The Christian radio station that I listen to daily is WIHS 104.9 FM based out of Middletown, CT. To me, those involved with this station, as in most Christian radio stations, are broadcasting the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.
A segment that this station has been broadcasting for as long as I can remember is The Good News Verse heard every weekday. Very early each morning, one thoughtful Bible passage is given for us to consider and to meditate. This is then repeated several times throughout the day.
When I hear each passage, I ask, how is this “good news” for me? How can I apply it? Why did the publishers choose it for me to consider?
With that in mind, I have gathered a few of them that were broadcasted over the last few days and posted them here for your review. Underneath each I have listed three ways that the passage is applicable for us to use. Please note that the views and opinions I expressed here for each passage do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of WIHS radio’s staff and management.
As you read them, I am sure you will discover other significant applications than what I have listed.
Below is the collection:
1) Acts 20:32
And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified (NASB).
a) Paul was addressing the Ephesian brethren who had a strong bond with him. He had just given encouragement and admonitions to the church leaders to protect the flock.
b) But this verse by Paul is, of course, is for the church today which needs to built up for the spiritual work at hand.
c) Paul prayed with and for the church (Acts 20:36) after saying these words. This prayer is still needed by Christians today.
2) 1 Corinthians 4:20
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of words but of power.
a) In the previous two verses of this chapter four, the apostle Paul says, verse 18) “Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.” Verse 19) “But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.“
b) What power is the apostle Paul talking about? Is it the power of the Holy Spirit?
c) If so, therefore, the kingdom of God is not so much about what Christians say but what they do as they use the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
3) Psalms 119:16
I shall delight in Your statutes;
I shall not forget Your word (NASB).
a) It is easier to walk and delight in the Lord when you have Jesus Christ, the Word, in you.
b) It is easier to seek and turn to God, your Provider, when you have the Holy Spirit of God in you.
c) It is easier to remember the word of God, the Bible, when you participate in Bible-rich church services and worship.
4) 2 Corinthians 5:19
… God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
a) At His death on the cross, Jesus reconciled (restored, made peace with, forgave) the world.
b) Before His death on the cross, Christ told His Father to forgive those crucifying Him (Luke 23:34).
c) By “world” is meant “everybody” NOT a few, predetermined, preselected, pre-chosen, foreordained individuals who are the only ones to become Christians on earth. (Note: Conversions will not only occur in this age before the return of Christ.)
5) Philippians 2:16
…as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
a) How do you hold firmly to the word of life? By staying close to Christ through prayer, Bible study, meditation, fellowship and fasting.
b) How do you hold firmly to the word of life? By not quickly losing faith in the Bible when atheists or non believers challenge you against it.
c) How do you hold firmly to the word of life? By practicing apologetics – defending your beliefs by learning, knowing and using the Bible.
6) 1 Thessalonians 1:5
[O]ur gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.
a) Is the Holy Spirit a person or just a power, a force? Many Christians do not believe in a Trinity. But this verse, however, leans toward the Spirit of God being a person. Why? See “b.”
b) The Greek word for power is dynamis. The Greek words for Holy Spirit is hagios pneuma. If both power and Holy Spirit are the same, then it could also have been translated as “Holy Power“. If this is the case, then why is the first “power” mentioned in the sentence not mentioned as holy?
c) The word “conviction” is included to show how the gospel came to us. Jesus Christ told the disciples He would send the Spirit. In John 16:7-8, He says, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.”(NASB)
Therefore, the Holy Spirit is holy and powerful, He convicts people of the gospel. The Holy Spirit is a person.
7) 2 Timothy 4:1-2
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and because he is coming to rule as King, I solemnly urge you to preach the message, to insist upon proclaiming it (whether the time is right or not), to convince, reproach, and encourage, as you teach with all patience.
a) It is Jesus Christ who will one day judge the world.
b) Jesus was mostly quiet when He was tried illegally; but He will be returning back as a King commanding His soldiers in battle. He will then not be quiet.
c) Can you align the words convince = the Holy Spirit, reproach = the Father and encourage = Jesus Christ? I can. The Trinity can strongly be seen in this passage.
8) Titus 1:9
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
a) The Word of God can be firmly trusted especially if it is correctly and sincerely interpreted and taught the way God wants it to be taught.
b) Those who oppose the Bible have more than likely diminished it in their minds’ eye as being the Word of God.
c) Those who oppose the Bible have more than likely diminished in their lives that Jesus Christ is God.
9) Psalm 89:15
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
a) The word acclaim in this verse means to worship, praise and make a joyful noise.
b) Acclaiming God is learned by repeated use. God always provides reasons to practice praise.
c) Knowing God is with you always is to always be walking in His presence. Note: It is not about a touchy-feely relationship with God, but about walking in the light. It is living with the Word, Jesus Christ.
10) Deuteronomy 5:33
You shall walk in all the way which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you will possess. (NASB)
a) The ability to “walk in all the way which the Lord your God has commanded you” begins with having faith in Jesus Christ.
b) The doing of God’s will occurs, not perfectly at first, by having faith in Christ.
c) Faithfulness, having great faith in Christ, is one of the ongoing gifts from our Helper, the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
11) Proverbs 2:6-7
For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, (NASB)
a) Because of God’s wisdom, knowledge and understanding, you have God’s protection (shield).
b) Question: What are you shielded from when you have received God’s wisdom, knowledge and understanding? Answer: Shielded from much of the effects against you coming from those who lack wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
c) The ungodly have knowledge. But what knowledge does God give? Answer: The knowledge of Jesus Christ and who He is, has done and will do in your life.
12) Jeremiah 6:16
Thus says The Lord:
Stand at the crossroads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way lies; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls. (NRSV)
a) At the crossroads in our lives is the cross of Jesus Christ seen.
b) Who should we ask for [about] the ancient paths?
c) What are the ancient paths?
13) Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
a) Question: How has God shown you what is good? Answer: By offering His Son, Jesus Christ, who suffered, died and rose again on your behalf.
b) Question: What does God now require of us Christians? Answer: To continue in the faith by walking justly and humbly in God’s grace because He loves us.
c) We Christians love mercy by showing mercy to others as the Holy Spirit works within us.
14) Psalm 116:8-9
For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
a) With the possible help of angels, we may have been often protected from premature death several times before our appointed time to die.
b) Jesus Christ was protected from premature death. That protection enabled Him to continue walking humbly among men performing miracles and teaching His disciples until His appointed time to die on the cross.
c) Before His resurrection from the grave, Jesus was walking before the Lord in the land of the dying.
15) Romans 6:4
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
a) Jesus Christ was born in the flesh, baptized in the flesh, died while a fleshly being and rose again with an enhanced immortal body. Why?
b) Answer: Because we Christians are to be born again in the flesh, baptized in the flesh, and, for the most part, appointed to die in the flesh, in order to rise again immortal with an enhanced immortal body.
c) The “baptism into death” leads to life eternal and is all under the control of the Father.