Monthly Archives: October 2015
Apparently John’s first letter to this group (2 John) fell on deaf ears. So he follows it up with 3 John, this time naming names. You can really sense John’s annoyance and frustration with Diotrephes‘ behavior. I think it would … Continue reading
As I read this book in The Message today, I get a real sense of the beginning of disunity John is addressing in the letter. Obviously the letter did not put a stop to it…hence 3 John.
V. 4- “The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith.” Usually when we think of conquering power bringing people to their knees it is through subjugation- the conqueror dominating the conquered. In this case the … Continue reading
v. 10 “…he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.” We always talk about Christ dying for our sins. The idea of Christ … Continue reading
v. 4- “All who indulge in a sinful life are dangerously lawless, for sin is a major disruption of God’s order.” Thinking about this verse in light of our recent discussion on spiritual warfare. Since sin is “a major disruption … Continue reading
v. 4 The Message- “His life doesn’t match his words.” I wonder how many times that has been said about Christians…has been said about me. My prayer is “Lord, please make my life such that someone can’t say that about … Continue reading
I love Eugene Petersen’s paraphrase of v. 1- “ From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in.” “Taking it all in” I think that is what all Christians should strive to do.
I think it is interesting Thomas is mentioned in all the Gospels, but John is the only one who notes he was also called Didymus. I wonder why that is.
Eugene Petersen has what I think is a unique take on vv. 22-23, “Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. ‘Receive the Holy Spirit,’ he said. ‘If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you … Continue reading