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First Letter by John

“The first of John’s letters is not addressed to any one church or individual in particular.  It is probably intended for widespread circulation.  As if he were their father, John writes to hi ‘little children’ about the need to continue walking in the light of God’s righteousness.  He warns his readers about the antichrists — those who teach that Jesus was not God in the flesh.  Concerned with their daily walk, as well as their belief in Jesus’ deity, John exhorts them to lead lives befitting children of God.  He points out that true believers can be distinguished from unbelievers by their mutual love, godly lives, and obedience to God’s commands.  John concludes his letter by noting the assurance and security which God’s children have in Jesus Christ.”

Read:  1 John 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Second Letter by John

“Calling himself simply ‘the elder,’ John addresses his second letter somewhat mysteriously to ‘the chosen lady and her children.’  Whether that means a particular woman and her family or refers symbolically to a given church is not wholly clear, but it is probably the former, since no other symbolic language appears in the letter.  In content this letter is a brief summary of John’s more general letter, together with a personal note at the end.”

Read:  2 John

Third Letter by John

“In this third short letter, John commends Gaius for his hospitality and for having been supportive of itinerant evangelists.  He also notes his displeasure toward a man by the name of Diotrephes, who had been antagonistic both to these traveling evangelists and to John’s own teaching, and in contrast to Diotrephes, a brother named Demetrius is highly commended.  Although brief in content, the letter is a good example of Christian relationships and individual concern.”

Read:  3 John

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“Finally, the writer of Hebrews lists a group of faithful people of God as examples of steadfastness and endurance.  He exhorts his readers to imitate the faithful lives of these men and women.”

Read:  Hebrews 10:19-39, 11, 12 & 13

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

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“Midway through his letter the writer makes a particularly profound argument based upon the character of a high priest named Melchizedek, to whom Abraham had given an offering.  Anticipating that some of his readers might miss the point of his argument concerning Christ’s superiority, the writer pauses parenthetically to tell his readers that they need to be more mature in their spiritual understanding.”

Read:  Hebrews 6:13-20, 7, 8, 9 & 10:1-18

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Letter to the Hebrews

“It is not clear who the writer of Hebrews might have been.  Whoever it was, the letter reveals that the author is personally acquainted with those to whom he is writing and is familiar with the persecution which they are enduring.

Obviously having that suffering in mind, and with an awareness that many of the Jewish Christians are being urged to return to Judaism, the writer sets forth a tremendous defense of the Christian faith, drawing forcefully from a Jewish context in urging continued faith in Jesus as the Christ.  Moving logically and systematically from one argument to another, the writer shows the superiority of Christ over all that is held to be important to the Jewish religion — prophets, angels, Moses, Joshua, the Levitical priesthood, the covenant, and the sacrifices.”

Read:  Hebrews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6:1-12

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Second Letter by Peter

“Peter’s second letter is similar in content both to Jude’s letter, which warned against false teachers, and to Paul’s discussion of the second coming in his two letters to the Thessalonians.

Peter begins his letter by stressing the importance of true spiritual knowledge.  he warns his readers to beware of those who might pervert the gospel of Christ by teaching a counterfeit doctrine.  Peter concludes by clarifying once again that, although Christ has not reappeared as quickly as some have expected, both his coming and the judgment of man are as certain as God’s Word itself.  The strong implication is that some of his readers ought to be thankful that the Lord has not yet come again, because if he had, they would not have been ready!”

Read:  2 Peter 1, 2 & 3

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

First Letter by Peter

“Without doubt this is a time of hostility, if not actual physical persecution, against all Christians.  Therefore, the subject of Peter’s first letter is suffering, and the thrust of the letter is an exhortation to steadfastness.  Peter begins by recounting for his readers the blessings which they have in their redemption, and then encourages them in the fact that in Christ they are God’s special people.  But Peter also reminds them that, as God’s redeemed ones, they have a responsibility to glorify God in their lives.  He concludes by noting the blessings which come through persecution and by urging steadfastness through faith and godliness.”

Read:  1 Peter 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

 

 

Letter by James

“In his Galatian letter, Paul refers to James as ‘the Lord’s brother,’ and he indicates that he is a leader in the Jerusalem church.  So it would not be surprising that James, ‘the Lord’s brother,’ would be the author of one of the inspired letters of the New Testament.

Unlike Paul, James does not struggle with deep issues of doctrine or comment upon any specific problems which a particular local church might be facing.  Rather, he addresses himself to the crisis of persecution facing all the churches during this time.

After discussing the nature of temptation, James writes at length concerning the need for consistency between faith and conduct.  In context, James appears to be saying that only those who demonstrate true faith can endure the sufferings of the times, and that faith can be measured by conduct.  Despite its immediate relevance to times of widespread persecution, James’ writing contains words of practical advice for every Christian’s daily walk.”

Read:  James 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Letter by Jude

“Little is known of Jude (Judas) or his work, although some believe he is mentioned on two occasions, not only as a brother of Jesus, but also as a church leader and prophet in Jerusalem.  In his letter, Jude is trying to combat a widely believed philosophy which denies that the sins of the flesh can affect the soul — a philosophy which, naturally enough, has led to flagrant immorality.  In order to stress the potentially dangerous consequences of such teaching, Jude uses both Old Testament and extrabiblical writings (the book of Enoch) to remind his readers of God’s judgment upon the ungodly.”

Read:  Jude

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Second Letter to Timothy

“It appears that Paul may have been rearrested in either Nicopolis or Troas and returned to Rome under a sentence of death.  The tone of Paul’s last known letter indicates that Paul knows his time is short and Paul wants Timothy to come to him as soon as possible.  Paul warns Timothy about the coming of opposition and encourages him to be strong in defense of the faith.  There is a sense of urgency in his exhortations, as if Timothy is Paul’s last link with future generations of those to whom the gospel will be entrusted.”

Read:  2 Timothy 1, 2, 3 & 4

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Letter to Titus

“Paul is about to leave for Nicopolis in Greece, where he has decided to spend the winter and where he expects Titus, whom he had earlier left in Crete.  Titus is apparently facing some of the same challenges as Timothy in his efforts to preserve doctrinal purity and to establish effective local congregations.  Therefore, Paul’s letter to Titus bears a resemblance to his letter to Timothy in its emphasis on false teaching, church organization, and instruction in Christian living.”

Read:  Titus 1, 2 & 3

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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