I John was written to lst century believers in Asia Minor to guard themselves against a pernicious heresy that today we know as incipient or pre-gnosticism, a cluster of teachings that took sin lightly, believed in salvation by ‘enlightenment’ via secret rites, and was socially elitist, etc. To expose them and to give believers some benchmarks by which to test themselves John provides some tests of authenticity. Gnosticism may have come and gone but certain features of it continue to manifest themselves to this day and must be taken as serious threats to the integrity of the faith. The epistle is as relevant today as the day it was written and it would do all those into ‘easy believism’ or ‘cheap grace’ a world of good to read it over and over again until its message seeps in.
In reading biblical historical narratives many readers may be ignorant of the fact that always the protagonist (or main Actor) in them is God, not the human characters so prominently featured in their pages. Always remember that the Scriptures represent not just the one authoritative written revelation from God, but the Bible also represents the […]
In church history, our day is not unique in terms of the ever-present peril of false teachers and false teachings. However in this digital age with 1001 sources of information or disinformation, believers are more easily than ever exposed to heresy parading under the banner of “Christian ministry.” Combine that accessibility with massive biblical illiteracy […]
The Book of Revelation is a favorite Bible study for all those who look forward to our Lord’s return and the events surrounding it on all sides. Because of its literary genre (apocalyptic – rich in symbolism, some of it internally interpreted, much not) the book contains some mystery and tons of fascination for students […]