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  1-2-3 JOHN and JUDE Introductions
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Books on the letters of John and Jude from

2 Peter | Esther | 1 JOHN - 2 JOHN - 3 JOHN - JUDE | Job | Revelation

DateScriptureDaily devotional commentary
June 27-28: Esther
June 29:1 John 1-5 * The Apostle John Explains and Answers Questions, N Sween
June 30: 2 John - 3 John - Jude * Recognizing False Teachers, D Sween
July 1-10: Job


The Apostle John Explains and Answers Questions
June 29 reading
1 John 1-5
Bible Study Aids and
1 John Commentary
* The Fruit of Fellowship
With Christ
, Ray Stedman
PROMISE: "For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." (2:15b-17)
The first readers of this letter from John the apostle knew he had heard, seen, and even touched the Lord Jesus Christ, and sometimes referred to Him as the Word or the Word of God. John said he had complete joy to repeat and explain what he had seen and heard of God's Word. The beginning of his message contrasts what James discussed also - the difference between saying and claiming something with your mouth vs demonstrating something with your life. What if we claim one thing and do another? Do you have questions about fellowship with Christ, each other, or how to deal with sin? John's letter is for us. How do we know that we know God? How do we understand light and darkness or love and hate? When was the beginning Jesus Christ's life? What is our relationship to the world? What will happen to the world and its desires? What do you call people who deny that Jesus is the Christ? How do you recognize your anointing? How do we remain in Christ? What should you be doing until the Messiah comes back? How will we recognize him when he appears?

We see the lawlessness of terrorism in our world today and see sin, trying to lead us away from the truth associated with righteousness. How do we know who are the children of God? How do you recognize the children of the devil, working against God? We hear the same message over and over: "We should love one another." (3:11) Evil ones hate and murder. Why does the world hate you? But what IS love?

The last half of John's letter explains "This is how..." This is how we know what love is. This is how we know we belong to the truth. What do I do when my heart condemns me? How do we please God? What commands has He given us? How do you know God is in you? How do we recognize the Spirit of God? How do we recognize the spirit of the antichrist? Who is greater - the One in you or the one in the world? How do we recognize the spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood? Why do I love others? How do you love God? How does God love you? How do we love that way? Why do we know and rely on God's love for us? How can I be confident about the day of judgement? What about fear? What about hate? How do obedience and love fit together? Who overcomes the world? How do the Spirit, water, and blood testify for God? Where is the eternal life God has given us?

What do we know about asking God according to His will? What do we know about praying for others who believe but are sinning? What do we know about the sin that leads to death? How are we kept safe in this world since it's controled by the evil one? "We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true - even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Dear children, keep yourselves from idols." (5:20-21)


Recognizing False Teachers
June 30 reading
2 John - 3 John - Jude
Bible Study Aids and
2 & 3 John & Jude
* Inductive Bible Study, D. Schmidt
* Gaius of 3 John, Preach the Word
PROMISE: Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: "See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him." (Jude 14-15) "But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt" (Jude 20-22)
It is probably fair to say that the main theme of these three books is a warning against false teachers in the church. False teachers can be defined as those who deny the incarnation of Jesus Christ and depart from the apostolic message.
"Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. (2 John 8)

More difficult to understand and apply is the injunction not to depart from the apostolic message. Put in its simplest terms it could be said that all theology that does not hold to the truth and righteousness revealed in the New Testament is not Christian theology and must be rejected.

Ephesians 2:19-20 states it this way -- "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone."

  • l. The Church can only be a true church if it is founded on the Christ-inspired infallible revelation to the apostles." (Donald Stamps)
Stamps, in his commentary on Ephesians 2:19-20 goes on to say -

  • 2. All believers and churches are dependent on the words, message, and faith of the first apostles as recorded in Acts and in the apostles inspired writings.

And finally -

  • 3. All believers and churches are true believers and true churches only so long as they agree with and sincerely strive to follow the apostles original teaching and revelation concerning the gospel as found in the New Testament.

Tomorrow's reading (July 1) Job 1-4 "Have you considered Job?"

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Today's Bible commentaries, mostly by Don and Nancy Sween, were first posted daily on the Today's Bible Commentary Blog from November 2003