John 1:3 could be translated “everything came into being through Him and not even one thing came into being independently of Him (emphasis from word order).” Continue reading
In 1 Corinthians 9 Paul writes about how he uses his dual citizenship as a Jew and Roman to try and reach as many people as he can with the good news. Continue reading
If John submitted his 1st letter for grading he would probably lose some points for 2:12-2:14. Continue reading
1 John 2:9 continues the theme of one’s works matching his words when he writes, “the one who claims to be in the light while hating his brother is still in the darkness.” Continue reading
I couldn’t help but notice that the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife seemed conspicuously similar to the story of Adam in the garden. The pertinent parts go like this (with my comparative notes below in red): Continue reading
1 John 2:6 says “The one who claims to remain in Him ought, just as that One walked, also himself to walk.” Continue reading
1 John 2:1 begins by saying that the reason for John’s letter is so that we don’t sin. However if (and this will be the case) we do sin, we have an advocate. Our advocate isn’t just anyone–we need a special advocate since we have sinned against a special being. Our advocate is Jesus Christ, the righteous one. Every part of this title is important. Jesus, which comes from the Hebrew name, Joshua, means salvation; our advocate is our savior. Christ refers to the fulfillment of one who was promised to bless all the nations. Our advocate was chosen from the beginning specifically for this purpose. The righteous one–for only a righteous man may stand in the presence of God in order to be an advocate. Our advocate is adequate for His role. So if you sin (and you will) go to God in faith. The one who speaks in your behalf is the one who is chosen and capable of saving you from your sin.
1 John 1:5b can be translated “God is light and darkness doesn’t exist in Him even slightly.” Continue reading