Good News Verses – December 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 broadcast last December 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 1:1-2

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Application:
a) It is fascinating to contemplate that a God who has no beginning is a God of beginnings.

b) There was a beginning for the hosts in heaven – angels, 24 elders, and other beings not revealed to us. There was a beginning of the universe. There was a beginning for man. There was a beginning for Jesus Christ to come in the form of a human – an infant.

c) Our God of no beginning is not a God of endings. He will have no ending. He always will be. And His desire is that all that was given a beginning by Him have no ending. Praise and glory be to God!

2)  1 Timothy 3:16

Beyond all question,
the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:
He appeared in the flesh,
was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.

Application:
a) When Jesus Christ was on earth, He claimed to be the Son of God. He claimed to be God. After He died and rose again, His claim was proved true, vindicated. How? By the Holy Spirit working among the called out ones, the saints.

b) The angels had never seen the Word as flesh. Angels now behold a glorified body sitting at the right hand of the Father and ready to return back to earth.

c) The Holy Spirit working within the saints, the Church, is preaching (witnessing) Jesus Christ to the world.

3)  2 Corinthians 9:15

Thank God for his Son—his Gift too wonderful for words. (TLB)

Application:
a) This verse shows there are at least two Persons in one God.

b) The context of this verse is about being generous in giving to the work of the Lord.

c) God’s gift, offering His Son, Jesus Christ to pay for the sins of the world, was generous beyond what anyone can ever imagine.

4)  Acts 4:12

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

Application:
a) Jesus Christ is the only way, the Door, of salvation.

b) No one can earn salvation by only doing good deeds.

c) No pastor, priest or rabbi can provide salvation. Only Jesus Christ.

5)  2 Timothy 1:10

…but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

Application:
a) Before Christ Jesus came to the world, immortality was not available for human beings.

b) Because of Christ Jesus human beings can become immortal beings.

c) When He rose Lazarus from the dead (John 11:28-44), Christ Jesus gave him life but not immortality. Lazarus died again.

6)  Micah 5:2

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.

Application:
a) How does Jesus Christ fulfill this prophecy of One “whose origins are from old, from ancient times“?

b) Where does “Ephrathah” come from? Does it have a meaning?

c) These words spoken by God to Micah seem to be more identifiable as being from God, the Father, than from God, the Word. Why? Note these words, “for me.” What do you think?

7)  Luke 2:30-32

For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.

Application:
a) Eyes of faith see God at work in everything. Thought For Today (part 11, no. 3)

b) God’s plan of salvation was planned, not just for those predestined to be in the Church, but planned for all Gentile nations and for Israel.

c) Because of Jesus Christ, the Gentiles will be enlightened and Israel glorified.

8)  Ephesians 1:4-5

God chose us in Christ to be holy and blameless in God’s presence before the creation of the world. God destined us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ because of his love. This was according to his goodwill and plan (CEB)

Application:
a) This passage cannot be true if:  1) Christ never was born 2) Christ did not walk and leave a testimony for mankind 3) Christ did not die for us 4) Christ did not rise again from the dead 5) Christ did not ascend to His Father and be our High Priest 6) Christ did not build His Church 7) Christ does not plan to return to earth

b) In other words, God has always had a plan for us.

c) According to His goodwill for the rest of mankind, God has a plan  – and it is mostly good news.

9)  John 17:3

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Application:
a) Knowing God and Jesus Christ for eternal life is much more than knowing about Them/Him.

b) God knew you and Jesus Christ before both were born for immortal life (Ephesians 1:3-4).

c) Yet, God and Jesus Christ must know you as a begotten child (born again) for you to have eternal life (Matthew 7:21-23).

10)  Luke 1:30-31

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.

Application:
a) In a way, this was God’s formal announcement to Mary, that in her immediate future, she was to have a Child out of wedlock.

b) Mary did not become upset about what would happen to her. She did not rebel, complain, or become angry that any of her “rights to choose” were being violated.

c) Mary did not return her engagement ring (if they had that custom in those days) back to Joseph. Joseph almost did not want go ahead with the marriage, but was told in a dream to follow through on his wedding plans.

11)  Matthew 1:20-21

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Application:
a) Joseph was told in a dream not to break his engagement with Mary even though she would have a baby by Someone else.

b) Why did Joseph believe his dream was from God? Would you if you were in his situation?

c) The Word from the Lord casts out fear against moving forward on matters God reveals to you in your heart.

12)  Luke 2:10-11

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord…”

Application:
a) The Bible does not specifically mention the town of David as Bethlehem. But it is believed to be so because the Old Testament says David was born the son of Jesse, the Bethlehemite (1 Samuel 16:1).

b) David was known to have been born and raised in Bethlehem. But the town he mostly ruled from was Jerusalem.

c) David was a “savior“. As he watched over sheep as a lad, he often saved them from the clutches of predators. Later on he, being a soldier and later a king, saved Israel from many enemies about her.

13)  Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Application:
a) The “us” that the prophet Isaiah was referring to were not only for a preselected, preordained, prepackaged, and predestined group to be called Christians later on. No…

b) The “us” that the prophet Isaiah was immediately then writing to (that he was aware of) were very likely the citizens (non-Gentiles) of the nation of Israel.

c) The “us” that God, through the Holy Spirit, inspired Isaiah to write were also about all mankind. “For unto mankind a child is born.”

14)  2 Corinthians 8:9

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

Application:
a) Could not Jesus Christ have done much more if He had been wealthy on earth while preaching the Good News?

b) Yet, was not Jesus Christ, throughout His adult life rich with God’s Holy Spirit, rich in wisdom and rich in the knowledge of the Lord?

c) Jesus Christ, at the moment of His birth, was without apparel, without wisdom, and without the knowledge of the Lord. In other words, He really did humble Himself to the human level so that we, later on, would also be able to receive the Holy Spirit, develop true wisdom, and grow in the knowledge of the Lord.

15)  Hebrews 2:11

Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.

Application:
a) The context of this verse is that Jesus Christ is God who was also human at one time.

b) Jesus is the one who sanctifies people (makes them holy), which requires His being without sin.

c) Yet, Jesus had to come down and become human flesh in order to fully offer Himself as our substitute to die because of sin.

16) John 1:14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Application:
a) Today we have the Word, Jesus Christ in Spirit, available for us.

b) Today we have the Word, written and in book form, the Bible, available for us.

c) Both the flesh, Jesus Christ on earth, and the Bible, Jesus Christ in print have experienced attempts of utter, complete destruction by evil forces. It will never happen to the Bible because it never happened to Christ. Praise the Lord!

Holy Bible

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