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Verse of the Day (December 5, 2019)

Verse of the Day (December 5, 2019) #BMSeminary – This is the third of seven “I am” statements of Jesus (see 6:35; 8:12). Here, he changes the metaphor slightly. While in 10:1–5 he was the shepherd, here he is the gate. While in vv. 1–5, the shepherd led the sheep out of the sheepfold, here he is the entrance to the fold (v. 9) that leads to proper pasture. This section echoes Jesus’ words in 14:6 that he is the only way to the Father. His point is that he serves as the sole means to approach the Father and partake of God’s promised salvation. As some Near Eastern shepherds slept in the gateway to guard the sheep, Jesus here pictures himself as the gate. John 10:9–10: These two verses are a proverbial way of insisting that belief in Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God is the only way of being “saved” from sin and hell and receiving eternal life. Only Jesus Christ is the one true source for the knowledge of God and the one basis for spiritual security. (MacArthur Study Bible)

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Verse of the Day (December 4, 2019)

Verse of the Day (December 4, 2019) #BMSeminary – At the end of the first day of the Feast of Booths, four golden lamps were lit in the temple courts amid great rejoicing. Singing and celebration, with music and dancing, continued through the nights of the feast, and the entire city was illuminated by the temple lights. It is in this context that Jesus makes his startling claim to be the Light of the World. Light is a rich Old Testament symbol. It was the first thing God created (Gen. 1:3). During the exodus, the people of God were led in their journey by a pillar of cloud and fire (Ex. 13:21–22). The psalmist taught that “the Lord is my light” (Ps. 27:1). The coming age of the kingdom would be a time when the servant of the Lord would be as “a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth” (Isa. 49:6), and a time when God himself would be his people’s light (Isa. 60:19–22; Rev. 22:5). Jesus was boldly saying, “The promised day of light has arrived. I am the source of everlasting joy.” He is the sun by which we see all things. (Gospel Transformation Study Bible)

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Verse of the Day (December 3, 2019)

Verse of the Day (December 3, 2019) #BMSeminary – [I am] Apart from the instances where the simple form “I am” occurs in Greek with overtones of the divine name, John’s Gospel records seven so-called “I am” sayings. [the bread of life] Also in v. 48; see vv. 41,51. May mean “the bread that is living” and/or “the bread that gives life.” [comes to . . . believes in] Synonymous and parallel to “eats” and “drinks”; this establishes what the eating and drinking metaphors mean in vv. 50-58. never go hungry . . . never be thirsty. Jesus spiritually satisfies one’s deepest need and desire: to know God (see 4:14; see also 17:3; Rev 7:16). Jesus’ Seven “I Am” Sayings in John: (1) I am the bread of life (6:35,48) and living bread (6:51); (2) I am the light of the world (8:12); (3) I am the gate (10:7,9); (4) I am the good shepherd (10:11,14); (5) I am the resurrection and the life (11:25); (6) I am the way and the truth and the life (14:6); (7) I am the true vine (15:1,5). (Zondervan Study Bible)

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Verse of the Day (December 2, 2019)

Verse of the Day (December 2, 2019) #BMSeminary – The author immediately shows that Jesus Christ, as the agent of God’s revelation, is far superior to the Old Testament prophets. Their message was fragmentary and incomplete. It came bit by bit through visions, dreams, events, and direct communication as men were ready and able to receive it. Christ’s revelation is climactic and complete, because He is the Son and because His is the message for the last days. His incarnation initiated the end time, and it will be fulfilled when He returns to earth to reconcile and restore all things (cf. Acts 2:16, 17; 3:19–21; 1 Pet. 1:20). God has revealed Himself through various means, such as visions (Is. 6), dreams (Dan. 2), poetry (Ps. 139), biography (especially the Gospels), sermons (Matt. 5–7), face-to-face conversations (Deut. 5:4), tablets of stone (Deut. 10:4), miracles (John 6), parables (Luke 15), inner compulsion (Acts 21:10–13), history (1 and 2 Chronicles), angels (Luke 1:26–38), historical research (Luke 1:1–4), and the person of Christ (John 1:14). His means of self-revelation today is the Bible. Illustration: When God wanted Peter to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, He imparted this through a vision (Acts 10). Even then, Peter appears to have been somewhat reluctant to obey God completely. Application: Today we do not depend on dreams and visions to learn about God and His will for our lives, but rather on God’s revelation in the Scriptures. God did not impart the gospel to Cornelius in a vision, but commanded a man to go and preach the Word of God to him. (KJV Study Bible)

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Verse of the Day (November 30, 2019)

Verse of the Day (November 30, 2019) #BMSeminary – God’s vision for the world is that every square inch will be covered with the knowledge of his glory, like the waters cover the seas (Hab. 2:14). God’s cleansing renewal will one day wash over this globe and restore all things. We, along with all creation, groan inwardly for this restoration (Rom. 8:22–23). To this restorative conclusion of history Peter now turns. He knows it will be a great encouragement to those suffering spiritually from the corruption of the church and also suffering bodily from outside persecution and hardship. The destruction of the world to which Peter refers is not the final word about the fall of humanity and the resulting corruption; no, there is the promise of “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet. 3:13; cf. Job 19:25; Isa. 65:17; 66:22; 1 Cor. 15:50–58). Perhaps recalling Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:36–51, Peter writes that the reality of our future judgment, vindication, and transformation should encourage us to be holy and godly in the present age (2 Pet. 3:11). (Gospel Transformation Study Bible)

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Verse of the Day (November 27, 2019)

Verse of the Day (November 27, 2019) #BMSeminary – [word of Christ] This is Scripture, the Holy Spirit-inspired Scripture, the word of revelation he brought into the world. [dwell in you richly]. Although Scripture consistently condemns all drunkenness (Prov. 23:29–35; 31:4–5; Isa. 5:11–12; 28:7–8; cf. 1 Cor. 5:11; 1 Pet. 4:3), the context suggests that Paul is here speaking especially about the drunken orgies commonly associated with many pagan worship ceremonies of that day. They were supposed to induce some ecstatic communion with the deities. Paul refers to such as the “cup of demons” (1 Cor. 10:19–20). True communion with God is not induced by drunkenness, but by the Holy Spirit. Paul is not speaking of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling (Rom. 8:9) or the baptism by Christ with the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13), because every Christian is indwelt and baptized by the Spirit at the time of salvation. He is rather giving a command for believers to live continually under the influence of the Spirit by letting the word control them (Col. 3:16), pursuing pure lives, confessing all known sin, dying to self, surrendering to God’s will, and depending on his power in all things. Being filled with the Spirit is living in the conscious presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, letting his mind, through the word, dominate everything that is thought and done. Being filled with the Spirit is the same as walking in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16–23). Christ exemplified this way of life (Luke 4:1). “Richly” may be more fully rendered “abundantly or extravagantly rich,” and “dwell” means “to live in” or “to be at home.” Scripture should permeate every aspect of the believer’s life and control every thought, word, and deed (cf. Ps. 119:11; Matt. 13:9; Phil. 2:16; 2 Tim. 2:15). This concept is parallel to being filled with the Spirit in Eph. 5:18 since the results of each are the same. In Eph. 5:18, the power and motivation for all the effects is the filling of the Holy Spirit; here it is the word richly dwelling. Those two realities are really one. The Holy Spirit fills the life controlled by his word. This emphasizes that the filling of the Spirit is not some ecstatic or emotional experience, but a steady controlling of the life by obedience to the truth of God’s word. (MacArthur Study Bible)

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Verse of the Day (November 26, 2019)

Verse of the Day (November 26, 2019) #BMSeminary – Alludes to Dan 7:18, the vision of God’s holy people who receive a kingdom forever in connection with the Son of Man to whom God grants everlasting dominion. This has already begun (“we are receiving a kingdom”), but it is not yet fully realized (2:8-9; see note on 2:14). Such a hope calls for us to “be thankful” and “worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” [acceptably] Could be rendered “in a way that pleases” God (anticipating 13:15-16,21). (Zondervan Study Bible)