Denny’s Blog 2016-10-29T15:10:43-05:00

Spirit, Water, Blood, Assurance (1 John 5:6)

This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ (1 John 5:6). What does it mean that He came by water and blood? The prepositional phrase is adverbial, modifies the main verb, and tells us how Christ came. As Westcott (1966) indicates, [...]

By | June 22nd, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Faith, Victory, Assurance (1 John 5:4)

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. First John 5:1 and 5:4 both speak of someone born of God. Verse 1 begins with the masculine, whoever, but verse 4 starts with the neuter, whatever. “By the use of the neuter whatsoever John states [...]

By | June 15th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Love and the Law (1 John 5:3)

First John 5:3 defines love in terms of the Ten commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. In what events may we recognize the love of God? They are in the keeping of His commandments (Haas et al., 1972, [...]

By | June 8th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Making God Visible

"No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us … If someone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, [...]

By | June 1st, 2020|Denny's Blog|

God’s Memorial Day

In the United States, we set aside Memorial Day each year to remember those who gave their lives in the armed forces. We remember those who died on faraway battlefields to bring freedom and democracy to oppressed peoples. We commemorate their actions by honoring them [...]

By | May 25th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Law Versus Gospel (Galatians 3:21), Part 2

With the words of Scripture, we again ask, “Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God?” (Galatians 3:21). Our automatic answer is, “Yes.” Of course, the Law is contrary to the promises of God. Law and faith, law and grace, are opposed. The [...]

By | May 18th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Law and Gospel (Galatians 3:21), Part 1

“Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God?” (Galatians 3:21).  Of course, the Law is contrary to the promises of God.  The promises set forth the gospel.  God gave Abraham a promise.  God promised Abraham a seed, a son, to be his heir.  [...]

By | May 11th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

God’s Good Pleasure in Prayer

John’s primary purpose in writing what we call 1 John is to foster assurance within the church and the hearts of God’s People. John is quite clear about his purpose. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son [...]

By | May 4th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Five Figures of Speech the Bible Uses

Interpreting Scripture requires you to understand the meanings of words in context. Interpreting Scripture also requires you to understand the primary figures of speech. Common figures of speech include simile, metaphor, irony, sarcasm, hyperbole, parable, and allegory. Less known and less understood, but just as [...]

By | April 27th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Love Yourself?

Do a little Internet search using the words, “learn to love yourself before you can love others.” Wow! Psychologists and counselors seem to use this idea as a theme. Add the word “Bible” to your search. You’ll see that many Christian counselors often offer the [...]

By | April 26th, 2020|Denny's Blog|