Steven Long
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The gracious benefits we receive from the Father through the Son should cause us to praise Him with much laude!
1 Peter 1:3-5
Grace and peace come to God's people because it was His will that His Son give Himself for us. Any other peace is non-lasting and cannot end
Galatians 1:1-5
Justification before God is clearly grounded in Christ's atoning work on the cross. When this is clearly portrayed, there is no confusion on
Galatians 3:1-9
Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
Hosea 2:16-20
Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Hosea 2:16-20
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
Galatians 1:1-5
1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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John's Christmas Story: The Word Becomes Incarnate for Our Joy
1 John 1:1-5
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
Published December 24th, 2016; Updated December 24th, 2016
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Key Words from the Text
Wisdom, Works, and Worship
Key Words from the Text
1. Life 2. Word 3. Proclaim 4. Fellowship
1 John 1:1-4
The Divinity of the Word
Witnesses of the Incarnation
That which was
It is interesting to note that of the 11 verbs in these first four verses, 9 of them are in the indicative mood, which is, in essence, the matter-of-fact mood
from the beginning,
An obvious reference to Gen 1:1 & John 1:1
which we have heard,
Here, and again in vv. 2 & 3 John gives the means by which they experienced the Word; it was through their natural senses of seeing, hearing, and touching. This is very important considering the context of the epistle
which we have seen
with our eyes,
The entire epistle of John revolves around the incarnation. Docetisism, the heresy John was combating, stated that the flesh was evil and the spirit was good. Therefore, they reasoned that Jesus couldn't have been human because He would have been evil. This testimony of physically seeing and touching the Word combats that heresy
which we looked upon
and have touched
with our hands,
concerning the word
of life—
Jesus is the Life but He is also the Word. That is why I labeled this Genitive as Epexegetical
The Humanity of the Word
Proclamation of the Incarnation
1:2a is the main phrase of the entire passage. The Word incarnate is the very thing which John & the other apostles have testified to. It is supported by v.1 and the rest of v.2 reiterating what had just been proclaimed by John
the life was made manifest,
and we have seen it,
The word μαρτυρέω (martureō) is used for 'testify.' The TDNT defines this word as " Witness to Facts in the Legal Sphere." John & and the other apostles were testifying to facts of the humanity of Christ NOT mere apparitions of His humanity as the Gnostics would believe
Explanation of 1:1c-h
and testify
to it
and proclaim to you the eternal life,
which was with the Father
Two separate statements are in view here of Christ: (1) His eternality–the phrase 'with the Father' indicates His face-to-face relationship with, and as part of the Godhead
and was made manifest
(2) His fleshly humanity–While Jesus was completely God He was also completely human. The manifestation is that of His humanity, not simply about a revelation of salvation
to us—
Fellowship with the Word
Fellowship in the Incarnation
that which we have seen
and heard
we proclaim also
to you,
so that you too may have fellowship
The purpose of this epistle is fellowship in the Father & Son. The proclamation is so that the hearers may enter into this fellowship with the Divine Godhead
with us;
and indeed our fellowship is
Explanation of the Purpose
with the Father
and with his Son
Jesus Christ.
Explanation: Appositive
The Joy of of the Word
The Reason for the Proclamation
And we are writing these things
Fellowship with God is indeed joy–joy for the hearer as well as those proclaiming that new life has been born of God through faith and repentance. This is the message of the Incarnation
so that our joy may be complete.
Wisdom, Works, and Worship
The Incarnation of Jesus is about joy! According to Matthew 1:21 Jesus came to save His people from their sins. This coming had to take place somewhere in time and space and it began "from the beginning" (1:1a) and was "with the Father" (1:2f). The key words that appear in the text help to explain it; life, word, proclaim, and fellowship. In essence they explain the gospel in the incarnation. Jesus, the Word, is with the Father in the beginning. He is manifested for the sake of the world, seen, heard, and witnessed to by those chosen out of the world, and sent with the message of forgiveness and reconciliation (fellowship). It is this in view when John states, "we write these things so that our joy may be complete." Jesus was incarnated for our joy! When we respond by faith to the Word of God preached we find joy in our obedience and complete the joy of those who administered that good Word to us. This Advent season let us reflect thoughtfully on the joy we have in fellowship with the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and each other. Merry Christmas!
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