November 4, 2021 - Pastor's Corner

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Dear Church Family,

The key verse of 1 John is 5:13, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life,” and the main theme of his letter is Certainty of Faith in Jesus Christ and Our Subsequent Practice. This assurance is addressed in multiple ways throughout 1 John through contrasts, direct statements, and three specific areas of Christian living—moral (obedience), social (love), and theological (Jesus is the God-man).

Today, the apostle continues his challenge to believers with a contrast in 1 John with 3:11-15. Please take a quick moment to read these verses anew. From this passage come the following brief insights:

  • We ended last week’s entry by observing John connecting a true believer’s identity mark of an obedient lifestyle to another telltale mark of a true believer: Christians love fellow Christians. As previously mentioned, this is not the same thing as simply going to church and being outwardly nice to other believers. No, the apostle contrasts the mutual love between believers against Cain’s murder of his brother, Abel. Cain’s action identified him as a child of the devil, while Abel’s righteous lifestyle identified him as a child of God.
  • We see Cain’s actions today when unbelievers try to justify their evil lifestyles by trying to destroy the testimony of believers. They try to cover their evil, sinful deeds with guilt trips and mental or physical manipulation. John tells us that we should not be surprised when we experience these hateful actions. For such actions expose people for who they really are—unbelievers.
  • Evidence of no longer being dead in sin—unbelievers—is demonstrating love for other Christians. This truth should revolutionize every Christian relationship both personal and corporate. For the apostle John equates murder with hatred. And since “no murderer has eternal life abiding in him,” as Christians, we are given a unique opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ to those persons in our lives who fit this description. This also provides us with an assurance that we are indeed children of God. For if we are steadily loving the unlovable people in our lives, then we are giving evidence of true faith in Jesus.

As promised, below is our roadmap in 1 John for November:

Date

Passage

November 4, 2021

3:11-15

November 11, 2021

3:16-18

November 18, 2021

3:19-24

November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving: No study.

As always, I encourage you to read ahead to prepare for our time next week—1 John 3:16-18.

Grace and peace be to you, beloved.

Pastor Melvin