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Eternal Life

Eternal LifeActs 13:4648 Excerpt This phrase eternal life is probably one of the most difficult expressions of the Bible to render satisfactorily. Literally, the meaning of “eternal” or “everlasting” refers to a length of time, for example, “life that never ends.” But this can be very seriously misunderstood if people are to conclude that by becoming Christians they will never die. On the other hand, to use an expression such as “life which comes from God” or “true life” is to miss some of the significance of this quality of life which does continue not only throughout one’s earthly lifetime, but even after death. In some languages an attempt has been made to represent both the qualitative and the quantitative factors involved by translating “real life which never ends.” This may ultimately be the best solution. More Newman, Barclay Moon, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on the Acts of the Apostles. New York: United Bible Societies, 1972. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

They Can Not Receive God’s Grace

They Can Not Receive God’s GraceExcerpt Have cut yourselves off from Christ may thus be rendered as “have completely separated yourselves from Christ.” This meaning may be expressed idiomatically in some languages as “have destroyed your bond with Christ,” or “have destroyed what ties you to Christ.” Furthermore, they are outside God’s grace(literally, “you have fallen away from grace”). Grace here may refer either to God’s or Christ’s grace, but most translators prefer the former interpretation. For a discussion of grace, see under 1.6. So here also as in 1:6, grace includes the components of undeserved love and a free gift. To obey the Law in order to win God’s approval is to turn one’s back on God’s gift ofsonship. The expression “you have fallen away” should be understood, not in the sense that grace has been taken away from them, but in the sense that they have turned their backs on it (NEB“you have fallen out of the domain of God’s grace”; Phps “you put yourself outside the range …

Contrasting Outcomes

Contrasting OutcomesExcerpt “Blessings are upon the head of the righteous.” Either God rewards the righteous person with blessings, or others bestow their blessings upon him because of his righteousness. On the other hand, “the mouth of the wicked conceals violence,” i.e., so that he may wait for the opportunity of practicing violence. The idea is that the wicked plot the ruin of their neighbors and thus incur their curses, instead of their blessings. The verse indicates the contrast between the manifest blessedness of the righteous and the sinister activities of the wicked. More Smith, James E. The Wisdom Literature and Psalms. Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co., 1996. Print. Old Testament Survey Series.

Live as Servants of God

Live as Servants of GodExcerpt It is not easy to find the connection of this verse with what precedes or with what follows. Perhaps there were some members of the early church who opposed submission to the state because of the fact that Christ has made them free people. Or perhaps, Peter was anticipating the disillusionment among his readers when they read his admonition for them to obey the authorities since such submission would be tantamount to denying their freedom in Christ. To ease these feelings, Peter now admonishes them to live as free people with the implication that they do not lose their freedom by submitting to the state; such submission is not coerced upon them, but something which they do voluntarily as free people. Free is used here in the religious and moral sense, referring to their freedom in union with Jesus Christ (compare GECL“Through Christ you are free”). More Arichea, Daniel C., and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on the First Letter from Peter. New York: United …

I am the Lord thy God

I am the Lord thy GodExcerpt The ten precepts were prefaced by this distinct announcement of who it was that uttered them. God would have the Israelites clearly understand, that he gave them the commandments. It is only possible to reconcile the declarations of the New Testament. The law was given by the ministration of angels (Acts 7:53Gal. 3:19Heb. 2:2). And other plain statements, by regarding Godthe Son as the actual speaker As sent  by his father, he too was, in a certain sense, an angel (i.e., a messenger). Which brought thee out of the land of Egypt. God does not appeal to his authority as creator, but to his mercy and kindness as protector and deliverer. He would be obeyed by hispeople from a sentiment of love, not by fear Out of the house of bondage. Compare ch.13:314; and for the ground of the expression, see ch. 1:146:9 More Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. Exodus. Vol. 2. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The Pulpit Commentary.

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

February 14: When Things Don’t Go as Planned Exodus 33–34; John 6:1–14; Song of Solomon 4:9–13 I live in the world of projects. There are a few things I know for certain about them, aside from all requiring a budget and a schedule to have any hope of success. They will all take more time than I expect (at least 25 percent more), and they will all have problems. It seems that nothing ever goes according to plan. No one will complain, though, if the result, budget, and end date remain the same. There’s a biblical lesson here—Moses’ story is one of the best analogies for this. Moses had likely planned for the Israelites to enter the Holy Land shortly after leaving Egypt, but mistake after mistake (on his part and the part of others) kept this from happening. In return, he spent years (about a half a lifetime) wandering in the wilderness. In Exodus 33:1, we read one of God’s direct instructions, “Go, go up from here” (Exod 33:1), but Moses proceeds to argue with God, interceding for the peop…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, February 14Go To Evening Reading
“And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.” —2 Kings 25:30
Jehoiachin was not sent away from the king’s palace with a store to last him for months, but his provision was given him as a daily pension. Herein he well pictures the happy position of all the Lord’s people. A daily portion is all that a man really wants. We do not need tomorrow’s supplies; that day has not yet dawned, and its wants are as yet unborn. The thirst which we may suffer in the month of June does not need to be quenched in February, for we do not feel it yet; if we have enough for each day as the days arrive we shall never know want. Sufficient for the day is all that we can enjoy. We cannot eat or drink or wear more than the day’s supply of food and raiment; the surplus gives us the care of storing it and the anxiety of watching against a thief. One staff aids a traveler, but a bundle of staves is…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

February 14th The discipline of heeding What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light; and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.Matthew 10:27. At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God’s hand until we learn to hear Him. “What I tell you in darkness”—watch where God puts you into darkness, and when you are there, keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet. If you open your mouth in the dark, you will talk in the wrong mood: darkness is the time to listen. Don’t talk to other people about it; don’t read books to find out the reason of the darkness, but listen and heed. If you talk to other people, you cannot hear what God is saying. When you are in the dark, listen, and God willgive you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light. After every time…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 14 At the commandment of the Lord they rested in the tents, and at the commandment of the Lord they journeyed Num. 9:23 This is the secret of peace and calm elevation. If an Israelite, in the desert, had taken it into his head to make some movement independent of Jehovah; if he took it upon him to move when the crowd was at rest, or to halt while the crowd was moving, we can easily see what the result would have been. And so it will ever be with us. If we move when we ought to rest or rest when we ought to move, we shall not have the divine presence with us. C. H. M.

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