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Holy Spirit as Inheritance

Holy Spirit as InheritanceEphesians 1:13–14 Excerpt The Holy Spirit who seals is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance. The “deposit” is more than a pledge which could be returned; it is a down payment with a guarantee of more to come (cf. “the firstfruits of the Spirit,” Rom. 8:23). “A deposit guaranteeing” translates the Greek arrabōn (used elsewhere in the NT only in 2 Cor. 1:225:5). It guarantees believers’ “inheritance” of salvation and heaven (cf. 1 Peter 1:4). (See comments on “inheritance” in Eph.1:18.) In essence, the “deposit” of the Holy Spirit is a little bit of heaven in believers’ lives with a guarantee of much more yet to come. More Hoehner, Harold W. “Ephesians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 619. Print.

Pre-Flood Culture

Pre-Flood CultureExcerpt Pre-flood culture had undergone a thorough demonization. Fallen angels (demons) had taken over the souls and bodies of men and through marriage had produced Nephilim (fallen ones) who became the violent “mighty men who were of old, men of renown” (6:4).Marriage had been demonized, and violence was idolized. Sexual- violence was de jure. Therefore God decided to wipe the world clean of every trace of humanity, except for the man Noah. More Hughes, R. Kent. Genesis: Beginning and Blessing. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004. Print. Preaching the Word.

Jesus Knew their Hostile Thoughts

Jesus Knew their Hostile ThoughtsExcerpt Immediately (euthys; cf. 1:10) Jesusperceived in His spirit(inwardly; cf. 14:38) their hostile thoughts and Heconfronted them directly with pointed counterquestions (a rhetorical device in Rabbinic debate; cf. 3:411:3012:37). The scribes expected a physical healing, but Jesus pronounced the man’s sins … forgiven. They probably thought that a pronouncement of forgiveness was easier than one of healing because healing was visible and immediately verifiable. More Grassmick, John D. “Mark.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 112. Print.

The Tree of Life

The Tree of LifeExcerpt Whereas God had possibly created trees with the appearance of age (1:12), the trees in the garden were others that had grown later (2:9). Among those trees in the garden was one that produced life (the tree of life) and another that produced knowledge (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), or at least eating them did. This “knowledge” was experiential. “Good and evil,” a merism for the things that protect life and that destroy life, would be experienced if the forbidden fruit were eaten (v. 17). The potential for catastrophe was great if they in self-confident pride (hubris) overstepped their bounds and attempted to manipulate life. The tree of life, on the other hand, was apparently a means of preserving and promoting life for Adam and Eve in their blissful state. These trees were in the middle of the garden, apparently close to each other; they provided the basis for the testing to come. More Ross, Allen P. “Genesis.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An E…

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

February 13: The System Exodus 30–32; John 5:31–47; Song of Solomon 4:4–8 Religion is a tough subject. Jesus staunchly opposed religion for religion’s sake, yet He was a Law-abiding Jew. He recognized the value of worship, community, and discipleship, but not the value of religious constraints: religion can bind someone in tradition and be used for oppression. This knowledge makes it hard to understand why God set up religious systems in the first place. Their purpose is confusing. In Exodus 30–31, there are full descriptions of altars, taxes, basins, oils, incense, and the Sabbath. In the middle of this, we’re given a glimpse into what it’s all about in a scene where Godplaces His Spirit upon two men so that they may honor Him with a creative craft. They will depict, in art, what it means to know God. Here we get a glimpse into the symbolic work at play. God is not building religion for religion’s sake—He is building systems to help people understand Him. They’re meant to be used for th…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, February 13Go To Evening Reading
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God.” —1 John 3:1,2
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us.” Consider who we were, and what we feel ourselves to be even now when corruption is powerful in us, and you will wonder at our adoption. Yet we are called “the sons of God.” What a high relationship is that of a son, and what privileges it brings! What care and tenderness the son expects from his father, and what love the father feels towards the son! But all that, and more than that, we now have through Christ. As for the temporary drawback of suffering from the elder brother, this we accept as an honor: “Therefore the world knoweth us not because it knew him not.” We are content to be unknown with him in his humiliation, for we are to be exalted with him. “Beloved, now …

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

February 13th The devotion of hearing Speak; for Thy servant heareth.1 Samuel 3:10. Because I have listened definitely to one thing from God, it does not follow that I will listen to everything Hesays. The way in which I show God that I neither love nor respect Him is by the obtuseness of my heart and mind towards what He says. If I love my friend, I intuitively detect what he wants, and Jesus says, “Ye are My friends.” Have I disobeyed some command of my Lord’s this week? If I had realized that it was a command of Jesus, I would not consciously have disobeyed it; but most of us show such disrespect to God that we do not even hear what He says, He might never have spoken. The destiny of my spiritual life is such identification with Jesus Christ that I always hear God, and I know that God always hears me (John 11:41). If I am united with Jesus Christ, I hear God by the devotion of hearing all the time. A lily, or a tree, or a servant ofGod, may convey God’s message to me. What hinders me f…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 13 All … saw his face as it had been the face of an angel Acts 6:15 The face is made every day by its morning prayer, and by its morning look out of windows which open upon Heaven. Joseph Parker

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