2012-10-06 - Abiding in Christ
The Epistles of John ~ Part 67 ~ 1 John
The real concern for individuals is whether or not they even have a relationship with the Lord. God's command is to believe in Jesus Christ. Just as the test for orthodoxy of teaching is the understanding of the incarnation, so it is for the basis of salvation.
"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).
Of equal importance with a saving faith in Christ, is the necessity to love our brothers and sisters in the Lord. These two go hand-in-hand. Considering the importance Christ, John and other New Covenant writers give to the expression of love within the church, it is surprising how little attention this is given.
So much of people's pain is a result of inadequate relationship. It is only as we direct them to Christ, that they can find the answer to meeting those needs. They must be saved, and then turn to the Lord, for a fulfilling relationship. And we must all be able to experience a touch of the relationship with God in our relationships with one another.
Abiding in Christ, then, is a product of our obedience to Him, loving God, and loving each other. Clearly we can only experience the reality of our faith, as we abide in relationship, through obedience to the Lord.
To be continued.