Let not the lies of the false teachers drive you to despair or distract you from the grace, from the glory of your Lord and Savior. Dwell on your anointing. Let the confession of Christ dwell within you, so dwell in Him.
God wants you and me to live with that eternal horizon in view. He wants us to see the promise of that, that we will see Jesus, not only have we been adopted, we will be glorified. We will be with Him. We will be like Him.
Where are you walking day by day? John says that if we say we have fellowship with God, if we claim to be Christians but we’re walking in darkness, then we are lying. We’re failing to live out our Christian character. So where does your route go? Where do you find yourself walking?
Our joy, of course, is not complete yet. We are waiting for eternity for that, when we’ll have complete fellowship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and perfect fellowship with one another. Then when that day comes we will be filled with joy and God’s presence with eternal pleasures at His right hand.
But even more than that this passage is here to be an encouragement, to tell you who you are. You’re in Christ, you have been changed. Yes, the change is stumbling, it’s imperfect, it’s full of temptation, and it’s struggle, but it’s there. It’s real, it’s heartfelt. It’s slower than you would like, but it’s discernible and your faith will be the victory. Don’t give up. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God, and that, I hope, is most of you.
Beloved, the wonderful truth is that if you are a believer, then you are a new creation, and His love remains in you. It abides in you. It is an inexhaustible source, an unfailing fountain of love, we just need to abide in it.
This book has been about assurance. It’s about this question, “How do I know that I’m a Christian?” What he wants them to know is you’re a real Christian. So of course it makes sense. He’s told them in so many ways. He wants them to have confidence and you conclude you are the real thing, therefore don’t go after phony gods.
God’s love is seen in our love because our love is His love, which has been imparted to us by the Holy Spirit. What other love do we have to give one another than the love He has given us. If it is truly His love among us, may that love never end in us but redound to His glory as a display of His matchless, unending love.
So, Lord Jesus, we come to You now before Your Word. We long to sing the song that angels sing and so we pray that in our hearts You would place the song of the good news of the Gospel during this season, that it might grow, that our hearts might be softened, that our […]
He makes the case that the wrath you deserved was already poured out on Himself while hanging on the cross, and the accuser will have nothing left to say.
So no matter who you are, or where you are in the Christian life, John writes to you and he reminds you of who you are – you’re a Christian. You’re not of this world. This is not your home. That empowers us not to love the world.
Do I see the works of the Spirit in my life? The bearing of fruit, however small, growing. The loving of others. The progression of growth in Christ’s likeness. Are they there? Are these good evidences present in my life? If so, John would say to the doubtful heart, to the person whose assurance ebbs and flows with life experiences, he would say rest assured in Christ’s presence.