As we study the Word of God, taking in the correct understanding of what the writer meant by the words he used, we begin to see the true human experience from the fall of Adam up until now, and how our lives are involved in the issues before us.
It only stands to reason that our first task is to draw close to God by getting to ‘know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom he has sent.’ (John 17:3) We do know that he has already reached out to us through his Word the Bible, a revelation about him, and his will and purposes for his creation. One way that we can grasp his instruction for us is by studying his Word.
Satan is the god of this age, the ruler of this world (2 Cor. 4:3-4; 1John 5:19), who has created a scheme to get us engaged in personal pursuits and side issues. (1 Pet. 5:8; 1 John 2:15-17) Some Christians have lost the zeal that they had when they first became a Christian.
The Son had continuous support because he always did the will of his heavenly Father. (John 3:35; 5:19-24; 8:29) We need to imitate such examples. “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks.” (1 Thess. 5:16-18) We should not allow anything in Satan’s world to distance us from the Father.
After the Son of God, Jesus Christ, came to earth, to offer himself as a ransom sacrifice for our sins (Matthew 20:28), there was no longer any need for Israel’s animal sacrifices. (1 John 4:9-10)
We all offend. The word here rendered offend, means to stumble, to fall; then to err, to fail in duty; and the meaning here is, that all were liable to commit an error, and that this consideration should induce men to be cautious in seeking an office where an error would be likely to do so much injury. The particular thing, doubtless, which the apostle had in his eye, was the peculiar liability to commit an error, or to do wrong with the tongue. Of course, this liability is …