That is Jesus Christ, whose example of self-sacrificial love is to be imitated and followed by us as his disciples." "Commentary on 1 John 3:11". So both Elizabeth and Mary would require a miracle to get pregnant. Only Matthew and Luke begin their Gospels with the birth of Jesus, but all four Gospels introduce Jesus’ ministry with an account of John the Baptist (Mark 1:1-11; Luke 3:1-22; John 1:6-9). In our preaching, we fail to balance Law and Gospel—judgment and grace—wrath and blessing—sin and repentance. 1 John 3:11. ἵνα ecbatic, expressing not the aim but simply the substance of the message. His plan to take his ax to the tree is a final solution. But I have already stated the reason why the whole of righteousness is included in brotherly love. Pharisees are known for their adherence to the law and resistance to pagan culture. This is the message which ye heard from the beginning. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. We don’t know much about John’s childhood––or Jesus’ childhood. 6They were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. “Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees” (v. 10a). This purification is manifested in love to our brother and in actual benefaction, 1 John 3:11-18. "Commentary on 1 John 3:11". But the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah, announcing that Elizabeth would soon have a baby (Luke 1:13, 19). 9Don’t think to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. It is new in kind, because it is the kind of love which Jesus has for us! Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Charles Schribner's Sons. Today some Christians distinguish between water baptism and baptism in the Holy Spirit, but that is not a Biblical distinction. (Wuest), Guzik - The basic Christian message has not changed. "Commentary on 1 John 3:11". Have heard (Same phrase in 1Jn 1:1, 1:5, 2:7, 3:11, 4:3) - What had they heard? From Talk Thru the Bible. A second argument to exite brotherly love is drawn from the evil of hating our brother, which appears in the person and practice of Cain, whom our apostle describes. "Commentary on 1 John 3:11". “His food was locusts and wild honey” (v. 4). To love the brothers and sisters in the believing community demonstrates that we belong to God; to reject the brothers and sisters demonstrates that we don’t really belong to God. BibliographyClarke, Adam. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. “To repent is not to feel bad but to think differently” (John Howard Yoder, quoted in Hauerwas, 46)—and therefore to act differently. “It is the Lord’s command, and if this is done, it is enough.”. Because (proof that absence of love of the brethren excludes from God’s family) the message which ye heard from the beginning (the announcement which from the beginning of the preaching of the Gospel was made to you. ", This purification is manifested in love to our brother and in actual benefaction, “The message of the Good News does not change!!! The picture is of a fearsome judgment. 1In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2“Repent (Greek: metanoeite—from metanoeo), for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” (Greek: engiken) 3For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Deuteronomy 30:2; Jeremiah 4:1; Ezekiel 18:30-32; Hosea 14:1). StudyLı *Faith overcomes the *world. Go to. The word “command” or “rule” would express the sense with sufficient clearness. John began preaching “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:2). The message is the teaching that we should love each other. chap. https: 1999. The result is an answer in search of a question. But it is equally true that the essence of the gospel includes the moral imperatives of repentance and of a new life of love lived under the Lordship of Christ and empowered by his Spirit. BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on 1 John 3:11". This purification is manifested in love to our brother and in actual benefaction, 1 John 3:11-18. “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for his baptism” (v. 7a). They cannot be of God, therefore, that cross so fundamental a precept, so expressive of his nature and will. Only here and 1 John 1:5. Copyright StatementThe text of this work is public domain. What we need, which is what his readers needed, is to go back to what we have heard from the beginning. “whose shoes I am not worthy to carry” (v. 11b). “You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come” (v. 7b). The earlier exile and the return to Israel had the purpose of redeeming Israel from its sin. But John is calling, not proselytes, but Jews to repentance and baptism. 1 Jn 1:5. 1871-8. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. New York, USA. John said of Jesus, “I indeed baptize you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. Home; Verse-by-Verse Bible … The message originally announced is still in effect (Galatians 1:6-9). The positive example comes in 1Jn 3:16–18. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. For hitherto he has been exhorting the faithful to brotherly love; now, for the same end, he refers to true righteousness. https: The message that John and his faithful followers had heard from the beginning was Jesus" command to His disciples to love one another as He had loved them ( John 13:34-35; John 15:12). 1801-1803. The phrase is elliptical: “We must not hate our brethren, even as Cain was, etc.”. And I would add specifically "Life in the family (love of the brethren)! It was also practiced as a washing among Jews at Qumran—but as a frequent washing rather than a one-time rite. Search Tools. “It is the Lord’s command,” he said; “and if this is done, it is enough.” ‘Love one another’ addressed to Christians must primarily mean the love of Christians to fellow-Christians; and this shews what ‘loving his brother’ must mean. That was “the beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1). 1832. From the beginning means from the start of man"s existence on the earth. 12. The Pharisees accept oral law and resurrection, both of which the Sadducees reject. But how we treat others - how we love one another - really matters before God. To do righteousness and to do sin, are here set in opposition the one to the other. https: For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. λ.] When I read about John and Jesus, one of the things that jumps out at me is the way that both men were doing what God had called them to do––they were operating according to plan––God’s plan. “I indeed baptize you with water for repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I” (v. 11a). Test the *spirits to see if they are true. The prophet Malachi, who lived four hundred years earlier and was Israel’s last prophet (until John the Baptist appeared on the scene), prophesied John’s appearance. "The Bible Study New Testament". 10Whosoever doeth not righteousness. 2. It is a very close parallel (almost word for word) with I John 1:5. John 15:12 "is itself a restatement of the “new commandment” of John 13:34." of N.T. The message originally announced is still in effect (, New and esoteric teaching about faith and morals disqualifies itself by its very newness!”. Buttm. We are surprised at John’s vigorous denunciation. 11. “The message of the Good News does not change!!! Greek. ", Vine - The readers heard it from the beginning, since it was among the first things inculcated in their hearts as believers, and not only so but it had been constantly repeated. μὴ μιμοῦ τὸ κακόν, ἀλλὰ τὸ ἀγαθόν] On μιμεῖσθαι, comp. https: Then, to do righteousness is no other thing than to fear God from the heart, and to walk in his commandments as far as human weakness will permit; for though righteousness in a strict sense is a perfect keeping of the law, from which the faithful are always far off; yet as offenses and fallings are not imputed to them by God, righteousness is that imperfect obedience which they render to him.