Category: 107: Epistles

Romans 15 – 16

Romans 15 We are instructed to help those younger or weaker in the faith to learn and grow in godliness, and we are not to cause them to stumble over non-biblical personal preferences, cultural or racial issues   We are not to just do everything that we want, but we are to be considerate of the sensitivities […]

Romans 13 – 14

Romans 13 Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: The highest power being God himself; therefore always put God first and obey others only as their teachings, laws, rulings and commands do not conflict with God’s Word. 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth […]

Romans 11 – 12

Romans 11 God has not permanently cast away physical Israel but he has set physical Israel aside until another time, when he will call all physical Israel into a New Covenant spiritual Israel (Jer 31:31).  So far only a few have been called out of physical Israel and only a few have been called from the […]

Romans 9 – 10

Romans 9 Paul addresses apparent rivalries between the racial Jews and Gentiles; teaching them that it is only those who are faithfully obedient to the whole Word of God who are spiritual Jews and the children of Abraham indeed.  Therefore all who are faithfully believing and obedient to the Word of God are the true spiritual […]

Romans 7 – 8

Romans 7 Many have falsely try to use Romans 7 to justify sin. In Romans 7 Paul explains to the Jews in Rome the weakness of the Mosaic Covenant and why a New Covenant and the Holy Spirit is needed to please God.   Romans 8 then explains how we can overcome all sin by Jesus Christ […]

Romans 5 – 6

Romans 5 It is understood that every baby falls a few times in learning to walk, but when we fall spiritually, do we repent and get up to go forward like a child or do we justify our sins and continue in them, like a child who falls and refuses to get back up?  It […]

Romans 3 – 4

Romans 3 Faith and Works, and the Calling of the Gentiles explained  Romans 3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. This means that the Law, Prophets and Writings were given to Israel, and after […]

Romans 1 – 2

The theme of the Book of Romans is “Unity With God”  In Rome there were many nations, cultures, traditions and philosophies; from Gentiles to Jews; from vegetarians to teetotalers. Paul’s concern was to prevent divisions based on these superficial differences. His message was that; all that really mattered was living by every Word of God. The […]

Jude

Jude 1:1  Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James [the younger brother of Jesus], to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Jude is directly addressing the “Called Out” of the New Covenant!  This Jude is the brother of James and both are the […]

3 John

Third John Love and the Law of God This letter is addressed personally to Gaius who is living by the truth, which is the whole Word of God, and this Epistle is by extension for all the faithful who live by every Word of God.  John first blesses all those faithful called out who live by every Word […]

2 John

Second John John identifies himself as an elder which simply means a person who is older in the faith, someone long experienced in the faith who is able to help others because of his experience and the wisdom that he has learned and been taught by God. The Ekklesia [the called out brethren]  collectively are being presented as the […]

1 John 4 – 5

1 John  4 1 John 4:1  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come [Christ will dwell in us through God’s Spirit and […]

1 John 3

1 John 3 When we sincerely repent and stop sinning, the application of the sacrifice of Christ reconciles us to God the Father; and being espoused to Christ the Son, we can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and are then adopted as sons of the Father.  Romans 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit […]

1 John 2

1 John 2 1 John 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not [Since sin is the breaking of the Word of God, John is telling us to keep the whole Word of God.].  And if any man does sin [inadvertently, or without knowing], we have an advocate with […]

1 John 1

Love and the Law of God Almost all religions define love as positive actions towards other people; and neglect putting love for God first, in essence they exalt love for man, above love for God.  In short they exalt loving man above loving God and so make an idol out of humanity as more important […]

2 Peter 3

2 Peter 3 Peter states that the very purpose of his epistles is to stir up the brethren to remember the scriptures.  Through history and in this latter day we too are to be stirred up to remember the scriptures written by the prophets and the apostles, and not only just remember the scriptures but to […]

2 Peter 2

2 Peter 2 Peter warns us as Paul, Jesus and Jude also warn us; that in this end time the called out spiritual Ekklesia would be full of false teachers who teach the brethren to follow themselves as idols of men and deny the authority of Christ and the Word of God, by rejecting any zeal to […]

2 Peter 1

2 Peter 1 Peter addresses this Epistle to all these who are zealous to learn and to live by every Word of God. 2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith [in God and perform the works of faith, which are to believe and […]

1 Peter 4 – 5

1 Peter 4 Let us cease from all sin and live by every Word of God just like Jesus Christ did and does. 1 Peter 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind [we are to be filled with the same Christ-like determination to live by every Word […]

1 Peter 3

1 Peter 3 Instructions for Wives 1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation [by the conduct and example] of the wives; 3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation [godly example in […]

1 Peter 2

1 Peter 2 1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings, Let us put away everything that divides us from God and his Word, and separates us from the teachings of Christ; let us eagerly hunger and thirst for the spiritual nourishment of the whole Word of God just as a babe cries […]

1 Peter 1

1 Peter 1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle [apostle means servant] of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, From before the foundations of the world God the Father had determined to call out a few people to be raised up in an early harvest of humanity.  This early […]

James 5

James 5 Those who seek and focus on physical wealth and pleasures instead of the spiritual riches of the Word of God, will be perverted away from the Word of God and will compromise with God’s Word to gain worldly riches. Physical riches have no lasting value since they will perish; therefore set your heart […]

James 3 – 4

We are to grow and learn and perfect ourselves by discarding error for the truth as we learn. James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters [teachers, leaders], knowing that we [leaders and teachers] shall receive the greater condemnation [a more intense scrutiny]. This refers to wanting to be masters or teachers of this way. […]

James 1 – 2

James is the English form of the Greek form of the Hebrew name Jacob.  In his own language he would have been called Yakov [Jacob]. James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. This message is to all of the twelve […]