LET BROTHERLY LOVE CONTINUE: HEB 13:1, HEB 2:11, ROM 12:10,The application of the spiritual principles of brotherly love, as soon as the bible is essentially different from “the acts of charity” practiced by the charitable organization in the world. The world showing charity is more like the story in Luke 21-the rich putting their gifts in the treasury.• The Lord looked and said “these rich people out of their abundance have put the offering but the poor woman- out of her poverty put in all that she had. Like the widow of Zarephath-“first make for the prophet”. The world’s charity is often for a cause and the giver takes the credit for the gift. The biblical teaching about the manifestation of brotherly love:- First as unto the lord – then give yourselves.It’s not for a cause- but with the total identification of the giver with those who receive.For a short time of meditation and learning- we shall look at some of the lessons on “brotherly relationship” from the book of Genesis. It is an interesting study to put together the exercise of faith in the lives of three principle women of Genesis I mean eve, Sarah, Rebecca. Eve had exercise sand lesions to learn in connection with Cain and able. Sarah in connection with Ishmael and Isaac. Rebecca in connection with Esau and Jacob. To a certain extent – the lessons are similar-but there is a different element in each lesson.In johns gospel 1:12,13- we are told that those who are born into the family of God“who were born -not of bloodnor of the will of the fleshNor of the will of manBut of God.EVE:Not of bloodEve’s lesson- the promised seed will not come on the line of natural decent-not of blood. The seed of the women cannot be born of eve. When Cain was born-eve thought that she got Christ – the promised seed of the women. But Eve had to learn that sinful parent can only beget sinful children. On the line of natural generation-there is nothing for god. Eve learned her lesson before able was born and therefore called him able vanity.SARAH:Not of the will of the flesh.Sarah thought that if God is late in his fulfilling his promise-she would work on improving on the natural that is getting a son through Hagar. The result is Ishmael-the will f the flesh. Man trying to correct himself and put things right. Gods command – all that is of the flesh must be cast out. Divine promises cannot be secured through the way of the flesh –but only through the principles of faith. Isaac is crowned and Ishmael is to be cast out.REBECCA:Not of the will of the man –but of God.The lesson of divine sovereignty. The will of man had no place whatsoever in the ways of god-as for god his way is perfect. The will of man would prefer Esau to Jacob. It has often been said by people – that Esau was the better and the nobler of the two brothers. Rebecca too learned that God is sovereign and this alone would guide her affections. God said- I’m going to have my way. Nothing excluded man like divine sovereignty. The will of man completely shut out. Isaac valued Esau’s venison- and this guided his affection. We have to look at our brother from God’s point of view.Now we shall look at gods revelation of his divine principles concerning his brotherly love – from the lives of three men in GenesisABRAHAM- The divine principle to learnWe have to look at our brethren from gods point of view even as God sees them. Abraham showing brotherly love his nephew Lot. First of all, in relation to the Canaanites around them- Abraham says “we are brethren”. Not uncle and nephew. When Lot was taken captive they came and told- Abrahams nephew was taken captive. When Abraham heard this –“his brother lot was taken captive (Gen 13:12-14)-Abraham completely identifies himself with his brother in order to rescue him. Abraham does not get over – occupied with blemishes and failures-but looks at the quality that god can approve-righteous lotJACOB-The divine principle of the sovereignty of God in our brotherly relationshipGod in his sovereign will have chosen Jacob instead of Esau, and Joseph instead of Reuben for the divine blessing of the birthright. In the case of Jacob- he could not wait for gods time. But schemed and plotted to snatch the birthright. Therefore Jacob had to be disciplined by God to prepare him to be a partaker of divine nature. But as Israel –h lived on his hips for the rest of his life. Many of us spiritually speaking- may be limping on our hips- the price we pay for changing from Jacob to Israel. Jacob was always- on the run- running away from people, form god and situations. Israel –limbed on his hips for the rest of his life so that he cannot run away from God. Like JonahJOSEPH-The divine principle to learn “he was not ashamed to call them his brethren”The perfect fulfillment we see In heb2:11. For Joseph- Gods will was revealed to him through the dream but he never moved a finger to appropriate that but waited for God to exalt him. Psalms 105:18- the word of the Lord tested- tried Joseph. Joseph had thirteen years of testing. The one who is to rule has been tested. Like David first fighting with a lion and a bear-before meeting Goliath. Psalm1 –presents the man who prospered in lowly circumstances and psa.2- give his exaltation. Psa1 gives his moral suitability and psa2 gives exaltation as gods king. The wonderful wisdom God gave Joseph in dealing with his brethren. Joseph had wisdom the administer the good for the world at large. But Joseph and divine wisdom to produce the right exercise in the soul of his brethren. The brothers had to come face to face with their sin and guilt. Joseph cannot give the knowledge of himself to a heart of morally right. When the work of exercise of faith is completed the revelation “I am Joseph”. The intimate fellowship with the father and the son. It is beautiful to see Jacob and David coming out at the end better than they ever did. God looks for that. Jacob blessed Pharaoh and his sons and blessed josephs sons-Israel worshiped learning on this staffGods discipline does not reach its full fruition with any of us until the end. There is always some draws to be consumed. Grow in grace in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Bearing fruit in our old age.• Only a believer can bear fruit in our old age. Even after all this, we see the sad exhibition of unbelief, with Josephs brothers. They lived for seventeen years on josephs bounty. Joseph gave them the very best of everything. Yet they did not know and appreciate josephs heart. Joseph wept when they spoke to him like that after Jacobs death. From Genesis chapter 44 onwards the son of Jacob are known as Josephs brothers. Let brotherly love continue. Where is your brother able 1Cor 18:11- because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish for whom Christ died.
Bro. Koshy Mathew expounds a simple prayer by the psalmist: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. He explains the perspective/understanding of the Psalmist, how he accepts the fact of God being Omniscience, Omnipresent, Omnipotent. When this understanding increased, He understood God his Holy and hates wickedness. When this knowledge of God increases he prays this prayer so that He could help him to search his heart.The Lord is an Omniscience, Omnipresent, Omnipotent and also Holy. So we need to cleanse ourselves so that He could use us. If it’s not clean God won’t bless us. We must be gripped by the Holiness of God, if so we could also turn the world upside-down. The Bible says that the heart is deceitful above all and desperately wicked. Are your hearts clean? Bro Koshy then explains this verse in a very concise way.
Daniel was taken as a captive from the land of Israel to Babylon. He loved and honored God by his obedience to the Law of the Lord. God made him a President in that land. These messages tell us the secret to the successful spiritual life of Daniel even though he was in a secular job.
Psalm 46:10- He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;Genesis 16: 9- The angel of the Lord told her, “You must go back to your mistress and submit to her authority.Genesis 16: 13 So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are ‘God who sees,’ because I have truly seen the one who looks after me.”Psalm 32: 8- I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go: I will guide thee with mine eye.We often pray with a rightful conviction that our God with infinite resources and omnipotence can answer all our prayers instantly and immediately. This feeling is further cemented by our lifestyle in a fast-pace world, where we are spoiled with instant gratification and instant responses. In turn we desire quick answers, quick fixes and expect that God too will rush through our prayers.But in the Bible, God often demanded his saints to wait on Him; testing and trying their patience. Moreover, He sometimes desires to change us rather than the situation we want to be changed. Sometimes He answers our prayers discreetly, demanding our closeness and nearness to Him. These unusual answers to our prayers is yet another display of God’s love and parenting of His children
We read in Mark 12:28 onwards about the teacher of the law who questioned the Lord about the greatest commandment and we see the wonderful way the Lord replies to him.The three major aspects of Christain living is mentioned in the Lord’s answer. When we say we believe in One God do we really give Him that place in our life??When we have faith in His Word do we give the Word of God authority over our life?? If there is anything that hinders our love for the Lord let us place it at the Feet of Lord and be living examples for the Lord.
The Savior has called his disciples as his friends. What does that mean? As friends, he has shared secrets with them. Real friendship requires sacrifices. Disciples were made aware of the need to love each other and even lay down life for each other. In a similar way, believers are exhorted to love each other and be kind to each other as friends. Deep bonds should be made and we mus exhort each other. There are over 20 expressions of “one another” in NT which speak of our work towards each other. Exhort one another, love one another, forgiving one another, long-suffering and forbearance to each other are all hallmarks of a friend.
Here is a Sermon delivered by Anub Koshy at North Gate Gospel Chapel on May 28th, 2017 Sunday morning. Based on Daniel 5 he expounds the righteous Judgment of God upon wicked ones. By giving the example of King Belshazzar he explains how God is able to put down those who walk in pride.
Bro John Kurian exhorts all believers saying “Let us run”. We have to lay aside every weight and the sin that easily beset us and run our race. Four main points of the are elaborated in this RaceContext of the Race (Background)Conditions of the RaceConflict of the RaceCaptain of our RaceThis is an encouraging message on how believers should run this race, remembering that we are not alone; as many have ran this race & completed it. We need to have strong faith in our Lord and always focus on Him.
On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Christian Believers’ Assembly, Borivali, Br. George Dawson gives an encouraging message, reminding the believers of God’s Faithfulness and his presence even in trying circumstances.The main points were:Divine ReflectionDivine ElectionDivine AffectionDivine DirectionDivine ProtectionDivine Instruction
In the Word of God, there are several Josephs.All of them have their own specialties. Among them, Bro Jerome brings to our attention Joseph who was called the Father of Jesus. The main points were as follows:Joseph the righteous man, who was not willing to put his wife to shame.Joseph the obedient man, who obeyed the Laws of God and Laws of Man.Joseph the man of faith, who had a relaxed mind in tumultuous situations.Joseph the man of customs, who followed it under any circumstance.These were the main points that were emphasized. This sermon is given in Malayalam and translated into English.