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Victory by Present Knowledge of Christ

Victory by Present Knowledge of ChristExcerpt Continuous victory over the world is based on present knowledge and doing God’s will (2:12–17). John used the term “children” to refer to all the believers (cf. 2:128). Then John referred to both the old and young believers. The term “mature” refers to those who are older or more spiritually mature. The term“young” refers to younger members of the congregation. He repeated himself in 2:14 to emphasize why he wrote. He wrote, not because the readers were ignorant and weak, but because they were already strong and victorious. It was the opponents who viewed the believers as ignorant and weak. The sins ofbelievers have been forgiven and continue to stand forgiven. More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Galileans Were Killed While Sacrificing

Galileans Were Killed While SacrificingExcerpt Galileans. Elsewhere Peter (22:59) and Jesus (23:6) are called “Galileans.” Blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.They were killed as they were sacrificing. Therefore this had to have taken place in the temple in Jerusalem, the only place sacrifices could be made. For “Pilate” see comments on 3:1. Attempts have been made to relate this incident to some other recorded events,145 but it appears that Luke preserved an incident that was not recorded by Josephus or the other contemporary writers. More Stein, Robert H. Luke. Vol. 24. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.

Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments

January 10: What Kind of Hearer Are You? Genesis 18–19:29; Matthew 13:1–43; Ecclesiastes 4:1–7 While parables were often told to make truth tangible, in Matt 13, we find that this wasn’t always the case. When His disciples question why He speaks in parables, Jesus quotes the prophet Isaiah: “For the heart of this people has become dull, and with their ears they hear with difficulty, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them” (Matt 13:15). This is the case in the parable of the Sower and the Seed. The seed hits the open path, the rocky ground, the thorns, and the good soil, and Jesus describes four hearers who receive the good news in different ways. We should examine this parable and ask ourselves, “What kind of hearer am I?” Do we seek to really understand the gospel? When we hear it told again and again, does it merely lie on the surface as commonplace? When our faith…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, January 10                   Go To Evening Reading
“There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.” —2 Timothy 4:8
Doubting one! thou hast often said, “I fear I shall never enter heaven.” Fear not! all the people of God shall enter there. I love the quaint saying of a dying man, who exclaimed, “I have no fear of going home; I have sent all before me; God’s finger is on the latch of my door, and I am ready for him to enter.” “But,” said one, “are you not afraid lest you should miss your inheritance?” “Nay,” said he, “nay; there is one crown in heaven which the angel Gabriel could not wear, it will fit no head but mine. There is one throne in heaven which Paul the apostle could not fill; it was made for me, and I shall have it.” O Christian, what a joyous thought! thy portion is secure; “there remaineth a rest.” “But cannot I forfeit it?” No, it is entailed. If I be a child of God I shall not lose it. It is mine as securely as if I were there. Come with me, believer, and let us…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

January 10th The opened sight To open their eyes, … that they may receive … Acts 26:18. This verse is the grandest condensation of the propaganda of a disciple of Jesus Christ in the whole of the New Testament. The first sovereign work of grace is summed up in the words—“that they may receive remission of sins.” When a man fails in personal Christian experience, it is nearly always because he has never received anything. The only sign that a man is saved is that he has received something from Jesus Christ. Our part as workers for God is to open men’s eyes that they may turn themselves from darkness to light; but that is not salvation, that is conversion—the effort of a roused human being. I do not think it is too sweeping to say that the majority of nominal Christians are of this order; their eyes are opened, but they have received nothing. Conversion is not regeneration. This is one of the neglected factors in our preaching today. When a man is born again, he knows that it is because he …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 10 My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus Phil. 4:19 What a source—“God!” What a standard—“His riches in glory!” What a channel—“Christ Jesus!” It is your sweet privilege to place all your need over against His riches, and lose sight of the former in the presence of the latter. His exhaustless treasury is thrown open to you, in all the love of His heart; go and draw upon it, in the artless simplicity of faith, and you will never have occasion to look to a creature-stream, or lean on a creature-prop. C. H. M.

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