[CF Devotionals] 2012-02-12 - 1 John

The Epistles of John ~ Part 17 - Obedience - The Manifestation of God's Love

  1. Love and Command (Cont'd)

    Verses 2-6: Many people claim to be believers. John says. though, if there is no demonstration of a desire to obey Christ - then these people are liars.

    "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 7:21).

    Conversely, obedience shows the manifestation of God's love, therefore the reality of salvation in the life of the individual. This verse reinforces the fact that when John is discussing obedience to God, his primary concern is our loving God and each other. Obedience is a loving life and love is proof of obedience. And the desire to love, as God love is a demonstration of salvation. It is important to note that while love is demonstration of salvation, it is not the basis of salvation. It is God's love of us demonstrated through the incarnation, the crucifixion, and the resurrection; that is the source of our salvation.

To be continued.

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