Saturday, April 29, 2017

Hebrews 10

The blood of animals are insufficient to wash away the sins of the people. These sacrifices the high priests offered continually could not make the worshippers perfect. It has no power to forgive their sins, nor purify their conscience, but a reminder that they were sinners (v3). The atoning sacrifice that Christ has done is the sovereign will and grace of God. In the old, the sacrifices must be repeated, but under the new covenant one sacrifice is enough to take away the sin of the world. For this reason, the heavenly door has been opened to all men that those who will believe and receive Christ will be forgiven and shall have eternal life. Therefore let us take this privilege to come boldly in the throne of God, and let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near (v25). In the second coming of Christ , His purpose is not to forgive sins and be crucified again, but to judge the faithful and the unfaithful, the living and the dead. God bless.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hebrews 9

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

Hebrews 8

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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hebrews 7

The Levitical priesthood in OT was weak and unprofitable (v18), and therefore should be changed, including its law (v12). The priests on Aaronic order live for a short period of time, one after another, that prevented them to continue serving God and intercede for the people. However, Christ holds this office/ministry by the power of endless life in Himself, not only to keep Himself alive, but to give spiritual and eternal life to all who rely upon His sacrifice at the cross and intercession. This better covenant brought the believers into clearer light, perfect liberty, and more privileges (v22). It encourages us to desire for more spirituality and holiness in life. In Christ, there is no sin that dwell in Him, and He is free from all habits and principle of sin. He is harmless, undefiled, free from actual transgression, did no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. Those who want to follow Him shall be cleansed from any unrighteousness, and protected in the hour of death and in the day of judgment. God bless.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hebrews 6

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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hebrews 5

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

Hebrews 4

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.

Hebrews 3

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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hebrews 2

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

Hebrews 1

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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Philemon 1

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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Titus 3

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.

Titus 2

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

Titus 1

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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2 Timothy 4

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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2 Timothy 3

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

2 Timothy 2

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

2 Timothy 1

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

1 Timothy 6

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.

Friday, April 7, 2017

1 Timothy 5

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

1 Timothy 4

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.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

1 Timothy 3

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.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

1 Timothy 2

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

1 Timothy 1

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.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2 Thessalonians 3

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.