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2 Corinthians 12:9b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 23 June 2017

Read: 2 Corinthians 12:9b

Paul was buffeted by the messenger of Satan and afflicted with what he referred to as “a thorn in the flesh”. The Lord, who found it necessary that the trouble should remain in Paul’s life, assured him of His grace which was sufficient to strengthen and equip him to serve the Lord effectively. The Lord’s assurance that His grace was sufficient to support and strengthen Paul in his trial, made him a happy minister of the Gospel. So he joyfully confessed, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me...


1 Corinthians 16:22

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 22 June 2017

Read: 1 Corinthians 16:22

This sombre declaration found at the end of the apostle Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians is a denunciation or a curse. It is presented here as the summary of all that he had been teaching in the epistle. The word “Anathema” means accursed or given up to destruction. The word “Maranatha” is made up of two Aramaic words (maran and atha), meaning “our Lord has come”. It is an exclamation uttered in connection with the approaching judgment when the Lord returns...


Psalm 95:6

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Read: Psalm 95:6

What a testimony to the commitment that a child of God should have towards the public worship of God! Now and then, I come across people who claim to be Christians but would not join others to worship Him. There are also those who ‘drag their feet’ to church, and find it a chore to spend a few hours to worship and serve Him on the Lord’s Day. But this verse, together with many suchlike ones, shows that God’s people count it their pleasure to gather and worship Him...


Jeremiah 31:3b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Read: Jeremiah 31:3b

The LORD has been revealing, through His prophet, the future restoration of Israel, which faced destruction and dispersion for provoking God with their wickedness. Israel, as a nation, wandered away from their God and set up altars to the heathen gods. That nation lived like an unashamed adulterous wife, provoking the LORD to punish them.

Notwithstanding their unfaithfulness, the LORD declares His unchanging love for the nation of Israel, His chosen people. His love for His people is from everlasting to everlasting, not confined to time or nullified by eternity. Here the LORD once again reiterated His everlasting love...


Hebrews 4:12a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 19 June 2017

Read: Hebrews 4:12a

Three astounding properties of the Word of God are revealed in our reading from Hebrews 4:12. No other book wields such qualities as the Bible. This is because it is “the word of God”. It is divine. It is that which God has revealed through His selected servants (cf. 2 Peter 1:21). It is God’s revelation of His truth. All that it says is from God.

The first quality of the Bible mentioned here is “quick”. The word “quick” is the translation of a Greek word zon, which means “living”. Its original verbal form (present participle) in the Greek text suggests a constantly active kind of living...


Matthew 6:31

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 June 2017

Read: Matthew 6:31

Often we are very concerned about what we shall eat, drink or clothe ourselves with. Such concerns about our mundane provisions have seldom been thought of as an evil matter. But our Lord Jesus reproves us for being anxious about the provision of even basic necessities. If the Lord prohibits anxiety about gaining such essential things for our life, how much more condemnable would be our craving for luxuries of life. Uneasiness and displeasure created by an inordinate desire for material extravagance would surely be severely condemned by our Lord...


James 5:8

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 17 June 2017

Read: James 5:8

For some Christians, life on earth is filled with trials. Hostility, ridicule, oppression, persecution, etc. are their daily experiences. In the preceding context of our verse, the apostle James wrote about the exploitation of the poor and needy. To be ridiculed and exploited when you are already poor and suffering is very excruciating. Certain biblical saints who have been in such circumstances have prayed that God would shorten their lives (1 Kings 19:1-4). Some cried, “O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever...


Romans 5:1

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 16 June 2017

Read: Romans 5:1

To “justify” means to “pronounce guiltless”. A person is justified when he is accepted by God as free from the guilt of sin and its deserved punishment, having been imputed with the righteousness of Christ. So, justification consists of remission of sins and imputation of Christ’s righteousness.

But how are we justified? By faith! We are justified by faith in Jesus Christ who died and resurrected to deliver us from our sin and judgment. The apostle Paul has explained earlier in Romans 3:22, “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ...


Philippians 2:14

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 15 June 2017

Read: Philippians 2:14

We are dissuaded from engaging in two evils, namely, murmuring and disputing. Interestingly, the apostle is concerned that some engage in spiritual activities with murmuring and disputing. In other words, they practise religion without sincerity and joy. When God-given duties are done with murmuring and a disgruntled spirit, such service will be unacceptable. So, all Christians must guard themselves against such evil conduct...


1 Peter 1:23a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Read: 1 Peter 1:23a

All genuine Christians are “born again”. A second birth other than the natural birth is mentioned here. Jesus in his conversation with Nicodemus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). So, being “born again” is to enter God’s kingdom. Jesus tells us, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). In other words, no one enters His kingdom by virtue of his natural birth. Even though you are born to Christian parents, you do not enter His kingdom until you are born again....



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