“If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, since he cannot deny himself.”
2 Timothy 2.13
God and his people work for the salvation of all, v. 10. Their work is based on trustworthy truths, v. 11. Regardless of our decisions, God does not change his will.
When people fail, it hurts others. Our own failures may keep others from faith. But God is dependable, always. We may reach for him. We ought to make him our foundation. How can we make God our solid rock on whom we can depend?
#faithfulness #God #VOTD
“You assist those who delight in doing what is right, who observe your commandments. Look, you were angry because we violated them continually. How then can we be saved?”
Israel was repeatedly disobedient, and for that God punished them. The first step in repentance is realizing that the holy God blesses the obedient.
What a wonderful question! Let everyone ask it. What other spiritual questions ought we to ask?
#salvation #obedience #VOTD
“I do not mean that we rule over your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because by faith you stand firm.”
2 Corinthians 1.24
Paul was not a paternalist. He did not manipulate people. He appealed to their understanding of the gospel and treated them as equals.
In the realm of faith, there is no room for authoritarianism. How do fellow saints show that they are co-workers in the Lord?
#paternalism #equality #VOTD
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
2 Thessalonians 3.16
The Lord is the source of peace. For the readers undergoing persecution, they must know that peace does not depend upon circumstances. Christ will give it all the time, anywhere, regardless of the situation.
What events or situations tend to rob you of peace? How can we retain the Lord’s peace independent of circumstances?
#peace #Jesus #VOTD
“SON OF MAN, I HAVE MADE YOU A WATCHMAN”
From time to time, I feel compelled to deal with matters of a controversial nature, especially erroneous views and false teaching being advanced in some churches of Christ and often “incubated” in various institutions of higher learning connected with the church. I use my Facebook page, my “Hugh’s News & Views,” and other venues to point out that which I believe is contrary to God’s word, but I am aware that some of my brethren would prefer that I not do this. They think it is “hanging out our dirty laundry” for all the world to see, and they would rather I not do that. I am sorry that they feel this way, but the erroneous views and false doctrines are publicly disseminated (via the pulpits of churches, lectureships, journals, and books), so why should the warnings not be publicly disseminated as well? Continue reading
“And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do those things that please him.”
Jesus was certain of his Father’s presence with him. He did not feel alone, because he saw demonstrations of his approval. He was certain of pleasing the Father, because his will is clear and simple.
How may we have certainty of God’s presence? What to do when we feel alone?
#Jesus #will-of-God #VOTD
“For people everywhere report how you welcomed us and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus our deliverer from the coming wrath.”
1 Thessalonians 1.9-10
Paul’s description of conversion included the hope of eternal salvation at Jesus’ coming. Serving and waiting are two important aspects of the Way. Serving is charged and motivated by the second coming. The waiting is defined by the living God who gave life to his Son and who will also give it to us.
A more important fact than present suffering at the hands of enemies is the coming wrath in the final judgment. What must we do to avoid the latter?
#conversion #God #VOTD