“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." — Philippians 2:12 Paul describes in II Tim. 1:5 the faith of Timothy, Lois and Eunice as “genuine faith.” Can that be said of you and of me? There’s the tendency to become outwardly familiar with God’s Word—so much so that we don’t internalize it. We know the plan of salvation. We know how to worship. We know
“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” — Jesus’ disciples, John 9:2 The miracle found in John 9 is not as well-known as the other miracles — like the one we studied two weeks ago in John 6 — but it had a profound effect on the individual who received the healing. Immediately, we learn that this man was born blind (v. 1). He also is a beggar (v. 8). But Jesus makes it clear that the man is blind not because of his sin, or the sin of his parents.