I John 5:13

This verse is a transition between verses 6-12 and 14-17.  After John ends his thoughts about the threefold witness of Christ’s identity in verses 6-12 by explaining that those who have the Son have eternal life, he summarizes that idea with this verse.  Then he begins a new thought in verse 14 about the confidence […]

I John 5:6-12

John continues his thought from verse 5 (we overcome the world when we believe that Jesus is the Son of God) by launching into an explanation of why we can believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the assurance that comes from that belief.  It is reasonable to believe in Jesus because of […]

I John 5:1-5

Throughout the letter John has focused on three tests for the believer – three tests of assurance.  The child of God must believe that Jesus is the Messiah (2:18-27, 3:23, 4:1-6, 4:15), the child of God must obey God’s commands (2:3-6, 2:28-3:10, 3:24), and the child of God must love God and his brothers (2:7-11, […]

Three Birthdays, Three Christmases

It all started with Rocky Kauffman.  I was 11 years old, just shy of my 12th birthday and in sixth grade.  Rocky invited me over to spend the night at his house.  Rocky’s dad had a little money so Rocky’s house was bigger and nicer than mine and he had more stuff.  AND, Rocky’s parents […]

I John 4:18-21

John begins to summarize and conclude this section on loving one another (4:7-21).  He continues his point from verse 17 regarding judgment and the believer’s perspective on it.  He then reiterates what he said before about love coming from God and why if we are in Him we WILL love the brethren – and if […]

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Many Christmas hymns have amazing theology in their words.  One perfect example is Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by Charles Wesley.  Its words wonderfully express the wonder and blessing of Christ’s coming along with the somber reminder that He came to die.  The following is an exposition of the verses along with some of the […]