Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 03 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 4:1-2; Galatians 2:20
n this passage he once again teaches believers how to be Christ-oriented in a world that desperately attempt to destroy our devotion to the Lord.
In verse 1a, Peter says, "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind." When Christ suffered and died on our behalf, can we live without having Him in our thoughts? We are to "arm" ourselves "with the same mind...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:23-25; 1 Thessalonians 2:13
e are all born again by the Word. James in his epistle wrote, "Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth" (1:18). The Word of God is the instrument by which the spiritual life is implanted in our souls. God’s Word, being the ‘incorruptible seed,’ produces imperishable, eternal life in us. The following descriptions by Peter assure us that the life we received through the Word of God shall lasts forever.
The Imperishable Word: "….not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible” (v.23). The contrast that Peter mentions here is between what is perishable and what is not...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 01 October 2016
Read: John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-9
he Word was made flesh.” This expresses Christ’s incarnation. Christ the eternal Word who is God (Jn 1:1) came to earth as man. Yet in doing so, He did not merely “appear” like a man; He became one (cf. Phil 2:5–9). Humanity, in other words, was added to Christ’s deity. So the word “made” (egeneto) should be understood as “took to Himself.” “Flesh” in this verse means the human nature, not sinfulness or weakness...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 30 September 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...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 29 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 4:3-6; Revelation 2:10
n verses 3-6, Peter mentions the importance of Christians living with the awareness of the soon coming judge.
In verse 3 he says Christians should not live his life (the Greek text has the idea, "spend his life") following the lusts of men. Before accepting Christ, Christians were also living according to their lusts. In verse 3, Peter lists six worldly pleasures: (1) lasciviousness, (unbridled lust) (2) lusts of various kinds (plural - cf. 2:11) (3) excess of wine (implying drunkenness) (4) revellings (riotous drunken parties) (5) banquetings (orgies or carousing) and (6) abominable idolatries...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Read: John 15:1-6; Matthew 20:1
In the parable of John 15, Christ is a plant, but the Father is a person. Some false teachers claimed that the metaphor shows that Christ is not divine but lower in character and essence than the Father. To make such a claim is to miss the whole point of Jesus’ metaphor. Although He is affirming His equality in essence with the Father by claiming to be the source and sustainer of life, He is also emphasising the fundamental difference of His role and that of the Father’s. The point is that the Father cares for the Son and for those who are joined to the Son by faith...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Read: John 12:42-43; Isaiah 6:9-10; 53:1
After reporting and commenting on the unbelief of the Jews, John spoke about another kind of response to Christ which he observed. Not all were full of unbelief. John says some, though appeared to be unbelieving, had began exercising faith in the Lord Jesus. Some of them were from among the leaders. They believed unlike the way the ordinary folks believed: often with much more candour and much less reserve. Some of these men, who kept their faith a secret, desired human acceptance and praise than God’s pleasure. We may call such a faith irresolute, spurious or even imperfect faith...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 26 September 2016
Read: John 10:31-33; Acts 2:22
Jesus’ clearest claim of His deity sent the Jews into a violent rage. They “took up stones again to stone him” (v.31). The term “again” refers back to John 8:59. But there is one difference between these two verses. Two different words are used for “took up.” In John 8:59 the word suggests that they merely picked up stones that were handy. The word used in John 10:31 suggests that “they fetched stones from a distance...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:16-17; Hebrews 13:18
inal guideline for godly behaviour in an unfriendly and ungodly world:
Keep a pure conscience Christ: In verse 16 the apostle says, "Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 24 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:14b-15; 2 Timothy 2:25-26
ore guidelines for godly behaviour in an unfriendly and ungodly world:
A devotion to Christ: The last part of verse 14 and first part of verse 15 allude to Isaiah 8:12-13. The setting of Isaiah 8 is significant to understand the implication of Peter’s allusion. Ahaz, king of Judah, was facing a crisis. The king of Israel and Syria wanted Ahaz to join their alliance to fight against Assyrians, but Ahaz refused. Then behind the scene, Ahaz made a treaty with the Assyrians. But Isaiah the prophet warned Ahaz against that ungodly alliance and told him not to fear either the ungodly...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 23 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:13-14a; Proverbs 16:7
he first century believers were living in the midst of a people who looked for every opportunity to find a reason to persecute them. The instructions in 1 Peter 3:13-17 are God’s guidelines for preparation of believers who live in an unfriendly and ungodly culture.
A delightfulness in doing good: Peter asks a rhetorical question in verse 13 - "And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?" The idea of that question is that most people hesitate to cause harm to those who do good. Normally, people hate those who defraud others...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 22 September 2016
Read: John 14:18-20; 2 Thessalonians 2:16
resence of Christ
Jesus reassured the disciples that though He would soon die, nevertheless they could be assured of His presence and ministry.
There are two important elements in His promise, which we should not miss. Firstly, He guaranteed that He would rise from the dead “because I live, ye shall live also.” His dying on the cross would not be the end of His existence...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Read: John 12:47-50; Hebrews 1:1-2
rue salvation of God is to believe Jesus’ Words (vv. 47-48): Jesus said, And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Some could have wondered: If Jesus is truly God’s Son, why doesn’t He judge the unbelievers immediately? Answer: He did not come to judge, but to save. No immediate judgment does not mean they are forgiven and living in the true life of God. They will be judged on the day of judgment...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Read: John 12:44-46; 1 Peter 1:18-21
True belief in God is to believe in Jesus(v. 44): To believe in Jesus is to acknowledge the Father who sent Him. True belief in God should not be dichotomised from belief in Jesus. Without seeing Christ by faith, no one shall truly see God. Even Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet, by faith saw Jesus and His glory and firmly pronounced God’s condemnation upon those who would reject Him (vv.37-41). Throughout this Gospel, Jesus’ words and works are described as that of God the Father who sent Him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 19 September 2016
Read: John 18:3-8; John 10:17-18
he main reason Jesus went to the Garden was for His final preparations for His arrest. Through prayer He received the spiritual strength He needed to face the challenge. He went forth to meet the Jews, the Roman soldiers and Judas. He was not at all afraid, so He boldly asked “Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he.”
The arrest was not at all a surprise to Him. He was ready for this moment even before the world began. Old Testament prophecies talked about His betrayal (Zech 11:13). He talked about it to His disciples and the crowds...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 September 2016
Read: John 1:4; 1 John 5:11-14
fter introducing Christ under the title “the Word,” and affirming His deity (vv.1–3), John introduces Him in this passage as “the Life” and “the Light.”
“In Him was life,” said John about Jesus Christ. What does this imply? Firstly, it portrays Christ as self-existent and ever-living. Since life is in Christ, He is self-existent. He was never created; and He lives for ever
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 17 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:21-25; 1 Peter 5:10
e have already noticed two reasons why must be ready to be submissive even in sufferings that we face in working places. First, because of our calling, and second, because of Christ, our supreme example. At least two more reasons can be found in 1 Peter 2:21-25.
Because of our redemption from sin : Verse 24 teaches us that Christ died on the cross bearing our sins that we may live unto righteousness...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 16 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:21-25; Romans 12:18-21
he word "for" in the beginning of verse 21 introduces the reasons why we should be submissive and patiently suffering Christians at our work places.
Because of our calling : Verse 21a says "For even hereunto were ye called." "Hereunto," says Peter, "were ye called". The word "hereunto" refers to the last part of verse 20, where we read, "when ye do well and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God." Christians are called out of sin unto good works regardless of the circumstances...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 15 September 2016
Read: John 19:25-27; Luke 2:34-35
Four women stood by the cross with very sorrowful hearts. They were truly a total contrast to the greedy Roman soldiers who were busy parting Jesus’ garments. One of the four women was Mary, the mother of Jesus. Who can describe her pain and misery as she watched His broken body and listened to His groaning and the agony that shrouded His face while hanging on the cross? She must have remembered the day when the angel of the Lord greeted her with the news that she will bring forth...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:8b; John 20:29
When the intensity of trials increases, people tend to doubt the reality of God's love for them. When trials become difficult to endure, and when our prayers and desires are not quickly granted, it would seem that God has deserted us. He seems to be no where near in sight. This is when our faith must come to full expression. When every thing around us tries to prove that God is not real, our faith in God must refuse to succumb to such pressure. “Though now ye see him not, yet believing”! In Paul's language what Peter says is “For we walk by faith, not by sight....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 13 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:13-15; Titus 3:1
t is for the Lord’s sake that we submit ourselves to those in authority. Since Christians are called to "show forth the praises" of God (2:9), they should avoid any unholy rebellion.
When our Lord was on earth, though He spoke boldly against the sins of Jewish leaders, he never caused any political upheaval against the Jewish or Roman authorities. If we behave in any other way than our Christ, how can we bring glory to our Lord...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 12 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:13; Romans 13:1-2
n the previous passage Peter told us that in this world Christians are ‘strangers and pilgrims’ and as a result they will experience false accusations and hostility. Peter also exhorted them to let their honesty and good works attract the unbelieving ones to the Lord.
Peter now quickly affirms that separation from worldliness does not mean that Christians should avoid their duties as citizens. In fact he insists that our commitment to do good works must involve a submissive attitude...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 September 2016
Read: John 17:15-19; 1 John 5:2-3
n this section of our Lord’s prayer, he prays for the sanctification of His disciples. Sanctify means set apart for special use. A believer is to be distinct from the world’s sin, its values, and its goals.
His plan for His disciples’ sanctification was not to remove them from the temptations and oppositions of this world (“take them out of the world”), but to preserve them in the midst of conflict. Christians must go about in the world as a witness of Christ, trusting in God’s protection. Just as Jesus went about in this world, the believers also must. Jesus had prayed for protection for His disciples...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 10 September 2016
Read: Philippians 4:6a
Well, that is an old way of saying “be not anxious about anything”. The Greek word (merimnáō) translated “careful” does not mean that we should not care to carry out our responsibilities. The same word is used to teach us to care for one another (cf. 1 Cor. 12 :25). We are also taught in the Scripture to provide for our families (cf. 1Tim. 5:8). The advice given here is that we should free our minds from anxiety and worry...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 09 September 2016
Obedience to the truth:Verse 22 began with these words - "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth." From the point of conversion, all true believers manifest obedience to the truth preached to them. We often describe salvation in terms of faith. However, faith does not rule out the reality of obedience. Faith leads us to obey the Gospel truth. It is in obedience to the Word preached to us that we repent and trust the Lord for our salvation. It is the obedient faith that brings the purification of our souls possible. That is why Peter earlier called the true believers "obedient children" in verse 14...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 08 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:4-8; Hebrews 3:6
oncerning his readers who are believers, Peter says they are "lively stones . . . built up a spiritual house" (v.5a ).Believers are ‘lively stones’ or ‘living stones.’ No believer is a living stone as Christ. We are living stones only because we are being built upon ‘the living stone,’ who is the chief corner stone. If we are not built upon Him, or if we don’t believe on Him as the Scripture speaks of Him, we cannot be living stones...
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