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Titus 3:7

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 03 July 2017

Read: Titus 3:7

The originating cause of our justification is not our merit, but God’s grace. We are justified by His grace. In Romans 3:24, Paul makes the assertion that we are “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”.

When the Bible says that we are justified by faith, it does not mean that our justification is earned by the merit of our faith. It is a free gift of His grace. By faith, we embrace and appropriate the justification that God has provided through the merit of Christ...


Philippians 4:6a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 July 2017

Read: Philippians 4:6a

W

ell, that is an old way of saying, “Be not anxious about anything”. The Greek word (merimnáō) translated “careful” does not indicate that we should not exercise care in carrying out our responsibilities. The same word is used to teach us to care for one another (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:25). We are also taught in the Scriptures to provide for our families (cf. 1 Timothy 5:8). The advice here is that we should free our minds from anxiety and worry...


Psalm 32:2

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 01 July 2017

Read: Psalm 32:2

What an astounding truth it is to a sinner that when the LORD forgives him, He will not impute unto him his iniquity! Certainly, it is joyous news to every contrite sinner that his sins will not be held against him by the LORD. What a blessing it is that the LORD will not remember the sins of the repenting sinner! That man will never again be charged in the divine court for his sins...


James 1:17a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 30 June 2017

Read: James 1:17a

In the earlier verses, James has taught his readers that God does not send temptations of sin. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man” (1:13). He also said that sin and death originate from our own lust that entices us (1:14-15). So he warned that no one should err concerning the truth that evil proceeds not from God, but from our own lust (1:16). Having declared unmistakably that temptations do not come from God...


Psalm 34:19

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 29 June 2017

Read: Psalm 34:19

One’s faith in God does not exempt him from suffering. The believer is subjected to afflictions that are common to man, whether it be sickness or financial crisis or relationship problems. His virtues will not shield him from losses and disappointments, slander and contempt, bad health and hardships. The godly may also be deserted by his friends, and maltreated by his enemies. Death may deprive him of those dear to him, and fill his heart with sorrow. Besides his own personal afflictions, the righteous man may further have to bear the burdens of his fellow brethren and face opposition to his faith...


James 1:19

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Read: James 1:19

This verse begins with the connective particle “wherefore”, which refers us to James’ discussion in the preceding verse that God begat Christians according to His will by the truth of His Word. All genuine Christians are the children of His family. In this regard, James addressed fellow believers as “my beloved brethren”. Then he exhorted them as to how they should conduct themselves as children of God’s family...


John 14:21a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Read: John 14:21a

Here Jesus Christ, our Lord, speaks about the one who truly loves Him. No one makes an impression on Christ by claims of love to Him. The Lord says that it is he who has and keeps His commandments that truly loves Him.

The possession of His commandments is the first sure sign of love to Him which Jesus identifies here. He said, “He that hath my commandments... is that loveth me”. Certainly, He is not saying that everyone who has a copy of the Bible is a true lover of Christ...


Isaiah 26:3

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 26 June 2017

Read: Isaiah 26:3

Have you ever considered, “What is it that hinders peace in your heart?” Whenever man fails to be in communion with God, he is unplugged from the true and ultimate source of peace. For God has revealed Himself in the Scriptures as “the God of peace” (cf. Romans 15:33; Romans 16:20; Philippians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; Hebrews 13:20). So, whatever hinders man’s communion with God also hinders his peace...


1 John 2:15a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 June 2017

Read: 1 John 2:15a

This is not a prohibition against Christians being enterprising and industrious in their work or business. After all, the Scriptures encourage us to be diligent in our occupations. The Scriptures give us commands, such as “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds” (Proverbs 27:23), and also “He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough...


John 8:36

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 24 June 2017

Read: John 8:36

Here, Jesus first of all directs our attention to the fact that He is the “Son”. By using the title “Son”, He wanted to draw us to the fact that He is the undisputed Heir of all things, who wields the ultimate authority and power concerning all matters, even to free a man from his servitude. So in the preceding verse, He had said, “And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever” (John 8:35). As the only begotten Son of God, Christ enjoys unchallenged, eternal right to exercise the full authority vested in Him by the Father to liberate slaves...



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