Mark 7:16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!

Category: Imperative of the Week Posted: 03-09-2018 By: Gerrit Kamp

This little imperative phrase is the most frequently occurring command that Jesus gave. You will not find any command that is more often used than this. It usually follows some principle that Jesus has been teaching, and He used it to encourage the audience to pay attention. 

Paying attention to what God has communicated is the smartest thing you can do. The central contention of Christianity is that God communicated information vital for our well-being. This includes the good news that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and that God accepts this payment. It also includes the good news that Jesus is coming back to set up a kingdom in which He will reward His faithful servants. And it includes many principles and instructions that will increase the quality of our current life. John said that Jesus is the Word of God and came so that we may have life, and have it more abundantly. So when God speaks, we better pay attention, because it is good for us.

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Mark 13:35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming––in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning

Category: Imperative of the Week Posted: 03-02-2018 By: Gerrit Kamp

We find this imperative in the book of Mark, in a section in which Jesus talks about the end times. The immediate context of this verses is:

Mark 13: 32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

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Galatians 6:4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

Category: Imperative of the Week Posted: 02-02-2018 By: Gerrit Kamp

We find this verse in Paul’s letter to the Galatians. It’s a neat verse and has some good applications. Let’s first look at the context and then at the Greek, to get a good understanding of what it means.

Earlier, Paul was writing about the duty Christians have to restore brothers that are caught in sin:

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Titus 3:10 Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition.

Category: Imperative of the Week Posted: 01-26-2018 By: Gerrit Kamp

There is a group of commands in the NT that is not often talked about amongst Christians. And that is the group of commands that tell us to avoid certain other Christians.

Romans 6: 17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.

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1 Timothy 3:12 Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

Category: Imperative of the Week Posted: 01-19-2018 By: Gerrit Kamp

This verse is part of the instructions Paul gave to Timothy, about how the church in Ephesus should be run. The third chapter deals specifically with two groups of people within the church: overseers (episkopos in Greek) and deacons (diakonos). The overseers (supervisors, rulers) are those tasked with the responsibility to shepherd the flock (see Acts 20:28), protecting them from attacks from both within and without (Acts 20:29, 30). The deacons are servants, who serve the body of Christ in various ways. A good example of the distinction between them can be found in Acts 6, where the twelve apostles appointed seven people to serve (diakoneo) the physical needs of the believers (waiting on tables) so that they themselves could focus on prayer and teaching the Word.

Paul, in his instruction to Timothy, gives a long list of qualifications for both groups. A detailed exposition on these can be found on truthbase.net. We are focusing on two of them today in our verse above. So let’s dive into the Greek and see where that leads us.

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