Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:8b; John 20:29
When the intensity of trials increases, people tend to doubt the reality of God's love for them. When trials become difficult to endure, and when our prayers and desires are not quickly granted, it would seem that God has deserted us. He seems to be no where near in sight. This is when our faith must come to full expression. When every thing around us tries to prove that God is not real, our faith in God must refuse to succumb to such pressure. “Though now ye see him not, yet believing”! In Paul's language what Peter says is “For we walk by faith, not by sight....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 13 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:13-15; Titus 3:1
t is for the Lord’s sake that we submit ourselves to those in authority. Since Christians are called to "show forth the praises" of God (2:9), they should avoid any unholy rebellion.
When our Lord was on earth, though He spoke boldly against the sins of Jewish leaders, he never caused any political upheaval against the Jewish or Roman authorities. If we behave in any other way than our Christ, how can we bring glory to our Lord...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 12 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:13; Romans 13:1-2
n the previous passage Peter told us that in this world Christians are ‘strangers and pilgrims’ and as a result they will experience false accusations and hostility. Peter also exhorted them to let their honesty and good works attract the unbelieving ones to the Lord.
Peter now quickly affirms that separation from worldliness does not mean that Christians should avoid their duties as citizens. In fact he insists that our commitment to do good works must involve a submissive attitude...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 September 2016
Read: John 17:15-19; 1 John 5:2-3
n this section of our Lord’s prayer, he prays for the sanctification of His disciples. Sanctify means set apart for special use. A believer is to be distinct from the world’s sin, its values, and its goals.
His plan for His disciples’ sanctification was not to remove them from the temptations and oppositions of this world (“take them out of the world”), but to preserve them in the midst of conflict. Christians must go about in the world as a witness of Christ, trusting in God’s protection. Just as Jesus went about in this world, the believers also must. Jesus had prayed for protection for His disciples...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 10 September 2016
Read: Philippians 4:6a
Well, that is an old way of saying “be not anxious about anything”. The Greek word (merimnáō) translated “careful” does not mean that we should not care to carry out our responsibilities. The same word is used to teach us to care for one another (cf. 1 Cor. 12 :25). We are also taught in the Scripture to provide for our families (cf. 1Tim. 5:8). The advice given here is that we should free our minds from anxiety and worry...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 09 September 2016
Obedience to the truth:Verse 22 began with these words - "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth." From the point of conversion, all true believers manifest obedience to the truth preached to them. We often describe salvation in terms of faith. However, faith does not rule out the reality of obedience. Faith leads us to obey the Gospel truth. It is in obedience to the Word preached to us that we repent and trust the Lord for our salvation. It is the obedient faith that brings the purification of our souls possible. That is why Peter earlier called the true believers "obedient children" in verse 14...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 08 September 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:4-8; Hebrews 3:6
oncerning his readers who are believers, Peter says they are "lively stones . . . built up a spiritual house" (v.5a ).Believers are ‘lively stones’ or ‘living stones.’ No believer is a living stone as Christ. We are living stones only because we are being built upon ‘the living stone,’ who is the chief corner stone. If we are not built upon Him, or if we don’t believe on Him as the Scripture speaks of Him, we cannot be living stones...
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...
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