I am not on the roster to preach this weekend so I thought I would share a summary of last weeks message I preached. It was called “Children of God…” and focuses on what we have and what we need to do as Children of God.
1. Children of God love God and obey His commands
1 John 5:2-3 NLT – We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey His commandments. 3 Loving God means keeping His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome.
We become children of God by putting our faith and trust in Jesus. This is when we are born again into God’s eternal family. This is when we receive His Holy Spirit and our lives are changed forever in an instant and they progressively change over time into the image of Christ.
One of the ways that John says we measure this change is by our love for God, our love for His other children, and our obedience to His commandments.
2. Children of God overcome the world
1 John 5:4-5 says, “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”
Children of God overcome the world. How do we overcome the world? We overcome the world because of our faith in Christ. The world says we are hear by chance. Our faith in Christ says we are hear by God’s plan and purpose. The world says we are born, we live and we die and that is the end of us. Our faith in Christ says we are eternal beings with a future hope of spending eternity with Christ in His Kingdom. The world says we are measured by what we do and what we own. Our faith in Christ says we are measured by who we belong to and how much He paid to purchase our freedom. Jesus paid it all.
3. Children of God have assurance that Jesus is the promised Messiah
In verses 7 and 8 of today’s text it says, “So we have these three witnesses [in heaven–the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. And we have three witnesses on earth]– 8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood–and all three agree.”
If we read verse 6 it tells us plainly what the terms water, blood and spirit are referring to. “And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by His baptism in water and by shedding His blood on the cross–not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with His testimony.”
As Christians, we can have confidence that Jesus is the Messiah. From the testimony of water, blood and Spirit. And also from the fulfilled prophecies, by His resurrection from the dead and God’s confirmation from heaven at His baptism.
4. Children of God have assurance of salvation and relationship
1 John 5:13-15 – I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 14 And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. 15 And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for.
Two main points come out of these verses. One is that we have assurance of salvation because we believe in the name of the Son of God – we have put our hope and trust in Jesus. The second one is that we have relationship with God because He hears us when we pray.
As children of God we can be assured of our salvation and relationship with God. I know because I am resting in Jesus for my salvation, that I am in relationship with God and He hears me.
5. Children of God need to look out for each other
In the last section of the text it reminds us that we are all in this together and we need to look out for each other.
1 John 5:16-17 says, “If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. 17 All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.”
It is just so vital for us to look out for each other. This life gets tough at times and temptations come at us all. That is why we need to stand together and help each other through. If we see someone caught up in sin, we need to help get them back on track.
As we finish this series and our look at the Book of 1 John I want to list the main points that God prompted me to bring out today.
- Children of God love God and obey His commands
- Children of God overcome the world
- Children of God have assurance that Jesus is the promised Messiah
- Children of God have assurance of salvation and relationship
- Children of God need to look out for each other