From a single sentence of prayer, Walter C. Smith found in this passage an entire hymn.
We know the hymn as "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise." Just as God abundantly
poured out his grace in the salvation of the writer of 1 Timothy Smith elevated this
moment of joy and poured out the words of his hymn.
Many of the hymns are self-centered. They focus on one's need for salvation. Smith's
hymn is a hymn to God. It strides with God-centered praise. The hymn gives credit to
God for God's activity in our lives. Each verse furthers the momentum gained in the last
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.