2012-02-12 - 1 John
The Epistles of John ~ Part 17 - Obedience - The Manifestation of God's Love
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
"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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