Sunday, September 27, 2009

Marriage, Part 2.

All cardinals are red; all cardinals fly: therefore all red things fly.

Why is this incorrect? The last statement works only on an IFF (IF and only iF) basis. All cardinals must be red AND all red things must be cardinals, etc.

Monday, September 28, 2009: Ephesians 5:33

Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Does this mean that a wife should expect that her husband love her as he loves himself? Or does it mean that a husband expect or demand submission or respect from his wife? This, the reverse, is NOT true and is unsupported in scripture. Each statement is a one-way statement and isn’t reversible.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009: Ephesians 5:22,24

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

Do wives submit to their husbands? Does the Church submit to Christ? This is the way it should be but is only partially true in reality

Wednesday, September 30, 2009: Ephesians 5:25,28

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her

So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

Do husbands love their wives? It is said that a man marries a woman hoping she won’t change and a woman marries a man hoping to change him: it just doesn’t happen that way. But Christ loves the Church perfectly in both expression and demonstration.

Thursday, October 1, 2009: Ephesians 5:23,29

For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.

For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

How does a husband establish his headship? The only way is by serving up the word of God. Tell husbands you know that my blog on can be used for five minutes after dinner to establish spiritual headship in his family.

Friday, October 2, 2009: Ephesians 5:30,32

For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.

This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Can you guess what the missing verse 31 quotes? It quotes Genesis 2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Marriage, Part 1.

Monday, September 21, 2009: Genesis 2:18
And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
God declared that creation was good. What is the meaning of this first ‘not good?’ It was God’s decision to make a helper for Adam. God has determined your spouse.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009: Genesis 2:20
So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
What really was ‘not found?’ God has created in the soul of man a need for one to love. Adam recognized this.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009: Genesis 2:21–22
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
What are the implications of the end of this passage in scripture? God brings a woman to a man.

Thursday, September 24, 2009: Genesis 2:24
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
What is the implication of leaving Father and Mother? In God’s eyes the new husband and wife are one, not two.

Friday, September 25, 2009: Mark 10:7–9
‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, answering the Pharisees about divorce. Which ‘man’ is most responsible for separation of a marriage? The husband or the wife is most responsible, not outside influences!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Most Important Verses

Tuesday, September 15, 2009: Deuteronomy 6:1–2

“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.

This is the prologue to the most important verse, which summarizes the Old Testament.

What did Moses say that the children of Israel were to keep? They were to keep the statutes and commandments of the Lord, their God.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009: Deuteronomy 6:5

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

This is the most important verse that summarizes the Old Testament.

How important is this verse? Jesus Christ declared that on this (plus love your neighbor) stood all the Law and the Prophets.

Thursday, September 17, 2009: John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

This is the most important verse that summarizes the New Testament.

How does this verse compare with the one above? This verse expresses the reason why we should love God: He sacrificed His Son for us and our sin.

Friday, September 18, 2009: John 3:17

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

This is the epilog to the most important verse in the New Testament.

What is the rationale behind this? God did not want to condemn us but to see us saved for eternity.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Trials and Suffering as a Christian

Monday, September 7, 2009: 1 Peter 1:6–7
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ
Why will our troubles seem like fire? No testing of the genuine faith of a Christian is without anguish.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009: 1 Peter 2:20–21
For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps
Does God commend those who suffer for doing what is good? No, God commends those who take such suffering patiently.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009: 1 Peter 3:14 –15
But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear
Why are sufferings and threats different to a Christian? A threat is for the future, and one never knows how God can intervene.

Thursday, September 10, 2009: 1 Peter 4:15–16
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
How can shame become glory? Shame, heaped on us by non-believers is commendable by God and rewarded in eternity. Those who suffer shamefully should glorify God for the opportunity of an eternity.

Friday, September 11, 2009: 1 Peter 5:10
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
What is the aftermath of suffering for Christ Jesus? God’s grace will build you up.