2012-11-13 - Who's Doing the Talking?
The Epistles of John ~ Part 74 ~ 1 John
Apparently Joseph Smith didn't know whom he was listening to. If he really was interested in what God had to say, he never could have been sucked into listing to Satan's lies. This is John's point. As God's children, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and therefore do not have to fall for the lies of the enemy.
"For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the electif that were possible" (Matthew 24:24).
John starts again with the communal statement, "dear children." Remember, in dependency in the context of a believing community, we can stand against the whiles of the devil. We are significantly at risk when we are living the isolated life. The more isolated we are, the more likely we are to fall into shaky thinking. The shakier our thinking, the easier it is to take the position "I'm the only one who can say how I should live. If I want to, I should be able to `let it all hang out.'"
John wants to reassure us by reminding us, no matter how life looks, we are cared for by God and so no one or nothing has power over us unless He allows it, or we don't depend on Him.
"Reliance on God is the secret of all victory whether over heresy or any other snare. The indwelling Onethe Holy Spirit who indwells every believer (3:24; 4:13; Rom. 8:9) and is thus `the One who is in you"and is mightier than the one who is in the word, namely Satan (1 John 5:19). He is called " 1
You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ" (Romans 8:9).
The distinction between God's children and the world's is really very clear. The dividing line is unassailable. The difference between Heaven and Hell is what one chooses to do with Christ. It's simple. If you accept Christ on His terms, you are saved. If you reject Him, you will remain in your condemnation.
To be continued.