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Hospitality and Giving

Posted in 1 Peter, 1 Peter 4, New Testament

1 Peter 4:9

Hospitality and Giving

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

1 Peter 4:9 (Holman) Use hospitality one to another without complaining.

We are considering spiritual gifts, God-given abilities, sometimes called enrichments or enablements. The gift of hospitality makes people feel welcome, at ease, in any given situation. Hospitality, not confined to private homes, is a spirit, an attitude, an environment hospitable people carry with them.

We have it if we love to open our home, if guests are not a nuisance. This aspect of the gift is not measured by our housekeeping ability. The hospitable are more interested in people feeling at home than in being impressive.

It is no coincidence the word “hospitality” has the word “hospital” in it. The gift entails meeting people where they are, and ministering to their needs.

Not all have this gift, but all can be hospitable. Ours is the faith of the open door. Welcome people into our homes. Let our houses be instruments of kindness, God’s safe harbors for others. A selfish home cannot be pleasing to God.

A major reason the early church succeeded was her being nurtured in homes, not cathedrals; hospitality was vital because many Christians were banished and persecuted. As hunted and hounded refugees, aliens dispersed in a hostile world, believers were often desperate to find safe places. To receive them was a pu

Judgment Day

Posted in Romans, Romans 14

Romans 14:11-13

Judgment Day

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Paul has been emphasizing our need to not sit in judgment over our fellow believers. He wants us to focus on another Judgment we will all face someday.

Rom. 14:11 (Holman) For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God.

Verse 10 was written to and about believers; verse 11 sets before us the Judgment of God, a day when all people, saved or lost, shall stand directly before God. The Scriptures plainly teach there will be a universal Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46). Believers and unbelievers shall stand before God for Judgment.

On that day, all people shall acknowledge God’s majesty, and confess submission. This humbleness will be spoken with our mouths, and also communicated by an external gesture, the bending of every knee.

At the Judgment, all people will recognize God’s authority, and admit He is the supreme ruler and Judge. This does not mean all will be saved. God’s children will display this submission out of gratitude, but His foes will be compelled to do it. Either freely or by force, everyone’s knee will bow to Jesus.

We do not decide whether or not we will bow. All we can do is choose when we do it for the first time. Sadly, most people die without bowing a knee to Christ. This in no way nullifies the fact they will someday h