Jude 1:12-15 Apostates Depraved and Doomed

Jude was aware believers were being deceived by false prophets, messengers of Satan rather than Christ. These self-serving vipers pose as Christians, but their hearts are not set on God. Though Yahweh still reaps from their harvest, the works of such hypocrites are filthy rags to the Lord, to be counted as sin in His […]

Jude 1:5-11 Old and New Apostates

In humility and driven by the Holy Spirit, Jude (or Judah in Hebrew) was the biological brother of Yeshua, the Christ, yet chose to identify himself as only related to James. Judah’s letter was written as a warning and exhortation to all believers. Serving as a reminder as well an edification, this epistle is known […]

Jude 1:1-4 Contend for the Faith

Written between A. D. 65 and 70 by Jude, the brother of James the apostle and biological brother of Yeshua, the Christ we know as Jesus. The author of this letter, Jude (Judas in Greek, or Judah in Hebrew) chooses to identify himself as a “servant” of the Lord rather than through his kin relationship […]

3 John 1:9-13 Diotrephes and Demetrius

From his dwelling in Ephesus, the aging apostle John was called by God to address and single out Diotrephes as a misguided leader out on a selfish mission to serve Satan rather than His creator. First, John refers to a letter he has previously written to the Corinthian church to which Gaius belonged. The beloved […]

3 John 1:1-8 Gaius Commended for Benevolence and Charity

Around A.D. 70, the churches throughout the Roman province of Asia Minor were under the authority of Diotrephes, a misguided leader on a selfish agenda who, according to John, had strayed from the narrow path. In this, his third canonized letter, the apostle John, residing in Ephesus writes words of encouragement to a struggling church. […]

2 John 1:7-13 Beware of Antichrist Deceivers

Around A.D. 85, the aging apostle John, son of Zebedee and Salome, and brother of James, wrote his second letter of encouragement to the churches throughout the region or “Ekklesia,” Greek for gathering. While Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles focused on the saved, John’s outreach was targeted more at non-believers, skeptics and false teachers. […]

1 John 5:14-17 Confidence and Compassion in Prayer

The faith or Christians was tested in similar ways as we are challenged today. The enemy, Satan continues his attack on humanity, preying on the weak, always lurking. Because those with faith in Jesus Christ are empowered by the Holy Spirit, a renewed spiritual self named after the spiritual character of God almighty. John now […]

1 John 5:1-5 Obedience by Faith, Fueled by Love

Within the Mosaic law, obedience to God’s commandments had been an integral part of one’s righteousness until Jesus came to fulfill prophecy as the messiah, the savior of man. Replacing obligation with loving desire, Yeshua, the living Son of God was born of immaculate conception, lived a perfect life, dies on the cross and was […]

1 John 4:17-21 The Consummation of Love, Obedience by Faith

John continues his exhortation of the believers scattered among the churches throughout the Roman province of Asia. The principle that God was symbolic with love was nothing new, however the revelation about brotherly love needed clarification to fully blossom among and beyond the apostle’s beloved flock. “17 Love has been perfected among us in this: […]

1 John 4:12-16 Seeing God Through Love

In his letter to the churches scattered throughout the Roman province of Asia, the apostle John teaches us how, by faith, believers can rejoice in the sight and comfort of God’s presence. By faith, and through Agape, Greek for “brotherly love,” the presence of Yahweh can be seen and felt in others. “12 No one […]