1 John: Background and Setting

Recently someone made this statement on one of my blogs and said that 1 John is not written to a community in Ephesus and that it is to all believers. Here is what he wrote: “Mr Simon Yap you are very wrong in saying that 1 John was written to a confused society in Asia….

From slaves to friends.

John 15: 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. Have you seriously wondered what this verse means? Is Jesus just being sentimental? How could Jesus treat the…

Like Father, like Son

Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.  John 5:19-20  If you were ever to ask someone, “what is…

After 38 years.

One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” John 5:5-6 I love it when the Spirit drops a question in my heart. Today, as I was…

A man with a dying child.

“Sir,” replied the official, “come with me before my child dies.”  Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live!” John 4:49-50 Dear friends, as we encounter the man with the ill child in Cana, the Lord showed me how he perceives problems and how we in turn should do likewise. I must say I am…

The Wind Smiled at Me.

 “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked. Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things?  JOHN 3: 9-10 I must be born again. What nonsense I thought? Are you saying that all that I have kept, all  that I have observed, all the laws, statutes, commandments have I kept…

The empty jar on a hill

Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town. John 4:28 “AN EMPTY JAR. A BLAZING NOON SUN. A DREAMER AT THE WELL. GREAT ALL I WANTED WAS TO BE ALONE. “TOWN WHORE” THAT’S WHAT THEY CALLED ME. IS IT MY FAULT, THAT MY HUSBANDS LEFT ME? I AM LONELY, I AM…

The Bird that spoke along with God.

 The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.” Matthew 3:16 “And it came to pass at the…

He is in the “hood”!

 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. John 1:39 Have you ever wondered how it felt like to be Jesus’ friend? I have heard messages that depicted Jesus as demanding, strict, angry and serious. I…

An open heaven: Jacob’s dream

He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Genesis 28:12 Jacob’s encounter at Bethel changed his life. It was there God promised him “I will give you and your descendants the land on which…

Saved the best for last.

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. JOHN 2:6-7 I have never seen it before. The first miracle is usually presumed to be that the Lord turned…

The God who refused to go home.

Many at times people who teach grace and reality of Jesus in us are accused for forgoing the Old Testament. I hope you don’t include me in that category. I love the Old Testament. I love the stories, the people and the honesty of the Old Testament. I mean where else can you find a…

“All” means “ALL”?

Dear friends, We are often attracted by the elusiveness of having to believe all men will be saved. It is easy for us to be persuaded to believe an inclusion Gospel. while grace is inclusive, inclusion however is not grace. We must understand there are times, when the scripture mentions ALL, it speaks about the…

What are the commands John asked us to obey in his letters?

It is imperative for us to realize that context is the most important thing in scripture understanding.  Often we read the letters of John we find ourselves stumbled in our the impossibilities he demands from us. Here’s one. 1Jo 2:3-4 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments….

Removing the poverty mentality from the Gospel.

Myths about Poverty Mentality. So often, we are told that Christians should have a mentality that wealth is not a good thing; that the gospel is not something that should be linked to prosperity. Yet I see the very same people who make such comments driving big cars and living in big houses. Don’t get…

Are we to die at 70 years old?

  “Life is fragile”, “Life is like vapor”, “Here today, Gone tomorrow”. There are many who would tell you that we live until 70. A typical sermon would sound something like this: Psalm 90 “5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death— they are like the new grass of the morning: 6 In the morning…

The Holy Spirit: Our friend.

Our friend the Holy Spirit. Dear friends, I have been receiving some feedback that the recent articles are too long and a bit difficult for some readers to follow. One suggested to me “why you don’t write a short and then a long one?” Here’s a simple short one. Many have equate the Holy Spirit…