Daily Devotional – Who’s Approval

What Does Galatians 1:10 Mean?

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia is both passionate and admonishing at the same time.  He begins it in Chapter 1 with:

a firm declaration of his credentials. He is a servant, more specifically an Apostle, (messenger) specifically chosen and sent by Christ. v.1-2

It is written to all the churches in Galatia not just one specific church, v.3-5.

He is amazed, disappointed and  calls them out for being so easily swayed from the true Gospel, saying anyone who preaching a false Gospel is to be condemned (cursed) by their own words. v.6-9

Paul’s love and concern for the churches of Galatia can surely be seen in the manner in which he addresses this issue. He does not attack the people of the Church but the bearers of the False Gospel. Then he makes the statement in our main text…


BREAKDOWN:

For do I now persuade men, or God? – Paul makes the case why am I writing to you to persuade God of these things? Is there a need to persuade God, to convince the all-knowing, God? If so He does not deserved to be called God and glorified as such. No Paul says clearly I am writing to Persuade, convince you Galatians, that there is only one True Gospel

or do seek to please men? –  Or maybe you think I write to please you and get accolades from you? NEVER!!!  Here Paul makes it clear His intent was not to seek the accolades of the Galatians or anyone else. 

for if I yet pleased men, – Paul had once studied (prior to his conversion) to please man. As a Jewish leader he was expected to fall in line with “party line” of the day. After his meeting with Christ on the Road to Damascus Saul was forever changed, a new creation Paul was now not seeking the approval of man but of God only. 

 I should not be the servant of Christ. – Here is the pinnacle of Paul’s argument. He says ‘one cannot serve Christ while seeking the approval of man.’  This should sound very familiar to all of us, in Acts 5:29 Peter said we must obey God rather than man.


APPLICATION: 

While getting acknowledged for going well, is in itself not a bad thing, the reason you did something matters.  Paul is making the case that he is not admonishing the Galatians to bring praise upon himself, but to bring Glory to God. He seeks not their approval to do this, but God’s.

While we may not run into a situation like Paul where we need to scold an entire region for their lackluster adherence to the True Gospel; none the less the same message applies to us daily. Whom do you seek to please, men or God? 1 Corinthians 10:31 says we are to do everything, even eat to God’s glory. A very similar passage can be found in Colossians 3:17 here again Paul reminds us to do all for Christ for we are dependent upon His salvation. 

In yesterday’s devotional, Known Fruitwe discussed how you can know if someone is truly saved by the Fruit they bear. One way to insure you are a Fruit Bearer is to always insure Who’s Approval you are seeking; God or Mans. 

Daily Devotional – God’s Called

The saying below has become very popular on Social Media and among evangelicals in general but is it Biblical? Today we will briefly look at God’s Called.

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1 Corinthians 1:26-31

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

As always we must take into consideration the Whole Counsel of God. Failure to do so even in this instance could lead to false or heretical teachings as you will see. 

So first let us look at the saying does God call unqualified folks. If we are speaking in the terms of Salvation, YES, of course our text will prove that.

On the other hand if we are speaking of ministry the answer is SORT OF. A careful reading of other bible text lists pre-qualifications for; Pastors, Deacons, Evangelists, etc. 1 Tim. 3:1-13, Tit. 1:5-9 then God further qualifies these chosen men through their study 2 Timothy 2:15 of scripture. To call someone to Pastor a church ignoring these qualifications is the same as saying God’s Word does not apply to our church and that is false teaching and HERESY, a term I never use lightly. 

Our text this morning,  1 Corinthians 1:26-31, comes from Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth. This is a church divided by two factions one I will call the Arrogant and Well Off, the other the Humble and Poor

A breakdown of 1st Corinthians 1 is as follows: 

In v.1-3 Greetings and Salutations to the church

In v.4-9 He thanks God for Christ and the fellowship therein

In v.10-17 He makes a plea for unity amongst the body of believers 

In v.18-25 He describes the Power and Wisdom of Christ

In v.26-31 He closes by reminding the Corinthians of their lowly state before Christ


BREAKDOWN:

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.Paul begins to closes chapter one, by insulting the church at Corinth. Seriously there is no other way I can read this, he is not pulling punches to lovingly sugar coating anything. WARNING; do not read into the text; Paul is not implying God is foolish or weak; he is implying that the those who think God is such a Greek, Moron, for sacrificing His only begotten son are the truly week and follish.

26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: – Look at your own calling to Salvation, and those around you in the church, how many are of the high and mighty the intellectual elite (prior to conversion did they have that distinction?). Paul points out it is the rare rich noble that believes in Christ.

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; – Instead of Mr. or Mrs. Fancy Pants, God chooses those that the world looks upon as foolish and weak to confuse the world and their so called mightiness. 

28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: – The Greek word here translated in the KJV as base things, is the word Nothing.  Paul says God calls the nothings of the world (modern word would be insignificant) to Christ. He uses the nobodies to shame the somebodies. 

29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. – WHY? The answer is simple so no one can brag about themselves in God’s presence. As stupid as that sounds I am convinced there are those who try when they day comes when we all stand before God on judgement day.

30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: –  Not only do true believers not boast in themselves they understand that God is the source of our Life in Christ. 

31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. – Paul is quoting Jeremiah 9:23-24 here, and makes it clear if you need boast boast in the Lord. 


APPLICATION:

Paul makes clear in his writing to the church at Corinth that God is please to Call the foolish and weak, that truly believe the Gospel of Christ and Him Crucified. God purposely chose the base or insignificant as far as “the world” was concerned just to prove to who in the end is really foolish and weak.  

The Question is are you to High and Mighty to heed God’s Call? 

 

Boastfulness

1 Corinthians 4:7 | Words, Motivational quotes, Quotes

1 Corinthians 4:7 (AMP and RVR 1960)


CONTEXT:

Paul in Chapter 3 has given instructions for good Christian living. 

He then switches gears and begins Chapter 4 with a sort of defense of his ministry. As you can imagine from the name and verses selected to represent this ministry we are partial to 1st Corinthians here.

v.1-2 Paul declares himself a servant and faithful steward of Christ Jesus and the true Gospel message.

v.3-5 Paul says he cares little if he is judged (wrongly) by the Corinthians, for the final Judgement Seat of Christ is the one that really matters. I need to note Paul is not saying DO NOT JUDGE OTHERS, he is saying do not unrighteously judge others. For he has done nothing against God or the Corinthians for them to condemn him. 

v.6 The church at Corinth has become uppity and self righteous based upon who taught them. They have split into little factions and boast one is better than the other. They quarrel over minor details and forget (because of pride) the things of God Romans 14:1, 2 Timothy 2:23-24, Titus 3:9.


BREAKDOWN:

Paul finishes this part of his letter to the church at Corinth, with a series of 4 questions (here from the NLT):

For what gives you the right to make such a judgment? – We used to say when I was a kid “who died and made you boss”. Paul in a way makes a similar statement here asking the Corinthians ‘what is so different or special about them‘ that they can pass unfounded judgement upon him. 

What do you have that God hasn’t given you? – What have they done to earn the right and their righteousness? Has not God given and provided all they have? What special quality did they bring to the table on their own? 

And if everything you have is from God, – If you can not acknowledge all you have is from God James 1:17 , YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN. To some them is fighting words, to a true child of God they are just the plain biblical truth. 

why boast as though it were not a gift? – If the only good we have in us is from God, the only thing we should be boasting about is GOD, Psalm 34:2, Romans 15:17, 1 Corinthians 1:31. 


APPLICATION:

Boasting and Bragging about anything except God is never looked upon favorably in the bible. The world may teach us to brag about our accomplishments to display our trophies loud and proud. yet for a “Christian” to be boastful about their own accomplishments is a sign of weakness and immaturity in their faith. 

I love how James 4:16 puts it (AMP)  But as it is, you boast [vainly] in your pretension and arrogance. All such boasting is evil. It is evil because it casts God aside for pride and self.

We are a to follow examples like the apostle Paul 2 Corinthians 11:16-31, to humbly serve as Faithful Stewards of all God has given us, giving Him all the Glory. 


100 Bible Verses about Boasting – (ESV) 

 

Jesus’s Return

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In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and I will take you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. John 14:2-3 (AMP)

Since the recent shooting, earthquakes and other tragic events both in America and around the world social media is abuzz with catchy sayings and emogis calling for folks to repent because Christ is certainly coming back soon. In other words His return is imminent.  

While I have no issue with the call to repentance for all non-believers,¹ I do take issue with the fact that these posts are praying upon peoples emotions. They are in a sense saying the world is going to end soon, repent and be saved from eternal punishment what have you to loose’. 

That is so unbiblical on many grounds. 

    1. They have much to loose, their eternal salvation depends not on some quick and unjustified decision a get out of hell pass, but the saving Grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:5-10) for His purpose and Glory.
    2. No one, not even Jesus himself knew the time and date that his return would be (Matthew 24:36)
    3. Jesus said it was not for us to know the time (Acts 1:6-7)
    4. We are not to cause worry and anxiety (Matthew 6:34)

 

So what are we to do? 

    1. The bible tells us clearly to take heed, watch and pray (Mark 13:33-37)
    2. Be Faithful Stewards of all that has been given to us. (Matthew 24:45–51; Matthew 25:5; Matthew 25:19)
    3. Carry Out the Great Commission (Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:18–20)
    4. Find comfort in the verses above knowing our Lord and Savior will one day, in the Fathers timing return and we saints will all join Him in Glory.

 

Captain of their salvation

Hebrews 2:10 (KJV) ~  For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 

Hebrews 2:10 (KJV) 

Whom does your eternity rest upon? Yourself or some long dead and returned to dust figure from history? Modern culture would have you believe that you are the source of all power and can just do it. The Captain of our Salvation is one who was willing to suffer for us, when we did not deserve his mercy. His suffering was perfect in its payment for our sins paving the way to reconciliation to God. -Mike 

John Gill Comments: him it became–to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings; Christ is “the Captain of salvation”, and is so called, because he is the author of it; and he is the Prince and Commander of these sons, who are committed to his charge, and are under his care; and is their guide and leader; and who is gone before them to prepare their mansions of glory for them: and he is made “perfect through sufferings”; he suffered all that the law and justice of God could require; and hereby he became perfectly acquainted with the sufferings of his people, and a perfect Saviour of them; and in this way went to glory himself: and it “became” God the Father, the first cause, and last end of all things, since he had a design to bring all his adopted sons to glory, that his own Son should perfectly suffer for them; this was agreeable to, and becoming the perfections of his nature, his wisdom, his veracity, his justice, grace, and mercy.

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 04 & 05 July

ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

The excellencies of him – 1 Peter 2:9 (R.V.)

His glorious attributes – Ephesians 1:12 (Weymouth)

Grace is the attribute God delights to honor. – Elisha Coles

The holiness of God is his glory, as his grace is his riches. – Stephen Charnock

PEACE AND QUIETNESS OF SPIRIT

Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother – Psalm 131:2 (R.V.)

Attend upon the Lord without distraction. – 1 Corinthians 7:35

Inward peace can only be espoused to inward purity. – William Secker

Peace is never bought to dear but by sin. – Jeremiah Burroughs

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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ENTERING GOD’S KINGDOM and AN ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT TEACHING

The Cross “✟” or the cross “❌”

by Steve Rebus

I am saddened…..No grieved to see just how many “professing Christians” have filled Facebook, Twitter and the rest with endless ramblings on where we need to put the cross “❌” on our ballot papers, Without mention of THE CROSS “✟” on which our whole Salvation and Hope is vital!

Have we really elevated politics to a Saviour level?

Continued at Source: The Cross “✟” or the cross “❌” 

 

Wisdom from the Psalms – April 19th

I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever. -Psalms 45:17

 The sculptor looked at the piece of stone and thought. His mind whirled at the possibilities the stone presented. He could make anything he wanted. He could carve out great beauty. He could create a monument to himself. He could immortalize a great figure from history. He could sculpt a statement of power and dignity. His mind danced with imagination. He began to dream of the ultimate statement he could make. He looked into the sky and saw the glories there. He looked at the trees and flowers. He watched people walking past. He thought of waterfalls and rainbows and beautiful music. His heart swelled full, and then sank. What could be possibly carved into stone that would do justice to the world of wonder he lived in? He set about his carving, working with great care and determination. After days of labor and love, he unveiled the greatest work his life could offer. Three letters, finely shaped, lovingly created. The greatest legacy the artist could give. The name was GOD.

 Prayer: Make my life a symbol of Your love and a sign of Your grace. I live my life in Your will, trying to be the best person I can be. Accept my life as an offering of love. Amen.

 

 

A Prayer about Being Claimed by God’s Promises

March 19

 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ]English Standard Version (ESV)

 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire 2 Peter 1:4 (ESV)

 Patient Father, the “farther up and further in” I go into the gospel, the more you challenge and change the way I think about everything. It’s another kind example of your commitment to complete the good work you’ve begun in your children and in the entire creation. At times this process is quite painful, but it’s always about more glory for you and more Christlikeness in us. We praise you for the perfection of your plan and the persistence of your heart.

Recently I’ve been thinking about your promises, so generously and copiously given in your Word. I now see, and grieve, how as a young follower of Jesus, I was pretty much trained to be a computer programmer, and you were the computer. I acted as though you were passively waiting for me to tell you what to do. Your hands were bound by the limitations of my faith. All I had to do was “claim the promises” without negative thoughts or a wavering will, and you would spring to action.

I confess and repent of my cynicism, but you know how long this way sounded really good to me. Thankfully, I now see that your promises are primarily about changing us, not programming you. Through your promises, we increasingly share in your divine nature— that is, you’re making us more and more like Jesus. By your promises, we can escape the corruption in the world, not simply accumulate more of its treasures.

Father, every one of your promises directs our gaze away from us to Jesus, who is the ultimate “Yes!” to every promise you’ve made (2 Cor. 1: 20). Oh, the difference the gospel makes in how we view all things. We don’t claim your promises— they claim us! If we’re going to “name and claim” anything, may it be to have greater passion for your glory. May our “standing on your promises” lead to living under your authority and serving well in your kingdom until Jesus returns. We pray in Jesus’ triumphant and transforming name. Amen.

Smith, Scotty. Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith (p. 92). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 27 January

p-day-byAFFLICTION IN GLORY

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; – 2 Corinthians 4:17

 … Partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also… – 1 Peter 4:13

Shall light troubles make you forget weighty mercies? – John Flavel

 Losses and disgraces are the wheels of Christ’s triumphant chariot. – Samuel Rutherford

 He that rides to be crowned will not think much of a rainy day. – John Trapp

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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