Surely not I: Matthew 26.21-22 VOTD

“And while they were eating he said, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.’ They became greatly distressed and each one began to say to him, ‘Surely not I, Lord?'”

Matthew 26.21-22

Jesus announced ahead of time what would happen to him, so that the disciples might prepare and might know that it was God’s plan. They remained clueless, however.

Instead of self-examination, the disciples reacted in a knee-jerk fashion when Jesus said one of them would betray him and denied that any of them would do it. Let Bible warnings cause us to examine our hearts and motives.

#betrayal #will-of-God #VOTD

God’s will: 1 Thessalonians 4.3-5 VOTD

“For this is God’s will: that you become holy, that you keep away from sexual immorality, that each of you know how to possess his own body in holiness and honor, not in lustful passion like the Gentiles who do not know God.”

1 Thessalonians 4.3-5

These Christians were wonderful examples of faith and love. Paul urged them to grow even more, since they had before them the commandments, given by Jesus’ authority, vv. 1-3. Rejection of them meant rejection of God, v. 8.

Knowing God’s will is not a matter of reading signs in events or seeking divine guidance in daily events, but in knowing the commandments from the Word that has already been revealed. In other words, read the Bible!

#will-of-God #holiness #VOTD

Safely: 2 Timothy 4.17-18 VOTD

“But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message would be fully proclaimed for all the Gentiles to hear. And so I was delivered from the lion’s mouth! The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed and will bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever! Amen.”

2 Timothy 4.17-18

The Lord saved Paul so that he might save others. In this life the Lord stood by him. For the next, the Lord delivers from evil and conducts him safely.

The Lord protects us so that we can do his will, that of teaching others the Good News. As we are engaged in this, God is guaranteeing our entry into the heavenly kingdom.

#salvation #mission #VOTD

Not to me only: 2 Timothy 4.8 VOTD

“Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day—and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on his appearing.”

2 Timothy 4.8

At life’s end, the apostle Paul fully expects his eternal reward from Christ. He knows it is available to all, not only to a special class of people. He connects receiving it with Christ’s return, not with his impending death.

“Set their affection” is literally “love.” How do we show our love for Jesus’ appearing again?

#hope #reward #VOTD

Withered like grass: Psalm 102.11 VOTD

“My days are coming to an end,
and I am withered like grass.”

Psalm 102.11

This psalm is “the prayer of an oppressed man, as he grows faint and pours out his lament before the Lord” (superscript). He appeals to the Lord who rules forever, v. 12, and whose “years do not come to an end” v. 27.

The rigors and strains of life take their toll, as well as suffering for the faith. How do saints remain encouraged and strong in the Lord?

#prayer #life #VOTD

Hugh’s News & Views (A Medley . . .)

A MEDLEY OF MATTERS AND “ISSUES”

“There is an abundance of New Testament evidence for vocal music (in the worship of the church, hf); none for instrumental music. Jesus and the eleven apostles (without Judas Iscariot) sang a hymn as they left the upper room where the Lord had instituted the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26). James encourages singing as a means of expressing joy, and prayer as an appropriate reaction to suffering (James 5:13). Paul exhorts Christians to sing with grace in their hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16), and to sing and make melody in their hearts to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19). Continue reading

#hughfulford

God and Capital Punishment (from Apologetics Press)

In 1984 leaders of 13 major denominational churches in Florida signed a joint document condemning capital punishment. They described the death penalty as being extremely harmful, immoral, an action that encourages violence and demonstrates disrespect for human life and is inconsistent with the love of God. The conduct of these religious leaders is a classic example of refusing to think right about God. Capital punishment is a principle that is divine in origin and permanent in nature. It embraces all of time. God intends for the death penalty to be employed as an act of justice by duly authorized authorities for as long as man should inhabit the earth. Read >>

#apologetics-press, #bible-questions, #death-penalty, #judgment-of-god