September 30, 2021 - Pastor's Corner

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Dear Church Family,

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Once again, 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).

For today, our specific focus on our journey of pulling out brief insights from John’s first letter is on 2:12-14. Please take a quick moment to read these verses anew.

From our passage today come the following insights:

  • We must remember that this letter is a message of certainty and encouragement, especially when we read about how John expresses this certainty using language that could be viewed as negative. However, verse 12 assures us John is writing with a loving pastor’s heart. For he tells his readers they are precious to him, and he continuously writes these things to them because Jesus forgave their sins for His own sake. This is the foundational hope the apostle bases these next few verses and indeed his entire letter.
  • In the first two parts of verse 13, John says he continuously writes fathers because their relationship with God is the primary thing in their lives, and he continuously writes young men because they have conquered the devil’s rule in their lives practically. And the reason the apostle addresses these men is because they are the leaders in homes and in the community. Thus, as the leadership goes, so goes the people following them. Are these things true or becoming increasingly true of you and/or those you are following?
  • And then in verses 13c-14, John changes to say his writing is based upon settled truth. He addresses all Christians by calling them “children” who already know the Father. These “children” are in a saving relationship with God as they have come to know Him through Jesus (see John 6).
  • John then readdresses fathers and young men with the same previous affirmations. And he adds that this certainty comes from the word of God. For fathers, it is God Himself. For young men, it is the written word of God. In both cases, the simplicity of living in relationship with God is seen as a life rooted in God and His word. May this increasingly be true of us all.

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

Date

Passage

October 7, 2021

2:15-17

October 14, 2021

2:18-27

October 21, 2021

2:28-3:3

October 28, 2021

3:4-10

As always, I encourage you to read ahead to prepare for our time next week—1 John 2:15-17. Peace be to you, beloved.

Pastor Melvin