The Apostle John, in his first epistle, talks of the divinity and humanity of Jesus, and he states that a primary message shared by Jesus was that “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” If we are to walk in this light, we must confess that we are sinners in order to receive His forgiveness.
Fresh out of Egypt and making preparations to enter Canaan, God instructs Moses to select twelve spies to scout out the land originally promised to their ancestral father, Abraham. One spy was selected from each of Israel’s tribes and their mission was to assess this Promised Land with respect to its fruitfulness and the strength of its current occupiers.
The Gospel is the supreme foundation from which all our giving must flow. 2 Corinthians 8:9 sums up the Gospel like this: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.” Cheerfulness in giving, therefore, comes from the joy of our salvation because we have received the eternal Treasure, our Lord Jesus Christ, and life forevermore with Him.
Paul’s spiritual son, Timothy was blessed to have a godly grandmother and mother who invested themselves faithfully into his young life. Lois and Eunice were acknowledged by Paul for their faith and devotion to Timothy who likely became believers on Barnabas and Paul’s first missionary journey when they visited Lystra.
1 Corinthians 13 is often referred to as the Love Chapter. Paul juxtaposes spiritual gifts, noble deeds, and Biblical knowledge next to God’s love and summarily dismisses them as annoying distractions whenever engaged without the most excellent endowment of all. So what does God’s love, Agape in the Greek, look like?
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