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:

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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

 

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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!

 

Episode 26 – The Importance of Christ’s Love and 1John 3: 11-18

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Today we are discussing God’s love and how important it is that love is within all of us at all times. As we discussed on the latter part of Episode 25, the greatest commandment is to love others as love covers all other sin. In verse 10 of 1John Chapter 3, it discusses that people that do not practice righteousness are not of God, and neither are those that do not love their brethren.

We dive into a quick discussion about the current issues regarding immigration policies and splitting up families. This is a good issue for liberals to cling on to before the November elections instead of continuing to push a social agenda that their blue-collar base does not agree with. I personally believe, however, that we should not split up families at the border who are trying to cross into America. Yes, there is a discussion that needs to be had regarding the parents that use their children as props to get into the country, but what percentage is that compared to those that are trying to get here by any means necesasary? In the countries south of America, extreme poverty thrives. As someone that has traveled to central america a handful of times, I can say that the living conditions there are abhorrent. Fresh water rivers look like the river in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. No plumbing or indoor air conditioning can lead to awful living conditions on the Equator.

If we lived in those countries, would we not try and do whatever it takes to get our children to America for a chance at a better life? I try and put myself in other’s shoes before I make a quick judgement on their actions. If I was at the border and had to tell the child that we had to separate them from their parents, I believe that I could not bring myself to do it. That would make me a hypocrite if I agreed with the law being presented by the GOP.

I find it difficult to discuss current events, especially ones where everyone’s emotions are running high. I find it difficult because I believe that I am not spiritually mature enough to have these debates and discussions without holding anger towards those that hold different viewpoints. This would not only make me a hypocrite, but a sinner because I am holding anger towards someone else. As stated in the Sermon on the Mount, holding anger towards someone else is like murdering them in my heart. Therefore, I think that this podcast might veer towards more of a Bible podcast with little emphasis on current events. I believe in calling out false prophets to the fullest extent, but these current event topics like border issues are hard for me to grasp on to. Emotions and anger run high, which may lead me to stumble.

Stumbling is something that I try and stray from. I hate the sin that I continue to wrestle with. I bring up the example in the podcast of Paul Washer during one of his most recent sermons. Paul was discussing how he does not watch television, not because he is holier than us, but because it may cause him to stumble in his faith. I have cut off things in my personal life as well, like certain sports websites or YouTube channels. Netflix has almost completely lost its hold on me, as I find myself feeling guilty for watching most of the content on the streaming service.

What is causing you to stumble? As Christians, we should cut those things off so we do not become detached from Jesus Christ.

One of the most powerful verses from today’s reading is verse 13 which states, “Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you”. This is a powerful statement, because John is forecasting to us that the world will hate us because we follow Jesus Christ. This makes it extremely easy to stumble. Satan is ruling this world, under the allowance of God. Satan would want nothing less than to make us stumble and lose faith in Christ, or to have us live under a false salvation. That is what I did for 25 years of my life. What turned me around? Living under repentance and cutting off the things that caused me to stumble that were of this world. As Christians, it is crucial that we do not become conformed to this world. We must not be of the world or the culture. These things can cause us to stumble.

It is important that we remember that we are not of this world and the world may hate us for it. But is it not better to be hated by this world and have eternal life? Our reading ends with verse 18, which states, “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth”. It is important that we do not just love with what we say. I lived most of my life like that, which made me a hypocrite. God is love. God equals love. As we have discussed, if we do not have love for the brethren, we are not of God. Love is the most important commandment as it covers a multitude of sins.

God bless!