When Jesus was conducting His earthly ministry. He manifested authority. This authority was manifested in the way He cleansed the temple; in the way He forgave sin; and, in His healing of the man with
It is wonderful to know that we are God’s and to realize the blessedness that is ours because of it. God chooses us to be members of His kingdom not only so that He might
Missionaries are very often discouraged on the mission field. Unfriendly governments sometimes put obstacles in their way. Some people are unresponsive, and often the behavior of people thought to be converts to Christ is disheartening.
“Not found in the Old Testament, but repeatedly in the New. The” Mosaic legislation (Lev. 25:35; Deut. 15:7) tended to promote a “spirit of charity, and to prevent the occurrence of destitution” “among the people. Such passages as these, Ps. 41:1; 112:9; Prov.” “14:31; Isa. 10:2; Amos 2:7; Jer. 5:28; Ezek. 22:29, would also” naturally foster the same benevolent spirit. “In the time of our Lord begging was common (Mark 10:46; Acts 3:2). The Pharisees were very ostentatious in their almsgivings (Matt. 6:2). The spirit by which the Christian ought to be actuated in this duty is set forth in 1 John 3:17. A regard to the state of the poor and needy is enjoined as a Christian duty “(Luke 3:11; 6:30; Matt. 6:1; Acts 9:36; 10:2, 4), a duty which” was not neglected by the early Christians (Luke 14:13; Acts 20:35; Gal. 2:10; Rom. 15:25-27; 1 Cor. 16:1-4). They cared not “only for the poor among themselves, but contributed also to the” necessities of those at a distance (Acts 11:29; 24:17; 2 Cor. 9:12). Our Lord and his attendants showed an example also in this (John 13:29). “In modern times the “poor-laws” have introduced an element which modifies considerably the form in which we may discharge this Christian duty.
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