The test of knowing Jesus!
Scripture reading for December 1st: 1st John 2:1-17
Are you truly saved? How does a person know that they have passed from death to life? Is salvation as simple as just saying a prayer and putting your trust in Jesus Christ? Does God require us to change our way of living? These questions were on the mind of John as he wrote to the churches receiving his ministry letter. John wanted them to understand that salvation was receiving the life of Jesus and living as He lived!
Thank God for the grace of God coming through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ! “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1st John 2:1-2) Jesus paid the price to free us from our sins and their power. We should seek to live free from sin and not sin willfully or knowingly.
“We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands. The man who says, “I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys His word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” (1st John 2:3-6) John plainly states what James stated, “In the same way, faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17) When we truly know Jesus and love Him, we will listen to His word and obey. We do not obey to obtain salvation, but because we have been transformed already by repentance and faith in Christ! This change brings a new way to live and walk. If we don’t have a changed walk, we really haven’t known Jesus!
When we love God, the love of the world must be put to death. We cannot continue to live as we did when controlled by our flesh. “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” (1st John 2:17) Why not take time to examine your walk with Jesus in light of these scriptures?