Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 30 April 2016
Read: Romans 12:9a
The Bible commands us frequently to be sincere and genuine in our love for others, as it is commanded here (cf. 2 Cor. 6:6; 1 Tim. 1:5; 1 Pet. 1:22). "Dissimulation" means "hiding under a false appearance". The words "without dissimulation" is translated from a Greek word anupókritos , which literally means 'not hypocritcal'. In our English Bible, this word has been translated as "unfeigned" (4 times), "without dissimulation" (once), and "without hypocrisy" (once). So Paul is teaching us that our love for one another ought to be...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 29 April 2016
Read: John 1:1
The apostle John began His Gospel by affirming the divinity of Christ. He introduced Jesus Christ as "the Word". In this Gospel and also in his other writings, John referred to Christ as "the Word"(Jn. 1:1,14; 1 Jn. 1:1; 5:7; Rev. 19:13). According to John 1:14, "the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us"; and this clearly indicates that the Word is Christ, the incarnate or the One who embodied in human form...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 28 April 2016
Read: Romans 12:15
The church being one, there should be common empathy in sad and joyful experiences of its members. In 1 Corinthians 12:26, Paul said, "And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it." Likewise, in Philippians 2:4, Paul exhorts, "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others." We must show friendly concern in the good and ill that happens to other persons...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Read: John 6:68b
These were the words of Simon Peter to the Lord Jesus Christ at a time when "many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him"(Jn. 6:66). The Lord Jesus then enquired the twelve, "Will ye also go away?" (Jn. 6:67). It is in answer to that query, Peter with his characteristic fervour and promptness said, "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 25 April 2016
Read: James 1:6
To obtain any favour from God, there must be faith in the asker. How can one ask in faith, if he has no faith in God? How can he ask in Christ's name, if he believes not in Him? Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 24 April 2016
Read: John 1:17
Christ has been presented by John in the preceding verses as "full of grace and truth" (v.14), and that "of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace" (v.16). Christ in whom the fullness of grace dwelt has come to this world to give grace to those who were in need of grace. He supplies grace to all those who trust Him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 23 April 2016
Read: 1 Timothy 4:16a
Take heed to thyself" was Paul's admonition to Timothy, a young Christian leader and a pastor. It will be disastrous to have a man who tells people what to do and never do the same on his own. The Scripture must be carefully studied and applied in the pastor's life before it is preached to others. A pastor should have this basic integrity to pay close attention to his life according to what he learns and preaches. Any man who falls short of this aspect of study is a hypocrite. The biblical integrity of a pastor requires both biblical knowledge and biblical character. The focal point of every pastoral ministry is biblical living or godliness...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 22 April 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:15
Christians as children of God ought to imitate their Father in heaven. If we are God's children, then we ought to be like our Father. Peter's exhortation here is "as he... is so be ye..." We being His children, we must exhibit His virtues. How wonderful it would be if the familiar saying, "Like father, like son," be true in every Christian...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 21 April 2016
Read: Psalm 10:16
The whole of Psalm 10 is an appeal to the LORD to intervene and deliver His afflicted people from their enemy, who is characterised as a proud boaster who persecuted the poor, showed no fear of God, and lived an openly defiant and fraudulent life. He calls on the LORD to punish the wicked in verses 12–15; and praises the Lord's greatness in verse 16, and closes the psalm in verses 17–18 by expressing his confidence in the Lord's willingness to rescue the helpless...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Read: 1 John 5:12
Possessing Christ, the Son of God, is to possess life, eternal. Conversely, the rejection of Christ is to live under the sentence of death, without having the eternal life that Christ alone offers. The Son of God Himself proclaimed in John 3:36, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." Again, He said in John 5:24, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Read: 2 Peter 1:5
The apostle Peter had just mentioned in the previous verse that God has given to believers the exceeding great and precious promises that they may escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. In fact, through God’s promises given to the believers, they are empowered to attain much more spiritual advantages than being delivered from the lustful snares of this corrupt world. All the potential for greater spiritual attainments and excellence is provided for every Christian in God’s exceeding precious promises. The supply is abundant, but it needs to be appropriated by believers...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 18 April 2016
Read: 1 John 5:18b
It is the second time that the apostle John refers to a Christian as born of God in 1 John 5:18. The Greek word for "begotten" was earlier translated in the verse as "born". "He that is begotten of God" simply means that he that is born of God.
John also says about the one who is born of God that he "keepeth himself." The desire and effort of a person who is truly born of God will be to keep himself from sin...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 17 April 2016
Read: 1 Corinthians 10:31
The chief purpose for which God’s people should live is God’s glory. It is also the chief rule by which they decide what they should do. They should do only that which will honour God.
To act for the glory of God is to act so that His glory is acknowledged, admired and accomplished. Whatever is done to advance the glory of God is right; and whatever is done without the purpose of His glory is wrong...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 16 April 2016
Read: Romans 8:1
Christian's freedom from condemnation is declared here – "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" (v.1a).
The phrase, "There is therefore" refers us back to the previous chapter, where Christian's spiritual struggles against the flesh are discussed. However, it ended with a great shout of victory and joy...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 15 April 2016
Read: Romans 15:32
This was one of the several personal requests that Paul made to the believers in Rome for their prayer. He appealed to them for prayer (vv.30-32). Though He was a man of great faith, abundant wisdom, astounding courage and extraordinary success in his Gospel endeavours, he constantly solicited prayers of fellow brethren (Eph. 6:18-19; Phil. 1:19; Col.4:3; 1 Thess. 5:25; 2 Thess. 3:1,2; Philm.1:22; Heb.13:18-19). Paul was acutely aware of his needs and weaknesses, and humbly sought the co-operation of his brethren to fulfil his desires in the LORD...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 14 April 2016
Read: Luke 1:46
Mary was on a visit to her cousin Elisabeth. During their meeting, she erupted in a song, magnifying the Lord. The first line of this song itself states the purpose of her song – "My soul doth magnify the Lord." Hence, this song has come to be known as "Mary's Magnifcat".
Both Mary and Elizabeth were two humble ladies who loved their God wholeheartedly. Their devotion to God was obvious in their salutations and conversation. Their hearts were filled with great joy and thanksgiving to the Lord for the blessings of babies their wombs were carrying...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Read: 1 Peter 5:8
Sobriety and vigilance are crucial to live a victorious Christian life. The Greek word for "sober" (nēphō) means, to be temperate or abstinent, especially in respect to wine. It is an antonym for the state of mind caused by drunkenness and is used more broadly to refer to spiritual and moral sobriety, a clear-thinking and self-controlled mental state that is free from confusion and uncontrolled passions. The Greek word for "vigilance" (grēgoreō) refers to alertness and watchfulness...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Read: Proverbs 15:26
Nothing, even our thought, is hidden to the LORD. Every thought of man is known to Him. The LORD searches our hearts, and discerns our thoughts. In Isaiah 66:18 the LORD said, "For I know their works and their thoughts".
The Gospel writer, Matthew records, "And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?" (Matt. 9:4). Again Mathew wrote in chapter 12, verse 25 that "Jesus knew their thoughts." Jesus who knew man's thoughts said, "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 11 April 2016
Read: 2 Corinthians 5:9
The apostle Paul has been explaining the future glory that awaits all Christians. He also spoke how Christians should bear their bodily afflictions on this earth as they wait for their heavenly abode. He said, "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 10 April 2016
Read: Deuteronomy 6:5
Jesus referred to this commandment as the "the first and great commandment" (Matt. 22:37-38). The very first thing we notice here is that the LORD our God asks our love. The Almighty craves the affection of His people. His heart rejoices to see that all whom He has redeemed would love Him. The LORD regards Himself glorified, when His people love Him wholeheartedly.
He commands their love, because He loves them and presents Himself to each one of them as "the LORD thy God". The LORD has revealed Himself as the only true God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 09 April 2016
Read: Romans 13:14
Paul commands Christians, "put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ." But can we put on a person, like clothing or armour? It was rather a common phrase in the Greek language, metaphorically implying that we should put on the character of the Lord Jesus Christ. Early church father, Chrysostom, remarked, "It is a common phrase that a person has put him on, whom he imitates." In other words, it is a command to Christians to imitate Christ's example and to become like Him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 08 April 2016
Read: 2 Thessalonians 3:7
The early Christians paid much attention to learning from the apostles. Acts 2:42 records, "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship". In fact, the early Christians also paid attention to the apostles' conduct. Many of the early Christians, who came from heathen families and societies, were accustomed to immoral and ungodly ways of life. Even those who came from Jewish background needed to shed their hypocritical, legalistic way of life. They knew that the best examples they could pattern their lives after were the lives of the apostles and those who walked after them....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 07 April 2016
Read: 1 John 4:16a
The Apostle John here speaks of God's love as his most cherished experience, and also of all other believers. All true Christians have tasted the love of God, and can speak of its wondrous blessing in their lives in the most charming and confident manner. They do not speak of God's love as a mere philosophical concept or ideology or possibility, but as their most intimate of experiences...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 06 April 2016
Read: Colossians 1:13
Our salvation is a demonstration of God's matchless, triumphant power. We are now "delivered" from the tyrannical power of Satan and sin by God, the Omnipotent. The Greek word for "delivered" (rhúomai) means "rescued from danger or great peril". If God has not rescued us, we will have remained subjugated forever by satanic tyranny.
We were under "the power of darkness." The word "power" denotes authority or jurisdiction. "Darkness" denotes moral and spiritual ignorance and evil that pervades Satan's domain...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 05 April 2016
Read: Revelation 20:15
This is a divine declaration about those whom God will cast into the lake of fire, the place of eternal torment. This is certain to happen. Let not the words of the unbelieving ones that God will not cast any one into eternal hell, ever cause us to doubt the certainty of His judgment which is mentioned here so clearly. God will execute the judgment of the unrepentant and the unredeemed just as He has said here...
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