Posts from January 2017

Posts from January 2017

1 John 2 | Powerful Words for Self-Reflection

The second chapter of 1st John opens with this: “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 1-2). These are not just powerful words from a convincing orator, or a seasoned preacher, but…

John 16 | The Power of Conviction

“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:  concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged” (John 16:8-11). The third major section of John’s gospel shows Jesus ministering to his disciples on the night before his death (John 13:1-17-26). In chapter 16, Jesus tells them that in his…

Eyes Wide Open | John 9

As soon as you mention the ninth chapter of John, people immediately say: “Oh the chapter where the blind man is healed” and they are correct. Theologians have written entire books about this incredible chapter while I see a couple of things that may seem less important but I believe to be interesting. When I think of it, my attention is drawn to two other thoughts. First, this young blind man’s IQ is quickly raised and secondly, the real message…
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The Great Offense

“And he said, ‘This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.’ After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him” (John 6:65-66). The sixth chapter of John contains an in-depth teaching of the Lord regarding the way he saves men. It is a long discourse between himself and many Jews after the miracle of feeding the five thousand. It also contains our…

Getting Our Worship Right | John 4

We were born to worship. That is why when we worship God from our hearts we feel so fulfilled. The instinct to worship is in the heart of every human being; history teaches us that it has always been this way. That is why it is important for us to get it right, and in John chapter four Jesus makes some important adjustments that set our worship right if we will learn from them. First, Jesus teaches us that if…