Honorable and Dishonorable Service to the Lord (Mon, Dec. 14)

The word of the day is “honorable.” In today’s reading of 2 Timothy, 2:20-27, St. Paul teaches the way to become a more useful servant of the Kingdom.  The Apostle contrasts church members who are effective as “vessels of honor” and those who are “instruments of dishonor”  (vs. 20). The term household “vessels” that Paul refers to all sorts of utensils, not necessarily containers (Strong’s #4632, 232).  Therefore, the comparison is not to the contents of what is contained.  The contrast is to the composition of the implements.  What they are made of determines the nature of their use.  One does not use a silver punch bowl as a washbasin, nor a wooden spoon to serve as a serving ladle.…

Chosen as God’s Own (Thurs. Nov. 26)

The word of the day is “chose.”  Yesterday’s reading ended with Paul’s warning that the “man of lawlessness” (the Antichrist) who will appear at the end of time. But he should not deceive them (vs. 9).  However, now Paul reassures the believers in Thessalonica that they are not among those who will perish in delusion and unbelief.  The Apostle writes, “…God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth” (13). The Greek term for “chose” is rooted in the thought of “taking something for oneself’”  (#138, 8). The emphasis is not on favoring one thing over the other.  The focus is on making something one’s own.  This thought appears first in…