Friday, May 31, 2013
1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds
We begin our look into these verses with the simple declaration of the writer, who tells us that God had in various times and ways spoke to the Jewish fathers by the prophets. Not just to the Jews, however, but prior to the Flood He spoke to a sinful world through Abel, Enoch and perhaps other prophets (including Noah). His message of redemption and forthcoming judgment is hardly a new theme in the history of mankind. Halfway through the first 1600 years of mankind’s existence (roughly) Enoch was recorded having spoken of a time when the Lord would come with His saints to mete out judgment on the world that rejected Him and killed His prophets, Jude 1:14-15.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The letter to the Hebrews was written by an anonymous author sometime prior to the destruction of the city of Jerusalem and its temple in 70 AD. This date is based on speculation regarding the writer’s silence concerning the temple’s destruction and the proof that would yield in that Jesus Christ fulfilled what the temple only foreshadowed. Mind you, remember then that the date is mere speculation.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
1:11-12 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
In short order we come to the third man spotlighted in this brief epistle: Demetrius. Unlike Diotrephes who was overbearing and vying for sole rulership of the church, Demetrius was a man well spoken of. He had a good report from all men. I would assume that by this John means, saved or unsaved, men of every walk, if they knew Demetrius, only had good things to say about him.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
1:9-10 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
John informs Gaius that he had written a letter already addressed to the entire house church to which Gaius had previously belonged, but a man named Diotrephes refused to submit to the authority of the apostle. Apparently John must have been commending these itinerant preachers and asked the church to accept them and support them, but Diotrephes would have none of it.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
1:7-8 Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
John continues discussing the evangelists whom Gaius lent help to giving the reason why they have chosen the life they chose. It was for His name’s sake. The NASB renders the phrase “for the sake of the Name.” The word “name” is the Greek “onoma” and means “in general the “name” by which a person or place is called…for all that a “name” implies, of authority, character, rank, majesty, power, excellence, etc, of everything that the “name” covers.”