Tag: forgiveness


25
Jan 2018

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 6:37-38 Consider the Beam in Your Own Eye (Matthew 7:1-5) 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Jesus isn’t saying anything about any nation’s legal system. He’s talking about what you, the Christian, are doing. The plural “you” in both the command “Do not judge” and the passive assurance, “you will not be judged,” refer to the large crowd of Jesus’ disciples who were listening to him (6:17). A......

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03
Jan 2018

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU COLOSSIANS 1:14b the forgiveness of sins. Paul uses the phrase “the forgiveness of sins” just four times, twice in his letters (see Ephesians 1:7) and twice in his preaching Acts (Acts 13:38 and 26:18). But the impact of this phase cannot be understated. It is the core of our faith. What are sins? As a concept, a sin is anything that violates the will of God, including the command to be perfect (Matthew 5:48). It is an aberration of the divine law. “Everyone who sins breaks the law”......

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29
Nov 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 5:27-28 The Calling of Levi (Matthew) (Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:13-17) We could categorize the next two stories that Luke presents as examples of Jesus’ attitude toward fellowship. The Pharisees were a relatively new group that had emerged about 150 years before during the days of the Maccabean revolt against Rome. They got their start by showing their purity, abstaining from anything Roman (or Gentile), but over the years they had evolved (genuine evolution is rarely for the better) into a self-made sect of super-Jews who wanted to......

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28
Nov 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 5:20-26 In English, it’s sometimes called an ellipsis, and it’s expressed either with a dash (—) or with three dots (or four, if it comes at the end of a sentence). In more formal Greek grammar, when there’s a gap in speech caused by strong emotions, it’s also called an aposiopesis, “a conscious suppression of part of a sentence under the influence of a strong emotion like anger, fear, pity” (Robertson, p. 1203). There are many of them in the Bible: Mark 11:32, Luke 13:9 (cf. KJV),......

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11
Nov 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU PSALM 71:13-15 13 May my accusers perish in shame; may those who accuse my very soul be covered with scorn and disgrace. As we have seen, this is the psalm of an old man, probably King David. One of the last events in David’s reign was the rebellion of his son, Adonijah. Physically, David’s strength was gone. He couldn’t keep warm. He had trouble sleeping. In those days (971 or 970 BC, the last year of David’s life), Nathan the prophet and Bathsheba, David’s queen, reminded the king......

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07
Oct 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU PSALM 79:10-11 10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants. 11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you; by the strength of your arm preserve those condemned to die. Whenever the enemies of God’s people think they have won a victory, they bellow some taunt that’s always a variation of, “Where is their God?” These verses are a prayer to God for vengeance on those who persecute......

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30
Sep 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU PSALM 79:9 9 Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. There are so many Old Testament passages that talk about the forgiveness of sins, and there is so very little in Judaism that talks about it. Mostly Jews just talk about how we forgive one another—and the sad, sad truth is that many Jews have become atheists. Is this, perhaps, because talking about forgiveness and atonement is so central to Christianity that it......

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08
Aug 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 1:76-79 76 And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, because you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, Now, after praising God for the appearance of the Messiah, Zechariah turns to his little boy and addresses him. There is no reason to criticize translations like the NIV for saying, “And you, my child,” even though there is no possessive in the Greek phrase. The old priest knew that his son would become renowned; a prophet of God.......

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13
Apr 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU PSALM 76:7-9 7 You are to be feared, and only you. When you are angry, who can stand before you? This is echoed in Revelation 6:12-17, and both passages talk about judgment day. When God’s patience comes to an end, he will rise up and end everything. When the story is foretold in Revelation 6, it is terrifying, with the rich and the powerful calling out to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us! Hide us from the wrath of the Lamb” (Rev. 6:16). We should pay close......

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