Monday, August 27, 2007

The Uncertainty of Life

"Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.' Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.' But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil" (James 4:13-16).

We often like to plan for the future. It gives us a sense of security knowing what is coming next and working toward a certain goal. But we do not know what is coming next. Our best plans could be in vain. Many things could happen that are beyond our power to control that can completely change our life.

Our life is uncertain. James reminds us that our time on this earth is as "a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away." Events in our life are uncertain. Instead of saying, "we will go to such and such a city," we should say, "if the Lord wills." After all, He is the one in control.

Failure to recognize how little control we have over the events that impact our life constitutes arrogance. We are nothing. We should not think that our plans are set in stone. This is not to say we shouldn't make plans. James isn't teaching that at all. Make plans. But condition them with the phrase, "if the Lord wills."

While we might feel secure "knowing" what our future holds, realizing that we cannot know what will come tomorrow can cause anxiety and fear. But though I am not in control, it is not as if no one is in control. God is in control. So we should not be anxious about the future. Jesus said, "do not worry about tomorrow" (Mt. 6:34). Regarding the necessities of life, Jesus said, "your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (Mt. 6:32-33).

If you ever feel overwhelmed or tempted to worry about what life may bring, remember you can cast "all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you" (1 Pet. 5:7). Remember the words of the apostle Paul: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:6-7).

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The All Sufficiency of the Church

I came across Daniel Sommer's commentary on the New Testament. I thought a couple of his comments regarding the church in particular were quite good.

1 Timothy 3:15
"...I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth."

Sommer comments:
"We may also learn by considering the verse now before us that the Church is declared to be "the pillar and ground of the truth," and thus is the support of the truth. In other words, the Church of God, wherever it exists, is intended, by its Founder, to be the institution to uphold the truth, and he never ordained any other institution for that purpose."

Ephesians 3:21
"to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."

Sommer comments:
"It indicates that God's purpose is to be glorified in the Church in all ages, and does not intimate that he desires to be glorified, nor can be glorified, in any human institution. This verse is God's eternal veto of all human societies that man may pretend to establish for his glory."

Sunday, August 5, 2007

BOTC - August 2007

The new issue of Banner of the Cross is now online and contains the following articles:

Guided by Feelings by Andy Sochor
What About the Thief on the Cross? by Andy Sochor

Banner of the Cross

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

PBT - August 2007

The August issue of Plain Bible Teaching is now online with the following articles:

Editorial: Third Year of Publication by Andy Sochor
The Gospel of the Grace of God by Andy Sochor
Guided by Feelings by Andy Sochor
The Need for Factions by Andy Sochor

This issue marks the beginning of the third year for Plain Bible Teaching. Thank you for your continued interest and support during this time. I hope you will continue to find this a useful resource in your study of God's word.

You can read the new articles by clicking on the link below.

Plain Bible Teaching
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