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)
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)
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)
Verse of the Day (November 25, 2019) #BMSeminary – There is a theological and structural parallel between Eph 5:18-21 and Col 3:16-17. In Ephesians there is a present passive imperative, “ever be filled,” while in Colossians there is a present active imperative, “let the word of Christ dwell within you.” Also in Ephesians the imperative is followed by five present participles which describe the Spirit-filled life.(1) Col 3:19, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (present active); (2)(2) Col 3:19, singing (present active);(3) Col 3:19, making melody (present active);(4) Col 3:20, always giving thanks (present active);(5) Col 3:21, be subject to one another (present middle); In Colossians some of the same participles also occur.(1) Col 3:16, teaching (present active);(2) Col 3:16, admonishing in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (present active);(3) Col 3:16, singing (present active);(4) Col 3:17, giving thanks (present active).
This is a major spiritual truth. Believers must relate all their motives and actions to God through Christ. Every aspect of our lives is “as unto the Lord.” Believers do not live for themselves (cf. Col 3:23; Rom 14:7-9; 1Co 10:31; 2Co 5:15; Eph 6:7; 1Pe 4:11). This truth could revolutionize the modern, western, individual-focused church. (You Can Understand the Bible by Dr. Bob Utley)
Verse of the Day (November 24, 2019) #BMSeminary – Happy Lord’s Day! [as you received] When one receives Jesus Christ as Lord, one also receives the obligation to live a certain way. Receiving Christ also implies receiving the traditions about Christ-what he did and taught and what it means-and this tradition, rather than human tradition, v. 8, provides the guidelines for the Christian life. [continue to live] Christians do not need to add-and should not add-other guidelines for living a life pleasing to the Lord (1:10). The implication is that Christians must look to Christ alone. [rooted . . . built up . . . strengthened] These participles are in the passive voice, which implies that someone has done these things for them, namely God. The Christian faith is not a do-it-yourself religion. Christians are bound to the Lord by their faith and are bound to be obedient to him and to live with thanksgiving. [thankfulness] Christians with a thankful spirit respond to what God has done in Christ and are mindful that their lives depend entirely upon God, not themselves. A thankful spirit also wards off false teaching. (Zondervan Study Bible)
Verse of the Day (November 23, 2019) #BMSeminary – Providing seven ways to give thanks, the psalmist exhorts worshipers to be grateful at all times. The most obvious expression of gratitude is singing, which is the joyful expression of love and overflows from a liberated heart (vv. 1–2; Isa. 51:11; Col. 3:13–16). The redeemed also act gratefully when they pursue knowledge of God through his Word and works (Ps. 100:3; Rom. 16:25–27). Knowing God not only humbles dependent creatures, it heartens them to realize that he is willing to make himself known, and ultimately he does so through Jesus Christ, revealing our God as a Father and Good Shepherd (cf. Ps. 100:3, 5; Matt. 6:9; John 10:14). The psalmist then commands God’s people to express their gratitude (Ps. 100:2, 4). In Hebrew there is no distinction between serving in church or at work. The same word describes worship in every place (Col. 3:17). All of life in every realm is an opportunity to “give thanks to him” and “bless his name” (Ps. 100:4). The Father also provides reasons for his commands. The most obvious is that he is good in all his roles. He is the good Creator who endowed us with his image, which requires treating every person with dignity (v. 3; James 3:9). His universal rule reminds us of his protection (Ex. 6:7; Isa. 3:15), calls us to bold prayer (Isa. 64:9; John 17:6–9), and motivates us to discipleship as those purchased at a great price (Titus 2:14). That purchase was made out of the “steadfast love” that epitomizes God’s character and which finds full expression in the death and resurrection of Jesus. He is the Good Shepherd who cares for his sheep all the days of their lives (Ps. 100:5; 23:6; John 10:11; Rev. 7:17). (Gospel Transformation Study Bible)
Verse of the Day (November 22, 2019) #BMSeminary – The peace of God is the harmony and concord created by God among His people. It is to rule. This Greek verb means to act as an umpire who makes decisions in an athletic contest. Thus, let the peace of God rule in your hearts means that when believers are at odds with each other, whatever course of action best maintains peace and fosters harmony is the course to be taken. (KJV Study Bible)