Archive for October 10th, 2018

1 John 5:19-21

In 1 John 5:19-21 John continues to explain our interaction with sin and the enemy.  We have a very real enemy that is out to kill, steal and destroy.  In much of our surroundings, Satan and his band of demons have more than a foothold, they actually are in control and evil reigns.  But as God’s children, we are not subject to that influence. Jesus has already won the victory and it is ours. “We know that we are children of God and that all the rest of the world around us is under Satan’s power and control”. We may be impacted by the enemy, but we will not be controlled.  That is the key truth about evil and the Christ Follower.

So since we are born of Him, we are set apart from the world – we are no longer under the sway of the evil one, though the whole world around us still is. Knowing this means we can be free to be what we are in Jesus and separate ourselves from the evil rebellion in this world we live in. We can have victory through Jesus.  That’s what He came to give us. “And we know that Christ, God’s Son, has come to help us understand and find the true God.”  We are challenged to know Jesus, not just know about Him, but to truly know Him intimately through a deep and abiding relationship with Him.

As we do, we find God.  Jesus is the path to God.  We cannot find Him on our own. If God did not reveal Himself to us through Christ, we would never find Him. We know Him, and can know Him, because He has revealed Himself to us. “And now we are in God because we are in Jesus Christ his Son, who is the only true God; and he is eternal Life”. John tells us who Jesus is. He was a man, but He was not only a man. He was totally man and the true God and eternal life. John does not, and we can not, promote the humanity of Jesus over His deity, or His deity over His humanity. He is both: fully God and fully man.

John wraps up his letter with one last warning. “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. Amen”.  While it may seem like a strange way to end this letter, it is vitally connected to the message of fellowship with God.  What John is talking about here is idolatry where we let anything get in the way of keeping God where He rightfully belongs, on the absolute throne of our life. We can only have a real relationship with God if He is there! Idolatry, whether obvious or subtle will always choke out a real relationship with God, and damage our relationships with our brothers and sisters in Jesus.  We can let nothing get between us and God and must guard our heart in that way!

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