Good News Verses – August 2017

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 day.
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 a few days ago 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)  John 14:21

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.

Application:
a) This verse strongly indicates there are at least two Persons who are One – God.

b) This verse strongly indicates there are at least two Persons who are One God who love/loves you. Two Persons in One loving you are better than one Person as One loving you.

c) This verse strongly indicates there are at least two Persons who are One God who you “both” reject when you do not love others as He loves you.

2) John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Application:
a) Many a seasoned military soldier who has been in battle and seen comrades sacrifice their lives to save the lives of others in his brigade, very well understands what Jesus Christ said here.

b) Many a seasoned Christian soldier who has seen other Christians martyred and battling spiritual forces of evil, very well understands what Jesus Christ said here.

c) Just as He did for His Son Jesus Christ, God remembers and thus rewards all those who have sacrificed their lives for others and for Him.

3) Deuteronomy 10:17-18

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.

Application:
a) The lords of whom God is Lord, exist; but the gods of whom God is God do not exist. Why the comparison between these two if other gods do not actually exist?

b) Are insincere vows to God bribes to Him?

c) The cause of the fatherless is what?

4) John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Application:
a) Did God choose, in advance, those He wanted to believe in Him?

b) Does this verse about those who shall not perish only apply to those living in the A.D. timeline of earth’s history rather than the B.C.?

c) Will the opportunity for anyone to believe on Him discontinue at the moment – and anytime thereafter –  Christ returns?

5)  Psalms 97:10

Let those who love the Lord   hate evil,
for he guards the lives of his faithful ones
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

Application:
a) Those who love evil also hate evil and therefore become hypocritical when it’s done against them, their loved ones and their possessions.

b) Those who hate evil overall love what is good for them overall.

c) God is good over all who hate evil and over all who love the Lord.

6) 1 John 3:1

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Application:
a) This secular world will one day see God and thus “know” Him.

b) This secular world, after seeing Him and therefore eventually “knowing” Him when He returns, will not at first see the children of God, but first see the bride of Christ rise up to meet Him.

c) There are at least two real and sincere ways of knowing God: 1) Know He exists  2) Know His heart

7) 1 Peter 1:8-9

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Application:
a) In this letter, who was Peter addressing these words to?

b) The “him” in this verse is referring to Jesus Christ.

c) Even though the disciple Peter, for a short period of time (3-1/2 years) saw and believed Jesus Christ to be the Messiah (Matthew 16:16), Peter definitely and joyfully understood Him after receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost (Acts 2).

8) Deuteronomy 11:1

Love the Lord your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.

Application:
a) Loving the Lord in the New Covenant era is loving Jesus Christ and walking in His ways.

b) Serving God and your fellow man is a way of loving God.

c) The requirements of God, His decrees, His laws, and His commands are seen and encompassed in Jesus Christ.

9) Matthew 22:37-38

Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.

Application:
a) The first commandment in the Old Covenant’s Ten Commandments is, “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)

b) What is the obvious difference between the first commandment of Exodus and this first commandment spoken by Jesus?

c) Can commandments two and three of the Old Covenant’s Ten Commandments be included in Jesus’ first and greatest commandment here . Answer: Yes.

10) John 13:34-35

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Application:
a) Why is this command new? Is not the Old Covenant’s Ten Commandments and all of the other commands found therein all about loving God and fellow man? Answer: (see b and c)

b) This new command given by Christ to His disciples was and is to be used exclusively by His church – established for His later-to-be-called disciples from all nations. Why? So that the world may also witness the love of God.

c) When Christ spoke this, the Old Covenant was soon to be replaced by the New Covenant. This new command contains all of the elements of the Old Covenant’s Ten Commandments that have become more like compounds in the New Covenant. You chemists may understand the analogy I have presented here.

11) John:15:9-11

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

Application:
a) The disciples were still under the Old Covenant law when Jesus was telling them these words. Was He reminding them here to keep the Ten Commandments in the future which was part of the Law? Were the Father’s commands here referring to the Ten Commandments and all of the commands found in the Law of Moses? Throughout all of His life, Jesus was under the Old Covenant until He died on the cross.

b) When He presented the symbols of His body and blood to them here on the evening of Last Supper, Jesus technically initiated the New Covenant. This New Covenant would be sealed by His actual shed body and blood on the cross a few hours later.

c) Another of  “my commands” that Christ later told His disciples here on the evening of the Last Supper was, ” Do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19-20: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

12) Psalms 17:7

Show me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.

Application:
a) Jesus Christ who sits at the right hand of the Father is a wonderful source of love.

b) Jesus Christ who sits at the right hand of the Father has the great power to save.

c) Jesus Christ who sits at the right hand of the Father is a strong refuge of protection.

13) Psalm 51:1

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.

Application:
a) Love and mercy are a great combination, a mighty spiritual compound, with God.

b) Being compassionate displays mercy. Blotting out transgressions displays love.

c) Jesus Christ dying on the cross displays love for us all who deserve to die for our sins. Jesus Christ rising from the dead displays mercy for us all who are now been given the chance to live forever.

14) Psalm 143:8

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.

Application:
a) The evenings of your life are times of trials. The mornings of your life signify the ending of them.

b) The evenings of your life are times for trusting God to resolve problems. The mornings of your life signify God’s solution of them.

c) The evenings of your life are times of seeking God’s guidance. The mornings of your life signify God’s lighted paths.

15) Romans 13:9

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Application:
a) The commandments mentioned here are the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth of the Ten Commandments. The other one regarding your neighbor not mentioned is the fifth commandment about honoring of your parents. Ephesians 6:1-3 covers it.

b) These laws were given by God  to the Israelites to teach them how to relate to each other – brother and sister, mother and father, uncle and aunt, etc.,  and to his neighbors immediate and abroad. They have been, however, removed, enriched and replanted into the New Covenant.

c) Any of Old Covenant’s Ten commandments quoted in the New Testament Bible, after Christ ascended into heaven, are still valuable for teaching and for application (Galatians 3:24 KJV; 2 Timothy 3:16 KJV).  They are richly suitable for doctrine also. They have not been done away but greatly enhanced, greatly expanded and spiritually repackaged into the New Covenant. How? By their fulfillment by Jesus Christ. Therefore, using the new “product B” is better than using the old  “product A”. What do I mean?

Analogy: You can still eat from the box of the old, healthy cereal (Corn Flakes- for example) if you want, but it is better to eat from the box of the new and improved, healthier cereal (same label, but improved Corn Flakes product – for example) which is made of better, fortified and enriched nutrients and is without the no-longer-necessary ingredients listed in the old cereal.

Another analogy: The alphabetic A, B, C’s  (The Law) is to the Old Covenant as the encyclopedic Internet (Christ and His fulfillment of the law) is to the New Covenant. Even this comparison does not adequately measure the infinite potency of the New Covenant’s way of life concerning love of  God and neighbor.

Question: Why bother having a New Covenant if the Old Covenant is still totally and adequately good for you?

16) 1 John 4:10

This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Application:
a) The high priest of ancient Israel offered atoning sacrifices for the people.

b) Was the Father, in this verse, performing as the High Priest who offered His Son, the atoning sacrifice,  or was it Jesus the High Priest who offered Himself?

c) Referring to part of the Trinity relationship, is the Father the High Priest for Jesus Christ    as     Jesus Christ is our High Priest?

 

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