Verse of the Day
(May be more than one verse)
November 18-19, 2019
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2 Corinthians 6:2: "(For [because] he [God the Father] saith [said] [to his Son, Jesus (the Messiah), in Isaiah 49:8--see note below*], I have heard thee [you, referring to Jesus' prayer that the people of the world could someday be saved] in a time accepted [at a time that was acceptable to God], and in the day of salvation have I [God] succoured thee [you, Jesus] [which means that God promised to help Jesus in his efforts to make salvation known during the gospel dispensation]: [consequently, in his letter to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul is telling everyone:] behold, now is the accepted time [for you to be saved]; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"

Bad things (illnesses, accidents, shootings, weather-related disasters, etc.) happen all the time, and we never know when our life will end. That's why Paul is encouraging us (if we have not yet been born again) to be saved today.

According to the Bible, it's easy to be saved.
If you believe that Jesus Christ (God's Son) died on the cross to pay for your sins and that he was buried and rose again, all you need to do is sincerely ask him, through prayer (either silently or out loud), to come into your heart and save you so you can go to heaven when you die.

You only need to do that once, and you're saved forever.

Note:
Detailed explanations of the plan of salvation can be found on the "Printable Gospel Tracts" page of my website. Here's a direct link to that page:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.
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*Isaiah 49:8: "Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;"


Note: In case the above verse is hard to understand, I thought you would like to read a portion of what Albert Barnes says about it in his commentary:

"Behold, now is the accepted time … - The meaning of this passage is, the 'Messiah is come. The time referred to by Isaiah has arrived. It is now a time when God is ready to show compassion, to hear prayer, and to have mercy on mankind. Only through the Messiah, the Lord Jesus, does he show mercy, and people should therefore now embrace the offers of pardon.' The doctrine taught here, therefore. is, that through the Lord Jesus, and where he is preached, God is willing to pardon and save people; and this is true wherever he is preached, and as long as people live under the sound of the gospel. The world is under a dispensation of mercy, and God is willing to show compassion, and while this exists, that is, while people live, the offers of salvation are to he freely made to them. The time will come when it will not be an acceptable time with God. The day of mercy will be closed; the period of trial will be ended; and people will be removed to a world where no mercy is shown, and where compassion is unknown. This verse, which should be read as a parenthesis, is designed to be connected with the argument which the apostle is urging, and which he presented in the previous chapter. The general doctrine is, that people should seek reconciliation with God. To enforce that, he here says, that it was now the acceptable time, the time when God was willing to be reconciled to human beings. The general sentiment of this passage may be thus expressed:

"(1) Under the gospel it is an acceptable time, a day of mercy, a time when God is willing to show mercy to people.

"(2) there may be special seasons which may be especially called the acceptable, or accepted time:

"(a)When the gospel is pressed on the attention by the faithful preaching of his servants, or by the urgent entreaties of friends;

"(b)When it is brought to our attention by any striking dispensation of Providence;

"(c)When the Spirit of God strives with us, and brings us to deep reflection, or to conviction for sin;

"(d)In a revival of religion, when many are pressing into the kingdom - it is at all such seasons an accepted time, a day of salvation. a day which we should improve. It is 'now' such a season, because:

"(i)The time of mercy will pass by, and God will not be willing to pardon the sinner who goes unprepared to eternity.

"(ii)Because we cannot calculate on the future. We have no assurance, no evidence that we shall live another day, or hour.

"(iii)It is taught here, that the time will come when it will not be an accepted time. Now is the accepted time; at some future period it will not be.

"If people grieve away the Holy Spirit; if they continue to reject the gospel; if they go unprepared to eternity, no mercy can be found. God does not design to pardon beyond the grave. He has made no provision for forgiveness there; and they who are not pardoned in this life, must be unpardoned forever."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-corinthians-6.html, "Verse 2")





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2 Corinthians 6:2: "(For [because] he [God the Father] saith [said] [to his Son, Jesus (the Messiah), in Isaiah 49:8--see note below*], I have heard thee [you, referring to Jesus' prayer that the people of the world could someday be saved] in a time accepted [at a time that was acceptable to God], and in the day of salvation have I [God] succoured thee [you, Jesus] [which means that God promised to help Jesus in his efforts to make salvation known during the gospel dispensation]: [consequently, in his letter to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul is telling everyone:] behold, now is the accepted time [for you to be saved]; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"

Bad things (illnesses, accidents, shootings, weather-related disasters, etc.) happen all the time, and we never know when our life will end. That's why Paul is encouraging us (if we have not yet been born again) to be saved today.

According to the Bible, it's easy to be saved.
If you believe that Jesus Christ (God's Son) died on the cross to pay for your sins and that he was buried and rose again, all you need to do is sincerely ask him, through prayer (either silently or out loud), to come into your heart and save you so you can go to heaven when you die.

You only need to do that once, and you're saved forever.

Note:
Detailed explanations of the plan of salvation can be found on the "Printable Gospel Tracts" page of my website. Here's a direct link to that page:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.
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*Isaiah 49:8: "Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;"


Note: In case the above verse is hard to understand, I thought you would like to read a portion of what Albert Barnes says about it in his commentary:

"Behold, now is the accepted time … - The meaning of this passage is, the 'Messiah is come. The time referred to by Isaiah has arrived. It is now a time when God is ready to show compassion, to hear prayer, and to have mercy on mankind. Only through the Messiah, the Lord Jesus, does he show mercy, and people should therefore now embrace the offers of pardon.' The doctrine taught here, therefore. is, that through the Lord Jesus, and where he is preached, God is willing to pardon and save people; and this is true wherever he is preached, and as long as people live under the sound of the gospel. The world is under a dispensation of mercy, and God is willing to show compassion, and while this exists, that is, while people live, the offers of salvation are to he freely made to them. The time will come when it will not be an acceptable time with God. The day of mercy will be closed; the period of trial will be ended; and people will be removed to a world where no mercy is shown, and where compassion is unknown. This verse, which should be read as a parenthesis, is designed to be connected with the argument which the apostle is urging, and which he presented in the previous chapter. The general doctrine is, that people should seek reconciliation with God. To enforce that, he here says, that it was now the acceptable time, the time when God was willing to be reconciled to human beings. The general sentiment of this passage may be thus expressed:

"(1) Under the gospel it is an acceptable time, a day of mercy, a time when God is willing to show mercy to people.

"(2) there may be special seasons which may be especially called the acceptable, or accepted time:

"(a)When the gospel is pressed on the attention by the faithful preaching of his servants, or by the urgent entreaties of friends;

"(b)When it is brought to our attention by any striking dispensation of Providence;

"(c)When the Spirit of God strives with us, and brings us to deep reflection, or to conviction for sin;

"(d)In a revival of religion, when many are pressing into the kingdom - it is at all such seasons an accepted time, a day of salvation. a day which we should improve. It is 'now' such a season, because:

"(i)The time of mercy will pass by, and God will not be willing to pardon the sinner who goes unprepared to eternity.

"(ii)Because we cannot calculate on the future. We have no assurance, no evidence that we shall live another day, or hour.

"(iii)It is taught here, that the time will come when it will not be an accepted time. Now is the accepted time; at some future period it will not be.

"If people grieve away the Holy Spirit; if they continue to reject the gospel; if they go unprepared to eternity, no mercy can be found. God does not design to pardon beyond the grave. He has made no provision for forgiveness there; and they who are not pardoned in this life, must be unpardoned forever."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-corinthians-6.html, "Verse 2")





Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets
to the above verse(s), I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke,
Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry (which can be found online)
and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer
to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 18

1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
23 The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets to the above verse(s),
I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry
(which can be found online) and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs,
I also refer to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem Bible Church.
Word definitions are taken from online dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


*  *  *  *  *

Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 18

1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
23 The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.