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I started this blog when I was following the Life Journal Bible reading plan on YouVersion. (I've since completed that plan.) At that time, YouVersion didn't provide any way for people to respond to my notes, other than to "like" them. So this blog is here to remedy that problem. You may comment on my notes here in the comment section.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Study on 1 Timothy

The Ephesians were getting distracted by empty discussions of myths and interminable genealogies rather than God’s redemptive plan that operates by faith. What secondary issues might I be getting distracted by?

Paul used to be a blasphemer and a persecutor, and an arrogant man. Yet God redeemed him because “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. So we shouldn’t hate evil people -- we should view them as people who could yet be saved.

Verse 17 reminds me of the song by Walter Smith:
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.

We must stand steadfast in Christ, and not allow our faith to be shipwrecked like Hymenaeus and Alexander.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Study on 2 Thessalonians 3

There will be people who oppose the Gospel, but God is faithful and will strengthen and protect us.

Each of us is supposed to earn our own keep and not mooch off others. (Other passages, however, make it clear that this doesn’t preclude helping those who are unable to earn their own keep, for example, old widows.)

If someone is like that, we’re not to encourage them. But, we should admonish him as a brother, and not treat him as an enemy.

I particularly like the way Eugene Peterson translated this: "If anyone refuses to obey our clear command written in this letter, don’t let him get by with it. Point out such a person and refuse to subsidize his freeloading. Maybe then he’ll think twice. But don’t treat him as an enemy. Sit him down and talk about the problem as someone who cares." 2 Thessalonians 3:14‭-‬15 MSG

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Study on 2 Thessalonians 2

Who is this man of lawlessness?

I did some Googling about this passage and came across this:
Augustine, perhaps the greatest of the early church fathers and still a great influence today, writes regarding a certain portion of the passage: “I confess that I am entirely ignorant of what he means to say.” New Testament Greek scholar Marvin Vincent omits interpreting the passage in his four volume lexical commentary: “I attempt no interpretation of this passage as a whole, which I do not understand.” Renowned Greek linguist A. T. Robertson despairs of the task of interpreting this passage because it is “in such vague form that we can hardly clear it up.”                      
So, not surprising we are having problems understanding it, when such great theologians through the ages had problems 🤣     

Who the Man of Lawlessness is thought to be seems to depend on the interpreter's eschatology: Premillennials and Dispensationalists usually say it's the Antichrist.

Postmillennials say it's Nero.                      

Amillennials I've read seem to avoid this part of the passage altogether.

But never mind. What we are supposed to do is stated in verse 15: "stand firm and hold on to the traditions that we taught you, whether by speech or by letter."

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Study on 2 Thessalonians 1

May we endure like the Thessalonian believers , and be worthy of our calling from God.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Study on 1 Thessalonians 5

Instead of being so caught up with predicting when the second coming will be, especially since Jesus warned us that only the Father knows when that'll be, we should just always be prepared to meet our Maker.

That means daily taking up our cross and following Him. Quickly repenting of any sins. Let's encourage each other in this!

I'm not saying this like a man who has achieved this, but as a fellow traveler, and asking you to also encourage me along.

“Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss.” 1 Thessalonians 5:26 Ooo, we've not been following this! 😜

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Study on 1 Thessalonians 4

4:1-9 It’s God’s will that we become holy -- being saved by grace made us holy positionally, but God also wants us to become holy actually. So we need to discipline ourselves to eschew lustful passions. In contrast to lustful passions, we must practice brotherly love.

4:13-18 Death should be no terror for Christians, because we have the hope of resurrection. Jesus's death and resurrection is the promise of our own.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Study on 1 Thessalonians 3

Persecution is to be expected. Paul was encouraged that Timothy brought the news that the Thessalonians were holding on firm to the faith in spite of the persecution.

We haven’t yet been persecuted here in Malaysia -- just discrimination. But may the Lord cause us to increase and abound in love for one another.