Bible Reading and Commentary November 10-15, 2014

Bible Reading and Commentary
November 10-15, 2014

Monday, November 10, II Timothy 1

v. 5 — As it was for Timothy, the most effective, initial training we receive in God’s Word is to come from our parents and grandparents. Read also Ephesians 6:4.
Vv. 6-9 — While our eternal salvation and coming to faith is all God’s doing, once we become Christians, we’re not to be like a product in a refrigerator. We are to fan into flame our spiritual life through the faithful, daily use of God’s Word.
Vv. 9-10 — What awesome blessing is ours as a result of God’s grace in Christ Jesus? You’ll find it in v. 10.

Tuesday, November 11, II Timothy 2
v. 5 — In the Olympics, in order to win, an athlete had to follow the prescribed rules. It holds true today, too. In our spiritual life, in order not to lose the victor’s crown, we also have to follow God’s directives. Some of those rules that apply not only to Christian pastors, but also to Christian lay people are found in v. 22.

Wednesday, November 12, II Timothy 3-4
Chap. 3:1-5 — Are we living in the last days? That should be quite obvious as you read these verses very carefully.
Chap. 3:15 — While Paul gives the chief responsibility of training their children to fathers in Ephesians 6:4, that training is also shared by mothers. Cf. also II Tim. 1:5
Chap. 3:16 — How much of the Bible is God’s Word? This passage clearly points out to us that all of it is God’s inerrant, infallible Word. Read also II Peter 1:20, 21.
Chap. 4:2 — A faithful pastor or teacher will not be involved in solving social issues in the community and nation. His main responsibility is, as Paul points out, to preach the Word of God. He is to correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.

TITUS — In this short letter that Paul writes to Titus, a pastor in Crete, he teaches us clearly how we are saved and how we are to live as Christians.

Thursday, November 13, Titus 1
Vv. 5-7 — There are 4 words which refer to the office of a pastor in the New Testament. They are elder, bishop, overseer (v. 7) and shepherd (Acts 20:28). In vv. 5 and 7, elder and overseer are used interchangeably.
v. 9 — People think it’s great if everyone loves the pastor. Someone once said, “No pastor who is loved by everyone can be doing his job.” Sometimes defending the truth will not be well received.
v. 10 — Some people take offense when a pastor labels some religions in his sermon. The Apostle Paul did that. The circumcision group was a group of Jews who were trying to force their false beliefs on Christians with whom Titus was working. The circumcision group believed that circumcision and other Old Testament laws were also necessary for salvation. Paul describes them in v. 16 in this way: “They are detestable, disobedient, not fit to do anything good.” How we are saved Paul clearly teaches in Titus 3:5-7.

Friday, November 14, Titus 2
Vv. 11-12 — God’s grace, not the Law, is the power that teaches us to say, “No,” to an ungodly life and gives us the power to live godly lives. How each one is to live in his or her station of life, Paul explains in vv. 1-10. Slaves in vv. 9-10 today would be the employees in a place of business.

Saturday, November 15, Titus 3
Vv. 5-7 — How are we saved? It’s certainly not by our good works. God saves us through the washing of rebirth, our Baptism. (v. 5) There the Holy Spirit gives us a new life (v. 5). Through Jesus’ redemption, He assures us we are justified, acquitted or declared free of all sins, and are inheritors of eternal life (vv. 6-7).

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