Daily Devotional 7-23-16

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

Falling Away from the Gospel He Taught. Defense of His Teaching: His Apostolic Call Independent of Man. Judaizing teachers had persuaded the Galatians that Paul had taught them the new religion imperfectly, and at second hand; that the founder of their church himself possessed only a deputed commission, the seal of truth and authority being in the apostles at Jerusalem: moreover, that whatever he might profess among them, he had himself at other times, and in other places,...

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Daily Devotional 7-22-16

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

RECONCILIATION. There are four important NT passages which treat of the work of Christ under the figure of reconciliation, namely, Rom. 5:10f.; 2 Cor. 5:18ff.; Eph. 2:11ff.; Col. 1:19ff. The important Gk. words are the noun katallagē and the verbs katallassō and apokatallassō. Reconciliation properly applies not to good relations in general but to the doing away of an enmity, the bridging over of a quarrel. It implies that the parties being reconciled were formerly...

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Daily Devotional 6-21-16

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind (9:1–7)  Jesus, taking the initiative, notices a man blind from birth. It is not said how Jesus and his followers know that he has been blind from birth. Perhaps the Lord knew preternaturally, or maybe he simply asked him. Once this information is known the disciples treat the man’s condition as a theological problem. People commonly assumed that disease and disorders on both the personal and national level were due to sin, as summarized in...

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Daily Devotional 6-11-16

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

Homilies of John Chrysostom: Hebrews 10:24-25 [3.] (Ver. 24, 25) “And” (he says) “let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another and so much the more as ye see the day approaching.” And again in other places, “The Lord is at hand; be careful for nothing.” (Phil. 4:5, 6.) “For now is our salvation nearer: Henceforth the time is short.”...

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Daily Devotional 6-10-16

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

God Encourages Us in Love (4:17–18)*  The relationship of divine and human love is further developed here. God makes our love complete and so gives us confidence. As noted above in the comments on verse 12, love that is complete is love that reaches its goal by being bestowed upon our brother or sister. To put it another way, the shape of perfect love is triangular: love comes as a gift from God that enables us to love each other and so return to God the gift that is...

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