Devotional Readings

Today’s Reading and the gospel!

I really am trying to avoid posting too much, but every chapter is worthy of reflection.

The Ten Lists – Today’s Reading (day 782)
Individual References
John 2
Genesis 34
Romans 2
1 Thessalonians 2
Job 38
Psalms 32
Proverbs 7
Judges 11
Isaiah 32
Acts 26
I’m down to the Roman’s and 1 Thessalonians readings. These are two chapters I would characterize with the words inclusive and personal.
The word “gospel” is ever present in Paul’s writing as it was in Roman’s 1.
Rom 1:16  ♥️  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Rom 2:16  In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Not to mean like today any gospel, social, prosperity, or worse that was his creation. John Gill writes..

….that what he had said concerning a day of judgment, of Christ’s being the Judge, and of God’s judging by him the secrets of men, were as true and as certain as the Gospel which he preached was; 

and was “conformable”, or agreeable to it, as the Arabic version reads it, and might be learned and proved from it. This he calls, “my Gospel”; not because the author or subject of it; but because it was committed to his trust and was preached by him; and in opposition to, and to distinguish it from the Gospel of the false apostles. 

Eusebius says (u), that the Apostle Paul had used to call the Gospel according to Luke his Gospel, and that it is said, that whenever he makes mention of his Gospel, he designs that.


Paul refers to the good news of the gospel 6 times in 1 Thessalonians, mostly in chapter 2.

1Th 1:5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

1Th 2:2  But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

1Th 2:4  But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

1Th 2:8  So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

1Th 2:9  For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.

1Th 3:2  And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:

It’s clearly important to him, yet his personal love for the Thessalonians was so great that he shared his own soul with them. We should be encouraged by that, since we read in Acts that not all those there thought highly of him.

Act 17:10  And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.


Act 17:11  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.


Act 17:12  Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.


Act 17:13  But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.

Act 17:14  And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.

Act 17:15  And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.




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