Posts from January 2019

Posts from January 2019

1 Timothy

1 Timothy 1:5

The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5 NIV But the purpose of the authoritative command is love out of a pure heart and a clear conscience and faith without hypocrisy. *with the Jewish words translated 1 Timothy 1:5 OJB* What command is Paul writing about in his letter to Timothy in this verse? 3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia,…
2 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians 3:5

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 NIV May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 ESV Another prayer from Paul for the Thessalonians (and for us) in this short verse. This prayer begins with May the Lord and the one referenced as the Lord is Jesus Christ which is common in the New Testament. So there is a direct…
2 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 In his second letter to the Thessalonians Paul offers this prayer up for them. He does this immediately after exhorted them to stand firm. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed…
1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 Who is going to be blameless and holy in the presence of our God? Paul is praying in this letter to the…
1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 2:3-4

3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4 On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:3-4 What is the appeal is Paul and his companions making, that he is writing about in the verse above? Let’s look at the two prior verses…
Colossians

Colossians 4:7-9

7 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I am sending him to you for the express purpose that he may know about your* circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. 9 He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here. * some manuscripts that you may…
Colossians

Colossians 3:22-25

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone…
Colossians

Colossians 3:15-17

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,…
Colossians

Colossians 3:1-4

1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4 The above is Paul’s powerful opening paragraph to chapter 3 of…
Colossians

Colossians 2:2-3

2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3 When Paul writes to the people of Colossae, he calls them God’s holy people and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ (1:1). Colossians like Philippians is a short…
Philippians

Philippians 4:6-7

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 Here in the final chapter of Philippians Paul makes his final exhortations to the Philippians from verse 4 to verse 9 where we find our verses today and underlined below. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always.…
Philippians

Philippians 1:7

7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. Philippians 1:7 It is believed Paul wrote this letter to the Christians in Philippi while under house arrest in Rome as noted in Acts 28:14-31 where he lived by himself with a soldier to guard him (Acts 28:16b).…
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