Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Read: John 8:39-49; Matthew 3:7-10
The Pharisees claimed to be Abraham’s seed. But Jesus challenged their claim by saying that physical lineage does not prove spiritual inheritance. He confronted their vain claim of spiritual supremacy and pointed out that they opposed Him wrongly. They were also seeking to kill Jesus because He had spoken the truth of God. This Abraham did not do (v.37).
Jesus said that since they were trying to kill Him, they were doing the deeds of their father, the devil. In their reply, the Pharisees claimed God as their Father (v.41). They thought they were not “illegitimate,” or religiously perverted as the Samaritans. Jesus explained that their actions toward Him proved them otherwise....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Hebrews 12:14
Christians are a "nation" (Greek, ethnos, from which we get the word ethnic). More than that, we are a "holy nation." That means we are a people separated or set apart for God's use.
Once again we see Peter drawing from Exodus 19:6 - "And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." Similar expressions about Israel can be found in Leviticus 19:2; 20:26; Deuteronomy 7:6; and Isaiah 62:12...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 20 February 2017
Read: John 16:28-33; Romans 8:37
The disciples perceived the essence of the Lord’s sayings and confessed their joy in hearing all that He said (vv.29-30).
Jesus answered them, “Do ye now believe?” Spiritual understanding comes only when faith is exercised. No faith, no spiritual perception! No faith, no joy! No faith, no hope...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 4:12-19; Romans 5:3-5
Important principles are given to the readers to prepare for the coming sufferings. Peter begins this passage about fiery trials with an affectionate pastoral address - “Beloved.” It conveys love and compassion to his readers.
Expect suffering: We must accept trials as a test of our faith. The word “fiery” can be a figure of severe affliction, which the Lord designs for our spiritual purity (1 Peter 1:6-7). So instead of seeing our trials as a defeat, we must face it as a test to overcome. We must be able to say, “He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10)...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 18 February 2017
Read: John 14:16; Ephesians 1:13-14
Jesus assured the troubled disciples that they would not be left alone to fend for themselves but would have a supernatural Comforter to aid them. The Greek word for “comforter” is“parakletos,” which literally means “one who is called (kaleo) alongside (para).” Jesus is saying, “I am going to send the Holy Spirit who will come alongside to comfort you.”
What did Jesus mean by referring to the Holy Spirit as “another Comforter?” It is important to understand the word “another” correctly. The Greeks had two words that meant “another.” One was heteros, which means “another kind,” as in, “This garden has many roses. Another flower we have here is carnation...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 17 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:1-2; James 1:21
In 1:22-25 Peter presented the importance of God’s Word in the regeneration of people. In this second chapter of his epistle his thought progresses to the growth of believers by feeding on God’s Word (2:2).
The apostle firstly tells us how believers must prepare themselves to grow through the in-take of God’s Word. Abstinence from sin is a pre-requisite for our growth in the Word. So in verse 1, Peter exhorts us to "lay aside" sins. They should not be allowed in our lives, if we were to grow in the Word...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 16 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:8a; John 21:15-19
Some would have us believe that our love for Christ can be increased if we have encounters of Christ through visions and dreams. But the Scripture teaches us that no visions or even actual sight of Christ is necessary for experiencing deep love for Christ.
Peter was an eyewitness of Jesus Christ. He watched Jesus very closely and learned to love Him. Though many a time Peter himself publicly announced his love and loyalty to Jesus, on a crucial occasion he denied Christ thrice...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:12; Philippians 2:15
s pilgrims we must live honest lives. The word "honest" is much more than telling the truth and doing what is right. It also refers to comeliness, honourable and admirable attitude in life. Christians must be a people of high integrity and moral virtues when they live among the ungodly ("Gentiles").
Honest lifestyle is particularly important, when we consider the fact that the world is hostile to us and is ready even to falsely accuse us...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Read: John 14:1; Psalms 42:5, 6, 8-11
Ia short time Jesus will be arrested and taken to be killed. The eleven disciples were about to face a very depressing and frightening situation. Their beloved Master, for whom they had given up everything, was going away. In today’s verse, Jesus anticipates the sorrow that will grip their hearts, and gives them comforting words. Even though Jesus was deeply troubled about His own crucifixion, He took time to comfort His beloved disciples...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 13 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:6; James 1:2
Peter said to the recipients of his epistle, "Wherein ye greatly rejoice." The words "greatly rejoice" is the translation of the Greek word agallias the which has the idea of exuberant joy. The verb can mean exult, leap for joy, etc. It is often used for the joy that is expressed in spontaneous singing and ‘dance.’ Christians are called to an overwhelming joy. Their joy can be seen vividly...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 February 2017
Read: John 6:5-13; Philippians 4:14-19
Jesus asked Philip, “Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” This question was to test his faith. Jesus certainly had all His plans ready. A very canny Philip quickly did a calculation of the cost of food for such a large crowd and answered, “Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little” (v.7). He was saying that even such a large sum of money, which was about eight months’ wages that was sufficient to provide a large family for more than eight months...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 11 February 2017
Read: John 15:7-13; Romans 15:13
nswered prayers (v.7):
Notice that there are two conditions to that promise. First, we must abide. Again, it indicates that the promise is only for real believers who continue to obey His words. Effective prayer is possible only where there is abiding faith in Christ and on His words. Only then can one conform to the Father’s will and ask according to His will that the prayers may be answered. When a person’s prayer is in accordance to God’s will, the result is certain...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 10 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 1:24-25
ccording to Apostle Peter, apart from the eternal inheritance, there is yet another privilege that we receive upon our regeneration, and it is our eternal protection. He says that believers are "are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."
The word "kept" is a military word that means "guarded" or "shielded." The tense of the verb further reveals that we are constantly guarded by God till we reach heaven...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 09 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 13:4
fter teaching his readers how to prepare themselves for times of opposition and persecution, Peter now illustrates this through the examples of Christ (v.18) and Noah (vv.19-20) who went through hostility in their life times.
In verses 18 Peter says, "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 08 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:2b; 2 Corinthians 4:15
eter greeted the readers of his epistle, God's elect, by wishing spiritual blessings: "Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied" (v.2b).
It is interesting to note that in all the apostolic greetings where grace and peace appears, grace precedes peace (2 Peter 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 1:2; 2 John 3). None can know the peace of God without first experiencing the work of God's grace in their hearts. Everyone who receives God's grace will also receive the result of God's grace, which is peace...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 07 February 2017
Read: John 6:14-15; Acts 3:22-24
The crowd was very impressed by Jesus’ ability to feed them miraculously. It reminded them of Moses’ prediction concerning a great prophet who would come to this world. “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken” (Deut 18:15). Many in the crowd had seen the connection between Jesus and Moses’ prophecy; and identified Him as “that prophet that should come into the world...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 06 February 2017
Read: John 6:1-13; Psalms 86:15
large number of people followed Jesus wanting to see all His miracles, especially the healing of the sick (vv.1–2). When He went up the mountain and sat with His disciples (v.3), a large crowd came to Him (vv.4, 5). Jesus’ popularity was at its peak in Galilee. Nonetheless, their enthusiasm did not indicate that they truly believed in Him.
It was the season of Passover — “And the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh” (v.5). This is the second of the three Passovers mentioned by John (2:13, 23; 11:15ff). John’s observation of the Passover here is for theological purposes rather than chronological...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 05 February 2017
Read: John 12:4-6; 1 Timothy 6:3-5
It is hard not to notice the stark contrast brought out by John between Mary and Judas in this remarkable account of John 12:1-8. While the atmosphere in the house was full of love for Christ, the heart of Judas was full of hatred and plotting against Christ. While Mary was full of thoughts how best she could show her concern for the Master’s impending death, Judas was scheming to betray Christ for his own gain...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 04 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 4:7; Titus 2:12-13
he expectancy of the glorious appearing of Christ certainly strengthens the heart of all Christians, especially those who are in afflictions and trials. It will also help us to set our lives in order.
Peter began this passage, saying, “But the end of all things is at hand.” The Greek term for “end” (telos) speaks of “consummation” or “ultimate fulfillment...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 03 February 2017
Read: John 11:49-57; 1 Corinthians 1:23-24
The discussion of the Sanhedrin was getting them nowhere. So Caiaphas, the high priest, took charge. He made a definite proposal. “It is expedient [profitable] for us, that one man should die for [huper, as a substitute for] the people, and that the whole nation perish not” or “may not be destroyed” (v. 50). It was as simple as that. Either Jesus must die, or the nation, including the Sanhedrin, would be destroyed. And it was to their profit that the former should happen. Therefore, the entire matter was to be decided, not on what was right, but on the basis of expediency...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 02 February 2017
Read: John 17:11-12; Psalms 79:9
he time of Jesus’ departure to the Father was very close. He would soon leave His disciples in a world of hostility to fulfill God’s plan for the spreading the Gospel. The hostility against God which fell on Jesus would now fall on the tiny band of apostles, and subsequently on many of Jesus’ followers. So Jesus called on His Holy Father, thus emphasizing His just wrath against a sinful world. His holiness is also the basis for believers’ separation from the world. He would protect them from the sin and enmity of the world by the power of His name...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 01 February 2017
Read: John 13:36-38; 1 Corinthians 10:12
imon Peter wanted to follow Jesus wherever He goes. Jesus told him that he would not be able to go right away where He is going. Jesus was referring to His death, resurrection and ascension to the Father. But in a hurry to impress Jesus with his loyalty, Peter said, “Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.” Peter was too sure of himself, but without fully counting the cost...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Read: John 15:1; John 15:5
Iam the true vine. This is the last of the seven great “I am” statements in John’s Gospel (cf. 8:12; 10:7, 9, 11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). Jesus affirms that He is the living and true God. Without Him there is no salvation and blessing.
In the Old Testament, God called Israel His vine. He used the Israelites to accomplish His purpose, and He blessed those connected with them. He was the Vinedresser; He cared for the vine, trimmed it, and cut off branches that did not bear fruit...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 30 January 2017
Read: John 5:1-9; Matthew 5:3-6
When Christ asked the sick man, “Will thou be made whole?” he did not answer Him with a simple “yes.” Rather he chose to describe the patient waiting and anguish of his heart. He told Jesus how he struggled to get to the water first but always failing. By this he was relating to the Lord Jesus how miserably he wanted to be delivered from his illness. All the waiting for thirty-eight years to be healed was in vain. Thus, he acknowledged his inability to deliver himself, and willingness to be delivered...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 January 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:1; Psalms 119:19
The first verse of the epistle tells us to whom the epistle was addressed. Here Peter described the recipients' social and political circumstances. He referred to them as "the strangers scattered throughout" the various provinces of Asia Minor region, such as, "Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia" (1 Peter 1:1b). These areas were under the imperial reign of the Roman emperor...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 28 January 2017
Read: John 4:20-26; Isaiah 55:7
Having recognised Christ as a prophet than a mere Jew, the woman asked Him regarding a dispute about worship between the Jews and the Samaritans: “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship” (v.20). She expected Him to answer correctly, for she had recognised Him as a true prophet. (“This mountain” refers to Mt. Gerizim, the place of Samaritan worship.) In verse 22 and 23, Jesus told her that the real issue is not the location of worship, but that one should believe Jesus Christ who was born among the Jews...
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