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  • John T. Polk II 2:37 pm on 2015-03-07 Permalink | Reply
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    3-4-2015    Can Moses’ Law Save Today? 

    God’s Word plainly shows no law before Jesus Christ’s Law was intended to save. “For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe” (Galatians 3:21-22 NKJV). The Law of Moses can save no one today, for “if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV). To keep the Law of Moses today, severs one from obedience to Christ. “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4 NKJV). It is either Moses or Christ, but not both! The Gospel saves, not 10 commandments!

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:03 am on 2014-12-18 Permalink | Reply
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    In the news… 

    I know where you can read about an interesting story that involves a group of political activists guilty of conspiracy, crony-ism, false arrest, desertion, prosecutorial intimidation, assault, a paroled murderer, a scape-goat who was silenced with capital punishment and a thief who changed his ways.

    Where can you read a story like this? In today’s newspaper? Nope. On the top Internet news site? Not there.

    Try the last couple of chapters in each of the four gospels.

    And make sure you read far enough into the story to see how it ends.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 4:22 pm on 2014-12-05 Permalink | Reply
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    If repentance is not part of the gospel, how can it stand in its place in Lk 24.47? 

    Some among us affirm that faith, repentance, and baptism are not a part of the gospel, that only the bare facts of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection are the gospel, as per 1Co 15.1-3. (They do this, apparently, to get rid of baptism as a requirement for salvation. Citing this text is problematic, but we’ll let that pass for now.)

    If however their affirmation is indeed the case, how is it that in Lk 24.47 repentance is used to stand for the entire gospel? (More …)

     
    • Randal 4:25 pm on 2014-12-05 Permalink | Reply

      JasRandal:
      If repentance is not part of the #gospel, how can it stand in its place in Lk 24.47? http://fellowshiproom.org/2014/12/05/gospel-repentance/
      #obedience
      via jasrandal.withknown.com

    • doncampbell1943 7:06 am on 2014-12-06 Permalink | Reply

      Luke 24:47 is Luke’s account of the Great Commission. As Luke recorded the preaching of the apostles in carrying out this commission, he records some form of the word repentance seven times. None of them used the word “love.” This does not mean that they were not steeped in it, because that is why Christ dies. But the focus in carrying out the great commission must be on repentance, not on how God loves everybody and wants all to be happy.

      • Randal 7:58 am on 2014-12-06 Permalink | Reply

        Very true, Don, good comments. Luke seems to have a special interest in repentance. He also tells stories that show it, like Zacchaeus in Lk 10.

    • Beth 4:01 pm on 2014-12-06 Permalink | Reply

      Most today would say we have to repent of sin, but do they know that repentance is actually a complete new mind? Do they have any idea about changing from serving self to determining to glorify God as God and love the truth that God is Creator and Owner (Rom. 1:18-21)? The ones who have not determined to be disciples have ignored the basic language in the Great Commission (teach=make disciples=mathetuo) and *then* baptize them (disciples).

      With this same thread in mind, look at what the Apostle Paul says in Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

      Look at Hebrews 6:1, where those weak Christians had to be admonished about their repentance and focus for the future. “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit.”

      • Randal 7:07 pm on 2014-12-06 Permalink | Reply

        Great post, Beth, we really do need to flesh out the meaning and application of repentance, as well as we’ve done with baptism.

  • TFRStaff 5:58 am on 2014-11-29 Permalink | Reply
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    The gospel of the grace of God 

    A lesson by this title has been added to the Old Paths Archive in text and audio, and in English and Dutch.

    “The gospel of the grace of God”

    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/063-grace.html

    “Het evangelie van de genade Gods”

    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/063-genade.html

    This is a compendium of Paul’s teaching on grace in his letter to the saints at Rome.

    A compressed version is appearing as an article in the December 2014 issue of the Canadian publication, The Gospel Herald http://www.gospelherald.org/ which has the grace of God as its theme.

    Pray with me that this material will help souls throughout the world gain a greater understanding of the marvelous grace of God.

    May the Lord bless you.

    Roy Davison

    http://www.oldpaths.com/RD

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 10:34 am on 2014-05-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Put the gospel content in forms that don’t create barriers to acceptance 

    barrierSometimes complaints get action and instigate changes, more often they don’t. The latter times tend to be in cases where the group or business is large. I complained to BibleGateway about their popups, which are intrusive and just plain nasty. They said sorry, but we need them. In other words, go somewhere else. So I did.

    I’ve been a constant user of their service, which is good in many ways. But I have started using others. Maybe popups don’t annoy the other millions who use sites that employ them. I hate them.

    Similarly, I don’t read some people’s or churches’ websites when they share a link but I still have to click three or four times to find the touted content. Lesson: If somebody has to click more than once or twice to get there, they won’t make it and probably won’t come back. Maybe it’s laziness. Or maybe a question of fairness. If you want a reader to read, lead him straight to it. (More …)

     
    • Butch Adams 11:56 am on 2014-05-21 Permalink | Reply

      I once ran across a brother’s website because it got featured on one of those “How not to build a website” pages. His content was excellent … His navigation … mmm Not so much.

      The author that featured him ridiculed him and even questioned the validity of his content based on the poor design of the site.

    • James 12:04 pm on 2014-05-21 Permalink | Reply

      I think some of that is built into certain website designs, but I get sick of clicking 3 times to get a story or article or whatever. It is one thing if I am searching for something, but if there is a link then the link should go straight to the content. I do know how hard it is to get all your links right, though.

    • James Randal 2:05 pm on 2014-05-22 Permalink | Reply

      Butch, that’s a prime example, for sure.

      James, some people may do it to up their overall hit number, but it’s not a smart thing to do. Others may just not know better.

  • TFRStaff 6:25 am on 2014-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Evangelism: obligation and opportunity of the local church 

    By Charles Box — The church of Christ in the first century was an evangelistic church. Evangelism has always been and will always be the life blood of the local church. Jesus said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:15-16)Men and women who have committed their lives to the Lord must be motivated by love, to share the gospel with others. It is past time for all of us to carry out God’s command to bring forth fruit in the local church. (John 15:1-8)

    If we do not bear fruit we will be cut off, cast into the fire and burned! The word of God must be taught in a patient and persistent way. We must love people. It is our duty to teach all the lost all the truth. As Christians we must Always Be Teaching Somebody the gospel. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 10:12 am on 2014-03-03 Permalink | Reply
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    There is good news for fallen humanity! 

    A lesson by this title has been added to the Old Paths Archive in text and audio, in English and Dutch.

    There is good news for fallen humanity
    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/goodnews.html

    Er is goed nieuws voor de gevallen mensheid
    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/nieuws.html

    This material can be helpful when you are studying with people who have not yet become Christians.

    May the Lord bless you.
    Roy Davison

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-02-07 Permalink | Reply
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    (#150) The Proverbs of Solomon 20:27-Why God Makes Common Sense 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 20:27: “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.”

    The mythological Doctrine of Evolution, which is disseminated by the Government, cannot account for “the spirit of a man,” since it is God Who “forms the spirit of man within him” (Zechariah 12:1), but “Evolution” is an atheistic belief. No “scientist” can ever disprove the existence of “the spirit of a man,” for true science can only deal with what is physically observable, and, as the bodily resurrected Jesus Christ said: “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have” (Luke 24:39).

    Because God has given each human a spirit, what God has provided makes sense! God has:

    1) Created “the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) and all scientific knowledge is centered upon learning facts about what it is, how it works, believing the evidence that points to God as Creator (Hebrews 11:3; Romans 1:20-23). God as Creator is what makes sense;

    2) Made heterosexual, monogamous marriage the basis of all civilized societies (Genesis 2:18-25), and the plan for conception, birth, and proper instruction of each individual in the world (Colossians 3:18-21). God’s Design of Marriage, always makes moral sense, and always works when followed;

    3) Readily inspired and controlled the writing of the Bible through men! It is because of this, we know “that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21). This is how we have the New Testament “which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:5). This is why Bible study makes sense;

    4) Given moral guidelines that are obvious, and fit with our “common sense!” “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21);

    5) Given the Gospel of our salvation that makes sense! “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:24-29).

    With the Gospel of Christ, look into your heart, for “As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man” (Proverbs 27:19).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 3:49 pm on 2013-12-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Two important stories on BNc today:

    http://brotherhoodnews.com/2013/12/30/

    And my editorial today on Forthright Mag, giving a great and motivating view of the big picture:

    http://forthright.net/2013/12/30/epic/

     
  • John T. Polk II 11:15 am on 2013-12-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Outline of the Book of Hebrews 

    There is an outline of the Book of Hebrews now available on: http://doverchurchofchrist.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Book-of-Hebrews.pdf

     
  • TFRStaff 1:52 pm on 2013-10-26 Permalink | Reply
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    People Hang on His Every Word 

    While I cannot praise the beer industry for its product, I have to admit that beer companies rank near the top in coming up with memorable commercials. One of them has recently been making some funny twists to several clichés and attributing them to “the most interesting man in the world.” One of these went this way: “people hang on his every word—even the prepositions.”

    The last half of Luke 19 describes Jesus’s “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem. The last two verses tell that He was teaching on a daily basis in the temple while the chief priests and scribes were trying to figure out how to kill Him. They couldn’t come up with anything, though, because according to verse 48, “All the people were hanging on to every word He said” (even the prepositions! J).

    As a curious side note, people are divided over Jesus’s prepositions, or at least the ones the apostles left for us in the name of Jesus. The most prevalent error proclaimed by the denominational world stems in part from a misunderstanding of the word “for” in the invitation of the first gospel sermon recorded in the book of Acts. “Let every one of you repent and be baptized for the remission of sins.” Does that word for mean “because of” or “in order to obtain”? Millions of people believe it means the former, when a thorough study of the New Testament would indicate the latter. But that’s not the point I was intending to make—we’ll get back to the trunk of the tree now.

    “All the people were hanging on to every word He said.” I bet many of those people would be present for that first gospel sermon a couple of months later; I bet many of them would respond to the gospel and be baptized for the remission of their sins. Several years down the road, I bet many of them were racing to the assembly to be present for the first public reading of Mark’s account of the life of Jesus (or Matthew or whoever’s gospel came first). I bet many of them did what Jesus’s mother did by treasuring these things, pondering them in their hearts (Luke 2:19). God, forgive us when we get into such a routine that we don’t think about You or the Words You have left for us. Help us realize that the Scriptures are the most valuable resource on this planet, and may we “hang on every word.” – Joshua Gulley

    Josh is a member of the church at the Smithville Church of Christ and a teacher of music at the High School level

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-10-04 Permalink | Reply
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    (#82) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:12-What Were You Thinking? 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 14:12: “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” This is also repeated: “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 16:25).

    If ever there was a wise statement that warns everyone against following only their own instincts, judgment, conscience, or knowledge, this is it! No one is capable of deciding his/her own way, for if God is not allowed to influence every decision a person makes, the Devil will! “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). Our desire either “exalts itself against the knowledge of God, [or we are ] bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). There is no such thing as absolute “freedom” from all law or restraint, and those who “promise liberty” are often “themselves are slaves of corruption: for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage” (2 Peter 2:19). What “seems right” is not the only criteria for prudent judgment, for “’he who glories, let him glory in the LORD.’ For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:17-18). The TV show, “Breaking Bad” surely illustrated this proverb, as has the history of mankind! To those “who trust in their wealth And boast in the multitude of their riches” [whose] “inner thought is that their houses will last forever, Their dwelling places to all generations” (Psalm 49:6,11), which is faulty thinking (1 Timothy 6:9). “Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately” (Luke 19:11), so Jesus corrected their wrong idea. When Simon converted to Christ, he “thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money” but he was commanded to “repent…and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven” (Acts 8:20-22). Jesus corrected the thinking of the Laodiceans when He said: “”Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ –and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17). NO ONE can testify they have been saved by God unless they have “conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29), and know this because The “Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16). The Holy Spirit would only “acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37), in other words the Holy Spirit only “bears witness” through His inspired Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17)! Those who have not followed Scriptures do not have “witness” from God they are right!

    There is no question as to where living one’s own selfish life will lead. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). “Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later” (1 Timothy 5:24). “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?” (1 Corinthians 6:9). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

    It’s not what “seems right” but what is actually is right that should matter!

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-10-03 Permalink | Reply
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    (#81) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:9-Don’t Drown In A Rainstorm! 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 14:9: “Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.”

    To “mock” is to scoff at like a child, childish ridicule, or taunt someone else. Jesus showed a lack of planning ahead opens one to mocking (Luke 14:25-33), but this was falsely heaped upon Jesus, Himself, by the soldiers who crucified Him (Matthew 20:17-19), for Jesus had, indeed, planned ahead for His cross (Mark 8:31-33). Zophar, mis-representing Job, asked, “when you mock, should no one rebuke you?” (Job 11:3) Job, defending God, retorted, “can you mock Him as one mocks a man?” (Job 13:9) Mocking men is childish, but mocking God is insane! The Apostle Paul used the word “mock,” (turn up the nose) to press the issue: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). An up-turned nose can only drown someone in a rainstorm! God cannot be “mocked” without punishment, and all who “mock at sin” will reap their due reward! God considered sin so serious, that: (1) men have no remedy by themselves (Colossians 1:12-23); (2) He gave His only begotten Son to atone for our sins (Hebrews 9:24-28); (3) it is only through immersion a sinner receives the saving benefits of Jesus’ cross (Colossians 2:9-15). All who “mock” at this plan must face God on that day (Mark 16:15-16). All the comedians, sitcoms, entertainers, and propaganda press who childishly turn up their noses at the seriousness of sin and its consequences, will reap their reward from God, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences” (2 Corinthians 5:10-11).

    Only “among the upright” (obedient to God’s Will) is the “favor” of God found. “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him “and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house (Acts 7:9-10; referring to Genesis 39-41). King David “found favor before God and asked to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob” (Acts 7:46). Another proverb says, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished” (Proverbs 22:3). A word to the wise is sufficient.

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • TFRStaff 9:38 am on 2013-05-13 Permalink | Reply
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    The First Gospel Sermon (Mike Glenn) 

    This month the Joshua Generation characteristic encourages us all to be evangelistic. The slogan is “Go ye means go me.”

    It is by the foolishness of preaching that God will save the world (1 Cor. 1:18-31). Therefore, I would like to turn our attention for this study to the first gospel sermon ever preached. Particularly, I would like for us to consider at least some of the preparation that made that first sermon possible.

    To prepare us to make the application of the lesson, let’s you and I remember that we are “members one of another” (Eph. 4:25) and that we have “obtained like precious faith” with the apostles though they are long passed. What made the first gospel sermon possible? What made it necessary? Let’s take the second question first.

    What made this first gospel sermon necessary? Simply, Adam, and every man and woman who has lived since then, has committed sin against God, others and self, thus bringing the penalty of eternal death and suffering upon all (Rom. 3:23, 5:5-18, 6:23). Paul would say that if one died for all, then all were dead (2 Cor. 5:14). No man has ever been able to find his own solution to sin or even to control of his passions and temptations (Jer. 10:23).

    The second question is, “What made the first gospel sermon possible?”

    The simple answer is, the love of God (John 3:16; Romans 5:6-8). It is the details bringing us to that first sermon that teaches us the value of our soul and of those around us.

    First, the plan was formulated before the world began (Eph. 1:4). Then, it was some 4000 years in the preparation (Eph. 3:9) until the time was just right for our Lord to enter the earth (Galatians 4:4).

    Also, there was THE CHOICE. I am talking about the Lord’s choice to give up equality with God to come and to die (Phil. 2:5-8; John 10:17-18). There was also the process of training 12 men of human failings, emotions and intellect (consider Peter, Thomas, Judas) to preach, defend and live by the eternal message they were to carry to the masses and to the individuals. (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:54 am on 2013-04-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Psalm 131 What It Means To “Grow Up” 

    There is uncertainty regarding the author, time, or circumstances of these Psalms, but it is apparent Psalms 120-134 work together, and are called the “Songs of Degrees,” and sometimes “Songs of Ascension.” This Psalm is attributed to David, but also could have been written about David, for it seems to express his child-like humility before God.

    Verse 1 defines humility;

    Verse 2 describes contentment;

    Verse 3 distributes this among his countrymen.

    Verse 1: “LORD, my heart is not haughty.” Humility is not downgrading oneself, but accepting oneself in view of God. “Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility” (Proverbs 18:12). “By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life” (Proverbs 22:4).

    “Nor my eyes lofty.” The way up is down, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Paul taught Christians “to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men” (Titus 3:2). Moses was humble (Numbers 12:3), but God can: “Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted” (Ezekiel 21:26). Every person is a “creature” needing the Gospel (Mark 16:15-16).

    “Neither do I concern myself with great matters…Nor with things too profound for me.” “Great matters” are out of my control, and “profound” things are above my head. In other words, everything in this world doesn’t need everybody’s opinion! Facebook or Tweet that! This is not a “head-in-the-sand” approach to life, but a realization that all matters may not be our personal concern. Probably this verse is in the Law of Jesus Christ in Romans 12:16: “Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”

    Verse 2: “A weaned child” has made the transition from suckling to satisfied.  Comfort in the mother’s breast is no longer also the child’s sustaining food. “A weaned child” has learned that life is no longer dependent upon mother alone. The process of maturing has progressed. To be a Christian, one must be “converted and become as little children, [or else] you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). Then spiritual progress in the faith is expressed by Peter: “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1 Peter 2:1-3). Many who do not become Christians have refused the humility of repentance and baptism “in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Many of those who have become Christians have refused to be “weaned” from the “milk” of the Word of God. “For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14). Spiritual growth is stunted without study.

    Verse 3: “O Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever.” This is a challenge for David’s brethren to move forward in their faith. The church of Christ is thus challenged: “We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel” (Colossians 1:3-5).

     All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
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