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Epaphroditus

EpaphroditusExcerpt A Macedonian Christian from Philippi. There are no grounds for identifying him with Epaphras of Col. 1:74:12, or Phm. 23. His name means ‘comely’ or ‘charming’. Paul calls him your messenger (hymōn apostolon, Phil. 2:25), where the word used is one more frequently translated elsewhere as ‘apostle’. This does not mean that Epaphroditus held any office in the Philippian church; he was simply a messenger (cf.2 Cor. 8:23) who brought the gift from the church to Paul in prison at Rome. He became seriously ill, possibly as a result of over-exerting himself in journeying from Philippi to Rome, or in serving Paul at Rome. The AVsays ‘he regarded not his life’ (see Phil. 2:30), but RSVmore correctly ‘risking his life’. The word used is paraboleusamenos, ‘having gambled with his life’, from paraboleuesthai‘to throw down a stake, to make a venture’More Swann, D. O. “Epaphroditus.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996: 326. Print.

Darkness

DarknessPsalm 139:11–12 Excerpt Imagery based on darkness is especially prominent in the poetic books where it represents destruction, death, and the underworld (Isa.5:3047:5; Ps.143:3; Job17:13; cf. Mark15:33) in a manner similar to that known in other ancient Near Eastern cultures. Conceived as a curse or punishment (Deut.28:29; Ps.35:6), darkness characterizes the coming Day of the Lord (Joel2:2; Amos5:18). God’s appearance is often accompanied by darkness (1 Kings 8:12), which, according to Gen. 1:2, prevailed prior to creation, although Isa.45:7 and Ps. 104:20 assert that it was created by God. The Dead Sea Scrolls contrast light and darkness as representing the forces of good and evil, both metaphysically and psychologically; a similar view has been noted in the Gospel of John. More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row, and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985: 207. Print.

God’s Promise

God’s PromiseExcerpt In a concluding summary, the writer pointed out that the great heroes of faith he had spoken of had not yet realized their eschatological hopes. This fact shows that God had planned something better for them and us. It is indeed “better for us” that the future hopes they strove toward be delayed, since only thus could believers enjoy the present experience of becoming companions of the Messiah who leads them to glory. As a result, the perfecting (cf. 10:1412:23) of the Old Testament worthies—that is, the realization of their hopes—awaits that of all believers. More Hodges, Zane C. “Hebrews.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 809. Print.

Unbelieving Jews were Blind

Unbelieving Jews were BlindExcerpt The subsequent evaluation of Jesus confirmed this distinction between seeing and not seeing in the comparison made between the believing man and the unbelieving Jews. Blindness is here to be interpreted on two levels (9:39). On the one hand, the Pharisees who had by physical standards been able to see were by spiritual standards revealed to be blind. On the other hand, the former blind man who had come to see physically in fact also became the model of spiritual perception. Jesus’ answer to the Pharisees’ question concerning their state (9:40) was thus for the evangelist self-evident. Accordingly, Jesus confirmed the continuation of their pitiful state of both blindness and guilt. The judgment on the blind state of the Pharisees here in John was not very different from Jesus’ judgment on the hypocritical Pharisees of Matt 23:16–19, who were condemned as pathetic, blind guides. More Borchert, Gerald L.John 1–11. Vol. 25A. Nashville: Broadman & Holma…

Connect the Testaments

February 23: Freedom Leviticus 14; John 8:31–59; Song of Solomon 7:1–4 “Even though I know it’s wrong, I sometimes think, ‘If I hadn’t accepted Christ, I would have so much more freedom.’ And then I venture down that road and realize just how terrible it is. It takes me to a very dark place.” This deep, heart-wrenching statement by a friend made me realize there are countless people who probably feel this way about Jesus. And what if, unlike my friend, they hadn’t figured out the latter part of this statement? They were probably walking a road closer to legalism than the road Christ envisions for our lives. Or they could be so far from actually experiencing grace and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that they have yet to see how incredible a life lived for Jesus can be. Jesus promises freedom: “Then Jesus said to those Jews who had believed him, ‘If you continue in my word you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’ ” (John 8:31–32). What we…

Morning and Evening

Morning, February 23Go To Evening Reading
“I will never leave thee.” —Hebrews 13:5
No promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, he has said to all. When he opens a well for one, it is that all may drink. When he openeth a granary-door to give out food, there may be some one starving man who is the occasion of its being opened, but all hungry saints may come and feed too. Whether he gave the word to Abraham or to Moses, matters not, O believer; he has given it to thee as one of the covenanted seed. There is not a high blessing too lofty for thee, nor a wide mercy too extensive for thee. Lift up now thine eyes to the north and to the south, to the east and to the west, for all this is thine. Climb to Pisgah’s top, and view the utmost limit of the divine promise, for the land is all thine own. There is not a brook of living water of which thou mayst not drink. If the land floweth with milk and honey, eat the honey and drink the milk, for both are thine. B…

My Utmost for His Highest

February 23rd The determination to serve The son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.Matthew 20:28. Paul’s idea of service is the same as our Lord’s: “I am among you as He that serveth”; “ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” We have the idea that a man called to the Ministry is called to be a different kind of being from other men. According to Jesus Christ, he is called to be the ‘door-mat’ of other men; their spiritual leader, but never their superior. “I know how to be abased,” says Paul. This is Paul’s idea of service—‘I will spend myself to the last ebb for you; you may give me praise or give me blame, it will make no difference. So long as there is a human being who does not know Jesus Christ, I am his debtor to serve him until he does.’ The mainspring of Paul’s service is not love for men, but love for Jesus Christ. If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken-hearted, for we shall often meet with more ingratitude from men…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 23 Philip findeth Nathanael and saith unto him, We have found him of whom Moses in the law and the prophets did write.… Come and see John 1:45, 46 The next thing to knowing that “we have found him” is to find someone else, and say, “Come and see.” Frances Ridley Havergal

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