1 John

1 John 5:1-5

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands.  And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

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The apostle again reminds us that if we believe that Christ is who the bible says He is (remember the bible was written by God as a revelation of Himself to man), if we have the correct Christology about the man who was also God, then we are truly ‘born’ of God.  To be born of God you must first die.  Being that we are all dead in our tresspasses, that is no problem, but how can a spiritually dead man be re-born?  “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” – John 6:37 (words of Jesus).  So God decides and chooses those who will belong to Christ.  The Father gives them to the Son as his inheritance.  Because of this re-birth we are now sons and daughters of God; “children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” – John 1:13.  And because we have been born of God, He gives us new life through His own Spirit.

“12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 2

If we have been given this new life, a rebirth into spiritual life through and because of God, we are now living by His Spirit.  This third person of the Trinity enables us to love one another because of God’s love for us through the death of His Son.  Christ died so we might live.  He took the punishment of our sin so that we might be able to commune with the Father.  When God gives us new life, He gives us His Spirit.  Now we live in constant communion with God.  Because of His Spirit inside us we can love as the Father loves – selflessly.  We are now able to live a life sanctified to God, but only as we give ourselves over to Him.  We must yield to the Spirit’s leading, which only happens if we are making a point to be in communion with Him.  We must follow God’s commands.

Love means sacrifice – sacrifice of self to listen and obey.  What are God’s commands to us, His children?  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  There are many other commands found throughout the pages of Scripture, notably the 10 commandments, but they can all be summed up by the command to love God, and secondly to love your neighbor (those around you).  If you have been given new life, and the Spirit lives in you, then you will desire to please God – which means desiring to love Him.  Just as with your natural family, the only way to love them is to spend time with them.  How do we spend time with God?  By reading His word, and through prayer.  You cannot have one without the other.  Prayer is us talking to God, and Scripture is God talking to us.

As the apostle says in verse 3, God’s commands are not burdensome.  He simply desires that you seek after Him.  In this you will naturally grow because you will read about who His is, and what His people should look like.  We have God’s Spirit inside of us – and God cannot be separated from Himself – He desires to be in communion with the Father.  This is why John says in verse 4 that we have overcome the world.  Once righteousness has been imputed to your account on behalf of Christ, it is secured.  The apostle says the we have ‘overcome’ the world – not that we will overcome it one day.  It has been made final.  There is no turning back, no undoing of what God has done in the life of someone He has made new.  To say that we could lose our salvation would be to say that what God has done can be undone – which means that Christ’s work on the cross was not sufficient.  Our adoption into Christ can never be taken away.

We no longer desire the things of this world, but of the next because God lives in us.  He gives us the desire to know Him – our faith.  How did we get this faith?  God freely gives it to us through Christ.  Our faith is because of and made perfect through Christ.  He is the one that has overcome the world and because He lives in us, we have overcome this world.  We believe because God enables us to believe.  We have faith because Christ gives us faith.  We have love because the Spirit lives in us and gives us love to share with others.  While we live in this world we will still fight our flesh and the desires of this world, but we now live with God’s Spirit inside of us, ready and willing to mold our hearts to Him.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” – Hebrews 12:1-3

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Lord’s Day 10

27. Q.
What do you understand by the providence of God?
A.
God’s providence is
his almighty and ever present power, 1
whereby, as with his hand, he still upholds
heaven and earth and all creatures, 2
and so governs them that
leaf and blade,
rain and drought,
fruitful and barren years,
food and drink,
health and sickness,
riches and poverty, 3
indeed, all things,
come to us not by chance 4
but by his fatherly hand. 5
28. Q.
What does it benefit us to know
that God has created all things
and still upholds them by his providence?
A.
We can be patient in adversity, 1
thankful in prosperity, 2
and with a view to the future
we can have a firm confidence
in our faithful God and Father
that no creature shall separate us
from his love; 3
for all creatures are so completely in his hand
that without his will
they cannot so much as move. 4

– See more at: http://www.heidelberg-catechism.com/en/lords-days/10.html#sthash.zpz1TWfZ.dpuf

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6 thoughts on “1 John 5:1-5

  1. Pingback: WE LOVE BECAUSE GOD FIRST LOVED US. 1 JOHN 4:19 (NIV). BY MICCA CAMPBELL. | GodLovesBummyla

  2. UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION
    The doctrine of unconditional election states that some of mankind were predestined to everlasting life and the remainder of mankind were foreordained to everlasting death, an eternity in hell. Is unconditional election supported by Scripture? The short answer is, NO!

    Philippians 2:12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

    Why would the apostle Paul tell the Philippians to work out their salvation, if they had been unconditionally elected for eternal life? They would have not had to worry, if God saved them against their will, and kept them from falling from grace. —–THERE IS NO UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION!

    John 8:24 ‘Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins,”

    Why would Jesus warn the Jews that they would die in their sins unless they believed. The preselected Jews would have been force to believe and be saved.

    According to the false doctrine of salvation by grace alone, God imputes faith to the unconditionally elected so they will be saved.

    1 Corinthians 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.

    Would Paul tell the Corinthians to be careful that they did not fall, if they had been unconditionally elected for salvation?
    The apostle Paul was taught doctrine by Jesus Himself. Did Jesus forget to tell Paul about unconditional election and once saved always saved?

    1 John 2:1-2……Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

    Jesus died for the whole world, not just the so-called unconditionally elected few! Everyone who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.

    1 Timothy 2:5-6…the man Jesus Christ 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.

    How arrogant would I have to be to claim that God unconditionally selected me for salvation, but unconditionally selected my neighbor for eternity in hell? Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for all, NOT AN UNCONDITIONALLY SELECTED FEW!

    THERE ARE CONDITIONS!

    ALL THOSE WHO MEET GOD’S TERMS FOR PARDON WILL BE SAVED! THE TERMS ARE- FAITH (John 3:16)-REPENTANCE (Acts 2:38)- CONFESSION (Roman 10:9-10) WATER BAPTISM (Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16) THESE ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR SALVATION.

    (All Scriptures quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

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  3. Steve,
    Firstly, let me thank you for your comment, and passion to know God’s word. I will answer your comment by section in order.

    Q: Is unconditional election supported by Scripture? The short answer is, NO!

    A: Well actually, the entirety of scripture DOES in fact support it. In Genesis 12 we see Abraham (a pagan) suddenly called by God to do what God has planned. In 1 Samuel 16 the Lord chooses David to be anointed as king. In Acts 9 Saul is met by Jesus on the road to Damascus (on the way to kill Christians) and is told, “I am the one you are opposing. Now get up and go into the city. There you will be told what you must do.” There are tons of other examples of people in the bible who either had no idea about God or opposed Him, and then God comes to them and changes their lives.

    Q: Why would the apostle Paul tell the Philippians to work out their salvation, if they had been unconditionally elected for eternal life?

    A: It is possible to think you are saved without being saved. This goes along with the ‘once saved, always saved’ issue. It is easy to walk down the isle and say some words thinking that will get you into heaven. It is not easy to give your entire life over to Christ and make Him king. This is the difference. If a person says they are saved but has no desire to follow Christ (ie. reading Scripture, praying, fellowship with believers, etc.) then this person has not made Christ their king, and cannot therefore be saved. Paul, and the other apostles exhort us to always be studying, praying, and fellowshipping so that we can be sure of our salvation, and also growing to be more and more like Christ. Also, the end of the sentence of Philippians 2:12 is verse 13, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Here again is proof that it is God who does the works, not man.

    Q: Why would Jesus warn the Jews that they would die in their sins unless they believed?

    A: In this section, John 8, Jesus is teaching who He is at the temple to the Jews. Jesus specifically addresses the people who will not believe in Him. He says in verse 26 that He speaks these things in judgment of them.

    Q: According to the false doctrine of salvation by grace alone, God imputes faith to the unconditionally elected so they will be saved.

    A: I realize this isn’t a question, but I must do as Paul has done, and show you the issue with your statement.
    *Ephesians 1: 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to son-ship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
    *Ephesians 2:1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
    You may also want to consider these verses before concluding that it is not grace that saves us:
    *Romans 11:5-6 “So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”
    *Romans 12:3 “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

    Q: Would Paul tell the Corinthians to be careful that they did not fall, if they had been unconditionally elected for salvation?

    A: This section of the letter to Corinth (chpt. 10) is speaking of idolatry. Paul is making a case that we have been given examples throughout the bible of what not to do so that we may live a life glorifying to God. When Paul says, “if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”, he is speaking of our natural desire to lean towards what our flesh wants, and not what God wants. By reading it in context to the verses surrounding it we can see that the apostle is saying ‘when you are tempted don’t think you are able to overcome it. Be humble and ask for God’s help because He will always provide a way out of temptation.’

    Q: The apostle Paul was taught doctrine by Jesus Himself. Did Jesus forget to tell Paul about unconditional election and once saved always saved?

    A: Jesus did not need to tell Paul about unconditional election because Paul was unconditionally elected. However, Ananias tells him what the Lord said to say, “The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15 You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.” Paul was on his way to kill people that were part of the ‘way’ (aka Christians) when Jesus blinded him and told him that he would now work for God. Paul describes this in detail in Acts 9, Acts 22 and Galatians 1. If ever there was a case for unconditional election, Paul would be it. Unfortunately there are those who are unsaved going around thinking they are saved and sinning – claiming ‘once saved always saved’. John is very detailed about knowing who are part of God’s children and who are not. If we go on sinning we are not, therefore they were never really saved to begin with. (Also, this falls under the ‘perseverance of the saints’, not unconditional election. That’s a whole other topic.

    Q: Jesus died for the whole world, not just the so-called unconditionally elected few! Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

    A: The letter of 1 John is written to those who are already a part of the church (with the assumption that all are saved in the church). His sacrifice was all the atoning power we need to be rid of our sins once and for all. Not only that, but the power displayed in Christ’s giving of himself was enough to satisfy the forgiveness of the sins of the entire world, should they deny themselves. If Jesus did in fact die for the entire world and His death was sufficient to save them from God’s wrath, why are there people who deny Christ? Shouldn’t they also be saved?

    Q: How arrogant would I have to be to claim that God unconditionally selected me for salvation, but unconditionally selected my neighbor for eternity in hell? Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for all, NOT AN UNCONDITIONALLY SELECTED FEW!
    THERE ARE CONDITIONS!

    A: Again 1 Timothy is written to believers, by Paul. In this first part of the letter Paul explains that Christ died not only for Jews, but for the whole world (all kinds of people). The point of this letter was to teach the Jewish believers that they were not the only people that God would adopt into son-ship. Jesus died not only for Jews but for gentiles. This is what the Apostle means by ‘all people’ in the verse.
    You may say that those who believe the Bible’s writing about election are arrogant, but I must disagree. It rips my heart up inside to think that God would choose me and not choose someone else. Why would he pick me? I am nothing, no one, I have done nothing to deserve His love. And yet I am His.

    Q: ALL THOSE WHO MEET GOD’S TERMS FOR PARDON WILL BE SAVED! THE TERMS ARE- FAITH (John 3:16)-REPENTANCE (Acts 2:38)- CONFESSION (Roman 10:9-10) WATER BAPTISM (Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16) THESE ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR SALVATION.

    A: God has only one condition for pardon and that is Christ. Once you are in Christ, you are given the faith, made aware of your sins and want to be changed. Jesus says no man will come to Him unless the Father enables him (John 6:44&65). Once the Father revives you from your death in sin you are able to seek Christ and say ‘yes’ to His invitation (Eph 2:1-5, Col 2:13). There is your faith (Eph 2:8-9). Once you have Christ you will the Holy Spirit which will create a desire to be like Him (Gal 5:22-25, all of Romans 8). There is your repentance and confession. Once you have Christ you will want to be with other believers and show them that you are in Christ (Acts 2:37-38). There is your baptism. The only condition to salvation is forgiveness of the Father thru Christ.

    I know this was long but I hope you were able to read it all with references. Something I tell everyone (including myself) is that we should come to God’s word ready to learn instead of thinking we already know it all. It is important for us to be open to the Spirit’s teaching when reading. If there is something that we don’t like or that doesn’t seem right to us then it is our charge to understand it. God is the author of the Bible, and He is the one who has all the answers. We don’t have to like what He says, but we cannot change it.

    Respectfully,
    Kristy

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