Morning Prayers: (Philippians 1:12-20) - (Luke 12:8-12) "Unity and the Power of the Holy Spirit" …
Psalm 115.5,3 (116.15,12)
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?
"I enjoyed today's reads and studies, I had a lot of fun and breaking down today's scripture, I indeed learned more especially about Luke 12:8-12 … Learning the Bible should be both fun as well as challenging, opening up our minds to the vast knowledge of God is extremely beautiful and rewarding to our spiritual well-being" …
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 1:12-20
Christ Is Preached
12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole [a]palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 [b]The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.
To Live Is Christ
19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.
The writings of Paul here in the Philippians stressed the importance of unity, humility, self-generosity, and joy in Christ when he addressed the Church of Philippi … St. Paul’s words and concerns are still in play today we as believers most take note of these things Paul stressed here in this epistle, because these things help with overall success as we work together as Christians and faith in Jesus Christ …
(vv. 19-21): When we witness for Christ it needs to go beyond just simple words from our mouths, and our witnessing to be seen in the way we live our lives, and the way we die: Summing this up – the totality of what we are and what we do … St Paul is expecting DELIVERANCE – (v. 19), and he is looking for Christ magnify his BODY – (v. 20), and his EXPECTATION AND HOPE – (v .20) is of eternal life, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is to gain” – (v. 21) …
The Gospel According to Luke 12:8-12
Confess Christ Before Men
8 “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. 9 But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
10 “And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.
11 “Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. 12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
“And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven. (Luke 12:10) … We understand “The Son of Man as Christ, who is born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, because the Virgin alone is His Parent on earth … Then, is the Holy Spirit greater than Christ, so that sinners against Christ receive pardon, but transgressors against the Holy Spirit do not deserve to obtain forgiveness??? But where there is unity of power, there should no question of comparison of greatness, but since the great is the Lord and His greatness there is no end – (Psalm 144:3) … Since we believe in the undivided Trinity and its unity, and knowing the greatness in undivided, as is the working, which will be shown in what follows; “The Father giveth you what ye are to speak” – (Matthew 10:20), and (Luke 12:12): “For the Holy Spirit shall teach you in that same hour what ye must say” – (Luke 12:12) …
-Exposition of the Holy Gospel According to Saint Luke – Saint Ambrose of Milan – Translated by Theodosia Tomkinson – Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
-Some Fathers like St. John Chrysostom and many others, teach that the blasphemy of the HOLY SPIRIT would be forgivable if a person were to repent right away …
ORTHODOX STUDY BIBLE COMMENTARY: TO SAY A WORD AGAINST THE SON OF MAN: is to reject Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah!!! Jesus was seen as a mere man to many people before their conversion: (1 Corinthians 1:23)- Teaches us:- but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a [a]stumbling block and to the [b]Greeks foolishness, and makes this sin more easily FORGIVEN: The Holy Spirit- is without bodily form and invisibly works divine goodness: According to St. John Chrysostom and other earlier saints- the blasphemy AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT would be forgivable if a person were to repent of it: Yeshua (Jesus) never calls the sin itself "Unforgivable" - He is making this declaration knowing that those who blaspheme the Spirit are calling pure divine goodness- evil, and are beyond repentance by their own choice!!!
- I talk a little more about this in my video, for those who can’t see the video, I said this warning - statement made by Jesus, was a warning to the religious leaders of His time they saw the greatness and the miracles and rejected their Messiah because of their hardness of heart …
- I made my own question can we today commit this sin against the Holy Spirit???
Psalm 5 – Morning Psalm Prayer focus …
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord[a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
In Christ love Jared W Campbell
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