Tag: born of God

Avoiding deception!

Scripture reading for November 21st :  Ezekiel 24-26, 1 John 3

Key Scriptures:  1st John 3:7-9  “Little children, let no one deceive you.  Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as He is righteous.  Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.  The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.  No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.” 

The false teachers attacking the church in John’s last years were teaching that sin did not matter.  John set the record straight.  Sin is of the devil, who sinned from the beginning.  Jesus Christ appeared to destroy the devil’s work of sinning and giving new life to all who would believe through the Word of God abiding within us and the Holy Spirit teaching us.  No true believer can continue in sin.  Don’t be deceived!

Ezekiel 24:14 “I am the Lord.  I have spoken; it shall come to pass; I will do it.  I will not go back; I will not spare; I will not relent; according to your ways and your deeds you will be judged, declares the Lord God.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your precious Word and plain truth.  Thank You for the Holy Spirit who teaches me to obey.  Lead me today into application of truth.  Amen.

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God’s Seed keeps us from willful sin!

Scripture reading for November 22nd:  1st John 3

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st John 3:7-10  “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 is 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.”

False teachers were telling believers that it did not matter what sins they did in their body, their soul was saved by trusting in Jesus.  John wrote to counter these teachers.  He carefully explained that salvation involved a “new birth” with God’s “seed” changing a believers heart to be like the heart of God.  Anyone that was born of God would not continue to willfully sin.  The devil is the original “sinner” and was our “father” before our adoption through faith into God’s family.

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers enjoy and embrace their adoption in God’s family and through the Holy Spirit put to death the sinful deeds of their past life.  “Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.  I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.”  (Proverbs 4:1-2)

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Knowing you have Eternal Life!

Scripture reading for November 25th:  1st John 5

Many in our world and even in the Church are fearful for their ultimate acceptance by God and their actual future experience of eternal life.  John had told them that Christ’s perfect love drives out all fear. (1st John 4:18)  God wants His children confident of their salvation and able to boldly share the Gospel with others.  John closes his letter with strong encouragement and confidence in Christ!

“Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart.  Anyone who does not believe has made Him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about His Son.  And this is the testimony:  God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”  (1st John 4:10-13)

Jesus Christ and the Apostle John want us to know that we have eternal life!  The test is simple:  If you have the Son of God, you have life; if not, you are lost!  Faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son secures eternal life.  After we believe on Christ, God gives us a testimony in our hearts by His gift to us:  The Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we belong to God.  (Romans 8:15-17)  We know our new identity as a member of God’s family with God’s eternal life abiding in us through the down-payment of the Holy Spirit.  Thank God we can know this truth!

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Full assurance of faith!

Scripture reading for December 5th: 1st John 5:1-21

One of the favorite tricks of our enemy, the devil, is condemnation.  After we make a commitment to Christ, he loves to keep us in doubt about our faith or the level of our faith!  He doesn’t bring assurance, but constant doubt and fear of rejection by God.   John, as a wise pastor, brought assurance to his flock by sharing truth in a spirit of love!

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves His Child as well.  this is how we know that we love the children of God:  by loving God and carrying out His commands.  This is love for God:  to obey His commands.  And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.  This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” (1st John 5:1-4)  John emphasized that faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God was the key to living a life of love and victory.    Anyone who said they loved God and hated his brother was a liar.  (1st John 4:19)  Faith was simple and worked through love.  Faith must be centered in God who alone is love!

Jesus Christ has given us three witnesses to verify that He is the Christ.  John was again emphasizing that Jesus came as a man who was the Son of God.  At Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit came down as a dove and the Father Spoke: “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)  This is the witness of the water.  At Jesus crucifixion, the centurion declared, “Surely this Man is the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39)  This is the witness of the blood.  The Holy Spirit testifies that Jesus is the Christ by His resurrection. (Romans 1:4)    In Jewish culture, all truth was established by two or three witnesses!  (Deuteronomy 19:15)

“And this is the testimony:  God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1st John 5:11-13)  We can have full confidence before God when we believe in His Son!

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The spirit of antichrist!

Scripture reading for December 4th: 1st John 4:1-21

The Christians of John’s day were in a battle against false teachers and the spirits of evil who spoke through them.  John wrote to encourage them and help them to identify these deceiving spirits.  His words of instruction can help us in these last days in a similar battle!

“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God:  Every Spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.  This is the spirit of antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” (1st John 4:2-3)  These false prophets were denying Christ came as a man.  This spirit was in the world in John’s day and is also in the world today in many modern cults.  This belief was known as ‘gnosticism’ and denied the humanity of Jesus as the Son of God.  The true Spirit of God always recognizes that Jesus came in the flesh.

John encouraged the Church to remember that they were able to overcome these evil spirits because the Holy Spirit lived in them.  (1st John 4:4)  The Spirit of Christ gives overcoming power because He is a Spirit of Truth.  Believers can be confident in the Holy Spirit bringing discernment and enabling each person to know truth.  The evil spirits tell lies that believers can easily spot.

Love is the mark of those controlled by the Holy Spirit.  God is love and demonstrated His love by sending His Son into the world to die for us that we might live through Him.  (1st John 4:7-12)  Those born of God love each other and testify to the world about the love of God.

When we know the love of God, we have confidence on the day of judgment.  God’s perfect love received means that we have been declared righteous and no longer have to answer for our sins.  Jesus has forgiven us and we rest in His promise of righteousness by faith.  This enables us to live a life of love towards others, free from fear of death.  The Spirit of God gives us overcoming power through truth and love.  What a joy it is to walk in the truth!

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