Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 24 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:18-20; Psalms 119:86
e are to be submissive to those who are above us, whether they are kind or rude to us. Christian employees must not take advantage of their employers. Each worker should honestly do a good day’s work and earn his pay.
Sometimes unbelieving co-workers or a superior may wrong a Christian employee. For the sake of good conscience before God, he must "take it" instead of avenging it. In no circumstance he should allow his conscience to be marred with anger...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 23 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Romans 9:25-26
A Peculiar People: The word ‘peculiar’ has the idea of ‘belonging exclusively.' This idea is reflected in Exodus 19:5: "If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people." Christians are God's special possession. In other words we are a people of possession.
The Greek word translated ‘peculiar’ also carries the idea of purchased possession. We are acquired by God with a price...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Read: John 12:1-2; 1 Timothy 5:9-10
John 12 shows a division that was becoming more and more apparent among the people concerning their opinion about Christ. While those who believed in Christ showed greater love for Christ and His doctrines, those who rejected Him became increasingly intolerant with Him. Among those who loved Him ever more were Martha, Mary and Lazarus. They expressed their love by treating Christ to a delicious meal. Each had a different way of showing their love for Christ. Today we meditate on the loving service of Martha...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 3:8; Ephesians 4:32
here are 5 Christian virtues mentioned in verse 8. Yesterday we studied the first two of them, namely, unity and compassion. Three new virtues are considered today.
Brotherly love: Peter exhorts us to "love as brethren". A congregation must treat one another as brothers. We must express godly love that fosters an atmosphere of a happy family of God. Peter is challenging every child of God to show love towards one another...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 20 March 2017
Read: John 16:7-11; Acts 4:8-12
Jesus’ departure from the disciples would not mean that they would be without help. On the contrary, Jesus said, “It is expedient for you that I go away.” There is greater blessing to come their way, when Jesus would depart to His Father. Jesus then went on to explain those advantages that would come upon His leaving...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 March 2017
Read: John 5:19-23; John 14:10
n these verses the Lord Jesus asserted the equality of the Father and the Son. Jesus’ claim of equality was not because there was rivalry between them, but there was a need to affirm it before His hearers — “for what things soever he (the Father) doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” (v.19b).
The Father’s will was not forced upon the Son. The basis of the Son’s submission was that the Father loves His Son. The Father lovingly and joyfully bestows upon the Son His plans and works so that the Son might reveal them to men...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 18 March 2017
Read: John 20:10-31; 1 Peter 1:8
n this section of John 20, the apostle records three post-resurrection appearances of Christ.
Jesus' appearance to Mary (20:10-18): When the two disciples returned to their homes, Mary remained outside the tomb crying. She saw two angels in the tomb. After she replied the angelic enquiry concerning her sorrow, she turned back and saw Jesus. She mistook Him to be the gardener. But when He called her "Mary," she recognized Him. She responded with the cry Rabboni...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 17 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Exodus 19:6
is another privilege of the Christians with an Old Testament parallel. Peter’s idea of royal priesthood is drawn from Exodus 19:6, where God said of Israel, "And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests." However Israel forfeited its privilege offered to it. When Israel apostatised and executed their Messiah, they lose the privilege of being a kingdom of priests. Peter affirms that at present the church is the royal priesthood of God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 16 March 2017
Read: John 13:1; 1 John 4:19
The Passover season had arrived, and by Friday He would be utterly rejected and executed. To celebrate the Passover with His disciples, He gathered them in an upper room in Jerusalem. It has also been His intention to speak to the disciples. Knowing that He was soon to go to the cross to die for the sins of the world, He was still concerned with the needs of His twelve disciples...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Read: John 1:13; James 1:18
n verse 13, John firstly tells us that we become God’s children not by any physical means or physical process. He wants us to know that it is entirely a spiritual matter.
John tells us that God’s children “were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man.” The phrase “not of blood” indicates that no one becomes a child of God through any physical descent. In other words, no blood relationship guarantees us the right to become a child of God. This truth is further emphasized in the following expression...
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