Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:1-2; Titus 2:5
Having considered Christians’ behaviour and responsibilities in the society and at work, Peter turned his attention to their obligations at home. Peter’s concern in this passage is married men and women who recently received Christ, and were in much trouble as to how should they respond to their unbelieving spouses who oppose their newly found faith...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 12 December 2016
Read: John 8:21-29; Isaiah 41:4
Christ had perfect knowledge as to what would happen and where He would be. Upon the completion of His work on earth, He would finally return to the Father. So He said, “I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.” By this Jesus alluded to His death, resurrection and ascension. He also alluded to the Jews’ murderous intent. In verse 28, He told them that they would kill Him — “ye have lifted up the Son of man....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:13; 2 Peter 3:9-14
eter mentions two fruits of salvation in verses 13-16. The word, "wherefore," in the beginning of verse 13 suggests that in this passage we are given the consequences or results of the salvation that is discussed in the preceding passage. Today let us consider the first result of salvation, mentioned by Peter...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 10 December 2016
Read: John 1:18; Luke 10:22
o man has ever seen God in all the fullness of His divine nature. We, in our sinful estate, are unable to behold God in His mighty and awesome splendour. Even the appearances of God to man in the Old Testament times did not manifest the “fullness” of God. To Moses, God said, “Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 09 December 2016
Read: John 3:14-17; Numbers 21:4-9
In verses 14 to 17, as Christ continues His conversation with Nicodemus, He explains how men can be delivered from their spiritual tragedy or death. For this purpose in verse 14, Jesus used the illustration of Moses and the brazen serpent, recorded in Numbers 21:4-9. In the Old Testament passage we read about a plague of poisonous snakes among the Israelites, which led to the tragic deaths of many. God then gave instruction to Moses to make a brass serpent and lift it up on a pole in the midst of their camp...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 08 December 2016
Read: John 8:37-39; Psalms 63:1
It was now the last (eighth) day of the feast, the day for the Holy Convocation. On each of the previous seven days the priests had brought, in golden pitchers, water from the pool of Siloam. This was poured out in the temple to commemorate the water which God had provided during Israel’s wilderness wanderings, and to remind the Jews of the prophecies concerning the coming of the Spirit of God. As the water was being poured out the singers chanted Isaiah 12:3, “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 07 December 2016
Read: John 4:35–38; 1 Thessalonians 2:19–20
A Vision of the Soul-Harvest (v.35): Jesus decided to use the scene of people preparing for the coming harvest as an illustration to teach the importance of foreseeing the need of the soul-harvest. Jesus had a clearer vision of the spiritual needs of the people than the disciples. The disciples were more concerned about hunger and food (vv.31–34), while His concern was the hunger of the souls of Samaria. So Jesus said to them, “lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” When Jesus saw the city, He saw their greatest need...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 06 December 2016
Read: John 4:27–34; Psalm 40:8
Willingness to Reach Out Indiscriminately (v.27): While Jesus was still talking to the woman, the disciples who went to buy food had returned. They were surprised, but did not question His action. It was not customary for a teacher to talk to a woman in public at length. Over and above, he was talking to a Samaritan woman. Christ, our supreme example of soul winning, showed no racial prejudice or discrimination that was common among the Jews. Like Christ, if we exhibit a love for all men regardless of their race and status, we will be able to guide many to the light of the Gospel...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 05 December 2016
Read: John 12:20-26; Hebrews 7:27
Among those who came to the Passover were certain sceptical Greeks. They were apparently Jewish proselytes - Gentiles who had forsaken pagan gods and worshipped the God of Israel. They met with Philip and requested a private interview with Jesus. Philip together with Andrew made their request known to Jesus. The disciples might have been unsure of Jesus’ response, for Jesus had said that He was sent to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 15:24).
It does not appear that the Greeks received a private interview with Jesus. But they were present at the public discussion that ensued...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:10-11; Psalms 34:12-16
eter also teaches us how we can turn what appears to be "bad days" to "good days." The word "for" in the beginning of verse 10 connects this verse to his previous discussion of how we should respond in the midst of persecution. Peter’s teaching in verses 10-13 is taken from Psalm 34:12-16.
First, we must deliberately decide to love life. It must be an act of one’s will: "He that will love life" or "He who wills to love life." It is the optimism of a believer. When trouble comes, we must decide by faith that we want to rejoice in that circumstance...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 03 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:4-8; Isaiah 28:16
ocks in the field may be looked upon by some as useless, but it can also be useful to some others. It all depends on how people view the rocks. Only those who see the goodness of the rock will find it very useful, while others will find it a ‘curse.’
In the passage that starts with verse 4, Peter tells us that Jesus Christ is a ‘precious’ and ‘living stone’ to the community of believers, though unbelievers view Him as a ‘rock of offence.’ The believers build their own lives upon Him as ‘lively stones’ to form ‘a spiritual house’, the church...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 02 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:9; Romans 12:14
hristians should show love and graciousness not only to one another, but also to those who are their enemies. The first recipients of this letter were experiencing persecution. So Peter taught them how they should relate to those who oppress them.
These lessons must be appropriated into our lives that we may prepare ourselves for evil times ahead of us. The church today better be prepared for difficult times ahead...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 01 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 5:1-11; Acts 20:28
n the last chapter Peter focuses on the life of the people in the church.
Conduct of the leaders: Peter’s concern for good leadership led him to write about the responsibilities of the elders who are the leaders of a local church. Referring to himself as an elder, Peter admonishes his readers as one who is familiar with the job...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Psalms 33:12
The first readers of this epistle were a persecuted and rejected people in this world. They were like strangers in their own countries. In this world they were like a rejected people. However, Peter reminds them that they are a special people to God. No matter how horrible the treatment of the world would be, Christians should remember how special they are in God’s eyes.
Peter’s description of the New Testament Church parallels God’s description of the nation of Israel in Exodus 19:5-6 and Deuteronomy 7:6. When the nation of Israel has gone rebellious and disobedient...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Read: John 17:1-5; John 13:31, 32
We know from the Gospel records that our Lord spend long hours in prayers. John 17 gives us a glimpse of the way He prayed. In the first section (vv.1-8), Jesus prayed for Himself, and then He prayed for His disciples and for all who henceforth should believe on Him.
Christ prayed that the Father would "glorify the Son" that the glory of the Father may be fully manifested through Him. Christ sought no glory other than the glory of His Father. Believers too are to glorify God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 28 November 2016
Read: 1 Peter 4:10-11; Romans 12:6-8
In verses 10 and 11, Peter discussed how Christians must serve one another as they prepare themselves for the “end.” This is the third and final realm of spiritual preparation that Peter discussed in this passage.
Ministering spiritual gifts: Every Christian (“every man”) has a spiritual gift (Cf. 1 Corinthians 12:7). Spiritual gifts are not earned but “received” from God’s hands. So spiritual gifts do not reflect a person's greatness, but the greatness of God who gave the gift...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 November 2016
Read: John 13:12-17; Luke 22:26-27
Jesus began His series of ‘close-door’ teaching for His disciples with a lesson on mutual love. This lesson is vital for our times too, as the world is preoccupied with self-esteem, self-love, and self-glory. When people are committed first of all to themselves, relationships disintegrate. And that is just what is happening today in homes and in society at large. Sadly, the preoccupation with self has found its way into the church. Perhaps the fastest-growing phenomenon in modern Christianity is the emphasis on pride, self-esteem, self-image, self-fulfilment, and other manifestations of self glorification...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 26 November 2016
Read: John 6:41-42; 1 Corinthians 10:10
Earlier, Jesus claimed with reference to Himself that “my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.” (vv.32a–33). He also said, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (vv.38).
“The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread, which came down from heaven” (v.41). The mention of “the Jews” here is another of John’s many uses of this expression in the specialised sense of “Jewish leaders...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 25 November 2016
Read: John 6:34-40; Hebrews 7:25
Just as Jesus had whetted the appetite of the woman of Samaria by His description of living water (Jn 4:10), He aroused the desire of the multitude for the “bread of life.” They appeared to desire it. They said, “Lord, evermore give us this bread” (v.34b).
But their eagerness was misplaced. Their asking revealed that they did not understand that He was really offering Himself to them. Therefore, Jesus explicitly stated: “I am the bread of life” (v.35). Receiving Him by faith as the Redeemer from sin and the Giver of eternal life would result in spiritual satisfaction that would never cease...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 24 November 2016
Read: John 3:22-28; 1 Peter 1:7
After the conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus went with His disciples from Jerusalem into Judean land. John the Baptiser also was baptising in those days. In the Jewish mind, baptism was indicative of repentance and purification. Since two groups were baptising and more people began to go to Christ, a debate arose between John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying. This question surfaced as people began to leave John to go to Christ (vv.25–26). When they came to John, they said, referring to the popularity of Jesus “Behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Read: John 13:13-14; 1 John 5:14-15
hile Jesus continued to assure His disciples, He gave them a wonderful promise “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (vv.13-14). The disciples had left everything and were completely without resources. Without Jesus, they would be all alone in a hostile world. So He assured them that they did not need to worry about their needs. Whatever perception they might have about His whereabouts, they can draw near Him through prayer...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Read: John 12:12-19; Psalms 118:25-26
oday’s passage occurred on the Sunday morning following Jesus’ arrival in Bethany on Friday. John is careful to show us the clear division among the people in their responses to Jesus.
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is usually called His Triumphal Entry. But it has none of the earmarks of such events. In a triumphant entry, usually a king would ride into the city on his chariot or on a white horse, symbolising victory, followed by defeated kings or other captives in chains. But in His entry into Jerusalem Jesus came into His capital city not as warrior king but as a King of peace riding upon an ass, a humble animal...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 21 November 2016
Read: John 2:23-25; Matthew 7:21-28
oday’s passage provides us an actual evaluation of the people who were fascinated by the miracles and claimed to be believers. No period in history has ever seen as many miracles as during the three and a half years of Jesus’ public ministry. John later wrote that “There are also many other things, which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 November 2016
Read: John 18:33-34; John 8:47
ilate’s personal interrogation of Jesus is recorded in verses 33 to 38a. He knew that something was unusual about the Jews’ case against Christ as it is not normal for a Jew to turn over another Jew to the hated Romans. Pilate began by asking Jesus if He was the King of the Jews. Soon Pilate revealed that it was the Jews and their leaders who made the accusation against Him (John 1:11).
Jesus assured that He had no intention of any political insurrection against the Jews or the Romans. He was no revolutionary guerrilla leader. His kingdom is not of this world. Therefore it comes not by rebellion but by submission to God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 19 November 2016
Read: John 2:1-2; Ephesians 3:17-18
he wedding house in Cana had many guests who were invited for the happy occasion. But they seem to have taken special effort to use the occasion to honour Jesus Christ, while many others were suspicious of Him.
Christ was invited: After three days of Journey from the place of John the Baptiser’s ministry, Jesus reached a place called Cana of Galilee. Cana was near Nazareth where Jesus grew up. Obviously He had many friends in that part of Galilee. Verse 2 tells us that “Jesus was called.” Inviting Jesus and His disciples points to the fact that the host had already recognised Christ as “the Lamb of God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 31 October 2016
Read: John 1:19-28; 1 Peter 3:15
erse 19 begins with the words, “And this is the record of John.” The word “record” indicates the certainty with which John the Baptiser witnessed. He would even give his life for the truth he declared. From his witnessing of Christ, we can glean some important principles for effective witnessing.
Readiness to Answer the Unbelievers: This spiritual preparedness was well evident in the life of John the Baptist. When the priests and Levites came to interrogate the Baptiser, “he confessed and denied not” (v.20). John was ready to answer them because he wanted them to know Christ...
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