For the apostle John, the idea that a Christian will continually or habitually practice sin goes against everything that John intends.
John's reference to "antichrists", meant that they were evident in the church in his lifetime. It is not a 20th or 21st century arrival.
A Christ like walk is attained, based on the maturity level of the believer.
Man, is not perfect, nor will he be perfect on this earth. There is nothing that man can do that will make him good enough to walk in the light. However, John makes it very clear that Christians are “walking in the light”, not due to anything if they have accomplished, rather, it is what Jesus accomplished on the cross.
Using Galatians 1:1-5 as reference, the Apostle Paul gives an example of how the authority of God's calling on our life should be protected and expressed. Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—and all the brothers who are with me, … Continue reading Does God Have Authority in the Life of the Believer?
It is very important to understand the history of Paul. In his own words, he describes himself as: “I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law … Continue reading What did the Apostle Paul believe concerning the Gospel of Grace as the only means of Salvation?
Paul carefully defends salvation found in the Gospel over the Law of Moses, for believers in Jesus Christ. He defines the relationship between faith and works, freedom and bondage.
Fruit is often used as a metaphor for a "good." In the New Testament, and specifically in this passage, fruit is associated with a good outcome (Matt. 3:8; 7:16; John 4:36; 15:8; Rom. 1:13; 6:21).
NKJV Apply the Word Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: Live in His Steps, eBook version. Thomas-Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN, 2016, (1632 pages). Book Review I currently own over thirty study Bibles. I have stopped purchasing them because most just regurgitate the same commentaries from the same group of commentators with the same set of references. It … Continue reading Book Review: the NKJV “Apply the Word Study Bible (eBook version)
For those of the Christian faith, Easter is the most important event each year. It is on Easter, that we focus on what Jesus the Christ accomplished.