2012-03-13 - Distinctions
The Epistles of John ~ Part 22 ~ 1 John 2
In this passage John makes the distinction between our positional perfection before God, and the practical imperfection that we experience on a day to day basis. The good news is that we don't have to sin. The bad news is that we do. The best news is: when we sin, we have an advocate with the Father.
There is much confusion on these issues today. Some theologians, in concern over an easy salvation, leave believers with the ideal that salvation is dependent on works. In contrast, others are so concerned with the presence of grace in our lives, that they minimize the issue of sin. As already mentioned, one individual has gone to far as to deny that John, in this passage, is speaking to believers.
These same positions can be identified as legalism versus license. Some Christians act as if violating some set of standards, established by them - not Scripture - leads to loss of salvation, or at least proof of the lack of salvation. The other extreme holds that how one lives is irrelevant and that in God's grace, anything is acceptable. Reality is, God is concerned with the quality of our walk. And the quality is demonstrated by our love of Him and for each other. If we truly love God and each other, our actions will flow from that love and will be pleasing to the Lord.
To be continued.