Wednesday, December 12, 2018

1 John 2:7-11

1 John 2:7-11
The New Commandment of Love is Light

1Jn 2:7  Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 
1Jn 2:8  Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. 
1Jn 2:9  He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 
1Jn 2:10  He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 
1Jn 2:11  But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 
  1. The New Commandment of Love is Nothing New but Came into the World with the First Commandment that God Gave at the Beginning of Time: “Let There Be Light.” – vs. 7
    1. The commandment of God to give light in the darkness is an expression of His love. Darkness is symbolic of chaos and hate and light is symbolic of order and love. Just like God of His own divine will sent light into the world, He also gave light to our world personal world of chaos.
                                                               i.      Genesis 1:1-3 
b.      The Commandment that John is giving us can be traced all throughout the whole Bible. From the Mosaic Law to the Law of Christ.
                                                               i.      Leviticus 19:18 
                                                             ii.      Leviticus 19:34 
                                                            iii.      Matthew 5:43-44 
                                                           iv.      Matthew 22:35-40 
                                                             v.      Galatians 5:13-14 
  1. Only in Christ Can We Find The Hope to Live the New Commandment. – vs. 8
    1. Ephesians 2:1-5 
  2. It is Impossible to Hate Your Brother in Christ and Love the Christ Who Saved Him. – vs. 9
    1. 1 Corinthians 13:1 
  3. If You are Secure in Christ Like it Says in Verse 8 Then You Will be Compelled to Love your Brother and Will be Eternally Secure in Jesus. – vs. 10
    1. The truth is simple; those that love Christ will love His people (the Church). The greatest evidence of saving faith is a desire to worship with God’s people.
                                                               i.      1 John 3:14-19 
  1. Someone that Claims to Be of God, Yet Justifies the Evil of Hating His Brother in Christ is not of the Light but is Blinded to Truth by the Darkness in His Heart. – vs. 11
    1. 2 Timothy 3:1-9

Dr Ravi Zacharias Who is God ( October 17, 2018 )

Dr. Zacharias is always inspiring.

The Canonical Model for the Text of the New Testament

I think Robert Truelove is starting an incredible movement. His honest searching for truth has put him way ahead of both sides of this debate. Thank you for sharing this Pastor Truelove. We will be looking forward to the book that may be coming.

Friday, December 7, 2018

1 John 2:3-6

1 John 2:3-6
How Do You Know that You are Saved?

1Jn 2:3  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 
1Jn 2:4  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 
1Jn 2:5  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 
1Jn 2:6  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 

  1. If You Treasure the Commandments of Christ Then You Will Obey Him and that Obedience is Evidence of True Faith. – vs. 3*
a.       What are the commands of Christ?
                                                               i.      Repent
1.      Matthew 4:17 
                                                             ii.      Be Born Again
1.      John 3:3-7 
                                                            iii.      Love One Another
1.      John 15:12-14 
  1. A Person that Does not Treasure the Word of God Will Not Obey it and the Fruit of His Love For the World Will Quickly Become Evident to All. – vs. 4*
a.       John 10:26-30 
  1. A Person that Treasures the Word of Christ Is a New Creature, Recreated to Good Works. Good Works Do Not Save You, But They are the Evidence of Saving Faith. – vs. 5*
a.       John 14:23-26 
  1. Those Who Abide in Christ are Compelled By His Power to Live as Christ Lived. – vs. 6*
a.       Philippians 2:12-13 
b.      Philippians 1:6
c.       Hebrews 13:20-21 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

An Evangelical Assessment of Barth - Michael Reeves

I have great respect for Barth and the valiant stand he took against Nazism, and I still believe that there is much to respect in the man. Unfortunately, he did have some serious error, that was based on some false assumptions. I found this assessment to be honest, helpful and interesting. Well done Dr. Reeves.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Four Biggest Theological Mistakes That Evangelicals Are Making Today...

I found this lecture by Dr. Michael Reeves particularly helpful. I think because he is so well read in history it gives him a special ability to open up the Scriptures in a profound way.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

1 John 2:1-2

1 John 2:1-2
We Have an Advocate with the Father: Jesus Christ the Righteous

1Jn 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 
1Jn 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world

  1. John’s Desire is that We Experience True Freedom in Christ, No Longer Bound by Sin. – vs. 1a*
    1. Romans 6:1-9 
  2. If You Fall into Sin Take Comfort You Have An Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous. – vs. 1b*
    1. Zechariah 3:1-7 
    2. John 14:15-17 
  3. Jesus Has Made Satisfactory Payment for Our Sins. – vs. 2a*
    1. Hebrews 9:11-14 
  4. Jesus Has Made Satisfactory Payment for the Sins of All Men. – vs. 2b*
    1. Jesus made sufficient payment for the atonement of all men, but this does not mean that it is efficient to save all from sin. Many who have not been granted saving faith will reject the saving grace of God and be damned to an eternal hell.
                                                               i.      Common Grace
1.      Matthew 5:45 
                                                             ii.      Special or Saving Grace
                                          1.      Ephesians 2:1-10