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A saint of God literally lives in the hope of the coming of the Lord. This will be accomplished in one of two ways. The first aspect is by death and the second is by the rapture or “catching away” of the Church whichever comes first in the life of the saint of God. This doctrine of the rapture is present all throughout the New Testament. However, John presents it in a bit of a different light when he gives it not so much as a matter of doctrine but as a motivation for holy living. Just as we have discovered that purity of doctrine comes through abiding in Jesus Christ, righteousness also comes by abiding in Him.
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In "The Hope Of His Appearing" we find out that there is only two ways for us to meet God. One of the ways being death and the other being that the rapture happens within our lifespan. In this message, we are taught about what the rapture entails and why It is necessary for it to happen. [ read more...]1 John 3:4-10
Throughout this whole epistle of 1st John, John is constantly reiterating to the reader what a real saint of God is. Those who are genuine are presented here in a very clear way. It cannot be summed up any more clearly than in the preceding verses leading up to our current text. 1 John 3:4-10 provides some very simple characteristics of who a saint of God really is... [ read more...]1 John 4:1-6
This passage immediately puts the reader into an area of discrimination. John is clearly stating that a saint of God is to be very alert to the voices that he listens to. Not only is he to be aware of the voice and what it says but John is urging us to understand that there is a “spirit” behind every voice that we hear. Furthermore not all of those voices are healthy for our spiritual man. [ read more...]1 John 4:7-21
In 1st John a key word is “love.” When one begins to look all throughout the contents of 1st John concerning love there are some remarkable discoveries that should encourage the saint of God to seek after the expression of perfect love. [ read more...]1 John 5:1-5
This passage brings home to us a very important encouragement to those who are saints of God. The saint literally is an overcomer and this needs to be constantly reiterated. The world and the devil hate what a saint stands for. The word “Christian” was initially used by the pagans in a very derisive term but when one looks at the Bible concerning what a saint is it opens up a whole new understanding of where our place in God really is. [ read more...]1 John 5:6-12
As this study has progressed in 1st John one of the concepts that you have seen is the fact that John will mention a subject and then leave it for another thought only to return to it again in deeper or wider approach. This portion of the text is again a further pattern of his writings. He affirmed in 1 John 1:1 that this Jesus was who John “heard,” “seen,” “looked upon,” and have “handled.” Such categories of explanation prove that John was literally a witness of Jesus Christ in His earthly ministry. He now returns to that theme of being a witness of Jesus Christ. [ read more...]1 John 5:13-21
Our world is filled with uncertainty. The old adage states, ‘the only thing that is certain is change.’ How well that we relate to such a statement. Everywhere that one chooses to look there is uncertainty with jobs, political systems, governments, banking and finance, health issues, and a host of other issues. Much of the uncertainty plays on our fears. Fear set loose in the soul turns into a wicked anxiety that often prevails to the extent that health issues may arise in the human body. The uncertainty of the times creates a very unproductive present and a fearful look at the future. [ read more...]