The Apostle John’s First Letter Part 6

Verse by Verse Comments on 1 John Combining the Three Tests (5:1-5) “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out hisContinue reading “The Apostle John’s First Letter Part 6”

The Apostle John’s First Letter Part 5

Verse by Verse Comments on 1 John More on Love (3:11-18) “This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and hisContinue reading “The Apostle John’s First Letter Part 5”

The Apostle John’s First Letter Part 4

Verse by Verse Comments on 1 John A Digression (2:12-17) “I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. 13 I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evilContinue reading “The Apostle John’s First Letter Part 4”

The Apostle John’s First Letter Part 3

Verse by Verse Comments on 1 John John 1:6-10 “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood ofContinue reading “The Apostle John’s First Letter Part 3”

The Apostle John’s First Letter: Part 2

John’s Purpose in Writing this Letter One or more congregations under John’s care had been attacked by teachers of false doctrine. The teachers claimed they had new, more accurate, information about Christ and His salvation. Their teaching was counter to the apostles’ teaching. Some people believed the false teaching and left the congregation. Those remainingContinue reading “The Apostle John’s First Letter: Part 2”

The Apostle John’s First Letter: Part 1

Introduction This is Part 1 of 6 in a series on 1 John. Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotes are from the Holy Bible (New International Version), Zondervon1984. Commentaries studied include The Epistles of John by James Montgomery Boice (Zondervan, 1979), The Tests of Life (A Study of The First Epistle of St. John by Rev.Continue reading “The Apostle John’s First Letter: Part 1”

Jesus Asks Questions: Part 2

The Importance of Developing Understanding Introduction: Part 1 introduced two fascinating incidents in which Jesus used questions to thwart attempts of Jewish authorities to make trouble for Him. In the first incident Jewish leaders demand Jesus tell them who gave Him authority for what He is doing. In the second the authorities asked if itContinue reading “Jesus Asks Questions: Part 2”

Jesus Asks Questions: Part 1

Introduction Jesus often asked questions. Good questions cause people to think. As recorded in the Gospels, in interactions with people, Jesus asked at least one question about 75% of the time. Examining the questions He asked and the circumstances under which He asked them reveals an innovative use of questions to accomplish His purpose. JesusContinue reading “Jesus Asks Questions: Part 1”

Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 9

Building up the Body of Christ All Christians, past, present, and future together make up the mystic body of Christ, the church universal. God is Creator, Savior, and Lord. All that we are and all that we have is from Him. He gives us life in His image and likeness. At our natural birth weContinue reading “Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 9”

Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 8

Aristotle: “Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.” Moral means concerned with the principles of right and wrong. God’s moral character as revealed in Scripture is the ultimate basis for Christian character.  Character is determined by ethics. Ethics is determined by values. Good character andContinue reading “Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 8”