2013-03-13 - True Relationship with Christ
The Epistles of John ~ Part 103 ~ 1 John 5
1 John 5:13-21, Continued
Confidence in God: John wrote this to you. What has he said specifically? First, though, John once more reminds us of all we have. Our greatest blessing, which comes with being a child of God, is eternal life. The outward manifestations of eternal life include: faith in God, love of Him and other Christians, and obedience to His commands for our lives. We receive eternal life at the time of the "New Birth."
"Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life" (John 3:14-15).
Do you get the feeling that John is concerned with the importance of love within the church? At times, the call to love is used as an excuse to not take a stand on any issue. "If we love, we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. It wouldn't be loving to tell Joe Doe he shouldn't be involved with a woman outside of his marriage." But clearly, John is not only saying believers are to love, but also that they are to also hold fast to truth - in the context of love. This has been demonstrated by his tests of orthodoxy.
One of the tests of faith is the requirement for a clear view of who Christ is. Without such understanding, it is impossible to have a relationship with Him. And only in such a relationship, do we find eternal life. John isn't mincing words, when he states that without a relationship with Christ, there is no eternal life. Rejection of Christ means eternal death.
"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." (John 3:36).
God may be a God of love, but, He is also the God of righteousness and justice. The price for sin will be paid. The only question is who will pay it, Christ or the individual?
To be continued.
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