Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 07 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:17; 2 Corinthians 7:1
In the preceding passage (1:13-16), Peter taught us that hope and holiness are the fruits of the great salvation in Jesus Christ. The new passage is connected to the preceding by means of the word "and" which appears at the beginning of verse 17. Thus we understand that holiness is inevitably connected to fearing God, a challenge that Peter gives to all Christians at the end of verse 17...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 06 March 2017
Read: John 15:15-16; 1 Corinthians 9:16-18
In Jesus’ day, servants and their masters rarely were friends. Not that they were necessarily enemies; they simply did not cultivate the kind of relationship friends would have. A slave was told only what he should do, never why he should do it. He never knew his master’s plans, goals, or feelings...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 05 March 2017
Read: John 15:12-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:9
he disciples would have been happy to be known as Jesus’ slaves. To be a servant of God was by no means a shameful thing. But to be known as the friend of God was an honour. All of them had longed for intimacy with Him. They had even contended among themselves about which one would sit closest to Him in the kingdom. Now He reassured all of them that He desired intimacy with them as well, and He listed a number of the characteristics that are essential to a loving relationship with Him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 04 March 2017
Read: John 6:60-66; 2 Timothy 2:19
any of the so-called disciples found the teachings of Jesus too difficult to accept. The word “hard” in this passage (v.60) means “hard to accept,” and not “hard to understand.”
The actual implications of the discourse between Christ and the Jews demanded much more than intellectual capability. One must either make the tremendous leap of faith and receive Jesus as the Son of God, equal with the Father...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 03 March 2017
Read: John 15:26-27; Acts 1:8
hrist declared a comforting message lest any should fear. He promised them the special ministry of the Comforter, which would keep them in His truth and comfort, that they may function as efficient ministers of the Gospel.
The world would disagree, alter, and even reject the truth of Christ. But the Spirit will enable the believers to know the truth and boldly testify, for they themselves have the Spirit’s testimony within them. Whenever and wherever the enemy may rise, Christians will have the company of a divine Comforter. When there is earthly hostility, there will be heavenly consolation...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 02 March 2017
Read: John 8:12-20; Isaiah 42:6-7
Jesus was in the section of the Temple where the receptacles for the gifts of the worshippers were placed. Each night during the Feast of Tabernacles it was lit with a candelabra, to commemorate the pillar of fire over the Israelites in the wilderness. Now the lights were extinguished, as the Feast was ended. And Jesus reacted accordingly. Thus a second time Jesus applied to Himself the spiritual reality of the symbolism of the Feast of Tabernacles...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 01 March 2017
Read: John 2:12-17; 1 Chronicles 16:29-30
esus and His disciples came to Jerusalem to participate in the Passover, in obedience to God’s commandment that the Jews should remember the deliverance of their fathers from the bondage of Egypt (Exo 23:14–17; Num 9:1–5). Jesus showed great respect for this festival as it was commanded in the Old Testament. The Lord Jesus is our example in all aspects of life, even in the matter of worship and service of God...
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...
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