October 14, 2021 - Pastor's Corner

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Dear Church Family,

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The main theme of 1 John is Certainty of Faith in Jesus Christ and Our Subsequent Practice, and the key verse of John’s letter is 1 John 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.” 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).

We are challenged today by the apostle in 1 John with 2:18-27. Please take a quick moment to read these verses anew. From this passage come the following brief insights:

  • John is telling his readers they were living in a time where the rampant opposition to Jesus was the norm. Sound familiar? He tells them this time was expected because they’d heard it was coming and the evidence of its arrival was clear. Therefore, the certainty of this being the time the world demonstrates its opposition to Jesus gives hope.
  • For those that opposed Jesus used to claim and made claims to know Him. We see this in John saying, “They went out from us.” However, their lifestyle and life choices exposed them as imposters for they do not continue with true believers. And therein lies the hope. For true believers have the Holy Spirit continuously dwelling in us and therefore possess the knowledge of all things that assure us of salvation. He enables us to see when we are living in disobedience to Christ, and He empowers us to make whatever necessary changes to our lives to move in alignment with the knowledge He gives within the Scriptures. This is why John wrote these things to his readers.
  • The apostle then shows the root identifier for opposition to Jesus—the antichrist—is the denial of who Jesus is. For both the Father and the Son declare both the divine and human nature of Jesus. (Read John 6-8) Believing the right thing about Jesus gives assurance of salvation when that truth bears itself out in how we live. Since Jesus is God, He has rightful rule over our lives. Also, since Jesus is man, He knows the difficulty of resisting the temptation to live on planet earth according to our definitions of life; YET He never sinned. Therefore, as the God-man, Jesus is uniquely qualified to both order our lives and help us live an obedient life.
  • These things John wrote to help his readers reject the lies spewed out by the opposition to Jesus. For living according to our own self-developed idea of who Jesus is exposes us as being in agreement with the spirit of the antichrist. However, John says the indwelling Holy Spirit within true believers both teaches and affirms within us the truth about Jesus. Therefore, we must believe these truths concerning Jesus’ identity and live lives in obedience to Him.

As always, I encourage you to read ahead to prepare for our time next week—1 John 2:28-3:3.

Grace and peace be to you, beloved.

Pastor Melvin