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Romans 8:4

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 12 August 2017

Read: Romans 8:4

Who can fulfil the righteousness of the law? No one can, except Christ, the Son of God who became the Son of man, that He might fulfil the righteousness of the law on our behalf. Everyone has sinned and offended the law of God, and has become unrighteous. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). So, the law of God cannot make the sinner righteous. As Paul said in an earlier verse, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh...


James 1:12a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 11 August 2017

Read: James 1:12a

There is a widespread misconception that a person blessed by the Lord with happiness and peace shall not have any temptation or trial in life. Many modern-day false teachers claim that genuine faith would guarantee a life that is free from sickness, financial trouble and all other kinds of distress. However, the Word of God here teaches us that the blessedness of a man of faith is not in the absence of temptation and trial in his life, but in his endurance in the midst of them...


Philippians 2:15b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 10 August 2017

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...


Luke 11:28

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 09 August 2017

Read: Luke 11:28

Jesus spoke those words in response to a woman who loudly proclaimed the blessedness of Mary, His mother. Her words about Mary were: “Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked” (Luke 11:27). Jesus neither denied her words nor reproved her for what she said. In fact, His words “Yea rather” implied that He agreed to the woman’s declaration that Mary was blessed to bear and suckle such a child (cf. Luke 1:27-28, 42, 48), but He also wanted to pronounce something more joyous than the honour and privilege of bearing and suckling the Holy Child...


2 Corinthians 3:17

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 08 August 2017

Read: 2 Corinthians 3:17

The title “Lord” here, according to the immediate context (vv. 14, 16, 18) refers to the Lord Jesus. The apostle Paul’s words, “the Lord is that Spirit”, do not confuse those two Persons of the Godhead. Instead, they affirm the Holy Spirit’s deity. In this short verse, Paul uses short clauses and simple, unsophisticated words to convey to us a very profound message...


Galatians 5:1a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 07 August 2017

Read: Galatians 5:1a

This is an exhortation from the apostle Paul to the Galatian believers not to allow themselves to be intimidated by the false teachers, such as Judaizers, who insisted that circumcision and other ceremonial ordinances of the Old Testament law are obligatory for salvation. Paul had been warning the Galatians against them – “because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you...


John 4:24

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 06 August 2017

Read: John 4:24

No Jew or Samaritan – in fact, no one at all – is a true worshipper if wrong notions about God are conceived in his heart. True worship of God is built on the truth about God. How could anyone worship God when he has an erroneous concept of God? Without the truth concerning God, no heart can render honour and praise to Him.

One of the great truths about God which Jesus declared in our text is that “God is a Spirit”. God is not flesh and blood. He is not confined by a corporeal body. He is an invisible, intelligent, immortal, infinite, independent Spirit...


Psalm 37:8

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 05 August 2017

Read: Psalm 37:8

The preceding context of this verse (vv. 1, 7) suggests that the anger is provoked by the unchecked actions of the wicked. The wicked was also prospering, causing much unhappiness and trouble to the man of God. So the godly man was advised, in verse 7, not to be overwhelmed by his frustration with the wicked – “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” Nonetheless, his patience was wearing thin...


Psalm 34:9

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 04 August 2017

Read: Psalm 34:9

Fear of the LORD and saintly living are inextricably intertwined. All the saints of the LORD do fear Him. Doubtless, those who are truly His saints are evidenced by their fear of the LORD.

To fear the LORD is, first of all, to live in reverential awe, honour and worship of Him. It also means to live in dread of His wrath against our sins. So those who fear the LORD will not only render unto Him humble, childlike reverence and tremble to offend Him, but will also walk according to His holy laws, and serve Him to glorify Him...


James 5:11a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 03 August 2017

Read: James 5:11a

James wrote these words when the church was under much persecution. It was not too long ago that Stephen, a zealous Christian, had been stoned to death by a mob of Jews who were angry at his preaching (Acts 7:59). Not long after, James himself, the brother of the apostle John, would be slain by King Herod (Acts 12:2). In between, Peter and the other apostles were also imprisoned (Acts 5:18). Men, like Saul, “made havock of the church”, entering into Christians’ houses, dragging men and women away to prison...



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