Treasures from God’s Word and Digging for Spiritual Gems
Remain Spiritually Alert and Active.
Habakkuk 2:1-4 In order to survive the coming day of Jehovah’s judgement, we must keep in expectation of it (w07 11/15 pg 10 para 3-5)
Verse 1 – If we are to accept any reproof, or correction or discipline then it should be clearly backed up by Scripture, rather than personal opinions, or non-scripturally based teachings.
Verse 3 – We are awaiting the Lord’s Day, when Jesus comes in glory to fulfill his and our Father’s will.
Verse 4 – Cites Hebrews 10:36-38 which says “he who is coming will arrive” which is a clear reference to Jesus coming in glory. Jehovah will not be coming on the clouds, but rather our Lord Jesus Christ. “But my righteous one will live by reason of faith”, not by reason of the many failed expectations of the arrival of Armageddon.
Nahum 1:8, Nahum 2:6 – How was Nineveh exterminated? (w07 11/15 p9 para 2)
Other than the date of 632 BC for the fall of Nineveh, which all historians date to 612 with a few to either, 613 BC or 611 BC rather than 632 BC, this reference is factually correct.
Talk (w16/03 23-25) – Can you help in your congregation?
The main reason that the early Christian congregation had “apostles” was because Jesus appointed them with a specific purpose in mind. To witness to what they had seen as eyewitnesses. The Greek word ‘apostolos’ conveys the meaning of “someone sent (commissioned), focusing back on the authority (commissioning) of the sender”., “to represent him in some way”. It is commendable that many have shown a missionary spirit. However, if we are commissioned to represent someone, we need to accurately convey the message of the sender. Sadly, the more we examine the scriptures we discern how far the organization still is from the truth of Jesus’ words. In these circumstance it is difficult to be a zealous witness for the organization.
It is true we all have to be witnesses for Christ and the good news, but surely how we achieve it is up to our conscience and abilities. It is interesting to see how important eating with one another was in the 1st century. Pivotal events and conversations in the life of Jesus and his earliest followers took place over the dinner table. This adds weight and meaning to the records in the Scriptures such as Galatians 2:12, 2 Thessalonians 3:10, 1 Corinthians 10:27, Jude 1:12, Romans 14:2, John 6:53 and Luke 22:15.
Kingdom Rules (chapter 22 para 1-7)
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