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...
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...
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