The 1st Epistle of John
1st John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
If it were possible for us to understand and take in the enormous love that our Father has for us, we would not do half the sins that we do. Even St. Paul remarked one time that it seems that he sets out to do the right thing and always ends up doing the wrong:
Ref: Romans 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. KJV
Early on in Genesis, Father remarked that He repented at having made mankind because they were constantly ignoring His laws and going out and living like godless heathens:
Ref: Genesis 6:6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. KJV
Those that love and follow our Father are often talked about by others because they don’t understand some of the things that we don’t do. Like going out and partying all the time, or using drugs, or leaving work early because no one will find out about it.
The measure of a man is by what he does when no one is looking, when there are no CCT cameras on him, when the judgments of his own conscience determine his actions.
1st John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Yes, we will see Him in an earthly body, much as the one that you and I walk around in but to see, in this instance, is to perceive the goodness contained within Him, no doubt, to feel the goodness of His Spirit.
See is the Greek word NT:3700-optanomai and it refers to a middle voice, something felt as opposed to seen with the eye.
1st John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
There is no way that we can live our lives without sin. Jesus was the only one that could. But through His love for us and our love for Him, we try the best that we can. You don’t have to go really deep into this verse to see that the comparison between pure and sinfulness will always keep us apart from Him.
Quite the reason that it’s written that flesh and blood cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven:
Ref: 1st Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. KJV
We can try to be pure of heart and mind but that’s as far as we can take it and that’s acceptable to our Lord. Father knew what He was doing when He created these temporary bodies, He knew that we would be tempted because a pure body would not succumb to such temptations.
1st John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
That’s pretty plain, isn’t it? Commit a sin and you break the Law. Our Father’s Law. And if you break just one, you are guilty of breaking ALL of them so it’s no little thing. Father sees is as guilty or not guilty. No in-betweens. No maybe convictions.
Ref: James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. KJV
Try to keep them down to a minimum but when you do break the law, confess immediately, don’t put it off. You know when you transgress, get that stain off your soul and allow Him to continue to bless your efforts through this life.
1st John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
Manifested means to render apparent:
✡ Manifested_NT:5319 phaneroo (fan-er-o'-o); from NT:5318; to render apparent (literally or figuratively):
To make known, to be seen. He took on a flesh body and allowed it to be beaten and abused and killed, in order to carry the weight of the sins of the entirety of humanity. He took away the blood sacrifices of the Old Testament, which never removed sin in the first place but was a submission to the law which brought about the reconciliation that kept us from Him.
Everybody likes to say…”Oh, Jesus loves me. Isn’t it wonderful.” Could you have endured what He did FOR HIM? No possible way that could have happened. We would have crumpled from the first blow from that soldier.
1st John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
This doesn’t mean that we will never, ever commit a sin, but it means to live a life to where sin is not habitual. A life that is totally void of our Father and our Lord.
And you get to know Him by studying and reading about Him in that special Book He gave us. You cannot love someone if you don’t know anything about them. Or what they’ve done for you because they loved you first.
A newborn child and a parent are strangers to each other until they spend time together and come to know each other. Our Father, our Lord, know us intimately, it’s us that has to play catchup and get to know them.
1st John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
Let no man deceive you. Deceive means to lead one down a different path. A new kind of religion, a new kind of worship. Let’s laugh the devil out of our church and the entire congregation breaks out in fake laughter.
This past Sunday, one of these prosperity preachers from Louisiana said that when traveling he listened to the voice of his GPS Nav System and as long as the lady wasn’t saying anything, he was on the right path.
He related this to our communications with the Father…as long as we don’t hear from Him, we’re on the right path. That’s absolute nonsense. The more our Father chastises us, the more He shows His love for us. It’s when He DOES ignore us, that’s when we should start to worry about our relationship with Him.
A righteous person will always do the right thing.
1st John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
The devil sinneth from the beginning. He wasn’t called the devil back then, he was a cherub that watched over the Mercy Seat and pride caused him to begin that war in heaven. Happened in the first heaven/earth age long, long ago. That’s where the beginning began.
From that time on, Satan worked very hard to try and destroy the seed-line through which the Messiah would come but he was never successful in doing it and eventually, the heels of our Lord, nailed to that cross, crushed his head.
1st John 3:1st John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Again, this does not mean that we will never commit a sin if we love Him, it means that our walk in this life is not totally contrary to Him. We don’t need to live as continual sinners.
Peter asked our Lord one day, how many times should a person forgive another for sins against them?
Ref: Matthew 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. KJV
That’s 490 times a day! Wow. That’s a habitual sinner.
1st John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
Those that love the Father will keep sin down to a bare minimum, the children of the devil will do just the opposite.
1st John 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
Love your brother as you love yourself.
1st John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
Who is the wicked one? Satan, of course. Who was Cain? Satan’s child through the seduction of Eve in the Garden. Why was Cain’s works evil? Because they were of his father, the Devil.
There was no brotherly love between Cain and Abel.
1st John 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
It would be a marvel if the world loved us for loving the Father. That’s not possible because too many follow the ways of the world and those ways are governed by the Prince of the air.
How easy it is for evil to trump good. It’s almost like the good just give up and throw in the towel before the fight even begins.
1st John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
You can’t go through this life hating everyone and everything in it, just because it doesn’t please you or suit you. It’s egotistical, it’s self-serving, it’s selfish. It’s not of our Father.
It’s difficult for pessimists, like myself, to see the good in everything and to do so, in my mind, is just lying to yourself.
But loving the Father and living your life according to His principals, will enlarge your heart. The knowledge that you have passed from just living to living with the eternity in mind, will change you in many small ways.
Nothing grandiose. No fireworks. No parades or bands playing. Just a small feeling within you that there quite possibly will be something other than hard work, despair, and grief.
You can pass that on to others around you and make their life a little brighter as well. Love your brother. Hatred is a cancer that no medicine can cure.
1st John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
John likens hatred to be equivalent to murder or is it that hatred will lead to murder?
To take the life of another is a terrible thing. You take away everything that person has and everything he ever hoped to be. And, more importantly, you take away the right of that person to love our Father, to build rewards in heaven, to allow themselves to be used by our Father in His overall Plan of Life.
It’s my belief that there will be a meeting between the soul of the murderer, the soul of the murdered and our Father on Judgment Day and the soul of the murdered will have a say in whether the soul of the murderer goes into the eternity or not.
This is a situation that is not totally up to our Father. No murderer hath eternal life abiding in him has to mean exactly that. The situation is pending until that meeting occurs.
1st John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
We can understand the love that the Father has for us, demonstrated by His Son giving up His life for us, by loving our brothers and sisters to the point of giving up OUR life for THEIRS.
Question is…would you take a bullet for someone else? Police officers are willing to do that, each and every day that they put the uniform on. And today, they are assassinated while sitting in their radio cars, by thugs and cowards.
1st John 3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
It’s called selfishness. To have something that someone else needs, something that can be freely given without consequence or hardship to yourself, and not give it freely to another, how can that person say that they love our Lord or Father?
1st John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Don’t tell people what a good person you are, show them what a good person you are.
1st John 3:19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
And when we see that compassion within ourselves, then we truly know who we really are inside, that we are responsive and loving, as our Father expects us to be.
1st John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
But if we harden our heart, then we condemn our own selves and Father truly knows the condition of all hearts so there is no need to try to fake it with Him.
1st John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
If our heart is open and giving, then we know that we have the capacity within ourselves for loving our Father in greater measure.
1st John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
A lot of people become discouraged when they feel that their prayers aren’t answered, either within their own time frame or to the measure that they expected. Sometimes we see no action from the Father at all but bear in mind, that He sees the overall picture of our lives and something down the road might be changed if a particular prayer were answered to our present satisfaction.
There were a lot of miracles performed by our Lord during His time in the flesh and that was for our teaching and our benefit, and they were recorded so that we could read them over and over again, to stabilize our faith in Him and to know that He is capable of doing all things.
It was His time to teach us about Himself. How His love covered everyone that He came across, how the established churches tried to kill Him over and over again because He went against their teachings.
Neither the Father nor the Son can come to our rescue the very moment that we decide that we need them.
1st John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
Stop acting like heathens and get the hate out of your heart.
1st John 3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. KJV
I’m of the belief that most people are good people, some just a little strange at times, but I think that we all try to live our lives serving Him and living by His statutes and laws. And it’s when you throw organized religion into the mix that people really screw things up.
And organized religion is Satan’s greatest tool. He does his best work from behind the pulpit.
Length of time and traditions also play a major role in taking a soul down the wrong track or path. Many people depend on someone else to tell them what our Father or our Lord has to say to us and that’s a very dangerous thing to do when your very soul is at the tip of the spear.
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