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Bible Study of 1 John: Day 22

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The ONLY Way

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Debbie Holt

Blessing:

Thank you for eternal life and the promise that I am Your child. Help me to see more fully what this means! Amen.

Scripture Reference:

I John 5

Today’s Message:

As you read through chapter 5 yesterday, you saw the repeated theme of being born of God and eternal life. Here’s a brief summary of I John and what we’ve seen so far:

  • Chapter 1:   God is Light and His Light Gives Fellowship
  • Chapter 2:   Do Not Sin – Obey, Abide, and Know
  • Chapter 3:   Practice Righteousness and Love One Another
  • Chapter 4:   Test The Spirits – Do They Confess Jesus is God in the Flesh and Do They Listen to His Word?
  • Chapter 5:   Born of God and Eternal Life in Jesus

Each chapter is a doctrinal and theological thesis begging your attention!

I keep repeating these topics because they are crucial to your understanding of Who God is (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and Who’s you are, if you belong to Him. You’ve heard it said many times that “who you are in Christ” determines your walk, but I find that to be somewhat self-gratifying. Instead I like to say “Who’s I am”, putting the emphasis on Christ instead of me!

It seems that we tend to put too much focus on ourselves instead of recognizing that ALL praise and glory go to Jesus … Who He is in me!! I can’t do anything He has asked of me without Him producing the work in me. Yes, I do have to yield my will and obey, but I must confess that I can do NOTHING in my own strength. Without the indwelling Holy Spirit, I can’t even yield my will to obey!

When we talk about what we can do for Christ, it seems to be a perversion of the truth … and Satan has been very methodical about producing that lie. Remember that our righteousness is as “filthy rags” compared to His righteousness in me.

Do you see the difference?

That is what John has labored over here in this epistle. The Gnostics has made it all about man and his ability and his knowledge … a very “man-focused” religion. Our faith is focused on God and His work in us! And His work in us proves who we belong to … His evidence of our faith. If the evidence isn’t there then you can be assured that Jesus isn’t there and instead there is the antichrist spirit.

The world loves to hide the truth that we all belong to either God or Satan … there is no middle ground! Instead the world teaches tolerance and that “all roads lead to God”. But as you can see in this letter of I John, Jesus is the only way to eternal life.

John used several contrasts that we’ve looked at in this study to show you this truth. And he also showed you the characteristics of the believer and the unbeliever in chapter 2 so we could examine ourselves.

You looked at “born of God” yesterday.

What did you learn about those born of God?

  • those born of God will practice righteousness (2:29).
  • no one who is born of God practices sin…..has sin that is a way of life (3:9). Habitual sinning is not a part of the life of one who is born of God. You can’t say “it’s just something that I struggle with” because the Word of God says His seed abides in those who are born of God and they can NOT practice sin.
  • those who are born of God will love one another (4:7).
  • those born of God believe that Jesus is the Christ and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him (5:1).
  • those born of God overcome the world through faith (5:4).

Your turn:

List the 6 things John says we can KNOW in chapter 5:

  • v. 2: __________________________________________________________________

 

    1. __________________________________________________________________
  • v. 13: __________________________________________________________________

 

    1. __________________________________________________________________
  • v. 15: __________________________________________________________________

 

    1. __________________________________________________________________
  • v. 18: __________________________________________________________________

 

    1. __________________________________________________________________
  • v. 19: __________________________________________________________________

 

    1. __________________________________________________________________
  • v. 20: __________________________________________________________________

 

  1. __________________________________________________________________

Look up the word “overcome” and give its definition.

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List everything you learn about overcome in I John: (be sure to check the context)

  • 2:13-14: __________________________________________________________________

 

    1. __________________________________________________________________
  • 4:4: __________________________________________________________________

 

    1. __________________________________________________________________
  • 5:4-5:

 

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Also look at overcome in:

  • John 16:33:

 

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  • Romans 12:21:__________________________________________________________________

 

    1. __________________________________________________________________
  • II Peter 2:19:__________________________________________________________________

 

  1. __________________________________________________________________

Closing Prayer:

Thank you for another day in Your Word. Circumcise my heart with these truths so I will be faithful to You as Your child! Amen.

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1 Comment

“I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”
I find great comfort in this verse tonight. No matter what we face … death, sorrow, trials, tribulation, difficulties, etc. … Jesus has conquered it! As a Christian I am told that as I trust in Him I will be unshakable & assured. I can rest in His peace. I can rest in His unshakable, assuring peace that whatever God allows to come into my life – His Son & my Savior has already overcome it.
I may have to deal with tragedy or heartache but it will only be for a season. The effects of sin can only go as far as the cross and then … NO MORE! What Jesus conquered on the cross conquers all the effects of sin for those who put their faith and trust in Him – JESUS CHRIST!

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