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Romans 12:2b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 10 February 2018

Read: Romans 12:2b

Christians are here exhorted to live a transformed life. In the past, we lived according to the lust of our flesh and enjoyed the pleasures of the world. But now as Christians, we ought to be “transformed”. To be transformed is to be metamorphosed, or changed in nature and form. Christians demonstrate a real change in their conduct. They are no more the same as before their conversion...


Romans 12:2a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 09 February 2018

Read: Romans 12:2a

Having exhorted Christians in the previous verse to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”, the apostle now urges them not to conform to the world. In other words, if Christians desire to please God, they must not be worldly. It is impossible to serve the Lord in a holy and acceptable manner, if one is conformed to the world...


Romans 12:1b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 08 February 2018

Read: Romans 12:1b

Herein we have the solemn instruction of the apostle Paul concerning what entails genuine worship of God. Two words here, “sacrifice” and “service”, evoke the idea of worship. The word “sacrifice” (thusía) is used here in the sense of an offering rendered to the Lord in worship. Likewise, the word “service” (latreía) denotes a service rendered in worship of God.

All Christians are exhorted to “present your bodies a living sacrifice”. The Greek word for “present” is also translated as “yield”. We are to yield our bodies not as a dead sacrifice on the altar (as in Old Testament sacrifices), but as a living sacrifice...


Romans 12:1a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Read: Romans 12:1a

Though the apostle Paul was a firm, uncompromising teacher and defender of God’s Word, his exhortations were affectionate and gentle. Teachers of God’s Word, whether at home or in the church, while unwavering in their commitment to God’s truth, must nonetheless teach it with tenderness and longsuffering.

The word “beseech” can mean “to call alongside, summon” and thus “exhort” or “encourage”. It is a word that carries both the firmness and affection expressed in one’s communication. The apostle’s language does not give a hint that compliance to his exhortations is an optional matter...


Psalm 55:22

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 06 February 2018

Read: Psalm 55:22

The LORD is our burden-bearer. When He permits a burden to fall upon us, He does not move away from us. He stays with us in our troubles. He is ever near us to bear our burdens. “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth” (Psalm 145:18). “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble...


John 15:6

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 05 February 2018

Read: John 15:6

Those words of Christ are most disconcerting, terrifying and unsettling to everyone who claims to be a Christian and yet does not abide in Christ. He who lives in sin habitually without genuine repentance, or he who lives without bearing spiritual fruit that Christ seeks to find in a Christian, is unequivocally declared damned for eternal fire. Those words are spoken with such absolute clarity and jurisdiction that a professing Christian has no room for assurance. Unless the pretentious man repents, he will be cast into the fire! What an unambiguous, thunderous voice of judgment upon professors of religion who have no heart to live for Christ...


Philippians 3:14

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 February 2018

Read: Philippians 3:14

Paul’s Christian life was characterized by an unstoppable zeal for Christ. He did not want to be weighed down by his past experiences or distracted by the present issues. This he testified in the preceding verse, “but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before...


Philippians 3:7

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 03 February 2018

Read: Philippians 3:7

Once Christ becomes the most cherished desire of a soul, everything that was dear and profitable till then would quickly fade in its appeal and significance to his thoughts. The apostle Paul was such a person. Since his soul has embraced Christ as his Saviour and Lord, he has been totally captivated by the glory of Christ. Nothing has ever fascinated his soul as much as Christ’s love, grace, truth, glory and His person. Everything he once considered “gain” became worthless and unappealing...


Philippians 2:15b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 02 February 2018

Read: Philippians 2:15b

Christians are not to merge with the world in such a way that nothing about their faith and commitment is discernible to others. Such an idea of a Christian life is totally unbiblical. In fact, genuine Christians, being committed to a blameless and harmless life, will find themselves at odds with the rest of the society that is lost in their sins and unbelief...


Philippians 2:15a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 01 February 2018

Read: Philippians 2:15a

Herein is God’s expectation of how His children ought to be in this world of sin and violence. There must be a marked difference in their conduct from that of the unregenerate people of this world. Christians ought to shine as lights in this dark world; that would be possible if and only if they are what the Spirit of God urges them to be in today’s text...



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