2013-03-24 - Conclusion of 1 John 5 Study
The Epistles of John ~ Part 107 ~ 1 John 5
In the first epistle of John, we are given responsibility for the soundness of our faith. In a day when so many, who call themselves Christians, are confused by false doctrine, John provides a message of clarity which can be used as a basis to stand firm for truth. Just as with Paul, John is concerned that believers are grounded in God's truth.
"Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching, and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming" (Ephesians 4:14).
The church is to be the environment committed to truth. In love, we are to stand against false doctrine perpetrated by those who represent themselves as Christians. We are to teach truth, expose lies, and test all that is written, said, and shown in light of the message of Scripture.
All this is to be carried out in God's love. We are to care for one another. We are to pray for a fallen brother or sister. We are to encourage one another. Love and truth, going hand-in-hand, are the basis for a healthy church and healthy believers. And as long as we allow God to be God, that is, not allowing a false christ to become an idol, we will fulfill the intent of John's letter.
May we, in the spirit of John, always remember that to love God is to keep His command to do all that we do in love.
"...`Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." ? "A new command I give you; Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (Matthew 22:37-40; John 13:34-35).
All to Jesus I Surrender
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