Author Archives: David Huffstutler

Who Are the Gods in Psalm 82?

Who Are the Gods in Psalm 82?

Psalm 82:1 states, “God has taken his place in the divine council,” a line parallel in thought to the next: “in the midst of the gods he holds judgment” (ESV). The divine council is made up of the gods. These gods are charged with injustice and partiality (Ps 82:2–4) and lacking the knowledge and understanding… Continue Reading

Our Blessed Hope

Our Blessed Hope

  The passages below speak of the appearing, revelation, and coming of Christ. Were we to transliterate the Greek words in each verse below, we could speak of Christ’s epiphany (appearing), apocalypse (revelation), and parousia (coming). While these terms make for an interesting study, especially when used other passages, it encourages us first and foremost… Continue Reading

How Well Do You Understand God’s Word?

How Well Do You Understand God’s Word?

Scripture indicates that some understand God’s Word better than others. An unbeliever does not truly understand God’s Word in that, without the Spirit, he does not see its value to himself and thus rejects it (1 Cor 2:14–15). Believers truly understand God’s Word, and vary in their understanding of it. Those Who Misunderstand Negatively, some… Continue Reading

The Abiding Word of God

The Abiding Word of God

The Word of God is instrumental in conversion and sanctification. As to our conversion, Peter says you “have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Pet 1:23). While we may not know all of the Word of God, we at least know what… Continue Reading

Have You Been Anointed by the Spirit?

Have You Been Anointed by the Spirit?

In contrast to antichrists who deny essential truths about Jesus Christ (1 John 2:18–19; cf.2:22; 4:3; 2 John 7), the readers of 1 John are told, “But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge” (1 John 2:20), literally translated, “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and… Continue Reading

Biblical Illustrations of Loving the World

Biblical Illustrations of Loving the World

Worldliness in 1 John 2:15–17 could be described as valuing what is temporary more than what is eternal. It is living primarily to satisfy the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes. It could also be placing one’s confidence in what this present life offers rather than placing one’s confidence in God… Continue Reading

What Does It Mean to Love the World?

What Does It Mean to Love the World?

1 John 2:15–17 commands us to love neither the world nor the things in it, such as the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life. To have these desires or this pride would characterize one as being of the world or worldly by virtue of loving the world… Continue Reading

Do You Spend Daily Time with the Lord?

Do You Spend Daily Time with the Lord?

A simple question for a simple post today, but the difficulty is in the doing of it, is it not? Jesus regularly arose early in the morning to pray (e.g., Mark 1:35). The blessed man finds that “but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and… Continue Reading

Moses, Reproach, and Suffering for Christ

Moses, Reproach, and Suffering for Christ

What does it mean that Moses “considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt” (Heb 11:26)? Did Moses understand who Christ was and thus knowledgeably suffer His reproach? Or does “the reproach of Christ” mean something else? Consider three options below suggested by others. First, and dodging these questions altogether, some… Continue Reading

A Brief Word on Contentment

A Brief Word on Contentment

If you could wish for the one thing you want most and have this wish granted, what would be your wish? What is it that you want above all other things? The Bible speaks quite a bit about what we should want. One point for us to remember as Christians is that we already have… Continue Reading

The Speech of Fools and Wise Men

The Speech of Fools and Wise Men

Below is a very brief array of verses in Proverbs that describes the speech of fools and wise men. The verses below were chosen for explicitly mentioning the fool or his foolishness in speech and the wise man or his wisdom in speech as well. Many more verses on speech from the Proverbs could be… Continue Reading

Did God Choose Some unto Damnation?

Did God Choose Some unto Damnation?

If God decreed all things, did He actively decree that some would sin, be unbelievers, and thus be punished forever? If we were to ask Jesus for an answer to this question, He might point us to His words in Matthew 25, a prophecy of the judgment of believers and unbelievers to come at His… Continue Reading

What Is Propitiation?

What Is Propitiation?

What is propitiation? John states that Jesus “is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2) and, similarly, that the Father “sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10). The Greek term for propitiation in these… Continue Reading

God Is Light, But What Does That Mean?

God Is Light, But What Does That Mean?

John proclaims that “God is light” in 1 John 1:5. Technically, the name “God” in this statement has the article “the” in the Greek, and “light” does not, indicating that God is metaphorically presented as light and not equated with it. Stated simply, God is light, but light is not God. We see, then, that… Continue Reading

Fellowship in 1 John

Fellowship in 1 John

The Greek word koinōnia is translated four times as “fellowship” in 1 John 1. John wrote the letter of 1 John to his readers to clarify what true Christian belief and living really were, primarily to assure them of the eternal life that they possessed (1 John 5:13). Assuming they held fast to what he… Continue Reading

An Overview of 1 John

An Overview of 1 John

Apart from the introduction (1:1–4) and conclusion (5:13–21), students of 1 John find little agreement as to how to outline his book. Some see a “spiral” outline in which John repeatedly spirals around themes of doctrine and Christian living. Others see John having a general overview of topics, only then to move more specially into… Continue Reading