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Saturday, August 8 2016
2 Corinthians 8: Living Grace
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?"
"Grace" is an English-language word that originated from an ancient Greek word, pronounced khar-eese (the sound of the English pronunciation of "grace" is noticeable in khar-eese), which meant to rejoice. The words grateful, gratitude and agree are all derived from the same root word as grace. "Grace" is used to translate that same word, from which it was derived, in the Holy Scriptures.
True grace is about being grateful for the forgiveness that comes, from the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), when one truly repents and genuinely lives according to God's Law - a living grace. Grace is not a "free gift" for rebel-minded lawless people - a dead grace (see The Doers Of The Law and The Servants Of Corruption Promise Liberty).
"6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Notice how the Corinthians (see also The Intercontinental Church Of God) experienced a living grace, regardless of the persecutions that Satan brought upon them for their genuine obedience to the LORD (see also Why Does The LORD's Armour Attract The Devil's Fire?).
"8:1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 8:3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 8:4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. 8:6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
Titus was a servant of the LORD who became a close associate of Paul (see Paul, The Apostle To The World). Titus was with Paul at Antioch (see Where Believers Were First Called Christians) and Jerusalem (see The Court Of Felix - Where Politics Trumps Truth), as well as during Paul's missionary journeys (see The Return Of The Home Town Apostles and Paul's First Mission To Greece). The epistle of Titus was written by Paul to him (see the Fact Finder question below).
"8:16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. 8:17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you. 8:18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; 8:19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind: 8:20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
Fact Finder: What did Paul write to Titus in the Biblical epistle of Titus?
This Day In History, August 8
1220: The Battle of Lihula. Swedish forces were routed by Estonian tribes.
1306: King Wenceslas of Poland was murdered.
1503: King James IV of Scotland married Margaret Tudor, the daughter of King Henry VII of England.
1570: King Charles IX of France signed the Treaty of St. Germain, ending the third war of religion and giving religious freedom to the Huguenots (French protestants).
1576: The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe's Uraniborg observatory was laid on Hven.
1588: During the Anglo-Spanish War, the Battle of Gravelines ended - stopping the Spanish Armada's attempt to invade England to restore it to Papal rule (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1648: Ibrahim (from the Arabic form of Abraham; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Roots and Branches and 'Raghead' Racism), the sultan of Istanbul, was thrown into prison, and later killed.
1709: Bartolomeu de Gusmao demonstrated the lifting ability of a vehicle powered by hot air to the King of Portugal in Lisbon. Despite the Church of Rome soon thereafter demanding that he discontinue his aeronautical research, Bartolomeu de Gusmao became one of the earliest pioneers of human flight.
1786: The first ascent of Mont Blanc was completed by Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard and his porter, Jacques Balmat.
1918: During the First World War (1914-1918), the Battle of Amiens began. Allied forces advanced on a 10-mile front against 20 German divisions and took 16,000 prisoners in 2 hours.
1929: The German airship Graf Zeppelin began a circumnavigation of the earth flight.
1940: The German Luftwaffe attacked Britain for the first time, beginning the Battle of Britain.
1942: During the Second World War, six Germans, who were put ashore on Long Island in June, became the first saboteurs to be executed in the U.S. They were electrocuted in a District of Colombia jail.
1963: Britain's "Great Train Robbery" took place when a gang held up the Glasgow to London mail train and stole 2.6 million pounds.
1974: U.S. President Richard Nixon announced that he was resigning for his part in the Watergate crimes committed by his regime, effective at noon the next day. Nixon's successor, Gerald Ford, thereafter took the very unusual step of pardoning Nixon for the crimes that he committed before he was formally charged with them (some legal experts question whether Ford himself committed obstruction of justice by pardoning someone who hadn't yet been charged with anything).
1988: U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar announced that a cease-fire in the eight-year-old Gulf war between Iran and Iraq was to begin on August 20.
1988: Russian troops began their retreat out of Afghanistan, 9 years after their unsuccessful invasion to fight the Taliban began (ironically, the Taliban were assisted and supplied with arms by the U.S., who later fought the same Taliban when the U.S. took its turn at invading Afghanistan).
2010: During the 2010 China floods, a mudslide in Zhugqu County, Gansu, China, killed over 1,400 people.