Friday, September 25, 2020

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Monthly Question Page

Q. What is the difference between sins and iniquity, as differentiated in Hebrews 10:17, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more”?

A. There are many words that are used in the Bible to denote “sins,” such as, “transgression,” “wickedness,” “evil,” and of course “iniquity.” The best Scriptural definition of “sin” is in John’s epistle, where we read, “Every one that practises sin practises also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4, JND). In other words, “sin” is doing our own will in independence of God. It is summed up by the prophet Isaiah, who wrote, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). Sin is anything inconsistent with the character of God.

This brings us to the question of “iniquity.” The word comes from the Latin, combining the prefix “in,” which means “not,” and the suffix “aequus” which means “equal” or “just.” So, “iniquity” literally means, “not just.” It has to do with the character of sin, and the evil intent behind the act. When David sinned, he prayed, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin(Psalm 51:2).

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

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Love Wins

The other day, I was out for a morning walk around the neighborhood of the home I was staying in. As I passed by one of the houses, I noticed a sign on the front lawn. Among other things it said,

In Our America, Love Wins!

Well, I pondered this, and realized that God’s love and not man’s perversion of the term is to be the keynote and primary motive in each of our lives as Christians. Just before the Lord left the disciples to go to the cross and then return to heaven, He gave them several exhortations as to practical love and effects. Here are a selected few:

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34).

“By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35).

“If a man love Me, he will keep My words” (John 14:23).

“Continue ye in My love” (John 15:9).

Yes, God’s love wins, and remember,“Now abideth faith, hope, charity (love), these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love)” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

 

             
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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Monthly Scripture Reading

Matthew 15

21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

24 But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

25 Then came she and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, help me.

26 But He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

 

             
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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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Peripatetic

The other day, my wife came to me with a new word she had learned from doing a crossword puzzle. The word was “Peripatetic.” It refers to one who travels from place to place, often for work or business, and usually not staying long in any one location. It can be either an adjective or a noun.

My wife thought it applied to me, as I tend to be here and there, sometimes zig-zagging across North America and around the world in the work of the Lord. While this may be true, it also made me think of the wanderings of the children of Israel in the wilderness, as they made their way from Egypt to the land of Canaan. It also made me think of the time when we will finally arrive in heaven, and no longer travel through this world as “strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13).

In the meantime, I suppose we are all to some degree peripatetic. However, I trust it is not aimless wandering and travel, but in the will of the Lord. Let’s be like David, who prayed, “Lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:24). If this is our sincere prayer and desire, the promise is, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go” (Psalm 32:8).

 

             
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Monday, September 21, 2020

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Dear Young Christian:

The children of Israel, when journeying through the wilderness, complained and questioned the ways and wisdom of God. Why did He lead them this way and that waywhy the thirstwhy the hungerwhy, why, why? But there is an interesting comment made about their journey later on in the Psalms. “He led them forth by the right way” (Psalm 107:7). Yes, in retrospect they realized that His way was “the right way.”

Someday, when we get to heaven and review our life, we too will say the same. How good it is if we can get ahold of this concept now. Life is not all smooth and easy. However, it is better to go over a rough and difficult road in good company than the best highway alone.

The believer, of course, is never alonebut to enjoy the Lord’s company is quite another matter. As you start another week of busy activity, remember, He has promised, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

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Forsaken

“Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me” (Matthew 27:45-46).

What a question, asked by the Lord Jesus at the end of the three hours of darkness. To get the answer, we must go to the Old Testament, where we have the question raised prophetically, along with the innermost feelings of the Lord that we don’t get in the Gospels. There we find that the one who asks the question Himself gives the answer.

 “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me? why art Thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but Thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. But Thou art holy” (Psalm 22:1-3). While the Lord Jesus was being“made … sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21), and while, in those three hours of darkness, He, “bare our sins in His own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24), God had to forsake Him because of His holy nature, and because He is of“purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13).

 

             
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Saturday, September 19, 2020

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Urgent

There is always an urgency when it comes to the gospel and accepting the Lord Jesus as Savior. We never tell people to wait, think it over, or put it off for any reason. Here are some verses of Scripture in keeping with that thought:

“REMEMBER NOW thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them” (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

“COME NOW, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).

“BEHOLD, NOW is the accepted time; BEHOLD, NOW is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Neglect is perhaps one of Satan’s greatest lies. He whispers in the ear of the unbeliever, “Just wait a little longer, there is plenty of time to consider these things at a later date.” However, the Bible warns, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation” (Hebrews 2:3). Many a neglecter has ended in a lost eternitydon’t be one of them.

 

             
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Friday, September 18, 2020

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To His Knees

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime” (Daniel 6:10).

Abraham Lincoln was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861, until his assassination in April 1865. He is quoted as saying, “I have been driven to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go; my wisdom and that of all around me seemed insufficient for the day.”

In the Old Testament, Daniel was in a similar position. Under each king of Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, and Darius), he was promoted and advanced to high positions in the kingdom. He evidently felt the need of daily, regular prayernot just when things were tough, but also when things were good. Like President Lincoln and many before and after him, he felt driven to his knees every day.

How good it is for us to feel this as well. It is not wrong to feel driven if it drives us to our knees in dependence on the Lord.

 

             
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Thursday, September 17, 2020

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Psalm 23Part 9

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies” (Psalm 23:5).

A table in Scripture would remind us of three things:

1. It speaks of authority:

When we are invited to have a meal at someone’s table, the host has the authority not only to invite us, but to maintain a level of conduct that they feel is in keeping with their home and table. So we need at all times to remember that we are under the authority and Lordship of Christ.

2. It reminds us of food for our souls:

The children of Israel raised the question, “Can God furnish a table in the wilderness” (Psalm 78:19)? Of course He could, and did. Today Jesus is “the bread of heaven” (Psalm 105:40), to feed and satisfy our spiritual hunger.

3. It has to do with communion and fellowship:

Eating and fellowship in the Bible are synonymous. When the prodigal son returned to the Father’s house there was a feast prepared so that they could enjoy fellowship together over the “fatted calf” (Luke 15:23).

We’re not going to be removed from the presence of our enemies (Satan and his host) this side of heaven, but there is full provision to enjoy the Lord’s presence and provision in spite of those enemies.

 

             
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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Things We Can Never DoPart 2

Here are some further things we can never do:

We can never say that we are unloved.

“Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end” (John 13:1).

We can never sin so badly that there is no restoration.

 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness … And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 1:9; 2:1).

We can never leave His presence.

“And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen”(Matthew 28:20).

We can never come under the judgment of God.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).

We can never lose our hope.

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast” (Hebrews 6:19).

 

             
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