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1 John Five: Simple Question

Posted: October 16, 2011 in 1 John

1 John 5:1

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.”

According to this passage, is one born again before or after they believe in Jesus?

1 John Four: So…

Posted: October 14, 2011 in 1 John

1 John 4:14 ESV

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”

Universalists love this verse because it teaches, it would seem, a worldwide salvation. But of course we don’t believe that all men are saved.

So…either one doesn’t need to save to be a Savior, or Jesus failed His mission, or the word “world” does not mean every human being to ever live.

Your thoughts?

1 John Three: Shaky Territory

Posted: October 13, 2011 in 1 John

This chapter is one of those that have the potential to be downright scary, because I’m all too aware of my own shortcomings as a person. Daily I still struggle with sin, daily I fail miserably. Most days I probably don’t know the half of my sinfulness according to God’s standards. To hear John talking, I’m as lost as the next guy because as John says, “No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.”

See why it’s scary? There are some people out there who are convinced that true Christians are now sinless and living perfectly holy lives before God. They would probably assume me a reprobate, because I’m not perfect. Nowhere near close to it.

But John isn’t saying that anyone who sins is not saved. He says, “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil.” See the difference?

I like to illustrate it this way: if you were to follow me around and take snapshots of me in moments where I’m not acting very Christlike, you would be able to take a few pictures. Given a long enough period of time, you could probably take quite a few pics that would make me out to look like your typical lost non-Christian.

But…follow me around with a video camera, and it’s a different story. The majority of what you’d see is a simple guy trying to live a life of holiness. Are there glitches? Sure. But as a whole, you’d definitely see a Christian.

That’s what John is talking about- a lifestyle. Like I said two posts ago, Christians, as a whole, act like Christians. What’s your lifestyle saying?

1 John One: Talk is Cheap

Posted: October 11, 2011 in 1 John

This is definitely one of those chapters that I cannot do justice to over a single post. I would almost rather skip it and do a thorough exegesis on it later rather than pass over so much good stuff. Nonetheless, there is a time and a place for longevity, and this ain’t it, lol.

It’s real simple, y’all. “If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”

Those are John’s words; not mine. And what he means is this: if we claim to be followers of Christ, yet our lifestyle consistently reflects the lifestyle of a non-Christian, than we can pretty much assume that we’re just as long as the non-believers around us. Point being, Christians act like Christians.

Not perfectly, never unceasingly, but as a way of life.

 

What’s your walk doing for you- confirming your talk, or betraying your lies?