Christians struggle with assurance of their salvation but the Apostle John wants their hearts filled with assurance from God. In this message, Pastor Steve looks at this passage and seeks to clarify just how we can know that we have the assurance of eternal life from God.
The Apostle John gives us many evidences of Christ in us. In this passage Pastor Steve brings out some more evidences of who lives within. When we live within we cannot bring out the evidences of God. But when God, in his Holy Spirit, lives within, there are definite changes that take place from the inside out of our lives.
In this passage, John makes it very clear that people who are loving are of God and people who are not loving are of Satan. He uses Cain as an example of someone filled with hatred that led to murder and then states that no murderer has eternal life. In this message, Pastor Steve looks carefully at the two sides of this passage and reminds us that the Lord Jesus delights in saving murderous people who will be saved. But, those who reject God’s grace and live in hatred are not nor can they be children of God.
In this passage John makes some very strong statements about who is and who is not following Jesus Christ. The basis of John’s qualifying statements lies in someone’s heart attitude toward their own sin. In this message, Pastor Steve takes a look at John’s instructions regarding those who practice or continue in sin while claiming to be a Christian.
The Apostle John calls all children of God to live pure lives. In this message, Pastor Steve looks at this passage as a call to purity to all who have received eternal life by grace. John says that Jesus is coming back and that we will be like Him when we see Him. He then calls us to live in purity as we await the Savior’s return. In a time when churches are drifting away from greater purity of life, this passage calls us to an increase in pure living each day until we meet Jesus.
Jesus Christ is the way, the TRUTH, and the life. In this passage the Apostle John emphasizes the truth of Christ and God over the lies of the antichrists of this world. The truth of Jesus Christ and the anointing of the Word and the Spirit lead to God’s promise of eternal life.
“Love not the world nor the things that are in the world,” has been the text of many sermons urging Christians not to follow after whatever thing of the world that the preacher wanted to preach against. That type of emphasis from this passage has created a negative attitude of “not loving the world.” While the commandment here is clear, Pastor Steve brings out that the key point of the passage is that we don’t love the world because we have enjoyed the love of the Father.
“The love of the Father” is the fulness of God in our lives loving us in spite of our sin and caring for us now and forever with His eternal love for us. When we enjoy the love of the Father we will love Him more than we love this world. This is the positive side to loving not the world; enjoy the Father