Who is a Whosoever?
1 John 5:1-15
When we become a Christian, we become part of God’s family, with other believers as our spiritual siblings, brothers, and sisters. God ascertains who the other relatives are, not us. We are basically called to acknowledge and adore them. We know that if we love God and keep His commandments, then we love the children of God. As we love our earthly family, we should love our spiritual (Christian) family. How well do we treat our kindred relatives?
Jesus never guaranteed that complying with him would be simple and easy. In any case, arduous work can be fulfilling if we value the outcomes. One more method of deciphering the last part of verse three could be this, “His orders are not troublesome.” The challenging work and self-restraint of serving Christ is no weight to the individuals who love him. If our load begins to feel too heavy for us to bear, then we can believe that Christ will assist us with bearing it. Jesus overcame the world; therefore, we can overcome the world because Christ lives in us.
“This is he that came by water and blood” may allude to the baptism and crucifixion of Jesus. However, it does identify the person of God in Christ Jesus, totally human and totally God. As of now, there were false teachings that said that Jesus was God just between the time of his baptism and his death. That is, he was conceived as a human until he was baptized, at which time "the Christ" then plunged upon him. However, it later left him before he died on the cross. Assuming Jesus died just as a man, he was unable to have taken upon himself the wrongdoings of the world, and Christianity would be a vacant religion. Just an act of God could remove the punishment that we merit for our sins and transgressions.
“Bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost” are one spiritual witness. “Bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood” are witness to the world. We receive the witness of man through our ears when we listen. When we listen with our heart, we receive the witness of God, for it is greater. If we have Jesus in our hearts, then we have the witness within us.
In the Gospels, God twice plainly announced that Jesus is His Son, at Jesus’ baptism, and at the time of his transfiguration.
Whosoever has confidence in God’s Son has everlasting life. He is all that we require. We do not have to stand by and wait, because timeless life starts today. We do not have to work for it, since it is now our own. We do not have to stress or worry, since we have been given everlasting life by God himself, and it is ensured.
Certain individuals hope that they will be given everlasting life. John says that we can be certain that we have it. That certainty is founded on God's guarantee that he has given us everlasting life through his Son (John 3:16). This is valid whether we feel that we are near God or far off from him. Everlasting life is not dependent on sentimental feelings. It is based on fact. If we believe in God’s truth, then we have eternal life. God’s truth is his Son, Jesus. Assuming that we may need confirmation to know whether we are a Christian, then we ought to ask ourselves “Have I really dedicated my life to Christ as my Savior and Lord?” If this is so, then we are assured to be one of God’s children.
The emphasis here is on God’s will, not our will. When we speak with God, we are not to demand things that we want, rather we talk with him about what he wants for us. Assuming that we adjust our supplications and prayers to his will, he will tune in. We can be sure that when he listens, he will offer us an unmistakable response. That response may not happen immediately, but it will happen. God said it, Jesus did it, I believe it, just do it, it is done.
Theological commentators vary generally in their considerations concerning what sin is, and regardless of whether the demise that it causes is spiritual or physical. Paul composed that a few Christians had died due to them taking communion disgracefully (1 Corinthians 11:27-30), and Ananias and Sapphira were immediately struck dead when they lied to God (Acts 5:1-11). Blaspheming against the Holy Spirit brings about spiritual death, and the book of Hebrews portrays the spiritual death of the individual who betrays Christ.
John was most likely thinking about the individuals who had left the Christian faith and joined those who were against Christ. By dismissing the sacrifice of Jesus, the only method of salvation, these individuals were putting themselves far from prayer and further from God. Regardless of whether we know what the “sin unto death” is, we have no certain method of knowing whether someone in particular has submitted it. In this way we should keep appealing to God for our friends, family, and Christian siblings. We are to leave judgment to God.
Christians submit sins, obviously, however they request that God pardon them and afterward they keep serving him. God has liberated them from their subjection to Satan, and he continually guards them from Satan’s assaults. The remainder of the world does not have the Christian's opportunity to comply with God. Except if they come to Christ in confidence, their only option is to comply with Satan. There is no center ground, individuals either have a place with God and submit to him, or they live under Satan’s influence.
An idol is anything that substitutes for genuine faith. An idol is whatever denies the full deity and humanity of Christ. An idol is any human thought that professes to be more definitive than the Bible. An idol is any loyalty to anything else that replaces God as the focal point of our lives.
Our opinion on Jesus Christ is integral to our instructing, lecturing, and living. Jesus is simultaneously completely God and completely human. He came to earth to die in our place for our transgressions. Through confidence and faith in him, we can have everlasting life and the ability to do his will. What is our response to the most important question of all time that we might pose, who is Jesus Christ to me?
Where Does Love Come From?
1 John 4:7-21
If we center ourselves on God, abiding in his giving love, there could be no avenue for the works of the flesh to enter into our lives. For this passage of Scripture, we need to understand the four types of love. There is the Agape – unconditional love (Godly), the Philia – beneficial love (brotherly), the Storge – family love, and the Eros – romantic love. All love is born of God.
Everybody accepts that love is significant, yet we ordinarily consider it an inclination. Love is a God-given gift that demands expression. Love is a decision and an activity (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). God is the wellspring of our affection: he adored us enough to forfeit his Son for us. Jesus is our illustration of loving; all that he did throughout life and death was a remarkable act of love. The Holy Spirit enables us to love; he lives in our souls and makes us increasingly more like Jesus. God's adoration consistently includes a decision and an activity, and our affection ought to resemble his. How well do we show our affection for God in the decisions that we make and the moves that we make?
John said, “God is love” not “Love is God.” The world, with its shallow and narrow-minded perspective of love, has turned these words around and defiled our comprehension of love. The world thinks love is the thing that causes you to feel better, and it will forfeit moral standards and others' privileges to acquire such love. In any case, which is not genuine love; it is the opposite of love, that of selfishness. We cannot place upon God the perspective of love engendered by a world that is sinful and evil. Our meaning of adoration should come from God who is perfect, sacred, and just. In addition, if we genuinely know God, we need to learn to love as he does.
We know that love comes from God, and with the love of God in us, we love others. Ever been in a service where the Spirt of God moved from person to person, toughing our hearts so much that you did not want the service to end? Our differences where set aside as God’s love moved, pouring through everyone. We need to keep it that way, especially toward the world. How does, or how will the world know that we have the love of God in us? They will see it. How did God show his love for humanity? He gave his only begotten Son (John 3:16). He could have sent some other heavenly being, but he gave Jesus. Who among us could give their only child for the life of someone else? I could not? God did, that is how much He loves His creation.
“His only begotten” implies God's one and only extraordinary Son. While all believers are children of God, Jesus is the only one that lives in this exceptional one-of-a-kind relationship.
John 1:18, No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
Love clarifies why God is the creator since he is love, and he created humankind to love. Love clarifies why God cares since he loves and has concern for those who live in sin. Love clarifies why we are allowed to choose since he us to respond in love. Love clarifies why Christ died since his adoration for us made him look for an answer for the issue of transgression. Love clarifies why we can obtain everlasting life since his affection articulates itself to us for eternity.
Nothing that is evil or sinful can exist in the presence of God because he is consummate goodness. He cannot neglect, overlook, or excuse sin as though it will not ever occur. He cherishes us; however, his adoration does not make him ethically or morally remiss. Nonetheless, in the event that we trust in Jesus then we do not need to bear the punishment for our wrongdoings (1 Peter 2:24). We can be absolved by his propitiation (sacrifice).
Assuming nobody has at any point seen God, then how might we at any point get to know him? In the first chapter of the book of John, John said, "the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father" (John 1:18). Jesus is the finished articulation of God in human structure, and he has uncovered God to us. When we begin to love each other, the imperceptible God uncovers himself to others through us, and his affection is made "perfected" (complete).
Certain individuals love to be with others. They easily become close acquaintance with outsiders and are constantly encircled by numerous companions. Others are timid or shy. They may have a couple of companions; however, they are awkward when chatting with individuals that they do not yet have the foggiest idea who they are or when blending in groups. Timid individuals do not have to become social butterflies to be able love others. John is not telling us the quantity individuals to love, however, he is telling us the amount of love to individuals that we may already know. Our responsibility is to love the individuals that God has given to us faithfully, regardless of whether there are three or fifty of them. When God sees that we are prepared to love others, they will be brought to us. Regardless of how bashful we may be, we should not fear the commandment to love. God gives us the ability to do what he inquires.
At the point when we become Christians, the Holy Spirit moves within us. The presence of God in our lives is verification that we truly have a place with him and enables us to love (Romans 5:5, 8:9; 2 Corinthians 1:22). We are to depend on that power as we contact others. In case we need affirmation of our salvation, we are to pay attention to the Holy Spirit inside us.
Are we eyewitnesses? Picture a reporter doing a live interview, “I just saw that crazy man run out the store waving and pointing his gun at people, the police showed up, told him to drop it, the man raised his gun like he was going to shoot at this lady, then the police shot the man.” Now, from a spiritual perspective, “Sir, how do you know God is in there?” What would we do and how would we respond to the reporter? When we profess God’s love, we are an eyewitness to the truth, and we should show it and tell it with enthusiasm.
The day of judgment is that last day when we will show up before Christ and be held responsible for our activities. With God living in us through Christ, we have no real excuse to dread that day, since we have been saved from discipline. Given the circumstances, we can anticipate the judgment, since it will mean the finish of all wrongdoing and the start of an up close and personal relationship with Jesus.
If at any point we start to fear the forever, paradise, or God’s judgment, we should remember that God loves us impeccably, void of any prerequisites (Romans 8:38-39). We can resolve our dread by first zeroing in on his incomprehensible love for us, and afterward by permitting him to love others through us. We can be certain of what lies ahead if during this life we have strived to be more like Jesus.
God's adoration is the wellspring of all human love. That love ignites a fire in the hearts of his children so that when they love others, the others are warmed by God's love that has coursed through his children.
On judgment day, will we proclaim Jesus, or hang our heads in shame. I know where my soul will go when my body ceases to exist on this earth. I often wonder how my life will stand, did I do enough, did I proclaim Jesus enough. I thank God for His Son Jesus, and what He did and has done for me. I cannot repay Him so I must strive to do what I can daily. God’s love is the source of our love. Being at church on Sunday is good and we need it, but the real test of love is during the week, how we treat others and how we are doing or not doing for the world.
God called me into the ministry over 20 years ago and I have had the blessed opportunity to preach for a church radio broadcast, served as a Sunday School teacher, served as a youth director along with my wife, as a music director, as an Associate Pastor, and as an Interim Pastor.
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