Day: November 13, 2012

“The Central Verity”

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Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 1 Corinthians 12:3

Dr. G. Campbell Morgan says Paul is here stating the central verity of the church, the absolute Lordship of Christ. Both the cult of Caesar and the cult of Christ used the term Kurios. It was “Nero Kurios” (Nero Lord) or “Kurios Jesous” spirit of truth. Polycarp the martyr paid with his life because he refused to call Caesar, Lord, and said each time, “Lord, Jesus.”


Our Prayers According To God’s Will

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Delight thyself also in the Lord—Psalm 37:4

Daniel’s heart was filled with God’s love for His work and kingdom, and his prayers were the mightiest forces of his time. Through them God gave to him the restoration of Israel to their own land, and the acknowledgment by the rulers of the world of the God of whom he testified and for whom he lived.

There is a beautiful promise in Psalm 37:

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (v.4).

It is, perhaps, legitimate to translate this as meaning not only the fulfillment of our desires, but even the inspiration of our desires, the inbreathing of His thoughts into us so that our prayers shall be in accord with His will and bring back to us the unfailing answer of His mighty providence.