Fathers must not be put to death for what their children do, nor children for what their fathers do; each must be put to death for his own sin. Deuteronomy 24.16.
Moses said it by inspiration to the people of Israel, before they entered the land of Canaan. Centuries later, the prophet Ezekiel developed it further, speaking again to the Israelites. (See chapters 18 and 33.) Go to the New Testament and see that condemnation and salvation are determined on an individual basis.
The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16.16.
Some Bible versions published in recent years throw statements into the plural in order to avoid the singular masculine pronoun. All fine and good, but it sometimes misses a point, like individual responsibility.
Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else. For each one will carry his own load. Galatians 6.4-5.
Am I to blame for what happened a hundred years ago or more? God is more interested in what I am doing right now. Continue reading →
Bless the Lord for his kindness to his people, for giving each one a place in the body of Christ, for the pleasant joy of belonging to his kingdom, for the hope of our eternal destination as we walk in his ways. We are full of the Lord’s blessing, there is no one like God, who rides through the sky to help, on the clouds of majesty. Praise him, followers of Christ, praise him, sun and moon, praise him, stars above! He is altogether worthy of praise!
SEEK: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you” Mt 6.33 HCSB.
THINK: Seeking means priority, maximum effort, and defined focus. It implies confidence in God to provide what is necessary, as one dedicates time to the search. The kingdom is to put God above all, first “(1) in importance; (2) in point of time, and (3) in emphasis” (Coffman). Justice is the practice of righteousness, obedience to the divine will. Seek is a strong, intense verb. Continue reading →
Commenting on Acts 19.8, William Baird wrote, “In Acts the kingdom ofGod seems similar to the church (cf. 8:12), but the idea of God’s rule to be consummated in the future is not lacking (cf. 14:22)” IOVC. Indeed it does seems similar, since the church is the present earthly manifestation of the kingdom. Continue reading →
At the heart of discipleship lie right motivations and exclusive service. While pagans choose man and money, disciples seek divine approval and trust in divine providence. The essence of hypocrisy is religion performed for man. God approves discretion and simplicity as marks of true faith. Continue reading →