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Thursday, October 19, 2017
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WORD FOR TODAY

 

Word for Today 11/21/2014

Revelation 2. The churches of Chapters 2 and 3. “Dispensationalists hold that the letters have a message for all churches of all ages, but they interpret the letters of the seven churches as dividing the "church age'' into seven periods. The letters would represent God's message to the church age, while Chapter 4 would begin His message to those on earth after the rapture. (Disciples Study Notes) 

 Regardless of interpretation, these letters contain commendations and corrections for us to  take to heart in living for Christ.  

Word for Today 11/20/2014
Revelation 1. One could hardly imagine a more dramatic opening. The Apostle John, an exiled prisoner in a penal colony, is suddenly drawn into an extraordinary experience. (please refer to yesterday’s WFT for insight into the meaning of “Revelation.”). 
Vs. 1:19. “This verse gives the basic outline of the book: (1) things which you (John) have seen, as recorded in chap. 1; (2) things which are; i.e., the present state of the churches (chaps. 2-3); and (3) things which will take place after these things. The third section clearly begins with 4:1, since the same phrase is used there.” Ryrie Study Bible.

Word for Today 11/19/2014 

Introduction to the Revelation. [Revelation] Greek: apokalupsis, to unveil or uncover. It implies the lifting up of a curtain so that all can see alike what is uncovered. When used of writing, it means to reveal or make clear when used of a person, it denotes visible presence. Here it refers to both the book and the person of Christ. (Dake) Even so, this book has been interpreted in various ways by sincere believers. 

Every pastor I ever had was Pre-Millennial, Pre-Trib. When in my mid-30s and in my first semester at Criswell Center for Biblical Studies, our New Testament professor assigned a term paper on the different views of the Millennium. I turned to the fellow next to me and said, “What different views?” I was serious. 

Although I began to learn of those different views then, I have remained Pre-Mill, Pre-Trib, and that will be the basis of WFT comments.

Word for Today 11/18/2014

3 John and Jude. The overarching concept of walking in the truth is apparent in our reading today. 3 John speaks of “walking in the truth,” while Jude warns of false teaching and their danger.

Friends, let us determine truth shall be at our center. Jesus said, John 8:32 (KJV)
32  “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Beware of false prophets and teachers today. Cling to the simplicity of Christ. Do not allow yourself to be pulled back into the trap of legalism. 

Word for Today 11/17/2014

2 John. It has been said that the Bible is a Picture Book, with many illustrations, figures and symbols. We might also say it is a Personal Book, with many persons profiled or addressed in its pages. Here an unnamed woman of faith is addressed. After commendation for her stand for Christ, a strong warning is given.

Apparently false teachers (the Gnostics) have “deliberately entered the Christian community for the purpose of teaching destructive and false doctrines.” CRB

 

How we must be warned today. Stay with the sure Word of God, Friends. Follow God not people. 

Word for Today 11/16/2014
A word about Word for Today: I started sharing these gleanings a few months ago, and I appreciate the interest you have shown, especially in groups I have joined. My intention is to keep to about 100 words and to try to make application to everyday life from each reading. 
It has been my practice over the past 40 years, to read through the Bible from time to time on an annual basis. When a new translation came out, I would sometimes choose it for familiarity. My first read through was Ken Taylor’s The Living Bible. One year I read segments from 3 different translations. Of course, the traditional King James will always have a special place in my heart. 
Well, here we are approaching the last books in the Bible. I intend to stretch them out over the remainder of the year, allowing for a few off days during the holiday season.
January 1st I will begin at Genesis 1:1. You are invited to come along as I go through the Word of God in 2015. The daily pace will be about 3 chapters, 15 to 20 minutes. 
Note to those who have difficulty reading: due to an eye problem, I enjoy listening to audible Bibles at https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/audio/. Just a suggestion

 

Word for Today 11/15/2014

Read 1 John. Without doubt this letter is one of the most assuring, powerful and informative. 

Of all the topics we might take up, let’s focus on Assurance of Salvation. I have often recommended that those who have doubts about their salvation read 1 John repeatedly until they are clear as to their standing before God. 

Without assurance of salvation one will never be at peace. God does not only want to save us. He wants us to know that we are. The basis of our salvation is faith. The proof is love. 

 

Word for Today - 11/14/2014

Please read 2 Peter:  Martyrdom under Nero is near. Peter’s last words encourage and warn.

Acceptance before God is not obtained by good works but is confirmed by them. Right living blocks barrenness and unfruitfulness (see 1:8).

False prophets and teachers are ever present. Today whole denominations have yielded to ideas and behavior which have brought harsh judgment by God in the past. Beware, Friends, stay close to the Word. Avoid socially correct ideas and pop-faith leaders.

Take away: God’s delay in judgment shows His desire to give all a chance for repentance not His slackness (3:9). 

Word for Today - 11/13/2014
Please read 1 Peter 1-3. What a high statements on the subject of Faith we find here, along with challenges to holy and practical Christian living. 
Truly born again believers have a glorious path to walk in their daily lives. It is not on the mountain top that our faith is displayed as much as along the path of routines of the day and moments of ordinary life made new by Christ’s presence and power.
 
11/12/2014
Please read James 1-5. James, the half-brother of Jesus, is the author of this letter to believing Jews who had been “scattered abroad.” 
Its theme is practical, realistic Christianity. True faith will be manifested in good works. Our relationship with Christ should be obvious not obnoxious. It will be reflected in the lives we live. James does not contradict the teaching of Paul of salvation by faith alone, but gives us illustrations as to how that faith is to be lived out in everyday life. Christianity becomes obnoxious when it is claimed but not lived. Let’s be challenged by James to show our faith by our lives, not just our claims. 
Take away: (James 2:20 NASB) “But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?”
 
11/11/2014
Please read Hebrews 12-13. The writer concludes with exhortations to continue in faith, charity and sound doctrine. He explains that our chastenings are proof of our legitimacy. Like a good earthly father, God, Our Father, demonstrates His love by training his children. The Christian’s behavior matters to God even though it is not the ground of our salvation.
Our salvation is based squarely on the sacrifice of Christ in which He suffered reproach and death that we might have acceptance and life in Him. The believers' sacrifices are praise, doing good, and sharing (vs. 13:15-16, Phil. 4:18).
 
11/10/2014
Please read Hebrews 10:19-11. Today’s reading contains the Hall of Faith, but first a solemn warning regarding rejecting salvation through the Blood of Christ. Let me barrow from the Ryrie Study Bible here. : “Vs. 10:26 sinning willfully. The background is the defiant sin of Num. 15:30-31 (see note there) for which there was no propitiatory offering. there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins. If a person rejects the truth of Christ's death for sin, there is no other sacrifice for sin available and no other way to come to God. Only judgment remains (v. 27).”
 
11/09/2014
Please read Hebrews 8-10:18. Reviewing the elements and purpose of the Old Covenant, its Tabernacle and sacrificial system, the superiority of the New is emphasized. 
The ordeal of the old and ineffective system, repeated over and over without fulfillment, has ended. Christ’s perfect sacrifice of Himself has brought that to an end, as He walked into the heavenly tabernacle, made the offering of His blood “once for all” and then sat down at the right hand of God. 
He, as our High Priest, offered Himself and achieved our “eternal redemption” (9:12). The thrilling message that our sins and iniquities are remember no more is assured in this New Covenant.
PRAISE THE LORD!
 
11/08/2014
Please read Hebrews 8-10:18. Reviewing the elements and purpose of the Old Covenant, its Tabernacle and sacrificial system, the superiority of the New is emphasized. 
The ordeal of the old and ineffective system, repeated over and over without fulfillment, has ended. Christ’s perfect sacrifice of Himself has brought that to an end, as He walked into the heavenly tabernacle, made the offering of His blood “once for all” and then sat down at the right hand of God. 
He, as our High Priest, offered Himself and achieved our “eternal redemption” (9:12). The thrilling message that our sins and iniquities are remember no more is assured in this New Covenant.
PRAISE THE LORD!
 
11/07/2014
Please read Hebrews 5-7. This passage is at the center of the controversy concerning the perseverance of the saints verses the possibility of apostasy by true believers. “These verses are among the most debated in Scripture and have been interpreted in four different ways. . . .” (Criswell Study Bible). Permit me this little jibe. “Once saved always saved,” seems too good to be true, but what about the gospel is not too good to be true. On the other hand, 6:4 seems clear.
Friends, we might focus on this dispute until it divides us. Let’s not. Instead let’s take comfort in this overarching truth also in our reading, (Hebrews 7:25 KJV) “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” 
Simply trust Him, start to finish, and guard against what might lead you away from Christ.
 
11/06/2014
Please read Hebrews 1-4. Paul reasoned with the pagans on Mars Hill (Acts 17). The Holy Spirit inspired author of the Book of Hebrews reasons with Jews here showing the superiority of Christ over anything in Judaism. The reoccurring term “better than” appears 13 times in Hebrews and it is only in Hebrews that we find Jesus referred to as our great "High Priest." 
Believers are the ultimate beneficiaries of the work of Christ, in Creation and Redemption. Using the lack of true faith on the part of the Israelites liberated through Moses, readers are warned not to turn away from this opportunity and are urged to whole heartedly receive this salvation available only through Him. 
And so, let’s be clear. No amount of devotion to religion even Judaism has merit. Only the sacrifice of Christ will save us, and that is received by grace through faith.
 
11/05/2014
Please read Philemon. A runaway slaved returning to his master is not something many can identify with in this century, but it was the world then. The incredible truth here is that both had become Christians through Paul’s ministry. There are lessons for us here. 
One is that people of all classes and circumstances can have a life-changing experience in Christ. Every human heart is one in which the Spirit of Christ may dwell. 
Another lesson is that in symbol these two might represent God and ourselves. Through Christ these two men are now in a new relationship. Once we were in rebellion and far from our Creator, “children of darkness rather than children of light.” By the power of the gospel, we have been changed, and now we strive to be profitable servants to God, who loved us and sent Jesus to save us.