2013-03-08 - The Primacy of Love in the Christian's Life
The Epistles of John ~ Part 101 ~ 1 John 5
This means we can hear someone teach something that is incorrect, and not automatically write them off as a false teacher. For example, take the evangelical who has recently accepted the alienation theory. He now believes the lost do not spend eternity in Hell, but are destroyed at judgment. While clearly this is contrary to the teaching of Scripture, nevertheless, his faith in Christ remains orthodox. He always demonstrates the love of God in his life. And, his life is a testimony to his obedience to the Lord. Being wrong in a teaching of Scripture doesn't make one a false prophet.
On the other hand, to be wrong about who Christ is, precludes one from being a believer. And if the person rejects the Christ of Scripture, while purporting to speak for Him, then that person is a false prophet and a liar. And from John's perspective, the most obvious clue to these individuals is their lack of love.
John makes it quite clear that for the Christian, love must be as much a part of the life as salvation itself. If we do not allow God's love to flow through us, we must repent. We must turn to the Lord, and ask Him to show us what we need to do, in order to demonstrate His love towards others. And the first thing we must do, is to take this truth from the theoretical and accept it as an absolute must for our lives.
Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
To be continued.
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