Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 October 2016
Read: John 13:34-35; Ephesians 5:2
esus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Jesus expects all His followers to love one another. Love for fellow believers is an essential mark of a true disciple of Christ. We are also told how we should love one another. Jesus said, “ye love one another; as I have loved you...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 29 October 2016
Read: John 6:67-71; Psalms 73:25
hen many of these casual followers dropped out of the crowd that followed Christ, He put forth a question to the twelve, “will ye also go away?” (vv. 66–67). Was it possible that there might be unbelief even in that inner circle?
Peter spoke for the group and asserted their firm faith that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God (vv.68–69). There was no other teacher who could be placed on the same level with Jesus Christ, because no one else had the message of eternal life...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 28 October 2016
Read: John 14:2-3; Revelation 21:2-3
As the Lord Jesus comforted His disciples, He gave them a most delightful promise in today’s text. Jesus wanted the disciples to know that His promises in these verses were not vain words. For this purpose He used the words, “if it were not so, I would have told you.” He said these words to reassure them that their expectation of eternity in His kingdom was not a vain hope...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 27 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:18; Ephesians 6:5
The workplace plays a large part in modern Christians’ lives. As Christians it can be a place where we either bear or tear our testimony for the Lord. From Monday to Saturday most Christians spend their daytime at work. It is a place where Christians come in contact with the world. It is where their faith is often tested. Therefore they must be very careful to keep their testimony unharmed in their work environment...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Read: John 11:45-46; 1 Thessalonians 1:6
The miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead, being one of the most outstanding evidences to Jesus’ claim that He is the true Son of God, demanded a response from all those who witnessed it. So immediately after the raising of Lazarus, people openly expressed their opinion of what they had seen, either by trusting Jesus and taking a stand for Him or by rejecting the evidence and taking sides with the Jewish leaders who hated Him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Read: John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:1-3
he Apostle John’s main purpose for writing his Gospel is that his readers “might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (Jn 20:31). At the very first passage itself John points to Jesus Christ as God, by introducing Him as “the Word.” (From Jn 1:14, we can see that Jesus is the “Word.”)
Much as our words reveal to others our personality and purposes, so Jesus Christ is God’s “Word” to reveal God and His purposes to us. Jesus Himself said, “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 24 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:4; Ephesians 1:11, 18
e are saved to obtain an "inheritance." The word "inheritance" in its Greek origin (kleronomia) refers to "a sanctioned possession" like in the case of a father’s possession being assigned to the son. When we become God’s children, we receive an inheritance from the Father. "And if children, says Paul, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ." (Romans 8:17a).
The New Testament clearly speaks of things that we will inherit as believers. Some of the things we will inherit as a result of our salvation are mentioned in the following verses...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 23 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:20-22; Romans 8:1
n verses 21 and 22, Peter sees the experience of Noah figuratively and draws spiritual lessons for Christians ("The like figure"- v.21a).
Noah and his family "were saved by water"(v.20 b). But the water did not fall on them. They were saved through the water that fell on the ark. The water burst from beneath (figure of man’s hatred and sin that nailed Christ), and the water poured down from heaven (figure of God’s judgment from heaven which Christ bore on the cross...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 22 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:19-20; Acts 10:42-43
Peter is encouraging his readers to witness boldly and righteously to the hostile unbelievers around them. He just finished telling them to "sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3:15). Peter’s emphasis in the context is the hostility of people and not hostility of demons (verses 14 and 16). When Noah was building the ark and preaching to the hostile unbelievers around him, Christ "in the Spirit" was preaching through Noah...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 21 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:19-20; Hebrews 12:1-3
n verses 19-20, Noah's example is cited to teach how believers should bear witness of their faith in a hostile world.
The word "which" refers to the Holy Spirit, which is mentioned at the end of verse 18. It is through the Holy Spirit "he (Christ) went and preached unto the spirits in prison". But who are "the spirits in prison?" We must allow our interpretations to be guided by the context. Some say that it is a reference to fallen angels who were disobedient in the time of Noah and were imprisoned...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 20 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:15-17; Romans 13:7
he phrase "For so is . . ." at the beginning of verse 15 indicates that the thought in verse 14 is continued. In other words, verse 15 also has in view the attitude of Christians towards a government.
We are to do that which is right before God. We do well when we do all for the Lord’s sake. If we respect the offices of authority and live submissively, there will be nothing for those who speak against us to dwell upon...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Read: John 16:23-28; Ephesians 3:14-20
esus continued to grant His troubled disciples greater assurance, joy and understanding. In today’s text He assured them that their prayers will be answered (v.23). His departure would not deny them the privilege of telling Him their troubles and receiving the help they needed. If they would pray to the Father in His name, the Father would most assuredly answer them...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Read: John 4:45-54; Romans 4:20-21
Real Faith is Based on the Word of Christ (v.50): When the nobleman asked Jesus a second time to go with him to heal his son, Jesus wanted him to learn that his faith is to be proven in a different, but better way. Jesus wanted him to learn that genuine faith first and foremost must be submissive to His Word. So He told him, “Go thy way, thy son liveth.” Let us note that Jesus first gave a command and then the promise of his son’s restoration. This order of command and promise imply that true faith finds its fruits when it proves itself through obedience...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 17 October 2016
Read: John 11:1-5; Psalms 62:8
Jesus had a close relationship with a family in Bethany, a village located on the south-eastern slopes of the Mount of Olives. It was the family of Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. It was a very happy and godly family. This affectionate trio were lovers of the Lord Jesus Christ, and kept their house open for the Great Teacher, whenever He came to their village. But, alas! “Virtue may sentinel the door, but grief is not to be excluded from the homestead.” Lazarus had fallen gravely ill. It was a time of crisis for the sisters. Lazarus had a mortal sickness beyond the power of physicians...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 16 October 2016
Read: John 1:29-34; Acts 4:10, 12
Some Christians stay away from evangelism fearing that they do not know what to tell others. Then there are others who are very confident, but drastically misrepresent the Gospel of Jesus Christ. John the Baptiser’s witnessing of Christ shows us how we can adequately prepare for the Gospel communication...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 15 October 2016
Read: John 1:10-12; 1 John 3:1
Verse 10 begins with the statement, “He was in the world.” John was talking about the True Light, Jesus Christ, who came from heaven into this world. He then once again affirms Christ’s deity, asserting that He is the Maker of the world (v.10; cf. v.3). Jesus Christ is God, and that is certain. We must defend the doctrine of Christ’s deity at all costs. As the rest of today’s reading reveals, if any deny this truth about Christ, he can never taste eternal life...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 14 October 2016
Read: John 1:40-44; Matthew 22:8-10
In the preceding passage (John 1:35-39) we had a fine example of effective personal witnessing from the life of John the Baptist. In today’s text, the Holy Spirit provides for us three more Biblical patterns for effective personal evangelism from the lives of Andrew, Simon Peter, and Philip. Why are there so many records of people witnessing Christ in the Bible? The Lord wants us also to be active and effective in evangelism...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 13 October 2016
Read: John 3:10-13; Ezekiel 36:25-28
Jesus expected Nicodemus to know those things concerning the new birth because they were already discussed in the Old Testament and, being a teacher, Nicodemus was expected to have knowledge of those things. So, in verse 11, He said, referring to the prophets of old and Himself, “We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.” The Old Testament prophets and Christ explained the role of the Word and Spirit in man’s salvation. But many Jews, like Nicodemus, had been ignoring those truths about their new birth...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Read: John 17:9-10; 1 John 2:23
esus prayed for His disciples before He chose them (Lk 6:12), during His ministry (John 6:15), at the end of His ministry (Lk 22:32), here (John 17:6-19), and later in heaven (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25). This prayer of intercession by Jesus reveals His concern and love for His servants.
At this point He was not praying for the world. He was praying for His disciples (v. 9). Jesus prayed for them because of God’s ownership of them by creation and election (“they are Thine”). Jesus’ words, “And all mine are thine, and thine are mine,” reveal how intimately the Father and the Son cherished all His children...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Read: John 18:8-11; 1 Corinthians 10:13
Upon identifying Himself to His enemies, Jesus showed His care for His disciples. He charged His captors as One having authority: “Let these go their way.” Even in His trouble, He sought to deliver His disciples. O, how deeply affectionate our Lord is! He knew that they were still too weak to bear the ordeal that He would go through. Besides, they had other work to do; for they are to go into all the world, to preach the gospel...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 October 2016
Read: John 11:46-48; Psalms 2:2-4
e might expect the Pharisees, who are zealous defenders of the doctrine of resurrection, to be delighted in the news of Lazarus’ resurrection. However, because of their hatred for Jesus, they united with the chief priests, who were primarily Sadducees, and denied resurrection (cf. Acts 5:17).
The synoptic gospels had recorded two earlier incidents in Galilee of raising the dead by Jesus. Now He had raised Lazarus within two miles of the Jewish temple, the seat of Sadducean power. Many would go to Bethany to see this man who was raised from the dead by Jesus...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 08 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:13
s the title of the epistle indicates, Peter, the apostle of Jesus Christ is the author of this epistle. Peter identifies himself as the author in the first verse of the epistle - "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia." (1 Peter 1:1)
Internal Evidence: Further evidences are found in both epistles of Peter concerning Petrine authorship of this epistle. The personal testimony of the author in 1 Peter 5:1 provides further evidence to Peter's authorship...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 07 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:10-12; Galatians 1:7-9, 13-14
he Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ that we preach today is an age-old truth. There was no other way of salvation, both in the Old and in the New Testaments, other than by placing one's faith in Jesus Christ. Sadly, there are a number of Christians who believe that in the Old Testament times people were not saved by faith in Christ, but through animal sacrifices and other works.
Verse 10 begins with the phrase, "Of which salvation". The salvation that Peter discusses in this passage is the same salvation which he has discussed in the preceding passage
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 06 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:7; Colossians 3:19
Agood Christian husband will exhibit good mannerism at home, even "giving honour to the wife." Some men tend to take their wives for granted. They seem to forget the importance of little courtesies that make a happy home. As the saying goes, "Big resentments grow out of small hurts." Husbands must not forget that they have a very important role in setting the right kind of atmosphere at home...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 05 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:7; 1 Corinthians 7:3-5
he word "Likewise" refers to the duty of submission that was discussed in the preceding passages. Ephesians 5:21 says all believers are to submit to one another. The Christian husband is to submit in the sense of loving and caring for his wife’s needs. Peter further advises husbands about responsibilities.
First responsibility of a Christian husband is that he is to live intimately with his wife. The Greek word for "dwell together" speaks more than just staying under one roof. . The husband is not to just share the same address with the wife but to live with her in a loving and intimate way...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 04 October 2016
Read: John 5:10-16; Mark 3:4
hen the Jews saw the man who was cured carrying his bed and walking, they told him, “It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.” From his explanation it was clear that he was not engaging in any unlawful work on the Sabbath, but being healed by Christ on that day he was leaving the pool where he had been laying without hope.
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus answered the Pharisees who levelled a similar charge of breaking the Sabbath — “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath...
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