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1 John 4:1-6 – Chiasm

| December 2, 2015

Formal Chiasm All through 1 John, the writer has been contrasting the two groups. In this chiasm we can see these contrasts in the complementary parts. A – TRUE AND FALSE SPIRITS (1a) Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, B – FALSE PROPHETS […]

1 John – Chiasm

| November 18, 2015

1 John is notoriously hard to organize. Some suggest the epistle’s structure is best described as “rambling.” Believing the Holy Spirit to be behind the writing, I have a difficult time describing this letter in way that to me sounds at best disorganized and at worst derogatory. Part of the problem is John does so […]

1 John 2:19 – NASB vs HCSB vs ESV

| November 11, 2015

NASB – They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. HCSB – They went out from us, but they did not […]

1 John 2:19 – Does John Use Sarcasm?

| November 11, 2015

Does John have a sarcastic sense of humor? Does John use a pun to antagonize the antagonists? The opposition who left the orthodox denied the fleshly reality of Jesus. The Docetists could be called “The Seemists” because they taught it only seemed or appeared that Jesus had flesh. Christ was only a spirit. John says, […]

1 John 2:17 – NASB vs HCSB vs ESV

| October 20, 2015

NASB (17) The world is passing away, and [also] its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. HCSB (17) And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever. ESV (17) And the world is passing away along with its desires, but […]

1 John 2:16 – NASB vs HCSB vs ESV

| October 19, 2015

NASB (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. HCSB (16) For everything that belongs to the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the […]

1 John 2:7 – NASB vs HCSB vs ESV

| October 19, 2015

NASB (7) Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. HCSB (7) Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old command that you have had from the […]

1 John 2:6 – NASB vs HCSB vs ESV

| October 19, 2015

NASB (6) the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. HCSB (6) The one who says he remains in Him should walk just as He walked. ESV (6) whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he […]

1 John 1:10 – NASB vs HCSB vs ESV

| October 19, 2015

1 John 1:10 NASB (10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. HCSB (10) If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. ESV (10) If we say we have not […]

1 John 3:12 – Who Are We Worshiping?

| October 19, 2015

Both Cain and Abel offered bloody sacrifices. Abel offered a sacrifice from his flock to his God. Cain, when he brutally murdered his brother, offered a sacrifice from God’s flock to his god, Satan: “Cain was of the evil one and slaughtered his brother” (1 John 3:12). The lesson for us is we can be […]