Category Archives: Daily NT

Do not judge

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Scriptures

You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment. For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the very same things. Romans 2:1

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Man and God

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Scriptures

While claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes. (Romans 1:22-23)

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That I May Know the Lord (cf. Phil. 3:10)

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Scripture

All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him. (Luke 10:22)

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The Humility of the Servant (Phil 2:5)

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Scriptures

Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5)

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The Root of all Evil

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Scripture

For the love of money is the root of all evils
and some people in their desire for (money)

have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains. (1 Tim. 6:10)

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Pray for all Men (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

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Paul asks Timothy to tell his constituents to pray for “kings and for all in authority” (v.1). This is paralleled in v. 8 where Paul expresses his desire that the men should pray “lifting up holy hands without anger or argument.” Whatever they might feel about the leaders in their city-states and especially with the “Great King” at the center of the Empire, the men should pray for them. Politics is after all the organization of the “polis” (=Greek word for “city”), and the men who are involved in it need God’s help “that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.” All authority comes from God, after all, and so even in political life, the Church contributes through its prayer.

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All Things Will End Well for those Who Love God

Nowhere does one find in the Scriptures the idea that God predestines someone to hell or to heaven. In Paul, he always talks about Christians having been predestined to glory understood not as something wholly in the future but as already verified in some way in the present. The same goes for those whose present lives are characterized by opposition to the gospel; in a way these are said to be destined for destruction, not for the glory of the sons of God.

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