HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

November 25/1John 5

We are seeing a recurring theme in 1John that he reminds us of over and over. Truth leads us to God. God leads us to love. Love leads us to obedience. Truth, love and obedience are the themes of 1John.

Verse 1 > the only ones excluded from becoming children of God are unbelievers. That is the truth. Another truth here is that everyone who loves God loves his children. Ponder that sentence for awhile.

Verse 2 > here is truth, love and obedience again. Loving God’s kids means you are in fellowship with them. I don’t believe there is such a thing as a Lone Ranger Christian sitting at home Sunday after Sunday and not fellowshipping with God’ kids > just thinking out loud.

Verse 3 > according to this verse what does it mean to love God?

Verses 4-5 > the truth is that when I believe in Jesus this evil world’s influence on me is defeated by me loving God and living in obedience to Him.

Verses 6-10 > the truth is that Jesus is God’s son. The proof of this was at his baptism where the Father said, ” This is my beloved son…, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove, and the blood that Jesus shed on the cross where the earth shook, the sky got dark, graves opened up and people came out, and the veil in the temple was torn in two. The Roman Centurion at the cross even cried out “Surely this was the son of God. These three witnesses: water, blood and Holy Spirit are the same witnesses that we have today to prove we are children of God. Our water baptism showed we yielded our lives to Jesus. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. see Romans 8. The blood witnesses to us every time we take communion.

Verses 11-12 > Do you have Jesus? Perhaps the better question would be, “Does Jesus have you?”

Verse 13 > Do you have eternal life? If you are not sure read your bible, the truth book.

Verses 14-15 > John says that if we ask anything that is according to the will of God  we will have it. If you don’t know the will of God ask Him and then keep reading your bible because He will probably reveal His will to you there. If you are not sure how to pray in a certain situation, pray in tongues because the Holy Spirit praying through you will always pray God’s will. Stay in close fellowship with the Holy Spirit because he knows the will of God. And there are times that we just need to pray, “Lord your will be done.”

Verses 16-17 > If we see a fellow believer practicing a certain sin we should gently, lovingly and firmly remind them that one mark of a Christian is that he doesn’t practice sin. Remember that truth leads to God, God leads to love and love leads to obedience. You might also remind them of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5. Who would have thought they had committed a sin that led to death. And then we should pray for them that they would repent of that sin and turn back to God. This is why love and fellowship are so important. When we lack fellowship the enemy can lure us back into sin. When we lack Christian fellowship it is also hard for us to receive correction.

Proverbs 10:17 (NLT) — 17 People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.

Proverbs 15:10 (NLT) — 10 Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die.

Verses 18-21 > fellowship, fellowship, fellowship. Knowing is everything and we know we must be in fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and with each other. This strong bond will keep us from anything that would take God’s place in our hearts.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In this chapter we are reminded that to love God is to follow his commandments. It must be an active love. The chapter finishes with a restating of the great commandment.