Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 07 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:11; Romans 13:14
hristians are strangers and pilgrims. We are temporary residents on this earth. Peter has already described believers as strangers (1:1and 1:17). This is the third time he mentioned this fact. Peter’s emphasis is that believers should never expect total acceptance by the world.
In the preceding verses, the Apostle has ascertained that God has received us as His people. Now we are the "beloved" of God and His people. So Peter addresses us, "dearly beloved." This very identity that we have with God has caused us to appear as 'strangers' in this world...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 06 September 2016
Read: Luke 1:78
hese words were part of the prophecy of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptiser. The prophecy includes the ministries of both John the Baptiser, the forerunner, and Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Both of their tasks were to proclaim God's mercy to sinners.
The phrase "the tender mercy of our God" denotes God's infinitely gentle and gracious consideration of poor creatures like us, who are lost in their sin, without any hope of escape. It depicts the deep seated affections of God to wretched creatures like us...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 05 September 2016
Read: Psalm 3:8
avid knew that his deliverance from those who sought to destroy him is entirely in the hand of the LORD. Neither him, nor his friends have the power to deliver him from his enemies. Though he saw no scope of deliverance by his or the friend's efforts, he was confident about the LORD's power and wisdom to save him from all his troubles.
God's people have repeatedly been warned that nothing that people put their trust in, except the LORD, shall have the power to deliver them. For instance, Psalm 33:17 taught His people that "An horse is a vain thing for safety...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 September 2016
Read: Romans 15:1
Every Christian is called to be a member of the church, where he renders himself for the edification of other Christians. Paul stated this truth earlier in Romans 12:5 – "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another." In 1 Corinthians 12, he further explained, "that the members should have the same care one for another" (v.25). It is God's design that through mutual care we edify one another...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 03 September 2016
Read: Amos 5:6
The prophet Amos has just ended a lamentation over the impending death of the people of the "house of Israel" (5:1-5). A "lament" is a poem of grief sung at the funeral. Prophets used this poetic form to mourn the death of a city, people, or nation (cf. Jer. 9:10–11, 17–22; Lam.; Ezek. 19; 26:17–18). Though Israel has been enjoying material prosperity under Jeroboam II, her judgment was so certain that Amos lamented her fall as though it had already happened. To his listeners, his lament would have been like listening to their own obituary being read out to them...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 02 September 2016
Read: Acts 5:29b
These were the words of Peter and other apostles who were brought before the Jewish council that prohibited them from preaching the name of Jesus Christ. The high priest who headed the council charged them, saying, "Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us" (Acts 5:28). However, on an earlier occasion, Peter and John had already told the council that threatened them not to preach that...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 01 September 2016
Read: Philemon 1:7
These words of Apostle Paul are a testimonial to the far-reaching effects of Christian charity expressed by Philemon, a rich Christian man who lived in Colossae. Philemon's love for Christ was demonstrated in his expressions of love toward fellow Christians. He was joyful and ready to communicate to fellow Christians who were in need...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Read: Jude 1:21
he apostle Jude commands believers to keep themselves in the love of God. Believers must remain in the realm of God's love. They should not wander away from the goodness and blessings that God has lovingly provided for them.
God's love for His people is profoundly taught in the Scripture. It is so great and wondrous. Psalm 36:7 says, "How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Read: 1 John 3:3
Every genuine Christian possesses a certain hope in Christ concerning his future restoration to the image of Christ. The apostle John mentioned it in the earlier verse – "But we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is" (v.2). This hope of being made like unto Christ at His coming has great influence on every Christian's thinking and practice...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 29 August 2016
Read: Psalm 46:1
he psalmist here instructs God's people how they ought to possess indefatigable faith in God, even when they are encircled by terrors and troubles. He is not only an example of unfaltering faith, but also an encourager who exhorts fellow believers to put their confidence in God. The psalmist's confession of God's goodness toward His people is remarkably invigorating...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 28 August 2016
Read: Amos 5:14
arlier in this chapter, the prophet has repeatedly exhorted the Israelites to seek the LORD (vv. 4, 6, 8). This verse further explains the implications of the exhortation to seek the LORD. Those who seek the LORD will also seek to do His good will.
The "good" that God's people ought to seek is not what they think is good, but what the LORD has revealed as good. All that His Word requires of us is good, and that we must seek diligently to perform. The LORD said through Moses in Deuteronomy 12:28, "Observe and hear all these words which I command thee...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 27 August 2016
Read: 1 John 5:15
The scope of our prayers is found in two phrases of this verse: “Whatsoever we ask” and “the petitions that we desired of him.” They instruct us that as long as we are asking according to His will (v.14) and is sure that He will hear us (or attend to our prayers), there is no limit concerning what we can ask. We can ask whatever we would, that His will permits...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 26 August 2016
Read: Romans 15:2
o Christian is exempted from the exhortation given in this verse. Every Christian is urged to "please his neighbour." In the light of the context of this verse, the word "neighbour" denotes a fellow church member or a Christian brother. Pleasing another is to conduct in a polite or courteous manner toward another.
Many biblical admonitions, if carefully implemented, would enable us to be pleasing...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 25 August 2016
Read: Psalm 4:4
ommitting sin is more common with all men than refraining from it. At every provocation or temptation, unless one guards himself with God's help, he would easily be in the way of sin. In fact, even without any external provocation or temptation, man is found hurrying into sin. So the counsel given by David is a crucial one to us all. David's admonition to everyone is "stand in awe, and sin not...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Read: 3 John 1:4
The actual sentiment with which the Apostle John wrote this epistle is joy. From the beginning of this epistle to Gaius, John let Gaius know his joy concerning him. He wrote in verses 1-3, "The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth." The apostles' joy was immense, for he said "I rejoiced greatly...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 23 August 2016
Read: Psalm 3:5
King David was in a time of great distress of heart when he wrote Psalm 3. He was being pursued by his rebellious son, Absalom. He was driven from his throne, his palace and his city. He was compelled to wander as a poor fugitive, accompanied by only a few friends. As battle raged, David became weary in his body and heart. At night fall, he wanted to rest. Any evil could happen to him in the dark of the night, especially as his ferocious enemy was hot on his heel. However, David trusted the LORD's protection and cast all his burdens upon the LORD...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 22 August 2016
Read: 1 John 5:14
The Apostle John began his exhortation on prayer with an advice on the proper attitude of Prayer. He tells us that when we pray, we can have "confidence in him." The pronoun "him" refers to "the Son of God" found at the end of the preceding verse. Hence the phrase "confidence in him" is a reference to full assurance of faith in Christ. Prayer in itself is an expression of our confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 21 August 2016
Read: 1 John 3:2b
eferring to Jesus' return, John says, "when he shall appear, we shall be like him." "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation" (Hebrews 9:28). Jesus shall appear for His people to take them to Himself...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 20 August 2016
Read: Luke 12:32
he Lord Jesus Christ is the loving Shepherd of all those who follow Him in faith and obedience. Jesus referred to His followers as His flock. He said about them that "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27).Nonetheless, He calls them "little flock", referring to the fact they were few in number and defenceless on their own against their foes...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 19 August 2016
Read: Isaiah 45:6a
The LORD had just declared through Isaiah that He would raise a heathen king Cyrus who would let the Jews in captivity for seventy years return to Jerusalem to rebuild it (Isa. 44:28; 45:1-4). Cyrus was not yet even born when the LORD foretold through Isaiah about his rise to great power and wealth, and also how he would authorise the return of the Jews and the rebuilding of Jerusalem. It was about 150 years before Cyrus was born those prophecies concerning him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 18 August 2016
Read: Psalm 85:6
This prayer is teeming with confidence in the power of God that He can "revive" His people "again." It recollects the LORD's previous act of reviving His people, and desires earnestly that He would work yet again the same for His people. Right at the beginning of this psalm, certain previous acts of God were mentioned. It was said, "LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Read: Colossians 4:5
Christians are instructed here concerning their conduct "toward them that are without" the church. Relating to people outside the household of faith poses peculiar challenges to the Christians. Unbelieving family members, colleagues at work, fellow students, neighbours, etc. have principles or philosophies of life and conduct that are contrary to the biblical counsels that God has given for believers to live by. Many things that are lawful in this world are unlawful according to God's Word...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Read: 1 Timothy 4:13
It was the Apostle Paul's exhortation to Timothy concerning how he should fulfil his pastoral duty, as the apostle would be away from the church in Ephesus for a while. This exhortation defines the basic duties of everyone who enters the pastoral ministry of the church. The Greek verb translated "give attendance" is present active imperative; and hence it holds out to all the ministers a continuing command. The duties delineated in this exhortation ought to become every pastor's way of life...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 15 August 2016
Read: 1 John 5:11
In the previous verses, the Apostle John wrote about several records or witnesses concerning Christ and His gift of eternal life. In verse 7, the apostle mentioned a set of three heavenly witnesses – "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." Those witnesses are the three persons of the Trinity. Here, John referred to the Triune God Himself as the heavenly witness...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 14 August 2016
Read: 1 Timothy 2:5
The Apostle Paul presents this statement as a reason for His earlier advice that we should pray to God for all men, even for kings and people in authority, as it is good and acceptable in the sight of God, who will have all men to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth. The reason for such prayers for all men is that "there is one God". He alone is the Creator and sovereign God of all the classes, races and nationalities; and without coming to Him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 13 August 2016
Read: 1 Timothy 4:7
It was with profound concern for Timothy's pastoral ministry that the Apostle Paul has written this epistle. Instructions concerning a faithful and fervent pastoral ministry abound in this epistle. Timothy was just instructed in the previous verse that "If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained." In other words, it is the declaring of God's truth...
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