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Do Not Receive the Grace of God in Vain

Do Not Receive the Grace of God in Vain Excerpt Continuing the entreaty of ch. 5:20, he adds, “But as [his] fellow-workers we also exhort you.” The “also” shows that he does not rest content with merely entreating them (δεόμεθα), but adds to the entreaty an exhortation emphasized by a self-sacrificing ministry. “Fellow-workers with God” (1 Cor. 3:9). Beseech. The word is the same as that rendered “beseech” by the Authorized Version in ch. 5:20, and it should be rendered “exhort:”“God exhorts you by our means; we therefore entreat you to be reconciled to God; yes, and as Christ’s fellow-workers we exhort you.”That ye receive not. The word means both passively to receive and actively to accept as a personal boon. The grace of God. To announce this is the chief aim of the gospel (Acts 13:43; 20:24). In vain; that is, “without effect.” You must not only accept the teaching of God’s Word, but must see that it produces adequate moral results. It must not, so to speak, fall “into a vacuum (…

The Man Grows in his Knowledge of Christ

The Man Grows in his Knowledge of Christ Excerpt The man did not realize it then, but the safest place for him was outside the Jewish religious fold. The Jews cast him out, but Christ took him in! Like Paul (seePhil. 3:1–10), this man “lost his religion” but found salvation and went to heaven. Note carefully how this man grew in his knowledge of Christ: (1) “A man called Jesus” (v. 11) was all he knew when Christ healed him. (2) “A prophet” (v. 17) is what the man called Him when the Pharisees questioned him. (3) “A man of God” (vv. 31–33) is what he concluded Jesus to be. (4) “The Son of God” (vv. 35–38) was his final and complete confession of faith. (See20:30–31.)More
Wiersbe, Warren W.Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992. Print.

Widows in the Early Church

Widows in the Early Church Excerpt In the early church, widows were cared for and steps were taken to ensure equal distribution of food (Acts 6:1-6). The writer of the pastoral Letter 1 Timothy urged a just and cost-efficient plan for the use of limited funds, so that ‘real widows’ (those in abject poverty and truly alone) could be provided for (5:3-16). To this end, families were charged to care for their own (5:3-4, 16), and rules of eligibility for the enrollment of widows were prescribed (5:9-15). This enrollment probably implies the existence of an order of widows who devoted themselves to intercessory prayer and to rendering special services to the church. According to the second-century writers Ignatius (Smyrnaeans 13:1) and Polycarp (Philippians 4:3), such an order or ministry existed in their time. This order of widows later merged with that of church deaconesses. More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical LiteratureHarper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 1…

The Author's Motive for Writing

The Author's Motive for Writing Excerpt ‘Peter’s’ concern, however, extends far beyond the brief span of life still left to him: he will make the effort (again his favourite verb spoudazein, as at 10a: cf. also 5a) to see that, even after his departure, his correspondents (here he seems to be envisaging the Church generally as well) may be able on all occasions to recall these things. In other words, he plans to leave behind him a permanent testimony to which they can refer; there is perhaps a hint that apostolic writings were not only treasured but read at services. For departure (exodos) as a dignified euphemism for death, cf.Lk. 9:31 (Jesus’s death, foreshadowed at the Transfiguration); Wis. 3:2; 7:6; Irenaeus, Haer. iii. 1. 1 (of the deaths of Peter and Paul). At first sight the cast of the sentence, with its future tense, seems to imply that he is promising a further work, and on the theory of Petrine authorship commentators have often identified this either as some document …


WisdomEphesians 5:15 Excerpt By and largeNT wisdom (sophia) has the same intensely practical nature as in the OT. Seldom neutral (although cf.‘the wisdom of the Egyptians’, Acts 7:22), it is either God-given or God-opposing. If divorced from God’s revelation it is impoverished and unproductive at best (1 Cor. 1:17; 2:4; 2 Cor. 1:12) and foolish or even devilish at worst (1 Cor. 1:19 ff.; Jas. 3:15 ff.). Worldly wisdom is based on intuition and experience without revelation, and thus has severe limitations. The failure to recognize these limitations brings biblical condemnation on all (especially the Greeks) who haughtily attempt to cope with spiritual issues by human wisdom. More Hubbard, D. A. “Wisdom.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 1244. Print.

I am the Bread of Life

I am the Bread of LifeJohn 6:35 Excerpt This corrected two more errors in their thinking: (1) The food of which He spoke refers to a Person, not a commodity. (2) And once someone is in right relationship to Jesus, he finds a satisfaction which is everlasting, not temporal. This “I am” statement is the first in a series of momentous “I am” revelations (cf.8:12; 10:7, 9, 11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). “Bread of Life” means bread which provides life. Jesus is man’s necessary “food.” In Western culture, bread is often optional, but it was an essential staple then. Jesus promised, "He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty". The “nevers” are emphatic in Greek. More Blum, Edwin A. John.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 295. Print.

Life of a Shepherd

Life of a ShepherdJohn 10:11 Excerpt When evening settled over the land of Palestine, danger lurked. In Bible times lions, wolves, jackals, panthers, leopards, bears, and hyenas were common in the countryside. The life of a shepherd could be dangerous as illustrated by David’s fights with at least one lion and one bear (1 Sam. 17:34-3537). Jacob also experienced the labor and toil of being a faithful shepherd (Gen. 31:38-40). Jesus said, I am the Good Shepherd(cf.John 10:14). In the Old Testament, God is called the Shepherd of His people (Pss. 23:1; 80:1-2; Ecc. 12:11; Isa.40:11; Jer. 31:10). Jesus is this to His people, and He came to give His life for their benefit (cf.John 10:14, 17-18; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 5:2, 25; Heb. 9:14). He is also the “Great Shepherd” (Heb. 13:20-21) and “the Chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4). More
Blum, Edwin A. “John.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 310. …

The Judgement of Cain

The Judgement of Cain Excerpt We have here a full account of the trial and condemnation of the first murderer. Civil courts of judicature not being yet erected for this purpose, as they were afterwards (ch.9:6), God himself sits Judge; for he is the God to whom vengeance belongs, and who will be sure to make inquisition for blood, especially the blood of saints. Observe, I. The arraignment of Cain: The Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? Some think Cain was thus examined the next [Sabbath] after the murder was committed, when the sons of God came, as usual, to present themselves before the Lord, in a religious assembly, and Abel was missing, whose place did not use to be empty; for the God of heaven takes notice who is present at and who is absent from public ordinances. Cain is asked, not only because there is just cause to suspect him, he having discovered a malice against Abel and having been last with him, but because God knew him to be guilty; yet he asks him, that he …

Rejection of Christ

Rejection of Christ Excerpt What frightening terrors lie behind apostasy: rejection of Christ’s person, rejection of Christ’s work, and rejection of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Understanding this, the question of verse 29 explodes: “How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished…?” One thing is sure—there will be no mercy shown for the hardened apostate, just as there was no mercy shown to those who willfully transgressed the Law. But the greater severity is that breaking the Old Covenant brought physical death, while rejecting Christ brings spiritual death. Some today reject this idea by employing a one-sided view of Christ. They say that Jesus’ emblem was a lamb, that Jesus took little children in his arms and blessed them, that he sighed over the deaf and dumb and wept over Jerusalem. But they forget that the Lamb of God will come with wrath—in judgment (Revelation 6:16), that he told all who cause any of his little ones to sin that it would be bette…

Laodiceans Were Either Hot nor Cold

Laodiceans Were Either Hot nor Cold Excerpt The city was in the southwest of Phrygia, on the river Lycus, not far from Colosse, and lying between it and Philadelphia. It was destroyed by an earthquake, a.d. 62, and rebuilt by its wealthy citizens without the help of the state [Tacitus, Annals, 14.27]. This wealth (arising from the excellence of its wools) led to a self-satisfied, lukewarm state in spiritual things, as Rev 3:17 describes. See on Col 4:16, on the Epistle which is thought to have been written to the Laodicean Church by Paul. The Church in latter times was apparently flourishing; for one of the councils at which the canon of Scripture was determined was held in Laodicea in a.d. 361. Hardly a Christian is now to be found on or near its site. More
Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown.Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day
When we were in the world unsaved, we tried to walk in a way that pleased us and no one else. We call those day "The good old days"! Now that we are "saved" into the body of Christ we see that those days were foolish day because we were beguiled by Satan into believing that "everything is [was] alright". However, we now look back and examine our souls, and find that we were lost in our sins, and destined to Hades (hell, Sheol, Tartarus,  Gehenna) with Satan, and his angels-one third of the previous angelic host that served YHWH-into eternal damnation of our souls.
We now have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of our souls; became children of YHWH, and immediately He in-dwelled His Spirit within us. We are now and should be a light unto the world, living billboards for the Lord, and the only Bible that some people will see or hear of God's word in action (evangelism). Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
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Bible Gateway Verse for the Day

1 Corinthians 1:4-5King James Version

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

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Spiritual Gifts at Corinth ] I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge,

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Thanksgiving ] I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

November 21: Walk Like the Shunammite
2 Kings 8:1–9:29; Mark 16:1–20; Proverbs 6:28–35

Trust is a fickle matter. What does it take for us to trust another person—especially with our livelihood? Our decision to trust someone can usually be determined by whether we see God in that person.

When the Shunammite woman must decide whether to trust Elisha, it is a simple choice. God has already worked in her life through Elisha—giving her a son and then resurrecting him—so she understands that what he says is from Yahweh. When Elisha says to her, “Get up and go, you and your household, and dwell as an alien wherever you can, for Yahweh has called for a famine, and it will come to the land for seven years,” she trusts him (2 Kgs 8:1). She goes to Philistia (2 Kgs 8:2).

Would we do the same—leave everything and go to a foreign land at one godly person’s word? What does it take for us to trust someone with our lives? What does it take for us to trust God with our lives?

We will probably never enc…