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Jesus Prays for All Believers

Jesus Prays for All BelieversExcerpt Finally, Jesus prays for all those who will believe in him through the gospel message of the disciples. He prays that the believers of the future will be united (17:20–26). Unity must always be a distinctive mark of the church. Because Jesus is one with his Father, and believers are one with the Father and the Son, there should be no room for rivalry and faction. The unity of Christians, their mutual love, and shared purpose, must be the clearest evidence of God in their lives. This will prove to the world that God exists and that Jesus is his Son. Jesus has always encouraged his friends to be specific in their prayers. Now he comes to his own heart’s desire. He asks that his friends may join him in the glory of heaven. This is surely a prayer that the Father longs to grant. It is, after all, the purpose of Jesus entering the world, that human beings may become God’s children and join him in heaven (John 1:12). More Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide. 1st…

Be Subject to the Elders

Be Subject to the EldersExcerpt Here as earlier in this letter, Peter calls for voluntary submission. But this is interpersonal rather than situational submission. What makes interpersonal submission easy, whether in marriage or in the church, is the respect won by husband or leader through love and example. If we are sure a leader loves us, it is far easier for us to be responsible for his guidance. If we are also confident the leader is a godly person, whose example has won our respect, it is easier still. More Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Jesus Teaches His Disciples the Lord’s Prayer

Jesus Teaches His Disciples the Lord’s PrayerExcerpt Versions of this prayer appear in both Matthew (6:9–13) and Luke (11:2–4); most scholars accept the original form of the prayer that stands behind these Gospels as authentic (Witherington 1990:204). Jesus here probably adapts an early form of what became a basic synagogue prayer, the Kaddish* (Vermes 1984:43; Davies and Allison 1988:595), which began something like this (Jeremias 1964:98): Exalted and hallowed be his great name in the world which he created according to his will. May he let his kingdom rule … Although Jesus’ ministry sets the elements of the prayer in a new context—the future kingdom is present in a hidden way in the future King, Jesus of Nazareth (Mt 8:2913:31–33)—the first disciples must have heard in Jesus’ words an exhortation to seek God’s coming kingdom (4:176:33) by praying for it to come. Neither the Kaddish nor Jesus’ sample prayer is a prayer for the complacent person satisfied with the treasures of this ag…

In My Name

In My NameJohn 14:13–1421–24 Excerpt In the biblical period, one’s name represented the person; it was a summary statement of someone’s character or reputation (14:14). The name of Jesus pointed to his attributes, his person, and all that he had accomplished. It was no mere magical formula, but a confession of dependence, trust, and confidence in the person and work of Jesus the Messiah. Again the obedient saint would be the one who experiences God in this earthly life (14:21). Jesus’ answer to Judas’ questions (14:22–24) brings the discussion around full-circle back to 13:34 (cf. 14:23). More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Connect the Testaments

August 4: In Grief Isaiah 7:1–8:22; Luke 2:22–52; Job 2:11–13 It’s difficult to know how to respond to people suffering grief. Those brave enough to speak often attempt to rationalize another’s grief with ill-timed theological truths. Those who feel inadequate or awkward about reaching out to grieving people sometimes avoid them altogether. Job’s friends are well known for misinterpreting Job’s suffering. But they aren’t often recognized for the moments when they responded to Job’s anguish with wisdom. When Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar first heard of the tragedy, they immediately came to comfort Job: “Thus they lifted up their eyes from afar, but they did not recognize him, so they raised their voice, and they wept, and each man tore his outer garment and threw dust on their heads toward the sky. Then they sat with him on the ground for seven days and seven nights, but no one spoke a word to him because they saw that his suffering was very great” (Job 2:12–13). Often we try to diminish grie…

Morning and Evening

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“The people that do know their God shall be strong.” —Daniel 11:32
Every believer understands that to know God is the highest and best form of knowledge; and this spiritual knowledge is a source of strength to the Christian. It strengthens his faith. Believers are constantly spoken of in the Scriptures as being persons who are enlightened and taught of the Lord; they are said to “have an unction from the Holy One,” and it is the Spirit’s peculiar office to lead them into all truth, and all this for the increase and the fostering of their faith. Knowledge strengthens love, as well as faith. Knowledge opens the door, and then through that door we see our Saviour. Or, to use another similitude, knowledge paints the portrait of Jesus, and when we see that portrait then we love him, we cannot love a Christ whom we do not know, at least, in some degree. If we know but little of the excellences of Jesus, what he has done for us, and what he is doing now, w…

My Utmost for His Highest

August 4th The brave comradeship of God Then He took unto Him the twelve.Luke 18:31. The bravery of God in trusting us! You say—‘But He has been unwise to choose me, because there is nothing in me; I am not of any value.’ That is why He chose you. As long as you think there is something in you, God cannot choose you because you have ends of your own to serve; but if you have let Him bring you to the end of your self-sufficiency, then He can choose you to go with Him to Jerusalem, and that will mean the fulfilment of purposes which He does not discuss with you. We are apt to say that because a man has natural ability, therefore he will make a good Christian. It is not a question of our equipment but of our poverty; not of what we bring with us, but of what God puts into us; not a question of natural virtues, of strength of character, knowledge, and experience—all that is of no avail in this matter. The only thing that avails is that we are taken up into the big compelling of God and made H…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

August 4 Created in Christ Jesus unto good works Eph. 2:10 Let us ask Him to work in us to will those good works, so that our will, without being impaired in its free operation, may be permeated and molded by His will, just as light suffuses the atmosphere without displacing it. And let us also expect that He will infuse into us sufficient strength that we may be able to do His will unto all pleasing. Thus, day by day, our life will be a manifestation of those holy volitions and lovely deeds which shall attest the indwelling and inworking of God. And men shall see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven. F. B. Meyer

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