We are wrapping up our reading in 1 John 5 today. Tom Steller, of The Bethlehem College & Seminary, relates this story in a sermon from 1 John 5, “Little Children, Keep Yourselves From Idols” The movie The Wizard of Oz almost destroyed my faith when I was a little child. Or at least it … More Evidence That God Is Real
November 20 1 John 5:13-21 (ESV) That You May Know 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he … More November 20 1 John 5:13-21
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:12 John Piper gives this illustration to help us understand: In the film, Passage to India, there was a young Indian doctor who had been arrested for allegedly assaulting a young English woman in India. The … More Whoever has the Son has life
November 19 1 John 5:6-12 (ESV) Testimony Concerning the Son of God 6 This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and … More November 19 1 John 5:6-12
November 18 1 John 5:1-5 (ESV) Overcoming the World 5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is … More November 18 1 John 5:1-5
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so … More Astounding love!
November 17 1 John 4:7-21 (ESV) God Is Love 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, … More November 17 1 John 4:7-21
John tells us (1 John 4:1), “do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” Paul said something like that, too. After saying that we should “not despise prophetic utterances,” he added, “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:20-21). Steven J.Cole … More The content of our theology matters greatly
November 16 1 John 4:1-6 (ESV) Test the Spirits 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the … More November 16 1 John 4:1-6
Steven Cole on 1 John 3:11-18- If we get weary of hearing over and over about the need to love one another, we should remember that John wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, who knows our hearts. We need to examine ourselves constantly because our default mode is to revert to selfishness, not … More Who would you rather snuggle?