OYB December 4
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- 2009 Dec 04
12:3 Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever. Reminds me of Papa!
12:4 But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase. Anyone in agreement that the Internet is the tool of the statement, "knowledge will increase"?
12:10 Many will be purified, cleansed, and refined by these trials. But the wicked will continue in their wickedness, and none of them will understand. Only those who are wise will know what it means. Overcomers do not run away from trials but recognize that they are for the good of making us like Christ (read my latest home page blog)!
12:13 (NAS) "But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age." Obviously, "go your way to the end" means to the end of his life because then he would enter into rest only to rise for his allotted portion in the MK at the end of this age.
4:6 (NAS) We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. This is a nuclear little bomb of a verse if you really process what it is saying. Written to overcomers (see vs. 4), they will be able to discern the spirit of truth and error by whomever listens to their testimony!
4:14 (NAS) We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. And this is our testimony!
4:16-17 (NAS) God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. You know, I think this is saying something different than what I've always thought (or what NLT implies). I think the "confidence in the day of judgment" is not about feeling confident in His love for ourselves (that is a given), but about being confident that we will be able to judge the world fairly because of our love. We have confidence because, "as He is, so also are we in this world."
We see this extreme repetitious theme of love and sacrifice throughout John. Even when our "brothers" treat us with contempt and betrayal, like David we are to love even our enemies, and to show goodness and forgiveness to them. It will be very difficult, but with our newfound understanding of God's sovereign plan, we can accept the unfair treatment for a short time with joy!