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But Because You are Lukewarm

But Because You are Lukewarm Excerpt ‎The Laodiceans were in spiritual things cold comparatively, but not cold as the world outside, and as those who had never belonged to the Church. The lukewarm state, if it be the transitional stage to a warmer, is a desirable state (for a little religion, if real, is better than none); but most fatal when, as here, an abiding condition, for it is mistaken for a safe state (Rev 3:17). This accounts for Christ’s desiring that they were cold rather than lukewarm. For then there would not be the same “danger of mixed motive and disregarded principle” [Alford]. Also, there is more hope of the “cold,” that is, those who are of the world, and not yet warmed by the Gospel call; for, when called, they may become hot and fervent Christians: such did the once-cold publicans, Zaccheus and Matthew, become. But the lukewarm has been brought within reach of the holy fire, without being heated by it into fervor: having religion enough to lull the conscience in f…

Paul's Commitment to the Gospel

Paul's Commitment to the Gospel
‎It was Paul’s custom to write about his own missionary labors and personal involvement with his readers, most naturally after the opening thanksgiving (Rom. 1:11–15; 1 Thes. 2:17–3:11; cf. the lengthy [narration] in Gal. 1:10–2:21), but elsewhere also (Rom. 15:14–32; 1 Cor. 16:1–11; Phm. 21–22). The irregularity of such features is simply a reminder that Paul treated matters of structure and format as completely adaptable to what he wanted to say. So after the lengthy thanksgiving (cf. 1 Thes. 1:2–2:16), Paul picks up the final clause of the last section (“of which I Paul became a minister”) and fills it out.
Dunn, James D. G. The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon: a Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids, MI; Carlisle: William B. Eerdmans Publishing; Paternoster Press, 1996. Print. New International Greek Testament Commentary.

In Ancient Times

In Ancient Times ExcerptJesus cites what was spoken “to the people long ago,” an expression that could also be rendered “in ancient times” or “by people long ago.” In any event, he refers to the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue given on Mount Sinai (Exod 20:13). “Murder” is the correct rendering since the underlying Hebrew (ratsach, sometimes translated “kill”) did not include killing in self-defense, wars ordered by Yahweh, capital punishment following due process of law, or accidental manslaughter. “Subject to” could also be rendered “liable.”Christ refers to one who currently stands condemned and is therefore in danger of judgment, but judgment is not inevitable if the proper remedy is sought. Like Moses, Jesus condemns murder, but he goes on to claim that harboring wrath in one’s heart is also sinful and deserving of punishment (he doesn’t say it is as bad!). . Blomberg, Craig. Matthew. Vol. 22. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commenta…

Diligence

Diligence Excerpt‎Verses 3-5 discuss diligence and sloth. Satisfaction of one’s appetite is related to the Lord (v. 3); poverty and wealth result from laziness and diligence, respectively (v. 4); industry characterizes a wise son and sleep characterizes a shameful son (v. 5). The righteous is literally, “the soul of the righteous.” Since “soul” emphasizes the whole person, God has said here that He meets all one’s needs, including the needs of his body for food (cf. Ps. 37:19, 25). The craving of the wicked refers to their evil desires to bring about destruction and disaster. God can keep them from carrying out such plans. Like many verses in Proverbs, this verse is a generalization. It is usually true that the godly do not starve and that the wicked do not get all they desire.
Buzzell, Sid S. “Proverbs.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 925. Print.

Paul's Experience Explained

Paul's Experience Explained (3:1-16)
Excerpt ‎Some commentators suggest that in this section Paul addressed his opponents. They say that he consciously countered a [perfectionist] group, sometimes called “divine men,” who claimed their own completeness.
Others suggest that Paul produced this section because the Jewish opponents of 3:2 taught that perfection could be achieved by keeping the law. Still others see Paul continuing the logic of 3:4–11, issuing a warning because of a tendency to misunderstand his teaching. His introduction of 3:15 with the words “all of us who are mature,” (lit., “perfect”), however, suggests that there may have been some irony in his tone. The context does not require an opponent, and it is unlikely that he envisioned one. A group within the church may have misunderstood his teaching on justification and taken it to their own “logical” conclusions, which were theologically unacceptable.
Melick, Richard R. Philippians, Colossians, Philemon. Vol. 32. Na…

Viper

Viper
‎The viper is one of the about 35 snake species that are documented in the Near East. The Hebrew Scriptures mentions about ten different snakes, although often they cannot be identified exactly.
‎Exod 1:8; Deut 32:33; Prov 23:32; Isa 11:8; 30:6; Matt 23:33

Temple Size Comparisons

Temple Size Comparisons

My Verse for the Day

19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19

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

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From 1 Kings 19:11 KJV Translation: And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: NKJV Translation: And he said, Go forth, and stand on the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

My Prayer for the Day

Prayer Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy
Thank You Lord for this day. Thank You for the awakening of my family, friends and enemies. Bless those that are in their  infirmities, no shelter from the cold weather, homeless, no food or incarcerated. In Jesus name. Amen. 

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 30 Difficult DefinitionsHebrews 1-13
As an editor, I love definitions. The field of lexicography can be complex, but when a definition is finally solidified, there’s comfort to be found. It becomes something stable. This is also the reason I love the book of Hebrews: the author is keen on definitions, clarifying terminology, and using analogies to prove his points.
“Now faith is the realization of what is hoped for, the proof of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). In this succinct definition, I have perspective on the essence of faith. There is no room for doubt or error. The hope referred to is Jesus. And the proof is in an assurance that even though we cannot see Him, we have confidence in His work both presently and in the future.
The author goes on to say, “For by this [faith] the people of old were approved [by God]. By faith we understand the worlds were created by the word of God, in order that what is seen did not come into existence from what is visible.… By faith Abraham, whe…