This epistle is addressed to a converted Gentile named Gaius, for his piety and hospitality, especially to the ministers of the Lord. Grace with healthy body and purity of the heart are rich companions, and the prosperity of the souls is the greatest blessing from heaven. Good Christians will rejoice in the prosperity of others, and they are glad to hear of the grace and goodness of fellow believers. In this epistle, John exposed the bad attitude of some people that pretend to be Christians but having selfish ambition. Diotrephes loves to be the leader, but refuses to have anything to do with John and his companion when they visited their church (v9). Diotrephes was full of pride and ambition, hindering the advancement of the kingdom of God. He pretends to be worker of God, but a companion of wicked people. Demetrius, on the other hand, has a good testimony, following only what is good (v11). Few are well spoken of by the people, and may those who live at peace with the brethren may also live together with the Lord in heaven. God bless.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
This epistle is addressed to a lady, a noble one, commenced for the religious education of her children, and is exhorted to abide and preserve the doctrine of Christ. Families are encouraged and directed in their love and duties at home. This lady was popular and the brethren love her not for her position but for her holiness, love of the brother and sisters in Christ, and obedience to the word of the Lord. But she had been warned, because of the many deceivers who bring some erroneous teaching concerning the person of Christ. Do not receive false teachers into their house but disregard them because they don't abide and practice the words of God. Anyone who did not profess and preach the doctrine of Christ, respecting him as the Son of God, and salvation by him from guilt and sin, are not true Christians. It means that the unity of the believers should be maintained by all means and methods, and should be tend to mutual joy. God bless.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Jesus is the Christ (Savior) and the author of love. Anyone who loves Him is born of God, and the Spirit of God dwells on that person. If we say that we love Him, we should obey His commandments, because that is the proof that we love Jesus Christ. People may say that they love Christ, but their works and obedience to His words will determine if they truly love the Lord. Faith sacrifices the desires of the flesh, and Christians overcome the world by faith. They cannot be satisfied with this world, but looks beyond it, and is still striving and pressing toward heaven. God is Trinity, three in One; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. If people reject this belief, they don't know the true God. We don't discovered this belief, God reveals this to us. Those who refuses to trust and honor Christ as the Son of God will be forever blind, lost, dead in sin, and under condemnation. But those who trust in Him is eternally saved by His blood. God bless.
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Beware of anti Christian spirits because their message is unscriptural but according to their tastes, so as not to offend the people like them. The world approved them, and they have many followers, the world will love its own, and its own will love it. The true doctrine of Christ and His followers is to lead men from the world to God, the mark against the spirit of error. The Spirit of God is the Spirit of love. God's forgiveness and mercy show that God loves us, and we ought to show these with others. Does love exist between God and sinners? Here was the origin, not that we loved God, but that He freely loved us. His love could not be designed to be fruitless upon us, rather a fruitful one that will last forever. God bless.
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Monday, May 22, 2017
Very few know the real happiness of being followers of Christ. Christians are content with hard fare here, they are in the land of strangers because their home is in heaven, they walk by faith, and live by hope with earnest desire for the revelation of Jesus Christ. And they shall be transformed into the same image of Christ, and they shall see Him as He is (v2). They don't live in sinful ways, but they follow the way of the Lord. They don't practice lawlessness, but abide with Christ's word always. They avoid the works of the evil one who sinned from the beginning, and joined Christ to destroy the works the devil (v8). The children of God and the children of the devil have their distinct characters, one obeys the words of Jesus, the other hates. This Spirit of God works a change; in all true Christians it changes from the power of Satan to the power of God. We know that we are passed from death to life, and we may know it by the evidences of our faith and obedience in Christ, of which love to God and to our brethren. God bless.
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Jesus Christ is our Advocate, Savior and Redeemer, that in every land and through successive generations, all people are invited to come to God through Christ's all-sufficient atonement. The gospel sets the hearts against all sins, and stops the practice of it, at the same time, it gives a relief to the wounded conscience of those who have sinned. He is the Light, and the true believers follow the Light, never to stay in darkness. And those who walk in hatred and enmity to believers, remain in a dark state. As Christians, we have level of maturity, and we have peculiar duties, but there are commands that are common to all, particularly mutual love. Loving God and His people is contrary to loving the world and all that it offers for the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. The things that the world offers fade quickly, but God's love never fail. True Christians are anointed ones, and they can detect the false teachings of Antichrist and antichrist at once. So, let us reject such anti-christian doctrine, and keep away from them as much as we can. God bless.
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Friday, May 19, 2017
John claimed that he saw with his eyes, touched with his hands, and heard with his ears that the Word of God was manifested in real life. All the apostles had witnessed Christ's wisdom, holiness, miracles, love and mercy during some years, till they saw Him crucified for sinners, and afterwards risen from the dead. If people will believe, they will be forgiven and have free access to God the Father. God is Light and therefore we will have knowledge and understanding, because there is no darkness in Him at all (v5). The communion of believers with the Father and Son is being kept by the influence of the Holy Spirit. Those who walk in darkness, living in sinful ways are not with God, and are not true believers. The message of Christ is to walk with Him no matter what may be the situation; even in time of prosperity or poverty, miseries and peaceful, joy and sadness, because is our Guide and Protector everyday. God is a good Father, that if we made mistakes, ask His forgiveness, and we will be forgiven through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ. God bless.
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