2012-01-31 - Law Versus Love?
The Epistles of John ~ Part 15 ~ Introduction
In this study, there is a major focus on God's grace. He loves us, died for us all while we were sinners. Our sins are forgiven, and so we never have any reason to feel guilt for our actions.
One of the teachings that John was concerned about was how this truth could be used to lead to the conclusion that how one lives has nothing to do with one's relationship with Christ.
As I've said before, I had a believer come to me and say, "I`ve left my husband and am getting a divorce. I intend to remarry this other believer. I know God hates divorce, but I know He'll forgive me." In other words, this person believed God would ignore her willful disobedience. Another individual said that since God desired his happiness, God would overlook the choices necessary to fulfill his happiness.
Somewhere along the line, due to being self-centered and sloppy teaching, people claiming to be believers see no correlation between how they live and the fact that they are believers.
This was the problem John speaks to in the next section in his first epistle. His argument moves from a focus on disobedience in the believer's life to concern over a theological position taught by the false teachers. Even in the early church, there was a movement to take sin and excuse it by rewriting Scripture and the words of Christ and the Apostles.
First, in what we've already seen, John has demonstrated Jesus is the Christ, reminiscent of his writing in the Gospel of John.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men" (John 1:1-4).
To be continued.