Tag: dear children
Scripture reading for December 3rd: 1st John 3:7-24
There is good and evil in the world we live in. John, writing to the churches under his oversight, warned the believers about being deceived by the false teachers who would try to get them to twist the concepts of what was good and what was evil. This practice is going on in the church, even today!
“Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who has been born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning because he has been born of God.” (1st John 3:7-9) When a person has been truly ‘born again’, the desire to sin is replaced by a desire to live for God. The seed of God’s word has brought a ‘new creation’ into being. This is why Jesus came. He destroyed the devil’s work of sinning at it’s source: man’s heart.
When a person is truly ‘born again’, actions and attitudes change. Instead of doing evil and choosing to live in sin, that person now begins to choose what is righteous and pleasing to God. This change will not be loved or accepted by those still in the world and doing evil. John cites Cain and Abel as an example. Cain killed his brother because his brother’s actions were righteous while his own were evil. (1st John 3:11-15) We know Cain was of the Evil One because he murdered his brother. No murderer has eternal life in them. Actions must change when we are born of God by faith in Christ!.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (1st John 3:18) John’s exhortation to these believers is good for us today. We must not just give lip service to the truth. If we are really God’s children, we must show it by living a righteous life. We must take the truth of God’s word that we know and apply it in our daily living. If we are not doing this, we are under deception. Faith and deeds must match!
Scripture reading for December 2nd: 1st John 2:18-3:6
The term ‘antichrist’ brings up images of the beast of Revelation. This term ‘beast’ may bring up ideas of grotesque combinations of animal and human characteristics that are totally evil and bring fear to all men. But the term as used by John here refers to someone who set himself up as a replacement or counterfeit for Christ. This person may actually appear as a possible ‘Christ’. That’s why John spends time warning his church members to be on their guard and stay under the anointing of the Holy Spirit!
“Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us, but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.” (1st John 2:18-19) John explains that the time they lived in was considered the ‘last days.’ There was an understanding that Jesus could return at any time and that before He appeared, the Antichrist would come.
Many false teachers were among the people of God in John’s day. Many of them denied Jesus was the Christ. They left fellowship with those in the church and took away those who would believe their false doctrines. John taught that this separation came because they were really not part of Christ’s true body. He warned the church to stick to the truth and not believe their lies! (1st John 2:20-25)
“I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in Him.” (1st John 2:26-27)
We have need to listen closely to John’s warning today. Many false teachers have gone out from the true church and taken many with them. Millions are in deception because they really do not know Him and have the anointing of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Jesus Christ is coming soon, will you be confident and unashamed before Him?
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?