Abide – Good Morning
Be Honorable in Suffering
In 2 Timothy 2:20-21 NLT says, “20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”
Here Paul urged Timothy to be the kind of person our Lord Jesus Christ could use for His noblest purposes. Don’t settle for less than God’s highest and best. Allow God to use you as an instrument of His will.
In a great house – i.e., the visible professing Christian church (1 Timothy 3:15). Paul is speaking, not of those without, but of the (visible) family of God. As in the parable of the dragnet (Matthew 13:47-49), which gathers together of every kind under the waves, good and bad cannot be distinguished until brought to shore, so believers and unbelievers continue in the same church until the judgment makes the everlasting distinction. “The ark of Noah is a type of the Church: as in the former there were together the leopard and the kid, the wolfe and the lamb; so, in the latter, the righteous and sinners, vessels of gold and silver, with vessels of wood and earth” (Jerome, Against Lucifer, 302; cf. Matthew 20:16).
Vessels of gold and silver – precious and able to endure fire.
Of wood and clay or earth – worthless, fragile, and flammable (1 Corinthians 3:12, 15; 15:47). See also Proverbs 16:4; Romans 9:17-23.
Abide – Good Night
Joy Comes in the Morning After Restful Sleep
In Psalm 30:5 NLT says, “5 For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
David may have written this Psalms when he dedicated Araunah’s threshing floor (which became the future site of the Temple), after God stopped the great plague, He had used to discipline David (1 Chronicles 21:1–22:6). The serious illness mentioned in Psalm 30:2-3 may refer to an illness David experienced or to the plague itself.
God’s anger – Because of God’s character, anger is a necessary response to sin, but His anger redemptively gives way to the expression of His steadfast love.
David’s weeping – This is the appropriate response to God’s anger, indicating repentance. Similarly, joy is the response of having experienced His forgiving love.
The Gospel – The Good News
In John 3:16-17 NLT says, “16 “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.”
The message of The Good News – The Gospel comes to a focus in these verses. God’s love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationships – when we love someone dearly, we are willing to give freely to the point of self-sacrifice. God paid dearly with the life of His Son, the highest price He could pay. Our Lord Jesus Christ accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins, and then offered us the new life that He had bought for us. When we share the Good News with others, our love must be like our Lord Jesus Christ’s – willingly giving up our own comfort and security so that others might join us in receiving God’s unconditional love.
In John 14:6-7 NLT says, “6 Jesus told him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through Me. 7 If you had really known Me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him!”
This is one of the most basic and important passages in Scripture. How can we know the way to God? Only through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Way because He is both God and man. By uniting our lives with His, we are united with God. Trust our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit to take you to our Father God, and all the benefits of being God’s child will be yours.
Home Fellowship Churches Services
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Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples,
Pastor/Chaplain Elias Aguilar Busuego Jr PhD DTM
Founding Pastor – Home Fellowship Churches – https://homefellowshipchurches.org
Chaplain – American Legion (AL) District 10 – Texas, AL Post 302 Hutto, TX, formerly at AL Post 447 Round Rock, TX
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