Monday, June 09, 2008
Let me ask you the reader these two questions:
a. What does it mean to escape the pollution in the world?
b. What does through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ mean?
Friday, June 06, 2008
1. Since He was God He was able to forgive the sins of whomever He wished. That is His prerogative.
2. Jesus knew that this man was one of the elect for whom He was going to die anyway, and therefore gave him an advance on His forgiveness.
3. He did it just to spite the Pharisees and show them that forgiveness does not come by keeping the law or being self-righteous.
4. He wanted to reveal His oneness with the Father by doing miracles of power that could only be attributed to God.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.
But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.' So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.
When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
This parable gives the contrast between two servants and the debts they owed. The first one owed an enormous debt to the king while the second owed a minuscule amount in comparison to his fellow servant.
A few questions for consideration:
Does anyone dispute that both of these servants depicted here signify believers in Christ?
What does it mean to be delivered to the torturers?
Did the first servant "losing" his master's forgiveness imply a loss of salvation? How could he possibly remedy his grevious situation?
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Sunday, June 01, 2008
We shall also live with Him.
If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
He will also deny us.
If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself."
2 Timothy 2:11-13