We Shall Overcome

1 John 5:5, Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? When John wrote this epistle to his recipients, perhaps he was recalling what he heard Jesus speak and thus recorded in his gospel, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome […]

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An Advocate with God

1 John 2:1, If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Thus, any other advocate before the Father who is not Jesus Christ the Son of God is inadequate. He alone advocates for us before the Father. No saint who has gone before us, not even Mary herself, can […]

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Forgiveness for All Sins

1 John 1:8-9, If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It could not be any clearer. We are all sinners. If we deny this, […]

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Love in Deed and Truth

1 John 3:18, Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth. Here, John is writing on the same concept as St. James, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17). Neither apostle believes works are justifying, for that belongs to the work of faith, […]

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God is Love

1 John 4:16b, God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him (own Greek translation). A long debated text. Some interpret this to mean that since God is love, He cannot be a God of wrath and anger; He can only impose on us good feelings. Such is the sin […]

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Evidence of God’s Love

1 John 4:9, In this the love of God is made manifest among us: that God sent His begotten Son into the world, in order that we might live through Him [own Greek translation]. In writing these words to the receivers of his letter, perhaps John was recalling the words of Jesus he recorded in his gospel: “Therefore/for […]

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The Fear of the Lord as Filial Fear: Part V. Centrality of Wisdom (Conclusion)

This entire series is my 30-paged bachelor thesis I submitted to the theology department at Concordia University-Ann Arbor—a higher Lutheran education university—as part of the requirement to graduate from the Pre-Seminary programme. It has been reformatted to fit this blog. Separated from God, we exercise Adamic fear as fear of God’s wrath. As we move […]

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