Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:13
Peter explains how God's election is applied in the believers. He says that God's election is brought to us "through sanctification of the Spirit" (v. 2b).
Sanctification means "set apart" for God's holy purpose. The Holy Spirit calls us through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and sets us apart for a holy living. It is the Spirit of God that enables us to repent from our sins and to desire a holy living...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 27 February 2017
Read: John 8:56-59; Isaiah 48:12
In the last section of this long chapter, John records for us Jesus’ compelling arguments for His deity and greatness. Once again, He referred to Abraham to explain His divine nature.
The Pharisees claimed Abraham as their father. But Abraham saw Messiah’s day (in prospect), and rejoiced. With the eye of faith, Abraham saw the truth of resurrection when he offered Isaac on the altar (cf. Heb 11:17–19)...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 26 February 2017
Read: John 3:30; 2 Corinthians 4:11-18
John the Baptizer’s ultimate principle of life and ministry is recorded in this verse. To him, growth in Christ meant giving up everything about himself for Christ’s glory. So he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
John acknowledged that the advancement of Christ’s glory is essential, because it was God’s plan that Christ, the Messiah, should supersede the ministry of John. John was only a herald of Christ. His duty was to prepare the hearts of the people for the coming of Christ. The man of the hour was not John but Christ. That is why John said, “He must increase.” He was committed to that divine plan. He had no intention to hinder the progress of Christ’s ministry. His only desire was that Christ would be magnified...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 25 February 2017
Read: John 9:7-34; John 3:2
The Pharisees’ concern here, as in chapter 5, was the fact that the healing of the blind man was done on the Sabbath. Some said that the one who did the healing on the Sabbath was not of God. But others retorted, saying, how could a sinner heal a blind man? The only way out of the dilemma was to question the reality of the man’s blindness. So they called his parents, who affirmed that he was born blind. However, they were reluctant to say more lest they should be turned out of the synagogue. (This was something akin to excommunication today.) So they said of their son, “He is of age; ask him” (v.23). A strange parental attitude! They appeared to be saying, “If anyone is to be excommunicated, why should it be us? After all, he was the one who was healed. So let him face the music.” So much about some parents’ love for their children...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 24 February 2017
Read: John 15:22-25; 1 John 2:23
More reasons for the world’s hatred for Christians are mentioned in today’s text.
Because the world is ignorant of God (v.21): Jesus said that the world’s ignorance of God is the true cause of its enmity to Christ and His disciples (v. 21). They know not God as the One who sent our Lord Jesus, and authorized Him to be the great Redeemer. No one can rightly know God if he does not know Him in Christ; and those who persecute those whom He sends show that they know not that He was sent of God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 23 February 2017
Read: John 15:17-21; Luke 6:22
The disciples needed to be told that the wonderful promises of the Lord would not mean that their life would be trouble-free. Christian ministry would not be easy in a rebellious, Christ-hating world. The world was going to treat them the same way it treated their Master; and they were going to be despised and persecuted even killed.
In verse 17, before He explains the hatred of the world, Jesus commanded “that you love one another.” In a hostile world, they desperately needed love from each other...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Read: John 8:39-49; Matthew 3:7-10
The Pharisees claimed to be Abraham’s seed. But Jesus challenged their claim by saying that physical lineage does not prove spiritual inheritance. He confronted their vain claim of spiritual supremacy and pointed out that they opposed Him wrongly. They were also seeking to kill Jesus because He had spoken the truth of God. This Abraham did not do (v.37).
Jesus said that since they were trying to kill Him, they were doing the deeds of their father, the devil. In their reply, the Pharisees claimed God as their Father (v.41). They thought they were not “illegitimate,” or religiously perverted as the Samaritans. Jesus explained that their actions toward Him proved them otherwise....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Hebrews 12:14
Christians are a "nation" (Greek, ethnos, from which we get the word ethnic). More than that, we are a "holy nation." That means we are a people separated or set apart for God's use.
Once again we see Peter drawing from Exodus 19:6 - "And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." Similar expressions about Israel can be found in Leviticus 19:2; 20:26; Deuteronomy 7:6; and Isaiah 62:12...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 20 February 2017
Read: John 16:28-33; Romans 8:37
The disciples perceived the essence of the Lord’s sayings and confessed their joy in hearing all that He said (vv.29-30).
Jesus answered them, “Do ye now believe?” Spiritual understanding comes only when faith is exercised. No faith, no spiritual perception! No faith, no joy! No faith, no hope...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 4:12-19; Romans 5:3-5
Important principles are given to the readers to prepare for the coming sufferings. Peter begins this passage about fiery trials with an affectionate pastoral address - “Beloved.” It conveys love and compassion to his readers.
Expect suffering: We must accept trials as a test of our faith. The word “fiery” can be a figure of severe affliction, which the Lord designs for our spiritual purity (1 Peter 1:6-7). So instead of seeing our trials as a defeat, we must face it as a test to overcome. We must be able to say, “He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10)...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 18 February 2017
Read: John 14:16; Ephesians 1:13-14
Jesus assured the troubled disciples that they would not be left alone to fend for themselves but would have a supernatural Comforter to aid them. The Greek word for “comforter” is“parakletos,” which literally means “one who is called (kaleo) alongside (para).” Jesus is saying, “I am going to send the Holy Spirit who will come alongside to comfort you.”
What did Jesus mean by referring to the Holy Spirit as “another Comforter?” It is important to understand the word “another” correctly. The Greeks had two words that meant “another.” One was heteros, which means “another kind,” as in, “This garden has many roses. Another flower we have here is carnation...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 17 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:1-2; James 1:21
In 1:22-25 Peter presented the importance of God’s Word in the regeneration of people. In this second chapter of his epistle his thought progresses to the growth of believers by feeding on God’s Word (2:2).
The apostle firstly tells us how believers must prepare themselves to grow through the in-take of God’s Word. Abstinence from sin is a pre-requisite for our growth in the Word. So in verse 1, Peter exhorts us to "lay aside" sins. They should not be allowed in our lives, if we were to grow in the Word...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 16 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:8a; John 21:15-19
Some would have us believe that our love for Christ can be increased if we have encounters of Christ through visions and dreams. But the Scripture teaches us that no visions or even actual sight of Christ is necessary for experiencing deep love for Christ.
Peter was an eyewitness of Jesus Christ. He watched Jesus very closely and learned to love Him. Though many a time Peter himself publicly announced his love and loyalty to Jesus, on a crucial occasion he denied Christ thrice...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:12; Philippians 2:15
s pilgrims we must live honest lives. The word "honest" is much more than telling the truth and doing what is right. It also refers to comeliness, honourable and admirable attitude in life. Christians must be a people of high integrity and moral virtues when they live among the ungodly ("Gentiles").
Honest lifestyle is particularly important, when we consider the fact that the world is hostile to us and is ready even to falsely accuse us...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Read: John 14:1; Psalms 42:5, 6, 8-11
Ia short time Jesus will be arrested and taken to be killed. The eleven disciples were about to face a very depressing and frightening situation. Their beloved Master, for whom they had given up everything, was going away. In today’s verse, Jesus anticipates the sorrow that will grip their hearts, and gives them comforting words. Even though Jesus was deeply troubled about His own crucifixion, He took time to comfort His beloved disciples...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 13 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:6; James 1:2
Peter said to the recipients of his epistle, "Wherein ye greatly rejoice." The words "greatly rejoice" is the translation of the Greek word agallias the which has the idea of exuberant joy. The verb can mean exult, leap for joy, etc. It is often used for the joy that is expressed in spontaneous singing and ‘dance.’ Christians are called to an overwhelming joy. Their joy can be seen vividly...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 February 2017
Read: John 6:5-13; Philippians 4:14-19
Jesus asked Philip, “Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” This question was to test his faith. Jesus certainly had all His plans ready. A very canny Philip quickly did a calculation of the cost of food for such a large crowd and answered, “Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little” (v.7). He was saying that even such a large sum of money, which was about eight months’ wages that was sufficient to provide a large family for more than eight months...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 11 February 2017
Read: John 15:7-13; Romans 15:13
nswered prayers (v.7):
Notice that there are two conditions to that promise. First, we must abide. Again, it indicates that the promise is only for real believers who continue to obey His words. Effective prayer is possible only where there is abiding faith in Christ and on His words. Only then can one conform to the Father’s will and ask according to His will that the prayers may be answered. When a person’s prayer is in accordance to God’s will, the result is certain...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 10 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 1:24-25
ccording to Apostle Peter, apart from the eternal inheritance, there is yet another privilege that we receive upon our regeneration, and it is our eternal protection. He says that believers are "are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."
The word "kept" is a military word that means "guarded" or "shielded." The tense of the verb further reveals that we are constantly guarded by God till we reach heaven...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 09 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 13:4
fter teaching his readers how to prepare themselves for times of opposition and persecution, Peter now illustrates this through the examples of Christ (v.18) and Noah (vv.19-20) who went through hostility in their life times.
In verses 18 Peter says, "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 08 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:2b; 2 Corinthians 4:15
eter greeted the readers of his epistle, God's elect, by wishing spiritual blessings: "Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied" (v.2b).
It is interesting to note that in all the apostolic greetings where grace and peace appears, grace precedes peace (2 Peter 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 1:2; 2 John 3). None can know the peace of God without first experiencing the work of God's grace in their hearts. Everyone who receives God's grace will also receive the result of God's grace, which is peace...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 07 February 2017
Read: John 6:14-15; Acts 3:22-24
The crowd was very impressed by Jesus’ ability to feed them miraculously. It reminded them of Moses’ prediction concerning a great prophet who would come to this world. “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken” (Deut 18:15). Many in the crowd had seen the connection between Jesus and Moses’ prophecy; and identified Him as “that prophet that should come into the world...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 06 February 2017
Read: John 6:1-13; Psalms 86:15
large number of people followed Jesus wanting to see all His miracles, especially the healing of the sick (vv.1–2). When He went up the mountain and sat with His disciples (v.3), a large crowd came to Him (vv.4, 5). Jesus’ popularity was at its peak in Galilee. Nonetheless, their enthusiasm did not indicate that they truly believed in Him.
It was the season of Passover — “And the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh” (v.5). This is the second of the three Passovers mentioned by John (2:13, 23; 11:15ff). John’s observation of the Passover here is for theological purposes rather than chronological...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 05 February 2017
Read: John 12:4-6; 1 Timothy 6:3-5
It is hard not to notice the stark contrast brought out by John between Mary and Judas in this remarkable account of John 12:1-8. While the atmosphere in the house was full of love for Christ, the heart of Judas was full of hatred and plotting against Christ. While Mary was full of thoughts how best she could show her concern for the Master’s impending death, Judas was scheming to betray Christ for his own gain...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 04 February 2017
Read: 1 Peter 4:7; Titus 2:12-13
he expectancy of the glorious appearing of Christ certainly strengthens the heart of all Christians, especially those who are in afflictions and trials. It will also help us to set our lives in order.
Peter began this passage, saying, “But the end of all things is at hand.” The Greek term for “end” (telos) speaks of “consummation” or “ultimate fulfillment...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 03 February 2017
Read: John 11:49-57; 1 Corinthians 1:23-24
The discussion of the Sanhedrin was getting them nowhere. So Caiaphas, the high priest, took charge. He made a definite proposal. “It is expedient [profitable] for us, that one man should die for [huper, as a substitute for] the people, and that the whole nation perish not” or “may not be destroyed” (v. 50). It was as simple as that. Either Jesus must die, or the nation, including the Sanhedrin, would be destroyed. And it was to their profit that the former should happen. Therefore, the entire matter was to be decided, not on what was right, but on the basis of expediency...
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