October 7, 2021 - Pastor's Corner

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Dear Church Family,

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As you know, 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 2:15-17. Please take a quick moment to read these verses anew. From this familiar passage come the following brief insights:

  • The apostle is talking about two ways to live in these verses. We know this because John is contrasting the continuous everyday practice of people. Either we live according to the system of human existence that is hostile to God, lost in sin, wholly at odds with anything divine, ruined, and depraved, or we live according to the will of God.
  • So, it makes perfect sense that John starts this brief section with a command to all Christians not to love, to have any intimate connection, to have our lives influence by this world’s system of living. And the apostle does not hold back. He says that if anyone continuously lives according to the evil opposition of this world to God, then the love of the Father is not in us. We are either living in rebellion to God or we are not saved.
  • To be clear, John is talking about the continuous lifestyle we live and the choices we make. Are these things in line with God’s will as revealed in the Bible, or is the foundational practice of our lives contrary to what God desires? This is not the occasional sins we commit and confess to God to restore fellowship with Him. Rather, it is the steady practice of looking at Scripture and continuously choosing the eager desire of the flesh of the eye and the arrogant life based in this world over obeying the Word of God.
  • The apostle warns such a lifestyle is transitory; the passing away of it is guaranteed. And John contrasts this transitory lifestyle with the continuous doing of God’s will. Those who choose the latter are giving evidence of Christ’s life within them. Therefore, such people remain secure in God forever. Therefore, the question is asked, what lifestyle are we living? The one based on the transitory nature of this evil world system or the eternal one based in God Himself. May we continuously choose wisely and give evidence of indwelling eternal life, the life of Jesus.

As always, I encourage you to read ahead to prepare for our time next week—1 John 2:18-27. Peace be to you, beloved.

Pastor Melvin