The Big Read – Daily Read
v1-8: Believers in Christ are to bear fruit. This fruit “is a Christian attitude, a Christian way of living, Christian devotions, and Christian purposes.” To be fruitful, we must remain in Him by keeping up our “dependence on Christ and fellowship with him, always remaining faithful to him and actively deriving [our] vital resources from him.”
v9-17: How do we know that Christ loves us? First, He has laid down His life for us. Second, He has made us His friends and is pleased to call us this. Third, He has told us the revealed will of God, the great truths about our redemption. Fourth, He has chosen us and will use us to serve His cause in the world and bring glory to His name.
v18-25: We should not be surprised that the world hates us. “The world curses those whom Christ blesses.” The hatred of the world will lead to a rejection of the message of good news about Jesus, and the persecution of those who are trusting in Him. “It is the common fate of those who want to lead a godly life in Christ Jesus that they suffer persecution.”
v26-27: The Holy Spirit testified to Christ by instructing the apostles and enabling them to perform miracles, and by inspiring them to write the Scriptures that constantly testify of Christ, and which continue to do so from one generation to the next.
Quotes from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
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