Jottings – Before Honor is Humility


Christ was designed for the highest honours, yet in his first step he thus abases himself. Note, Those who would rise high must begin low. Before honour is humility.


Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994), 1620.


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Jottings – Cultivating A Spirit of Humility


Commenting on Matthew 26:56:


Let us learn from the passage lessons of humiliation and self-abasement. Let us resolve by God’s grace to cultivate a spirit of lowliness, and self-distrust. Let us settle it in our minds, that there is nothing so bad that the best of us may not do it, unless he watches, prays, and is held up by the grace of God. And let it be one of our daily prayers, ‘Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe.’ (Psalm 119:17.)


J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Matthew. (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1860), p. 370.


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Jottings – If You Are Going to Wash Your Neighbor’s Feet You Ought to be Careful About the Temperature of the Water


Commenting on John 13:14 ~


We need much grace ourselves to wash another’s feet. If you are going to wash your neighbor’s feet, you ought to be careful about the temperature of the water. You would not go to anyone and say, ‘Put your feet into this bucket of scalding water, and I will wash them for you.’ Ice-water is just as bad. Some people go at you in such a way that you just shrink back from them. Some are so hot, and some are so cold and icy and formal. You don’t appreciate either; do you? The proper thing is this, when you see your brother going wrong, get into the presence of the Lord about it. Then remember the word that tells us, as recorded in Gal. 6:1: ‘Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.’ When you go to your brother like this seeking to apply the Word of God faithfully. He must be in a very bad state indeed if he will not listen. If he is not ready, you can continue to pray and wait for the time when God may permit you to help him.


H. A. Ironside, Addresses on the Gospel of John. (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1942), pp. 560-62.


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1 Corinthians 4:1 — How Would You Describe An Evangelist or Bible Teacher?



Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 1 Corinthians 4:1 KJV


Sometimes we put preachers on a pedestal, is this right? Well respect is important but Paul explains in this verse his two main roles:

  1. a servant of Christ and
  2. a steward of the mysteries of God.


May the Lord give us grace to see ourselves as God sees us.

Other scriptures referenced in this video: Ephesians 3:4-6, Romans 11:25, 1 Corinthians 15:51, Romans 16:25-26, Colossians 1:27, 1 Timothy 3:9-10, 2 Thessalonians 2:7, Revelation 10:7



This is the 27th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of First Corinthians.

Jump back to the first video in this series…

To be continued…



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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #15]

Facebook buys InstagramThis week last year the world’s number one social media site purchased the widely popular photo sharing service Instagram for an estimated $1,000,000,000 in cash and stock. [source]

Initial reaction on various social media sites was overwhelmingly negative. However one year later Instagram is still growing as fast as ever with over 100,000,000 active users as of February. [source]

During the 15th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles including:

Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #15 on Digital Sojourner!


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