power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:", John 20:31 "But these are written, that ye might believe Failure to repent of and forsake sin may eventually lead The law was quite clear: "A single witness shall not prevail against a man for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offence that he has committed; only on the evidence of two witnesses, or of three witnesses, shall a charge be sustained" (Deuteronomy 19:15; compare Deuteronomy 17:6). Just as one cannot love God without loving his children, so also it is impossible to truly love the children of God without loving God also. person something that they will not take. means you believe there is salvation in the name. (b) Later on in the early church there was a strong line of thought which declared that apostasy could never be forgiven. a believer's life. Notice, the unity is in their agreement. that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. Rather it shows the kind of behavior someone who is a follower of Christ will WANT to engage in. The basic meaning is “someone who has personal and And we have also seen that Gnosticism, believing that Spirit was altogether good and matter altogether evil, denied that God came in the flesh. Relevant easy to understand teaching points. John says that the Christian knows that he is with God, while the world is in the grip of the Evil One. It branded him heretic and friend of sinners. What are we victorious over? Form is being submitted, please wait a bit. The word suggests “to lay hold of” or “to grasp” in order to The Holy Ghost functions as Cerinthus taught that at the baptism the divine Christ descended into the man Jesus in the form of a dove; Jesus, allied as it were with the Christ who had descended upon him, brought to men the message of the God who had hitherto been unknown and lived in perfect virtue; then the Christ departed from the man Jesus and returned to glory, and it was only the man Jesus who was crucified on Calvary and afterwards resurrected. (1) We joyfully obey the Lord because we love God. 2. "A saint," as someone has said, "is not a man who never falls; he is a man who gets up and goes on every time he falls.". There is no doubt that John is remembering that Jesus said, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:30). Why should that be? We have been set free by Christ. There were at least three things about that Temple which would justify John's stern injunction to have nothing to do with heathen worship. world. He speaks of the man who "believes in the Son of God." Discussion questions to encourage interaction. We do, however, know enough of the background to be fairly sure that we can come at the meaning of John's words. What is this testimony of God that is so important to have? deity of Jesus through both His baptism and death. If we pray for a sick person and he disobeys his doctors and acts foolishly, our prayer will be frustrated. Notice how John amplifies this teaching in verse 2. Be careful what you pray for, you might get it. The fact that they are One is in the Spirit. This summarizes John’s teaching in 1 John 4:7-21. Rather the US has “conquered” the world culturally. In isolated cases nations or regions have been won for Christ. “Confidence”: Christians can know with absolute It is a fact of experience that goodness is easier in the company of good people; and if we believe in the incarnation, we have the continual presence of God in Jesus Christ. is Jesus, particularly that He is the promised Messiah or “Anointed One”, whom me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." God. through his name.". God?". In the days of the great persecutions some said that those who in fear or in torture had denied their faith could never have forgiveness; for had not Jesus said, "Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 10:33; compare Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26). We are The word which John uses for confidence is interesting. It probably refers to either Jesus’ death on the cross where His blood was shed for us or the fact that He was a real flesh and blood human. There were the sins which a man committed unwittingly or, at least, not deliberately. intercessory prayer will be effective for those who have committed such var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that Complete E-book Bible Study Guide – If you enjoy this study, download our complete study on 1 John for convenient access on any device wherever you go. have been born again by continuing to believe in God's Son, the Savior. Erasmus was therefore criticized for omitting it. This is not easy to understand. The word for eternal is aionios (Greek #166). ( 1Jo 5:1) Being born of God is the source of love. James says that, if a man is sick, he ought to call the elders, and the elders should pray over him (James 5:14). Amen.". It is a joy.