Exploring 1 John Session 17: 1 John 3:1-2
Exploring 1 John
Session 17: 1 John 3:1-2
We are moving into
chapter 3 of 1 John. This is session 17. Previous sessions can be found online
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If you have ever
wondered how it is possible to be a prisoner in the darkness and turn towards
the light, you’ll have your answer in this session. We’re going to consider how spiritually
blinded eyes get opened. We will also explore what it means to be a child of
God and the incredible transformation that we will undergo when Jesus returns.
1 John 3:1-3 (MSG)
What marvelous love
the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we're called children of God!
That's who we are. But that's also why the world doesn't recognize us or take
us seriously because it has no idea who he is or what he's up to.
But friends, that's
exactly who we are: children of God. And that's only the beginning. Who knows
how we'll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we'll
see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his
Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus' life as a model for our
The Bible reveals
that estranged from God because of Adam’s sin and subsequently the things we
have done that have deterred, damaged, and/or destroyed righteous relationships
that people are prisoners of their desires, blinded by the god of this age
(Psalm 107:10, 2 Corinthians 4:4) For
them it is impossible to understand the gospel, it is impossible to enter into
the light on their own.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
If our Message is
obscure to anyone, it's not because we're holding back in any way. No, it's
because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to
give it serious attention. All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of
darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won't have
to bother believing a Truth they can't see. They're stone-blind to the
dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the
best picture of God we'll ever get.
The message is
this: Every human being is under Adam’s curse.
Jesus is the curse remover, who reconciles the relationship between the
Creator and the Creation. Acknowledging
that you are under the curse, believing the Jesus has removed the curse,
committing to live a curse free life, you ask God to accept your faith. Is it time for you to break the curse that
plagues humanity with sin? If so, right
now is the time to make that decision (2 Corinthians 6:2). Let me know if you do. Get out of the curse and into the light. I want you in the light.
If you have ever
wondered how you could have possibly come to the place in your life where you
realize that you were held captive by sin’s curse and wanted to be liberated
from a dead-end way of life (Colossians 1:13-23) the answer is God’s love.
John 3:16 (MSG)
"This is how
much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is
why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a
whole and lasting life.
In His sacrificial
death, Jesus made atonement for everyone.
This makes it possible for the Holy Spirit to do His work in
everyone. Jesus revealed this to His
disciples about the Spirit:
John 16:8-10 (MSG)
comes, he'll expose the error of the godless world's view of sin,
righteousness, and judgment: He'll show them that their refusal to believe in
me is their basic sin; that righteousness comes from above, where I am with the
Father, out of their sight and control…”
This work of the
Spirit in the lives of every human being is called prevenient grace. Grace is God's unmerited gift of the desire
to do God’s will and the power to execute God’s will, thought and action,
awareness and doing. The word prevenient
simply means “comes before.” Prevenient
grace comes before saving grace (justifying grace). This saving grace is yours when your faith is
expressed by acknowledging, believing, committing, and asking for
salvation. Prevenient grace is the
Spirit’s work awakening you to the darkness, to the prison, to the mess you are
in. Prevenient grace is the Spirit’s
work serendipitously revealing the good news of the gospel to you. Prevenient grace is the Spirit’s work that
motivates you to acknowledge, believe, commit, and ask. Prevenient grace is the
Spirit’s work that calls you into a right relationship with God. Prevenient grace is God’s love calling you to
Himself. It is prevenient grace that
makes it possible for the person imprisoned in darkness to escape into the
light, for spiritually blinded eyes to see.
Maybe even right
now you feel the call of God tugging on your heart. What didn’t make sense before, what wasn’t
attractive before, has now got your interest.
You are starting to see the direction you are headed. This is Prevenient Grace, that work of the
Holy Spirit that calls you out of the darkness and into the light, out of
ignorance and into knowing God.
When you respond in
faith to His call, God lavishes His love upon you. The curse is removed, your actual sins are forgiven,
the estrangement of original sin is reconciled.
God adopts you as His child. Your
new relationship is Father-Child. This
adoption is sealed with the Holy Spirit coming into you, residing within
you. That makes the adoption not only a
positional change of your relationship with God, it is an actual change in
which you have access to the mind of Christ making it possible for you to obey
the Christian mandate: Love God, Love Others.
2 Corinthians 5:17
This means that
anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a
new life has begun!
You now have a
great name. Child of God: son or
daughter of God--Michael ben Yahweh, Sherri bat Yahweh. Back when your heritage meant so much more
than it does today, you might have heard a parent tell their child: “Don’t
tarnish the family name.” “Carry that
name with honor as your forebears did.” With
a great name comes the great privilege of knowing God and being set apart for
God to work His purposes through you.
touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we
know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's
coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ
goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we're certainly
going to go through the good times with him!
Bearing the family
name you also have been made His ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20). God has appointed you to represent Him. As a disciple, you have a family name to live
up to. You bear that name well by loving
God and loving others. Love is an action, love is something done, you have been
empowered for action.
1 John 3:2 (MSG)
who we are: children of God. And that's only the beginning. Who knows how we'll
Being adopted into
God’s family is “only the beginning’ of an “unbelievable inheritance.” Part of that inheritance is transformation
into the person that God always intended for you to be. Part of that inheritance is you living your
life to the full. Part of that inheritance
is the strength and love of the congregation.
Part of that inheritance is being used by God to make a difference in
this world right now. Part of that
inheritance is a resurrection from the grave.
Part of that inheritance is life eternal. Part of that inheritance is being like
1 Corinthians 2:9
No one's ever seen
or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—What
God has arranged for those who love him.
But now you
know. And this is only the
beginning. In the Revelation of Jesus,
the last writing in your Bible, there are glimpses of this world restored to
its original righteousness (Revelation 21:5).
Back to the Garden, the end revealed from the beginning (Isaiah
46:10). In the Garden that was planted
in Eden, there was no death. So we read:
He'll come down
from heaven and the dead in Christ will rise—they'll go first.
“No one’s ever seen
or heard anything like this:” resurrection from the grave; the rising of the
faithful from physical death to physical life.
Bodily life in the material world made fresh is what is coming. For the Gnostics of John’s day, this was a
repulsive idea. Their idea of salvation
was to be free of the material.
Then the rest of us
who are still alive at the time will be caught up with them into the clouds to
meet the Master.
No death, no
crying, no mourning, no pain, every tear wiped away, every wrong made
right. (Revelation 21:4). This is part of your inheritance that comes
from the lavish love of God adopting you as His very own son or daughter. Jesus
is coming again to bring all this to fruition.
What was started so long ago culminates in Jesus second coming.
We're waiting the
arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy
bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He'll make us beautiful and whole with
the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be,
under and around him.
This is part of the
inheritance for all who are children of God.
This is the hope that empowers us to serve and to suffer, to trust and
endure, to count the cost and decide what a bargain even martyrdom is. This is why I want you in the light. This is
why I want you to walk in the light. I want you to be a partaker of this
There is so much
deception in this world. Jesus said that
in the last days many will fall from faith.
At that time many
will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many
false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of
wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end
will be saved.
Walk in the light, keep practicing the basics. Keep your love light burning bright. Make your highest priority loving God and loving others. If you have a sin, a transgression, or an iniquity; some disobedience in your life, repent of it and 1 John 1:9 it. Don’t forsake the congregation, you need the encouragement and watch care of a faith family. Wear your new name well. Be a difference-maker, put feet to your prayers. Use the gifts and talents you’ve been given for the Kingdom. Tell others about the second coming. Tell others about your great inheritance. Tell others who your daddy is. Right belief, right action, right words. Don’t be afraid. Fight the good fight. Get into the light, walk in the light, shine in the light. I want you in the light.