In the Beginning God

   Genesis 1:1-2,  John 1:1-3

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” John 1:1-3.

The important thing to remember about the words, “In the beginning…” in both of these passages is that they refer to the beginning of everything, whether the heavens and everything in them or the earth and the things on it, including life. These words mean literally, in the beginning. In the beginning also means that God and the Word were there before the beginning, just as your parents were there before your conception, in your beginning.

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Continue Earnestly

Colossians 4:2-18

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving…” Colossians 4:2.

It is interesting to note that the word “earnestly” is left out of the old King James Version, which is the version that you may have before you right now, here is how it reads.

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving…” Colossians 4:2.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this translation. The advantage of the first quote from the New King James Version is that it expands the meaning of the verse to better comprehend the force of it.

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Slaves and Masters

Colossians 3:22-4:1

“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.” Colossians 3:22.

We are very fortunate in America today that slavery does not exist anymore, as it did, and as it does in some Muslim countries. As a result we would do best to take the word servants in this passage, which actually means slaves, whether slaves or bond slaves, and render it employees.

This is not meant to be a cynical remark because with the exception of abuse, slaves, servants, and workers all do the tasks put before them by their employer.

Servants exist not only as maids, butlers, cooks, and scullery maids, but as fast food workers, factory workers, electricians, engineers, managers, computer analysts, designers, and artists, to name a few of all the modes of employment. Hard as it is to believe, even corporate executives are the servants of the stockholders in the corporation, making everyone a servant of one sort or another.

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Your Own Husbands

Colossians 3:18-21

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” Colossians 3:18.

Due to the domination of the media and education system by the militant feminists, the issues of women submitting and what they would call the patriarchal system has made the public grow suspicious and distrustful of anyone who would suggest that God’s word is not only right but can produce a happy marriage, and has turned the subject into a minefield.

I enter this passage with a real fear of losing the women who are reading these studies. Again, I assure you that I have no other agenda than rightly dividing the word of truth, and that God’s agenda is your own happiness.

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Earthen Vessels

Part 3 of 3

“Likewise you husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7.

Many women will look at this and say, “One verse! It takes six for us women and only one for the men!”

The thing that is so marvelous about these passages is that you can hear God speaking tenderly to the women in the first six verses.  However, when you get to verse seven you see God standing there with a club in hand. The speech is still gentle, but the punishment for disobedience is crippling, “that your prayers may not be hindered.”

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