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Category Archives: 1 John

“the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.”
1 John 5:8
The Holy and Divine, along with the human, point us to Jesus.

“For there are three that testify”
1 John 5:7
We not need rely on mere human testimony alone.

“This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.”

1 John 5:6

From water and blood, both human and divine, explained by the Spirit of God Himself, and not just human definition. Truth tells Jesus’s story.

We are born into a new life, a new relationship with God when we embrace who Jesus is. We cannot dissect the two: love or respect for God and Jesus separately. They are not individual offerings amongst a spiritual buffet where we take one but not the other. A helping of one includes embracing the other. Our love for God overflows into a life lived loving others, and we need not complicate: we love God deeply by loving those close to us, in our homes, in our own fellowships, those with our shared beliefs across the world. Our day to day schedules may look different, but we are bonded in our commitment to observe God’s commandments. To love God is to maintain a dedication to His commandments, and these are not meant to be a burden, not meant to weary. Instead, He intends to lift any weariness, wipe it away, and refresh. Satan wishes for us to fail, and to feel no sense of overcoming victory. Each second, he works hard to make God’s Word appear burdensome. On the contrary, victory is to be ours, even when our own faith struggles to grasp this, there is God and Jesus, holding out the victory flag to us.

{Meditations on 1 John 5: 1-5}

“Who is it that overcomes the world?  Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”                                 
1 John 5:5

Jesus’s role as both Christ and Son is key to embracing our opportunity to overcome. 

“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4

Not only shall we live a life with God unburdened, we are overcomers. The power of overcoming runs deep, and fills any cracks left by maturing faith.

“In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands.  And his commands are not burdensome”      1 John 5:3

Turning to God and His love eases any burden.  Replace burdens with God’s love.

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe his commandments.”       1 John 5:2

Loving Christ and God go hand in hand, leading us into a life marked by love for others, a love that continually helps us to observe His commandments.

“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.”      1 John 5:1

Belief and devotion that Jesus is the Christ brings us into a new life with God, and a new walk with God reflects love for the Son.

We love, because He first loved us.  This is one of the most striking uses of “because” in the scriptures to me.  We are able to process, receive, give, and participate in love because He first loved us.  He is the starting point, the ultimate indoctrination and initiation.   We because of He.  Dedication, loyalty, perseverance.

Such commitment should be mirrored with our relationships with fellow believers.  Our love for Him should overflow to create love for others to result in an unwavering respect and support for those that believe along with us.  With united hearts we look to Him and our common love for Him effects our attention to one another.   We may not physically see Him, but our love for one another reflects Him, and shines Him into the darkened and dimmed places.  Loving our brothers and sisters is a command fulfilled in our loving God.  Lacking love for one another brings into question one’s love of God.  The two are intertwined.  We can not simultaneously love God and disrespect or not submit to, or not care for fellow believers.  Such approach creates disunity and discord and makes the devil giggle.

John addresses young believers with this warning in the young church and it still rings true today.  Our worship, whether corporate on a Sunday, or singularly on a quiet morning, are not done in a vacuum.  Our love for He in connected for our love for one another.

{Meditations on 1 John 4:19-21}