“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.”
1 John 2.1 NLT
John writes that God’s marvelous plan has us covered in all circumstances. False teachers claimed sin was a non-issue. God considers it serious, so much so that Jesus serves as advocate.
The Lord doesn’t expect sinless people. He expects people not to live for sin. What are some wrong ideas about sin that people have?
#sin #Jesus #Advocate #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.”
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”?
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“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
“Lord, lead me in your righteousness because of those who wait to ambush me, remove the obstacles in the way in which you are guiding me!”
After an opening appeal to be heard, 1-2, David bases his prayer on God’s holy nature, 3-6. He himself will worship and acknowledge God, 7, but the wicked lie and rebel, 9-10. His request and expectation center in joy, 11. He ends with another affirmation of God’s action consistent with his person, 12.
How does this psalm contrast with the attitude of the Pharisee praying in the temple? Lk 18.9-14.
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“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?
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“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