Exploring 1 John Session 32 1 John 5:18-21
Exploring 1 John Session 32 1 John 5:18-21
We are wrapping up our exploration of the letter of 1 John. In these closing verses John is going to reinforce what he has revealed to us throughout his letter and give us a final warning against the Gnostic Christians. We are going to revisit the incredible empowerment of the Holy Spirit that makes it possible for you to avoid willful sin. We are going to reexamine how God has a firm grip on His children and how the one John calls the Evil one grips those of a Jesus denying world. We are going to again embrace that Jesus is eternal life. What you can walk away with today is that a believer walks in the light, so you need to make sure that nothing draws you off the path of following Jesus.
18 We know that none of the God-begotten makes a practice of sin—fatal sin. The God-begotten are also the God-protected. The Evil One can't lay a hand on them. 19 We know that we are held firm by God; it's only the people of the world who continue in the grip of the Evil One. 20 And we know that the Son of God came so we could recognize and understand the truth of God—what a gift!—and we are living in the Truth itself, in God's Son, Jesus Christ. This Jesus is both True God and Real Life. 21 Dear children, be on guard against all clever facsimiles.
Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night
Sin is an anomaly which the Child of God avoids. This is not legalism, this is simply doing the things that increase your intimacy with God and others, and refraining from behaviors that deter, damage, or even destroy your relationship. . The fatal sin which John warns us against is apostasy, a renunciation, a rejection, a repudiation, of the faith you once publically proclaimed. Any sin is potentially lethal (Romans 6:23). Be on guard from it. When the Holy Spirit reveals the error of your ways, immediately deal with the issue. Refuse to give sin a foothold in your life (Ephesians 4:27).
We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him…"
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…
When you are a co-heir with Christ there is another blessing God wants to give you. The scripture reveals that even when we acknowledge, believe, commit and ask, and our request is answered that there is egoism that remains in the life of the believer (Wesley’s the Sin that Remains). The Apostle Paul describes the situation as the battle between two desires, which he refers to as a conflict between the Spirit and egoism which he calls the Sin Nature or sinful self.
For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (MSG)
May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.
The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he'll do it!
We have discovered in our exploration of 1 John that believers do not make a practice of sin. A practice of sin is when you know a certain behavior is wrong but you give in to it, not seeking deliverance, but just succumbing to selfishness. Believers that are co-heirs with Christ do not practice sin. They fight against it, they seek deliverance from it, they do things that break the habit, the attachment, or the addiction. That’s never done in secret, by the way, that’s why the family of God is so important, we need others to pray for us, to intercede, and to hold us accountable, to encourage us in our attempts to live a devout and holy life. We have learned that if we do sin, and all of us fall short of perfection, that we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus our Lord and Savior that makes forgiveness and restoration a reality, accompanied by the power to purify us from the sin. (1 John 1:9 & 2:1).
We have discovered that there is such a thing as fatal sin. The Gnostic Christians fell into it, repudiating the truth that Jesus is fully God and fully human. John warns us to be on guard because there are clever facsimiles of the gospel abounding in our world, mixing just enough error into the truth that we can be swayed from the original message, of John’s good news, and succumb to a belief that is really no belief at all that puts you the path of salvation (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that's not the way of Christ.