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1JOHN CHAPTER 3

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1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

 

1Jn 3,1-3

(43b) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the character of Christ >> Conform to His nature – The moment we see Jesus coming in the clouds, we will be transformed into His likeness. It is well and good to believe this, but are we merely waiting for the glory of God to come and snatch us away from our troubles, or are we also preparing for Him, so when He comes to transform our bodies, he will see that we have also been conforming to His character? Our life’s mission should be to purify ourselves just as He is pure, so when He comes, we will not shrink away from Him at His appearing.

(103h) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Cleans yourself

(109d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelations of the Holy Spirit >> Revelation of the true children of God

(228i) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God works in the new creation

1Jn 3-1

(33a) Believers Are Children (Key verse)

(33d) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Kingdom belongs to the children of God – Wow! A mere exclamation point could not suffice to emphasize the magnitude of this statement. Only in heaven will we fully appreciate what John is saying. Here on earth we will never fathom the significance of being the children of God. “How great a love the Father has bestowed on us…” that we should be called the brothers and sisters of Christ! What is more amazing is that the Father does not love His Son more than He loves us. He will exalt us all in various positions in the heavens, Jesus having the highest place, yet God loves us all the same. It is startling when we compound the significance of this verse with the reminder that Jesus is a member of the trinity, not that we are in any way part of the trinity, but that God has given us ringside seats into His glory. We will witness the harmony of God’s oneness in a position perhaps closer to Him than any other created being. God allows us to live such unassuming lives, so when he exalts us in eternity, we will remember our humble origins.

(33m) Gift of God >> Believers are special to God >> We are beloved of God – The apostle John is beckoning us to see the full ramifications of being called the children of God, if it is even possible to fully comprehend such a notion in this life. Having started from such a lowly state as a sinner, He now has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son (Col 1-13). John is challenging us to fully appreciate the fact that when God delivered us, He didn’t turn us into slaves, but into sons and daughters of the Father and brothers and sisters of Christ. However, Jesus is more than a son to His Father, but a member of the trinity, so Jesus is the perfect mediator between God and the creation He made in His image. Jesus is the perfect amalgamation between God and man, so that in the ages to come we might come to fully realize His divinity that we possess. As far as hell is distant from heaven, so God has saved us, not just from the domain of darkness, but also raised us and seated us with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph 2-6), who Himself is seated at the Father's right hand, making us adjacent witnesses to His deity. Just as we have the genetic makeup of our parents dwelling in our flesh, so we have the divine nature dwelling in our spirit. That does not make us gods, but we are virtually one step from it, though that last step is a doozy.

(34b) Gift of God >> God’s generosity >> Believer owns everything >> Trinity belongs to us >> Father belongs to us – It is impossible to fully appreciate the love the Father has bestowed on us. The vision that He has of us is the same as Adam when He first created man. God is so generous, He wants to give us everything, including Himself. When we receive our full inheritance from God, we will come into ownership of virtually all God’s possessions, including the creation itself. Everything God can possibly give us we possess. We may know that we possess all things, but it has not yet been revealed to us what we will actually possess, only that we possess one thing that guarantees the rest, His Holy Spirit, which is the essence of God Himself (Jn 4-24). However, we are finite creatures and we always will be, but God is infinite in every possible way, including eternal in both past and future. This is not true of us; hence, this is what differentiates us from God. Everything else about God is true also of us, and for this reason He calls us the children of God. Just like we have the genetic makeup of our parents; so we possess the traits that characterize God's innermost being.

(35h) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> The anointing

(61b) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Complete—You are a whole member of the body / You have a part in the deity of Christ – God has invited us to share even in his divinity (2Pet 1-4). When we think of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, He has so completely intermingled Himself with our spirit, that we have become one spirit with Him (1Cor 6-17). We are no longer the same person, but a new creation, never to be separated from Him. The Holy Spirit is a member of the trinity; God has thus integrated us into his deity, not that we are a deity, but that we bear witness of His deity in a position so close to Him that it is utterly breathtaking. As an example, Jesus once defended Himself against the Pharisees using this verse in Ps 82-6, “I said, `You are "gods"; you are all sons of the Most High.” Jesus then said in John 10-35,36, “If he called them `gods,' to whom the word of God came-and the Scripture cannot be broken- what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, `I am God's Son'?” Essentially Jesus agreed with the psalmist calling those who believe in Him ‘gods’ (with a lower case ‘g’ of course). Keep in mind, though, that the very next verse says, “But you will die like mere men; you will fall like every other ruler" (Ps 82-7).

(70j) Authority >> Believer’s authority >> We have been given authority over all creation >> We are the children of God >> We have the divine nature

(113d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Garments of power

(124a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Acts of love >> Love takes from the rich and gives to the poor >> Love takes sacrifice -- This verse goes with verses 16-21. Since God has raised us to such heights, He has also called us to humble ourselves, so in the ages to come we will keep the lessons we have learned close to our hearts. The lessons we learn in this life will directly translate to the life to come in eternity about dying to self and putting ourselves last, sacrificing our will and desires and giving up everything to fulfill our ministry from God. This will make perfect sense in eternity when He seats us in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. Over the course of eternity we will come to the ultimate realization that we have the divine nature dwelling in us. The blessing of humility will suddenly take on a new light. Col 3,1-5 speaks of this, “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.” Paul is saying we are already there in spirit.

(156l) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Living an ungodly lifestyle >> Associating with the world

(164h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is at enmity with God >> The world does not know God

(168e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world who did not recognize Jesus

(196a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Lord, Lord >> Pretending to be a disciple -- This verse goes with verse 6

(222a) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> The Church is hidden from the world

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2&3 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

 

1Jn 3-2,3

(8e) Responsibility >> Prepare to Interact with God >> Prepare to meet Jesus by living a holy life

(104k) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart shall see God >> Shall see Jesus >> Shall see His appearing

(109d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelations of the Holy Spirit >> Revelation of the children of God

1Jn 3-2

(34a) Gift of God >> God’s generosity >> Believer owns everything >> Jesus belongs to us

(43g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Perfect (mature) >> Flawless

(60c) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> The second coming / End time revival

(117j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Acknowledging the presence of God

(176b) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Lacking experience with God -- This verse goes with verse 6

(224d) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> Describing the kingdom after he makes all things new >> Children of God resemble their Father – Consider what this verse has in common Psalm 18-25,26, “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd” (NKJV). John is alluding to the resurrection in these verses, saying that He will make our bodies according to the way we see Him. Since all His children love and adore Him, He will make our bodies to resemble the way we see Christ, whose view of Him is accurate to His true qualities. The same will be true of those who partake of the second resurrection (the resurrection of the damned); their resurrected bodies will also resemble the way they see Christ. In this life the merciful see Jesus as merciful; the blameless see Him as blameless; the pure in heart see Him as pure, and the crooked see Him as shrewd. That is, they project the attributes of their own character on God and see Jesus the same way they see themselves, but in the next life God will project those same attributes back on them at their resurrection, and they will have an appearance that resembles the way they see Christ. For the wicked this means they will have a grotesque and monstrous appearance.

(226j) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> Levels of reward >> Rewarded by levels of glory in our spiritual bodies – We have ownership of everything that God possesses through the Spirit. We have even inherited a body like Jesus’ resurrected body, but it has not become apparent what kind of glorified body we will receive from God, but we do know that when Jesus comes for his church in the event of the Rapture, Paul said that our bodies will be changed in a flash of glory (1Cor 15-51). We will suddenly go from mere mortals to possessing bodies just like His glorified body. John is saying that we don’t know yet what that really entails. We know we will be able to walk through walls because of our resurrected bodies and we will glow like the sun because of our glorified bodies. All we have in the Scriptures is an outline of our spiritual inheritance. We wouldn’t understand it anyway even if Jesus explained it to us, for how could we comprehend the merging of the physical and spiritual realms? There is a difference between a resurrected body and a spiritual body. Jesus said to Mary Magdalene in Jn 20-17, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, `I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" Jesus was weaning his disciples from His physical form to prepare them for the Holy Spirit, whom He would send at Pentecost. Jesus has undergone a second transformation beyond His resurrection. We will be able to walk through walls as Jesus did after his resurrection, but we will also have bodies that will glow like the sun. Once Jesus ascended to heaven the Father glorified His resurrected body; He now has radiance brighter than the sun, and it is this glorified form to which John is saying it has not yet become apparent. These are things we will never understand until we get to heaven. 

1Jn 3,3-7

(42h) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Transformed >> Conform to the purity of Christ

1Jn 3-3

(4a) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Accountable to the character of God -- This verse goes with verses 6&7

(26g) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is Satan’s nature -- This verse goes with verse 14

(97d) Thy kingdom come >> Attention >> Facing in the direction of the Lord >> Focusing your attention on God – What is the method we should use to purify ourselves and conform to the image of Christ? We face in His direction and focus our attention on Him. In this way, our lives will conform to His image. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the very embodiment of God’s word, so those who strive to purify themselves just as He is pure fix their hope on Christ through prayer and focus their attention on His word. By this we abide in Him (Jn 15-4). Fixing our attention on the word of God and prayer, we talk to God about His coming kingdom and about our desire to integrate into it and participate in what He is doing in the world in preparation to manifest His coming kingdom in the natural realm. We don’t live like the heathen and expect our lives to be pure.

(117a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Rest in His yoke by dying to self >> Working the rest of God

(121i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope Based On Faithfulness >> Hope based on perseverance

(191c) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Extract the leaven of hypocrisy – John says in verse one, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God.” Then he says in verse three, “Everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies Himself just as He is pure.” John was one who screened the genuine from the counterfeit, and James was the same way. They were repulsed to call all people Christians. Any evangelist would tell us that when they go on their journeys and talk to people about the Lord, they get a lot of people telling them they are already Christians. We would like to believe them, except that Jesus told us that ‘wide is the gate that leads to destruction and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few are those who find it.’ So, there is disconnect between what the Bible says and what the average person will tell us. Many of them no doubt hadn’t thought about their so-called faith until the evangelist came along and tried to convert them, and then suddenly they were devout Christians. John is screening out these kind of people saying, ‘Do you call yourself a child of God? Purity of mind, heart and body is one of the attributes of the true believer!’

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4&5 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

 

1Jn 3,4-15

(172b) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Devils among the saints >> Unrighteous among the righteous

(194g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Hate evil >> Victory over sin >> Hate evil by loving good – The world believes that being good is good, but they don’t want to actually be good. For most people, being good is just one tool in their arsenal for getting their way in life.

1Jn 3,4-8

(2o) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Get out of His way >> Quit sinning – There is a difference between making a mistake and sinning. The key word is "Practice". The one who practices sin is a sinner with no hint of repentance in him, but the one who committed a sin has made a mistake for which the person is sorry. It is obvious that a person who practices sin is not born again by having no remorse for what they do, indicating that the Holy Spirit is not actively working in their lives. Our conscience is our lifeline to God; if it gets broken or damaged, our relationship with God suffers. We need to protect our conscience above everything, because it is the greatest outward expression of God’s work in our hearts.

(16aa) Sin >> The sin nature is instinctively evil >> Man’s flesh is related to the devil >> Unregenerate man is the son of Satan – Whether you are a Christian or not your flesh is related to the devil in that we were all born in the flesh and inherited Adam’s evil nature of sin. The question that remains is whether we are going to walk in our fleshly sin nature, or if we are going to rise above it through faith in Christ. If you consistently practice sin it is strong evidence that you do not know God, but if you practice righteousness, it is strong evidence that you do know God. If you don't know God you will practice sin of unbelief, because your sin nature will dictate that to you as the natural course of this world, just like a stream finds its way through the land.

1Jn 3-4

(92h) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> What kind of trail is this? >> The wrong gate is wide and many enter by it

(163k) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Entertaining demons >> Disciplined by the devil as a son -- This verse goes with verse 6

(167j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> The world of sin -- This verse goes with verse 6

(181a) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebellion >> Rebelling against God >> Rebelling against the authority of God

(181c) Lawlessness (Key verse)

(181d) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Lawlessness >> Lawlessness is no excuse for sin >> Sinning under the law is still lawlessness – The opposing argument so many Christians have, whether the law is still in effect, John answered it saying, "Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness," referring to the law. They practice breaking the law; if the law were no longer in effect, then neither could we break it.

1Jn 3,5-10

(155k) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> You will know them by their fruits >> You will know them by their good deeds >> Good works that prove we belong to Christ – “He appeared in order to take away sins.” There are two ways that Jesus has come to take away sin: by the flesh and by the Spirit. Jesus came in the flesh and offered His body a sacrifice for sin to cleanse us from all unrighteousness in the spirit. The second way was by giving us the Holy Spirit and commanding us to follow Him into a process of purification in the flesh. As we follow the Holy Spirit, He will lead us away from sin and into the righteousness of God, consisting of the good works that God has prepared for us. These two forces in our lives happening simultaneously, forgiving the sins we have committed and leading us from committing further sin, have a purifying effect, which over time demonstrates to the world that we are the true children of God.

(208bb) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The kindness of God >> You can be saved without ever hearing about Jesus

1Jn 3,5-7

(42c) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Overcoming sin -- These verses go with verse 9. Those who come from a hard life of drug addiction or bondage from an assortment of sins, when they become Christians, God expects them to repent, and His expectations are based on the Holy Spirit’s power to set them free from these things. John is saying as he said before that the standard of conduct has been set. Regardless of the lifestyle from which we come, we have an obligation to overcome our sin in order to prove that we are the children of God. We cannot be addicted to sin and be the children of God at the same time. 2Cor 6-17 says, “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." We will never talk the Apostle John into believing we are Christians if we practice sin. He is saying there must be evidence of our salvation or he will feel no obligation to believe us, nor will anyone else in the world. He started out this chapter saying, “How great a love…” Isn’t there any appreciation in our hearts at all? We should do everything we can to reach out to God for freedom, not by the arm of the flesh, but by the power of God, who will deliver us from our bondage. God promises that He is willing and able to impose His power on our weaknesses, because he will not stand for His children practicing sin; He simply will not allow it. They lie who call themselves Christians and have not repented from their addictions.

(116a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through Good Works >> Works That God put in your heart

1Jn 3-5

(39ib) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated Satan’s authority >> Church has inherited Jesus' authority -- This verse goes with verse 8

(40d) Judgment >> Jesus judges the world through His own death -- This verse goes with verse 8

(45e) Judgment >> God’s judgment on believer’s sin >> Through His Son >> On the cross -- This verse goes with verse 8

(228k) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God works in you to cleanse you

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6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

 

1Jn 3,6-10

(89l) Thy kingdom come >> God convicts us of sin >> Conviction reminds us to repent – Sin is the environment of the devil; therefore, anyone who practices sin is exhibiting the traits of the devil, but God has called us to exhibit the traits of Christ. To call ourselves the children of God and exhibit the traits of the devil is ludicrous. The conviction of the Holy Spirit is the most beautiful aspect of a Christian’s life; it’s actually a type of oppression, but its an oppression from the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we know it is for our good, yet it feels heavy; there is no joy in it, and there are many guilt feeling associated with it. We all must go through it if we are the children of God, because we all sin. If we sense the Holy Spirit convicting us, depending on the level of conviction, if we only hear a voice reminding us, that’s one thing, but there are levels of conviction that can be heavier than guilt itself. It is a conviction that the children of God learn to obey throughout their lives as they follow the Lord, knowing that if they don’t listen to Him, the conviction will only increase. Whenever we sense it we know it is something important. We listen to His voice speaking from our conviction, describing and defining what we are supposed to do. Conviction usually comes after He has spoken nicely and asked us to repent. Conviction comes upon us in layers, until the heaviness overwhelms us and we must repent. The person who runs from God’s conviction is a bastard child; it is a form of blasphemy. We are required to receive the discipline of the Lord. If we run from it, it is evidence that we have merely assumed we are the children of God. If we will not take reproof from God, then we will never hear Him speak to us about the beautiful aspects of His love for us. If we refuse His pain, we will never know of His glory firsthand. In other words we will not know Him, and a child who does not know God is not a child of God. The true children of God know who they are in Christ; it is the world who doesn’t know them as His children. “The Son of God appeared for this purpose to destroy the works of the devil,” so we are not to go in this direction.

(156K) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Living an ungodly lifestyle >> Practicing sin – What is John saying, that the true children of God never sin? That is impossible! To properly interpret this passage we must include the keyword: “practice.” The true children of God abide in Him, and for this reason they do not practice sin. If they do, God will convict them as sinners, and this conviction will lead them to seek freedom and restoration from their bondage. However, they can choose to keep their bondage, and eventually it will lead them away from faith in God. If they continue resisting the Holy Spirit, it could possibly cost them their eternal souls; they could lose their salvation and the eternal life to which God initially called them. They can decide against the Lord to keep their sin, but it is a sin from which they will not be able to repent. God does not allow His children to practice sin throughout their lives.

1Jn 3-6,7

(4a) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Accountable to the character of God – These verses go with verse 3. We know that everybody sins. The first Adam merely had a single tree to avoid, which was easy compared to Christ, known as the second Adam, who was tested for 33-years in every imaginable way, yet was found by God to be without sin. Adam and Eve fell into transgression almost immediately, and so all their children were born in sin with no exception. Even as born again Christians we sin, yet this passage says, “No one who abides in Him sins.” John is talking about practicing sin. In other words, no one who abides in Christ allows himself to fall under bondage to sin as a permanent lifestyle. Eventually they overcome it, and this is our obligation to the character of God, because God is without sin. There is such a thing as bondage to sin even to Christians, otherwise why would Paul have addressed the subject in his letter to the Romans, devoting chapters telling them how to break free of it? Christians can become enslaved to sin, but John is saying that they do not remain in that state for long. Apart from slavery, committing sin is depicted in the foot-washing ceremony that Jesus instituted in the gospel of John chapter thirteen, illustrating the fact that as a person walks through life, he gets his feet dirty by the dust of the ground and a simple foot-washing solves the problem, as opposed to soaking in the tub. We live in this world and our feet get dirty as we fulfill His calling, and that dirt represents sin. Jesus in His foot-washing rite said nothing to the effect that we are evil for having dirty feet. There is no issue with Christians committing a sin. Rather, sin becomes an issue when it becomes habitual and unrepentant and we attempt to incorporate it into our lifestyle. John is saying that no one who abides in Him does this.

(132a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> spirit of God in the spirit of man >> Spirit of the Father -- These verses go with verse 9

1Jn 3-6

(105c) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart >> Being a slave to a pure heart – John wrote in this epistle, “If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father,” who cleanses “us from all unrighteousness” (1Jn 1-9 and 2-1). He was talking about those who abide in Him, so what did he mean when he said, “No one who abides in Him sins” (1Jn 3-6)? We all do things that we know are wrong, but John was saying that nobody who abides in Him practices sin. The one who practices sin does not abide in Him; no one who practices sin has seen Him or knows Him. The apostle John was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, so obviously John saw Him, but once He ascended to heaven, no one saw Him again. Those who saw Him and believed in Him did not practice sin. Still, thousands of years later we have the privilege of seeing Him through the eyes of our spirit, and those who have seen Him abide in Him, and those who abide in Him do not practice sin.

(163k) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Entertaining demons >> Disciplined by the devil as a son -- This verse goes with verse 8

(167j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> The world of sin -- This verse goes with verse 8

(169e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is blind to God >> Darkness has a blinding effect – Those who practice sin are spiritually blind to the truth of God; they cannot see His significance or recognize His value. They don’t care that He is the Son of God or that He shed His blood that His Father might forgive the sins of all mankind if they would only believe. They try to blow Him off without self-destructing, but it is impossible to ignore Him and hope He goes away without finding themselves one day being ignored and told to go away. Those who are blind and ignorant of God don’t believe anybody could know Christ. When we tell them that we have come to know Him, they all but scoff in our face, because they simply don’t believe in Him; they don’t even understand what we are saying. They think we are speaking on metaphysical or symbolic terms, or else they say we know Him based on Scripture, like we know Huckleberry Finn after reading the book, but faith in God goes far beyond mere head-knowledge. Faith is the means that God has given us to access His Spirit.

(176b) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Lacking experience with God -- This verse goes with verse 2

(196a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Lord, Lord >> Pretending to be a disciple -- This verse goes with verse 1

(221j) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from sin >> He hides behind disobedience – We have read the Scriptures and have learned that God has sent His Holy Spirit in place of Christ, and we can come to know God through Him who dwells in us. He teaches us about God and His Son, Jesus Christ, and He reveals the word of God to us and gives us understanding in all things, and so in the most literal sense we have come to know Him, but tell that to an unbeliever. They not only personally disbelieve in God, they also disbelieve in our faith. Some deny the truth of the Bible while believing in the existence of God, calling it faith, but the writer of Hebrews says that believing in the existence of God is just the beginning of faith; we must also believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11-6), and still this is only an introduction to faith in Christ. We come to God based on these truths, and then we develop a relationship with Him through the obedience of faith, which introduces us to the person of Jesus (Rom 5-1,2). Those who seek Him will find Him (Mat 7-7). Some might tell us that they believe these things, but if they don’t do them, then they don’t believe them either, for ultimately we do what we believe.

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7&8 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 

 

1Jn 3,7-10 

(87i) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Those who obey believe in God >> Those who obey the word

(161i) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Carried Away >> Condemnation based on evidence of sin -- This verse goes with verses 19-21. We are accountable to the character of God to abstain from sin, because God is without sin. This is something the world does not understand or even believe. People’s hearts have become like granite and even more so as final judgment draws near. People accuse God as though He had done something wrong. Most people complain that He is willing to allow sin and suffering in the world. They say that because He has the power to put an end to suffering but doesn’t; that supposedly makes Him responsible for all the evil that is in the world. To the contrary, this is circular reasoning, and here's why:  God’s accusers are sinners themselves and would be mortally offended if God made them stop sinning. This may be a logical case in a court of law against a person who could have done something to avert misfortune, but God created us and set the tree in the Garden of Eden for His own purposes, so that He might test His creation. He wanted Adam and Eve perfected through temptation. They came perfect out-of the box, but without the tree of knowledge of good and evil God could not have perfected a people for His own possession, who are zealous for good works. To the natural mind it appears that He allows inequity and suffering to abound, but God wants His people tested and proven faithful, not for His own sake but for ours, since God already knows who is faithful and who isn’t. Had Adam and Eve been faithful, they would have been the only people who were tested throughout the human race. After Adam passed His test, God would have taken the tree of the knowledge of good and evil away, since it would have been pointless to have some people who were perfected and others who were transgressors.

1Jn 3-7

(91m) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> The trail that Jesus walked

(127e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Rewards for doing good >> Sow the seeds of goodness >> goodness yields a harvest of righteousness

(182e) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Three causes of interpreting Scripture falsely >> Because they have no regard for God’s word

1Jn 3,8-15

(158a) Works of the devil >> Excerpts of the greatest verses of this chapter

(160e) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Led by the devil >> Led by the devil into sin

1Jn 3,8-10

(156j) Evidence Of Hell-Bound (Key verse)

1Jn 3-8

(18l) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Evil is good >> Loving bondage – Some have various doctrines they set up as idols, and point to them saying, ‘This is what I believe,’ but then turn from them and behave contrary to their beliefs, while others practice sin based on various belief systems they have developed, some being religious while others secular. God wants to deliver us from the power of darkness by delivering us from the practice of sin. If we believe the truth and practice sin, the truth is meaningless to ourselves and to those around us. It is not enough to merely believe; we must also practice the truth in order to prove we believe it; otherwise, it proves we don’t believe.

(39ib) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated Satan’s authority >> Church has inherited Jesus' authority -- This verse goes with verse 5

(40d) Judgment >> Jesus judges the world through His own death -- This verse goes with verse 5

(45e) Judgment >> God’s judgment on believer’s sin >> Through His Son >> On the cross -- This verse goes with verse 5

(163k) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Entertaining demons >> Disciplined by the devil as a son -- This verse goes with verses 10-15

(166j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> >> The carnal mind cannot discern between good and evil >> The carnal mind agrees with the devil – There are many people who are against all forms of religion and practice sin in a hedonistic lifestyle of drinking and pursuing pleasure with sex, drugs and alcohol, yet what people don’t understand about the secular mindset is that it is the religion of the world. There are many religions that are in the world such as Catholicism, Islam, Jehovah witnesses, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. All these different belief systems have their own doctrines and ideas about the truth of God, but what people don’t realize is that the world has a religion too, called Secular Humanism, which does not acknowledge a god that will punish you. They only acknowledge human laws, so you can live anyway you want and get away with it, within the confines of humanism. Secularism is a lifestyle, while humanism is the religion of that lifestyle. If you don’t have a religion, Secular Humanism will be assigned to you by default, which is the religion of the devil. With Secular Humanism we are a god unto ourselves, so instead of there being one God over all to whom we must humbly bow in reverence, Secular Humanism recognizes many gods but are subject to none of them. Hence, the world has never rid itself of idol worship, which has always been about worshipping self. Whatever their bodies dictate to them they will do, and it leads to sexual diseases and other deleterious effects. Since self-worship is their religion, they will not attribute their behavior to the consequences that follow, because they are faithful to their god, which is essentially the world itself, and who is the ruler of this world? Jesus said it was Satan! Therefore, Secular Humanism essentially follows Satan. Virtually all atheists are Secular Humanists by definition; this is why we say it is the religion of the world.

(167j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> The world of sin -- This verse goes with verses 10-15

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9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

 

1Jn 3-9,10

(92f) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> You must be born again to walk on this trail

1Jn 3-9

(41g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> God’s righteousness is His doing John went as far as to say that a true Christian cannot sin. We know that John committed sin occasionally, because he lived in a sinful body; he needed Jesus just as much as anyone to cleans him from all unrighteousness, so what does he mean by "he cannot sin"? Paul said in Rom 7-17, “So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which indwells me.” He was making a distinction between the children of God and their sinful bodies. Essentially Paul said that once we have come to the point of hating our sin as God does, we are no longer committing the sin but our bodies. Our sinful flesh is unredeemed, having the sentence of death hanging over it, but God has saved our souls, and it is the soul of the believer that can no longer commit sin. Our bodies will one day rot in the ground, but we will go on to live with the Lord in heaven, and He will give us new bodies that cannot die, nor tempt us to sin.

(42c) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Overcoming sin -- This verse goes with verses 5-7

(64e) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Limits of God >> God cannot sin

(110g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Born of the Spirit by the truth >> Conceived by the Spirit of truth

(132a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> spirit of God in the spirit of man >> Spirit of the Father -- This verse goes with verse 24

(134h) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Body of sin >> Dying to the sinful nature – No one who is born of God can practice sin. Obviously we all commit sin, and for this reason Jesus shed His blood for us, so just because we got saved doesn’t mean we will never sin again. Rather, we who are saved have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, and the Holy Spirit will not allow us to practice sin. The very first day of our spiritual birth may be fraught with bad habits and harmful addictions from our past, but once God has a chance to deliver us from the bondages of the world, John says they will never enter into the habitual bondage of sin again. This suggests that one of two things is happening in every Christian, either we are enjoying freedom from bondage, walking with God with an occasional sin, requiring the washing of water with the word, or we are experiencing tremendous conviction because of unresolved sin, but there is no such thing as a Christian carelessly addicted to sin.

(155g) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Holy Spirit bears witness of the believer

(238a) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> Born again >> Born of the Spirit by the will of God >> Born again by the will of the Father

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10&11 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;

 

1Jn 3,10-18

(129i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> love perfects unity >> God’s love – John never taught that we have an obligation to love those outside the Church, any more than God commanded Israel to love the world, but to remain committed to their tribe and nation. Nowhere in the Bible does it teach that we are obligated to anyone other than the people of God. Jesus taught us to be good Samaritans and do good to our enemies, but our primary ministry remains with the Church. God wants us to use the majority of our energy and resources to love those inside the Church for the sake of perfecting unity, so that our unity will reach out to those outside the Church and bring them in. Just the fact that the world can see our love for one another will be enough proof to persuade them that we know God (Jn 17,21-23). They will be attracted to the Church based on our love for one another, but if we go out there and try to love them, they will just take advantage of us, because they don’t know God. They will waste our love that we could have spent on each other. If we give our money to those who do not claim to know God, what do you think they will do with it? They will spend it however they wish, probably on cigarettes and alcohol, but if we give that same dollar amount to those inside the Church, we will bless them, and they will glorify God for His provision, and faith will grow and increase. Eventually, as this continues, the world will catch on to the fact that we take care of our own, and they will see our camaraderie and devotion to one another, and want to be part of us.

1Jn 3,10-15

(158h) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Division (Cliques) >> Hating your brother – There is nothing good to say about Cain, for as far as we know he never even repented of his sin. There are a lot of murderers who can get saved and repent of their murderous ways, but there is no Christian who commits murder. Someone who calls himself a Christian and murders his Christian brother the way Cain did because he was jealous of his gifts is not a child of God. It is one thing for the world to hate us, but if we hate one another, John says we are not the children of God. One of the greatest proofs of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us is that we love one another, in that our fellow Christian also has the Spirit of God dwelling in him. Therefore, if the world hates us, and if we hate our fellow Christian, it proves we belong to the world and not to Christ. 

(163k) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Entertaining demons >> Disciplined by the devil as a son -- These verses go with verse 4

(167j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> The world of sin -- These verses go with verse 4. The world’s hatred of us is actually targeted at the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, because they know it is the source of our eternal life, and they do not possess Him. They are unwilling to sacrifice their personal prerogative to choose their own lifestyle, knowing that Christianity requires a complete transformation of heart for the sake of faith in Jesus, and they hate us for our willingness and ability to do this. They wish there were a fountain of youth; they pressure the medical field to find new and better ways to keep them alive longer, so you would think they would clamor to Jesus for eternal life, but they can’t agree to the terms of Christianity, and they are not exactly excited about the idea of sharing heaven with Jesus. The fact is, they would love to live forever in this life, in this body and in their sinful nature. They know heaven doesn’t have these things and without them they calculate there would be no point in living.

(174i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Form of a servant but denying God your loyalty

(184b) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Darkness >> Hiding behind your own imagination >> Hiding behind a false authority

1Jn 3,10-14

(156da) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Loving your fellow man is evidence of salvation >> Love your enemies – John is taking his words from the gospel of John about the statement Jesus made in Jn 15-12, “This is my commandment that you love one another.” Obviously, Jesus was talking about loving our fellow Christian when He said this. Note that John didn’t say it the other way around. That is, he did not say, 'Anyone who practices sin is not of God.' He didn't say this because though every unbeliever commits sin (particularly the sin of unbelief), yet not every unbeliever practices sin (has bad habits or addictions). On the contrary, unbelievers can be good people (comparatively speaking), better even than some Christians, but they don't practice righteousness, and so this is why John used righteousness instead of sin as the standard for measuring faith. Therefore, the litmus test is not whether they practice sin, but whether we practice righteousness, and what is John's definition of righteousness? It is the love of the brethren. All other forms of righteousness take a distant second, and when John talks about loving the brethren, he means loving our fellow Christian. Does that mean we are not obligated to love our neighbor and those in the world? Yes, them too, but they also take a distant second. Based on this reasoning, then, we conclude that John was saying those who do not love the people of God are of the devil. The world is controlled by the devil and the devil hates the Church, and the world serves him. Look at it this way, not everybody in the world hates Christians, but neither do they love us, and those who don't love us don't know God.

1Jn 3,10-13

(18j) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Unable to distinguish between good and evil >> God’s people are evil

1Jn 3-10

(70a) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Passing judgment by the word of God

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12-15 not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

 

1Jn 3,12-15

(25b) Murder (Key verse)

(25f) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Satan and his children are murderers

(135d) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Abortion >> Consequences of abortion >> People have abortions for the same reason they crucified Jesus Christ

(157k) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Having a murder spirit – What did John say is the Church’s most common and destructive sin? Jealousy! And what is the outcome of jealousy? Murder! And what is the Church murdering by their jealousy? They are killing the gifts and stifling the ministries of their fellow saints. What makes this so chilling is that the gifts and ministries of the saints are for everyone’s benefit, and no one should receive the credit to himself, so what reason is there to be jealous? If they were the least bit spiritual they would know this. 

1Jn 3-12

(159d) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit godliness >> Counterfeit righteousness

(173h) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Offering sacrifice without God’s approval >> Sacrifice against the way of God

1Jn 3-13

(164j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is at enmity with God >> The world hates the Church – The world cannot love us, because the spirit of God who dwells in us repels them, for our spirit is not of this world, and unbelievers can only accept and understand the things that are of the world. Therefore, show me a church full of backbiting and dissention, and I will show you a church full of charlatans impersonating Christianity. Those who “abide in death” are not born of God, for there is no death in Christ; there is only life and peace. Anyone who calls himself a Christian but does not love the brethren is a liar.

1Jn 3-14

(26g) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is Satan’s nature -- This verse goes with verse 3

(38c) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death (Satan) >> Resurrection overcomes death

(237l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Transformed from death to life – John commands us to love one another so that we might furnish absolute proof that we are the children of God. 

(254b) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> We live because He is life >> We live because we are in Jesus

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16&17 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

 

1Jn 3,16-21

(124a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Acts of love >> Love takes from the rich and gives to the poor >> Love takes sacrifice -- These verses go with verse 1. John sounds like he’s plagiarizing James. It is good to hope that our brother’s needs are met, but it is better to help him when he comes up short. John is obviously talking about our Christian brothers here, not your neighbor or somebody off the street, though we should be good Samaritans too; yet we are obligated first and foremost to those within the Church who truly believe. Since we know each other and our personal situations and needs, we are in a better position to serve one another than those who are in the world. So the opportunities to serve are many in the Church. Therefore, if we see a brother in need and close our hearts against him, how does the love of God abide in us? John is all about proving our faith, just like James, the two disciples who were closest to Jesus. Since this is the message they gleaned from being close to Jesus, it behooves us to prove our faith through love that we too may come close to Jesus.  

(230k) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Solving the mystery of godliness >> The love of Christ is the mystery of godliness

1Jn 3,16-18

(12m) Servant >> Jesus is our example of a servant To lay down our lives for the brethren is to vicariously lay down our lives for Christ, as He said in Mat 25-40 “The King will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'” We are acting like Christ when we put our brother’s needs before our own to better serve the brethren. Jesus laid down his life as an example for us that we should do the same for the brethren. Again, John is not talking about our neighbor when he uses the word “brother,” but our fellow believers.

(131c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Brother depends on you >> To care for his needs – When it says we are to lay down our lives for the brethren, it doesn’t necessarily mean we must die for them. We may lay down our lives for the brethren up to but not including literal death, yet we are laying down our lives just the same, and anybody who would do this would also die for the cause of Christ. A person who is willing to lay down his life for us can be trusted. Trust is a big thing in the Church of God, but there is a lack of trust in the body of Christ, simply because people are unwilling to lay down their lives for the brethren. If more people’s faith mattered to them, there would be a whole lot more trust among the people of God, a lot more anointed ministry, spiritual growth and unity, more development of character, and more knowledge and wisdom that we could share with each other to help build up the body of Christ. As it is though, we are not taking our faith seriously; we just believe in a set of doctrines, and that is not good enough. John didn’t say, ‘This is love, that we believe in a set of doctrines.’ That is not what Jesus did; He told us the truth, and then He showed us the Truth and laid down His life for us, and now it's our turn to do the same for the brethren.

1Jn 3-16

(11e) Servant >> Jesus is our standard – The cross is the standard the Bible gives of God’s love, and it is the standard by which we ought to love one another. Laying down our lives for the brethren is a greater test than any math or history test we will ever take. Those who mostly do this are pastors. Many of them were going in a certain direction, and then they got saved and turned and went in a different direction, becoming pastors of a church. This is a very serious change. What does it mean to lay down our lives for the brethren? He is talking about altering the direction of our lives, the gospel influencing us to the point of changing us. To the degree that our lives change because of our faith is the degree that we lay down our lives for the brethren. Those who believe in God without it affecting them cannot be trusted as true brethren. They might sound like brothers in the Lord; they might look like one; they might come to church and sing praises to the Lord, lifting their hands and doing all the things that the brethren do, but if their faith does not change them, they are untrustworthy.

(187b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> The ministry of dying to self >> Die to self to minister to people >> Die to self to encourage the strong

(189j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Fasting >> Fasting simulates dying to self

(210b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus goes to the cross willingly – John said, “We know love by this…” and then spoke about the cross. This helps to explain Gal 2-20; Paul said “I am crucified with Christ,” and by that we lay down our lives for the brethren. The cross is the love of God, bloody and brutal; the cross is how we know God loves us. If it weren’t for the cross, we still wouldn’t know if God loved us; we might think or assume or even believe God loved us, but we didn’t know it for sure until He sent His Son, “That whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (Jn 3-16). Had Jesus not willingly gone to the cross, had the Roman soldiers taken Him against His will, we still wouldn’t know that God loved us. Even if the Father used His death to forgive the sins of man, had He died against His will, we wouldn’t know Jesus loved us. Conversely, had Jesus come on His own initiative apart from the will of His Father and died for our sins, we wouldn’t know the Father loved us, but the beauty of Jn 3-16, coupled with this verse, tells us that both the Father and the Son love mankind. Now we know for sure we are accepted in heaven.

1Jn 3,17-21

(74a) Thy kingdom come >> The heart >> God wants you to bless your brother from the heart – There is a lot of controversy about the word "brother" in the Bible. For example, the lawyer asked Jesus a question that inspired Him to tell the story about the Good Samaritan; he asked Him, “and who is my neighbor?” (Lk 10-29). Jesus answered that all races and colors and creeds of mankind are our neighbor, but who is our brother? There is a difference between neighbor and brother. In the Old Testament the word “brother” meant Israel’s fellow countrymen the Jew, regardless if they were from the same tribe, and the other nations were their neighbors, and so nothing really has changed in this regard between the old and new covenants, except that our brother is now our fellow Christian. Literally speaking, our nearest brother refers to siblings of our own immediate family; they take first priority; second is our brother in the faith who belongs to the one and only Church of God, and lastly any strangers off the street if we want to define him as “brother”. Therefore, if we happened upon three people beaten and robbed: a sibling, a Christian brother and a stranger and could help only one of them, let it be our sibling; or if we happened upon a Christian brother and a stranger, we should help our Christian brother first. When it comes to practicing charity, our priority should be to help our own family members first, then members of the True Church of God, and thirdly people in the world. It would be a shame if we gave all our resources to a panhandler on the street who had a sad story, but intended to turn our hard-earned cash into whiskey. Our resources would be better used helping somebody who was genuinely in need of more than just a fix.

1Jn 3-17,18

(156d) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Loving your fellow man is evidence of salvation >> Love the brethren – A person who continually closes his heart against his brother in need John said does not know God. Christians are giving people; when they see a need, they meet it; it is in our new nature that God has given us, though our old nature remains, so the choice is ours which nature to follow. Giving to charities is risky business, in that most of our money will not reach those in need, but will be siphoned to the bureaucracy to support their rubber-band fights. The safest charities in which to invest our resources are the local ones that we can easily monitor. It is better to get involved in a church effort instead of individually helping people, so nobody learns our address or phone number and continuously contacts us begging for money. As a church effort, we can impose simple expectations on those we help, such as requiring them to become loyal members of the church, and so test their willingness to help themselves, and we can publicly keep in touch with their progress and needs.

1Jn 3-17

(17e) Sin >> Judging in the flesh >> Based on greed

(130f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Committed to supporting one another – There is an ongoing debate in Christendom as to what the word “brother” means in the Bible, and most have determined that it refers to “our fellow man”, meaning anybody. Some say that Jesus meant our fellow man by the word “brother”, because He went around doing good to everybody He met, but He ministered to the house of Israel almost exclusively, that is, to His countrymen, His brethren. Therefore, when the Old Testament uses the word “brother”, it is referring to fellow Israelites, Jews according to the flesh, and so “brother” in the new covenant means Jew according to the Spirit, including believing gentiles. John wasn’t talking about our fellow man; he was talking about our fellow Christian brother, people who are born of God, who are struggling. These are the people we need to help. In doing so, we are advocating faith in Jesus and taking care of our own.

(130l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Accept one another >> Accept the weak

(175c) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Wealth gives a false sense of godliness

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18-21 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 19 We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him 20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;

 

1Jn 3,18-23

(85la) Thy kingdom come >> Belief >> Treating the knowledge of God as fact >> Believing the Son by obeying the Father >> Obeying the law by faith in the cross >> Obey God for answered prayer

1Jn 3,18-22

(114f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Receiving a revelation from God through obedience

(122g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in yourself as you die to sin >> Confident in good conscience – If we meet the needs of our brothers, God will include us in His blessing to the saints, and the number one benefit is that we will build confidence before God that we know the truth. It will also assure our hearts in prayer when we come to God with confidence that He will supply our needs in whatever we ask. For this reason those who serve one another from the heart have great confidence before God. When we materialize our faith for the sake of our brother, God will materialize Himself in our own lives as answered prayer, “because we keep His commands and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” Believe in Jesus and love the brethren, this is Christianity; it is the truth from God.

1Jn 3,18-20 

(69b) Authority >> Discernment >> Discerning the Truth

1Jn 3-18,19

(86n) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word from the heart >> Love the truth – Some people struggle with their faith and question if they believe, like the disciples who asked Jesus to increase their faith, and He responded by speaking the word of God to them (Lk 17-5,6), but in this case John told us we could actually do something about the littleness of our faith. He said we should put our faith to work, allowing it to manifest as love, which is perfected faith. The best way to know we believe is to walk in love, not just give to charities; even unbelievers do that, but actually walk in love and demonstrate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily walk, not just be a nice person but seek to emulate the goodness of God. Helping our brother helps our faith.

1Jn 3-18

(44c) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Complete >> Fulfill the requirements – God is greater than our conscience, so that if we are struggling from a lack of faith, remember that God is the keeper of our souls and that He is greater than our lack of faith and greater than an evil conscience. He knows our struggles and temptations, and He knows our desires and willingness to serve Him, and He will lead us in directions that will increase our faith. He will place our foot on the ministry that He has prepared for us, and by walking on His trail of good works we will perfect our faith.

(85b) Thy kingdom come >> Your words can lead to your own demise >> How can you, being evil, speak what is good?

1Jn 3,19-21

(18d) Sin >> False Judgment lacks evidence >> Undefined charges

(42e) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Innocent before God – This passage is about committing sin, defiling our conscience, and the process God uses to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1Jn 1-9). Yes, Christians sin, and when we do, God assures us that we have not been severed from Christ, that our salvation is still intact. God has commanded us to maintain a blameless reputation before men, and now He is commanding us to maintain a blameless relationship with God, so there is no wiggle-room for us to sin. There is no time or situation, no circumstance or event in which sin is allowed. However, I must confess I do have my vises as a way of releasing tension, but these vises I keep under stringent control and are subject to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. When John said that God is greater than our hearts and knows all things, Paul confirms in 1Cor 4-3, “To me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself.” 

(154j) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Conscience >> Having a good conscience >> God is my conscience – We repent in order to heal our conscience, which we use to have confidence in God. He is greater than an evil conscience; He knows everything about us and He still loves us; He is not prudish; He will help us after we have sinned and even while we are sinning. He is able to assure our hearts before Him. Either we have committed sin and God will assure us that we belong to Him, or we have not committed sin and our clear conscience gives us confidence before God. John is articulating God’s process of daily cleansing His people; all Christians run through this cycle: we start by having confidence in God, then we do something stupid, developing an evil conscience; we cry to God, who grants us repentance, and then we walk in that repentance, cleansing us of an evil conscience, and this reinstates our confidence before God. 

(161i) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Carried Away >> Condemnation >> Condemnation based on evidence of sin -- These verses go with verses 7-10. An evil conscience does not pertain to committing sin so much as it does to accepting sin and incorporating it into our daily lives. When we get to heaven and learn what is true perfection, we will realize just how much sin we allowed, but in this life our mortal flesh is immersed in wickedness; it is a situation in which we do things that we sometimes don’t even know are evil, things we would never do in heaven. If we are not conscious of sin, we can walk before God with a clear conscience, even though we may be sinning and don’t know it. The closer we get to God in our walk with Him, the more our conscience becomes attuned to sin, and when we repent, our conscience becomes all the more clear as our lifestyle conforms to godliness. This is how God changes us over time to fit into His purpose.

(181j) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Deceitfulness of sin

1Jn 3-20,21

(27d) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Knowledge can bring a curse if you don’t walk in it

1Jn 3-20

(212j) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> God knows everything about you – There is a difference between our conscience and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives; our conscience can be corrupted so that we can feel bad about things that are not bad and feel good about things that are evil, because we have manipulated our conscience until it doesn’t work as it should, but nobody can manipulate the Holy Spirit. When we hear the Holy Spirit in our hearts, He is speaking above our conscience; therefore, we need to develop our conscience around the Holy Spirit and develop a conviction for the things that God says, and discard those things in our conscience that God does not condemn. The things that Jesus taught were ideas that nobody has ever thought, things that the conscience would have never considered, and for this reason He is greater than our conscience.

1Jn 3-21,22

(104g) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart shall see God >> Shall see the Father >> God can see us – we are in His sight – The writings of the apostle John, including the Gospel of John, his three epistles and the Book of Revelation, have clarity of thought that only James rivaled in his epistle. God can see into our hearts with a clarity that far exceeds the clarity of the writers of His Bible, and He wants us to see Him with a clarity of mind that compares to His word. The Book of Revelation is full of symbolism, making it a difficult book to read, but what he says is clear, and what he is saying here couldn’t be clearer. This verse puts us behind the eight-ball in such an elegant way, telling us why our prayers often go unanswered by explaining why our prayers in fact do get answered, “because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” That makes the opposite just as true: God does not answer our prayers because we don’t keep His commandments or do what is pleasing in His sight.

1Jn 3-21

(121k) Confidence (Key verse)

(233c) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Seeking the goals of the kingdom >> Seek the goal of knowing God (faith)

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22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. 

 

1Jn 3,22-24

(156b) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Loving God is evidence of salvation >> Keeping His commandments – After John tells us that keeping His commandments is evidence that we belong to Him, he then says that absolute proof of our identity as the children of God is the Spirit whom He has given us. However, this is not something we can prove to anybody else. This is how we know we personally are born of God. Rom 8-16 says, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.” There is no greater evidence that proves we belong to Him than by the witness of the Holy Spirit, but if we want to prove it to anybody else, we will need to keep His commandments. Jesus said, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you” (Jn 15-12). This was His primary commandment, and unfortunately the majority of Christians have misinterpreted it, including the first century church. Most Christians today define “one another” as literally anybody and everybody, from the believer to the unbeliever. Jesus, however, was talking about His people loving one another as evidence to the world that we are the true children of God, as an evangelism tool if you will. Jesus said in His high priestly prayer, “I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me” (Jn 17-23). The reason this interpretation is important, when the world escalates its persecution against the Church to the point of people being martyred for their faith, the rest of us will need to stand-up for them. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t love people in the world; we should even love our enemies, but our love for one another in the faith is special and unique and far greater than our love for those who are in the world, with the exception of our personal family members.

1Jn 3-22

(30l) Gift of God >> God favors you through your prayers

(86g) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word >> Clothe yourself with the word of God >> Practice the truth -- This verse goes with verse 24. In order to keep His commandments and do what is pleasing in His sight, we must first give up our secular worldview and become spiritual people as Paul said, “and stop sinning” (1Cor 15-34). At the same time we need to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, and come to terms with the fact that we are not mere spectators but active participants of God’s grace and mercy. Many of us have been erroneously taught that we are spiritually incapable of righteousness in the eyes of God as though all our good deeds are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64-6), but this is not true after God has imparted His righteousness in us. God rebuked Peter when he refused to believe that the gentiles were included in God’s grace saying, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy” (Act 10-15). Therefore, after God has cleansed us and set a path for our feet to perform the good works that He has prepared for us, we should not consider His will unholy! We are called by God to walk in His grace, because if we don’t, His grace is in vain. It is like sending power lines from the station to our house; all that is left is for us to flip the switch and the rooms are lighted, but if we don’t flip the switch, we will sit in darkness. We play a very small part, but it is necessary. Once we begin to walk in the grace of God and keep His commandments, God will answer our prayers.

(206j) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to getting your prayers answered – Some people feel they are not addicted to anything, yet over a period of decades they never seem to grow in the grace and knowledge of God, and they wonder why. They see other people spiritually developing while their growth is stunted. On the one hand, they don’t believe they are addicted to anything, and on the other, they are not willing to believe they are in bondage to anything or to look into the biblical doctrines that lead to freedom in Christ and to a spiritual anointing that is able to catapult their relationship with Jesus into high gear. This is because they are in bondage to unbelief even as Christians. They may believe in Jesus for their eternal salvation, but they are in bondage to the secular mindset that is affecting their understanding of the Bible and the doctrines that pertain to freedom in Christ and walking in the power of God. They wander through life, attempting to serve God by their flesh. This is a very common problem in the Church today. On the one hand, they might ridicule the secular humanistic worldview, and on the other be guilty of this very mindset. They don’t want to let go of their perception of the natural realm, yet if they don’t, they will never find freedom in Christ or get their prayers answered.

(247b) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in His people >> God is interested in our spiritual health – There are various types of sin, just like there are various types of repentance. For example, the newborn Christian can commit sin and God will just wink at it while he is becoming established in the faith, for the sin he commits is in ignorance, not that he is unaware of it, but that he does not know how to stop sinning. Newborns are still in bondage to their old way of life, and they must develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit through the word of God and prayer before they can break some of the bondages from their former manner of life. There are some sins we can stop right away, because they are not addictions, but there are other sins that are addictive and we are in bondage to them. Addictions are difficult to overcome, and we need to work with God to overcome them if we are going to find true freedom in Christ.

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23&24 This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

 

1Jn 3-23,24 

(129f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> love perfects unity >> Love is the mortar between the blocks

1Jn 3-23

(67g) Authority >> Jesus delegates authority >> The name of Jesus is the salvation of God

(90j) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> We do not nullify the law through faith; we fulfill it

1Jn 3-24

(35f) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> Father sends the Holy Spirit

(68e) Authority >> Jesus Delegates the Holy Spirit to us >> Sent from heaven – We abide in Christ as He abides in us, fostering confidence that blossoms into a revelation of Jesus Christ through the Spirit that He has given us. The Holy Spirit teaches us to obey the Lord and leads on a personally designated trail of good works that God has prepared for us from all eternity. Too often the gospel stops at the cross, but that is just the beginning, for the glory of the cross is the ministry of the Spirit. God had to forgive us before He could send His Spirit, for the Holy Spirit cannot indwell sinners, according to the parable of the wineskins. Mat 9-17 says, “Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved." The ministry of the Spirit is by far the most neglected member of the trinity; in fact, it is quite possibly the most neglected topic in the Bible, though it is the most important aspect of our salvation, for without the Holy Spirit there can be no Christianity. The cross allows Christians to be forgiven, but the Holy Spirit allows Christianity in the world, for the Holy Spirit empowers us to manifest the Kingdom of God through the members of our bodies, which is the very definition of Christianity.

(86g) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word >> Clothe yourself with the word of God >> Practice the truth -- This verse goes with verse 22

(92j) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way connects you to God >> It demonstrates your relation to Him – Many people in the Church and outside the Church believe they abide in Jesus for no particular reason, they just believe it. They don’t realize there is a condition involved: we abide in Him only if we keep His commandments. It is baffling to see so many people treat their faith in God and their hope of eternal life with so little regard. John says that keeping His commandments is how we know we are the children of God. This not only requires a change in lifestyle, but also a change of heart, requiring us to renovate virtually every aspect of our lives. However, most people are simply unwilling to do this, being under the philosophy that God has given them their lives to enjoy and not to invest in the Kingdom of God, and they figure they would not enjoy their lives if they sacrificed it for their faith in Jesus. Consequently, keeping His commandments is automatically shoved out the window. They keep His commandments only when it is convenient, otherwise they just do what they want and depend on God’s grace and mercy to forgive them. This is ebbing close to abusing the grace of God.

(132a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Spirit of God in the spirit of man >> Spirit of the Father -- This verse goes with verses 6&7

(139k) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> Abiding in Jesus

(254j) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Holy Spirit >> Salvation of Jesus’ Spirit

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