Thursday, April 17, 2014

Audio Bible Reading April 17 2014

The First General Epistle of John
Chapter 2:15-17
Geneva Bible Translation

15 Love not this world, neither the things that are in this world. If any man love this world, the love of the Father is not in him. (a)
16 For all that is in this world, (as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life) is not of the Father, but is of this world.
17 And this world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that fulfilleth the will of God, abideth ever.

The moral admonition not to love the world is also practical advice, for it is already clear that the world is passing away (v. 17). As in John’s Gospel, the “world” is the system of rebellion and pride that seeks to displace God and His rule. It is this system rather than the created order itself which is “not from the Father” and which has already been marked for judgment and destruction (John 12:31). Those who are not of the world receive the word of the Father from Jesus (John 17:14) and show by their response to it that they are chosen for salvation and eternal life.
Notations - Reformation Study Bible

(a) John 15:19, 17:16; Romans 12:12, 13:14; Ephesians 2:3; James 1:27, 4:4, 16

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Audio Bible Reading April 16 2014

The First Epistle General of John
Chapter 2:12-14

12 Little children, I write unto you, because your sins are forgiven you for his Name’s sake.
13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome that wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
14 I have written unto you fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome that wicked one.

The three groups addressed in these verses are actually one group, the recipients of the letter, characterized in different ways. They are “children” because with the forgiveness of sins they have been welcomed into the family of God their Father. They are “fathers” because their knowledge of God in Jesus Christ qualifies them to hand this knowledge down to future generations. They are called “young men” because their decisive rejection of the evil one is a victory like that of Jesus, who fought with Satan in the wilderness and won. (a)
Notation source the Reformation Study Bible

(a) Read Matthew 4:1-11

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Audio Bible Reading April 15 2014

The First General Epistle of John
Chapter 2:3-11
Geneva Bible Translation

3 And hereby we are sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  (a)
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But he that keepeth his word, in him is the love of God perfect indeed: hereby we know that we are in him.
6 He that saith he remaineth in him, ought even so to walk as he hath walked.
7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment, which ye have had from the beginning: this old commandment is that word, which ye have heard from the beginning.
8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, that which is true in him: and also in you: for the darkness is past, and that true light now shineth. (b)
9 He that saith that he is in that light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness, until this time. (c)
10 He that loveth his brother, abideth in that light, and there is no occasion of evil in him.
11 But he that hateth his brother, is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

(a) In the Bible, to “know” someone includes close communion and love. To know Christ means to “keep his commandments.” This knowledge of Christ is called a “perfected” love of God, not because it makes us personally sinless, but because it is irrevocably established in those who live by it. Anyone who presumes to have received forgiveness from God but who spurns the gift of obedient love as unnecessary is a “liar.” Instead of receiving “Jesus Christ the righteous” as Savior, such a person manufactures a false Christ, a savior who is indifferent to righteousness.
Source of notation Reformation Study Bible 
(b) Read John 13:34, 15:12
(c) Read 1 John 3:14

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