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  • 2 Samuel 16

    04/08/2019 Duración: 54min
  • Introduction to Second John

    22/07/2019 Duración: 01h11min

    All three of John's epistles speak powerfully to what it means to be a Christian and live the Christian life - to -walk in the truth.- But whereas First John addresses these issues more expansively, the other two epistles are succinct and pointed. This message introduces John's second epistle and considers the initial questions of authorship, recipients, occasion, purpose, etc.

  • Final Assurances and Exhortation

    08/07/2019 Duración: 01h07min

    John's final reassurance to his readers concerned their knowledge of God - knowledge that was grounded in their knowledge of Jesus. It consists of a four-fold affirmation --we know-- followed by an exhortation appropriate to it. John penned this epistle out of concern that his readers hold fast to the true God who has made Himself known in Jesus, the incarnate Son, and this closing passage provided a fitting exclamation point to that intent.

  • The Children's Assurance - Triumph in Liberation

    25/06/2019 Duración: 01h06min

    John closed his epistle with a series of reassurances that summarize and punctuate his instruction. His foundational reassurance concerns eternal life- the Father's children share in His life through union with His Son in His Spirit. And this life means that they have passed out of death, and so stand in the triumph of liberation from the enslaving power of sin, Satan, and the world he rules.

  • The Children's Assurance - Life and Intimacy

    17/06/2019 Duración: 01h10min

    John drew his letter to a close by reassuring his readers of their Father's love and provision. He began with the most fundamental matter of reassurance, namely the children's possession of eternal life - the life that inheres in the triune God and is bestowed upon human beings through living union with God in Christ. This is the reason that eternal life grants the children assurance of answered prayer.

  • Triumph in the Son

    10/06/2019 Duración: 01h03min

    John told his readers that their faith is their victory over the world, but faith as the authentic embrace and ownership of the truthful witness to Jesus the Messiah. This witness is the witness of God Himself through the Spirit concerning the person and work of the Son- in John's words, there are three who bear truthful witness to Jesus- the water, the blood and the Spirit. This is the witness that must be embraced in faith, and this is the faith that overcomes the world.

  • Triumph Over the World

    04/06/2019 Duración: 01h07min

    John concluded his treatment of the children's likeness to the Father by considering their relationship with the world. His core premise was that the children's share in their Father's life and nature has set them in a new relation to the world as it continues in its alienation from Him. Once they were part of that world- now they are aliens in it and at odds with it. And yet, they have overcome that world, though not in the way so many Christians want to believe.

  • The Triumph of Love

    20/05/2019 Duración: 01h00s

    This section of the epistle brings to a head John's instruction on Christian sonship. He emphasized that it dispels the fear that enslaves every human being and it radically alters human relationships - one's relationship with God as well as with other people. The reason is that sonship involves reconciliation. But more than merely addressing the problem of enmity, this reconciliation finds God's children sharing in His nature- they are defined and animated by love, just as He is.

  • Knowledge, Love and Abiding in God

    16/05/2019 Duración: 01h02min

    John instructed his readers that love is revealed and demonstrated in God's actions in incarnation and propitiation. Thus Jesus is, in His person and work, the embodiment of love. The divine love is manifested in Jesus, but people only truly discern that love as they are joined to Him and share in His life and likeness. This is the reason John so closely connected love, knowledge and the principle of abiding - God abiding in people and them abiding in Him.

  • Discerning the Life of Love

    08/05/2019 Duración: 57min

    Love is the preeminent way the Father's children manifest His life and nature, and John appropriately made it the centerpiece of his instruction in this epistle. He returns to the topic in this passage, explaining that love must be understood in terms of God's actions in Christ - specifically, the actions of incarnation and propitiation.

  • Sonship and Discernment

    02/05/2019 Duración: 01h02min

    This larger section of the epistle speaks to the children's likeness to the Father. Here, that likeness involves discernment- the Father's children know Him, even as they know His only-begotten Son. And because they know the Father and Son, the children also recognize those persons and powers that deny and oppose them- they are able to -test the spirits- and expose those that are antichrist.

  • Behold, I Make All Things New

    23/04/2019 Duración: 58min

    Jesus' resurrection is crucial to the Christian faith, but often not fully understood. Many view it only as proof that Jesus made atonement for sin, with the result that resurrection has its primary significance in forgiveness and personal salvation. But the truth is that Jesus' death and resurrection have cosmic and universal import- they stand at the very heart of the divine purpose to sum up everything in the heavens and earth in Christ. This all-encompassing design, centered in the resurrected Messiah, is the subject of this message.

  • Baptism Message

    03/04/2019 Duración: 58min

    Water baptism is common to all Christian traditions, but it is often not well understood. Discussions usually focus on the proper object of baptism and the mode of its administration. In terms of baptism's symbolism, most interpret it only in terms of a person's individual salvation. This message takes a wider look at baptism and considers its historical, christological and ecclesiological significance.

  • Sonship and Obedience

    25/03/2019 Duración: 01h02min

    In the second half of chapter 3, John focuses on the significance and implications of Christians sharing in the divine likeness as children of the Father. He concluded that treatment by considering the issue of the children's obedience. This passage is crucially important in that it speaks to three key issues of Christian obedience- the relationship between obedience and law, obedience and assurance, and obedience and reward.

  • Sonship Proven by Love

    20/03/2019 Duración: 01h06min

    This passage is one of the most difficult in John's first epistle, and interpreters have arrived at different conclusions regarding its overall perspective and meaning. Some see John issuing a warning to his readers, while others believe he was trying to encourage them. This message seeks to interact with the passage as it sits within the surrounding context and contributes to John's overall intent in this letter.

  • Sonship and the Practice of Love

    11/03/2019 Duración: 01h03min

    John insisted that love marks the children of God - sons and daughters who have passed out of death to share in the divine life through union with the Son by the Spirit. This love is the same love that characterizes the Father, and John provided an example of what such love looks like in practice. More than kind sentiment and kind deeds, love is inward disposition and outward action that conforms to the truth as it exists in the triune God.

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