Fools mock at reparation: Proverbs 14.9

“Fools mock at reparation, but among the upright there is favor.”

Proverbs 14.9

“An intelligent man knows that sin cannot be justified and hence knows better than to try. Fools may know enough to recognize sin but are so lacking in good sense they resort to mocking as an ‘alibi’ for their evil deeds. A man who is righteous will gain the favor of God; if he makes a mistake he will make amends to God” (E.M. Zerr).

#votd #Proverbs #sin

May 22. Jesus Asks a Hard Question

Mt. 22:41-46; Mk. 12:35-37; Lk. 20:41-44

After the Jews had failed to trap Jesus, He asked them the question, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?”

They replied, “The Son of David.”

This was true in the physical sense, but David had referred to Christ in the Psalms as “Lord.” He asked the Jews why David would call Him “Lord,” if He were His son. They could not or would not acknowledge that He was also the Son of God.

The Jewish leaders did not ask for an explanation, but the common people continued to hear Him gladly.

#chronological-bible-study

This new day

But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:25 ESV)

Но кто вникнет в закон совершенный, закон свободы, и пребудет в нем, тот, будучи не слушателем забывчивым, но исполнителем дела, блажен будет в своем действии. (Иакова 1:25 Russian)

O LORD God, my dear Father in heaven, hallowed be your name ~ thank you for the incredible gift of life on this new day. Help believers everywhere to magnify the Spirit inspired Scriptures in the way we faithfully follow Christ’s teaching. Silence the mouths of those people who attempt to change the message ordained by our Lord and King. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

What you teach

“Be conscientious about how you live and what you teach. Persevere in this, because by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.”

1 Timothy 4.16

It appears that Timothy was easily distracted from his main task. Paul calls him to concentrate on the gospel. Only the gospel saves.

We must practice what we preach. We must also preach what we practice, for people are saved by the words of the message of Christ, Acts 11.14.

#votd #1Timothy #teaching

#1-timothy

May 21. The Jews Try to Trap Jesus

Mt. 22:15-40; Mk. 12:13-34; Lk. 20:20-40

The Herodians were Jews, who were loyal to the Herods. They were enemies of the Pharisees, but on this occasion, the two groups united to try to trap Jesus. Since the Jews hated to pay taxes to the Romans, they asked Him, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?”

They thought that if Jesus answered, “Yes,” the Jews would be offended. If He answered “No,” the Romans could arrest Him for encouraging tax evasion. A perfect trap, they thought.

After the Jews had identified Caesar’s image and inscription on a denarius (coin), Jesus said, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Jesus had stopped the people in their tracks and they were all amazed at His answer.

The Sadducees were a sect of the Jews who did not believe in angels, spirits or the resurrection of the dead. They believed that a person’s reward or punishment came while he was on earth instead of after a resurrection.

After Jesus had silenced the Pharisees and Herodians, the Sadducees tried to trick Him with a question about the “so-called resurrection.” They gave an example of a woman who had been married seven times to brothers. With all seven brothers claiming exclusive rights to the same wife, heaven would seem like a perfect mix-up in family relations.

Jesus pointed out their ignorance. He taught them that marriage is an earthly relationship that ends at death. There is no marriage in heaven.

It was also taught that there is indeed life after death. God is the God of the living, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and not of the dead. Therefore, the spirits of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are still alive after death and are waiting for the resurrection of the dead.

After Jesus had silenced the Pharisees, Herodians and Sadducees, they had a meeting of the minds to determine another way to trap Him.

A lawyer had an idea of another way to trick Jesus into taking sides in a controversial issue. According to Jewish writers, some felt that of the more than six hundred commandments in the Law of Moses, animal sacrifices were the most important; others thought that wearing of phylacteries, or the great feasts or purification were the most important. The lawyer asked Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

Jesus answered, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

The lawyer could only admire and agree with Jesus because His answer was so well worded.

Jesus also complimented the lawyer for being “not far from the kingdom of God.” Being not far from the kingdom of God is not the same as being in it. One who is nearly saved is still lost.

These people did not ask Jesus any more questions because they had been embarrassed three times and they did not want to show any more of His wisdom or their own ignorance.

#chronological-bible-study

Be careful how you use this point when talking about the church

I’ve heard it countless times over – “If your church doesn’t have the name of Christ on it then it has the wrong name.”

This is a point oft used when discussing the nature of the church with members of denominationalism, or putting-down denominationalism while talking with members of the church. Either way, one should be careful how this point is used. As a matter of fact, if you take the point as it stands, I’m not so sure the point should be used at all!

In the context of a conversation revolving around church names such as Baptist, Methodist, Adventist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, and Presbyterian, (amongst numerous other churches who bear the names and teachings of their man-made and woman-made founders) talking about a scriptural name of the called-out body to which God desires all to belong to is obviously a conversation worth having (Acts 2:47). But we must be careful in drawing lines God has not drawn because we like the way an argument makes us sound.

Let me explain what I am saying as plainly as I can.

I am not ashamed to say I am a member of the church of Christ (Romans 16:16). Not in the least! But neither am I ashamed to say I am a member of the church of God (1 Corinthians 1:2), a member of the church of the first-born (Hebrews 12:23), or even a member of the house of God (1 Timothy 3:15). Perhaps it would even be valid, in the spiritual sense of the church being God’s temple today (2 Corinthians 6:16), to say I am a member of God’s house of prayer (Matthew 21:13). I am not ashamed of these church names because they are found in the same source of spiritual authority to which we call all of the denominational world to submit to – God’s word!

You see, for obvious reasons, placing an emphasis on the identity and ownership of the church through the name of the church is a valid challenge to the majority of the denominational world (Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13), but insisting that the church of the Bible wear one specific name while several scriptural names remain available makes our “plea of unity” as denominational in nature as the rest of the divided religious world.

Remember the goal of the restoration movement … the goal of breaking down denominational lines without creating new ones.

For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” And again: “I will put My trust in Him.” And again: “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”” (Hebrews 2:10-13 NKJV)

#church-of-the-bible, #restoration-movement, #restoration-principle

May 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Sin and Salvation: Part 1)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • What is Sin? (Daniel F. Cates)
  • The Christian’s View of Sin (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Types of Sin (Steven Akin)
  • The Effects of Sin (Todd Clippard)
  • Helping a Brother, Lost in Sin (Rob Whitacre)
  • Helping a Child, Lost in Sin (Carl McCann)
  • Hell: The Eternal Consequence of Sin (Ronnie Scherffius)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#avoiding-sin, #christian-worker, #consequences-of-sin, #dealing-with-a-sinning-brother-or-sister-in-christ, #hell, #parenting-difficulties, #refrain-from-sin, #sin

May 20. Jesus Teaches a Series of Parables

Mt. 21:28-22:14; Mk. 12:1-12; Lk. 20:9-19

As a means to regain their attention, Jesus asked the authorities another question. “What do you think?”

He then began to relate a parable about two sons. Their father asked each of them to go into the vineyard and work.

The first said, “I will not.” He realized his mistake later, repented and went.

After the second son had said, “I go, sir,” he did not go.

Jesus asked the members of the Sanhedrin which son had done the will of the father. They replied, “The first.”

Tax collectors and harlots, who were the scum of the earth in the eyes of these leaders had believed and obeyed the teaching of John the Baptist. Jesus told these rulers, who were pleasing to God in their own eyes that they had refused to believe John.

In another parable, Jesus presented God as the owner of a vineyard. The vineyard was His chosen people, the Jewish nation.

As time went by, the owner leased the vineyard out to vinedressers and went into a far country for a long time. The price of the lease was a portion of the fruit of the vineyard. When the time for fruit drew near, servants were sent to collect the lease payment. Instead of giving fruit to the servants, the vinedressers killed some and beat others.

The owner, thinking that they would respect his son, sent him to collect the payment. In a society of crooked judges, the vinedressers reasoned that if they killed the heir, they could inherit the vineyard. When he arrived, they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

Some of these leaders did not understand that this story applied to them and said that these men should be destroyed and the vineyard leased to others. Others did grasp what Jesus was talking about and said, “Certainly not!”

In this parable, the vinedressers represented the Jewish leaders and the servants were the prophets that God had sent before the coming of Christ.

Jesus, representing Himself as the son prophesied that He would be killed outside the walls of Jerusalem. This came true later in that same week.

The Jews were eager to build the Messianic kingdom, but they were too blind to see that this kingdom could not be set up without resting upon Jesus as the chief cornerstone. They were unskilled laborers, who rejected the cornerstone of the building they were trying to erect.

Jesus prophesied that many would fall over this stone and be broken. All who face Him in the judgment and are lost will be ground up by this stone.

When the chief priests and scribes understood that Jesus was talking about them, they wanted to arrest Him, but they were afraid of the people because they were highly outnumbered.

Jesus presented a third parable, regarding the marriage of a king’s son, which also showed the Jews refusing to accept Him.

A more detailed application of this parable shows God inviting the Jews into the eternal home in heaven. Prophets, apostles and teachers were sent to deliver the message of salvation. Many of them were mistreated and some of them were even killed. They refused to accept the invitation and God destroyed their city, Jerusalem. Gentiles were then invited.

When Christ comes at the judgment, many will be present, but some will not be prepared because they have not put on Christ, their “wedding garment” as their savior. Since they had opportunities to prepare, they will have no excuse for their neglect.

These people will be bound to prevent the possibility of escape and thrown into eternal punishment where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

#chronological-bible-study

His kingdom our highest calling and purpose

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14 KJV)

Видел я в ночных видениях, вот, с облаками небесными шел как бы Сын человеческий, дошел до Ветхого днями и подведен был к Нему. И Ему дана власть, слава и царство, чтобы все народы, племена и языки служили Ему; владычество Его–владычество вечное, которое не прейдет, и царство Его не разрушится. (Даниил 7:13-14 Russian)

O LORD God of hosts ~ thank you dear heavenly Father for the truth in your Scriptures that gives us hope for the future. Revive the certain faith of Christians in every nation and language as we think about Christ Jesus – our blessed Savior. Encourage leaders in all the local churches to magnify the power and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ even in this age of so-called “high technology”. Tear down the false religions of men who attempt to usurp the authority of Christ our blessed and only Lord. Help every follower of Christ to make His kingdom our highest calling and purpose in this life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

Invited to stay: Acts 28.14

“There we found some brothers and were invited to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome.”

Acts 28.14

In Roman custody, on his way to appear before the emperor in his defense, Paul and his companions were shown hospitality by brethren in Puteoli.

Hospitality was above all a missionary activity in the first century. Homes of saints were a major factor in church growth. Let them become so again!

#votd #hospitality #Acts #church-growth

Words

In my college life, I was an English major. Sometimes, the small things you are forced to learn come back to have meaning later. This recently happened to me.
One of my friends has a bad habit of using slang. Now, in one of my Renaissance English classes, we were introduced to the origin of some of the slang. It seems that, in that time period (indeed, in all time periods), men realized that it was a sin to take the Lord’s name in vain (Exodus 20:7; Deuteronomy 5:11) and, knowing that man is to be judged by every word he speaks (Matthew 12:36), they thought they could fool God by changing what they said slightly.
Now, I grew up knowing that “darn” was a word to avoid, as it was a corruption of “damn.” But, did you know that other phrases we use were similar in origin? Such things as: “Jiminy Cricket”, “gosh”, “dang”, “cheese it”, “drat”, and “doggone”? There are many more, but you get the idea, don’t you? If we are to be judged by our speech—indeed, by every word—should we not strive to be more careful what words we use?
What say ye?

May 19. Jesus’ Authority Questioned

Mt. 21:23-27; Mk. 11:20-33; Lk. 20:1-8

Tuesday morning as Jesus and the apostles returned to the temple, they passed by the fig tree that He had cursed the day before. The apostles were amazed that the tree was dried up even from the roots. He explained that He performed this miracle to show the importance of faith when one prays. Still, God expects effort on our part. Pray like it all depends upon God and work like it all depends upon us.

After Jesus had arrived at the temple to teach another day, the chief priests, scribes and elders (Sanhedrin) confronted Him. Since they were in charge of the temple, they wanted to know who had given Him authority or permission to teach and heal there. He was probably teaching in the large outer court known as the court of the Gentiles.

The Jews wanted to accuse Jesus of blasphemy in order to have grounds to put Him to death. They thought that He would declare Himself to be the Messiah, which would give them this charge.

In His wisdom, Jesus replied with His own question. “The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men?”

The Sanhedrin ignored an excellent opportunity to reassess itself and get to the bottom of their quarrel with Jesus. They could have confessed that John was a teacher from God, who taught that Jesus was the Messiah and that He had the proper authority to teach in the temple.

It did not happen. They lied and said, “We do not know.”

Jesus replied, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

#chronological-bible-study

‘Spiritual worship’ in Romans 12.1

Romans 12.1-2 introduces the practical part of Paul’s letter and offers a framework to understand what follows. The last phrase of verse 1 has been variously translated. In 1993, David Peterson published “WORSHIP AND ETHICS IN ROMANS 12” in the Tyndale Bulletin. What follows is a quote from it.

If Paul’s expression is translated ‘spiritual worship’, there is a danger of accenting the inwardness of Christian worship and not taking sufficient account of the fact that we are to yield our bodies to God’s service. There is no doubt from passages such as 1 Corinthians 12:3; Ephesians 2:17-22; Philippians 3:3 that the Holy Spirit facilitates the worship of the new covenant era, but that does not mean that we are compelled to translate λογικὴ λατρεία as ‘spiritual worship’. On the other hand, ‘rational worship’ may only suggest a contrast between the offering of rational beings and the sacrifice of irrational animals. The mind is certainly central to Paul’s perspective here, but the focus is not simply on rationality. The service he calls for is the obedience of faith expressed by those whose minds are being transformed and renewed by God, so that they may no longer be conformed in lifestyle to the values, attitudes and behaviour of ‘this age’ (Rom. 12:2; cf. Col. 3:9-10; Eph. 4:22-4). Consequently, it may be best to read ‘understanding worship’, and to recognise from the context that this means ‘the worship which is consonant with the truth of the gospel’,13 [Cranfield] or the service rendered by those who truly understand the gospel and its implications.

#Romans #quotes #worship #truth

May 18. Jesus Cleanses the Temple—Again

Mt. 21:12-17; Mk. 11:15-19; Lk. 19:45-48

Conditions in the temple were the same as they had been three years earlier when Jesus had attended the first Passover of His ministry. Merchants and moneychangers had returned to supply, for a price, lambs and doves for the offerings.

As He had done before, Jesus drove out all of those who bought and sold in the temple. He also overturned their tables and seats.

Caves in the area were used as hiding places for robbers. Because of the extortion of the traders, Jesus reminded them of prophecies by Isaiah and Jeremiah, “Is it not written ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”

The popularity of Christ had reached its peak. While He was teaching in the temple, He healed many blind and lame people.

Meanwhile, things were getting out of hand for the Jewish authorities. They wanted to destroy Jesus, but His popularity was far too great for them at this time.

At the end of the day, Jesus and His disciples returned to the Bethany/Mount of Olives area.

#chronological-bible-study

He who has ears to hear

You may have heard of the latest great viral debate – is it yanny or laurel?

After hearing it yesterday I told my wife it probably has to do with what a person’s ears can hear over a digital speaker since people can obviously speak either of the words out-loud and we understand each other.

Sure enough, that is what’s going on. Keeping in mind that the quality of the audio device producing the recording has a bearing on what can or will be heard, and frequently the age of one’s ears, the basic premise of the original recording had to do with high and low-frequency recordings. People with ears attuned to high-frequency sounds heard “yanny” and people with ears attuned to low-frequency sounds heard “laurel”.

There is also another level of recorded frequencies that cause some people to hear one thing while some people hear another – the spiritual frequency.

Unlike the yanny or laurel debate, the ability to hear the spiritual frequency of God’s word has nothing to do with our physical ears but rather with our mindset. Our mindset changes and controls what we are capable of hearing. You can call it a point of view driven by resonating sound of spiritual sensitivity.

Correctly hearing God’s word is vital to a right relationship with God (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). Jesus spoke much about this important point. This is why he spoke in parables! To test the ears (hearts) of his hearers (Mark 4:1-12). A test that continues to have more riding on it than “yanny or laurel” to this day.

So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body.” (John 2:18-21 NKJV)

Then some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying, “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.’ ” But not even then did their testimony agree. … And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself, and come down from the cross!”” (Mark 14:57-59; 15:29-30)

#hearing, #hearing-the-words-of-the-lord, #spiritual-illustration