Welcome to Wednesday, and we have reached the final chapter of John’s 1st letter. So our passage today is 1 John Chapter 5 verses 1-12.
Again there is some reinforcing of the ideas that we are born again by faith (v.1), and that we love God by obeying His commands (v.3).However, a couple of other things which are unique to this passage strike me as I read it through.
Firstly, that John says that God’s commands are not burdensome (v.3). Because of our ongoing struggle against sin we may be tempted to disagree, but I think that John is saying is that because we are born again, and because therefore we have the Spirit of God within us, we have both the desire and the ability to overcome and gain victory over the world’s sinful pattern of life. As we have seen and said before, this is not presuming perfection, but rather a gradual sanctifying work in day to day victories of obedience over sin, with the Lord’s help.
Secondly, the phrase describing Jesus Christ as the One ‘who came by water and blood’ (v.6), which Bible commentators think is probably a reference to His baptism and His death, that is to say the beginning and the end of His earthly ministry. And added to these 2 is the Spirit, so we have 3 who testify to who Jesus is.The Spirit testifies in 2 ways, firstly by being present and speaking at Jesus’ Baptist (John’s Gospel Chapter 1 verses 32-34), and through His work in the hearts and minds of the apostles (including John himself) to testify and pass on all that they have seen for themselves (John’s Gospel Chapter 15 verses 26-27).
And this testimony of God about His Son is true, and if we believe it we have life. But if we, or anyone else, does not believe it, they are both making God out to be liar, and also do not have life (vs.10-12).
We will finish the letter tomorrow…
From our extended prayer list, let us pray today for,- Beatrix, along with Bennet and Emelia,- Tina Tibbett