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Those Who Hate their Brother

Those Who Hate their Brother
Excerpt ‎This warning is clearly intended for Christians as the words “his brother” plainly show. An unsaved person can indeed hate a brother of physical kin, but since he has no spiritual kin he cannot really hate his (spiritual) brother. If John thought that no Christian could hate another Christian, there was no need to personalize the relationship with the word “his.” But the opinion, held by some, that a true Christian could never hate another Christian is naive and contrary to the Bible and experience. Even so great a man as King David was guilty of murder, which is the final expression of hate. John was warning his readers against a spiritual danger that is all too real (cf. 1:8, 10). And he was affirming that a Christian who can hate his fellow Christian has not genuinely escaped from the darkness of this present passing Age. To put it another way, he has much to learn about God and cannot legitimately claim an intimate knowledge of Christ. If he …

Be Humble Toward One Other

Be Humble Toward One Other Excerpt ‎Humility preserves peace and order in all Christian churches and societies; pride disturbs them. Where God gives grace to be humble, he will give wisdom, faith, and holiness. To be humble, and subject to our reconciled God, will bring greater comfort to the soul than the gratification of pride and ambition. But it is to be in due time; not in thy fancied time, but God’s own wisely appointed time. Does he wait, and wilt not thou? What difficulties will not the firm belief of his wisdom, power, and goodness get over! Then be humble under his hand. Cast “all you care;” personal cares, family cares, cares for the present, and cares for the future, for yourselves, for others, for the church, on God. These are burdensome, and often very sinful, when they arise from unbelief and distrust, when they torture and distract the mind, unfit us for duties, and hinder our delight in the service of God. The remedy is, to cast our care upon God, and leave every eve…

Symbolism of Blindness

Symbolism of Blindness Excerpt ‎Some of Jesus’ healings of the blind may function as symbolic characterizations of the revelation and recognition of Jesus’ profound identity. That may be the case in the healing of the blind man at Bethsaida in Mark 8:22-26. The painstaking, step-by-step manner in which Jesus performs this healing characterizes the way he is trying to bring his disciples to understand and ‘see’his profound identity. This healing serves as a symbolic anticipation and transition to the confession of Jesus as ‘the Christ’ in Mark 8:29. Similarly, Bartimaeus, healed of his blindness, represents the insightful disciple who follows Jesus to Jerusalem, the place of his suffering and death (Mark 10:46-52). The healing of the man born blind in John 9 characterizes the spiritual ‘blindness’ of the Jews and indicates how Jesus is the ‘light of the world.’
‎The concept of blindness was particularly appropriate for metaphorical use; it often characterized spiritual ‘blindness’ or …

T‎he Tullianum: A Prison in Rome

T‎he Tullianum: A Prison in Rome

The Romans did not consider imprisonment itself a form of punishment—prisons were used to hold those awaiting trial or the death penalty and often served as places of execution. Prisons were filthy and crowded, and prisoners were treated as little better than dead. According to tradition, Peter and Paul were both imprisoned here.

Test the Spirits

Test the Spirits Excerpt ‎John begins with a warning about the false spirits in the world. Keep in mind that the NT was not yet completed and what had been written was not widely known; until the completion of the NT, the local churches depended on the ministry of people with spiritual gifts to teach them truth. How could a believer know when a preacher was from God and that his message could be trusted? (See 1 Thes. 5:19–21.) After all, Satan is an imitator. John states that the false spirits will not confess that Jesus is the Christ (see1 Cor. 12:3). The false cults today deny the deity of Christ and make Him a mere man or an inspired teacher. But the Christian has the Spirit within, the new nature, and this gives overcoming power.
‎There are two spirits in the world today: God’s Spirit of Truth, who speaks through the inspired Word, and Satan’s spirit of error that teaches lies (1 Tim. 4:1ff). 
Teachers sent by God will speak from God, and God’s children will recognize them. Satan…

The Adornment of a Christian Woman

The Adornment of a Christian Woman Excerpt ‎Peter in verses 1 and 2 exhorts these Christian wives to win their husbands to the Lord by pious living. In this verse, he forbids them to depend upon outward adornment in their effort at gaining their husbands, and not only upon outward adornment as such, but upon worldly adornment, the kind which they wore before they were saved, immodest, gaudy, conspicuous. These women were making the mistake of thinking that if they would dress as the world dressed, that that would please their unsaved husbands, and they would thus be influenced the easier to take the Lord Jesus as Saviour. It is true that they would be pleased, pleased because the appearance of their wives appealed to their totally depraved natures, and pleased because the Christian testimony of their wives was nullified by their appearance. They would say, “What you appear to be speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying.” It is not true that that would help win their husband…

My Verse for the Day

My Verse for the Day Micah 7:18     Who is a God like You,     Pardoning iniquity     And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever,     Because He delights in mercy. 

The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Micah 7:19 KJV Translation: He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. NKJV Translation: He will turn again, he will have compassion on us; he will subdue our iniquities; and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

My Prayer for the Day

Prayer Mart DeHaan
"Father in heaven, forgive us for calling biblical anything that does't reflect Your heart and story. Please help us today to care for others in a way that will enable them to see Your Son in us, and You in Him." [In Jesus' name. Amen.]
Mart DeHaan,, Been Thinking About, What Is Biblical?  Copyright  2013 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 27
Revenge Isn’t Sweet Genesis 42:29–43:34
It’s easy to revel in vigilante justice, be joyful in the irony of someone getting “what’s coming to them,” or feel satisfied when “bad Karma comes back around” to others. The colloquialisms around the subject alone demonstrate our infatuation with justice. Joseph is similarly impassioned; he schemes against his brothers who sold him into slavery. At the beginning of Gen 43, Joseph’s brothers must go back to Egypt to request food from him—their younger brother, whom they do not recognize. Joseph waits for the youngest, Benjamin, to join them. What Joseph intends to do when he does, we’re not told.

When Benjamin and the other brothers arrive, Joseph is either moved with empathy or chooses to act upon his original plan of revealing himself in front of all his brothers (Gen 43:16, 29). Joseph even helps them financially, signaling that he somehow still cares for them (Gen 44). Yet it doesn’t seem that Joseph has for has forgiven them yet,…