Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 17 July 2016
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 16 July 2016
Read: Jeremiah 1:7a
he LORD is teaching the young preacher, Jeremiah, to overcome His timidity, sense of inadequacy and reluctance to enter the ministry to which he has been called. His response to the LORD's call was "Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child" (Jer. 1:6). Jeremiah feared that his inexperience and lack of knowledge would leave him ineffectual in the ministry...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 15 July 2016
Read: Psalm 27:14
David's troubles multiplied since he was anointed by Samuel to be the king of Israel. He elucidated some of his troubles in verse 2 - "the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh". The ferocious hostility of the ungodly was relentless in David's life. But he endured the cruel and vicious aggression of his enemies by waiting on the LORD. He would teach himself not to be afraid, but to do valiantly all His duties by relying on the LORD's might...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 14 July 2016
Read: Psalm 19:1
salm 19 consists of two parts. In the first six verses, it speaks of God's glory manifested in His work of creation, namely, the heavens and the sun. The rest of the psalm speaks of God's wisdom revealed in His Word. We refer to God's glory revealed in the nature as His natural revelation, while His revelation in the Scriptures, which more clearly reveals God to us, as His special revelation...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Read: Luke 1:47
ary, in her song of praise, calls God "my Saviour". Thus she acknowledges the reality of sin that held her in the shackles of guilt and dread. She was like all others sinners in great need of a saviour. Now God has graciously provided a Saviour through her, for herself and all sinners who would come to Him in repentance and faith. Her joyful spirit that sings praises to God is an indication how greatly she valued the gift of the Saviour, Jesus Christ...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Read: Jeremiah 1:8
he LORD expected His servant, Jeremiah to embolden himself against all that terrify his heart. Fear was preventing Jeremiah from enrolling into the prophetic ministry to which the LORD has called him. Fear was destabilising him and almost dispossessing him of the resolve and readiness needed to be an obedient and effective preacher of God's Word...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 11 July 2016
Read: Colossians 4:2
Here, all believers are commanded to pray with earnest perseverance. The Greek word translated as "continue" (proskarteréō) has the idea of "to continue to do something with intense effort, even with the possibility of difficulties along the way, until one has brought it to the wished-for end". Firstly, our prayers must be earnest before God. Prayer should never perfunctory. Casual or superficial attitude in prayer is to be irreverent before God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 10 July 2016
Read: Genesis 1:1
The Bible begins with the record of the beginning of the universe. What was before the beginning? There was God who dwelt in the grandeur of eternity. In Isaiah 45:18 He declares, "For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else." God is the uncreated, underived, the self-existing eternal Spirit, who transcends time...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 09 July 2016
Read: Philippians 4:19
Being thankful for the love and concern expressed by the brethren in the Philippian Church through their financial support, the Apostle Paul uttered these words. Just as the brethren were concerned of Paul's well-being, he was also concerned about theirs. He knew that they showed generosity toward him not because they themselves were free from financial needs. Paul could do little to help them on his own, but he prayed that God would provide for all their need. Essentially, he was saying...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 08 July 2016
Read: Romans 15:11
Paul was particularly mindful of his special calling to be "The apostle of the Gentiles" (Rom. 11:13); and hence, it was his joy that thousands and thousands of Gentiles have already turned from idols to worship the living and true God through the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thess. 1:9). He rejoiced that God had shown such great mercy toward the Gentiles and received them into His kingdom. He wanted the believing Jews also to rejoice in the salvation of Gentiles...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 07 July 2016
Read: Romans 5:6
e were in great peril having no strength to help ourselves out of our sins, misery and condemnation. Our impotency to help ourselves out of our utter wretchedness was an eternal peril that engulfed our souls. Our condition was awful as we were "without strength."
Our utter inability to please God, because of our sins, left us completely open to the full force of God's curse and wrath. "For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 06 July 2016
Read: 1 John 4:16b
ever was more meaning encapsulated in so few words as in this short sentence - "God is love". It is a statement of eternal magnitude. The Apostle John stated this truth twice in his first epistle (cf. 1 John 4:8, 16). The message of this short verse is splashed across the Bible.
When John wrote that "God is love", he was not saying that "love" is the complete revelation of God. In fact, he has already written in the same epistle that "God is light" (1 Jn. 1:5); and that refers to God's holy nature...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 05 July 2016
Read: John 10:30
Christ proclaims here His oneness with the Father. Some have argued that these words of Christ are only with reference to the mutual interest of the Father and Christ concerning the protection of the redeemed people. Their reason for such an insistence is that Jesus was instructing the people that He would give them eternal life and that they will never perish. However, they have failed to take into consideration that Christ had also spoken of the great power of the Father...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 04 July 2016
Read: Luke 9:24
his statement of Jesus seems to be paradoxical for He says that "whosoever will save his life shall lose it" and also "whosoever shall lose his life . . . shall save it". This statement is also found in Matthew 10:39. In John 12:25, Jesus states it in an explanatory manner, "He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 03 July 2016
Read: Matthew 1:23a
The birth of Jesus has been a long awaited event for God had revealed various facts related to His birth through prophets of old. The prophets and saints of God live with a holy curiosity about the manner of His condescension into this world. In 1 Peter 1:11, we read about their curiosity: "Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 02 July 2016
Read: Isaiah 25:1a
he prophet Isaiah gives himself wholly to the worship of the LORD. He appears to be totally consumed by the desire to glorify the LORD. Nothing is more important to Isaiah than exalting His God. Every child of God must be gripped and driven with this singular passion to exalt the LORD.
Like Isaiah, Moses said in Exodus 15:2, "The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 01 July 2016
Read: 1 Peter 5:5c
nd be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
The exhortation to all Christians to "be clothed with humility", first of all, tells us that no one possesses it naturally. We need to put on humility and be sure that we remain clothed with it...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 30 June 2016
Read: Psalm 68:5
These words declare the infinite mercy and tender compassion of our gracious God. Though God is all powerful and great in His glory, He does not despise those who are poor and needy. Though He reigns in heaven, in his holy habitation, he does not forsake his children who are afflicted and abused by cruel and wicked men in this unjust world. With pity He will attend to His suffering children, and be their help and defence. The fatherless, the widows, the persecuted, will find Him to be their solace. He proves Himself to all those who trust Him to be an all-sufficient God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Read: 1 John 2:1b
Though Christians are not permitted to sin, in a world of many temptations of sin and with a body marred with sinful lusts, it is likely that they will find themselves from time to time being overtaken by sin. John's exhortation here should never be taken as a license to sin. Nonetheless, if a Christian commits a sin, he should admit his sin and turn to Christ who is our advocate before the Father in heaven...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Read: 1 Timothy 6:9a
hey that will be rich", according to the original Greek phrase, are those who desire or wish to be rich. They are not contended with whatever God has given. They are ambitious and determined to make more wealth. Their hearts and minds are set to be rich.
They may not appear to be covetous and greedy, but as determined and industrious people
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 27 June 2016
Read: Titus 2:13
od's grace that brings salvation to us (v.11), teaches us to live a sanctified life in this present world (v.12), and also to live in anticipation of Christ's glorious appearing (v.13). In this present age, as we live on earth, we anticipate our "blessed hope" which is "the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."
Christians' hope of Christ's return is called "blessed". The word "blessed" denotes all the blessings of His divine presence (cf. 1 Tm. 1:11; 6:15). What a blessing it is to have such a hope! Eternal blessings await Christians at His coming. When He comes...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 26 June 2016
Read: Revelation 2:16
These words of threat were pronounced by the Lord against the church in Pergamos. He was displeased with their lack of doctrinal and moral integrity. He reproved that church, saying, "But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate" (vv.14-15). Being plagued with heinous sins of fornication and heresies, their immediate repentance was a great necessity...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 25 June 2016
Read: Galatians 5:24
Here we have a description that can only fit genuine Christians. Firstly, they are described as "They that are Christ's." They were chosen by God even before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4); and Christ has shed His blood for their redemption (Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19; Rev. 5:9). They are His people now and forever. So Paul said to the Corinthian believers, "ye are Christ's" (1 Cor. 3:23). Again in 2 Corinthians 10:7, Paul said, "If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 24 June 2016
Read: 1 Timothy 2:8
Paul, having introduced himself in the previous verse as one who is ordained to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the church (c.f. v.7), now exercises his apostolic authority to give more directions to Timothy who was ministering to the church in Ephesus (c.f. 1:3) concerning prayer in church gatherings. He had already instructed in the first seven verses of this chapter, that prayers must be offered on behalf of all people, including kings and people in authority...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 23 June 2016
Read: James 1:8
he Greek words used by James for "double minded man" can be literally translated as a man of double souls. To pursue good and evil, or Christ and the world is to divide one-self and to defile all the good in him. A believer ought to be single minded in his allegiance to God. He cannot be divided in his loyalty to God. If a man who claims to be a believer is always in two minds, he will prove himself to be hypocritical.
The church in Corinth has many who lived a "double life," which was sharply rebuked by the Apostle Paul...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:11
ith sincere affection and compassion for his readers, who were in the midst of persecution and fiery trials (1 Pet. 1:6-7; 4:12), the apostle Peter addressed them "Dearly beloved." Such expression of sincere and hearty affection would have comforted and cheered their distressed souls. It also portrayed the apostle's exhortation as a loving entreaty meant for their soul's good and prosperity.
The believers were, firstly, reminded that they were temporary residents on this earth...
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