Thursday, April 24, 2014

Audio Bible Reading April 24 2014

The First Epistle General of John
Chapter 3:16-24
Geneva Bible Translation Ed. 1599

16 Hereby have we perceived love, that he laid down his life for us: therefore we ought also to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 And whosoever hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue only, but in deed and in truth. (a)
19 For thereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall before him assure our hearts.
20 For if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we boldness toward God.
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in his sight.
23 This is then his commandment, that we believe in the Name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave commandment.
24 For he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth in him, and he in him: and hereby we know that he abideth in us, even by that Spirit which he hath given us

(a) Read James 1:21-25, 2:14-26

It is a mark of our evangelical justification, of our transition into a state of life: We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren, 1 John 3:14. We are by nature children of wrath and heirs of death. By the gospel (the gospel-covenant or promise) our state towards another world is altered and changed. We pass from death to life, from the guilt of death to the right of life; and this transition is made upon our believing in the Lord Jesus: He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life, and he that believeth not hath the wrath of God abiding on him, John 3:36. Now this happy change of state we may come to be assured of: We know that we have passed from death to life; we may know it by the evidences of our faith in Christ, of which this love to our brethren is one, which leads us to characterize this love that is such a mark of our justified state. It is not a zeal for a party in the common religion, or an affection for, or an affectation of, those who are of the same denomination and subordinate sentiments with ourselves. The whole race of mankind—the gens humana, should be considered as being, in distinction from fallen angels, a redeemed nation; as having a divine Redeemer designed, prepared, and given for them. So God loved the world, even this world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life, John 3:16. A world so beloved of God should accordingly be loved by us. And this love will exert itself in earnest desires, and prayers, and attempts, for the conversion and salvation of the yet uncalled blinded world. - Source: Matthew Henry’s Commentary (Edited by RPW Sr.)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Audio Bible Reading April 23 2014

The First Epistle General of John
Chapter 3:10-15
Geneva Bible Translation (Ed. 1599)

10 In this are the children of God known, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness, is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, (a)
12 Not as Cain which was of that wicked one, and slew his brother: and wherefore slew he him? because his own works were evil, and his brother’s good.
13 Marvel not my brethren, though this world hate you.
14 We know that we are translated from death unto life, because we love the brethren: he that loveth not his brother, abideth in death. (b)
15 Whosoever hateth his brother, is a manslayer: and ye know that no manslayer hath eternal life abiding in him. (c)

(a) Read John 13:34, 15:12
(b) Read 1 John 2:10
(c) Read Matthew 5:21-22

The history of the world is the story of hatred, right back to the archetypal conflict between Cain and Abel. John traces Cain’s hatred to the radical difference of his motivations from those of Abel a difference that will always exist between the world and the people of God. When the fellowship of believers is free from animosity, as John expects it will be, we know that we “have passed out of death into life”. But if such animosity invades the fellowship, it does so only by rejection of “the message that you have heard from the beginning”
Source - Reformation Study Bible

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Audio Bible Reading April 22 2014

The First Epistle General of John
Chapter 3:1-9
Geneva Bible Translation (Ed. 1599)

2 Dearly beloved, now are we the sons of God, but yet it is not made manifest what we shall be: and we know that when he shall be made manifest: we shall be like him: for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purgeth himself, even as he is pure.
4 Whosoever commiteth sin, transgresseth also the Law: for sin is the transgression of the Law.
5 And ye know that he was made manifest, that he might take away our sins, and in him is no sin. (a)
6 Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not: whosoever sinneth, hath not seen him, neither hath known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you, he that doeth righteousness, is righteous, as he is righteous.
8 He that commiteth sin, is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning: for this purpose was made manifest that Son of God, that he might loose the works of the devil. (b)
9 Whosoever is born of God sinneth not: for his seed remaineth in him, neither can he sin, because he is born of God.

(a) Read Isaiah 53:6, 9; 2 Peter 2:22
(b) Read John 8:44

As those taught by the Spirit, believers know an entire system of truth and life that remains hidden to those who are in the world. Essential to this is knowing that although for the time being it may not be outwardly recognized, we can still be sure that we are “children of God” and “born of him.” The public revelation of this truth waits for the public revelation of God Himself “when he appears,” at the Second Coming. True children of God will bear the family likeness, both now, as our hope lends our lives a focused purity resembling His, and at the end, when “we shall be like him.” Only then will our knowledge of Him be complete, but even now our knowledge that “he is righteous” will bring increasing righteousness to our own lives. - Source; Reformation Study Bible

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