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The Promise of the Father

The Promise of the Father
Excerpt ‎Jesus particularly urges his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until God the Father sends them his Holy Spirit. They won’t have the grace or power to preach the gospel unless they are first plunged into the Holy Spirit, just as John the Baptist used to plunge people into water. ‎They must wait — prayerful and ready — for the Holy Spirit. Once they have received the Spirit they will be able to preach the Gospel not only in Jerusalem, but in the rest of Excerpt ‎Jesus particularly urges his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until God the Father sends them his Holy Spirit. They won’t have the grace or power to preach the gospel unless they are first plunged into the Holy Spirit, just as John the Baptist used to plunge people into water. ‎They must wait — prayerful and ready — for the Holy Spirit. Once they have received the Spirit they will be able to preach the Gospel not only in Jerusalem, but in the rest of Judea, among their old enemies the Samaritans and to …

We Must Give an Account to God

We Must Give an Account to God
‎Before conversion we had all the spiritual and moral insights that pagans possess—and spent our lives “doing what pagans choose to do.” Pagans cannot understand Christian self–discipline and rejection of sinful pleasures, and actually abuse and ridicule us. ‎But what we understand is that human beings must give an account to God for their moral choices. Our sharing of the Gospel makes their judgment more severe, for their rejection of Christ fully demonstrates that their bent is toward evil. Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. Electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print

The Background to Hebrews 3:7-11

The Background to Hebrews 3:7-11
Excerpt ‎When the Exodus generation led by Moses first approached the Promised Land, they refused to obey God’s command to enter. Their rebellion led to a dread decree: the Israelites must wander for decades in the desert until every person over 20 had died. Disobedience demonstrated their failure to trust God in the face of a powerful enemy and doomed those who refused to believe to never see the Promised Land or experience rest there. It is this historic experience that the writer of Heb. looks back on as he utters yet another warning. The spirit of unbelief and disobedience which marked the men and women of Moses’ day will surely keep people in the writer’s day from experiencing the rest promised in Christ. Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. Electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Enemies of the Cross

Enemies of the Cross
Excerpt ‎These verses give the reasons for the exhortations in verse 17: many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Believers should be able to determine truth from error (cf. 1 John 4:6). Paul was so concerned about the Philippians’ spiritual welfare that he warned them often and wept as he did so. ‎As enemies of God these false teachers were destined for destruction. Those Paul warned against were perhaps profligates in incipient Gnosticism who trusted in their own attainments and not in the sufficiency of Christ alone. All who do so are not children of God, so they await destruction. This word (apōleia) does not mean annihilation but rather ruination by separation from the presence of God in eternal judgment. ‎Three further descriptions of these false teachers follow. First, their god is their stomach. They had in mind only their own physical desires and unrestrained gluttony (cf. Rom. 16:18). ‎Second, their glory is in their shame. Instead of giving glory to God…

John’s Imprisonment

John’s Imprisonment
Excerpt ‎These verses give the reasons for the exhortations in verse 17: many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Believers should be able to determine truth from error (cf. 1 John 4:6). Paul was so concerned about the Philippians’ spiritual welfare that he warned them often and wept as he did so. ‎As enemies of God these false teachers were destined for destruction. Those Paul warned against were perhaps profligates in incipient Gnosticism who trusted in their own attainments and not in the sufficiency of Christ alone. All who do so are not children of God, so they await destruction. This word (apōleia) does not mean annihilation but rather ruination by separation from the presence of God in eternal judgment. ‎Three further descriptions of these false teachers follow. First, their god is their stomach. They had in mind only their own physical desires and unrestrained gluttony (cf. Rom. 16:18). ‎Second, their glory is in their shame. Instead of giving glory to God …

Be Ready for Action

Be Ready for Action 1 Peter 1:13
Excerpt ‎Have your minds ready for action is literally “gird up the loins of your mind.” To “gird the loin” was an appropriate metaphor for people in the Middle East at that time. These people normally wore long gowns, and when someone prepared for any strenuous activity, he “girded” his robe, that is, he tied his robe securely (by using a belt, for example), to make sure that his robe would not be in the way. The metaphor therefore came to mean “be ready for action.” The area of readiness in this verse is the mind, and the full meaning of the metaphor is therefore to prepare oneself mentally... Arichea, Daniel C., and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on the First Letter from Peter. New York: United Bible Societies, 1980. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

September 22: Keep Us from Distraction
Haggai 1:1–2:23; Acts 20:1–38; Job 28:1–11

It’s easy to get distracted from the good work God intends for us to do. Competing forces vie for our attention; we’re sidetracked by fear or selfishness. We start living our own stories and lose sight of the greater narrative, of which our lives are just one thread.

The Jewish exiles who returned to Jerusalem had begun the work of reconstructing the temple, a symbol of God’s presence among His people. In the rebuilding of the temple, they gathered up the remnants of their broken identities and together formed a collective identity as Yahweh’s people. They had their priorities in order.

Then they got distracted. When they started putting their own needs and security first, Yahweh sent the prophet Haggai to remind them of their true purpose: “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your houses that have been paneled while this house is desolate?… Consider your ways! You have sown much but have harvest…

Gateway Bible Verse of the Day

1 John 4:16King James Version

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

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New King James Version

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

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English Standard Version

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

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New American Standard Bible

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

September 15: The Pain of Idolatry
Micah 1:1–3:12; Acts 13:13–14:7; Job 22:14–30

Idolatry causes pain. If this truth were present in our minds each time we placed something before God, we would make different decisions. Micah’s account of the sins of Samaria makes this fact painfully and dramatically clear:

   “So I [Yahweh] will make Samaria as a heap of rubble in the field, a place for     planting a vineyard. And I will pour down her stones into the valley and               uncover her foundations. Then all her idols will be broken in pieces, and all        her prostitution wages will be burned in the fire, and all her idols I will make a    desolation. For from the wage of a prostitute she gathered them, and to the          wage of a prostitute they will return. On account of this I will lament and wail.    I will go about barefoot and naked. I will make a lamentation like the jackals,      and a mourning ceremony like the ostriches” (Mic 1:6–8).

Throughout this section, God and th…