My Child Whom I Have Begotten

As I was meditating through the book of Philemon one verse particularly caught my attention.

I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment (Phm 1:10; NASB).

It produced a strange warmth in my heart. The reason for this is the the intimate language Paul employs while pleading Onesimus’ case with Philemon. This verse seems to echo John 3:16 since KJV and NASB both employ the word “begotten” (KJV also uses “son”). Paul’s care for his disciples was like that of a father for his son.

This does not seem to be an isolated verse where Paul uses such intimate language. As I looked through other letters of his’, such language abounds. Paul called Timothy his “beloved child in faith”(2 Tim1:2). Titus was his “true child in the common faith” (Tit 1:4). This language was not confined to individuals, he applied them even to churches. When the Corinthian church was being torn apart by sectarianism, he informed them that though they may have many guides yet they have only one father in the Gospel – he was their father in the Gospel (1 Cor 4:15). When Galatians were being led astray by the circumcision party, Paul chided them and corrected them. He later added that he “was in pains of childbirth till Christ was formed in them.” He intensely desired to be with them in order to protect them from this damning heresy(Gal 4:19-20). Continue reading My Child Whom I Have Begotten

Relinquishing Rights

The book of Philemon is a short letter written by Paul to Philemon in which he pleads with him to take back his (Philemon’s) runaway slave, Onesimus, who had now become a Christian. The way Paul goes about doing this is something exemplary and contains many lessons for us – out of which we will concentrate on one. Continue reading Relinquishing Rights

Sin and the Glory of God

Sin is a reality about mankind which the Bible affirms unequivocally – which other religions fail to do, thus proving themselves to not have originated from God. What is Sin? The Bible defines sin in many places – Sin is committing iniquity (which literally means to do things in a crooked way),  acting wickedly, rebelling against God, turning away from his commandments and judgements ( Dan 9:5 KJV). Sin is going beyond what is properly allowed (Hosea 4:2 ; Lev 5:17; ESV, in other words “transgression”). Sin is accusing falsely, lying (Lev 6:3) , hating one’s brother in his heart (Lev 19:17), cursing God (Lev 24:17). This is just a sample. As you must have observed from  all the quotations mentioned above – they are all from the Old Testament. The Old Testament was very specific is defining what is sin and what is not. Continue reading Sin and the Glory of God

Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul

Knowing ScriptureKnowing Scripture is the best book for anyone who wants to seriously learn how to study the Bible. It is written by R C Sproul, nearly 30 years ago, but it still remains the best introductory book in this category till date. There are other books like How to Study the Bible for all Your Worth by Fee & Stuart and How to Study the Bible by Richard Mayhue and some others, but this is the best book for beginners.

R C Sproul begins with the presenting the case for studying the bible, and then moves to a Protestant concept called Private Interpretation. His main point is that the privilege for private interpretation is not a license for incorrect and shabby interpretation. He then gives simple rules on how to study the various genre of literature found in the Bible – Narrative, Didactic, Poetry, Laws, Proverbs and Apocalypse. Each of these rules are well explained and very easy to understand. Continue reading Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul

The Character of Epaphroditus (Php 2:25-30)

Epaphroditus is one of the lesser
known characters in the NT but
has some valuable lessons to
teach us. For those of us who do
not know him, he was a lay
member of the Philippian Church
and also their messenger to Paul
(in Rome) through whom they
sent their material offerings (Php
4:18).
During the course of his stay with
Paul, Epaphroditus fell dangerously
ill and was almost to the
point of death (v27). We get a
glimpse of his Christ-like character
in this trying situation of his
life.
Firstly, Epaphroditus was very
brave to have accepted the call
for helping out Paul, who was
accused of a capital crime. This
reason itself would have been
sufficient for most to stay away
from Paul. However, he bravely
faced this fact, traveled all the

Epaphroditus is one of the lesser known characters in the NT but has some valuable lessons to teach us. For those of us who do not know him, he was a lay member of the Philippian Church and also their messenger to Paul (in Rome) through whom they sent their material offerings (Php 4:18). During the course of his stay with Paul, Epaphroditus fell dangerously ill and was almost to the point of death (v27). We get a glimpse of his Christ-like character in this trying situation in his life. Continue reading The Character of Epaphroditus (Php 2:25-30)