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Many Parts, One Body

Many Parts, One Body1 Corinthians 12:14-27 Excerpt in first-century pagan society the body image was used to quell political factions (Mitchell 1991:556–76; D. Martin 1995:39): as each person or group performed the hierarchically assigned roles given by nature (often class determined), then and only then would the whole body politic be preserved from chaos. This is not Paul’s use of the metaphor in this section. Instead he reverses the standard use and argues that there is no hierarchy of important or elite versus unimportant persons in the body that is Christ’s. All are important and necessary to the realization and functioning of the one body that God has put together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it (v. 24). More Johnson, Alan F. 1 Corinthians. Vol. 7. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series.

"They Will Serve God On This Mountain"

"They Will Serve God On This Mountain"Exodus 3:15 Excerpt The verb תַּעַבְדוּן (ta’avdun, “you will serve”) is one of the foremost words for worship in the Torah. Keeping the commandments and serving Yahweh usually sum up the life of faith; the true worshiper seeks to obey him. The highest title anyone can have in the OT is “the servant of Yahweh.” The verb here could be rendered interpretively as “worship,” but it is better to keep it to the basic idea of serving because that emphasizes an important aspect of worship, and it highlights the change from Israel’s serving Egypt, which has been prominent in the earlier chapters. The words “and they” are supplied to clarify for English readers that the subject of the verb is plural (Moses and the people), unlike the other second person forms in vv. 10 and 12, which are singular. More Biblical Studies Press. The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press, 2006. Print.

Reflection and Sublimity

Reflection and Sublimity Excerpt ‎Abstract principles have no more power to lift a man than a man has to lift himself; but any man, no matter how sunk in sin, will answer to Jesus Christ when He is presented. To tell a man who is down and out to get up and do the right thing can never help him; but when once Jesus Christ is presented to him there is a reflected wish to be what Jesus wants him to be. It is appalling how many books and sermons there are to-day that simply present abstract truths. Jesus Christ appeals to the highest and the lowest, to the rich young rulertype of man, and to the man whom no ethics or moral principles can touch. Always keep Jesus Christ in the front; He says Himself He is to be there. “I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.” … More Chambers, Oswald. The Moral Foundation of Life: A Series of Talks on the Ethical Principles of the Christian Life. Hants UK: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1936. Print

Euodia and Syntyche

Euodia and SyntychePhilippians 4:2 Excerpt Two women, Euodia and Syntyche, did not live up to the meanings of their names. “Euodia” means a “prosperous journey.” “Syntyche” means a “pleasant acquaintance.” Since Paul pleaded with these two to agree with each other in the Lord, it seems that they were causing dissension in the assembly. This helps explain Paul’s earlier plea for unity (2:1-4). More Lightner, Robert P. “Philippians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 663. Print.

The Sanhedrin

The SanhedrinActs 4:5-6 Excerpt The next day the supreme council or Sanhedrin meets, what Luke calls the rulers, elders, and scribes (4:5). Some antecedent to this body was likely organized by Ezra after the exile (cf. Ezra 5:5Neh. 2:16; etc.). By Peter’s time it is modeled after the group of seventy elders who assisted Moses (Num. 11:16–24;Mishnah Sanhedrin 1.16). This court has come to exercise wide-ranging powers, functioning as the final authority in religious matters and handling many domestic political cases as well. The high priest presides over the assembly, with former high priests, members of privileged families, and noted jurists on the court with him. In earlier days the Sanhedrin was made up chiefly of Sadducees, but around 67 b.c. Pharisees gained in power. Now both parties are found in some strength in the Sanhedrin (cf. Acts 5:34–4023:6–10). The present meeting seems to be a specially called one. The councillors sit in a semicircle, with the presiding officer (hi…

Bind and Write Them

Bind and Write ThemProverbs 3:3 Excerpt The command to “bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart” further indicates that the character of the student is in view rather than just his behavior. Some have suggested that the binding of love to the neck means that it is here a kind of necklace that beautifies the individual. But the parallel between “neck” and “heart” here implies that fidelity is more than an ornament to the neck. The neck houses the throat which, in Hebrew anthropology, is the very life of the person. Love and faithfulness are to become part of the student’s heart and life.46 The influence of Deuteronomy here is evident.47More Garrett, Duane A. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Vol. 14. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1993. Print. The New American Commentary

Life Through The Son

Life Through The Son
Excerpt The Jewish authorities, already suspicious of Jesus, now find a point at which to attack him. He has healed an invalid on the Sabbath. He has broken God’s law by working on the day of rest. Jesus tackles them head on. He says that he is merely sharing his Father’s work, which goes on every day. This enrages his accusers, because what he says seems blasphemous. He is implying that he is God’s Son. For the first time, Jesus explains that he is doing his Father’s will. These healings are just the beginning of a life-giving work which will continue until all who believe are raised to eternal life. More Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide. 1st Augsburg books ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001. Print.
Wonder Leads to Obedience Excerpt People obey God’s Word for different reasons, some because of fear of punishment, others to secure blessings, and still others because they love God and want to please Him. The psalmist stood in awe at the wonder of God’s Word—its harmony, beauty, perfection, practicality, power, and revelations. The longer I read and study the Bible, the more wonderful it becomes, and a God who wrote a book that wonderful deserves my obedience. To obey the Word is to become part of that wonder, to experience power and spiritual transformation in our lives. More Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Exultant. 1st ed. Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Communications Ministries, 2004. Print. “Be” Commentary Series.

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
The Outworking of Love By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of HisSon Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.” (1 John 3:16–23, NKJV)

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 6

  They made me keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept
Song of Sol. 1:6
Our attention is here drawn to a danger which is preeminently one of this day: the intense activity of our times may lead to zeal in service to the neglect of personal communion; but such neglect will not only lessen the value of the service, but tend to incapacitate us for the highest service.

J. Hudson Taylor

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Connect the Testaments

April 6: A Letter of Recommendation
Deuteronomy 9:1–10:22; 2 Corinthians 3:1–8; Psalm 35:1–11

We file letters of recommendation from pastors, past supervisors, and teachers that highlight our skills, attitude, and work ethic. They present us as ideal candidates, glossing over the things we lack and the ways in which we’ve failed. But Paul’s letter of recommendation tells another story:

“You are our letter, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by all people, revealing that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, inscribed not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Cor 3:2–3).

Paul saw the work God was doing in the lives of the Corinthians. Through the work of the Spirit, they were drawn together as a community. Their response to the gospel testified that Paul was fulfilling the task that he was called to do.

But Paul doesn’t stay focused on himself in this passage. He switches the focus to the Spirit: “Now we posse…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, April 6                                                Go To Evening Reading

 “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp.” 
         — Hebrews 13:13
Jesus, bearing his cross, went forth to suffer without the gate. The Christian’s reason for leaving the camp of the world’s sin and religion is not because he loves to be singular, but because Jesus did so; and the disciple must follow his Master. Christ was “not of the world:” his life and his testimony were a constant protest against conformity with the world. Never was such overflowing affection for men as you find in him; but still he was separate from sinners. In like manner Christ’s people must “go forth unto him.” They must take their position “without the camp,” as witness-bearers for the truth. They must be prepared to tread the straight and narrow path. They must have bold, unflinching, lion-like hearts, loving Christ first, and his truth next, and Christ and his truth beyond all the world. Jesus would have his…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 6th

The collision of God and sin

Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree. 1 Peter 2:24.

The Cross of Jesus is the revelation of God’s judgment on sin. Never tolerate the idea of martyrdom about the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Cross was a superb triumph in which the foundations of hell were shaken. There is nothing more certain in Time or Eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the Cross: He switched the whole of the human race back into a right relationship with God. He made Redemption the basis of human life, that is, He made a way for every son of man to get into communion with God.
The Cross did not happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it. He is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” The whole meaning of the Incarnation is the Cross. Beware of separating God manifest in the flesh from the Son becoming sin. The Incarnation was for the purpose of Redemption. God became incarnate for the purpose of putting away sin; not for the purpose of Self-reali…