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  • J. Randal Matheny 2:09 am on 2017-02-01 Permalink | Reply
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    VOTD: 1 John 3.16 

    “We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians” (NET).

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 2:11 am on 2017-02-01 Permalink | Reply

      The NET Bible (bible.org) is a fine version, with tons of textual notes, my go-to choice in English. Here, however, they’ve translated αδελφων (brethren, or brothers and sisters) as “fellow Christians.” The term “Christians” actually appears only three times in the New Testament. NET would have done better, if they were going to change it up, to translate it as “spiritual family” or something similar.

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:10 am on 2017-01-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Psalm 119.86 

    So how the second line connect with the first?

    All your commands are reliable.
    I am pursued without reason. Help me! (NET)

    And in what sense is a command reliable?

     
    • Eugene Adkins 4:13 pm on 2017-01-29 Permalink | Reply

      I suppose a command is only as reliable as the one giving the command. As for the first part, I suppose the frustration would be the difficulty of reconciling how doing good leads to being treated wrongfully. Followed by a request of the good commander for help due to the psalmist’s view of the said commander’s commands.

    • J. Randal Matheny 4:42 am on 2017-01-30 Permalink | Reply

      I wondered if the reliability of the commands refers to the promises attached to them.

      • Eugene Adkins 5:50 pm on 2017-01-30 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know. Perhaps both. Verses 89-90 seems to lean toward the emphasis of the one “settling” the word/commandment/law. Verses 92-93 seem to lean toward what you’re saying. I don’t think either view damages the other. The trustworthiness of God’s word definitely seems to be the point.

        After initially reading your question my mind was thinking more along the lines of someone being able to “promise” you the moon, but that doesn’t mean they can deliver on it. With God it is a much different story.

  • TFRStaff 3:57 am on 2017-01-25 Permalink | Reply
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    1 Corinthians 4.17 

    “For this reason, I have sent Timothy to you, who is my dear and faithful son in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church” (NET).

    What perspectives, lessons, and applications do you see for this verse? One important truth in this verse is that the teaching done in Christ applies to everyone: “everywhere in every church.”

     
  • TFRStaff 5:00 am on 2014-07-13 Permalink | Reply
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    “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel” Exodus 19.5-6 ESV.

    These verses are chosen at random. Feel free to comment on them and discuss them in the comments area.

     
    • Jack 8:10 am on 2014-07-14 Permalink | Reply

      Hebrews 8:6-13
      But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant He mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second. For HE finds fault with them when he says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares JEHOVAH, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. For they did not continue in MY covenant, and so I showed no concern for them, declares JEHOVAH.

      For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares JEHOVAH: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their GOD, and they shall be MY people.

      And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know JEHOVAH,’ for they shall all know ME, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” In speaking of a new covenant, HE makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

  • TFRStaff 11:37 am on 2014-07-12 Permalink | Reply
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    “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4.19 NIV.

    Today’s verse was chosen at random. Feel free to comment on it and discuss its meaning and application.

     
  • TFRStaff 3:00 am on 2014-06-30 Permalink | Reply
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    “Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you” 2Co 13.12 NET.

    Today’s verse was chosen at random. Feel free to comment on it and discuss its meaning and application.

     
  • TFRStaff 3:00 am on 2014-06-29 Permalink | Reply
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    “This is what the Lord says: ‘Where is your mother’s divorce certificate by which I divorced her? Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? Look, you were sold because of your sins; because of your rebellious acts I divorced your mother'” Isa 50.1 NET

    Today’s verse was chosen at random. Feel free to comment on it and enrich our understanding.

     
  • TFRStaff 3:50 pm on 2014-06-28 Permalink | Reply
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    “But the house of Israel is unwilling to listen to you, because they are not willing to listen to me, for the whole house of Israel is hard-headed and hard-hearted” Eze 3.7 NET.

    These verses are chosen at random. Feel free to comment on them.

     
    • Jack 4:29 pm on 2014-06-28 Permalink | Reply

      Jesus was the faithful Son that Israel never was…

      But speaking boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, It was necessary for the Word of GOD to be spoken first to you; but since you indeed thrust it away and judge yourselves not worthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the nations. (Acts 13:46)

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:25 am on 2014-06-27 Permalink | Reply
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    “No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us, and his love is perfected in us” 1Jo 4.12 NET.

    Feel free to comment on this verse, through the online link “Reply” at right.

     
    • Jack 3:27 pm on 2014-06-27 Permalink | Reply

      1 John 4:12 (NET)
      “No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us, and his love is perfected in us”

      And the context is?

      Our first concern of a verse is to understand what those first hearers/readers understood and secondly its harmony with the whole of scripture.

      1 John 4: 7-13 (LO)
      7 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is from GOD: and every one who loves, has been begotten by GOD, and knows GOD. 8 He who does not love, does not know GOD; for God is love. 9 By this the love of GOD was manifested to us, that GOD sent forth HIS Son, the only begotten, into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved GOD, but that HE loved us, and sent forth HIS Son to be a propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if GOD so loved us, we, also, ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen GOD, at any time. If we love one another, GOD abides in us, and HIS love is made perfect in us. 13 By this, we know that we abide in HIM, and HE in us, because HE has given us of HIS Spirit.

      “No man hath seen GOD at any time (theon oudeis heoraken popote). “GOD no one has ever seen.” Perfect active indicative of horao. Seen with the human physical eye, John means. GOD is invisible (Ex 33:20; De 4:12). Paul calls GOD aoratos (Col 1:15; 1Ti 1:17). John repeats the idea in Joh 5:37; 6:46.” (Robertson)

      “No one hath beheld GOD at any time (theon oudeis popote tetheatai). Perfect middle indicative of theaomai (Joh 1:14). Almost the very words of Joh 1:18 theon oudeis popote heoraken (instead of tetheatai). If we love one another (ean agapomen allelous). Third-class condition with ean and the present active subjunctive, “if we keep on loving one another.” GOD abideth in us (ho theos en hemin menei). Else we cannot go on loving one another. HIS love (he agape autou). More than merely subjective or objective (2:5; 4:9). “Mutual love is a sign of the indwelling of GOD in men” (Brooke). Is perfected (teteleiomene estin). Periphrastic (see usual form teteleiotai in 2:5; 4:17) perfect passive indicative of teleioo (cf. 1:4). See verse 18 for “perfect love.”
      (1 John 4:12 WordP)

      “Perfect love (he teleia agape). There is such a thing, perfect because it has been perfected (verses 12, 17). Cf. Jas 1:4. Casteth out fear (exo ballei ton phobon). “Drives fear out” so that it does not exist in real love. See ekballo exo in Joh 6:37; 9:34f.; 12:31; 15:6 to turn out- of- doors, a powerful metaphor. Perfect love harbours no suspicion and no dread (1Co 13). Hath punishment (kolasin echei). Old word, in N. T. only here and Mt 25:46. Timoria has only the idea of penalty, kolasis has also that of discipline, while paideia has that of chastisement (Heb 12:7). The one who still dreads (phoboumenos) has not been made perfect in love (ou teteleiotai). Bengel graphically describes different types of men:”sine timore et amore; cum timore sine amore; cum timore et amore; sine timore cum amore.
      (1 John 4:18 WordP)

      No man
      Usage Notes: * Note: Oudeis and medeis, “no one, no man,” are related to one another in much the same way as indicated above under ouketi and meketi. Instances of oudeis are Matt. 6:24; Matt. 9:16; Matt. 24:36 (RV, “no one”); John 1:18; John 3:2, 13, 32; John 14:6; John 16:22 (RV, “no one”); 2 Cor. 7:2 (thrice); Heb. 12:14; 1 John 4:12; Rev. 2:17, RV, “no one;” so Rev. 5:3, 4; Rev. 19:12; in Rev. 3:7, 8; Rev. 15:8 (RV, “none”); in Rev. 7:9; Rev. 14:3, “no man.” In all these cases “man” stands for “person.” The spelling outheis occurs occasionally in the mss.; Westcott and Hort adopt it in 2 Cor. 11:8, in the genitive case outhenos.
      Instances of medeis are Matt. 8:4 (almost all those in the Synoptists are cases of prohibition or admonition); Acts 9:7; Rom. 12:17; 1 Cor. 3:18, 21; Gal. 6:17; Eph. 5:6; Col. 2:18; 1 Thess. 3:3; 1 Tim. 4:12; Rev. 3:11, RV, “no one.”

      Usage Notes: “ever yet,” is rendered “at any time” in John 1:18; John 5:37; 1 John 4:12.

      Usage Notes: “to bring to an end by completing or perfecting,” is used (I) of “accomplishing” (see FINISH, FULFILL);(II) of “bringing to completeness,” (a) of persons: of Christ’s assured completion of His earthly course, in the accomplishment of the Father’s will, the successive stages culminating in His death, Luke 13:32; Heb. 2:10, to make Him “perfect,” legally and officially, for all that He would be to His people on the ground of His sacrifice; cp. Heb. 5:9; Heb. 7:28, RV, “perfected” (AV, “consecrated”); of His saints, John 17:23, RV, “perfected” (AV, “made perfect”); Phil. 3:12; Heb. 10:14; Heb. 11:40 (of resurrection glory); Heb. 12:23 (of the departed saints); 1 John 4:18; of former priests (negatively), Heb. 9:9; similarly of Israelites under the Aaronic priesthood, Heb. 10:1; (b) of things, Heb. 7:19 (of the ineffectiveness of the Law); Jas. 2:22 (of faith made “perfect” by works); 1 John 2:5, of the love of God operating through him who keeps His word; 1 John 4:12, of the love of God in the case of those who love one another; 1 John 4:17, of the love of God as “made perfect with” (RV) those who abide in God, giving them to be possessed of the very character of God, by reason of which “as He is, even so are they in this world.”
      Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and New Testament Words.

    • Jack 3:46 pm on 2014-06-28 Permalink | Reply

      1 John 4:12 (NET)
      “No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us, and his love is perfected in us”

      1 John 2:3 And by this, we know that we have known Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, I have known Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in this man. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly in this man the love of GOD is perfected. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him, ought, himself, also, so to walk even as He walked.

      Addenda.
      Though 1 John 4:12 speaks of literal sight, some may ask, “What of John 14:9, “He that has seen Me, has seen the Father.”? The Jews were accustomed to the experiential; a kingdom, temple, Law, “For the Jews ask for signs…” (Col. 1:22): they yearned to see YHWH, but now the eternal kingdom is unseen_ heavenly. Our Lord corrects and re-directs the disciples (Just as He did Nicodemus on the new birth).

      Context: John 14:4-11 (LO)
      4 And whither I am going, you know, and the way you know. 5 Thomas said to Him, Master, we know not whither you are going. How, then, can we know the way? 6 Jesus answered, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father, but by Me. 7 Had you known me, you would have known My Father also; and henceforth you know HIM, and have seen HIM. 8 Philip said to Him, Master, show us the Father, and it will satisfy us. 9 Jesus replied, Have I been with you so long, and do you not yet know Me, Philip? He that has seen Me, has seen the Father. How do you say, then, Show us the Father? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words which I speak to you proceed not from Myself: as to the works, it is the Father dwelling in Me who does them. 11 Believe Me, that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; if not on My testimony, be convinced by the works themselves.

      Jesus speaks not in relation to His body, but of His revelation. Yet, Philip wants to see the Father with his physical eyes, little little understanding the sight would profit him nothing. Jesus has shown Philip the Father in a far superior way_ the very character of HIS nature. Has all this been in vain?

      Col. 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible GOD, the first born of the whole creation.

      Heb.1:3a Who being in effulgence of HIS glory, and an exact representation of HIS character,

      John 12:44 Then Jesus, raising His voice, said, He who believes on Me, believes not on Me only; but on HIM who sent Me. 45 And he who beholds Me, beholds HIM who sent Me.

      2 Cor. 4:3 If then, indeed, our gospel be vailed, it is vailed among the destroyed; 4 among whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of GOD, might shine into them.

      John 5:20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all that HE HIMSELF does: nay, and will show Him greater works than these, which will astonish you. 21 For as the Father raises and quickens the dead, the Son also quickens whom He will: 22 for the Father judges no person, having committed the power of judging entirely to the Son, 23 that all might honor the Son; as they honor the Father. He that honors not the Son, honors not the Father, who sent Him. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My doctrine, and believes HIM who sent Me, has eternal life; and shall not suffer condemnation, having passed from death to life.

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:39 am on 2014-06-26 Permalink | Reply
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    “David was angry because the Lord attacked Uzzah; so he called that place Perez Uzzah, which remains its name to this very day” 1Ch 13.11 NET.

    Please comment on this verse, link at right.

     
    • Jack 11:53 am on 2014-06-26 Permalink | Reply

      Best answered by Stephen Charnock, via. The Treasury of David.

      Thou tookest veageance of their inventions. It is not a light punishment, but a “vengeance,” “he takes on their inventions; “to manifest that he hates sin as sin, and not because the worst persons commit it. Perhaps, had a profane man touched the ark, the hand of God had not so suddenly reached him. But when Uzzah, a man zealous for him, as may be supposed by his care for the support of the tottering ark, would step out of his place, he strikes him down for his disobedient action, by the side of the ark, which he would indirectly (as not being a Levite) sustain, 2 Samuel 6:7. Nor did our Saviour so sharply reprove the Pharisees, and turn so short from them as he did from Peter, when he gave a carnal advice, and contrary to that wherein was to be the greatest manifestation of God’s holiness, viz, the death of Christ, Matthew 16:23. He calls him Satan, a name sharper than the title of the devil’s children, wherewith he marked the Pharisees, and given (besides him) to none but Judas, who made a profession of love to him, and was outwardly ranked in the number of his disciples. A gardener hates a weed the more for being in the bed with the most precious flowers.

    • James 1:57 am on 2014-06-27 Permalink | Reply

      But David’s anger is the real focus of this verse. The events surrounding Uzzah’s death is the background. Why was David angry? We know this, because the Lord attacked (and, obviously, killed) Uzzah. With whom was David angry? That is the question we really want answered, but don’t get to know for certain here. Was he angry at God, the oxen, Uzzah, the priests, the former leaders who had neglected it, himself for not seeing it was moved right, or some mixture of the above? Something to ponder.

    • Eugene Adkins 7:02 am on 2014-06-27 Permalink | Reply

      I believe one of the better commentaries on the situation comes from the New Testament – James 1:20

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:49 pm on 2014-06-25 Permalink | Reply
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    “These Jews were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they eagerly received the message, examining the scriptures carefully every day to see if these things were so” Ac 17.11 NET.

    Comment on the verse, please.

     
    • Eugene Adkins 9:01 pm on 2014-06-25 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll take a whack if no one else will 🙂

      I like the translations that revolve more around the “noble minded” word usage due to the fact that their mindset was geared toward the proper perspective in relation to the scriptures, for an open mind is not always a proper mind spiritually speaking; but I suppose the point of the NLT’s “open minded” is being made with an inference toward the mind in relation to the scriptures.

      Now that the technical sounding speech is out of the way, here’s a simple outline (according to the NLT translation):

      The Berean Jews were determined to follow the truth (section a), they desired to learn (section b), and they were dedicated to the word of God (section c).

      One of the most powerful verses in the NT on how to study the Bible, and preachers, isn’t it?

    • Jack 12:46 pm on 2014-06-27 Permalink | Reply

      Acts 17:11 (NASB77)
      Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.

      noble-minded from S2104b’s eugenês = may be used of noble birth or race, but here of noble-character.

      The proof of their nobleness is the fact that they “received the Word with great eagerness,” namely the gospel as Paul and Silas preached it to them. Luke has given us a sample of that preaching in 13:16-41, and a summary in 17:2, 3.

      This is exactly what Paul and Silas desired (as we do)) : to have them examine, truly examine the Scriptures. That examination, properly made, could result in only one verdict: “These things are so!” and that supplied evidence for a confident faith, intelligent faith, that rested on the one true ground of faith, the Scriptures.

      What a marvelous character resumé preserved for posterity. The attitude of an honest heart to examine the evidence and judge for themselves whether it was true or not. The evidence of things not seen.

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