Daily Miscellany for Friday, August 1, 2014

To preach and teach is to proclaim and explain, to propound and expound.  That is, preaching is declaring, and teaching is explaining what you have declared.  The apostles preached and taught.

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Sometimes we can only find what the apostles declare and we wish they were here to explain it.  In their place, we have been given the Holy Spirit.  Since He is the one who inspired them to speak in the first place, He’s the perfect one to help us understand (2 Timothy 2:).

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The essential claim of ancient Israel was that they were the people of the God.  We whose hearts have been won by Jesus Christ would enthusiastically support that claim!

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Matthew 6:1 speaks of practicing righteousness; John 3:21 speaks of practicing the truth.  They lead to the same outcome because righteousness and truth are flip sides of the same coin.  Righteousness is what we ought to do, and truth is what is.

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1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Galatians 5:19-21 describe the sort of attitudes and behaviors that block our access to the kingdom of God.  2 Peter 1:5-11 describes the sort of attitudes and behaviors that allow our access to the kingdom of God.

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The phrase “holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power” comes at the end of a long list of negative characteristics in 2 Timothy 3:2-5.  It’s an apt description of 21st-century churchgoing.

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 Jesus of Nazareth redefined what it meant to be a Jew.  Previously, it depended on being able to trace one’s heredity to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.  In the wake of Jesus, it depended on attitudes of the heart (Romans 2:28-29).

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