Author Archives: David Huffstutler

The Call of God unto Salvation

The Call of God unto Salvation

In 2 Timothy 1:9, God is the One “who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works, but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.” For Paul and Timothy then and for us today, what is this “calling,”… Continue Reading

The Promise of Life That Is in Christ Jesus

The Promise of Life That Is in Christ Jesus

In 2 Timothy 1:1, Paul identifies himself as “an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus.” Paul was “an apostle of Christ Jesus” in that he was chosen, called, and sent by Christ Jesus to proclaim the gospel to the Gentiles… Continue Reading

An Overview of 2 Timothy and Four Commentary Recommendations

An Overview of 2 Timothy and Four Commentary Recommendations

While some books of the Bible can be neatly outlined, others are not while nonetheless being clearly understandable. In 2 Timothy, there are certainly the clear and repeated themes for Timothy to suffer, preach the Word, and be faithful in his ministry (1:8, 13–14; 2:1–3, 14–15; 3:14–17; 4:1–5), especially in the midst of gospel opponents… Continue Reading

Not in My House: Reminding Ourselves of 2 John 10–11

Not in My House: Reminding Ourselves of 2 John 10–11

“10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works” (2 John 10–11 ESV). Every Christian should occasionally remind himself of this passage and its meaning, especially in light of… Continue Reading

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