Context is vital to understanding. When we read the Bible and, in life, we need to understand the context of what we hear and what we read. Without context, our minds will go all over the place trying to assign meaning to things we might not understand without it. As I was reading through 1 John today, I was thinking about context. There’s a lot of teaching to be found in this letter, and if we’re not careful to understand the context, we can be filled with many disturbing ideas.

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