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If You Have...

If You Have...Philippians 2:1 Excerpt In 1:27Paul had written about living the Christian life in harmony with the message on which it is based. He followed that message with a call to show forth spiritual unity. This unity is possible because of the reality of the four qualities mentioned in 2:1. The “if” clauses, being translations of first-class conditions in Greek, speak of certainties. So in this passage “if” may be translated “since.” Paul wrote here about realities, not questionable things. Paul appealed on the basis of (a) encouragement from being united with Christ ... (b) comfort from His love . . . (c) fellowship with the Spirit . . . (d) tenderness and compassion. 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. 653.

Words Not Heard By Human Ear

Words Not Heard By Human EarExcerpt Both by day and by night, God’s creation is speaking (v.2), but this speech is not heard with the human ear.Verse 3 should read, “There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard” (NIV). We hear the voice of God in creation by seeing His wisdom and power. Certainly, so complex an entity as our universe (and the universes beyond our own universe) demands a Creator and Sustainer. To believe that the universe evolved out of nothing and arranged itself in this orderly manner is folly.  Wiersbe, Warren W. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the Old Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1993. Print.

Walk Carefully

Walk CarefullyEphesians 5:15–16 Excerpt The NIV‘s Be very careful, then, how you live is literally, “Look therefore carefully how you walk.” Does the adverb “carefully” (akribōs, lit. “accurately”) modify “look”? If so the first clause in verse 15could be translated, “Therefore look carefully how you walk.” (This is the rendering in the ASV, NASB,and NIV.) Or does “careful” modify “walk”? If so, the idea is, “Therefore look that you walk carefully” (cf. KJV). This second alternative is preferred because better Greek manuscripts place akribōs closer to the Greek word “walk” and because in the New Testament the Greek imperative “look” (blepete) is never modified by an adverb. Believers then, are to walk (live) carefully, so as to be wiseor skillful and thus please the Lord. The manner for this careful, precise walk is making the right use of every opportunity (cf. Col. 4:5), and the reason for this careful walk is that the days are evil. Many are walking in sin, and since the time is shor…

Watch Out, You Need to Live a Godly Life

Watch Out, You Need to Live a Godly LifeExcerpt The gospel is a doctrine according to godliness, 1Ti 6:3, and is so far from giving the least countenance to sin, that it lays us under the strongest obligation to avoid and subdue it. The apostle urges that all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. If Christians, who should help one another, and rejoice one another, quarrel, what can be expected but that the God of love should deny his grace, that the Spirit of love should depart, and the evil spirit, who seeks their destruction, should prevail? Happy would it be, if Christians, instead of biting and devouring one another on account of different opinions, would set themselves against sin in themselves, and in the places where they live. More Henry, Matthew, and Thomas Scott. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, 1997. Print.

Aquinas: The Trinity in the Transfiguration

Aquinas: The Trinity in the Transfiguration ExcerptJust 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. Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologica. Trans. Fathers of the English Dominican Province. London: Burns Oates & Washbourne. Print.

Jesus’ Teaching on Abrahamic Descent

Jesus’ Teaching on Abrahamic DescentExcerpt The question whether those Jews who have believed in Jesus have exercised true faith is immediately raised by the way in which Jesus addresses them—If you remain in my word, you are truly my disciples. In fact, the test of true discipleship is a continuing allegiance to Jesus’ teaching, a knowing of the truth which is able to liberate one from the sphere of sin and death—you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. As the similar statement about freedom in v. 36 will make clear, this liberating truth can be summed up as God’s revelation embodied in Jesus (cf. also 14:6). Lincoln, Andrew T. The Gospel according to Saint John. London: Continuum, 2005. Print. Black’s New Testament Commentary.

Imitation of Christ: Reading the Holy Scripture

Imitation of Christ: Reading the Holy ScriptureExcerpt Truth, not eloquence, is to be sought in reading the Holy Scriptures; and every part must be read in the spirit in which it was written. For in the Scriptures, we ought to seek profit rather than polished diction. More Thomas à Kempis. The Imitation of Christ. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, 1996. Print.

Difficulty with the Concept of Personified Wisdom

Difficulty with the Concept of Personified WisdomProverbs 8:22–36 Excerpt A special problem is the personification of wisdom in Pr. 8:22ff. Jb. 28 anticipates this personification by depicting wisdom as a mystery inscrutable to men but apparent to God. In Pr. 1:20-33 wisdom is likened to a woman crying in the streets for men to turn from their foolish ways and to find instruction and security in her (cf. also Pr. 3:15-20). The personification continues in Pr. 8 and reaches its climax in vv. 22ff., where wisdom claims to be the first creation of God and, perhaps, an assistant in the work of creation (8:30; cf.3:19; the difficult ’āmôn, ‘as one brought up’ in AV, should be translated ‘master workman’, as in RV, RSV; see W. F. Albright in Wisdom in Israel and in the Ancient Near East, p. 8). The purpose of wisdom’s recitation of her credentials is to attract men to pay her rightful heed, as 8:32-36 indicates. Therefore, caution must be exercised in reading into this passage a view of hypos…

Eternal. Infinite. Omnipotent. Omniscient. Holy

Finding Truth in the Mysteries of ScriptureLogos Bible Software Blog Eternal. Infinite. Omnipotent. Omniscient. Holy. We describe God in these abstract, maximalist terms, but how fully do we feel their weight? Each of these terms reaches as far as it can to describe our infinite God, but ultimately none can fully describe him, and we cannot fully comprehend him. At its heart, the Christian faith is full of profound truths that push us to the bounds of our understanding. The Trinity, God’s purposes, the incarnation, the resurrection, the divine and human agency in salvation—none of these are problems to be solved by reason or puzzles to be dismissed as inconsequential. Rather, these are grand mysteries, which point us to God’s greatness and goodness and which, when contemplated, evoke awe and worship…

An Introduction to Paul’s Presentation of the Gospel

An Introduction to Paul’s Presentation of the GospelExcerpt ‎How many steps does it take to lead a person to Christ? That is not an easy question, for there is so much that enters into the receptiveness of the counselee which may hinder him from grasping the details of the gospel. Or on the other hand the primary Soul-winner, the Holy Spirit, already may have prepared him and enabled him to grasp and respond to the gospel readily. For that matter, no single passage in Scripture gives a final answer to the question. Indeed, I suspect that the answer is one which must be answered by the Holy Spirit as the one who is witnessing cooperates with the work of the Holy Spirit in drawing that man or woman to Christ. This seems to be suggested by Christ’s words in that great Upper Room Discourse. In it, He marvelously prepared the disciples for the coming of the Holy Spirit after His own resurrection and departure for heaven 40 days later. …  Northrup, Bernard E. True Evangelism: Paul’s Presenta…

My Utmost for His Highest

November 9th

Sacramental service

Who now rejoice in My sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ.… Col. 1:24.

The Christian worker has to be a sacramental ‘go-between,’ to be so identified with his Lord and the reality of His Redemption that He can continually bring His creating life through him. It is not the strength of one man’s personality being superimposed on another, but the real presence of Christ coming through the elements of the worker’s life. When we preach the historic facts of the life and death of Our Lord as they are conveyed in the New Testament, our words are made sacramental; God uses them on the ground of His Redemption to create in those who listen that which is not created otherwise. If we preach the effects of Redemption in human life instead of the revelation regarding Jesus, the result in those who listen is not new birth, but refined spiritual culture, and the Spirit of God cannot witness to it because such preaching is in…

Morning and Evening

Morning, November 9Go To Evening Reading

“So walk ye in him.”          —Colossians 2:6
If we have received Christ himself in our inmost hearts, our new life will manifest its intimate acquaintance with him by a walk of faith in him. Walking implies action. Our religion is not to be confined to our closet; we must carry out into practical effect that which we believe. If a man walks in Christ, then he so acts as Christ would act; for Christ being in him, his hope, his love, his joy, his life, he is the reflex of the image of Jesus; and men say of that man, “He is like his Master; he lives like Jesus Christ.” Walking signifies progress. “So walk ye in him”; proceed from grace to grace, run forward until you reach the uttermost degree of knowledge that a man can attain concerning our Beloved. Walking implies continuance. There must be a perpetual abiding in Christ. How many Christians think that in the morning and evening they ought to come into the company of Jesus, and may then give their…

Connect the Testaments

November 9: Fear Not What’s Outside but Inside
1 Kings 11:9–12:33; Mark 7:14–8:10; Proverbs 3:6–3:12

How should we respond to a miraculous experience? Worshiping God for His goodness is the right place to start, but our ongoing response is every bit as important as our initial reaction. We see this play out in Solomon’s life.
“Yahweh was angry with Solomon, for he had turned his heart from Yahweh, the God of Israel who had appeared to him twice. And [Yahweh] commanded [Solomon] concerning this matter not to go after other gods, but he did not keep that which Yahweh commanded” (1 Kgs 11:9–10).
Despite Solomon’s experience with Yahweh, he chose to deny Him. This angered Yahweh—not just because of the general disobedience, but also because, after Solomon’s miraculous experience, he had more reason than anyone to stay devoted. Solomon’s refusal of the opportunity to turn back to Yahweh only aggravated the situation.
We don’t know exactly what led Solomon to disobey, although selfish desire, lu…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

November 9

  So he arose and went to Zarephath
1 Kings 17:10
Let it be equally said of you to whatever duty the Lord may call you away, “He arose and went.” Be the way ever so laborious or dangerous, still arise, like Elijah, and go. Go cheerfully, in faith, keeping your heart quietly dependent on the Lord, and in the end, you will surely behold and sing of His goodness. Though tossed on a sea of troubles you may anchor on the firm foundation of God, which standeth sure. You have for your security His exceeding great and precious promises, and may say with the Psalmist, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

F. W. Krummacher

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