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Christ in All of Scripture – Proverbs 31

 

Proverbs 31:25-30

“Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
‘Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.’
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”


The book of Proverbs concludes with a family scene both impressive and heartwarming. At the center of this ideal family is a strong woman of wide-ranging capabilities, fully involved in the challenges of life. The glowingly positive message here is that “a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Prov. 31:30). The word “praise” occurs three times in verses 28–31, setting an overall tone of encouragement in this home. The children rise up in respect and speak well of their mother (Prov. 31:28). The husband, never a faultfinder, gently praises her for her outstanding qualities (Prov. 31:8). This remarkable woman gives herself diligently to her family and her community (Prov. 31:10–27), and her family communicates how they admire her (Prov. 31:28–31). This wise family sees through the false glories that inevitably disappoint: “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain” (Prov. 31:30). Their mother, who “has devoted herself to every good work” (1 Tim. 5:10), embodies the godly wisdom of her entire family.

Clearly, the life of wisdom is not just for Sunday, but for every aspect of life. It is not austere and grim, but attractive with a sincere enjoyment that flows from one human heart to another. Best of all, the life of wisdom will matter forever. When we are with the Lord in heaven above, we will find that our deeds will have followed us, transformed by his grace into eternal blessing (Rev. 14:13).

But “who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Cor. 2:16). We are not. Even the “excellent wife” of Proverbs 31 is not sufficient in herself, but she “fears the Lord” (Prov. 31:30). Her ultimate regard is not for her beauty, goodness, or accomplishment, but for the One who provides for her every need and loved one (cf. Prov. 1:1–7). We are prepared by such an example to remember that God must make us sufficient for what we face and for what he requires. Ultimately, in Christ, he does so. What he commands, he also gives. Therefore, we may receive his counsels in the book of Proverbs with this wonderful assurance: “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Cor. 3:5).


This series of posts pairs a brief passage of Scripture with associated study notes drawn from the Gospel Transformation Bible. For more information about the Gospel Transformation Bible, please visit GospelTransformationBible.org.

 

September 15, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,Gospel Transformation Bible,Life / Doctrine,The Christian Life | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:48 am | 0 Comments »

Video: Features of the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible

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The ESV Women’s Devotional Bible–published a few weeks ago–is a new resource designed to help strengthen women in their walk with God.

The following video gives a helpful overview of the Women’s Devotional Bible content, features, and aims:

Summary of Features:

  • Size: 5.375” x 8.375”
  • 8.5-point type
  • 1,664 pages
  • Black letter text
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Dictionary of key terms
  • Two-color interior
  • 16 articles
  • 365 devotionals
  • Book introductions
  • Character profiles
  • Free online access through ESVBible.org

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September 11, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,News,Video | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:52 am | 0 Comments »

Amazon’s Recent Kindle Paperwhite 2 Update

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In August, Amazon released a software update for the Kindle Paperwhite 2nd Generation. The update automatically downloads and installs when the device is connected to the internet via WiFi. The update includes new features such as automatic sync to the furthest read page, PDF preview, and easy access to e-book samples for any physical book you’ve ordered.

However, the update also caused certain links within some e-books to break, including within Crossway’s ESV Reference Bible and ESV Study Bible e-books.

Please Note: Updates to correct the broken links caused by the software update are now available. Customers who purchased the ESV Study Bible directly from Amazon should have received an email with instructions for downloading the updated file.  Although the email referenced “editorial changes,” the changes were exclusively technical in nature (i.e. addressing the broken links).

Updating Your ESV E-Books

To download the update for the ESV Study Bible visit amazon.com/myk to sign into your Kindle account and access your bookshelf. There you should find an option to download the update to your Paperwhite 2.

To download the update for the ESV Reference Bible you’ll need to delete the file from your device and download it again from the cloud. This should bring the newest update to your device.

Important Note About Notes and Highlights: Before updating your ESV e-books, please note that your notes and highlights will not appear in the updated e-book file on your Kindle device. Crossway does not have access to any of your notes or highlights, as this feature is managed exclusively by Amazon.

However, your notes and highlights will remain accessible through your online account at kindle.amazon.com under “My Highlights.” Make sure the Annotation Back-Up setting is turned on before you download the update so all your notes and highlights are saved to your account.

To ensure you have received the updated file, navigate to the Copyright page. Under the Text Edition information the new version number should be listed: 2014.08.b.mobi.

If you’re unable to download the updated files after following these steps, or if you have other issues regarding notes and highlights, please contact Amazon’s Kindle Support. You can also read more information about the Kindle software update here.

For more digital and tech updates, follow us on Twitter (@CrosswayDigital).

September 10, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,Digital News,E-Books,ESV,ESV Study Bible,News | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »

Christ in All of Scripture – Romans 5:1–5

 

Romans 5:1-5

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”


Previous chapters have majored on the gospel (Rom. 1:16–17), our abject need for it (Rom. 1:18–3:20), and Christ’s centrality in it (Rom. 3:21–26). Justification—God’s reckoning or accounting of Christ’s righteousness to sinners—is through faith alone (Rom. 3:27–31). The only thing we contribute is our need. This is true for us who look back on Jesus’ coming, as it was true for Old Testament figures (like Abraham and David; ch. 4) who looked ahead to God’s fulfillment of his promises through his Son.

Now Paul begins to unpack what knowing Christ means in terms of daily life. He takes up sanctification, the work of God’s grace to set us free from sin and make us joyful servants of God’s righteousness (see Rom. 6:17–18). Believers in Christ have peace with God (Rom. 5:1), a state of grace and rejoicing (Rom. 5:2), and a way of living that is both sobering and satisfying.

It is sobering that trusting in Christ brings sufferings (Rom. 5:3; see also Rom. 8:17). But it is satisfying that those sufferings produce endurance, which produces proven character, which produces a confident hope in God’s enduring and eternal care (Rom. 5:3–5). God’s Spirit gives God’s love in abundance. This is the normal yet glorious life of gospel faith.


This series of posts pairs a brief passage of Scripture with associated study notes drawn from the Gospel Transformation Bible. For more information about the Gospel Transformation Bible, please visit GospelTransformationBible.org.

 

September 8, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,Gospel Transformation Bible,The Christian Life | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:24 am | 0 Comments »

Christ in All of Scripture – John 21:15–19

 

John 21:15–19

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”


Jesus didn’t hurry the process of Peter’s restoration. The Savior asked three times for affirmation of the apostle’s love, reflecting Peter’s three denials during Christ’s passion. Gospel surgery is free, but not always easy. Grace produces redemptive pain, not punitive pain. But pain is still painful. Indeed, the gospel brings an end to all deadening worldly grief. But the gospel is the beginning of enlivening godly grief (2 Cor. 7:10–11). The law condemns, the gospel convicts; the law creates self-centered tears, the gospel creates God-centered tears.

“Do you love me more than these?” It would have been easier on Peter had Jesus asked him, “Do you promise not to fail me again?” But Jesus knew better than to ask that question, because, of course, Peter would fail again (e.g., Gal. 2:11–21). Jesus is more jealous for our love than zealous for our works. If he has our hearts, he’ll have everything else.


This series of posts pairs a brief passage of Scripture with associated study notes drawn from the Gospel Transformation Bible. For more information about the Gospel Transformation Bible, please visit GospelTransformationBible.org.

 

September 1, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,Gospel Transformation Bible | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:28 am | 0 Comments »