Jun 29: The word for today.

The word for today is “in the heavenly realms”. What does that mean? the book of Ephesians has 5 references of it. They form quite a promise for us who believe.

Ephesians 1:3. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
1:20. Which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
2:6. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
2:7. In order in the coming ages he might show the in incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus
3:10. His intent was that now , through the church , the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.
6:12. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

The heavenly realms is not a physical location, rather it is spiritual. When we received the Holy Spirit we became partakers of the heavenly realms, Christ in us.There is an intense warfare for our souls, and it is spiritual. We are called to be partakers in this spiritual warfare. In the physical world it may look like we are losing with all the violence, sickness, deceit and falsehood, bur be of good Cheer<Christ has overcome the world, and so shall we.

Colossians 2:13-15
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of you sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ, he forgave all our sins.
2:14, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing to the cross.
2:15, AND HAVING DISARMED THE POWERS AND AUTHORITIES, HE MADE AN OPEN SPECTACLE OF THEM, TRIUMPHING OVER THEM by The CROSS.

The key for us Christians is the Cross, the stench of death to those who perish, but victory for us who believe.

August 24, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today we read the last chapter of The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians, two Psalms  and one chapter of Isaiah.

August 24: Colossians 4, Psalm 84, Psalm 85, Isaiah 39 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Colossians 4, Paul gave final instructions, final greetings and exhortations  as he bade the Colossians (and the Laodiceans) God’s grace.

Psalm 84, of the Sons of Korah.  The famous 19th century English preacher Charles Spurgeon said this Psalm was entitled “to be called The Pearl of Psalms.” He once preached a whole sermon on verse 3:Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.

Psalm 85, of the Sons of Korah. A prayer of thankfulness.

Isaiah 39 tells of Hezekiah’s folly, how he showed all the riches of Jerusalem to the envoys from Babylon, and he said “There will be peace for our time”, like Neville Chamberlain did before WWII.

August 23, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today we read the third chapter of The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians and three chapters of Isaiah.

August 23: Colossians 3, Isaiah 36, Isaiah 37, Isaiah 38 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Colossians 3. Paul listed the rules for holy living;  not carnality but Christ, the character of the New Man and proper relationships in the christian home.

Isaiah 36. Isaiah broke from prophecy and gave a historical rendition, duplicated in 2 Kings. This is not plagiarism, Isaiah was the scribe during Hezekiah’s reign.

Isaiah 37. Jerusalem’s deliverance is foretold, Hezekiah’s prayer and the word of the LORD concerning Sennacherib is recorded, and Hezekiah’s final fall.

Isaiah 38 describes Hezekiah’s illness and how the LORD added 15 years to his life.

August 22, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today we read the second chapter of The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians and three chapters of Isaiah.

August 22: Colossians 2Isaiah 33, Isaiah 34, Isaiah 35 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Colossians 2. It is all about Christ, not philosophy but Christ, not legalism but Christ.

Isaiah 33. It begins with a prayer in distress, for there is a coming judgment of Zion, the LORD will be lifted up, and He will deliver his people.

Isaiah 34. A vivid description of the judgment against the nations. There are nine mentions of unicorns in the King James Bible. This is the final mention.

Isaiah 35. A beautiful rendition of the joy of the redeemed.

August 21, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today we read the first chapter of The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians and three chapters of Isaiah.

August 21: Colossians 1, Isaiah 30, Isaiah 31, Isaiah 32, (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Colossians 1. Paul began with his customary greeting, continued with a prayer  emphasizing faith in Christ and the preeminence of Christ. He told the Colossians to be reconciled in Christ, “Christ in you, the hope of glory”  and to perform sacrificial service in Christ.

Isaiah 30 emphasizes “Don’t trust in Egypt!” But they were a rebellious people; in spite of that God will be gracious to Israel but execute judgement on Assyria.

Isaiah 31 proclaims woe to the Egyptophiles. The LORD will pass over Israel, but not Assyria.

Isaiah 32 ushers in the reign of reign of righteousness, warns against complacency, and says (in King James Bible) “ The vile person shall be no more called liberal” (NIV translates liberal as noble) so a few verses down it says (in NIV) “But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” The promise is  that the Holy spirit is righteousness and “The fruit of that righteousness will be peace.”

August 24, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we read the last chapter of Colossians, two Psalms  and one chapter of Isaiah.

August 24: Colossians 4, Psalm 84, Psalm 85, Isaiah 39 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Colossians 4, Paul gives final instructions, final Greetings and exhortations  as he bids them God’s grace.

Psalm 84, of the Sons of Korah.  Charles Spurgeon said this Psalm was entitled “to be called The Pearl of Psalms.” He once preached a whole sermon on verse 3:Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.

Psalm 85, of the Sons of Korah. A prayer of thankfulness.

Isaiah 39 tells of Hezekiah’s folly, how he shows all the riches of Jerusalem to the envoys from Babylon, and he said “There will be peace for our time”, like Neville Chamberlain did before WWII.

 

August 23, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we read the third chapter of Colossians and three chapters of Isaiah.

August 23: Colossians 3, Isaiah 36, Isaiah 37, Isaiah 38 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Colossians 3. Paul lists the rules for holy living;  not carnality but Christ, the character of the New Man and proper relationships in the christian home.

Isaiah 36. Isaiah breaks from prophecy and gives a historical rendition, duplicated is 2 Kings. This is not plagiarism, Isaiah was the scribe during Hezekiah’s reign

Isaiah 37. Jerusalem’s deliverance is foretold, Hezekiah’s prayer and the word of the LORD concerning Sennacherib, and his final fall.

Isaiah 38 desaribes Hezekiah’s illness and how the LORD added 15 years to his life.

August 22, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we read the second chapter of Colossians and three chapters of Isaiah.

August 22: Colossians 2Isaiah 33, Isaiah 34, Isaiah 35 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Colossians 2. It is all about Christ, not philosophy but Christ, not legalism but Christ.

Isaiah 33. It begins with a prayer in distress, for there is coming judgment of Zion, and the LORD will be lifted up, and He will deliver his people.

Isaiah 34. A vivid description of the judgment against the nations. There are nine mentions of unicorns in the King James Bible. This is the last of them.

Isaiah 35. A beautiful rendition of the joy of the redeemed