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1 John 1

HALF-HOURS WITH JOHN'S EPISTLES FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY NOTE THE words which open this First Epistle of St. John -- an appeal to three of the five senses in proof of the reality of Christ's body -- show that it turns upon the Person of the Son of God incarnate. But why was the r... Read More

1 John 2

HALF-HOURS WITH JOHN'S EPISTLES FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN CHAPTER II. THUS far John has treated sin as a reality, and has exposed the fallacies by which its repugnance to the character of God is concealed, and its significance is vainly done away by a false philosophy. He now proceeds to show that the p... Read More

1 John 3

HALF-HOURS WITH JOHN'S EPISTLES FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN CHAPTER III. THE third chapter should begin with the last verse of the second, which speaks of being begotten of God. Then naturally the author describes the present character and future position of the children of God when their real glory, now ... Read More

1 John 4

HALF-HOURS WITH JOHN'S EPISTLES FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN CHAPTER IV. THE mention of the Spirit, the pentecostal gift, as decisive of the question whether God abides in believers, suggests that a safeguard should be set up against false spirits who would lead them astray. These are not all of them disem... Read More

1 John 5

HALF-HOURS WITH JOHN'S EPISTLES FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN CHAPTER V. IN this chapter true faith is described as acknowledging the Messiahship of Jesus, as experiencing the new birth, as aflame with love to God and to all the regenerate, as keeping God's commands, as victorious over the world, as having ... Read More

1. LIFE OF ST. JOHN IN OUTLINE

THE facts relating to this eminent apostle which are recorded in the New Testament are soon told. He was the son, apparently the youngest son, of Zebedee and Salome, the sister of the Virgin Mary, "the mother of the Lord." Hence he was a first cousin to Jesus, the Messiah. There is reason for the wi... Read More

2 John

HALF-HOURS WITH JOHN'S EPISTLES THE SECOND EPISTLE OF JOHN. THIS Epistle is not catholic or general, because it is not addressed to the church in all lands, but either to an individual or, what is more probable, to a particular church. (See Introduction, John's literary activity). 1. "The elder." Pr... Read More

2. THE OLD AGE OF JOHN THE APOSTLE

After the ascension of Christ, the history of the apostles whom He had trained is left in the utmost obscurity. Except James, who was early killed with the persecutors' sword in Jerusalem, we know not when, or where, or how any of the Eleven died. The Acts of the Apostles briefly speaks of them coll... Read More

3 John

HALF-HOURS WITH JOHN'S EPISTLES THE THIRD EPISTLE OF JOHN. FOR the historical setting of this Epistle see Introduction, [Purpose & Historical Setting]. The record of this brief letter in the sacred Canon was probably designed by the spirit of inspiration to afford a portrait of some first century ch... Read More

3. ST. JOHN'S LITERARY ACTIVITY

His authorship is a striking characteristic of his old age. Sacred scholars now quite generally agree that his first book, the Apocalypse, was written early in the seventh decade of the first century, at about 64 to 67 A. D., describing the events of the following few years ending with the destructi... Read More

4. THE PLACE WHERE THIS EPISTLE WAS WRITTEN

There is in the New Testament no hint of John' s residence in Ephesus, but there is ample indirect proof of this fact. Christianity from the beginning of its conquest of the world entrenched itself in those great centres of influence, the great cities of the Orient, Antioch, Alexandria, Ephesus, The... Read More

5. THE RELATION OF THE EPISTLES TO THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN.

The relation of the First Epistle to the Fourth Gospel is that of an application to a sermon, Or that of a comment to a history. The Epistle presupposes that the persons addressed possessed knowledge of the Gospel communicated either by John's voice or his pen. The Gospel is a summary of his sermons... Read More

6. PURPOSE AND HISTORICAL SETTING

In the estimation of deeply spiritual minds the First Epistle of John holds the highest place in that series of inspired writings which constitute the Bible. In the order of divine revelations it is probably the last. It may very properly be regarded as the interpreter of the whole series. It not on... Read More

7. OUTLINE OF THE EPISTLE

It is exceedingly difficult to analyze the Epistle and discover the author's plan. Some scholars think that he had no clear and systematic arrangement of his ideas when he began to write. They assert that it is "an unmethodized effusion of the pious sentiments and reflections of a prattling old man.... Read More

8. RHETORICAL STYLE

The most marked feature of the style is the constant occurrence of moral and spiritual antitheses, each thought has its opposite, each affirmative its negative; light and darkness, life and death, love and hate, truth and falsehood, children of God and children of the devil, sin unto death and sin n... Read More

9. THEOLOGICAL AND ETHICAL VALUE

The Epistle is not a designed compendium of systematic theology or handbook of Christian doctrine for catechetical training, being written not for the instruction of the ignorant, but expressly for those who "know the truth." Yet "in no other book in the Bible are so many cardinal doctrines touched ... Read More

A Fundamental of Methodism

I AM not a polemic. I naturally shrink from controversy. Unfavorable criticism is to me distasteful, doubly so when the object criticised is the production of a friend, a brother minister of the same Conference and colaborer in the same school of theology. But I have thought and taught that essentia... Read More

A Kind of Second Blessing Needed by the Church

THE author who speaks disparagingly of the "so-called second blessing" makes the following candid admission: We wholly agree with the good brethren who are leading in this movement, that the great mass of the members of our churches are in a very unsatisfactory condition and need a further work of p... Read More

Address to Seekers of Full Salvation

We would now address those who are sincerely and earnestly seeking perfect love, but who fail to understand the exhortation to a full surrender to Christ, and to have no will of their own. We are so created that we must regard our own welfare. Self-love is implanted in our natures. If it could be de... Read More

All the Saved are Sanctified

"THAT all the saved are sanctified and that there are no unholy children of God ought to be rung out constantly from the pulpit and prayer meeting." The writer of these words was not oblivious of Paul's words to the "brethren," "babes in Christ," in Corinth, whom he was sorely puzzled to classify in... Read More

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