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Hunter and Hounds (Egyptian)

Hunter and Hounds (Egyptian)

The Nicolaitans

The Nicolaitans

One additional word of commendation was inserted. They were commended because they hated the practices of the Nicolaitans. There has been much speculation concerning the identity of the Nicolaitans, but the Scriptures do not specify who they were. They apparently were a sect wrong in practice and in doctrine (for further information see Henry Alford, The Greek Testament, 4: 563-65; Merrill C. Tenney, Interpreting Revelation, pp. 60-1; Walvoord, Revelation, p. 58).

Walvoord, John F. “Revelation.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 934. Print.

The Corrective: God’s Perspective

The Corrective: God’s Perspective

God’s view of servants (1 Corinthians 3:5) was that they were channels “through” whom God worked. Their work was limited to Christ’s gifts through the Holy Spirit within them. Any success they had was a gift fromGod. While Paul planted the church at Corinth, Apollos came to Corinth after Paul’s visit and helped the ministry to grow (1 Corinthians 3:6; cf. Acts 18:27–19:1). But God, not the workers, caused the growth.

The unity of the workers was a result of their “same purpose” (1 Corinthians 3:8) and the fact that they all belonged to God. God was mentioned three times (1 Corinthians 3:9). The phrase “partners who belong to God” may mean either “fellow workers with God” or “fellow workers who belong to God.” The context favors the latter.

Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Armor of God: Sword

Armor of God: Sword ‎The sword was carried on the right side and hung from the belt or a leather strap over the shoulder.



The Truth about Conflicts

The Truth about Conflicts

The chapter break falls in the middle of the third (James 3:13–4:10) section of the body of James’s letter. This section deals with the two different kinds of wisdom and is typified by two ways of life, that is, two kinds of friendship: the one with the world and the other with God. As the section continues in the fourth chapter, James expounds these two types of spiritual friendship, penetrating deeper into the basic problems of double-mindedness and self-deception and the corrective need of active faith. In the second section of the letter, James sought to prove his point by specifying what his addressees were failing to do. Now in section three he points out the failings that were obvious in what they were doing.

Richardson, Kurt A. James. Vol. 36. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997. Print. The New American Commentary.

The Righteousness of God

The Righteousness of God

Paul said, God’s righteousness is (being) revealed (ἀποκαλύπτεται, present tense). Here he says, God’s righteousness has been manifested (πεφανέρωται, perfect tense). There is little difference. The present tense emphasizes the continuation of the process in the proclamation of the Gospel, the perfect the fact that the process has a beginning. It will shortly appear that this beginning is to be found in the death of Jesus.

This manifestation of righteousness takes place apart from the law; not because the righteousness of God could not be manifested through the law, but because the righteousness which, when manifested through the law, could only lead to wrath, since the law was abused (cf. Romans 4:15), has now been manifested in a different way so as to lead to justification. It is because law has been defined out of the manifestation and faith (v. Romans 3:22) defined in, that in this paragraph (contrast Romans 1:18) we hear nothing of wrath.

Barrett, C…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

December 4

  They all forsook him, and fled
Mark 14:50
Separation never comes from His side.

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

December 4: Put Off, Put On
Jeremiah 6:1–7:29; Colossians 3:1–17; Proverbs 12:1–28

We often hear that being a good Christian means not doing bad stuff. This statement is true—but not exhaustive. In Colossians 3, Paul says, “Therefore put to death what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustful passion, evil desire, and greediness, which is idolatry” (Col 3:5). He then lists other inappropriate behaviors: “anger, rage, wickedness, slander, abusive language” (Col 3:8). And he also lists new behaviors we need to “put on,” like “affection, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience” (Col 3:12).

From this we can gather that, as Christians, our lives should look different. But is there more to this command than certain behaviors?
We’re not supposed to put on new behaviors simply so that we can have polished, admirable lives. Colossians 3 opens with a statement: “Therefore, if you have been raised together with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is” (Col 3:1…

My Utmost for His Highest

December 4th
The law of antagonism

To him that overcometh.… Rev. 2:7.

Life without war is impossible either in nature or in grace. The basis of physical, mental, moral, and spiritual life is antagonism. This is the open fact of life.

Health is the balance between physical life and external nature, and it is maintained only by sufficient vitality on the inside against things on the outside. Everything outside my physical life is designed to put me to death. Things which keep me going when I am alive, disintegrate me when I am dead. If I have enough fighting power, I produce the balance of health. The same is true of the mental life. If I want to maintain a vigorous mental life, I have to fight, and in that way the mental balance called thought is produced.

Morally it is the same. Everything that does not partake of the nature of virtue is the enemy of virtue in me, and it depends on what moral calibre I have whether I overcome and produce virtue. Immediately I fight, I am moral in tha…

Morning and Evening

Morning, December 4      Go To Evening Reading
 “I have much people in this city.” — Acts 18:10
This should be a great encouragement to try to do good, since God has among the vilest of the vile, the most reprobate, the most debauched and drunken, an elect people who must be saved. When you take the Word to them, you do so because God has ordained you to be the messenger of life to their souls, and they must receive it, for so the decree of predestination runs. They are as much redeemed by blood as the saints before the eternal throne. They are Christ’s property, and yet perhaps they are lovers of the ale-house, and haters of holiness; but if Jesus Christ purchased them he will have them. God is not unfaithful to forget the price which his Son has paid. He will not suffer his substitution to be in any case an ineffectual, dead thing. Tens of thousands of redeemed ones are not regenerated yet, but regenerated they must be; and this is our comfort when we go forth to them with the quick…