According to works: Romans 2.6-8 VOTD

“He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness.”

Romans 2.6-8

Paul’s concept of faith takes in one’s works toward God. Eternal life is for those who persevere in good works, not of merit, but of faith.

Works that are good are defined by God, not by man. Those who do good works are in contrast to those who do not obey the truth. What is it we should seek that Paul describes as “glory and honor and immortality”?

#judgment #God #VOTD

Dec. 16. Various Meditations of the Psalmist

Ps. 119:1-72

This psalm consists of a series of thoughts regarding the joyful blessings that come to both old and young from obedience to God’s word. One must seek God and His word in order to be informed of the proper way to follow Him. After finding the way, it is necessary to continue to concentrate upon keeping it. The psalmist realized that he needed God to help him to understand and keep His word. He also needed assistance in removing evil from his life. After learning God’s way, the writer promised to keep and to walk in it. However, it is not enough to only walk in His way, it is needful to be able to answer those who would persecute us or desire to know how to obtain that same hope. When one is persecuted, he can take comfort in knowing of the hope that he has through God’s word. A faithful follower of God is grieved when others refuse to obey His commands. No one can have complete knowledge of His word without continuous study and teaching. When we suffer afflictions as God’s children, we must remember that hardship brings strength to endure and that His word is priceless.


The shortest verse in the Greek New Testament

As I was going through some notes of mine from college, here’s what I took away from Dr. Dowell Flatt’s comments on 1 Thes 5.16: “Always rejoice”, about why we should rejoice:

  1. It’s God-given.
  2. It’s possible.
  3. It’s practical.
  4. It’s evangelistic.
  5. It’s commanded.

I also noted two references that he gave: Lk 6.22-23 and Jas 1.2-3.

#greek-text, #joy, #rejoicing

Dec. 15. Blessing and Safety with God

Ps. 1:1-6; 91:1-16

Following the return of Israel/Judah from exile, the people had a renewed sense of worship and adoration of God. They used various psalms as methods of expressing their praise to the Deliverer. Among those were “wisdom psalms,” The first psalm that is found in the Bible is one of those psalms of wisdom.

One can readily observe the sharp contrast between righteous and unrighteous men. The righteous man heeds godly instructions and keeps them on his mind constantly, refusing to follow the ways of sinners. He is likened to a tree growing near abundant water that bears a bountiful harvest. On the other hand, the unrighteous are compared to the fluffy waste from the grain harvest. God will reward the godly, but the ungodly will perish.

The psalmist expressed his confidence in the protection of God. One may face many physical challenges in this life. We are not promised protection from all of those difficulties. Righteous living does prevent many of the consequences brought about by various sins. However, the faithful child of God can look forward to protection and warmth from ultimate spiritual destruction under His wings.


Why Not Us?

“We are indeed in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization and our religion and to set free a suffering humanity,” Moore said. “Today, we no longer recognize the universal truth that God is the author of our life and liberty. Abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
I don’t know what you think of Judge Roy Moore, who just lost a run for the Senate from Alabama. (Nor is this a political ad, nor an attempt to white wash his actions.) He is the judge who was condemned for refusing to remove the 10 Commandments from his court house.
My reason for posting this is simple:
If a political figure is not afraid to post such a statement where it is seen nationally, why are so many of our preachers afraid to say the same thing in the privacy of their own congregation?
What say ye?

Unaware: Luke 21.34 VOTD

“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.”

Luke 21.34 NLT

Jesus foretold the end of Jerusalem and moved to speak of the most cataclysmic event of all—the end of the world. The world dulls watchfulness. Pleasures and worries weigh down the mind that would watch and be prepared.

Jesus describes the people who are concerned with the affairs of this life. How would you describe the person who is aware of the end?

#day-of-the-Lord #second-coming #VOTD

Dec. 14. A Mother’s Wisdom

Prov. 31:1-31

King Lemuel is another person who is unknown to us except as he was introduced at the beginning of this dissertation. There are two women who are greatly influential in the lives of most great men. The first of those is his mother. Lemuel shared the wisdom that he had received from his mother’s teaching. She had advised him to avoid women and strong drink. One doesn’t need to look far in order to see prominent men who have been destroyed by the unwise use of either or both of those in their lives.

The second woman of greatness to a man is his wife. One of the more popular Scriptures in the entire Bible is the description of the “virtuous wife” recorded at the close of Proverbs. The virtuous wife and mother sets proper examples as she fulfills God’s purpose in her life. She is priceless, trustworthy, industrious, energetic, resourceful, caring, supporting, strong, wise, kind, respected, godly and ultimately praised. “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”