Does God’s Love Abide in You?


 

Hello and welcome to the podcast! Today we are ending our study in 1John ch 4 and will be beginning the final chapter of our 1 John study next Thursday! The main point today is revolving around God’s Love living within us as true Christians. Is His Love living within you?

Misused Bible Text

1John starts out with one of the most misused and misunderstood Bible verses:

‘Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. ‘ -1 John 4:15

God’s Love Abiding in Us

I have often heard people referencing this verse to argue that their sinful, unrepentant lifestyle is indeed okay. They often forget, however, to bring up the next verse in 1John 4.

‘We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. ‘ 1 John 4:16

As Christians we often overlook how important love is to God. God is love, therefore we must live in love as it is the most important commandment. As we all know, love covers a multitude of sins. Therefore, if we in fact live in love, God abides in us. What an amazing feeling to know that if love is in us, God abides in us!

Confidence in Love

If you have the Holy Spirit living within you, then you will have a feeling of confidence and self assurance. This confidence that I have found within me from the Holy Spirit is very comforting, especially since I know that I will spend my eternity in heaven. I live with no fear.

And the Most Hard-Hitting Text…

‘We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also. ‘ 1 John 4:19-21


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God bless!

 

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God Has Chosen you from the Beginning – Election Podcast

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Hello and welcome to our podcast on the Election!

Week 3 of the Election Podcast (Chosen You!)

Today we are in week three of our special podcast on the decree of election and Calvinism.

The key takeaway of the reading today in John MacArthur’s “Biblical Doctrine” book is the reference to 2 Thess. 2:13:

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. – 2 Thessalonians 2:13

An amazing statement that God has chosen us from the beginning. This sentiment was also discussed in last week’s Podcast.

The thought that God chose us for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit is both amazing and reassuring. We were chosen to be apart of God’s elect from the beginning of time. We have been saved by no working of our own. The saving grace that has saved us is solely from the work of God.

A Beautiful Bride to Christ

electionI also discuss today the importance of being a beautiful Bride of Christ. The Church today is the Bride. We need to strive to be a beautiful and Holy Bride to Christ as He has saved us.

We cannot simply begin to understand or grasp why Jesus Christ died for us and bore the wrath of God. Jesus Christ took the punishment. Jesus Christ has saved us through His love. Why would we not want to strive to be a great Bride of Christ?

We must diligently study and be stewards of the Holy Bible. The Holy Spirit flows through us and we must continue to study the Scriptures for God’s Will. I am not sure of the Will God intends to do through me, but I can take comfort in knowing that I am apart of His Elect!

God bless

 

Dissecting How to Love Like Christ 1 John 4:

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-Today we begin by discussing how to witness to loved ones that have fallen in to a false gospel. How do we witness to our loved ones that are neck deep in the word of faith, new age, or prosperity gospel?

-I bring up how I have family members that are not Christian and family members that are caught up in the false gospel. I feel as if we need to approach these two camps the same exact way.

-How do we run and try to save them before they jump off the cliff and are unable to be brought out of the deception? Has God hardened their hearts already?

-Remember how Christ was patient with us. He is still patient! I went 25 years sinning against Jesus Christ without repenting for my wicked ways. We should show this patience with our loved ones, neighbors, and strangers!

-The mega church I used to attend sent an email about their baptism weekend…… it is titled, “WATER WEEKEND” because they are having a water party for the kids as well. BLASPHEMY!

-These discussions tie directly in to the study we do in 1 John. The verses we go over are posted below:

God bless!

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. – 1 John 4:7-14

 

Called According to His Purpose (Election Podcast Episode 1)

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Hello and welcome to the podcast!

Today we are starting our first podcast diving into the doctrine of Calvinism. This is the first episode of a lengthy series dedicated to teaching Calvinism through the scriptures and notes from our John MacArthur Study Bible.

Today we cover Romans 8: 28-30 and Eph 1: 4-11.

Romans 8: 28 – 30:

‘And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. ‘

Ephesians 1: 4-11:

‘just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, ‘

We are dedicated to honoring Jesus Christ through this podcast series and hope that you find great joy and peace knowing that we have been called for His Glory.

God Bless

Episode 27 – Assurance of Our Faith, Concluding our 1John 3 Study

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1John Chapter 3 has been full of deeply meaning Biblical text that we can really study and pray over. I am only 27 episodes in of the Founders Podcast, so I certainly have left out very meaningful commentary in regards to such an important chapter in the Bible. 1John is full of text that we should use to look at our own hearts and our own relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our podcast and blog Tuesday ended with 1John 3:18:

‘Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.’

One critique I have of televangelist and maybe your local pastor is “verse shopping”. This is a technique where pastors will do topical preaching instead of expository verse-by-verse preaching. For example, a pastor may preach on God’s love and take verses and passages out of context by verse shopping to prove his point. It can lead to sloppy teaching and can greatly distort the Bible to fit their worldview. This is the main critique I have of those who argue the gap theory verses young Earth theology.

If we just take 1John 3:18 for what it says without context, we come to the understanding that we need to love with deed and truth and not just by tongue or our words. Yes, this is true, but verse 19 really hits it home and nails this point.

‘We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him’

Verse 19 gives us the comfort in knowing that if we love by deed and truth, that we will have true eternal salvation. As I discussed in Episode 26, I lived my life in a false salvation. I was great at expressing love with word and tongue, but love was nowhere to be found in me through deed and truth. Verse 19 shakes me to my core as it brings back the thought that I once was not assured and would have spent my life in a conscious, eternal damnation.

I can now fully admit that I am of the truth and my heart will be assured before Him. What a great feeling it is! That Christ saved a wretched soul that has no business being allowed in Heaven. By Christ and Christ alone I am saved. By thinking and knowing this, I find it easy to live in love in deed and truth! Christ died a brutal death for me, so I may have eternal life!

‘in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. ‘

As the title of this blog is “Assurance of Our Faith”, I find this verse to be very exciting and comforting. Although it can be scary to know that Christ knows all things and knows our heart, it is comforting to know that although he knows all of it, he still wants to save us and give us eternal salvation. I have a wretched soul that has committed thousands of sins! What is even more wretched is my soul and my mind, the sins that you cannot see, but God can. And he even still saves me and loves me enough to wash me white as snow!

What a great God we have!

‘This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 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. ‘

I find it interesting how often love comes up in the text, especially since we have been studying 1John. How great of a commandment love is! In verse 23 the commandment to believe in Jesus Christ is directly followed by loving one another. How many of us fail to love others? Think about it this way: You have done great evil in your life and your heart and mind is even more wicked than the sins you have committed. If Jesus Christ can wash away your sins, it should be infinitely easier for us to forgive and love our brethren. If we keep these commandments, we abide in him and he abides in us. He abides in us through the Holy Spirit. Living in a false salvation I never lived with the Holy Spirit. Since living in a true salvation, I have found the Holy Spirit showing me and guiding me through everyday life. What a great feeling it is to be guided by God!

Jesus Christ abides in me and guides me in the right direction everyday through the Holy Spirit. What a great comfort it is that His will is being done through me! Oh Lord, use me at whatever the cost is to me on this Earth. I will one day be in heaven! What a promise it is.

God bless!