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QTin June 2020: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word

QTin June 2020: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word

Автор Yangjae Kim

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QTin June 2020: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word

Автор Yangjae Kim

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It is a QT magazine for adults and young adults wanting to read the Bible from the context of redemption history and to change to a biblical value system. It was originally published only in Korean, 30 writers and editorial staff are humbly dedicated to spread the QT meditation movement of redemption history through English version for global re

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Instead of saying I who am strong in faith, Paul wrote, We who are strong in faith (15:1). I feel the one who has we is truly strong. We may have known Jesus first, have been to church first, have been appointed to a position first and have become influential, but these are not privileges. We have nothing to boast about. God is equally compassionate to Jews, who knew Him first, as well as to Gentiles. We can accept each other only when we realize that everything works for the fulfillment of God’s promises and that there is nothing for us to brag about. Judging others solely based on what we perceive from one side is dangerous. Everyone has weaknesses that become visible when we look at them closely. Even the Apostle Paul had his weakness, which was his poor health. Indeed, no one can boast but the cross.

And again, ‘Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; let all the peoples extol him.’ And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope. (Romans 15:11-12)

All 66 books of the Bible, including Romans, are written not only for believers but also for non-believing audiences. Ultimately, our lives must go forward to other nations. God wants me to become strong so that I can embrace all nations, give thanks and praise among the nations, and spread the good news to nations. People in this world can rejoice when they meet God’s people. Those who do not know Jesus can neither produce nor feel joy, because Jesus is the only reason for joy and the only one who is worthy of our praise. Since we cannot keep this joy for ourselves, we need to move forward to reach other nations. While we support our weak neighbors, we have to continuously grow to help more people and more nations, so that we become a stronger we.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Our only hope should go beyond reunification of Korea. Our only hope is to spread the name of our Lord Jesus Christ all over the nations. As long as we hold onto this hope, the God of Hope will fill us abundantly with heavenly joy and peace in faith. This is His promise.

One day, a husband came home late, completely drunk, and called out the name of another woman, saying, Darling! in front of his wife. How cruel! Wouldn’t divorce be the answer? However, the wife felt pity for him, gently patted on the back of his plastered husband, and prayed, Dear Lord, have mercy on my husband. Let the life of Jesus enter into him. In the morning, she handed him a cup of honey tea and said, Are you okay these days? You look tired. Then, she added one more comment, Let’s go to church together.

How can she have any hope in such a husband? However, she said that she had joy and peace in her heart knowing that many people in her church were praying for her. She realized the immeasurable blessing to be with a community bound by the Holy Spirit. Even in times of darkness with no sign of hope, we can be filled with joy and peace when we have we who are strong around us. In the eyes of the world, she is a victim who has been betrayed by her husband. However, she is neither a victim nor a weakling. The whole church is praying for her with one heart. When facing an incident that is too big for her to bear alone, the church is praying with her for her husband’s salvation. Such is we who are strong that can carry the burdens of the weak.

In order to extend our boundaries from our family to church, country, and all nations, we must first become a strong we. We need to excel in our studies and in our work. We need to be physically healthy to make money. We must read the Bible and pray. How can we help others overcome weaknesses if we are not physically and spiritually strong? When Jacob’s twelve sons, the twelve tribes of Israel, fled to Egypt to avoid famine, the group included Reuben who slept with his father’s concubine, Simeon and Levi who massacred a tribe called Shechem, and Judah who slept with his daughter-in-law. Although seventy people who were full of weaknesses and shortcomings went into Egypt, they grew to become two million by the time of Exodus after their slavery in Egypt. This is not a simple increase in number. This shows that when people take care of each other’s weaknesses, a weak and imperfect community can transform into a genuinely strong and healthy community that can carry the burdens of all nations.

Are you unable to live your life because of the family who hurt you and because you are still obsessed with it? In all relationships, I hope you will first recognize your sin and accept others with the love of God who forgave you. I pray that as you help others with their weaknesses near you, you will grow to embrace all nations and overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

On a beautiful day in May with flowering scent in the air,

Chief Director, QTM

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Monday, June

There Is No One Righteous

Romans 3:1-20

M'Cheyne Daily Bible Reading Dt 5 Ps 88 Isa 33 Rev 3

Their Condemnation Is Just!

1 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2 Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God. 3 What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge. 5 But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7 Someone might argue, If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner? 8 Why not say―as some slanderously claim that we say―Let us do evil that good may result? Their condemnation is just!

All Are Under the Power of Sin

9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. 13 Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. 14 Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know. 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Through The Law We Become Conscious of Our Sin

19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Scripture Summary Paul says, God is true, and every human being is a liar. He also says that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin, and quotes that there is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. He makes it clear that no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

Intercessory Prayer: May our people not become divided by blaming others, but believe in Jesus Christ, the Savior, and repent each of their sin.

Meditation Guide Romans 3:1-20

Their Condemnation Is Just! (vv. 1-8) One of the privileges the Jews enjoyed was the fact that they had been entrusted with the very words of God. They say that as their unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness, God is unjust in bringing His wrath on them. Someone even eloquently argued, If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases His glory, why am I condemned as a sinner? To this Paul answers firmly that their condemnation is just. It is nonsense to say that as my wickedness and weakness brings out God’s righteousness; my sin can be useful to God. The man who does not admit his sin and rationalizes it skillfully and criticizes God while projecting his mistakes onto others as their responsibility, is deceiving himself.

What is my falsehood of blaming God and resenting others, instead of admitting my sin is my fault? (vv. 5-8)

All Are Under the Power of Sin (vv. 9-18) Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. Men are all sinners. There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God (Psalm 14:1). Men commit sins continuously because they are sinners, rather than sinners because of committing sin. As men are 100% sinners, they commit sin by their mouth full of cursing, as well as by their hands, feet and hearts. Although they commit sins, they don’t understand God because they don’t fear God. As they neither know God nor intend to know God they commit evil such as lying, slandering and lusting. Corrupt humans have lost the ability to control sin and practice goodness. Therefore, the person who goes to Jesus in fear of God and admits that he is sinner is righteous.

What are sins that I commit with my mouth and with my feet? (vv. 13-15)

Through the Law We Become Conscious of Our Sin (vv. 19-20) The Jews didn’t know that the law entrusted to them made people become conscious of sin. That is why they did not repent. As the law silenced every mouth, no one can make excuses for their sins. No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by observing the law. The law makes us realize that we are desperate sinners and makes us become conscious of our sins. But law cannot solve the problem of sin. As humans are corrupt, they cannot make themselves righteous, nor be recognized as righteous by the law. The law only directs us to Jesus Christ. Only Jesus Christ can deliver me from my sins.

The more I read and meditate on the Word, do I come to see myself as a sinner? Or do I judge others and their actions and condemn them? (vv. 19-20)

Prayer Although You entrusted Your Word to me, I repent of my sin of shifting responsibility to fellow Christians, while rationalizing myself with lies and evil, and blaming You. Forgive me for committing sin without fearing You. As I repent of my sin without making excuses, help me to bear the cross of my mission You gave me by only depending on the love of Jesus.

Testimony

The Biggest Hypocrite by Winter Jin

From my elementary school years, my father made a mess of the house whenever he drank, all the while spouting abusive words. After my father left for work the next day, my mother would ceaselessly speak ill of my father and his side of the family. As this happened more and more often, I began to think of my father as the abuser and my mother the victim, and I always had preconceived notions about my father’s side of the family.

After becoming a judge in the court and judging by law and regulations, it became a habit to judge and condemn others even outside of the courthouse. I swore to my heart’s content whenever vehicles cut me off or ran a red light. My mouth was so full of cursing and bitterness that I feared that I might end up really killing others and myself (v. 14). Whenever I heard success stories of people becoming rich through property speculation, I criticized the world for their obsession and speculative craze about real estate.

However, ironically enough, I thought nothing of cutting others off and making illegal U-turns when driving my children to cram schools. I rationalized my behavior, thinking, I’m different from people who break the laws out of habit. I only drive like this when it’s absolutely necessary! I had also bought a house in the metropolitan area a decade or so ago in the hopes that I would be able to sell it for a profit, only to be frustrated with no change in its value. When I was financially struggling in 2012, I fervently attended church services, but I believed in the prosperity gospel, and bought lottery tickets for months and prayed that mine would be the winning ticket. When it didn’t work out, I rationalized what I did and thought, God doesn’t wish for me to live without worrying about money. It must be his will for me to work hard and pray all my life. I was the biggest hypocrite.

God says, There is no one righteous; there is no one who does good, (vv. 10, 12). The only thing I’ve come to realize after 15 years of faith is that I cannot do good because I am not righteous. Five years ago, my violent father received Jesus as his Savior and passed away as His child. Deeming myself righteous while criticizing and condemning others, I was as much a sinner as my father was before he met Jesus.

We call the rules God gave us as law and man-made rules as regulations. Although they seem similar, they mean very different things. Man-made regulations aim to achieve justice, but the Apostle Paul says, No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law, (v. 20). All this time, I was not able to objectively reflect on myself using the Bible. I admit and confess my sin of repeatedly cursing and judging others. By fearing God, I pray that from now on, I will stop my habit of judging others, and silence my mouth full of cursing and bitterness (vv. 14, 18-19).

Application

I will be

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