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Titus 2:13

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 27 June 2016

Read: Titus 2:13

God's grace that brings salvation to us (v.11), teaches us to live a sanctified life in this present world (v.12), and also to live in anticipation of Christ's glorious appearing (v.13). In this present age, as we live on earth, we anticipate our "blessed hope" which is "the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."

Christians' hope of Christ's return is called "blessed". The word "blessed" denotes all the blessings of His divine presence (cf. 1 Tm. 1:11; 6:15). What a blessing it is to have such a hope! Eternal blessings await Christians at His coming. When He comes...


Revelation 2:16

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 26 June 2016

Read: Revelation 2:16

These words of threat were pronounced by the Lord against the church in Pergamos. He was displeased with their lack of doctrinal and moral integrity. He reproved that church, saying, "But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate" (vv.14-15). Being plagued with heinous sins of fornication and heresies, their immediate repentance was a great necessity...


Galatians 5:24

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 25 June 2016

Read: Galatians 5:24

Here we have a description that can only fit genuine Christians. Firstly, they are described as "They that are Christ's." They were chosen by God even before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4); and Christ has shed His blood for their redemption (Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19; Rev. 5:9). They are His people now and forever. So Paul said to the Corinthian believers, "ye are Christ's" (1 Cor. 3:23).  Again in 2 Corinthians 10:7, Paul said, "If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's...


1 Timothy 2:8

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 24 June 2016

Read: 1 Timothy 2:8

Paul, having introduced himself in the previous verse as one who is ordained to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the church (c.f. v.7), now exercises his apostolic authority to give more directions to Timothy who was ministering to the church in Ephesus (c.f. 1:3) concerning prayer in church gatherings. He had already instructed in the first seven verses of this chapter, that prayers must be offered on behalf of all people, including kings and people in authority...


James 1:8

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 23 June 2016

Read: James 1:8

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he Greek words used by James for "double minded man" can be literally translated as a man of double souls. To pursue good and evil, or Christ and the world is to divide one-self and to defile all the good in him. A believer ought to be single minded in his allegiance to God. He cannot be divided in his loyalty to God. If a man who claims to be a believer is always in two minds, he will prove himself to be hypocritical.

The church in Corinth has many who lived a "double life," which was sharply rebuked by the Apostle Paul...


1 Peter 2:11

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Read: 1 Peter 2:11

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ith sincere affection and compassion for his readers, who were in the midst of persecution and fiery trials (1 Pet. 1:6-7; 4:12), the apostle Peter addressed them "Dearly beloved." Such expression of sincere and hearty affection would have comforted and cheered their distressed souls. It also portrayed the apostle's exhortation as a loving entreaty meant for their soul's good and prosperity.

The believers were, firstly, reminded that they were temporary residents on this earth...


Psalms 36:5

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 20 June 2016

Read: Psalms 36:5

David was greatly troubled by the cruel determinations of the wicked. Concerning the wicked, he said, "The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil." (vv.3, 4). It is against the backdrop of the purposes of the wicked one that the mercy and faithfulness of the LORD is recollected and exalted. In the midst of the depravity of man, we must turn our eyes to the LORD's glorious mercy and faithfulness...


Psalm 73:25

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 June 2016

Read: Psalm 73:25

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ere, the psalmist, by using a very persuasive Hebrew device of a question and an assertion, expresses his deep and firm love for God. He is supremely satisfied in God. He desires no one more than the LORD whom he has been trusting. Such should be the sentiment that every child of God should have toward God.

By asking, "Whom have I in heaven but thee?", the psalmist exalts God above all the angels and the souls of the departed who are in His presence...


Revelation 12:11b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 17 June 2016

Read: Revelation 12:11b

This is a description of the attitude of the saints in the Great Tribulation period toward their own lives. In this verse, it has already been stated that they will whole heartedly trust in the blood of Christ in order to overcome the ferocious fury and hostility of Satan against their souls. They are also determined and devoted to bear witness for Christ. They fearlessly confess Jesus Christ, and testify Him in the midst of violence committed against them...


Jeremiah 1:7b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 16 June 2016

Read: Jeremiah 1:7b

Afearful, reluctant, young prophet, Jeremiah, is here encouraged and instructed by the LORD. Jeremiah's protest is overruled; and his divine commission is restated. It hath pleased God to employ a weak and timid Jeremiah to dispense His Word. It is not a man's self-confidence or volunteerism that matters in the LORD's work, but divine call and commission. None must thrust himself into the role of a minister of the Word. To take upon oneself the office of the ministry is to be brazen...



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