Monday, November 5, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 19:1-20:8; Ezekiel 18:1-19:14; John 6:41-7:11

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28

On April 30, 2016, Canada’s National Post carried a headline reading, “Should a Government Pay Ransoms?” It was relative to a young lady who had been a captive for 460 days. Upon her release she said,
“Paying ransom for Canadians would endanger the lives of many Canadians living abroad.” The Lord Jesus left glory, not to endanger lives by being a ransom for sin, but to redeem all who would accept His ransom for them. The apostle Paul stated it clearly in 1 Timothy 2:5-6, “the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all.” You and I are included. —Arnot P. McIntee

On Calvary see Him, who died in our stead,
Exhausting God’s judgment, when for us He bled. —L. H. Ferrell

November 5

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chron. 19:1-20:8; Ezek. 18:1-19:14; John 6:41-7:11

You must be born again. John 3:7, NKJV 

In many places it is now possible, by paying a special fee, to have your name or some other word on your automobile license plate. Recently I noticed AUSOM (awesome) and XQQ ME (excuse me). The one that struck me most, however, was H8FULL. What a commentary on the human heart—”hateful and hating one another” (Titus 3:3, NKJV). Only the new birth can change this condition. Have you been born again? —J. Funk

O ye who would enter that glorious rest,
And sing with the ransomed the song of the blest;
The life everlasting if ye would obtain,
Ye must be born again! —W. T. Sleeper