Archive for April, 2017

Put On The Lord Jesus Christ

Written by John Marshall. Posted in Romans, Romans 13

Romans 13:12-14

Put On The Lord Jesus Christ

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Rom. 13:12a (Holman) The night is nearly over, and the daylight is near, . . .

Daybreak vividly describes our earthly lives. This lifetime is a dawning; light struggles with darkness as the latter retreats slowly and reluctantly.

We live a life haunted by dangers of darkness. This is a world of sin and sorrow. Troubles never cease, but on the horizon, darkness is thinning, the blackness is turning grey. Light is beginning to stir and whisper (Maclaren).

The pains of this life will soon end. We will not be in this twilight forever. A blessed day, Heaven itself, is about to dawn. No night there, nothing to hurt, endanger, or bewilder. A comfort is knowing it will be here sooner than we think.

Rom. 13:12b “. . . so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

This metaphor is taken from the battlefield. In the early morning twilight, a band of soldiers is sleeping. Suddenly the bugle calls them to awaken. Reveille summons them to throw off their nightwear, those things worn while sleeping.

Soldiers of Christ, can we not hear the notes of the reveille? It is time to cast off our nightwear, those things congenial to spiritual sleep. We are going to stand before God soon. Get your good clothes on. Give evidence of your wakefulness. Get rid of your night clothes

Teaching One Another

Written by John Marshall. Posted in Colossians, Colossians 3

Colossians 3:16a

Teaching One Another

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Col. 3:16a Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you,

teaching. . .

After the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C., synagogues became the most important institution in Jewish life. During the Babylonian captivity, the Jews were separated from their temple, priests, and holy city. To save their heritage they let any village, wherever located, that had at least ten Jewish men in it establish a synagogue. These small gathering places became the center and preservers of Jewish culture. They served as schools where children learned to read and write, and were taught Israel’s history and heritage. Synagogues were meetinghouses where adults socialized and discussed theology and religion.

Their worship services were very informal, and followed a simple agenda: prayers, Scripture readings, a lecture, and discussion. (Sounds a lot like a typical small group in any Baptist church.) Any approved layman wishing to speak could give the lecture. Jesus, Stephen, and Paul used this to their advantage.

The religious leaders in first century Israel failed in the synagogues. Their words carried no clout. They refused to express an opinion without bolstering every claim by quoting famous teachers of the past. They spoke as those who had not mastered what they preached. Their lectures contained no