Sunday, September 28, 2008

Human and Divine Forgiveness

Monday, September 29, 2008: Matthew 9:2
Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.

What did Jesus Christ consider as the healing of greater importance? Spiritual forgiveness: then physical healing.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008: Matthew 9:6–7
But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.

Did this action take faith on the part of the paralytic? Yes, he had to believe he could sit up and have the strength to pick up his bed and walk home.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008: Ephesians 1:7
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

Why could the Lord Jesus forgive sins? His blood was shed not for Himself but for us.

Thursday, October 2, 2008: 1 John 2:12
I write to you, little children,
Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.

What is in the name, Jesus Christ, that forgives sin? Using the name Jesus Christ is placing our faith on the only one who has authority (power) to forgive sins.

Friday, October 3, 2008: 2 Corinthians 2:7–8
so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him

How is human forgiveness different from divine forgiveness? Divine forgiveness demands a just penalty, paid by Jesus Christ; human forgiveness requires one to overlook injustice in spite of the cost.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Monday, September 22, 2008: Romans 8:28–29
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

What are the ‘things’ that work together for good? Circumstances, material possessions, and people are all in God’s plan.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008: 1 Corinthians 3:12–15
Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

What is THE DAY? Judgment day!
What is the condition for salvation? The condition is that you build on One foundation: Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008: Galatians 6:3–4
For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

What examination must our work pass? Answer: is it for self-glory or for God?

Thursday, September 25, 2008: Philippians 1:3–6
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Who should be at work in your life? It should be God but it often is us.

Friday, September 26, 2008: 2 Thessalonians 2:7–8
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

Who is the restrainer? The Holy Spirit in us.
When will He be taken out of the way? When the believers are raptured away.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Misconceptions in Revlation

Monday, September 15, 2008: Revelation 1:20
The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.

What is the mystery? The seven stars and seven lampstands are symbols.
What is the revelation? Stars are Angels (of each Church); lampstands are Churches.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008: Revelation 2:1a, 8a, 12a, 18a
“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,
“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write,
“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write,
“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write,

To whom was John told to write? John was to write to the Angels or Stars.
To whom was John NOT told to write? John was NOT told to write to the Churches or Candlesticks. Many preachers, pastors and priests confuse the two and read the passages as letters to Churches when the Bible says seven times they are not.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008: Revelation 3:1a, 7a, 14a
“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,
“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,
Revelation 1:11a
saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia:

What was John told to do? The letters he was to write were not to be mailed to separate places; they were to be put in a book, Revelation.

Thursday, September 18, 2008: Revelation 2:7a, 11a, 17a, 29a
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

Are these sections a letter, a text message or a voicemail? I believe this is closest to a text message. The ear is spiritual ear and the hearing spiritual hearing: it refers to those who read the book of Revelation.

Friday, September 19, 2008: Revelation 3:6, 13, 22
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”

Who speaks in these sections? The Holy Spirit speaks (through Christ)
To whom does He speak? To all seven Churches, NOT to a single Church.
To whom is the message? To anyone who reads Revelation.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Worship Service

Λατρεύω, latreuō
1) to serve for hire
2) to serve, minister to, either to the gods or men and used alike of slaves and freemen
i) in the NT, to render religious service or homage, to worship
ii) to perform sacred services, to offer gifts, to worship God in the observance of the rites instituted for his worship
(1) of priests, to officiate, to discharge the sacred office
Verb: from latris (a hired menial) adapted from Thayer's Greek Definitions.

Monday, September 8, 2008: Philippians 3:3
For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,

What is our circumcision? We have cut off, or have no confidence in the flesh, but worship God in the Spirit.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008: Hebrews 9:13–14
For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

How are dead works different from living works? Dead works go only as far as remembering that you have sinned before God and have to sacrifice to ‘cover’ the sins every year. Living works start from a clean conscience cleaned by the blood of Christ and proceed to serving not self but God.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008: 2 Timothy 1:3
I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,

What is one of Paul’s service before God? Paul served by remembering fellow believers in prayers daily.

Thursday, September 11, 2008: Hebrews 12:28
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

What service is acceptable to God? The Savior said it all: “not My will but Yours be done.”

Friday, September 12, 2008: Hebrews 10:1–2
For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

What is the difference between a shadow and an image of hope? A shadow reveals a dark silhouette or outline: an image has details, but in fewer dimensions than reality. Part of our worship is remembering what sacrifice gave us hope of eternal life.

Monday, September 1, 2008


ICQ (pronounced: I Seek You)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008: Matthew 6:31–33
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Background: this is part of the ‘Sermon On The Mount.’

Is there an element of childlike faith in seeking after God’s kingdom first? Jesus Christ calls Him our Heavenly Father who is aware of our physical needs. The implication is that our eternal spiritual needs far outweigh what the world brings to our attention as important.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008: Luke 19:9–10
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Background: this is the end result of the change that took place in the life of Zacchaeus, a disliked tax collector.

What is the prerequisite to salvation? A realization that one is lost: if you think you know where you are and know the way, you cannot be saved.

Thursday, September 4, 2008: Luke 24:5
Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

Background: In spite of all that Jesus Christ had told His disciples, the human mind cannot conceive life after death, especially after crucifixion.

What was the effect of the question? It forced the disciples to realize that Jesus Christ was not dead but alive.

Friday, September 5, 2008: Hebrews 13:13–14
Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.

How can we seek for something that we know is not here? If we continue to look at life in the same manner as we did before we knew God and His salvation, we have missed the point about eternal life and its everlasting reward in pleasing God.