Daily Devotional Materials
Week of the
Ninth Sunday after Trinity
– Thursday –
Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
some to everlasting life and some to shame and to everlasting contempt. – Daniel 12:2.
Everything, yes, everything, and for all eternity, depends on the forgiveness of sins – upon justification. Think of the great day of resurrection, of which you have heard so much particularly in the Easter season. Then shall the many, the innumerable many that sleep in the dust of the earth, awake. Some to everlasting life; those, namely, who have been justified through faith in Christ. Some to shame and to everlasting contempt; those who died with their sins unforgiven, in unbelief, God-fearing Lazarus was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. The ungodly rich man was cast into hell and torment. The justified shall rise with glorified bodies. (Philippians 3:21.) Those whose sins were retained shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. (Isaiah 66:24.) The justified shall awake unto everlasting life. The unjustified shall awake unto everlasting shame and contempt; and “their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched.” (Isaiah 66:24 & Mark 9:44.) O Christian, always think of the awakening on the day of resurrection! At any moment you may fall asleep in death. Then the awaking! How unutterably awful it must be when one awakes to shame and everlasting contempt! How glorious beyond measure it shall be when you awake to everlasting life! Christian, every evening let forgiveness of sins cover you; every morning wrap the robe of salvation about you, the righteousness of Christ. Then, then, shall you awaken to life everlasting.
PRAYER. – My Lord and Savior, You do offer me the forgiveness of sins: I accept it; You do give me the robe of Thy righteousness: I put it on. So will I go to sleep when my last hour comes; so will I awaken when Your hour comes. So will I enter eternal life. Lord, let me never fall away from true faith and the comfort it gives. Amen.
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness,
My beauty are, my glorious dress.
‘Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.
When from the dust of death I rise
To claim my mansion in the skies,
E’en then this shall be all my plea:
Jesus hath lived, and died for me.
Hymn 326, 1. 6. (ELHB)
2 Corinthinians 11:1-18
11:1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. 2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia. 11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little. 17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.
2 Chronicles 3:1-17
3:1Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. 2 And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in the fourth year of his reign.3 Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits. 4 And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold.5 And the greater house he cieled with fir tree, which he overlaid with fine gold, and set thereon palm trees and chains.6 And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and the gold was gold of Parvaim. 7 He overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the walls thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubims on the walls.8 And he made the most holy house, the length whereof was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits: and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to six hundred talents.9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.10 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image work, and overlaid them with gold. 11 And the wings of the cherubims were twenty cubits long: one wing of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching to the wing of the other cherub.12 And one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other wing was five cubits also, joining to the wing of the other cherub.13 The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty cubits: and they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward. 14 And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and wrought cherubims thereon. 15 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits high, and the chapiter that was on the top of each of them was five cubits. 16 And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of the pillars; and made an hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains.17 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.
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