“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”—Matthew 6:33
Today we are considering the matter of putting first things first. There are so many things which press for a claim upon our time, our affections, our ambition and as long as this kind of competition continues, there can be no peace or harmony in the life. It is a great thing when one master aim grips the whole being as it did Paul in Philippians 3:13, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended … Read More >
The actual wording of the question that was submitted is: “Is it possible to live successfully a Christian life according to the principles laid down by the Founder, the Lord Jesus Christ, if, through economic necessity, one must earn a living? Can one live a Christian life twenty-four hours a day?”
There are one or two things in this question that I think need to be answered. In the first place the questioner says, “If through economic necessity one must earn a living.” Now I would respectfully say that you do not earn a living because of economic … Read More >
In the early part of this chapter, Paul has been opening his heart about the Christian ministry, as he spoke of a ministry of revelation he had received because “God had shined in his heart, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Because of that character of ministry he was under a very deep sense of responsibility to communicate it to others. Therefore, “we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus our Lord, and ourselves your servants for His sake.” And in order that there might be through … Read More >
The question under consideration is an interesting one: “How do you know when you reach the point of no return in your Christian life?
I would say, to begin with, that the personal commitment of a life to the Lord Jesus is the only basis of salvation. Salvation is not a statement of doctrine; it is a surrender to a Person. Of course, you believe right, or you cannot live right. But you can believe right and still not be saved. Personal salvation must involve commitment, and you can find no other basis of salvation in the New Testament.
“What … Read More >
The question I am to answer, submitted by a listener, is as follows: “Why do you preach a gospel of works? You say an unsaved man must turn from sin, completely give himself over to Christ, and then receive Him by faith as Lord and Saviour. Please give scriptural truth.”
We will take as our basis James 2:14-26. I think it is essential, judging by this question, that we make perfectly clear what the Bible teaches about saving faith in the Lord Jesus. What does it mean to be saved, to believe in Him?
An interesting article appeared … Read More >
This question can be asked in reverse: “How does one get a Christian husband?” for the two are really the same. To answer it, I would like to put together three verses from the Word of God.
“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the Lord” (Proverbs 18:22).
“Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife” (1 Corinthians 7:27).
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew … Read More >
“So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.”—1 Samuel 17:50
The Old Testament is not only a book of history which reveals to us the great seed plots of God’s plan of redemption for the human race. It is that. But it is also a book which unfolds something of the great truths of the New Testament, and puts them before us in picture language, that we may apply them to our hearts and lives … Read More >
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”—2 Corinthians 5:20
I believe it is upon our nation’s reception to that word, that word from Heaven, that voice which speaks with authority from the Throne, that beseeching, pleading, earnest supplication and prayer that comes from the place of all authority and power, “Be ye reconciled to God,”that depends our future in this generation and for all time. Indeed, without it, any promise of any politician is merely a … Read More >