Opposing Heresy

READ : Jude Jude was probably another half brother of Jesus like James. The similarity between this book and part of 2 Peter indicates that Peter had Jude’s work or the other way around. Both share a concern about heresy, which leads to immoral living. When people have the wrong doctrine, they live the wrong way. Having rejected the God of the Ten Commandments, people today wallow in all kinds of unethical and immoral behavior. In the midst of a …

Assurance of Salvation

READ : 1, 2, and 3 John In his gospel, John told us he wrote that we might believe in Christ and as a result have real life. In his first letter, John tells us he wrote so that we might have assurance of such salvation. He urges us not to sin, yet our assurance comes not at all from our attempt to live a sinless life but from knowing we have One who represents us in God’s presence, Jesus …

Godly Living

READ : 1 and 2 Peter As we live our daily lives, we are to be inspired by the assurance of our future, “an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4). Because of such hope, we are to “be holy yourselves in all your conduct” (v. 15). Peter shows us that we who trust in Christ now hold the privileged position once held by the people of the Old Testament: “you are …

Faith Produces Works

READ : James James was probably a half brother of Jesus, who had not believed in him during his earthly life but came to faith as a result of the resurrection and became the leader of the congregation in Jerusalem. There is a tradition that he was nicknamed “camel knees” because of the calluses produced by spending so much time on his knees in prayer. At first glance James seems to contradict Paul. Paul says we are justified by faith …

Faith

READ : Hebrews 8-13 The Old Testament had predicted that the old covenant with Israel would pass away and be replaced by a new, better covenant. As Moses was the central person in the old covenant, Jesus is the central figure in the new covenant. He has made a better way possible by which we can come to God with assurance of being accepted. “Therefore . . . let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of …