10/9/20

"THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW" The Significance Of The Resurrection (28:1-10) by Mark Copeland

 

                        "THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW"

             The Significance Of The Resurrection (28:1-10)

INTRODUCTION

1. According to the four gospels, Jesus rose from the dead following
   His crucifixion...
   a. Matthew records how the women found the tomb empty and were
      instructed by an angel to tell the disciples - Mt 28:1-8
   b. Also how Jesus appeared to them while on their way - Mt 28:9-10
   -- In all, the New Testament records ten distinct resurrection
      appearances of Christ prior to His ascension to heaven

2. The significance of the resurrection of Jesus to the Christian faith
   cannot be overestimated...
   a. It has great significance for one who has yet to believe in Jesus
   b. It also has great significance for those who are Christians

[In this study we shall consider "The Significance Of The Resurrection"
for both unbelievers and believers...]

I. FOR THE UNBELIEVER

   A. IT VERIFIES THE DEITY OF JESUS...
      1. The resurrection proves that Jesus truly is the Son of God - Ro 1:4
      2. It also demonstrates that He truly has all authority in heaven
         and on earth - Mt 28:18; Ac 2:36

   B. IT VERIFIES THE TRUTHFULNESS OF JESUS...
      1. Jesus foretold His resurrection on three occasions - Mt 16:21;17:22-23; 20:17-19
         a. If Jesus was telling the truth in describing His suffering and resurrection...
         b. ...then He was telling the truth in everything else He said
         -- Would God raise a liar?
      2. Therefore the following teachings of Jesus are true:
         a. He was from the Father above, and spoke the words of the Father - Jn 8:28-29
         b. No one can come to the Father but through Him - Jn 14:6
         c. His blood was shed for the remission of sins - Mt 26:28
         d. He came to offer abundant life - Jn 10:10
         e. He went to prepare a place for us - Jn 14:2
         f. He shall come again - Jn 14:3
         g. There will be a resurrection of the dead and ensuing
            judgment - Jn 5:28-29; 12:48; Ac 17:30-31

[If Jesus was in fact raised from the dead, "The Significance Of The
Resurrection" for the unbeliever is enormous!  It compels unbelievers
to come face to face with reality, and the need to accept the Lordship
of Jesus.  The resurrection of Jesus has even more significance...]

II. FOR THE BELIEVER

   A. IF JESUS HAS NOT BEEN RAISED...
      1. Gospel preaching is vain - 1Co 15:14
         a. The preaching of the apostles is empty, meaningless
         b. There would be no purpose in preaching about a liar, or lunatic
      2. Our faith is vain - 1Co 15:14
         a. Our belief in Christ would also be empty, meaningless
         b. For our faith would be in a liar, or lunatic
      3. The apostles were false witnesses - 1Co 15:15
         a. They swore that God raised Jesus from the dead - Ac 2:32
         b. They claimed to spend 40 days with Him after the
            resurrection, eating and drinking with Him - Ac 10:39-41
         c. There is no way they could have been deceived or mistaken;
            either they told the truth or they were deliberate liars, deceivers, and frauds!
      4. We are still in our sins - 1Co 15:17
         a. It would have been a liar or lunatic that died on the cross
         b. No such person could have provided a sacrifice that was holy and without blemish
      5. Believers have perished at death - 1Co 15:18
         a. Their faith would have been in a false Messiah
         b. They would have had no atonement for their sins
         c. Dying in their sins, there would be no hope
      6. Christians are to be pitied - 1Co 15:19
         a. Because we believe in a false Messiah
         b. Because our faith in Him leads us to refrain from much worldly pleasure
         c. Because we are often ridiculed or persecuted for our faith

   B. IF JESUS HAS BEEN RAISED...
      1. It verifies our justification - Ro 4:24-25
         a. Jesus claimed His blood would be adequate - Mt 26:28
         b. By raising Jesus from the dead, God demonstrated His
            acceptance of Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins! - Ro 8:33-34
      2. It demonstrates the power available to the Christian - Ep 1:18-20
         a. Power available at our conversion - Col 2:11-12; 1Pe 3:21
         b. Power available to live the Christian life 
             - Ro 8:11-13;Php 2:12-13; 4:13; Ep 3:20; 6:10
      3. It gives us hope concerning our own resurrection - 1Pe 1:3
         a. His resurrection gives us a living hope! - 1Pe 1:21
         b. Especially concerning the resurrection of believers! - 1 Th 4:13-14
      4. It demands our complete loyalty to Him - Ro 14:9
         a. He was raised and then exalted to become our Lord - Ac 2:32-36; Ep 1:20-23
         b. Thus our lives and service belong to Him - Ro 14:7-8; 2 Co 5:15

CONCLUSION

1. The impact of the resurrection of Jesus should not go unfelt in our lives...
   a. As a historical event it has everlasting implications
   b. For both the unbeliever and believer

2. The unbeliever needs to examine the evidence for the resurrection carefully...
   a. The nature of the testimony provided by the witnesses
   b. The unfeasibility of alternative explanations for the empty tomb
   -- For if Jesus rose from the dead, one must believe in Him! - Jn 8: 24

3. The believer must never lose sight of the significance of the resurrection...
   a. Do our lives demonstrate that we serve a risen Lord and Savior?
   b. Do we possess the hope, peace, and strength that the reality and
      power of His resurrection gives to the Christian?

May we never forget "The Significance Of The Resurrection" of Jesus
Christ in our lives! 
Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2016

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Two Different Questions: What and When? by Eric Lyons, M.Min.

 http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=1864

 

Two Different Questions: What and When?

by  Eric Lyons, M.Min.

“Do you believe that baptism is essential for salvation?” “Yes.” “So you believe in water regeneration?” “No.” “But you believe that you must be immersed in water before your sins are washed away?” “Yes.” “So you believe that the power to wash away your sins is in the water?” “No.” “How can you say you do not believe in water baptismal regeneration if you think that a sinner is not saved until after he is baptized?” “Because when one is saved and what saves a person are two different questions.”

The Bible makes clear that Jesus saves. “[A]ccording to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5). It is by His grace that we have hope of eternal life (Ephesians 2:5,8-9). We are “justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Romans 5:9). We are “redeemed...with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19). “Jesus Christ...loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Revelation 1:5). As Jesus ate with His disciples the night before His crucifixion, He said, “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). What is it that saves a sinner from eternal separation from God? What is the remedy for sin? Without any doubt, “the blood of Christ” is what saves us (Hebrews 9:14). The idea of water having some kind of spiritual regenerative power is never taught in Scripture, nor have I ever met a member of the Lord’s church who believed such.

Another question altogether is when something happens. Naaman was healed of his leprosy (by the power of God!) when he washed in the Jordan River seven times (2 Kings 5:1-19). The blind man of John chapter nine was healed of his blindness (by Jesus!) when he washed in the pool of Siloam. And what about a sinner? When does the blood of Christ save one who is separated from God spiritually? The answer to that question is found in such passages as Acts 22:16 and Acts 2:38 (among others), which discuss water baptism. Once Saul (later called Paul) came to believe and confess that Jesus was indeed the Son of God, and expressed sorrow for his sins (cf. Acts 9:5-11), Ananias, whom God had sent to Saul, instructed him to “arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). A sinner has his sins washed away when he is “baptized.” [NOTE: The participial phrase, “calling on the name of the Lord,” describes what Paul was doing when he was baptized and had his sins washed away (cf. Acts 2:21,38)—see Miller, 2003; Lyons, 2004.] Sadly, many have read Acts 22:16 and rejected the necessity of baptism because they approach their study of this verse with the wrong question in mind. This verse does not tell us what saves, but rather when a person is saved, i.e., has his sins washed away. Passages of Scripture such as those previously noted (e.g., Matthew 26:28, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Revelation 1:5) answer what saves, but in order to find out when a person is saved, one must consult passages like Acts 22:16 and Acts 2:38.

In short, the blood of Christ is what saves a sinner. But the blood of Christ washes away sins when a sinner confesses faith in Christ, repents, and is baptized “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 22:16). May God help us to understand the difference between what and when, especially in regard to salvation.

REFERENCES

Lyons, Eric (2004), “Calling on the Name of the Lord,” [On-line], URL: http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/597.

Miller, Dave (2003), “The Bible is its Own Best Interpreter,” [On-line], URL: http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2293.

 

Truth and Feelings by Kyle Butt, M.Div.

 

http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=333

Truth and Feelings

by  Kyle Butt, M.Div.

Many people in society contend that there is no absolute right way to do things. The idea is that one way might be right for you, but not for another person. Each person does what feels right to him, and that is right for him. This view says that your way is fine for you and my way is fine for me, and everyone does what he thinks is right. Each way is as good as another and none should be called the right way.

This idea is especially common in religion. The masses are content to believe that one religion is as good as another. Most think that as long as a person is sincere in what he believes, then that person is alright. According to this idea, the various religions, denominations, churches, and synagogues are all just different ways to get to the same place. Those who think this way do not believe that any one religion is the right religion. It might be the right religion or church for you, but it cannot be the right religion, because they believe there is no one right religion or church. Is this idea correct? Is there no real, absolute truth? Are all churches and religions just as good as another? Let’s see how this idea works in real life.

Suppose a math teacher places the following problem on the board for her class 2 + 2 = ____. She explains to her class that this is an all-or-nothing quiz. The correct answer is worth 100 points. A wrong answer results in a zero. Suppose a person feels very sure that the answer is five. In fact, suppose the teacher goes out of the room and the entire class votes that the answer is five. Furthermore, suppose the history teacher comes in while the math teacher is out, and explains that the answers three, four, and five should be acceptable as long as each student firmly believes that the answer he or she writes is right. Is any answer except four going to be right? Absolutely not!

Sadly, people do not see that the same principle applies to religion. In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus said: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” In John 14:6, Jesus boldly stated: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” It really is as simple as 2 + 2. There is only one way to heaven, and Jesus is it. This is hard for some people to accept, but it is the truth—the absolute, unchanging truth. All those people who are trying to get to heaven through Buddha, Muhammad, Judaism, or countless other religions will be lost if they do not turn to Jesus and do things His way.

It also is the case that many sincere people feel that they are doing right, but are not. The apostle Paul is a great example of this. Paul (whose name was first Saul) thought that Christians were wicked. He thought they were pulling people away from the true way to heaven that he believed was found in the Jewish religion. Because of this sincere belief, he persecuted the Christians. He obtained authority from Jewish authorities to throw Christians in prison. When Christians were on trial for their lives, Paul voted that they should be killed. He sincerely believed that he was doing what God wanted him to do. In Acts 23:1, while he was speaking to the Jewish leaders, Paul said, “I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” Paul felt as though he was serving God, but he was not. In fact, he was serving Satan and fighting against God, in spite of his sincere motive. He was sincere, but sincerely wrong.

When Christ appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus, He told him that he was sinning (Acts 9). He instructed Paul to go into the city of Damascus where he would be told what he must do to get right with God. Saul believed Jesus, and did exactly as he was instructed. After Paul prayed and fasted for three days, a man named Ananias came to Paul and told him to “arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). Paul was baptized for the remission of his sins, and was added to the one true church that belongs to Christ. Paul’s sincerity did him no good until he found and obeyed the truth.

In John 8:32, Jesus explained, “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Later, Jesus explained that God’s Word “is truth” (John 17:17). We have been given God’s Word—the Bible. Jesus said that these words will judge us in the last day (John 12:48). At the Judgment, our lives will be compared to the truth found in the New Testament. If we have followed Jesus’ words, we will go to heaven. If we have not followed them, regardless of how sincere we were, we will go to hell.

North is always north, two plus two always equals four, and Jesus is the only way to get to God and heaven. Let us live our lives, not according to what “feels” right, but according to the truth that is found only in the Bible.

Too Militant? by Dave Miller, Ph.D.

 http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=1250

 Too Militant?

by  Dave Miller, Ph.D.

The conspiracy to revise the past in order to make it match the current “politically correct” climate of society is manifesting itself in a myriad of ways. One is the ongoing effort to produce gender-neutral translations of the Bible. Another is the attempt to eliminate any indications of the Christian religion from public life—whether “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance or the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Center building. Perhaps you remember in the late eighties when a mainline protestant denomination considered removing from its hymnal “Onward Christian Soldiers” due to its militant, warlike lyrics.

All of these efforts share in common the fact that they are based upon frail human perception that constantly undergoes alteration with the passing time, rather than being based upon unchanging principles and absolute values that have been articulated by God. “Onward Christian Soldiers” was written by an uninspired human being, and needs no defense. However, opposition to the song raises a broader issue that does merit consideration. Those who find the song objectionable, obviously possess in their own minds a standard with regard to the use of militant terminology in Christian hymnody. They feel that such warlike language is inappropriate and unacceptable. However, the real concern should lie in how God feels about the matter. What does God’s Word say about the propriety of militant language in Christian parlance?

The New Testament repeatedly describes the Christian life metaphorically as a battle to be fought and a war to be waged. Timothy was told to “war a good warfare” (1 Timothy 1:18), to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12), and to “endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3). Paul described his ministry as a “fight” (1 Corinthians 9:26; 2 Timothy 4:7). He characterized his right to receive monetary support as comparable to that of a soldier (1 Corinthians 9:7). Early Christians endured warlike struggles and conflicts (Hebrews 10:32). Christians are told to “put on the whole armor of God”—which includes taking the “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:11-17). They wear “armor of light” (Romans 13:12) and “armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left” (2 Corinthians 6:7). Even the specific parts of the Christian’s armor are identified (Ephesians 6:14-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:8). Christians use “weapons” in a “warfare” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

When one bothers to consult divine guidelines, one finds that inspired writ frequently represents the Christian’s existence as analogous to that of a soldier. In fact, the song “Onward Christian Soldiers” does a good job of capitalizing on this perfectly scriptural metaphor. Perhaps as society is in the process of abandoning the Christian worldview, devotees of New Testament Christianity ought to get busy emulating their militant and warlike King Who, with flaming eyes and followed by the armies of heaven, “judges and makes war” (Revelation 19:11).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Critics Cry “Fowl Play” On Chick-fil-A by Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

 

https://thepreachersword.com/2012/07/24/critics-cry-fowl-play-on-chick-fil-a/#more-2076

Critics Cry “Fowl Play” On Chick-fil-A

(Here’s the #1 post of 2012 based on both hits and views.  Who knew a chicken company could cause such a flap?!)

I like Chick-fil-A.  I like their chicken sandwich. I like their chicken noodle soup.  I like their salads.  I like their shakes.  I like their waffle fries.  And I really like their sausage biscuit.  But not everyone likes Chick-fil-A as much as I do. Critics are crying, “Fowl!”

Boston mayor, Thomas Menino, in an interview with the Boston Herald said,  “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston.”  He is vowing to block the restaurant chain from opening a store there.

The Jim Henson Company which has produced characters for “The Muppets,” and has worked with the Atlanta based chain to create products for their kids’ meals has severed their relationship.

Singer, Audra McDonald, tweeted, “Not that I ate much Chick-fil-A before but I sho nuff don’t have an appetite for it now.”

The LA Times, the Atlanta Constitution and other major newspapers are reporting that within a few hours thousands had joined activists groups and signed petitions of protest and of boycott.

So what has Chick-fil-A done that’s so horrendous?  Served contaminated food?  Cheated customers?  Been unfair to workers? Abused cows?

No.  When their President and CEO Dan Cathy was interviewed by Baptist Press and asked about their support of the traditional family, he responded,”Well guilty as charged.”

Mr. Cathy went on to say, “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family owned business, a family led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

It that all?  Surely he must have uttered a derogatory slur?  An ugly, insensitive epitaph?  Or at least an unkind word?  No!

In fact he emphasized very positively “We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families…We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that.”

When the story hit the lamestream media, liberal, pro-homosexual activists became incensed.  Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign that works for same-sex-marriage, said. “As the country moves toward inclusion, Chick-fil-A has staked out a decidedly stuck-in-the-past mentality.”

Dan Cathy and the company that his father, Truett Cathy founded,  has been vilified, reviled, and ridiculed.  Ironically, Cathy and those of us who hold the view of traditional family are called “haters,” “intolerant,” and “bigoted.”

I guess we are supposed to be “tolerant” of behavior that violates our Christian principles, but homosexual activists are excused from being tolerant and respectful of our values.  Can anyone see a double standard here?

Dan Cathy, never said one word about gay marriage.  He only spoke in favor of what he believed to be traditional marriage!  But you can’t do that today!  Can you imagine what would have happened had the Chick-A-fil CEO quoted the apostle Paul from Romans 1:20-28 where he calls homosexual activity, “vile”, “shameful” and “unnatural?” I wonder what Griffin will say if he ever finds out that two entire cities were once burned to the ground over this issue?!

Responding to the criticism, Chick-Fil-A used its Facebook Page to make this statement. “The Chick-Fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.  Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.” To date the post has received almost 69,000 “likes” and over 24,000 comments.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabbe, who has his own show on Fox, said he was “incensed at the vitriolic assaults” on the fast food chain and declared, Wednesday, August 1 “Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day.”  His effort is not sponsored by the corporation, but a personal effort to encourage others to show support for a company founded on and operating by Christian principles.  Huckabee observed, “Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same-sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we’re considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant.”

I think after all of this I like Chick-A-Fil even more!   So, tomorrow I’m going to “eat mor chikin”!

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

HERESY CHECK ! BY STEVE FINNELL

 

http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com/2017/02/heresy-check-by-steve-finnell-there-are.html

HERESY CHECK !   BY STEVE FINNELL

There are only two kinds of doctrine taught in contemporary churches.

1. Man-made doctrine, which is heresy. (Mark 7:1-9-13... 9 And He said to them, "All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.....13"making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.)

Man-made doctrine is found in catechisms, creed books, and church statements of faith.

2.The word of truth, which is God's word. (1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.)

The word of God is found in the Bible and the Bible alone. 

Some believers proclaim that in order to be saved, men must go to a mourners bench, repent and pray until you feel saved. Still other believers assert that men need to go to a so-called altar, in front of the church building, and pray a sinner's prayer in order to be saved. There are those that believe salvation comes from simply saying a sinners prayer, and having a repentant heart. Is this heresy or truth? Where are the Scriptures to support these doctrines? There are no Scriptures, there are only handed down traditions of men

Jesus said, Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

Was Jesus a heretic for saying "Is baptized will be saved?" Or was Jesus speaking the word of God?

The apostle Peter said, 1 Peter 3:20-21....were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us, namely baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Was the apostle Peter a heretic for saying, "Which now saves you, namely baptism?" Or was Peter speaking the word of God?

Ananias said, Acts 22:16 'And why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.'

Was Ananias a heretic for saying, "Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins?" Or was Ananias speaking the word of God?

The apostle Paul said, Ephesians 5:25-27 ...just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it, 26 that He might sanctify and cleans it with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Was the apostle Paul a heretic for saying. "sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word?" Or was Paul speaking the word of God?

The apostle Peter said, Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Was the apostle Peter a heretic for saying, " Be baptized for the forgiveness of sins?" Or was Peter speaking the word of God?

There are only two choices. 1. Man-made doctrine, or 2. The word of God.

(All Scripture from: NEW KING JAMES VERSION) 

What About Interpretation? by J.C. Bailey

 

http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Bailey/John/Carlos/1903/Articles/interpre.html

What About Interpretation?

I have not forgotten the old adage, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." I have just read brother Norton's editorial in the February issue of the Christian Chronicle. I have just read brother Woodroof's book, The Church in Transition and brother Lynn Anderson's book, Freshness for the Far Journey. Recently, I heard Lynn preach. Many years ago, I baptized Lynn, but that is not as important as the fact that it was a country schoolhouse where Lynn's father attended a meeting that I held. Lawrence, Lynn's father, was then courting the woman who became Lynn's mother. The letters Lawrence wrote are still in Lynn's possession.

After each sermon, Lawrence said that it was just the way he had read it in the Bible. There was another man who attended the meeting. He obeyed the gospel in that meeting. He said that for 18 years he had been looking for people who were just God's people.

Shortly after that, I preached a series of sermons on the radio from Regina. As a result of this, I held two meetings in two new places. There were 14 baptized in each place.

After more than 50 years, some of the faithful members of the church are those who obeyed in those meetings. I would like to mention one sister, who has since gone to her reward. The morning after my first sermon, she said she had a job for me. I asked her what it was. She said she wanted to be baptized. I must have looked surprised because she said, "I know what I am doing. When you preached on the radio, I took down every scripture." There never was a more devout member of the church than she.

I suppose I have read my New Testament through fifty times. I have read the Old Testament more than 30 times. I firmly believe that every scripture came by the inspiration of God. I taught the Word, people heard the Word, believed the Word and obeyed the Word. In all my study and in all my preaching, I never found where it says we are to interpret the Word. Jesus said, "heaven and earth will pass away but my Word will not pass away." There is an axiom we need to remember: The Bible, as it is, is sufficient for man, as he is. "And the common people heard Him gladly" (Mark 12:37).

For more than 40 years, I preached in Canada and the U.S.A. Then I went to India. I preached the Word there. Here is an extract from a letter I just received:

"We conducted six area meetings where thousands of people were gathered by tractors and trucks. In one such area meetings, we baptized 2,153 people. Thus, by the end of our work, 10,424 people and 263 denominational preachers were baptized and 185 new congregations were started."

This brother was born to illiterate parents. He is now Dr. Ratnam.

Whether in Canada, U.S.A. or India, I shall only preach the Word; I owe that to the Lord. If the church is on the way back to Pentecost, that is the right transition. If the Lord tarries until the 21st century, the same gospel will be preached from the inspired Word of God.

When we were married 68 years ago, my wife would come to me with her Bible in her hand and she would read a certain verse and say, "What does this mean?" I would say, "My dear, if it doesn't mean what it says, I have not the slightest idea what it means."

Peter tells about some people who interpreted the Word, he says they wrested the Scripture to their own destruction (II Peter 3:16). "No prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation" (II Peter 1:20).

J.C. Bailey (June 1992, Weyburn, Saskatchewan)

Published in The Old Paths Archive
(http://www.oldpaths.com)

Bible Reading for October 9 - 11 by Gary Rose

 

Bible Reading for October 9 - 11

World  English  Bible

Oct. 9

Psalms 148-150

Psa 148:1 Praise Yah! Praise Yahweh from the heavens! Praise him in the heights!

Psa 148:2 Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all his army!

Psa 148:3 Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you shining stars!

Psa 148:4 Praise him, you heavens of heavens, You waters that are above the heavens.

Psa 148:5 Let them praise the name of Yahweh, For he commanded, and they were created.

Psa 148:6 He has also established them forever and ever. He has made a decree which will not pass away.

Psa 148:7 Praise Yahweh from the earth, you great sea creatures, and all depths!

Psa 148:8 Lightning and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling his word;

Psa 148:9 mountains and all hills; fruit trees and all cedars;

Psa 148:10 wild animals and all livestock; small creatures and flying birds;

Psa 148:11 kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth;

Psa 148:12 both young men and maidens; old men and children:

Psa 148:13 let them praise the name of Yahweh, for his name alone is exalted. His glory is above the earth and the heavens.

Psa 148:14 He has lifted up the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near to him. Praise Yah!

 

Psa 149:1 Praise Yahweh! Sing to Yahweh a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.

Psa 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in him who made them. Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

Psa 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance! Let them sing praises to him with tambourine and harp!

Psa 149:4 For Yahweh takes pleasure in his people. He crowns the humble with salvation.

Psa 149:5 Let the saints rejoice in honor. Let them sing for joy on their beds.

Psa 149:6 May the high praises of God be in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

Psa 149:7 To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples;

Psa 149:8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;

Psa 149:9 to execute on them the written judgment. All his saints have this honor. Praise Yah!


Psa 150:1 Praise Yah! Praise God in his sanctuary! Praise him in his heavens for his acts of power!

Psa 150:2 Praise him for his mighty acts! Praise him according to his excellent greatness!

Psa 150:3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet! Praise him with harp and lyre!

Psa 150:4 Praise him with tambourine and dancing! Praise him with stringed instruments and flute!

Psa 150:5 Praise him with loud cymbals! Praise him with resounding cymbals!

Psa 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise Yah! Praise Yah!


Oct. 10

Proverbs 1-4

Pro 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel:

Pro 1:2 to know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding;

Pro 1:3 to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;

Pro 1:4 to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young man:

Pro 1:5 that the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; that the man of understanding may attain to sound counsel:

Pro 1:6 to understand a proverb, and parables, the words and riddles of the wise.

Pro 1:7 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge; but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.

Pro 1:8 My son, listen to your father's instruction, and don't forsake your mother's teaching:

Pro 1:9 for they will be a garland to grace your head, and chains around your neck.

Pro 1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, don't consent.

Pro 1:11 If they say, "Come with us, Let's lay in wait for blood; let's lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;

Pro 1:12 let's swallow them up alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down into the pit.

Pro 1:13 We'll find all valuable wealth. We'll fill our houses with spoil.

Pro 1:14 You shall cast your lot among us. We'll all have one purse."

Pro 1:15 My son, don't walk in the way with them. Keep your foot from their path,

Pro 1:16 for their feet run to evil. They hurry to shed blood.

Pro 1:17 For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird:

Pro 1:18 but these lay wait for their own blood. They lurk secretly for their own lives.

Pro 1:19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain. It takes away the life of its owners.

Pro 1:20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street. She utters her voice in the public squares.

Pro 1:21 She calls at the head of noisy places. At the entrance of the city gates, she utters her words:

Pro 1:22 "How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? How long will mockers delight themselves in mockery, and fools hate knowledge?

Pro 1:23 Turn at my reproof. Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you. I will make known my words to you.

Pro 1:24 Because I have called, and you have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no one has paid attention;

Pro 1:25 but you have ignored all my counsel, and wanted none of my reproof;

Pro 1:26 I also will laugh at your disaster. I will mock when calamity overtakes you;

Pro 1:27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when your disaster comes on like a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come on you.

Pro 1:28 Then will they call on me, but I will not answer. They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me;

Pro 1:29 because they hated knowledge, and didn't choose the fear of Yahweh.

Pro 1:30 They wanted none of my counsel. They despised all my reproof.

Pro 1:31 Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own schemes.

Pro 1:32 For the backsliding of the simple will kill them. The careless ease of fools will destroy them.

Pro 1:33 But whoever listens to me will dwell securely, and will be at ease, without fear of harm."


Pro 2:1 My son, if you will receive my words, and store up my commandments within you;

Pro 2:2 So as to turn your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;

Pro 2:3 Yes, if you call out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding;

Pro 2:4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures:

Pro 2:5 then you will understand the fear of Yahweh, and find the knowledge of God.

Pro 2:6 For Yahweh gives wisdom. Out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

Pro 2:7 He lays up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity;

Pro 2:8 that he may guard the paths of justice, and preserve the way of his saints.

Pro 2:9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.

Pro 2:10 For wisdom will enter into your heart. Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

Pro 2:11 Discretion will watch over you. Understanding will keep you,

Pro 2:12 to deliver you from the way of evil, from the men who speak perverse things;

Pro 2:13 who forsake the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

Pro 2:14 who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the perverseness of evil;

Pro 2:15 who are crooked in their ways, and wayward in their paths:

Pro 2:16 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the foreigner who flatters with her words;

Pro 2:17 who forsakes the friend of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God:

Pro 2:18 for her house leads down to death, her paths to the dead.

Pro 2:19 None who go to her return again, neither do they attain to the paths of life:

Pro 2:20 that you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

Pro 2:21 For the upright will dwell in the land. The perfect will remain in it.

Pro 2:22 But the wicked will be cut off from the land. The treacherous will be rooted out of it.


Pro 3:1 My son, don't forget my teaching; but let your heart keep my commandments:

Pro 3:2 for length of days, and years of life, and peace, will they add to you.

Pro 3:3 Don't let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Pro 3:4 So you will find favor, and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Pro 3:5 Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and don't lean on your own understanding.

Pro 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Pro 3:7 Don't be wise in your own eyes. Fear Yahweh, and depart from evil.

Pro 3:8 It will be health to your body, and nourishment to your bones.

Pro 3:9 Honor Yahweh with your substance, with the first fruits of all your increase:

Pro 3:10 so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.

Pro 3:11 My son, don't despise Yahweh's discipline, neither be weary of his reproof:

Pro 3:12 for whom Yahweh loves, he reproves; even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.

Pro 3:13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gets understanding.

Pro 3:14 For her good profit is better than getting silver, and her return is better than fine gold.

Pro 3:15 She is more precious than rubies. None of the things you can desire are to be compared to her.

Pro 3:16 Length of days is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor.

Pro 3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness. All her paths are peace.

Pro 3:18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her. Happy is everyone who retains her.

Pro 3:19 By wisdom Yahweh founded the earth. By understanding, he established the heavens.

Pro 3:20 By his knowledge, the depths were broken up, and the skies drop down the dew.

Pro 3:21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes. Keep sound wisdom and discretion:

Pro 3:22 so they will be life to your soul, and grace for your neck.

Pro 3:23 Then you shall walk in your way securely. Your foot won't stumble.

Pro 3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid. Yes, you will lie down, and your sleep will be sweet.

Pro 3:25 Don't be afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes:

Pro 3:26 for Yahweh will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being taken.

Pro 3:27 Don't withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.

Pro 3:28 Don't say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again; tomorrow I will give it to you," when you have it by you.

Pro 3:29 Don't devise evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells securely by you.

Pro 3:30 Don't strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.

Pro 3:31 Don't envy the man of violence. Choose none of his ways.

Pro 3:32 For the perverse is an abomination to Yahweh, but his friendship is with the upright.

Pro 3:33 Yahweh's curse is in the house of the wicked, but he blesses the habitation of the righteous.

Pro 3:34 Surely he mocks the mockers, but he gives grace to the humble.

Pro 3:35 The wise will inherit glory, but shame will be the promotion of fools.


Pro 4:1 Listen, sons, to a father's instruction. Pay attention and know understanding;

Pro 4:2 for I give you sound learning. Don't forsake my law.

Pro 4:3 For I was a son to my father, tender and an only child in the sight of my mother.

Pro 4:4 He taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words. Keep my commandments, and live.

Pro 4:5 Get wisdom. Get understanding. Don't forget, neither swerve from the words of my mouth.

Pro 4:6 Don't forsake her, and she will preserve you. Love her, and she will keep you.

Pro 4:7 Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.

Pro 4:8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will bring you to honor, when you embrace her.

Pro 4:9 She will give to your head a garland of grace. She will deliver a crown of splendor to you."

Pro 4:10 Listen, my son, and receive my sayings. The years of your life will be many.

Pro 4:11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom. I have led you in straight paths.

Pro 4:12 When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.

Pro 4:13 Take firm hold of instruction. Don't let her go. Keep her, for she is your life.

Pro 4:14 Don't enter into the path of the wicked. Don't walk in the way of evil men.

Pro 4:15 Avoid it, and don't pass by it. Turn from it, and pass on.

Pro 4:16 For they don't sleep, unless they do evil. Their sleep is taken away, unless they make someone fall.

Pro 4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

Pro 4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the dawning light, that shines more and more until the perfect day.

Pro 4:19 The way of the wicked is like darkness. They don't know what they stumble over.

Pro 4:20 My son, attend to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings.

Pro 4:21 Let them not depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart.

Pro 4:22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to their whole body.

Pro 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life.

Pro 4:24 Put away from yourself a perverse mouth. Put corrupt lips far from you.

Pro 4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead. Fix your gaze directly before you.

Pro 4:26 Make the path of your feet level. Let all of your ways be established.

Pro 4:27 Don't turn to the right hand nor to the left. Remove your foot from evil.

 

Oct. 11

Proverbs 5-8

Pro 5:1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my understanding:

Pro 5:2 that you may maintain discretion, that your lips may preserve knowledge.

Pro 5:3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Her mouth is smoother than oil,

Pro 5:4 But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two-edged sword.

Pro 5:5 Her feet go down to death. Her steps lead straight to Sheol.

Pro 5:6 She gives no thought to the way of life. Her ways are crooked, and she doesn't know it.

Pro 5:7 Now therefore, my sons, listen to me. Don't depart from the words of my mouth.

Pro 5:8 Remove your way far from her. Don't come near the door of her house,

Pro 5:9 lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel one;

Pro 5:10 lest strangers feast on your wealth, and your labors enrich another man's house.

Pro 5:11 You will groan at your latter end, when your flesh and your body are consumed,

Pro 5:12 and say, "How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

Pro 5:13 neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor turned my ear to those who instructed me!

Pro 5:14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin, in the midst of the gathered assembly."

Pro 5:15 Drink water out of your own cistern, running water out of your own well.

Pro 5:16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, streams of water in the public squares?

Pro 5:17 Let them be for yourself alone, not for strangers with you.

Pro 5:18 Let your spring be blessed. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.

Pro 5:19 A loving doe and a graceful deer-- let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be captivated always with her love.

Pro 5:20 For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another?

Pro 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of Yahweh. He examines all his paths.

Pro 5:22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare him. The cords of his sin hold him firmly.

Pro 5:23 He will die for lack of instruction. In the greatness of his folly, he will go astray.


Pro 6:1 My son, if you have become collateral for your neighbor, if you have struck your hands in pledge for a stranger;

Pro 6:2 You are trapped by the words of your mouth. You are ensnared with the words of your mouth.

Pro 6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver yourself, seeing you have come into the hand of your neighbor. Go, humble yourself. Press your plea with your neighbor.

Pro 6:4 Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.

Pro 6:5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

Pro 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider her ways, and be wise;

Pro 6:7 which having no chief, overseer, or ruler,

Pro 6:8 provides her bread in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.

Pro 6:9 How long will you sleep, sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep?

Pro 6:10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Pro 6:11 so your poverty will come as a robber, and your scarcity as an armed man.

Pro 6:12 A worthless person, a man of iniquity, is he who walks with a perverse mouth;

Pro 6:13 who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, who motions with his fingers;

Pro 6:14 in whose heart is perverseness, who devises evil continually, who always sows discord.

Pro 6:15 Therefore his calamity will come suddenly. He will be broken suddenly, and that without remedy.

Pro 6:16 There are six things which Yahweh hates; yes, seven which are an abomination to him:

Pro 6:17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood;

Pro 6:18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are swift in running to mischief,

Pro 6:19 a false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers.

Pro 6:20 My son, keep your father's commandment, and don't forsake your mother's teaching.

Pro 6:21 Bind them continually on your heart. Tie them around your neck.

Pro 6:22 When you walk, it will lead you. When you sleep, it will watch over you. When you awake, it will talk with you.

Pro 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light. Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,

Pro 6:24 to keep you from the immoral woman, from the flattery of the wayward wife's tongue.

Pro 6:25 Don't lust after her beauty in your heart, neither let her captivate you with her eyelids.

Pro 6:26 For a prostitute reduces you to a piece of bread. The adulteress hunts for your precious life.

Pro 6:27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap, and his clothes not be burned?

Pro 6:28 Or can one walk on hot coals, and his feet not be scorched?

Pro 6:29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife. Whoever touches her will not be unpunished.

Pro 6:30 Men don't despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry:

Pro 6:31 but if he is found, he shall restore seven times. He shall give all the wealth of his house.

Pro 6:32 He who commits adultery with a woman is void of understanding. He who does it destroys his own soul.

Pro 6:33 He will get wounds and dishonor. His reproach will not be wiped away.

Pro 6:34 For jealousy arouses the fury of the husband. He won't spare in the day of vengeance.

Pro 6:35 He won't regard any ransom, neither will he rest content, though you give many gifts.


Pro 7:1 My son, keep my words. Lay up my commandments within you.

Pro 7:2 Keep my commandments and live! Guard my teaching as the apple of your eye.

Pro 7:3 Bind them on your fingers. Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Pro 7:4 Tell wisdom, "You are my sister." Call understanding your relative,

Pro 7:5 that they may keep you from the strange woman, from the foreigner who flatters with her words.

Pro 7:6 For at the window of my house, I looked out through my lattice.

Pro 7:7 I saw among the simple ones. I discerned among the youths a young man void of understanding,

Pro 7:8 passing through the street near her corner, he went the way to her house,

Pro 7:9 in the twilight, in the evening of the day, in the middle of the night and in the darkness.

Pro 7:10 Behold, there a woman met him with the attire of a prostitute, and with crafty intent.

Pro 7:11 She is loud and defiant. Her feet don't stay in her house.

Pro 7:12 Now she is in the streets, now in the squares, and lurking at every corner.

Pro 7:13 So she caught him, and kissed him. With an impudent face she said to him:

Pro 7:14 "Sacrifices of peace offerings are with me. This day I have paid my vows.

Pro 7:15 Therefore I came out to meet you, to diligently seek your face, and I have found you.

Pro 7:16 I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, with striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt.

Pro 7:17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

Pro 7:18 Come, let's take our fill of loving until the morning. Let's solace ourselves with loving.

Pro 7:19 For my husband isn't at home. He has gone on a long journey.

Pro 7:20 He has taken a bag of money with him. He will come home at the full moon."

Pro 7:21 With persuasive words, she led him astray. With the flattering of her lips, she seduced him.

Pro 7:22 He followed her immediately, as an ox goes to the slaughter, as a fool stepping into a noose.

Pro 7:23 Until an arrow strikes through his liver, as a bird hurries to the snare, and doesn't know that it will cost his life.

Pro 7:24 Now therefore, sons, listen to me. Pay attention to the words of my mouth.

Pro 7:25 Don't let your heart turn to her ways. Don't go astray in her paths,

Pro 7:26 for she has thrown down many wounded. Yes, all her slain are a mighty army.

Pro 7:27 Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.


Pro 8:1 Doesn't wisdom cry out? Doesn't understanding raise her voice?

Pro 8:2 On the top of high places by the way, where the paths meet, she stands.

Pro 8:3 Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entry doors, she cries aloud:

Pro 8:4 "To you men, I call! I send my voice to the sons of mankind.

Pro 8:5 You simple, understand prudence. You fools, be of an understanding heart.

Pro 8:6 Hear, for I will speak excellent things. The opening of my lips is for right things.

Pro 8:7 For my mouth speaks truth. Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

Pro 8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness. There is nothing crooked or perverse in them.

Pro 8:9 They are all plain to him who understands, right to those who find knowledge.

Pro 8:10 Receive my instruction rather than silver; knowledge rather than choice gold.

Pro 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies. All the things that may be desired can't be compared to it.

Pro 8:12 "I, wisdom, have made prudence my dwelling. Find out knowledge and discretion.

Pro 8:13 The fear of Yahweh is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth.

Pro 8:14 Counsel and sound knowledge are mine. I have understanding and power.

Pro 8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

Pro 8:16 By me princes rule; nobles, and all the righteous rulers of the earth.

Pro 8:17 I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me.

Pro 8:18 With me are riches, honor, enduring wealth, and prosperity.

Pro 8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold; my yield than choice silver.

Pro 8:20 I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice;

Pro 8:21 That I may give wealth to those who love me. I fill their treasuries.

Pro 8:22 "Yahweh possessed me in the beginning of his work, before his deeds of old.

Pro 8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth existed.

Pro 8:24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.

Pro 8:25 Before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was brought forth;

Pro 8:26 while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world.

Pro 8:27 When he established the heavens, I was there; when he set a circle on the surface of the deep,

Pro 8:28 when he established the clouds above, when the springs of the deep became strong,

Pro 8:29 when he gave to the sea its boundary, that the waters should not violate his commandment, when he marked out the foundations of the earth;

Pro 8:30 then I was the craftsman by his side. I was a delight day by day, always rejoicing before him,

Pro 8:31 Rejoicing in his whole world. My delight was with the sons of men.

Pro 8:32 "Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, for blessed are those who keep my ways.

Pro 8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise. Don't refuse it.

Pro 8:34 Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my door posts.

Pro 8:35 For whoever finds me, finds life, and will obtain favor from Yahweh.

Pro 8:36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul. All those who hate me love death." 

 

Oct. 9

Galatians 6

Gal 6:1 Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren't tempted.

Gal 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Gal 6:3 For if a man thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Gal 6:4 But let each man test his own work, and then he will take pride in himself and not in his neighbor.

Gal 6:5 For each man will bear his own burden.

Gal 6:6 But let him who is taught in the word share all good things with him who teaches.

Gal 6:7 Don't be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Gal 6:8 For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Gal 6:9 Let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don't give up.

Gal 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let's do what is good toward all men, and especially toward those who are of the household of the faith.

Gal 6:11 See with what large letters I write to you with my own hand.

Gal 6:12 As many as desire to look good in the flesh, they compel you to be circumcised; only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.

Gal 6:13 For even they who receive circumcision don't keep the law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may boast in your flesh.

Gal 6:14 But far be it from me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.

Gal 6:16 As many as walk by this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on God's Israel.

Gal 6:17 From now on, let no one cause me any trouble, for I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus branded on my body.

Gal 6:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.


Oct. 10

Ephesians 1

Eph 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Eph 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ;

Eph 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love;

Eph 1:5 having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire,

Eph 1:6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he freely bestowed favor on us in the Beloved,

Eph 1:7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

Eph 1:8 which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

Eph 1:9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him

Eph 1:10 to an administration of the fullness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, in him;

Eph 1:11 in whom also we were assigned an inheritance, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his will;

Eph 1:12 to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

Eph 1:13 in whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the Good News of your salvation,--in whom, having also believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

Eph 1:14 who is a pledge of our inheritance, to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of his glory.

Eph 1:15 For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and the love which you have toward all the saints,

Eph 1:16 don't cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers,

Eph 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;

Eph 1:18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Eph 1:19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might

Eph 1:20 which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places,

Eph 1:21 far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come.

Eph 1:22 He put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things for the assembly,

Eph 1:23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.


Oct. 11

Ephesians 2

Eph 2:1 You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins,

Eph 2:2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience;

Eph 2:3 among whom we also all once lived in the lust of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

Eph 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,

Eph 2:5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

Eph 2:6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Eph 2:7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus;

Eph 2:8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Eph 2:9 not of works, that no one would boast.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

Eph 2:11 Therefore remember that once you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "uncircumcision" by that which is called "circumcision," (in the flesh, made by hands);

Eph 2:12 that you were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ.

Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition,

Eph 2:15 having abolished in the flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man of the two, making peace;

Eph 2:16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, having killed the hostility thereby.

Eph 2:17 He came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near.

Eph 2:18 For through him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

Eph 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God,

Eph 2:20 being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief cornerstone;

Eph 2:21 in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord;

Eph 2:22 in whom you also are built together for a habitation of                                                   God in the Spirit.