• RSS Church Authors

    • The Unequal Equality of Rich and Poor
        Maintain the Lord’s Perspective about Money All this talk about work and money in the world may lead one to become preoccupied with the possession of things.  We might even believe the bumper sticker which says, “He who dies with the most wins.”  Yes Proverbs speaks to work and money, but we as Christians […]
    • Are We in the Tribulation? Do This Self Study!
      Jay Quine challenge study: Tribulation “The Day of the Lord” Now, Not Yet?  Yes or No? What kind of “day” is this, one of blessing, or one of judgment? Isaiah 13:9-11 Zephaniah 1:14-18 Zephaniah 3:14-16 How long is this “day”? Joel 2:18—3:21 “The Day of the Lord is that extended period of time beginning with […]
    • Fireworks
       Christmas wishes
    • Reconciling the Order of the Corinthian Letters
      Reconciliation of the Corinthian Letters Dr. Jay A. Quine While based in Ephesus for three years (Acts 18:23; 19:1—20:1, 31) it appears that Paul made an unrecorded visit to Corinth (comparing Acts 20:1-2 with 2 cor 12:14, and 13:1 which makes that visit the third visit).  Paul wrote a letter now lost following this unrecorded […]
    • Quine on Whether God Values Your Work
      Colossians 3:23  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord. Christians understand the value God places on our work.  These are not merely our jobs, but are a means to worship the Lord.  The Bible says, “do your work heartily, as for the Lord, rather than for men.” […]
    • Quine on the Never Ending List of Lust
      Romans 1:24 Breaking the Power of Lust My wife describes the catalogues we receive in the mail as lustalogues.  Whether a different house, set of clothes, or new TV there is no lack of objects to desire.  The Bible uses the word “Lust” like a bated hook.  The fish sees the worm to enjoy, but […]
    • Jay Quine: God’s Gift is a true gift
      Romans 2:23 and the Gift of Salvation If I forget my wife’s birthday, or our anniversary, or forget to get her a gift on Christmas I’m in trouble.  These are not gifts, these are obligations!  The Bible uses the word “gift” when there is no demand to give.  Under no requirement God offers us the […]
    • Quine: Freedom from Your Affair with Electronics
      Galatians 5:1 and Freedom in Christ! “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm, and do not be subject again to a yoke of bondage.” I will never forget when those words came true for me.  I was set free by my self-imposed burdens.  But this Biblical passage warns of […]
    • Quine on the Source of Evil
      Is God to Blame for Evil?   Romans 12:9 If God created all things, did he create evil?  No, because evil is not a thing.  Evil depends on good to exist.  Evil is like a moth eaten hole in the cloth.  It is not the cloth, it’s a hole.  A hole is not a thing.  […]
    • An Empty Tomb: the Risen Jesus
      The Grave — Matthew 27:57-66 Standing over a grave site is so sobering.  Once so alive, the dead body is placed in the ground, never to be seen again.  In ancient Israel, they had large family tombs, so you would see those buried earlier when you buried someone else.  Dead relatives, still dead.  The Bible […]

    • God Tells Us, "Listen to the Stars"
      38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.In other words, "Get Up!"4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.5 Who hath laid the m […]
    • May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor! by Quine
      Thomas Jefferson: Keep government small.The Hunger Games: A thrilling post-apocalyptic distopian quest told as an epic story that in part clearly warns of the dangers of totalitarian government. My family all read the trilogy a year ago and had multiple discussions around the dinner table of its merits. Although shocking, its message should not be lost.The w […]
    • Walk in Wisdom - Make a Vow
      Making Vows to God Paul’s Vow in Acts 21:15-26 Compromise or Conviction? Dr. Jay A. Quine Paul consents to join in a vow to give the appearance of not invalidating the Law of Moses and the tradition of the elders. There are several options why he does this: 1. Paul was a hypocrite—says E.P. Sanders in his impressive work, Paul, the Law and the Jewish People […]
    • Rewarding Experience: Part 2
      1 Cor 3:11-15 The Building Metaphor One picture the Bible gives of this judgment and rewards is one of individual believers presenting their life’s works to Christ in the form of buildings. The eternal foundation of each building is Christ, but the structures vary. Some are made totally of wood, hay, and straw; others are of gold, silver, and precious stones […]
    • Rewarding Experience: Part 1
      If salvation is free, then why should I be good? · If you can’t lose your salvation after you’re saved then what motivation and incentive is there to be good? We need certainty. We need to feel secure. We need to know we are safe in a relationship with someone. An infant needs to feel secure. Studies have shown that at infant gets that sense of safety and se […]
    • Word of Worship for the Lord's Table
      THE LORD’S TABLE Comments on the vocabulary of 1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-27 1 Cor 11:23-24 The Bread For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus, in the night in which he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” “received” – to […]
    • How Could Jesus (Who is God) be Tempted?
      Image via Wikipedia Applications from the Temptations of Jesus (Matt 4:1-11, Heb 2:18, 4:14-16)
    • "But I say to you..." Jesus' Sermon on the Mount
      Five Antithesis in the Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5--7 “you have heard” “but I say” Explanation / application Direction of the Law: “do not commit murder” “whoever commits murder is liable in court” “do not be angry” saying “raca” is enough to be liable in the supreme court; banished to hell. Be reconciled to another before you present your worship to God. […]
    • Baptism: What it Was and Is -- by Jay Quine
      Definitions Ritual or Religious Baptisms Baptism Today · Baptism does nothing to add to our salvation—it is the outward expression or demonstration of the inward reality that has already occurred. ·
    • Jay Quine quips, "Seize today!"
      bound for heaven?Other Today BlogsHebrews 3:13 Carpe Diem"But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today."Haveyou ever thought, “I’ll be happy when I make more money; when I graduate fromcollege; when I get married; when we have children, or when I retire inFlorida?” We often find ourselves livingfor the future when some benc […]
  • Meta

Dr. Jay Quine: Three Epistles of John

Chronology of the Epistles of 1, 2, and 3 John

Based on literary analysis and the historical background of the time in which these letters were written, it is suggested that while still in Palestine the Apostle John heard about the false teachers arriving in and detrimentally influencing the church in Ephesus. In response he wrote a letter (what we call 2 John). Because of the poor response of the entrenched leadership, now completely dominated by Diotrophes, John wrote a second letter (3 John) to Gaius to inform him of his pending arrival and to instruct him regarding this irreverent personality cult-like leader. After arriving in Ephesus and through his aged wisdom and experience, John redirects the focus of the church (compare Rev 3) and soon after writes a circular letter (1 John) to the churches in the surrounding areas to assist them in similar problems.

2 John — Written by the Apostle John, c. AD 60-65

John writes to the church in Ephesus to assist and encourage them to walk in the truth (verses 1-6), and to defend the truth against the false teachers (verses 7-11). He explains his desire to see and teach them face to face (verses 12-13).

3 John — Written by the Apostle John, c. AD 60-65

John first praises his reader for living in the truth of the gospel (verses 1-4), reciting his love for him based on the truth. He extends this praise for his love of his fellow Christians in Ephesus (verses 5-8). In stark contrast, he condemns an arrogant leader (verses 9-11), yet commends one who remains a true witness for Christ (12-14). He ends by informing Gaius of his plans to soon visit.

1 John — Written by the Apostle John, c. AD 70-90

John writes this circular letter to impart to his readers a new kind of living: by the joy of fellowship with God (1:1-4). Through confession of sin one can attain this kind of intimacy with God (1:5–2:2), which results in obedience and love for Him and His people (2:3-11). John then addresses love: first those things which hinder a life of love (3:1–4:6), and then evidence of living in it (4:7–5:3). Finally, he explains that this high quality of life is available for any believer to possess (5:4-13) and express (5:14-21).

%d bloggers like this: