Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 19 August 2016
Read: Isaiah 45:6a
The LORD had just declared through Isaiah that He would raise a heathen king Cyrus who would let the Jews in captivity for seventy years return to Jerusalem to rebuild it (Isa. 44:28; 45:1-4). Cyrus was not yet even born when the LORD foretold through Isaiah about his rise to great power and wealth, and also how he would authorise the return of the Jews and the rebuilding of Jerusalem. It was about 150 years before Cyrus was born those prophecies concerning him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 18 August 2016
Read: Psalm 85:6
This prayer is teeming with confidence in the power of God that He can "revive" His people "again." It recollects the LORD's previous act of reviving His people, and desires earnestly that He would work yet again the same for His people. Right at the beginning of this psalm, certain previous acts of God were mentioned. It was said, "LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Read: Colossians 4:5
Christians are instructed here concerning their conduct "toward them that are without" the church. Relating to people outside the household of faith poses peculiar challenges to the Christians. Unbelieving family members, colleagues at work, fellow students, neighbours, etc. have principles or philosophies of life and conduct that are contrary to the biblical counsels that God has given for believers to live by. Many things that are lawful in this world are unlawful according to God's Word...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Read: 1 Timothy 4:13
It was the Apostle Paul's exhortation to Timothy concerning how he should fulfil his pastoral duty, as the apostle would be away from the church in Ephesus for a while. This exhortation defines the basic duties of everyone who enters the pastoral ministry of the church. The Greek verb translated "give attendance" is present active imperative; and hence it holds out to all the ministers a continuing command. The duties delineated in this exhortation ought to become every pastor's way of life...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 15 August 2016
Read: 1 John 5:11
In the previous verses, the Apostle John wrote about several records or witnesses concerning Christ and His gift of eternal life. In verse 7, the apostle mentioned a set of three heavenly witnesses – "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." Those witnesses are the three persons of the Trinity. Here, John referred to the Triune God Himself as the heavenly witness...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 14 August 2016
Read: 1 Timothy 2:5
The Apostle Paul presents this statement as a reason for His earlier advice that we should pray to God for all men, even for kings and people in authority, as it is good and acceptable in the sight of God, who will have all men to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth. The reason for such prayers for all men is that "there is one God". He alone is the Creator and sovereign God of all the classes, races and nationalities; and without coming to Him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 13 August 2016
Read: 1 Timothy 4:7
It was with profound concern for Timothy's pastoral ministry that the Apostle Paul has written this epistle. Instructions concerning a faithful and fervent pastoral ministry abound in this epistle. Timothy was just instructed in the previous verse that "If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained." In other words, it is the declaring of God's truth...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 12 August 2016
Read: 1 Timothy 4:12a
From these words of Paul, it is clear that Timothy was then a young man, though no reference to his exact age is found. He was ministering God's Word to the church in Ephesus (1 Tim. 1:3). It was an enormous task to be a pastor, particularly, to a large and vibrant church like that in Ephesus. It must have been a tall order for the young man, Timothy. It is apparent from Paul's words in this epistle that he was clawing his way through the difficulties he faced in the ministry...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 11 August 2016
Read: John 1:12
hough the common response of the Jews and Romans to Christ, the incarnated eternal Word, was derision and rejection, there were some who "received him". John tells us at the end of the verse what does it mean to receive Him. It is to "believe on his name".
The "name" is more than a word or set of words by which a person is known. Here it denotes Christ's purposes, will, works and all that He is...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Read: 2 Timothy 2:24
The terms "the servant of the Lord" here refer to the one who is called and appointed by the Lord to feed His flock through the preaching of His Word. Timothy, to whom the letter was written, has been ministering to the church in Ephesus. Timothy has to confront not only false teachers and disobedient members of the church, but also those who cause unprofitable arguments and disputes. So Paul gave advice to Timothy how should handle "foolish and unlearned questions" that would "gender strifes...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 09 August 2016
Read: Galatians 1:10b
hristianity is not about following any man-made philosophical system or way of life. Neither it teaches to win the approval of men at any cost. The main concern of Christian ministry is to follow Christ and to please God.
The Gospel that Paul preached was "according to the will of God" (Gal. 1:4). He warned the Galatian Christians that those who preached a different Gospel than what they have heard from him were attempting to "pervert the gospel of Christ...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 08 August 2016
Read: Psalm 112:1
his psalm begins with the sound of great joy and worship, "Praise ye the LORD". The Hebrew word translated here as "Praise ye the LORD" is Halleluiah. In fact, it is a call or a command to His people to praise the LORD. It is a call to worship the LORD.
It is our duty as God's people to encourage one another to praise the LORD for He is worthy of our praise. "Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee." (Psalm 67:3,5). The Lord always deserves praise, so we ought always to render it...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 07 August 2016
Read: Proverbs 1:7
he fear of the LORD is not just an initial attitude necessary for obtaining wisdom. Neither is it represented as an attitude that can be ignored later in life. It is expected to be a permanent attitude, as it is always a prerequisite for wise living.
Though the word "fear" is often used as a negative attitude, in the Scripture it is also portrayed as a positive attitude...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 06 August 2016
Read: 1 Corinthians 10:31
he chief purpose for which God's people should live is God's glory. It is also the chief rule by which they decide what they should do. They should do only that which will honour God.
To act for the glory of God is to act so that His glory is acknowledged, admired and accomplished. Whatever is done to advance the glory of God is right; and whatever is done without the purpose of His glory is wrong...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 05 August 2016
Read: Psalm 100:3b
Israel was called by God to be "His people". All genuine Israelites could say, "we are His people". God has so often referred to Israel as "My people" (cf. Exod. 3:7, 10; 5:1; 2 Sam 3:18; Psa. 81:8). Likewise, in these days, God has called us who were not of Israel through the Lord Jesus Christ to be God's people. In 2 Corinthians 6:16, we read, "For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 04 August 2016
Read: Romans 10:16
he faithful, clear preaching of the Gospel will not necessarily result in its acceptance by the hearers. Even though a biblically sound message is preached by a godly, faithful preacher, whom God has appointed, the Scripture reminds us that hearers could reject it.
The Apostle Paul says without any hesitation, “But they have not all obeyed the gospel.” In Acts 28:24, concerning the response of the Jews who came to hear the Apostle Paul expounding the Old Testament Scriptures concerning the kingdom of God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 03 August 2016
Read: 1 John 3:2a
Christians' present glorious right is that they are "the sons of God". To be regarded by God as His children is an immense privilege of eternal proportions. It means that God himself has chosen us to be in His family.The Apostle John emphasises this present reality of our sonship, of which he said in verse 1, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." It is in love, God has called us His children...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 02 August 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:14
Here Christians are urged to be God's obedient children. True faith produces obedience. According to Paul's description in Ephesians 2:2, before our conversion, we were "the children of disobedience". The Gospel of Jesus Christ, according to Romans 16:26, is "made known to all nations for the obedience of faith". The Christians' grand principle for their life on earth is "we ought to obey God rather than men...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 01 August 2016
Read: 1 Timothy 4:12b
Though Timothy was a young man, he had been given a very responsible task of being minister of God's Word. His close association with the Apostle Paul and other early church leaders as a devout disciple has equipped him for the solemn task of a minister of God's Word in Ephesus. His appointment was not haphazardly carried out. Even after his appointment, the Apostle Paul paid attention to encourage him to rise above his fears and struggles to be an excellent minister of Jesus Christ...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 31 July 2016
Read: Psalm 100:3a
Biblical religion is knowledge-based, in particular, it is based on the knowledge of the living and true God. True worship never occurs without the knowledge that the LORD is God. False ideas of God lead to idolatry and superstitions. Hence, the admonition to all is "Know ye that the LORD he is God". The name "the LORD" in Hebrew is "Yehowah", which is transliterated in English as Jehovah. This name of God appears 6,518 times in the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 30 July 2016
Read: Psalms 23:6a
This saying of David is teeming with perfect confidence. What blessed assurance he enjoyed as a child of God! David understood that the LORD, being his Shepherd, would guide him through varying circumstances of life by providing the divine goodness and mercy to attend to his ways. Having experienced the LORD's goodness and mercy up until now, David boldly states that they shall also be his experience for the rest of his life...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 29 July 2016
Read: Psalm 25:11
hese words of David's prayer for pardon shows how deeply disturbed in his heart he was because of the reality of sin and its guilt in his life. Every man, who is aware of God's awesome holiness, will be always deeply conscious of his own sinful nature as he yields himself to love and serve God. He knows that he is not worthy of even appearing before God, let alone being His servant to carry out His holy will...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 28 July 2016
Read: Galatians 1:4a
Herein Paul declares the grand plan of God concerning our salvation in a sentence. He begins with Christ's self-sacrifice for our salvation. He says that "Christ gave himself for our sins." Christ's death on the cross was voluntary. He came into this world for that purpose. On numerous occasions, our Lord declared His mission on earth as to lay down His life for the redemption of sinners. He Himself said, "For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Read: Isaiah 45:22
he LORD appeals to the Jews and to the far-flung heathen world to turn to Him. In verse 20, He said, "Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save." The idols they have made as their gods are unable to save them from their troubles and condemnation...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Read: Hebrews 10:23
The early Jewish Christians were under much pressure to give up their faith in Christ. It is apparent that the people to whom this epistle was written were under persecution (cf. Heb 12:4-15). They were also in great danger of being apostatised by the Judaizers and other early false teachers. The epistle taught the Hebrew Christians why they should not go back to the rituals of the old covenant, as Christ has fulfilled them all as their Perfect High Priest and unblemished Lamb of God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 25 July 2016
Read: Philippians 4:13
This is the solemn witness born by the Apostle Paul while he was bound in chain, imprisoned for Christ in Rome. His confinement and frightening situation could have broken his spirit and left him in utter distress. He could have wept over his inability to do what he had been doing before his arrest and confinement in the high security prison in the place of the Roman Emperor, Caesar. As he was not allowed to visit the churches which he loved so dearly...
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