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Criticisms of the Judaiziers

Criticisms of the JudaiziersGalatians 1:1 Judaizing teachers had persuaded the Galatians that Paul had taught them the new religion imperfectly, and at second hand; that the founder of their church himself possessed only a deputed commission, the seal of truth and authority being in the apostles at Jerusalem: moreover, that whatever he might profess among them, he had himself at other times, and in other places, given way to the doctrine of circumcision. To refute this, he appeals to the history of his conversion, and to the manner of his conferring with the apostles when he met them at Jerusalem; that so far was his doctrine from being derived from them, or they from exercising any superiority over him, that they had simply assented to what he had already preached among the Gentiles, which preaching was communicated, not by them to him, but by himself to them [PALEY]. Such an apologetic Epistle could not be a later forgery, the objections which it meets only coming out incidentally,…

Roman Victoriatus Coin

Roman Victoriatus Coin
‎This silver coin, called a “victoriatus,” was minted during the Roman Republic from about 221 to 170 B.C. and was worth about half a denarius. The obverse portrays laurel-wreathed Jupiter. The reverse, with the inscription “Roma,” features the goddess Victory crowning a trophy. At sites of battle victories, Roman soldiers made trophies from captured arms and standards, hanging them on trees or on large stakes erected and decorated to look like warriors. They then dedicated the trophies to their gods. ‎1 Sam 31:8–10, Isa 9:5, Col 2:15

Walking and Talking

Walking and Talking This is what is in view when Jesus Christ is called our “Advocate.” He represents believers before God’s throne, and the merits of His sacrifice make possible the forgiveness of the believer’s sin. Because Christ died for His people, He satisfied the justice of God. (“The wages of sin is death.”) Because He lives for us at God’s right hand, He can apply His sacrifice to our needs day by day.
All He asks is that when we have failed we confess our sins.
What does it mean to “confess”? Well, to confess sins means much more than simply to “admit” them. The word confess actually means “to say the same thing [about].” To confess sin, then, means to say the same thing about it that God says about it.
A counselor was trying to help a man who had come forward during an evangelistic meeting. “I’m a Christian,” the man said, “but there’s sin in my life, and I need help.” The counselor showed him 1 John 1:9 and suggested that the man confess his sins to God.
“O Father,” the m…

Tiglath-Pileser III

Tiglath-Pileser III
Tiglath-pileser III, king of Assyria 745–727 BCE, is also called Pul in the Bible; relief from Susa, eighth century BCE.
punishment, everlasting, the concept that after death an individual can be subjected to ongoing retribution for evil acts committed during life. The idea developed slowly over a long period of time. The ancient Hebrews, like other Semitic peoples of the ancient Near East, believed that at death the human person lost earthly life, but did not cease to exist entirely. They had no notion of an immortal soul separable from the body, but they did believe that the dead had a shadow-like or phantom-like existence in the realm of the dead. This realm of the dead was usually located under the earth. It was called by various names, most commonly Sheol. This name is related to the verb “to inquire” in Hebrew, which might reflect the practice of seeking oracles from the dead, though that practice was strongly condemned in Israelite law (Deut. 18:10–11; cf. …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 23
  Be ye holy; for I am holy
1 Peter 1:16
The highway of holiness is along the commonest road of life—along your very way. In wind and rain, no matter how it beats—it is only going hand in hand with Him.

Mark Guy Pearse

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

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

September 23: Beyond Measure
Zechariah 1:1–2:13; Acts 21:1–26; Job 28:12–28

When we say, “God is gracious; God is kind,” do we fully comprehend the extent of God’s graciousness and kindness toward us? We glimpse it in Zechariah: “You must say to them: ‘Thus says Yahweh of hosts:“Return to me,” declares Yahweh of hosts, “and I will return to you,” ’ says Yahweh of hosts” (Zech 1:2–3).
An astounding reversal is hidden in these words, couched in a dialogue expressing how terribly God’s people have treated Him (Zech 1:4–6). By relying on their ancestors’ wisdom, God’s people are marching toward their own destruction: “Your ancestors, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?” (Zech 1:5). Instead of wiping them from the face of earth or banishing them from relationship with Him, however, God acts graciously: “Return to me … and I will return to you” (Zech 1:3). It’s an incredibly generous offer, one that the people accept (Zech 1:6).
But this is not the end of the journey. Zec…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

September 23rd
The missionary’s goal

Behold, we go up to Jerusalem. Luke 18:31.
In the natural life our ambitions alter as we develop; in the Christian life the goal is given at the beginning, the beginning and the end are the same, viz., Our Lord Himself. We start with Christ and we end with Him—“until we all attain to the stature of the manhood of Christ Jesus,” not to our idea of what the Christian life should be. The aim of the missionary is to do God’s will, not to be useful, not to win the heathen; he is useful and he does win the heathen, but that is not his aim. His aim is to do the will of his Lord.
In Our Lord’s life Jerusalem was the place where He reached the climax of His Father’s will upon the Cross, and unless we go with Jesus there, we shall have no companionship with Him. Nothing ever discouraged Our Lord on His way to Jerusalem. He never hurried through certain villages where He was persecuted, or lingered in others where He was blessed. Neither gratitude nor ingrat…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings. Complete and unabridged; New modern edition.

Morning, September 23      Go To Evening Reading
   “Accepted in the beloved.”           — Ephesians 1:6
What a state of privilege! It includes our justification before God, but the term “acceptance” in the Greek means more than that. It signifies that we are the objects of divine complacence, nay, even of divine delight. How marvellous that we, worms, mortals, sinners, should be the objects of divine love! But it is only “in the beloved.” Some Christians seem to be accepted in their own experience, at least, that is their apprehension. When their spirit is lively, and their hopes bright, they think God accepts them, for they feel so high, so heavenly-minded, so drawn above the earth! But when their souls cleave to the dust, they are the victims of the fear that they are no longer accepted. If they could but see that all their high joys do not exalt them, and all their low despondencies do not really depress them in their Father’s sight, but that they stand accepted in One who never al…