Bible Study of 1 John: Day 151
Friday, May 19, 2017
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Debbie Holt
Thank you Father that You were willing to send Your Son to take away the sins of the world. That alone gives me hope! Amen.
I John 3
Read 1 John 3
The key verse in chapter 3 is 3:10. A true child of God practices righteousness and loves other Christians despite differences. I John 3:1-10 deals with our righteousness and 3:11-24 deals with love. Practicing righteousness and loving our brothers are not new themes but John’s approach is different in this third chapter.
In the first two chapters of I John, his emphasis was on fellowship: a Christian who is in fellowship with God will practice righteousness and will love the brethren. But in the remainder of I John, chapters 3-5, the emphasis is on sonship: because a Christian is “born of God”, he will practice righteousness and will love the brethren. The result is the same but the focus becomes a deeper relationship with God, from fellowship to sonship: you are now family!
An unbeliever who sins is a creature sinning against his Creator. A Christian who sins is a child sinning against his Father. The unbeliever sins against law; the believer sins against love.
Do you see the difference? It becomes personal!
Read 1 John 3:6
“No one who abides in Him sins” (I John 3:6). To abide inChrist means to be in fellowship with Him, to allow nothing to come between ourselves and Christ. It is this abiding that keeps us from deliberately disobeying His Word. This deliberate sinning refers to a habitual way of life. It does not refer to committing an occasional sin.
Read 1 John 1:8-10
It is clear that no Christian is sinless, but God equips a true believer to sin less, not to sin habitually! Sonship (being born of God) brings about our union with Christ in His family. And since we have experienced the love of our Father, we have no desire to live in sin but, instead, want to live in His righteousness.
There is more in the death of Christ on the cross than simply our salvation from judgment, even though that alone is marvelous. Through His death, Christ broke the power of sin in our lives. Christ not only died for us, but we died with Christ! Now we can yield ourselves to Him and sin will not have dominion over us.
We resemble our family!!
Your assignment yesterday was to look up the words love and hate. There were two Greek words used for love: #25, agapao and #26, agape which is derived from the root word agapao; so these two words are very similar. The Greek word for hate: #3404, miseo.
agapao: to esteem, love; indicating direction of the will and finding one’s joy in something or someone.
This word is used in verses 10, 11, 14, 18, and 23 in reference to man’s love for one another.
agape: love, affectionate regard, goodwill, benevolence.
This word is used in verses 1, 16, and 17 in reference to God’s love as His willful direction toward man. It involves God doing what He knows is best for man and not necessarily what man desires.
miseo: to hate; implies active ill will in words and conduct, a persecuting spirit; to neglect, disregard, condemn.
In verse 15, this word is the moral equivalent of murder. This verse is usually taken to mean that a true Christian cannot hate his brother. But under closer scrutiny you see that this is a reference to a believer hating another believer.
John does not say that someone who hates his brother does not possess eternal life, but rather that he does not have it abiding in him. Remember that abiding is a fellowship word. Because he is a “murderer” at heart, he can make no real claim to the kind of intimate fellowship with God and with Christ which the word abide suggests. Eternal life is not at home in his heart so long as the “spirit” of murder is there. Such a person is disastrously out of touch with his Lord and he experiences broken fellowship.
John’s words are very bold and grim. The experience of the Christian Church through the ages shows how urgently these words are needed. Hate, unfortunately, is not confined to unsaved people. We are to take the higher ground and love all the brethren – even the “unlovable”.
Read 1 John 3:2-3
You were to give an explanation of 3:3. Basically, if you believe that Jesus is coming back and that someday you are going to be like Him that will cause you to live a pure life as you expectantly await His return!
Obedience is explained as practicing righteousness – that is the “pure life”.
I hope you took the time to write out your testimony. That is what I want you to focus on this weekend: what the Lord has done in you and through you personally.
Then you can adequately praise and worship Him this weekend as you attend your particular place of worship with fellow believers. Praise His holy name!
Help me to love others as You have loved me! Amen.
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