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12/1/22: I just found out that most of the commentaries on the Bible Study Tools website are no longer free. That's where most of the quotes that appear on the "Verse of the Day" and "Previous Verses" pages of my website are taken from, so from now on, many of the "Source:" links that I provide on those pages will not contain the quoted text.

I was disgusted to read about the organization's new "PLUS" membership, and the only thing I can say about it is that the Bible has this warning in 1 Timothy 6:10 for the owner of Bible Study Tools: "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
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8/8/21:
Something is wrong with my Christian forum. Everything seems to be working normally (i.e., the articles are there, and the links work), but for some reason, the forum's format has changed slightly, and I am currently unable to post anything new.

I'm really sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully, the problem is only temporay and will be fixed soon.
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MARCH 31

The Resurrection of Jesus

John 20:1: "
[On] The first day of the week [Sunday] cometh [came] Mary Magdalene early [before dawn], when it was yet [still] dark, unto the sepulchre [the tomb in which the crucified Jesus had been buried], and seeth [saw that] the stone [in this case, a very large rock] [had been] taken away from the [entrance to the] sepulchre."

John 20:2: "Then she
[Mary] runneth [ran], and cometh [came] to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple [John], whom Jesus loved, and saith [said] unto them, They [referring either to Jesus' enemies (who may have stolen and hidden his body) or friends (who may have moved his body to another tomb)] have taken away the Lord [Jesus] out of the sepulchre, and we [meaning Mary and the women who had gone to the tomb with her] know not [do not know] where they [Jesus' enemies or friends] have laid him."

John 20:3-5: "Peter therefore went forth
[or left the place where he had been talking with Mary], and [so did] that other disciple [John], and [they] came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple [John] did outrun [run faster than] Peter, and came first to [or 'arrived first at'] the sepulchre. And he [John] stooping down, and looking in [or 'into the tomb'], saw the linen [grave] clothes [i.e., strips of linen cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus' dead body] lying [there]; yet went he not in [or 'but he didn't go inside']."

John 20:6-7: "Then cometh
[came] Simon Peter following him [John], and went into the sepulchre, and seeth [saw] the linen clothes lie [lying there], And the napkin [cloth], that was about [or had been covering] his [Jesus'] head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together [folded] in a place by itself."

John 20:8-9 "Then went in also that other disciple
[John], which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw [the same things that Peter saw], and believed [that Jesus was alive]. For as yet they knew not [did not know] the scripture [or Bible verse, probably Psalm 16:10, stating], that he [Jesus] must rise again from the dead."

John 20:10: "Then the disciples
[Peter and John] went away again unto their own home."

John 20:11-12,13: "But Mary
[Magdalene] stood without [outside] at the sepulchre weeping [crying]: and as she wept, she stooped [bent] down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth [saw] two angels in white [robes] sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain [been lying]. And they [the angels] say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou [why do you weep]? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not [I do not know] where they have laid him."

John 20:14,15: "And when she
[Mary] had thus said [or 'had said that'], she turned herself back [around], and saw Jesus standing [there], and knew not [did not know] that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou [why are you crying]? whom seekest thou [whom do you seek, or who are you looking for]? She [Mary], supposing him [Jesus] to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence [or 'if you have carried him away'], tell me where thou hast [you have] laid him, and I will take him away."

John 20:16,17 "Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself
[toward Jesus], and saith unto him, Rabboni [a title of honor]; which is to say, Master [or, literally, 'my great Master']. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not [don't touch me--see note below*]; for I am not yet ascended to my Father [in heaven]: but go to my brethren [in this case, referring to his disciples], and say unto them, I [Jesus] ascend [go up] unto my [heavenly] Father, and your [heavenly] Father; and to my God, and your God."

John 20:18: "Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord
[Jesus], and that he had spoken these things unto her."
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*In regard to Jesus' words Touch me not in John 20:17, C. I. Scofield explains:

"… Three views are held:

"(1) That Jesus speaks to Mary as the High Priest fulfilling the day of atonement (Leviticus 16). Having accomplished the sacrifice
[for sin], He was on His way to present the sacred blood in heaven, and that, between the meeting with Mary in the garden and the meeting of Matthew 28:9 [when the women came and held him by the feet]. He had so ascended [to heaven] and returned [to earth]: a view [that is] in harmony [agreement] with types.

"(2) That Mary Magdalene, knowing as yet only
[Jesus] Christ after the flesh [i.e., as a human being] … and having found her Beloved ['Master'], sought only to hold Him so; while He [Jesus], about to assume a new relation [relationship] to His disciples in ascension, gently teaches Mary that now she must not seek to hold Him to the earth, but rather become His messenger of the new joy.

"(3) That He
[Jesus] merely meant: 'Do not detain me [hold me back] now; I am not yet ascended; you will see me again; run rather to my brethren,' etc. …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/srn/john-20.html, "Scofield's Reference Notes," "Verse 17")
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In the following quote by M.R. DeHaan, which was excerpted (quoted, taken, copied) from an online article entitled "Jesus' Literal, Physical, Precious, Blood Saves!" (
https://www.jesusisprecious.org/fundamentals/blood_saves.htm), we find an excellent reason for believing the first view in the above quote from the Scofield commentary:

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[The] LITERAL Blood of Jesus Had To Be Applied [to the] Mercy Seat In Heaven

"Now here is some sound Biblical doctrine! The great Bible teacher, M.R. DeHaan, M.D. …, has it 100% correct when he states concerning the blood of Jesus...

"The blood was to be sprinkled, remember, on the mercy seat right after the death of the substitutionary animal of sacrifice, Now
[Jesus] Christ is, of course, our substitute. He was slain [killed] for us upon the Cross, and entered into death for us, and when He arose [from the grave], He immediately went to heaven, entered into the holy of holies in heaven, sprinkled His precious blood upon the mercy seat before the throne of God, and forever settled the sin questions, and delivered us from the curse of the law. This is clearly taught in the New testament. Hebrews 9:12 is very definite on this:

   "'But by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.'

"The Bible also makes plain when He accomplished this. On the morning of the resurrection He
[Jesus] meets Mary [Magdalene] at the tomb. As soon as Mary recognized Him, she prostrated herself upon Him [or 'she lay face down on the ground before him'], and would have kissed His feet, but with shocking suddenness, Jesus emphatically says to her: 'Touch me not'; and then He proceeds immediately to give the reason why Mary is not permitted to touch Him at all.

   "'For I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.' (John 20:17)

"Literally the Lord Jesus Christ said, 'Touch me not; for I now am about to ascend unto my Father.' We can understand this action when we remember the
[that] the high priest after he had offered the [animal] sacrifice, was to enter the holy of holies, before he did anything else, with the precious blood. No one was allowed to approach him. Everyone was shut out until this was completely done. And here in the record of the meeting with Mary we have the fulfillment of this type. Here Mary meets her great High Priest [i.e., Jesus Christ], just arisen from the tomb, but before He had entered the holy of holies [in heaven] with the reconciling blood. And so He says to her, 'TOUCH ME NOT.'

"SOURCE: The TABERNACLE, by M.R. DeHaan, M.D., ISBN 0-310-23491-3, page 129."






MARCH 30

While telling Nicodemus (a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews) why people must be born again, or saved, Jesus said:

John 3:14-15: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent
[in this case, the image of a snake, made of brass] [on a pole] in the wilderness [desert] [see note below for explanation*], even so [in like manner] must the Son of man [i.e., Jesus, the Messiah and Son of God,] be lifted up [on the cross] [see note below**]: [so] That whosoever [whoever] believeth in him [Jesus, meaning those who believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for their sins, and that he was buried and rose again, and who trust him as their personal Savior] should not perish [be destroyed in hell and the lake of fire], but [will] have eternal life [in heaven]."
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*Chapter 21 of Numbers:

-- Numbers 21:5,6: "And the people spake
[spoke] against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread [food] neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth [or 'we hate'] this light bread [manna]. And the LORD sent fiery serpents [poisonous snakes] among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died."

-- Numbers 21:7,8: "Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee
[you]; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee [you] [the image of] a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it [the snake], shall live."

-- Numbers 21:9: "And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld
[looked at] the serpent of brass, he lived."
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GotQuestions.org has an article about the bronze serpent. It's called "Why is a bronze serpent used to save the Israelites in Numbers 21:8-9?" and can be found here:
https://www.gotquestions.org/bronze-serpent.html.

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**In his commentary on today's verses, Albert Barnes said:

Verse 14 -- Jesus Must Be 'Lifted Up':

"… The points of resemblance between his
[Jesus'] being lifted up and that of the brass serpent seem to be these:

"I. In each case those who are to be benefited can he aided
[helped] in no other way. The bite of the serpent was deadly, and could be healed only by looking on the brass serpent; and sin is deadly in its nature, and can be removed only by looking on the cross.

"II. The mode
[manner] of their being lifted up. The brass serpent was in the sight of the people. So Jesus was exalted from the earth raised on a tree or cross.

"III. The design was similar. The one was to save the life, the other
[was to save] the soul; the one [was] to save from temporal [physical] [death], the other [was to save] from eternal death.

"IV. The manner of the cure was similar. The people of Israel were to look on the serpent and be healed, and so sinners are to look on the Lord Jesus that they may be saved. …"

Verse 15 -- Whoever Believes 'Should Not Perish':

"That whosoever - This shows the fulness and freeness of the gospel. All
[people] may come [to Jesus] and be saved. Believeth in him - Whosoever puts confidence in him [Jesus] as able and willing to save. All who feel that they are sinners, that they have no righteousness of their own, and are willing to look to him as their only Saviour.

"Should not perish - … All who believe on
[or trust in] Jesus shall be saved from this condemnation [punishment in hell] and be raised up to eternal life. And from this we learn:

"1.That there is salvation in no other
[person] [besides Jesus].

"2.That salvation is here full and free for all who will come.

"3.That it is easy. What was more easy for a poor, wounded, dying Israelite, bitten by a poisonous serpent, than to look up to a brass serpent? So with the poor, lost, dying sinner. And what more foolish than for such a wounded, dying man to refuse to look on a remedy so easy and effectual
[effective]? So nothing is more foolish man for a lost and dying sinner to 'refuse' to look on God's only Son [Jesus Christ], exalted on a cross to die for the sins of men, and able to save to the uttermost [utmost (greatest) degree] 'all' who come to God by him [for salvation]."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/john-3.html, "Verses 14 and 15")
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GotQuestions.org has an article that answers this question: "Why did Jesus say that the Son of Man must be lifted up (John 3:14)?" If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/Son-of-Man-lifted-up.html.

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In his commentary on John 3:14, Pastor Chuck Smith said:

"… People are foolish. Unless they can understand all the processes by which God is working, they won't accept it. I can't explain to you how that believing in Jesus Christ can cleanse you of your sin and cause you to be born again and become a child of God. All I can tell you is it will. It works. That's what God has ordained
[established]. Jesus, hanging on the cross, was bearing the judgment of God for your sins. 'All we like sheep have gone astray, we turn, everyone of us, to our own ways. And God has laid on Him the iniquities of us all' ( Isaiah 53:6 ). 'As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up. ' And Jesus, hanging there on the cross, was there taking the judgment of God for sin, dying for our sins, dying in our place. And even as those in the days of Israel looked at the serpent and lived, so we, by looking at the cross in faith and in trusting in Jesus, live. We have eternal life. And so, it was quite an interesting parallel, symbolism that God had established …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/john/3-14.html, "Smith's Bible Commentary")

MARCH 29

The Thief on the Cross

Luke 23:39: "And one of the malefactors
[criminals--in this case, robbers, thieves] which were hanged [on crosses at Calvary, also known as Golgotha] railed on [complained bitterly to] him [Jesus], saying, If thou be [if you are] Christ [the Messiah], save thyself [yourself] and us."

Luke 23:40-41: "But the other
[malefactor] answering [or 'in response'] rebuked [reprimanded] him [the first malefactor], saying, Dost not thou [do you not] fear God, seeing thou art [you are] in the same condemnation [as he (Jesus--the son of God, or God the Son) is, referring to crucifixion, the type of death they were all experiencing]? And we indeed [are being punished] justly [fairly]; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man [Jesus] hath [has] done nothing amiss [wrong]."

Luke 23:42-43: "And he
[the second malefactor] said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest [when you come] into thy [your] kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily [truly] I say unto thee [you], To day shalt thou [you shall] be with me in paradise [see note below*]."

Luke 23:44-45: "And it was about the sixth hour
[which was noon in Bible time], and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour [3 p.m.]. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple [in Jerusalem] was rent in the midst [or 'torn in the middle' or 'ripped in half--see note below**]."

Luke 23:46: "And when Jesus had cried
[out] with a loud voice, he said [to God], Father, into thy hands I commend [commit, entrust] my spirit: and having said thus [this], he gave up the ghost [meaning he died]."
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As you can see by reading the above verses, the thieves on the cross had different reactions to Jesus' crucifixion. One thief got saved; the other did not. You can read more about these two men in the following article: "What can we learn from the thief on the cross?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/thief-on-the-cross.html.

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*For more information concerning the meaning of paradise, read:

-- "What did Jesus mean when He said, 'Today you will be with me in paradise'?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/today-paradise.html)

-- "Did Jesus go to hell between His death and resurrection?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/did-Jesus-go-to-hell.html)

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**"What was the significance of the temple veil being torn in two when Jesus died?" is answered in the GotQuestions.org article by the same name. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/temple-veil-torn.html.

MARCH 28

The Crucifixion of Jesus

After being sentenced to death by Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, Jesus was forced to carry his cross to the place of execution.

John 19:17-18: "And he
[Jesus] bearing [carrying] his cross [referring to the transverse, or horizontal, beam--i.e., the smaller piece of wood, to which his hands would be nailed] went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they [the Romans] crucified him, and two other [men, both of whom were criminals,] with him, on either side one [or 'one on each side'], and Jesus in the midst [middle]."
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The place where Jesus was crucified is called Golgotha in the books of Matthew, Mark, and John. Only Luke refers to it as Calvary. Also, this particular hill was called "the place of a skull" because it was in the shape of a skull and also because dead men's skulls and bones were thrown there, and the heads of beheaded (decapitated) criminals were left there. In addition, the bones of Adam (the first man) were said to be buried there, and it was the mountain on which Abraham offered up his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice to God.
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See Matthew Henry's commentary for more information about Golgotha and the cross. Go to https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/john/19.html and scroll down to "Verses 16-18," then to "(v. 17)."

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Actually, many people--Romans (under the authority of Pontius Pilate), the religious leaders in Israel, and the Jewish people--conspired (worked together) to bring about the crucifixion of Jesus. This is explained in the article entitled "Who was responsible for Christ's death?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/responsible-Christ-death.html.

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For interesting facts about the trials of Jesus (religious and political) that took place, some of which were illegal, read this article: "What trials did Jesus face before His crucifixion?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/trials-of-Jesus.html.

MARCH 27

Was Jesus Really Crucified on Friday?

This happened one day while Jesus was healing people, casting out devils, and preaching to the crowd:

Matthew 12:38: "Then certain
[some] of the scribes [teachers of the Jewish people and interpreters of the law] and of the Pharisees [members of a certain Jewish sect (religious group)] answered [Jesus], saying, Master [teacher], we would [like to] see a sign from thee [you] [i.e., a sign from heaven, in the form of a miracle] [to prove that you are the Christ (Messiah, Savior of the world) and have been sent by God]."

Matthew 12:39,40: "But he
[Jesus] answered and said unto them [the crowd], An evil and adulterous generation [referring to the Jews, many of whom--at that time--were unfaithful to their spouses and/or God] seeketh after [seeks after, looks for] a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it [i.e., the 'evil and adulterous generation'], but [except] the sign of the prophet Jonas [Jonah--see note below*]: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man [Jesus] be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth [which meant that Jesus would be in the grave, or tomb, for three days and three nights between his crucifixion and resurrection, which was the same amount of time that Jonah spent inside the whale]."

Matthew 12:41: "The men
[inhabitants] of Nineveh [the capital city of the Assyrian empire] shall rise [up, or stand up, as witnesses] in judgment [on judgment day] with this generation [of Jews], and [their example, or the example of the Ninevites] shall condemn it ['this generation']: because they [the people of Nineveh] repented at the preaching of Jonas [who was only a prophet, or messenger, of God]; and, behold, a greater [one] than Jonas [Jonah] is here [referring to himself (Jesus), who was and is the Son of God--second person of the Trinity (which means one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost)--see note below**] [and the Jews wouldn't even repent at his (Jesus') preaching]."
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Many people believe that Jesus was crucified on Friday, but according to Jesus' statement in Matthew 12:40, that's probably not true. There are other theories about when he died, and they are discussed in the article entitled "On what day was Jesus crucified?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/three-days.html.

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*How Jonah ended up in the belly of a whale, and what the amount of time that he spent there (i.e., three days and three nights) has to do with Jesus' crucifixion, are explained in the article entitled "Summary of the Book of Jonah," which can be found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Jonah.html.

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**For a detailed explanation of the Trinity, read "What does the Bible teach about the Trinity?" Here's that link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Trinity-Bible.html.

MARCH 26

Before Lazarus is Raised From the Dead, Martha Confirms Her Faith in Jesus and the Resurrection

When Jesus heard that his friend Lazarus was sick, he went to Bethany to comfort the family, and Martha (one of the sisters) told him that her brother had died four days earlier.

The following conversation took place outside the town where Martha's family lived, before everyone went to the place (sepulchre, tomb, cave) where Lazarus had been buried and would soon be brought back to life:

John 11:25: "Jesus said unto her
[Martha], I am the resurrection, and the life: he [or she] that believeth [believes, puts his (or her) faith and trust] in me [for salvation], though he [or she] were dead [physically], yet shall he [or she] live [again … after the resurrection]:"

John 11:26: "And whosoever
[whoever] liveth [lives, is alive] [physically] and believeth in me [for salvation] [referring to born-again Christians] shall never die [spiritually]. Believest thou this ['Do you believe this']?"

John 11:27: "She
[Martha] saith unto him [Jesus], Yea [yes], Lord: I believe that thou art [you are] the Christ [Messiah], the Son of God, which should come into the world [to save us from sin]."
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You may be wondering, "What did Jesus mean when He said, 'I am the Resturrection and the Life' (John 11:25)?" That question is answered in the GotQuestions.org article by the same name. To read it, click here: https://www.gotquestions.org/resurrection-and-life.html.

MARCH 24-25

A Lesson in Humility and Obedience

Philippians 2:5: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus
[in other words, follow the example of Jesus Christ, God's Son, concerning humility and obedience]:"

Philippians 2:6-7: "Who
[referring to Jesus], being in the form of God [having the same splendor (magnificent appearance) and majesty (greatness, dignity, honor, excellence) as God the Father], thought it not [did not consider it] robbery to be equal with God [note: it wasn't robbery because Jesus is equal with God--see note below*]: But made himself of no reputation [he laid aside his majesty and glory], and [willingly] took upon him the form of a servant [the body of a human being, in a lowly position in life], and was made in the likeness of men:"

Philippians 2:8: "And being found in fashion as
[or 'in the form of'] a man, he [Jesus] humbled himself [to God the Father and to everyone he came in contact with on earth], and became obedient [to God's will] unto [until] death, even the [long-lasting, extremely painful, and humiliating] death of the cross [so that sinners could be saved from hell and the lake of fire--see note below**]."
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*The Godhead, or Trinity, consists of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (i.e., one God in three persons), all of whom are equal, according to 1 John 5:7, which says:

"For there are three
[persons] that bear record in heaven, [God] the Father, the Word [Jesus Christ, the Son of God], and the Holy Ghost [Holy Spirit]: and these three [persons] are one [God]."

This is explained very well in the following article: "What does it mean that the Trinity is God in three Persons?" If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/God-in-three-persons.html.

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**During the crucifixion, Jesus became the sacrifice for the sins of the world (i.e., all human beings, everyone on earth). For more information on this subject, read the article entitled "Why did Jesus have to die?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/why-Jesus-die.html.

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Because of Jesus' sacrifice for sin, you can have eternal life.

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 must 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.

Why not do it now?
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Note:
For detailed instructions on the plan of salvation, read one or more of the tracts in the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's a direct link to that page:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

MARCH 23

In a letter to the churches of Galatia, the apostle Paul wrote:

Galatians 2:21: "I
[Paul] do not frustrate [disregard, reject, make void] the grace [unmerited (undeserved) favor] of God: for if righteousness [justification, salvation--the only condition that is acceptable to God] come [or 'comes to us'] by the law [of Moses (i.e., because we obey ceremonial [religious] and/or moral laws, such as the Ten Commandments); in other words, if we can earn salvation by doing good works or deeds], then [Jesus] Christ is dead in vain [meaning he died needlessly, for no reason]."
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This verse applies not only to the Galatians but also to everyone else in the world.

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The GotQuestions article entitled "What is righteousness?" explains what righteousness is and how we get it: If you want to read the article, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/righteousness.html.

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Concerning the phrase if righteousness come by the law, Albert Barnes said:

"If justification can be secured
[obtained] by the observance of any law - ceremonial or moral - then there was no need of the death of [Jesus] Christ as an atonement [i.e., sacrifice for sin]. This is plain. If [a] man by conformity [obedience] to any law could be justified before God, what need was there of an atonement? The work would then have been wholly in his own power, and the merit would have been his. It follows from this, that man cannot be justified by his own morality, or his alms-deeds [acts of charity, good works], or his forms of religion, or his honesty and integrity. If he can [do that], he needs no Saviour; he can save himself. It follows also that when people depend on their own amiableness [friendly disposition], and morality, and good works, they would feel no need of a Saviour; and this is the true reason why the mass [large number, majority] of people reject the Lord Jesus. They suppose they do not deserve to be sent to hell. They have no deep sense of guilt. They confide [trust] in their own integrity, and feel that God ought to save them. Hence, they feel no need of a Saviour; for why should a person in [good] health employ [make use of] a physician [or doctor]? And confiding in their own righteousness, they reject the grace of God, and despise the plan of justification through the Redeemer [i.e., Jesus Christ]. To feel the need of a Saviour it is necessary to feel that we are lost and ruined sinners; that we have no merit upon which we can rely; and that we are entirely dependent on the mercy of God for salvation. Thus feeling [or 'when we feel that way'], we shall receive the salvation of the gospel with thankfulness and joy, and show that in regard to us [Jesus] Christ is not 'dead in vain.'"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/galatians-2.html, "Verse 21")

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Charles Spurgeon, another Bible commentator, summarized the verse like this:

"… If a man
[or woman or child] can be saved by his [or her] own works, and willings [willingness, inclination], and doings, then Christ's death was an unnecessary piece of torture; and, instead of being the most glorious manifestation [demonstration] of divine love [or 'love from God'], it was a shameful waste, putting upon [Jesus] Christ a terrible burden of suffering which was totally unnecessary."

(Source: https://www.truthaccordingtoscripture.com/commentaries/spe/galatians-2.php, "Verses 16-21: Galatians 2:21")

MARCH 22

Romans 6:23: "For the wages of [the payment or reward that is due for] sin is death [i.e., physical and spiritual death, which means separation from God, and punishment forever in hell and the lake of fire]; but the gift of God is eternal life [in heaven] through [the merits (or worthiness) of] Jesus Christ our Lord [because it was God's Son, Jesus, who purchased that gift with his own sinless blood, when he died on the cross to pay for our sins]."
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In other words, as sinners, we all deserve to go to hell, but God offers us eternal life as a free gift. We only need to accept it. For instructions on how to do this, please read page 5 of my "Mansion" tract. You'll find it here: https://www.mansioninheaven.com/Mansion5.html.

MARCH 19-21

Meaning of "Fruits Worthy of Repentance," According to John the Baptist

When this incident occurred, Jesus had not yet begun his public ministry. Because people came to John the Baptist to repent of their sins and be baptized in the Jordan River, his baptism is commonly referred to as a "baptism of repentance" (see Note 1 below).

At the present time, the only way we can be cleansed from sin is through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ; i.e., by believing that Jesus gave his life to pay for our sins and by accepting God's free gift of eternal life, which was purchased with the blood that Jesus shed on the cross (see Note 2 below).

According to the Bible, baptism does not save us. It is simply a picture of what happens when we are born again, or saved.

Luke 3:7: "Then said he
[John the Baptist] to the multitude [the crowd, including Pharisees and Sadducees (see Note 3 below)] that came forth [from various places--towns, cities, etc.] to be baptized of [by] him, O generation [offspring] of vipers [poisonous snakes] [John addressed them this way because many in the crowd (especially the Pharisees and Sadducees) were wicked people], who hath [has] warned you to flee [run away] from the wrath [anger] [of God] [that is] to come?"

Luke 3:8: "Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance
[do things to prove that your repentance (change of mind about sin and salvation) is sincere], and begin not [don't begin] to say within [or think to] yourselves [because they were Abraham's descendants], We have Abraham to [for] our father: for [because] I [John the Baptist] say unto you, That God is able of [from] these stones to raise up children unto Abraham."

Luke 3:9: "And now also
[this time, referring to people as trees] the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth [does not bring forth] good fruit is hewn [cut] down, and cast [thrown] into the fire."

Luke 3:10-11: "And the people asked him
[John the Baptist], saying, What shall we do then? He [John] answereth [answered] and saith [said] unto them, He [or she] that hath two coats, let him [or her] impart to [share with] him [or her] that hath none; and he [or she] that hath meat [food], let him [or her] do likewise [or 'do the same,' meaning share it]."

Luke 3:11: In other words:
Be charitable
(do good to others).

Luke 3:12-13: "Then came also publicans [tax collectors] to be baptized, and said unto him [John the Baptist], Master [teacher], what shall we do? And he [John] said unto them, Exact [demand, or take] no more than that which is appointed [to] you [i.e., authorized by the government]."

Luke 3:13: In other words:
Be honest
. Don't lie, cheat, or steal.

Luke 3:14: "And the soldiers likewise demanded [an answer] of him [John the Baptist], saying, And what shall we do? And he [John] said unto them, Do violence to no man [person], neither accuse any[one] falsely; and be content [satisfied] with your wages [paychecks; i.e., the money--and, in those days, rations (daily allowance of food)--that people earned for doing work]."

Luke 3:14: In other words:
Be kind, and don't complain
.
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NOTE 1:

For more information concerning baptism, read one or both of the following articles:

-- "What was the meaning and importance of the baptism of John the Baptist?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/baptism-of-John.html)

-- "What are the seven baptisms mentioned in the Bible, and what do they mean?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/seven-baptisms.html)

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NOTE 2:

For more information about the importance of the blood that Jesus shed on the cross, read:

-- "What is the meaning of the blood of Christ?
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https://www.gotquestions.org/blood-of-Christ.html)

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NOTE 3:

In Jesus' time, Pharisees and Sadducees were members of the ruling class in Israel. For background information on these people, see the following article:

-- "What are the differences between the Sadducees and Pharisees?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/Sadducees-Pharisees.html)

MARCH 17-18

Proverbs 17:4: "A wicked doer [an evil or morally corrupt (dishonest) person--someone who intentionally does bad things] giveth [gives] heed to false lips [i.e., pays attention to what a liar says, and is inclined to do what the liar says to do]; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue [or 'listens to an abusive, vulgar, nasty, or otherwise objectionable manner of speaking']."
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In his commentary on the above verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church wrote that:

-- "The person who DOES evil things pays attention to the person who SAYS evil things."

-- "Giving heed to evil communication affects one's behavior."

-- "By LISTENING to the lies, wickedness, and gossip, we share responsibility with the one speaking the lies."
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Also in the commentary, Pastor Delany lists the following reasons why "wicked doers give heed to false lips":

"6. Wicked doers (those who practice wickedness) are those who listen to corrupt and immoral and false speech.

"a. They listen to corrupt speech with delight and great pleasure!
" Such speech supports them in their evil doings
[deeds]
" They FEED upon such speech…
" It motivates them… encourages them…
" They get new ideas from such speech…
" They feel justified by such speech…
" Without hearing such things from other wicked men, they might be AFRAID to practice their wickedness.
" Without the support they get from such speech they might be too cowardly to act alone…
" They NEED this speech to live the way they do."

If you want to read more of Pastor Delany's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-17-index/proverbs-17_4/.

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Also commenting on Proverbs 17:4, Matthew Henry wrote:

"… Those
[people] that design [plan, intend] to do ill [bad things] support themselves by falsehood and lying: A wicked doer gives ear, with a great deal of pleasure, to false lips, that will justify him in the ill [evil] [that] he does, to those that aim to make public disturbances [including riots], catch greedily at libels [false statements that damage a person's reputation], and false stories, that defame [harm the good name and reputation of] the government and the administration …"

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/proverbs/17.html, "Verse 4")

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And here is one more quote from the Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary:

"… The liar and he
[or she] who listens to him divide the responsibility of the sin between them. These two characters help to increase each other's guilt by strengthening each other in their ungodliness. The liar is encouraged to go on in his lying by those who give heed [pay attention] to his lies; if there were none willing to listen to him [the liar,] he would soon cease to sin [or 'would stop sinning'] in this direction. So that the receiver of falsehood will have to share the punishment of him who propagates [spreads and promotes] it. Then the liar increases the wickedness of the wicked doer by his false words, which help to make his heart yet more ungodly and his doings yet more wicked. Thus ungodly men exert a reciprocal [mutual, shared] influence upon each other for evil …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/phc/proverbs-17.html, "Verse 4")

MARCH 16

In a letter to the Christian churches in Galatia, the apostle Paul wrote:

Galatians 4:16: "Am I
[have I] therefore become your enemy [or 'an enemy in your eyes'], because I [Paul] tell you the truth [of God; i.e., about Jesus, sin, salvation, the law, false teaching, etc.]?"
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When they first met Paul, the Galatians loved him, but over time, something changed. When Paul continued to preach and teach the truth according to the Bible, the people rejected his message--and him--perhaps because they were offended by something he had said and/or because they had been corrupted by false teachers.

Sadly, during our current troubled times, many people who are involved in evangelism (spreading the gospel) find that they get a similar response (i.e., rejection!). It happens when pastors preach to their congregations and when Christians talk about the Bible to other Christians, witness to unsaved people, etc.

MARCH 13-15

Jesus' Message to Lukewarm Churches

Laodicea was an actual place in Bible times. This letter was written to the Christian church there, but it applies universally (generally) to all churches that are in the same condition now as the Laodicean church was back then.

Revelation 3:14: "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans
[referring to people in the Laodicean church who were professed Christians (see note below*), or who claimed to be saved (born again),] [the apostle John was directed to] write; These things saith [says] the Amen [the Lord Jesus Christ], [who is] the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God [i.e., Jesus is 'the king of creation,' or Creator of the universe] [in addition, he has purchased our salvation by dying on the cross and paying our sin debt, and he is head of the Christian church]; "

Revelation 3:15-16: "I
[Jesus] know [from] thy [your] works [i.e., the things that you do and have done], that thou art [you are] neither cold nor hot [spiritually]: I would [prefer that] thou wert [you were] cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm [indifferent to the things of God], and neither cold nor hot, I [Jesus] will spue thee [vomit you] out of my mouth." [In other words, many members of the Laodicean church (and others like it) were (and are) in danger of being rejected and cast (thrown) aside by God.]

Revelation 3:17: [The reason I (Jesus) will 'spue thee out of my mouth' is] "Because thou sayest [you say], I am rich [with worldly things], and increased with goods [possessions], and have need of nothing; and [because you] knowest not [do not know] that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked [all in a spiritual sense]:"

Revelation 3:18: "I
[Jesus] counsel [advise] thee [you] to buy of [from] me[,] [with (or through) faith,] [pure] gold [that has been] tried [refined] in the fire [referring to 'true and undefiled religion'], [so] that thou mayest be rich [or 'have spiritual riches']; and [I also counsel you to buy] white raiment [white robes, or garments of salvation], [so] that thou mayest be clothed [with my (Jesus') righteousness, or 'with the righteousness of Christ'], and [so] that the shame of thy [your soul's] nakedness do not appear [in heaven]; and [I (Jesus) also counsel you to] anoint thine [your] [spiritually blind] eyes with eyesalve [ointment for the eye], [so] that thou mayest see [the truth, and understand the gospel]."

Revelation 3:19: "As many as I
[Jesus] love, I rebuke [criticize, reprimand] and chasten [discipline]: be zealous [enthusiastic, full of zeal] therefore, and repent [change your thinking and behavior]."

Revelation 3:20: "Behold, I
[Jesus] stand at the door [to your heart], and knock: if any man [or woman or child] hear my voice, and open the door [of his (or her) heart] [to me (Jesus), through prayer, and invites me in], I will come in to him [or her] [and will save him (or her)--from hell], and will sup [dine, or have fellowship/companionship,] with him [or her], and he [or she] [will sup] with me."
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If you are spiritually lukewarm and/or unsaved, Jesus may be knocking at the door to your heart right now. Won't you please let him in? To find out how, read one or more of the tracts on the "Printable Gospel Tracts" page of my website. (My "Mansion" tract mentions Jesus knocking at the door to your heart.) Here's the direct link to that page: https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

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*Professing Christians are discussed in the following article: "Why are there so many fake Christians?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/fake-Christians.html.

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Related to the above verses is an article entitled "Why did Jesus speak so strongly against lukewarm faith?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-lukewarm-faith.html.

MARCH 10-12

1 Timothy 4:10: "For therefore [for that reason, referring to 'exercising godliness' as mentioned in 1 Timothy 4:7] we [do] both [things:] [1] labour [work--to spread the gospel,] and [2] suffer reproach [disgrace, shame--for trying to serve God], because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men [people], specially [especially] of those that believe [the gospel and are saved--see note below*]."
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*Although Jesus died on the cross to pay for everyone's sins, salvation is only promised to those who believe the gospel and accept God's free gift of eternal life (see "Note:" below). To illustrate this point, one commentator in "The Biblical Illustrator" wrote:

"St. Paul calls Him
[Jesus] 'the Saviour of all men'! Are all men, then, His [Jesus'] people? Are not multitudes [large numbers of (or many) people] His enemies? Which witness shall I believe--the apostle [Paul], or the angel? Both of them! They do not gainsay [contradict] each other. When you tell me that Dr. D. is the physician [doctor] of this Poor-law District, you do not mean that he heals all [of] the poor [people] residing [living] within his district, but only that he is appointed to heal them. His commission includes them all. Some [people] may neglect [fail] to [or 'may not'] come to him, and others may prefer another doctor; but, if they will [choose to do so], they all may come to him, and have the benefit of his skill. In the same sense 'Jesus is the Saviour of all men.' He is appointed to save all men--'Neither is there salvation in any other [person]'! …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tbi/1-timothy-4.html, "Verse 10," "Jesus the Saviour of all men")

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Note: In case you're interested, this is how to accept God's free gift of eternal life:

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.

Detailed instructions for the plan of salvation can be found in most of the tracts in the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. If you want to read one or more of them, here's a direct link to that page:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

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As an example of "exercising godliness," the following copyrighted material from Stanley Derickson is a made-up conversation that God might have with a Christian who routinely (regularly) repeats "The Lord's Prayer" but doesn't really understand or mean what he or she is saying. It should give us all something to think about.

Please note that I inserted
[C:] and [G:] before each statement below to indicate who is speaking--the Christian or God.

"A Very Special Lord's Prayer From Ray Heistand

"If God Should Speak . . . A different look at The Lord's Prayer

[C:] "'Our Father which art in heaven.....'

[G:] "---Yes?

[C:] "Don't interrupt me. I'm praying.

[G:] "---But you called me.

[C:] "Called you? I didn't call you. I'm praying. 'Our Father which art in heaven.....'

[G:] "---There you did it again.

[C:] "Did What?

[G:] "---Called me. You said, 'Our Father which art in heaven.' Here I am.....What's on your mind?

[C:] "But I didn't mean anything by it. I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day. I always say the Lord's Prayer. It makes me feel good, kind of like getting a duty done.

[G:] "---All right. Go on.

[C:] "'Hallowed be thy name.....'

[G:] "---Hold it. What do you mean by that?

[C:] "By what?

[G:] "---By 'hallowed be thy name'?

[C:] "It means.....it means.....Good grief, I don't know what it means. How should I know? It's just a part of the prayer. By the way, what does it mean?

[G:] "---It means honored, holy, wonderful.

[C:] "Hey, that makes sense. I never thought about what 'hallowed' meant before. 'Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.'

[G:] "--Do you really mean that?

[C:] "Sure, why not?

[G:] "---What are you doing about it?

[C:] "Doing? Nothing, I guess. I just think it would be kind of neat if you got control of everything down here like you have up there.

[G:] "---Have I got control of you?

[C:] "Well, I go to church.

[G:] "---That isn't what I asked you. What about your bad temper? You've really got a problem there, you know. And then there's the way you spend your money---all on yourself. And what about the kind of books you read?

[C:] "Stop picking on me! I'm just as good as some of the rest of those people at the church.

[G:] "---Excuse me. I thought you were praying for my will to be done. If that is to happen, it will have to start with the ones who are praying for it. Like you, for example.

[C:] "Oh, all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups. Now that you mention it, I could probably name some others.

[G:] "---So could I.

[C:] "I haven't thought about it very much until now, but I really would like to cut out some of those things. I would like to, you know, be really free.

[G:] "---Good. Now we're getting somewhere. We'll work together, you and I. Some victories can truly be won. I'm proud of you.

[C:] "Look, Lord, I need to finish up here. This is taking a lot longer than it usually does. 'Give us this day, our daily bread.'

[G:] "---You need to cut out the bread. You"re overweight as it is.

[C:] "Hey, wait a minute! What is this, "Criticize me day"? Here I was doing my religious duty, and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my hang-ups.

[G:] "---Praying is a dangerous thing. You could wind up changed, you know.

[G:] "That's what I'm trying to get across to you. You called me, and here I am. It's too late to stop now. Keep praying, I'm interested in the next part of your prayer.....(pause). Well, go on.

[C:] "I'm scared to.

[G:] "---Scared? Of what?

[C:] "I know what you'll say.

[G:] "---Try me and see.

[C:] "'Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.'

[G:] "---What about Ann?

[C:] "See? I knew it! I knew you would bring her up! Why Lord, she's told lies about me, spread stories about my family. She never paid back the debt she owes me. I've sworn to get even with her!

[G:] "---But your prayer? What about your prayer?

[C:] "I didn't mean it.

[G:] "---Well, at least you're honest. But it's not much fun carrying that load of bitterness around inside, is it?

[C:] "No. But I'll feel better as soon as I get even. Boy, have I got some plans for that neighbor. She'll wish she had never moved into this neighborhood.

[G:] "---You won't feel any better. You'll feel worse. Revenge isn't sweet. Think of how unhappy you already are. But I can change all that.

[C:] "You can? How?

[G:] "---Forgive Ann. Then I'll forgive you. Then the hate and sin will be Ann's problem and not yours. You will have settled your heart.

[C:] "Oh, you're right. You always are. And more than I want to revenge Ann, I want to be right with you. Ann, I want to be right with you ..... (pause) ..... (sigh). All right. All right. I forgive her. Help her to find the right road in life, Lord. She's bound to be awfully miserable now that I think about it. Anybody who goes around doing the things she does to others has to be out of it. Someway, somehow, show her the right way.

[G:] "---There now! Wonderful! How do you feel?

[C:] "Hmmmmmm. Well, not bad. Not bad at all. In fact, I feel pretty great! You know, I don't think I'll have to go to bed uptight tonight for the first time since I can remember. Maybe I won't be so tired from now on because I'm not getting enough rest.

[G:] "---You're not through with your prayer. Go on.

[C:] "Oh, all right. 'And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'

[G:] "---Good! Good! I'll do that. Just don't put yourself in a place where you can be tempted.

[C:] "What do you mean by that?

[G:] "---Don't turn on the TV when you know the laundry needs to be done and the house needs to be picked up. Also, about the time you spend coffeeing with your friends, if you can't influence the conversation to positive things, perhaps you should re-think the value of those friendships. Another thing, your neighbors and friends shouldn't be your standard for 'keeping up'. And please don"t use me for an escape hatch.

[C:] "I don"t understand the last part.

[G:] "---Sure you do. You've done it a lot of times. You get caught in a bad situation. You get into trouble and then you come running to me, 'Lord, help me out of this mess, and I promise you I'll never do it again.' You remember some of those bargains you tried to make with me?

[C:] "Yes and I'm ashamed, Lord. I really am.

[G:] "---Which bargain are you remembering?

[C:] "Well, there was the night that Bill was gone and the children and I were home alone. The wind was blowing so hard I thought the roof would go any minute and tornado warnings were out. I remember praying, 'Oh God, if you spare us, I'll never skip my devotions again.'

[G:] "---I protected you, but you didn't keep your promise, did you?

[C:] "I'm sorry, Lord, I really am. Up until now I thought that if I just prayed the Lord's Prayer every day, then I could do what I liked. I didn't expect anything to happen like it did.

[G:] "---Go ahead and finish your prayer.

[C:] "'For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.'

[C:] "Amen

[G:] "---Do you know what would bring me glory? What would really make me happy?

[C:] "No, but I'd like to know. I want now to please you. I can see what a mess I've made of my life. And I can see how great it would be to really be one of your followers.

[G:] "---You just answered the question.

[C:] "I did?

[G:] "---Yes. The thing that would bring me glory is to have people like you truly love me. And I see that happening between us. Now that some of these old sins are exposed and out of the way, well, there is no telling what we can do together.

[C:] "Lord, let's see what we can make of me, O.K.?

[G:] "---Yes, let"s see...."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/sdn/1-timothy-4.html, "Verse 10")

MARCH 9

In this verse, the apostle Paul warns Christians about false teachers:

Colossians 2:8: "Beware lest any man
[or person … or 'be careful not to let anyone'] spoil you [pervert your mind, rob you of your faith and hope] through philosophy and vain deceit [false teachings], after the tradition of men [referring to customs handed down from age to age, or from one period of time to another, through oral communication, or by word of mouth], after the rudiments [basic principles, beliefs, rules] of the world [or 'of mankind'] [concerning religion, as in the ceremonial laws of the Jews--see note below*], and not after Christ [or 'instead of what Jesus taught']."
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*Ceremonial law is explained in the article entitled "What is the difference between the ceremonial law, the moral law, and the judicial law in the Old Testament?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/ceremonial-law.html.

MARCH 8

Moses reminded the children of Israel (the Jewish people--and us, too) of the seventh commandment when he said:

 Deuteronomy 5:18: "Neither shalt thou
[or 'you shall not'] commit adultery."
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Dictionary.com's definition of adultery: voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse [husband or wife].

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GotQuestions.org has written an article to answer the following question: "Why is 'You shall not commit adultery' in the Ten Commandments?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/you-shall-not-commit-adultery.html.

MARCH 7

In this verse, the apostle John was writing specifically to Christians, but what he said also applies to people in general:

1 John 3:17: "But whoso
[whoever] hath [has] this world's good [things--in his (or her) possession], and seeth [sees] his [or her] brother [or sister or other person, especially another Christian] have need [or 'notices that someone needs food, clothing, shelter, and other basic necessities'], and shutteth [shuts] up his [or her] bowels of compassion from him [or her, referring to someone who is hardhearted and refuses to help that needy person], how dwelleth the love of God in him [or her--or 'how can the love of God dwell, live, or be in him (or her)']?"

MARCH 6

Companions Are Good

Ecclesiastes 4:9: "Two
[people together--friends, marriage partners, etc.] are better than one [person alone]; because they have a good reward for their labour [labor, work]."

Ecclesiastes 4:10: "For if they
[both--or if one of them] [should] fall [down, or into trouble], the one [person] will lift up [or assist] his [or her] fellow [or 'companion'] [by offering comfort, advice, encouragement, etc., to him (or her)]: but woe [great sorrow or distress] [will come] to him [or her] that is alone when he [or she] falleth [falls--into danger, temptation, sin, etc.]; for he [or she] hath not [does not have] another [person] to help him [or her] up."

MARCH 2-5

Proverbs 2:10-11: "When wisdom entereth [enters] into thine [your] heart [in this case, referring to your 'inner man,' or the center of your moral character], and knowledge is pleasant unto thy [your] soul; Discretion [the ability to make good decisions] shall preserve [protect] thee [you], understanding shall keep thee [safe from harm]:"

Proverbs 2:12-14,15: "
[Among other things, wisdom helps] To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh [speaks, says] froward [willful and disobedient] things; [these are men] Who leave the paths of uprightness [morality, righteousness], to walk in the ways of darkness [evil]; Who rejoice to do [or 'who take pleasure in doing'] evil, and [who] delight in the frowardness of the wicked [people]; Whose [i.e., the 'evil men's] ways are crooked [dishonest], and they [these men] [are] froward in their paths:"
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Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church did two Bible studies covering the above verses. Here are some excerpts, going down from top to bottom in each commentary:

Bible Study on Proverbs 2:10-12

"THE PROTECTION WISDOM PROVIDES"

" Here,
[King] Solomon tells his son (and us!) HOW to experience the protection [that] Divine [God's] wisdom affords [provides]."

"5. BUT, before the listener is provided with any protection, FIRST he must allow wisdom to enter into his heart.

"a. Note that it does not say 'head.' (Wisdom is not just knowledge stored away… not just a collection of facts… but also implies the practice of truth… responding to it…)"

" Heart: the inner man; the center of moral character."

"h. BUT when wisdom DOES enter our heart (because of a tender, receptive heart) then we can expect this wisdom to protect us from many evils in life!"

"c. Wisdom that sinks deep down into our heart will affect our thought life… our words… our deeds… our motives… our whole being!"

"Discretion
[discernment; the ability to make good decisions] Shall Preserve [keep; guard; protect] Thee"

"3. Solomon states that WHEN wisdom enters our heart and our heart is so receptive that this knowledge is pleasant to our soul, THEN this kind of wisdom or discretion will preserve us!"

"a. The ability to make wise decisions will preserve the believer from horrible results of making bad decisions!"
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Bible Study on Proverbs 2:12-15

"3. Solomon's point is that evil men speak froward things (perverse; evil)"

"4. As a result of the evil things they say, much trouble arises… conflict… hurt… fightings…"

"b. The psalmist prays that God would not allow an evil speaker to be established on the earth. He knows what grief and trouble comes because of his
[the evil person's] evil speaking!"

" Untold damage is done when men use their tongues for evil purposes."

" Wisdom will dictate to us NOT to put too much stock
[trust or faith] in the words of a troublemaker--and thus rescue us from anguish of heart [or 'anxiety']!"

" He
[the 'evil man'] may say just a few words--and like a little spark--it can ignite [start] a fire that will destroy the whole forest!"

"c. It is possible even for believers
[Christians] to wander away [from God]… to leave the path of uprightness [honesty, integrity] and end up in the way of sin and darkness… for a while.

"d. Wisdom and discretion will PROTECT us from that
[evil] man… by keeping us away! Don't follow him down that road of darkness!

"e. Often times, influential men can lead many
[people] astray [off the correct path] with him!"

"2. The evil man isn't happy unless he himself is up to no good.

"a. He rejoices
[takes pleasure] in evil [things]… evil speaking… tearing down…"

"c. He
[the evil man] finds a sense of satisfaction in throwing off the yoke of [in this case, the words mean 'bondage to'] the way of uprightness. Now he is free to do his own thing… or so he thinks…"

"a. He enjoys doing evil himself… AND he enjoys other wicked men who join him in ways that are froward… twisted out of the way… darkness.

"b. The godly man delights in
[obeying] the law of the Lord. The evil man delights in breaking away from the law of the Lord [and breaking the law of the government]… and wandering away in darkness so he is free to do and say as he pleases."

"b. Perhaps joining them
[the 'evil men'] would involve some form of rebellion against authority… or wandering away from God with them…"

"d. Wisdom will prevent us from joining in that evil gang!"

"d. The simple
[uncomplicated, humble] man will be deceived [fooled] and [will] not realize how far off [the mark … or 'incorrect'] this man's ways are. He [the 'simple man'] may be deceived into following this evil man.

"e. But the man who is discerning… the man who allows divine
[godly] wisdom to sink in… the man with discretion will instantly spot [recognize] that something is not right… (vs.11 [Proverbs 2:11])

"f. The roads
[good and bad] may run parallel [side by side] for a time… and nothing may be noticed at first… but eventually, that evil man will reveal [show] his true colors [his real character and intentions] and his ways will be demonstrated to be OFF… out of line with God's Word… distorted…

"g. What is it that will preserve
[protect] us from distorted [twisted] thinking? God's Word [the Bible]! Wisdom! Discretion and discernment!"

If you want to read one or both of the Bible studies mentioned above, here are their links:

-- Proverbs 2:10-12: "The Protection Wisdom Provides"
    (https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-2-index/proverbs-2_10-12/)

-- Proverbs 2:12-15: "The Evil Man Described"
    (https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-2-index/proverbs-2_12-15/)

MARCH 1

Christians Are Protected by Angels

This is a message from the psalmist (writer of this psalm) to believers (saved people, born-again Christians):

Psalm 91:9-10: "Because thou
[you Christians] hast [have] made the LORD, which is my [the psalmist's] refuge [place of shelter], [and because you have made the LORD, who is] even the most High [God], thy habitation [your home]; There shall no evil [thing] befall thee [happen to you], neither shall any plague [any type of punishment (disease, pain, suffering, etc.) sent from God] come nigh [near] thy dwelling [your residence, the place where you live]."

Psalm 91:11-12: "For
[because] he [the Lord God Almighty] shall give his angels charge over thee [you], to keep thee [to keep you safe, to guard and protect you] in all thy [your] ways [i.e., wherever you go, in whatever you do]. They [the angels] shall bear thee up in their hands [meaning they will lift you up, hold your hand, or carry you], lest thou dash thy foot against a stone [or 'so you won't stumble and fall--into sin, trouble, danger, etc.']."
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In other words, God sends his angels to protect Christians who love him and obey his word.

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In the Bible, angels are sometimes called ministering spirits. You can learn about them in the article entitled "What does it mean that angels are ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:14)?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/ministering-spirits.html.

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According to James Burton Coffman:

"… The following things which angels do for the redeemed
[or 'saved' people--born-again Christians] are mentioned in the Bible:

[Note from Linda: I started each item on a
eparate line to make the list easier to read.]

"(1) They [God's angels] bear [carry] away the souls of the righteous [people--Christians] in death (Luke 16:22).

"(2) They oppose purposes
[intentions] and designs [plans of action] of Satan [the devil], not in their own names, but in the name of the Lord [Jesus Christ] (Judges 1:6).

"(3) They execute God's judgments upon the incorrigibly
[hopelessly] wicked [i.e., people who are unable to be corrected or reformed (changed for the better)] (2 Kings 19:35; Acts 12:23).

"(4) They exert influence upon rulers and governments (Daniel 10:20.

"(5) They aid providentially
[i.e., they help things happen at the right time, without being planned] in bringing the unsaved [people] to hear the saving gospel of [Jesus] Christ (Acts 10:3).

"(6) They exercise watchful care over little children (Matthew 18:10).

"(7) They maintain perpetually
[constantly] the availability of the Word of God [i.e., the Bible] for the human race. The Rainbow Angel [actually, this is referring to an angel with a rainbow on his head--Revelation 10:1] stands upon the land and the sea, having in his hand 'a little book, OPEN.' That little BOOK is the New Testament (Revelation 10) …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/psalms/91-9.html, "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible")