7499 - God's Command

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We’re so glad you’ve joined us today for a short study in a portion of God’s Word.

In our study of 1 John we have progressed to 1 John 3:23.

“And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.”

This is one of the important verses in the Bible. Young Christians sometimes voice the question, “What does God want me to do?” Well, in this verse we find two answers to this question.

First is that each and every child of God is to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ. Now think for a moment, “How does a person become a child of God?” The only way to become a child of God – sometimes called a Christian or a believer – is to believe in the name of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

So, even though this book is written to believers, this command is universal. Every person on earth is ordered to believe, by faith, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

There’s a lot behind this sentence. This faith in Jesus spans the entire being of Jesus. It reaches from the eons before creation when Jesus was with God in the heavenlies. It includes the truth that in the counsels of heaven, Jesus was chosen and predestined to come to earth, to assume the flesh of a baby. He was to grow, and through a constant dependence upon His Father, would live a sinless life. Thus, Jesus would qualify to serve as the Righteous One who would be the atoning sacrifice, which would satisfy the requirements of the just God, to pay for sin. Through his death on the cruel cross his red blood would wash our black sins from our hearts to make us white as snow. In this way God reconciled us to himself through his Son, Jesus, and Jesus atoned for the sins of every person who would live on earth.

Keep in mind, that even though atonement has been made, that it becomes the responsibility of every individual to by faith receive the gift of forgiveness and eternal life which is offered by Jesus.

All this is wrapped up in that command, “believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ.” If one truly comes to this trust in Jesus, it will never depart. The proof comes at the end of a faithful life. Hebrews 3:14 says, “We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.” That’s why we are called upon to be strong in the Lord, to stand firm in the faith, and to be people of courage (1 Cor. 16:13).

But there’s a second clause in this command. It says that we are commanded to love one another. This is a recurring theme as John writes down the words of 1 John for God.

The underlying truth is that God is the one who enables a Christian to love. This is not an emotion that we must call up from deep inside, by our own effort. Friend, it’s true that (2 Peter 1:3), “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness...” Romans (5:5) tells us, “...God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Listen, this is for every believer in Jesus Christ. God has gifted us with the very thing we need to obey his command – His love in our heart. And this love is meant to flow through us and out to others.

So, we are obedient to the Lord’s command to the degree that we permit His love to flow from us to other Christians around us. We are told in the Gospel of John (13:35) that even unbelievers who work or live around us can be made conscious that we are disciples of Jesus just by the way we love one another. Say friend, how are you doing?

So let us believe & trust in Jesus Christ, and permit His love to flow through us to others.