Concerning 3 John 2

Perhaps one of the most common examples poor exegesis is the use of 3 John 2, usually quoted in the King James: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”. This is a favorite among extreme prosperity preachers. By misunderstanding this verse, one couldContinue reading “Concerning 3 John 2”

Christmas Revealed

  Reuben Smith 12-2011Luke 2:21-40 NIV INTRO: God made clear proclamations of the first Christmas via prophesies in the Old Testament (such as Isaiah 7:14), the angelic visitations to Mary, Joseph and the shepherds, and in a different way the Magi.  Mary and Joseph had direct visitations from heaven, they needed such encounters.  God knewContinue reading “Christmas Revealed”

All Things Through Christ

Philippians 4:13  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” NKJV I. “I can do…”  a. God has called us “to do” 1. In the NKJV the term “good works” is mentioned 15 times.  All within the context of Christian expectation and conduct. 2.  Though good works cannot save God expects them of us,Continue reading “All Things Through Christ”

2 Corinthians 6 – I Will Walk Among You and Be Your God

You may read the entire chapter here In chapter 6 Paul is taking on an appropriate tone of urgency.  What is normal in God’s eyes is a full and immediate response to His graceful call when it is made.  The 12 disciples are good examples of this.  They were busy men but left all toContinue reading “2 Corinthians 6 – I Will Walk Among You and Be Your God”

2 Corinthians 5 – Ambassadors For Christ

    Chapter 4 is not yet published because I was the best-man at a wedding the corresponding weekend. Thank you to Dr. Lambeth for teaching in my absence. You may read the entire chapter here 2 Corinthians chapter 5 begins by revealing, putting into words, the longing and yearning the believer has for their newContinue reading “2 Corinthians 5 – Ambassadors For Christ”

2 Corinthians 3 – The Glory of the New Covenant

You may read the entire chapter here  VS 1-3 Living Letters Here Paul teaches an interesting lesson. It’s not letters of recommendation that qualify ministry: it’s the fruit you bear.  The subject of commendation is frequent in 2 Corinthians.  This passage reveals a sobering truth: the real success is revealed by the lives of thoseContinue reading “2 Corinthians 3 – The Glory of the New Covenant”