deceive the believers, and knows how to make a bad use of our mistakes. But our victory is in Christ alone, as ointment poured out, a sweet aroma diffused in every place. For some, the gospel is a savor of eternal life in God, but for others, the gospel is a savor of death unto judgment. They reject the good news to their own ruin. Therefore, let us watch ourselves in this matter, check our conscience, obey the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, so speak we in Christ and of Christ. God bless.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
In a world like we have, we need God as our Comforter. He is comforting us always in time of trials and suffering so that we can also comfort others in time of need. As followers of Jesus, one of our roles is to encourage our brethren, to help them in time of need. On the other hand, for those who were given help, do not forget the kindness of your brethren when you were in need. Paul claimed that his service to the Corinthians is only by God's grace, not worldly wisdom, and it is his goal to encourage them to do the same; to live through God's grace. One of the most painful experience in life is to be misunderstood by loved ones. And for this reason, the Bible is persuading us to look up to God who is faithful to all His promises, and not to trust in ourselves (v9). People may think differently toward our views and plans, but it is God who will establish us until the end. Our motives must rooted in unselfish love, never to be twisted in a most untrue way. God bless.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Works with grace and mercy toward others are real fruits of true love to God. All our purposes must be made with submission to the Divine providence, and towards the people among whom we have labored long. The result must be transformation of people, such as, changed-life, selflessness, and total surrender to the will of Christ. Outside oppositions do not break the spirit of faithful believers, in fact we are more discouraged if the members of the church display hardness of hearts and backslide in their faith and commitment. We Christians are always in danger, both physical and spiritual, and therefore should always be on the watch. We should fix our faith in Christ and in the gospel, and never desert or give it up. By doing this, we will be able to keep our faith strong even in an hour of temptation. Do not forget the labor of your pastors and ministers, for they are praying always for your souls, for your success, and in your relationship with Christ and brethren. God bless.
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Saturday, February 11, 2017
The Greek philosophers rejected the idea of bodily resurrection, an exact opposite of the foundational teaching of Christianity. If we remove this belief, then all our hopes for eternity sink at once. Christ was crucified, then risen from the dead, and the early Christians agreed in this testimony. By this faith they lived, and in this faith they died, and they saw the risen Lord face to face. If Christ is not risen, it means no salvation, no justification, no sanctification, and no glorification. But the resurrection is true and Jesus is risen from the grave, and this is our hope! There are two types of people in this world, the Adamic race and the Messianic race; the sinners and the forgiven. The forgiven are united with Christ, and their sinful nature had been replaced by divine nature of Christ. So that on His second coming, we shall all be changed to receive our new and glorious body similar with that of our Lord. It is immortal, holy, divine and fit for the Master's heavenly mansion. Therefore, continue to do what is right before God, be honest, do not be affected with your condition, for our labor will be rewarded at the end. God bless.
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Friday, February 10, 2017
Prophesying is a gift of God to the believers that explains the Scripture in a given situation, while speaking in tongues is a gift that speak in an unknown language and has to be interpreted. The goal of all gifts is to edify the members of the church and glorify the Lord, other than this is only for personal exaltation. It has to be done with decency, humility and order. The problem with the Corinthians is that, they were exercising their spiritual gifts in order to get the greatest applause to themselves. They were speaking only into the air, not into the hearts of fellow Christians, like a clanging cymbals without sense and meaning. Paul said that the true followers of Christ is desiring to do good for others, than to get a name for learning or fine speaking. As we share the Word of God, let us not neglect our duties to act in a way that the all men, believers and unbelievers will not be confused, but understand God's message. The Spirit of Christ can never contradict Himself, and the intent of God is for all men to know Him and His ways. God bless.
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Thursday, February 9, 2017
The excellent way to exercise our gifts are with love to God and humility towards men. Without these, even the most glorious gifts are of no esteem in the sight of God. Our hands may be open wide, but if the heart is close, there is no charitable acts in there. And it appears that the Corinthians had been lacking in this aspect of Christian virtue. Love is an utter enemy of selfishness, because love does not desire self praise, material gain or pleasure. Love prefers the welfare of others in its private Divine principles. Let us ask ourselves whether this Divine love dwells in our hearts. Love grows, it begins with childhood stage, and the future is of manhood; while the present is cultivation and action. Right now, all things are dark and blurred, that's why we live by faith, but when we go to heaven, our knowledge will be free from darkness and error. It is only the light of heaven that will remove all the mysteries that hide the face of God from us. Let us not stop doing good works with hope and faith, without ignoring the power of love. God bless.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Spiritual gifts are freely given by God to the believers only, while nonbelievers do not understand it. We need spiritual gifts in order to share the gospel to people with strength and confidence through the help of the Holy Spirit. There are various gifts, and all Christians have at least one, and all proceed from one God. God gave these gifts not for ourselves, but in order to use in the kingdom of God. The more gifts you have, the more you are responsible to use them. Gifts like teaching, preaching, healing, exhorting, evangelizing, leading, cooking and others are given by God not to one person only, but distributed to all members of the church. And these gifts must be used to help and edify the brethren so that God may be glorified. If we will not use them but hide, then we are responsible to our Lord. We can only discover our spiritual gifts if we will continue to study the Bible and grow in the knowledge of God. Our body has many parts like eyes, ears, legs, hand, etc, but only one body, similar to the church with many members but one in Christ. As in the natural body, the members should be closely united by the strongest bonds of love and God's Spirit. God bless.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Paul stated some of the ancient beliefs and its spiritual meaning in present time. Man should not cover his heads because he is the image and glory of God, while woman who prays should do the opposite because she is the glory of man. Today, it was a common usage of many churches for women, regardless of denominations, to appear in public assemblies veiled. Unfortunately, many had abused this custom and became the symbol of religious status and distinction. Then, Paul rebuked the disorders in their partaking of the Lord's Supper. Many rich Corinthians acted very wrong at the Lord's communion, or Sunday celebration, because they despised the poor. They ate too much "body" and drank too much "blood" of the Lord, while the poor are being neglected. The bread and wine that should be the symbol of love and unity became the instruments for division. The communion is sacred, and those who shall partake must examine himself, and to do in remembrance of Christ. Paul lays the danger of receiving it with an unsuitable attitude because it may bring them to eternal damnation. For this reason, self-examination is necessary in every moment of our lives. God bless.
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Monday, February 6, 2017
The historical accounts in the Old Testament were written down as examples to be followed or warning to be avoided at the end of the age. The manna, the crossing at the Red Sea, the Rock smitten by Moses, and others were all symbolism of Christ's redemptive works. Jesus is the Rock on which the Christian church is built, and believers eat and drink the Word of God for spiritual nourishment. Many Israelites had fallen because of disobedience, that instead of believing God's word, they look up to their own ability and personal understanding. Instead of bringing their sacrifices to God, they offered their sacrifices to idols or to demons, and not to God (v20). God doesn't want us to participate with demonic worship, at the same time with the Lord's table. We cannot serve God and devil at the same time. It is true that we have been set freed by Jesus, but we still have limitations in life, that is, to maintain our holy living. Therefore, whatever we do, do all for the glory of God. God will be glorified in our lives only if the people around us are edified and blessed. Are you blessing to the brethren? God bless.
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Saturday, February 4, 2017
Paul spoke three things in this chapter, first is the willingness to serve the Lord without expecting any return from men. Serving Christ is not an obligation but a privilege given by God to few people, however, serving Him requires self-denial. Paul had a right to claim what was needful for him, yet he had not used those rights (v12, 15). Our rewards should not be sought in this world, because God encourages us to set up our hearts above not on things below. Second, the message of Paul is the gospel of Christ. "Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel" (v16). To the Jews he was a Jew, but to the Gentile he was a Gentile, without transgressing and compromising the law of Christ. It shows that Christians should balance their spiritual lives, not to appear too much spiritual by showing their 'heavy weight' faith in front of all men. Lastly, run the race until the end, don't stop serving the Lord, and never say I'm done with the Lord. Ministry is a never ending service, because the kingdom of God is an everlasting kingdom. God bless.
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Friday, February 3, 2017
The foods offered to idols is one big issue to the church in Corinth, because the Greeks were very superstitious and idolatrous people. In pagan culture, the gods had higher and lower degree, but Paul said that idols are nothing and they are not God. Christians know better that there is only one God the Father, and one Lord Jesus Christ who has the power over all, and through whom we live. So, eating one kind of food and abstaining from another has nothing to do with our salvation. However, Paul cautions against putting a stumbling-block in the way of the weak brethren and new believers in Christ. We may know everything about the Bible, but if we are the cause for others to fall and get stumbled in faith, our knowledge is nothing to God.We should be very tender of doing any thing that may stumbling to others, though it may be innocent in itself. Let us beware to approach our boundary in the freedom that we have, because if we sins against others, the Lord Jesus will be offended. God bless.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Paul answers many questions about married life and singleness. It is not sin to marry but it is not also sin not to marry. However, it is better to marry if they cannot control their passion. Man and wife must not separate for any cause than what Christ allows. Marriage is a divine institution, an engagement for life until God's appointed time. Both partner should labor to make relationship as easy and happy as possible. It is the duty of all Christians to conduct according to his present state, 'to remain in the same calling in which he was called' (v20). It means that when we got born again, stay where you are and remain in your present situation which God has placed you. Fix your life and remove every evil thing, because what matters to God is our obedience to His commandments (v19). Married people cares for their spouse and family, but never ever forget your duties to God, and let a quiet time still be kept for the things of the Lord. Finally, children should seek the directions of their parents about marriage, while parents should listen and not to dictate without reason. Paul's main point is for all believers to be happy and holy before the eyes of the Lord. God bless.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Misunderstanding cannot be avoided in the church, but Christians should be of a forgiving spirit. In this case, the troubled Corinthians referred the dispute to a non-believing judge instead of sitting down to settle the disagreement. It is a shame that little quarrels should grown, and they cannot be determined by the brethren. The members of this church are warned against many evils things, of which they had formerly been guilty, like idolatry, immorality, adultery, lying, drinking, etc (v9-10). Paul said that all unrighteousness are sins, every actual sin committed with intention, and not repented of, shuts out of the kingdom of heaven. Be not deceived, because people cannot hope to reap everlasting life while sowing disobedience and unfaithfulness. Glory be to God for the blood of Christ and the washing of regeneration has taken all our sins and guilt. Those who had been forgiven are made righteous in the sight of God, and became the dwelling place and temple of the Holy Spirit. It is an honor to be a part of both local and universal church of Jesus Christ. God bless.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
When we accepted Christ, we had been freed from sinful ways and Satanic influences. But Paul noticed a blatant abuse of freedom by the Corinthians inside the church for allowing the sins of sexual immorality, that a man has his father's wife (v1). His two alternative options in dealing with this case are; deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh (v5), or not to keep company with such kind of person (v9). The intent of Paul was for the salvation not only of the sexually immoral person, but also of the Corinthian church. In the gospel, Jesus said that if your eyes causes you to sin, pluck it out, or your right hand, cut it off. It means that we should remove those things, or parts, or people that may cause us to be judged and be cast in eternal fire of hell on the final judgment. If Christ will not reign in our lives, the devil will come to reign over our homes. The bad influence of an evil person is very mischievous; it spreads far and wide. Therefore, purge out the old leaven (sin), because the sacrifice of Christ as our Passover Lamb had made us whole and holy. God bless.