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The Doxology Of The Delivered

The Ordering of Public Worship

The Ordering of Public WorshipExcerpt This section, dealing with the importance of public worship and the conduct appropriate, and the following chapter with its directions for the ministry, from the earliest manual of church order we possess. The necessity of clear regulations for congregational gatherings was speedily realized in the primitive Church, and as early as 1 Cor. 14 we find Paul concerned about the misunderstandings and disorder caused by the unsupervised exercise of ‘prophecy’ and ‘talking with tongues’, as well as by the eagerness of women to assert themselves at meetings. His golden rule was that whatever was done in the church should be done ‘decently and in order’ and should contribute to edification, i.e. building up the faithful (1 Cor. 14:40;26). Kelly, J. N. D. The Pastoral Epistles. London: Continuum, 1963. Print. Black’s New Testament Commentary.

Moriah and the Temple

Moriah and the TempleGenesis 22:1 Excerpt According to tradition, the mountain in the land of Moriah where God tested Abraham (22:1) is the hill upon which Solomon built the temple (2 Chron. 3:1). Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

I and the Father are One

I and the Father are OneJohn 10:30 Excerpt The statement in 10:30 that “I and the Father are one” has been an important battleground of theology. The first matter to note is that the word “one” here is neuter (hen) and not masculine (heis), so the text is not arguing for a oneness of personalities or personas (to use the Latin concept) but rather something akin to a oneness of purpose and will. The point being made then is that protecting the sheep (Christians) here is a joint task of the Father and the Son. Having made this point, however, it must be stated immediately that there is no intention here of speaking about two separate gods or of asserting the Arian denial of Jesus as God. Such ideas find no support in Johannine Christology. The clear thesis throughout the Gospel from the Prologue (in which the Word is declared to be God, 1:1) to Thomas’s climactic confession (“My Lord and my God!” 20:28) is that Jesus is God.283 No other affirmation would be adequate for John. Moreover, Jo…

Paul Made a Minister

Paul Made a MinisterExcerpt I became a servant of this gospel (cf. “gospel” in v. 6) denotes Paul’s rendering of service (cf. Col. 1:23). The word “servant” (diakonos) stresses not the idea of subjection (as does doulos, “slave”) but the idea of service or serving, as one who is a waiter (John 2:5, 9). This service has its basis in the gift of God’s grace (cf. Eph. 3:2) given to Paul through the working of His power (cf. 1:19; Col. 1:29). The Greek more clearly implies that Paul’s service was initiated by “the gift of God’s grace” and continues by “the working (energeian) of His power” (dynameōs). Ministering this grace—by God’s strength, not his own—was Paul’s responsibility though he considered himself less than the least of all God’s people. (“God’s people”  renders hagiōn, “saints”; cf. Eph. 1:1, 15). This denotes Paul’s deep humility in view of God’s incomparably generous grace. More Hoehner, Harold W. “Ephesians.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed.…

The Garments

The GarmentsRevelation 1:13–14 Excerpt down to the foot—a mark of high rank. The garment and girdle seem to be emblems of His priesthood. Compare Ex 28:2, 4, 31; Septuagint. Aaron’s robe and girdle were “for glory and beauty,” and combined the insignia of royalty and priesthood, the characteristics of Christ’s antitypical priesthood “after the order of Melchisedec.” His being in the midst of the candlesticks (only seen in the temple), shows that it is as a king-priest He is so attired. This priesthood He has exercised ever since His ascension; and, therefore He here wears its emblems. As Aaron wore these insignia's when He came forth from the sanctuary to bless the people (Le 16:4, 23, 24, the chetoneth, or holy linen coat), so when Christ shall come again, He shall appear in the similar attire of “beauty and glory” (Is 4:2, Margin). The angels are attired somewhat like their Lord (Rev 15:6). The ordinary girding for one actively engaged, was at the loins; but Josephus [Antiquities,…

Aquinas: The Trinity in the Transfiguration

Aquinas: The Trinity in the TransfigurationExcerpt Just as in the Baptism, where the mystery of the first regeneration was proclaimed, the operation of the whole Trinity was made manifest, because the Son Incarnate was there, the Holy Ghost appeared under the form of a dove, and the Father made Himself known in the voice; so also in the transfiguration, which is the mystery of the second regeneration, the whole Trinity appears—the Father in the voice, the Son in the man, the Holy Ghost in the bright cloud; for just as in baptism He confers innocence, signified by the simplicity of the dove, so in the resurrection will He give His elect the clarity of glory and refreshment from all sorts of evil, which are signified by the bright cloud.More Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologica. Trans. Fathers of the English Dominican Province. London: Burns Oates & Washbourne. Print.

Thomas Finds Nathanael

Thomas Finds NathanaelExcerpt He has no sooner accepted the Lord who found him, than be is eager to communicate the Divine secret to others. It seems widely accepted, though without any positive proof, that this Nathanael was identical with the Bartholomew (Bar Tolmai, son of Ptolemy) of the four lists of apostles, on the following grounds; (1) Ch. 21:2Nathanael once more appears among the innermost circle of the apostles, and is moreover mentioned there in company with Thomas. In the synoptic Gospels Bartholomew is associated also with Philip, although in Acts, Luke ranks him with Matthew. (2) It is probable that Nathanael was one of the twelve, and, this being so, it is more probable that he should have been identical with Bartholomew than with any other. More Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. St. John. Vol. 1. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The Pulpit Commentary.

Searching for Jesus

Searching for JesusExcerpt The explanation for Jesus’ behavior here rests, I believe, in the genuineness of his incarnation and his growing awareness of who he was. Accepting the Incarnation at face value means that Jesus was genuinely a twelve-year-old. Though fully God, he was also human. Choosing not to avail himself of all the prerogatives of deity, he learned in the same way we do. As a child, he had to learn that two plus two equals four, and as a twelve-year-old, he was still learning about every part of life—including faith and relationships. As a twelve-year-old, he did not have the fine-tuned social awareness he would have at age thirty. The point is, he was capable of unknowingly causing his parents distress; but as a sinless being, he was incapable of knowingly doing it. Here, Jesus unknowingly brought anxiety to Joseph and Mary. Moreover, he unintentionally caused his parents to worry because his twelve-year-old mind was totally absorbed with the massive spiritual realizati…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

November 7

  Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away
        Ps. 65:3
There is a much earnest religion that lives in the dreary compass of these first four words, “Iniquities prevail against me,” and never gets a glimpse beyond it. But do not put a full stop there. Fetch in One who can help. “As for our transgressions, THOU shalt purge them away.” The moment we bring the Lord in, that moment defeat is turned to triumphant deliverance!
Write that up in golden letters—THOU! And do not find in this word only a trembling hope, or a wondering wish. Listen to the full assurance—THOU SHALT!
There is but one result that can warrant the agony of Calvary; there is but one result that can satisfy either our blessed Saviour or ourselves; and that is our being conquerors over sin.

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

November 7: The Results of Worship and Teaching
1 Kings 8:54–9:28; Mark 6:7–44; Proverbs 2:16–22

“It happened that when Solomon finished praying to Yahweh all of the prayer and this plea, he got up from before the altar of Yahweh, from kneeling down on his knees with his palms outstretched to heaven. He stood and blessed all of the assemblies of Israel with a loud voice …” (1 Kgs 8:54–55).
Solomon demonstrates the natural and proper response to worship—declaring God’s goodness to others and blessing them in His name. These blessings can come in simple forms, such as doing good for others, or they may look more elaborate, as Solomon’s prayer continues in 1 Kgs 8.
Worship can become stilted when we focus on our place before Yahweh instead of His natural and rightful place. We’re meant to view Yahweh for who He is and what He has done and to respond to His work by helping others.
Jesus demonstrated a similar point in His own ministry. He could have kept His disciples with Him day and night, b…

Morning and Evening

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         “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.”          —Isaiah 49:16
No doubt a part of the wonder which is concentrated in the word “Behold,” is excited by the unbelieving lamentation of the preceding sentence. Zion said, “The Lord hath forsaken me, and my God hath forgotten me.” How amazed the divine mind seems to be at this wicked unbelief! What can be more astounding than the unfounded doubts and fears of God’s favored people? The Lord’s loving word of rebuke should make us blush; he cries, “How can I have forgotten thee when I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands? How darest thou doubt my constant remembrance, when the memorial is set upon my very flesh?” O unbelief, how strange a marvel thou art! We know not which most to wonder at, the faithfulness of God or the unbelief of his people. He keeps his promise a thousand times, and yet the next trial makes us doubt him. He never faileth; he is…

My Utmost for His Highest

November 7th
The undetected sacredness of circumstances

All things work together for good to them that love God. Romans 8:28.

The circumstances of a saint’s life are ordained of God. In the life of a saint, there is no such thing as chance. God by His providence brings you into circumstances that you cannot understand at all, but the Spirit of God understands. God is bringing you into places and among people and into conditions in order that the intercession of the Spirit in you may take a particular line. Never put your hand in front of the circumstances and say—‘I am going to be my own providence here; I must watch this, and guard that.’ All your circumstances are in the hand of God, therefore never think it strange concerning the circumstances you are in. Your part in intercessory prayer is not to enter into the agony of intercession, but to utilize the common sense circumstances God puts you in, and the commonsense people He puts you amongst by His providence, to bring them before Go…