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The Children of God

The Children of GodExcerpt The kind of love God demonstrates is active and creative love, which “calls” us the children of God. “Calling” means more than naming. It means the inauguration of a relationship, of a reality that can best be pictured by the metaphor of being God’s own children. By God’s creative act of love, we belong to God as surely and permanently as children belong to their parents. The Elder emphasizes this new relationship when he writes, And that is what we are! and now we are children of God. We do not simply look at a love that is external to us and marvel at its greatness; we know a love that resides within us. As Westcott comments, God’s love is not simply exhibited, it is imparted to us (1966:93). More Thompson, Marianne Meye. 1–3 John. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series.


ἐξαγοράζωEphesians 5:16 Excerpt Ἐξαγοράζω is used twice to demand the buying up of the time (Eph 5:16Col 4:5); this imperative use of the vb., ἐξαγοράζετε τὸν καιρόν, is derived from the wisdom tradition. In contrast to Dan 2:8LXX this does not mean “gain time for oneself,” but rather buy up the time in taking advantage of all the possibilities at hand, esp. with the double connotation of καιρός as limited period of time (1 Cor 7:29) and as decisive moment (e.g., Rom 13:11): the time given by God until the end of the world and the opportunity that is offered which is not to be left unused. Thus Col 4:5 is determined by the missionary motivation and objective of winning those who remain outside, while the more general exhortation in Eph 5:16, which is probably derived from Col 4:5, is based on the dangerous, Satanic end time (cf. 6:12f., 16). More Balz, Horst Robert, and Gerhard Schneider. Exegetical dictionary of the New Testament 1990–: 1. Print.

Life of a Shepherd

Life of a ShepherdJohn 10:11 Excerpt When evening settled over the land of Palestine, danger lurked. In Bible times lions, wolves, jackals, panthers, leopards, bears, and hyenas were common in the countryside. The life of a shepherd could be dangerous as illustrated by David’s fights with at least one lion and one bear (1 Sam. 17:34-3537). Jacob also experienced the labor and toil of being a faithful shepherd (Gen. 31:38-40). Jesus said I am the Good Shepherd (cf. John 10:14). In the Old Testament, God is called the Shepherd of His people (Pss. 23:180:1-2; Ecc. 12:11; Isa. 40:11; Jer. 31:10). Jesus is this to His people, and He came to give His life for their benefit (cf. John 10:1417-18; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 5:225; Heb. 9:14). He is also the “Great Shepherd” (Heb. 13:20-21) and “the Chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4). More Blum, Edwin A. “John.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 310. …

Horeb, the Place of Commission and Law

Horeb, the Place of Commission and LawExodus 3:1–3 Excerpt Interestingly Moses’ communication from God here [Horeb] (3:1-3) is the same mountain where God later gave him the Law (19:2024:13-18; cf. 3:12). More Hannah, John D. “Exodus.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 111. Print.

Connect the Testaments

July 17: Emotion versus Logic 1 Samuel 30:1–31:13; 1 Peter 2:18–25; Psalm 131:1–132:18 Reacting is easy. What’s difficult is overcoming emotions in a time of adversity. Although emotions are not bad, they can lead us astray. At the same time, when we stray too far in the other direction and rely entirely on reason, we risk using logic without empathy. The answer to this conundrum is not to pit emotions against reason, but instead to pray. Throughout his life King David struggles to balance emotion and logic. Sometimes he is an emotional wreck; other times he is so calculated that he seems almost brutal. Yet in many moments in his life—especially in his early years—he seeks Yahweh when it would be more convenient not to. In 1 Samuel 30:1–6, David returns to the town of Ziklag to find that two of his wives and many of his warriors’ wives have been captured, and the city has been burned down. The text describes the emotional atmosphere of the discovery: “David and the people who were with hi…

Morning and Evening

Morning, July 17Go To Evening Reading
“Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.” —1 Thessalonians 1:4
Many persons want to know their election before they look to Christ, but they cannot learn it thus, it is only to be discovered by “looking unto Jesus.” If you desire to ascertain your own election;—after the following manner, shall you assure your heart before God. Do you feel yourself to be a lost, guilty sinner? go straightway to the cross of Christ, and tell Jesus so, and tell him that you have read in the Bible, “Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out.” Tell him that he has said, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Look to Jesus and believe on him, and you shall make proof of your election directly, for so surely as thou believest, thou art elect. If you will give yourself wholly up to Christ and trust him, then you are one of God’s chosen ones; but if you stop and say, “I want to kno…

My Utmost for His Highest

July 17th The miracle of belief My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words. 1 Cor. 2:1–5. Paul was a scholar and an orator of the first rank; he is not speaking out of abject humility, but saying that he would veil the power of God if, when he preached the gospel, he impressed people with his “excellency of speech.” Belief in Jesus is a miracle produced only by the efficacy of Redemption, not by impressiveness of speech, not by wooing and winning, but by the sheer unaided power of God. The creative power of the Redemption comes through the preaching of the Gospel, but never because of the personality of the preacher. The real fasting of the preacher is not from food, but rather from eloquence, from impressiveness and exquisite diction, from everything that might hinder the gospel of God being presented. The preacher is there as the representative of God—“as though God did beseech you by us.” He is there to present the Gospel of God, not human ideals. If it is only because of m…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

July 17 Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing James 1:4 Are you where God would have you be? If not, come out, and at once, for you certainly ought not to be there. If you are, then be afraid to complain of circumstances which God has ordained on purpose to work out in you the very image and likeness of His Son. Mark Guy Pearse

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