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A.W. Tozer

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2

Let us think of our intelligent plain man mentioned in chapter six coming for the first time to the reading of the Scriptures. He approaches the Bible without any previous knowledge of what it contains. He is wholly without prejudice; he has nothing to prove and nothing to defend.

Such a man will not have read long until his mind begins to observe certain truths standing out from the page. They...

Bible Verses: Hebrews 11:6Hebrews 11:1Ephesians 2:8Romans 10:17John 3:14-15John 5:19-21

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Matthew 5:21-26

"God';s wrath," said George MacDonald, "is always judicial. It is always the wrath of the Judge administering justice. Cruelty is always immoral but true justice - never." Those who experience the fullness of God's wrath get precisely what they deserve. That may sound hard, but it is...

Bible Verses: Matthew 5:21-26Zephaniah 3:1-5Psalms 103:6John 5:30Romans 2:2

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     John 8:21-36

We saw yesterday that the phenomenon of catharsis comes about not simply through telling someone else our troubles, but when that other person is a warm, accepting and understanding individual. Psychologists believe the explanation for this to be the fact that the warm, accepting manner of the helper is so directly...

Bible Verses: John 8:21-36John 8:11John 3:1-18John 5:24Romans 8:1Romans 8:34Revelation 12:10

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Matthew 7:13-29

If the men and women of this world took an unbiased look at Jesus as presented to us in the four Gospels, they would see, as Bishop Stephen Neill put it, that "Jesus Christ is not in the least like anyone else who has ever lived." The way He taught, for example, is not the same as that of any other religious teacher....

Bible Verses: Matthew 7:13-29Mark 1:1-27Matthew 28:18John 5:27Matthew 8:27

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William MacDonald

Here is an insight that has revolutionized and transformed many a life.

The duplication of "verily" or "truly" at the outset alerts us to expect something momentous. We will not be disappointed.

"I say unto you." The "I" is the Lord Jesus; we know that from verse 19. What we must also know is that when He says something, it is absolutely and invariably true. He cannot lie. He cannot deceive. He cannot be deceived. Nothing can be more sure and dependable than what He...

Bible Verses: John 5:24

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William MacDonald

Twice in John 5:1-47 the Lord Jesus says that He can do nothing of Himself. In verse 19, He says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself…" Then again in verse 30 He says, "I can of mine own self do nothing…"

When we first read these verses, we are apt to feel disappointed. They seem to say that Jesus was limited in His power, just like ourselves. But if He is God, as He claimed to be, He must be omnipotent. How...

Bible Verses: John 5:30John 5:1-47

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James Russell Miller

John 5:17-27

The people were angry at Jesus because He had healed the helpless invalid on the Sabbath. They claimed that He had done wrong by the working on the seventh day. The answer of Jesus was, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working." In the history of the creation, we read that God set the example of Sabbath-keeping. After six days of...

Bible Verses: John 5:17-27Matthew 25:35-40

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T. Austin-Sparks

By Myself I can do nothing. (John 5:30 NIV)

One of the most difficult lessons that the Lord's children have to learn
is how to let go to God. Even in a matter that is right and in the purpose of
God, there has to be the lessons which Abraham had to learn through Isaac. It is
not in our personal clinging to a God-given thing, whether it be a
promise or a possession, but...

Bible Verses: John 5:30

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T. Austin-Sparks

The Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He is doing. (John 5:20 NLT)

Only those who are
absolutely one with God can take responsibilities for Him. Whatever we may call
ourselves, however great may be our activity for the Lord, God does not take
account of that. It is no use coming to Him and saying: “Now Lord, You know that
I am engaged in this work, and...

Bible Verses: John 5:20

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T. Austin-Sparks

The Son can do nothing by Himself. (John 5:19 NLT)

That is the principle of the
Cross. He accepted that position of being able to do nothing out from Himself.
It must all come out from God. There is no way through otherwise.... There was a revolution in my life thirty years
ago when that principle of the Cross came flat up against ministry – ministry
that for years I...

Bible Verses: John 5:19

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