|For the first time
since the second chapter, John is commanded to “write.” It is a point of emphasis: the verse is short, but we are not supposed
to miss it.
|Dying in the
Lord: what does that mean? It means that we were faithful to the
end. Even if that end is
|The key is the
reward. So many of us feel that we
should not expect to be rewarded for good works -- but our Lord has a
|(Heb 11:6 NIV) And without faith it is impossible to
please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and
that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
|See the point? He knows we need motivation; he is also just (or fair, as we would put
it). He will reward us.
|Doctrine: would someone tell me how we can retain the
doctrine of purgatory in the face of this verse? I can’t justify it.
this as during the Great Tribulation.
Some interesting interpretations have been added here: McGee sees this as a time when one would
prefer to die (in the Lord) rather than live.
Talbot states that martyrs during this time go to heaven (those
converted during the Tribulation stay on earth during the Millennium). This latter seems unjustified by the text,
this as being after the Reformation, and take it as (following the previous
verses) as the reward for those who make the right choice.