1 John 1:1-2 Communicating Our Faith

1 John 1:1-2 (KJV)
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

There is a transition in speaker and audience that takes place as the First Epistle of John develops. The author begins with the plural pronoun “we.” He continues the use of this pronoun through the first part of the second chapter when he shifts to the singular, “I.”

At the first he speaks of himself and the apostles
Vs 1-5

The “we” then shifts to include all of his audience.
Vs 6-10

This is, I believe, signaled by his pointing to his audience in verses 3-5. The transition moves from John and the other Apostles to all of the Apostles and those reading this epistle.

Finally he shifts to more of an “I and you” discourse
2:1

I think I see what could be likened to the experience of believers
There is that experience we have as a part of our church.
It is corporate within our church but it is very personal too.

Then there is that experience we have along with all believers.
Some things are true of us as members of a local church that are not necessarily true of every Christian. Some things are true of all Christians in general. The smaller the group we identify with, the more personal and specific are the things we have in common.

There is that experience we have as communicators of our faith
Whether that is to the lost who need to be saved or the saved that need to be built up, we each have some responsibility to communicate our faith to others.

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Psalms 19:11 Something More

Psalms 19:11 (KJV)
Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

This Psalm is a cheerful one delineating benefit after benefit received through the Word of God:

  • It’s perfect
  • It’s sure
  • It’s right
  • It’s pure
  • It’s clean
  • It’s true
  • It’s rich
  • It’s sweet

God’s Word:

  • Converts the soul
  • Makes wise the simple
  • Rejoices the heart
  • Enlightens the eyes
  • Endures forever and is
  • Righteous altogether

But it is something more. We have to remember that the Bible is more than uplifting and encouraging. The Bible:

  • Warns us of error
  • Points out the way of correction and
  • Rewards the obedient

If we wake up each morning to taste its honey but then step out of our house to ignore its warnings we have missed the purpose altogether and will suffer loss because of it.

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Psalms 17:13 Sorry to Disappoint You

Psalms 17:13 (KJV)
Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:

David prayed that God would disappoint his enemies. The word, as I understand it, means to come before. Literally David prayed for God to get in between his enemies and their plans.

This appears to me to be a “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” type prayer. David asks that God would do for him in his lifetime what God’s Word assures us He will do in His sovereign plan.

  • Satan
  • The governments of this world and
  • The pervasive world view

all conspire together in an effort to prevent God’s final plan. Their conspiracy, we are assured, is fruitless, as God will finally step in between them and their plot to once and for all disappoint them.

As for us, we will not be disappointed if we trust God and stay next to him.

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2 Peter 1:1 Something Worth Getting

2 Peter 1:1 (KJV)
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Peter writes, he says, to a people who have obtained “like precious faith.” The object obtained is faith. The adjectives define and describe that faith

It is like faith
There is a difference in faiths. One is not the same as or as good as another. The old phrase “it doesn’t matter what you believe so long as you are sincere” is a falsehood. It does matter. Peter looked for those who had obtained faith like his.

It is precious faith
The adjective describes something’s value or worth as in “precious metals.” It is often associated with rarity. Those metals have value because there is little of it. The word also has attached some sense of emotion. They are precious jewels because they are enjoyed by the owner. A daughter is often called precious by her father.

This faith of Peter’s is rare. It is a small number of people who come to possess it. And all those who do possess it find it to be precious to their heart.

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Psalms 16:3 A Channel of Blessing

Psalms 16:3 (KJV)
But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

There are so many different opinions on how to interpret these verses it is only with some trepidation I enter my attempt. My plea is that these entries are primarily meant to be a record of my own study and devotional thoughts. If they seem to have little application to others, I appeal for mercy.

It seems to me that the biggest problem with interpretation is the verse separation. These verses obviously carry on thought. The psalmist is being honest with his own soul. God is his Lord. Goodness flows from God to him and not the other way around. The next verse completes the flow by saying that the goodness that extends to him from God then flows out to others.

God’s goodness is overwhelming and abundant but it it never meant to be hoarded. The goodness of the Lord extends to us so we can be channels delivering that goodness to those around us.

This is a Psalm of David. Picture him as the king of Israel, in some ways her figurehead. God poured His grace and blessings upon David but He so in order to pour them upon the nation. Each one of us has a sphere of influence; lives we touch in greater or lesser extents. What blessings God rains down on us is so we may channel those same blessings upon our circle of influence.

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Psalms 14:5 There Never Was a Fool

Psalms 14:5 (KJV)
There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

The fool says in his heart that there is no God and then makes a lot of noise on the outside to prove it to himself. In the end though, he is in great fear. The fact is he is unable to drive from his heart the truth. God is and everywhere he turns there is evidence of God.

The word generation is commonly thought of as an age or era. In an example of how important it is that we define terms according to the context of Scripture and not according to our previous cultural conformities (herein is suggested the necessity of study) the term is used in this context as a class or race of people known here as, “the righteous.”

In the New Testament we find three classes of people, Jews, Gentiles and the church of God. Churches are made up of the righteous, people whose backgrounds may be either Jew or Gentile but they have come out of that background to create a new generation.

There have always been those who have trusted in the Lord for righteousness so there has never been a fool who could carelessly say there is no God.

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1 Peter 3:8 A State of Being

1 Peter 3:8 (KJV)
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

This verse caught my attention for two reasons:

  • First, the word “be” is found three times
  • Second it is an added word all three times

Be is a verb having to do with identity, personality. It is added in this verse to aide us in seeing what is the character of the believer. (My wife described it as “a state of being verb.”) The state, the character, the personality of the Christian is:

  • Of one mind
  • Pitiful and
  • Courteous

It must be reminded and stirred up in us because we struggle with the flesh, but it is possible for us because we possess a new quickened spirit.

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Psalms 11:4 His Eyes and His Eyelids

Psalms 11:4 (KJV)
The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

The punctuation in this verse completely changes the meaning of the verse. It should not be read, “His eyes, (think carefully about this), His eyelids …” The verse gives us two separate actions:

His eyes behold
He looks, perceives and contemplates upon the children of men.

His eyelids try
He investigates, examines and proves them. The use of the term “eyelids” could be in reference to how men squint the eyelids when we want to examine a thing more closely.

God is in heaven but He is very

  • Aware of
  • Up to date and
  • Active in

the affairs of men on earth.

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Psalms 9:1-2 The Privilege of Persons of Free Will

Psalms 9:1-2 (KJV)
I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

No doubt the majority of those viewing this will be familiar with the “I wills” of Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12-14). Satan’s fall was the direct result of his own will. He exercised his right of free will to his own destruction.

“I” and more specifically “I will” is one of the most self-damning attitudes any person may have. However, having a will is not evil in and of itself. Here God’s Word gives us four wholesome “I wills” to which every human being is wise to affirm:

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart
His praise is not half hearted. He pours all of his heart into praising God.

I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
The psalmist determines to manifest, proclaim, make known all God’s marvelous works. This necessarily implies that he has undertaken to learn them.

I will be glad and rejoice in thee
Rejoicing is not always a natural response to the circumstances of this life. In order to be glad and rejoice in God one has to have determined to do so.

I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
This is not necessarily difficult except that first, singing exposes oneself and it is not in the nature of all to do that and second, the natural man prefers music of a different sort than glorifies God.

I will, the self determinate privilege of persons of free will, may be exercised for evil or good.

Exercise yours for godliness.

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James 5:6 No Sin in Being Rich

James 5:6 (KJV)
Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

An envious person, or one jealous of another’s successes, is prone to use James 5:1-5 to scold and otherwise browbeat those “rotten rich” people. Secretly I think they want their riches, they just aren’t willing to do what they had to do to get there.

Barnes Notes says of rich men… “There is no sin in merely being rich; where sin exists peculiarly among the rich, it arises from the manner in which wealth is acquired, the spirit which it tends to engender in the heart, and the way in which it is used.”

I find Barnes’ three-point category of the wrong sort of riches to be helpful.

  • The manner in which it is acquired
  • The spirit which it tends to engender and
  • The way in which it is used

But James 5:6 really isolates and fixes which rich men this passage intends, it is

  • Those who have condemned and killed the just.

The point I want to make is that it is not all rich who are here targeted but those who, perhaps due to their riches, have a proud heart and an aggressive spirit against people of faith.

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