1 John 5:3 Error and Antichrist

1 John 5:3 (KJV)
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

I want to take this back to 1 John 4:4-6 and the spirit of truth versus the spirit of error. 
1 John 4:4-6 (KJV)
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

  • It is God whom we are to love. 
  • It is God whom we are to believe. 
  • It is God whom we are to worship. 

Anything else is error and antichrist. 

But the Word of God is our connection with God. Therefore, we may recognize a good deal about our relationship with God from our attitude concerning the Bible, the Word of God. 

  • To believe it is of God
  • To accept that it is true
  • To obey those things it teaches

This is the spirit of truth and it is evidence of an honest love for God. 

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1 John 5:3 Error and Antichrist

1 John 4:4-6 The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

1 John 4:4-6 (KJV)
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

There are three statements of position in the early verses of this chapter:
Ye are of God 
Vs 4
They are of the world
Vs 5
We are of God 
Vs 6

All three of these statements are true. But the foundational one is verse 6. If it is not accepted that the author of these words is of God, speaking under the inspiration of God, then the reader will dismiss everything else posited in the book. 

Here is one of the great divides that occur among people, and the one that must be reckoned with before any sort of understanding among believers and unbelievers can be had. We as believers take it that the Bible is of God. It is not an opinion. It is not just another view. It is the truth upon which all that is true rests. 

To argue from the position that the Bible is true, with a person who does not see it as such is a futile exercise. We must first ask God to help them come to this conviction or else all the rest will be doubtful disputation.

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1 John 4:4-6 The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

1 John 4:11 So How Do We Love?

1 John 4:11 (KJV)
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

The obvious responsibility of the believer is to love.

  • We are to love God
  • We are to love our neighbor and
  • We are to love our brother in the Lord

But some people make it very difficult to love them. 

  • Their actions, 
  • Their attitudes, 
  • Their answers to life issues 

can often repulse the believer whose sensibilities have been shaped by the teaching of God’s Word. 

So how do we love?

  • Through the Holy Spirit[1]and
  • Through reflection and worship of God. 

Consider that God loved us. No one but God knows better than we do that we do not deserve His love. 

  • We did not deserve it for salvation. 
  • We did not deserve it for His fellowship. 
  • We did not deserve it for His promise of heaven. 

Further we do not deserve in from day to day. But God did love us. And because He loved us, we can be assured He loves others. 

And if He loves others, then so ought we. 


[1]Romans 5:5 (KJV)

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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1 John 5:7-8 There Is Agreement

1 John 5:7-8 (KJV)
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

Verse seven is so well known (though controversial in some circles) and so easily understood that I am afraid we give little attention to verse eight. I aim to remedy that today.

The Bible teaches that things are established at the mouth of two or three witnesses. This verse tells us that the witnesses of the truth of Scripture concerning the godhead are three. 

The Spirit
Who is unquestionably the Holy Spirit and bears witness to our spirit that these things are so. My real work, as a believer, is to help others get in touch with what they already know to be true. God has already witnessed to them. It’s just that the influences of this world have shoved that witness into the recesses of their soul. 

The water
Some people consider this to be Jesus’ baptism. There are few events in the Bible with more significance than His baptism. All three Persons of the Godhead are there. I think a case could be made that water speaks of His birth. The virgin birth, like His baptism, is key to doctrinal integrity. 

The blood
There should be little doubt but that this is His death, burial and resurrection. 

1 John 5:8 says these three agree in one. They bear the same testimony. They confirm the deity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity. 

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1 John 1:5-10 The Condition of Fellowship With God

1 John 1:5-10 (KJV) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. Verses 5-10 come together as a full thought. The message received and then declared is right here. We might think of the rest of the book as an application of this message. It is a message of fellowship with God and the condition of cleansing in Christ’s blood. The situation with a man and sin is this: We yet deal with sin That which separates our fellowship with God is not that we still live in a sinful body but that we would try to deny it. When we are honest about our sin Jesus cleanses and saved us from the sin Our fellowship with God is free when we remain honest about our nature. We will wrestle with a sin nature all the while we are in this world By confessing it and being forthright with God concerning it we maintain a holy walk with the light. To deny that we ever were sinners is a denial of the need of salvation This one is destined for condemnation so long as he denies sin.   To my readers: First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments. For this and more than 4400 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

1 John 1:5-10 The Condition of Fellowship With God

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1 John 5:1-2 Christians Love Christians

1 John 5:1-2 (KJV)
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

Rhetoric, the creative use of the word, written or spoken, to instruct and persuade, is a favorite of mine. I like attempting it (though I know I am not good at it). And I like observing it.

1 John 5:1 is certainly fine rhetoric. It requires thought to really catch but once you’ve caught it you immediately realize the simplicity of it. “every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” It’s this simple, Christians love Christians.

The next verse, I think, is the more challenging. Of course Christians love Christians, but how? What is the Biblically prescribed way to express this love? Am I free to love professing Christians in whatever manner I believe is love? No. Verse two tells me exactly how to love my brethren in the faith:

By loving God
That’s right. The best way to love another Christian is to love God first.

By keeping His commandments
Really! I express my best love for other Christians by obedience to the truths in God’s Word.

My wife knows that I want to love God more than I love her. She is fine with that. She even encourages and prays for that. The reason? She knows that the more I love God and keep his commandments, the more capable I am to love her.

Christians know this to be true so we long to see other Christians love God and keep His commandments.

 

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1 John 4:6 Confidence

1 John 4:6 (KJV)
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Hear these words from Barnes Notes,
“John here, doubtless, refers to himself, and to those who taught the same doctrines which he did. He takes it for granted that those to whom he wrote would admit this, and argues from it as an indisputable truth. He had given them such evidence of this, as to establish his character and claims beyond a doubt; and he often refers to the fact that he was what he claimed to be, as a point which was so well established that no one would call it in question.”

I wonder how others perceive our relationship with God?

  • Is our walk with God so consistent
  • Is our experience with God so compelling

that we may assume that no one will call it into question?

I wonder how we perceive our own relationship with God?
Before we might reasonably expect others to believe we are of God, we must believe it ourselves.

What about those who do not believe us? That depends upon us. If we are sure of our relationship with God then we can be sure they are not of God. We would only have reason to doubt that if we have reason to doubt our personal fellowship with the Lord.

 

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1 John 3:20-21 Don’t Follow Your Heart

1 John 3:20-21 (KJV)
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

An argument can be made, I think, that these two verses give us what is the crux of 1 John. It provides for us the value of the heart.

We hear so many say things like “follow your heart.” Is this really wise counsel? Mike Rowe makes the point that, when it comes to occupation[1] a person would be wiser to train for work that is needed rather than for what is our passion. A man may be passionate about sports but he would be wisest to let athletics serve as a pastime and do something else for a living. The Bible warns us that our heart can deceive us.

What is the lesson of this passage? That God is greater than our heart so we must give Him priority over it. Shall we listen to our heart or the Word of God?[2] It must be God’s Word!

Does this mean we ignore our heart? No. Though the heart is not an authority it can serve as an adviser. The heart will frequently point the spiritually tender soul toward the will of God. Sometimes, and this is the point of this passage, the heart will warn us when we are stepping away from the will of God.

God is always greater than our heart. With that conviction we may listen to what the heart says.

 

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1 John 3:20-21 Don’t Follow Your Heart

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[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVEuPmVAb8o

[2] Some people mistake their heart for the will of God.

 

1 John 2:6 Stay Right There

1 John 2:6 (KJV)
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

The words, abide, or abideth, are found ten times in 1 John, seven of them in this chapter. According to Strong’s Concordance it means, “to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): – abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), …” As far as I can tell it is always used in the positive sense, as in abiding in Christ and not in sin.

The concept of staying is one of personal volition. My salvation is a work accomplished by and kept by Jesus. My testimony, my walk, my fellowship is a matter of personal choice. I am told that, if I abide in Christ I ought to walk as He walked. I don’t have to, and plenty of professing Christians do not. But they are wrong.

They most certainly don’t have the testimony they ought to have but:

  • They cannot have the assurance of salvation a Christian can have and
  • They possibly are not the Christians they assume themselves to be

We ought stay focused on Jesus return and stay submissive to His Word.

 

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1 John 4:17-19 Perfect Love

1 John 4:17-19 (KJV)
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
We love him, because he first loved us.

The love for Christ, that is an evidence of salvation, is a love that drives away the fear of judgment before God. It is a love that emboldens us to come freely and often to the throne grace. It is a love that grows our relationship with God as we walk with God.

Those who know and love the Lord, who are saved, are sure of their salvation. Those who are without this love live under the doom of judgment. They are tormented with:

  • Fear of the wrath of God, of
  • Judgment upon this world, with
  • Judgment upon themselves.

They live tormented with the dread of death and eternity in hell.

Perfect love, that love that results because He first loved us, casts out this fear of judgment.

 

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