Sunday, April 19, 2009
If You Say You Are Without Sin, You Are A Liar
1 John, 2 John, and 3 John are going to fly by. These are short books of the Bible, but they are packed with great teaching from John. You see, John wanted to dispel the doubts the false teachers were teaching that Jesus actually was not incarnate. John knew Jesus better than any of these false teachers, John was one of the disciples who walked with Jesus, lived with Jesus, listened to Jesus, watched Jesus heal people, and he saw the empty tomb. John knew exactly who Jesus was. So John makes a stand for what is true in these books and tells it like it is; the truth.
1 John 1:1-4 (NCV)
Love One Another
1 We write you now about what has always existed, which we have heard, we have seen with our own eyes, we have looked at, and we have touched with our hands. We write to you about the Word that gives life. 2 He who gives life was shown to us. We saw him and can give proof about it. And now we announce to you that he has life that continues forever. He was with God the Father and was shown to us. 3 We announce to you what we have seen and heard, because we want you also to have fellowship with us. Our fellowship is with God the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to you so we may be full of joy.
John says, "We," I am assuming he is meaning the other disciples when he says that. They write about the Word, Jesus who gives life...life that continues forever. The disciples had fellowship with God and Jesus. We have that fellowship too. However, when we sin, that fellowship is blocked. It is blocked until we repent. Repent doesn't just mean saying, "I am sorry Lord." No, it means being sorry and changing that sinful habit or way about you. If you truly regret what sin you have committed you will change. Then you will have that fellowship with God and Jesus again.
John says that they write these things to us so we may be full of joy, happiness. I cannot think of anything that makes me happier than the fact that I have a Savior who has given his life for me so I could be considered his brother, enter into heaven some day, and be with Him and my heavenly Father. There is nothing that brings me more joy than that. Sure sometimes my life stinks, but joy doesn't mean dancing in daisy fields and singing all your life. The joy is within in spite of the circumstances around us. The joy comes in as I said before, from knowing we have a Savior who has saved us from eternal hell. Life may be hell here, but it is not eternal.
1 John 1:5-7 (NCV)
God Forgives Our Sins
5 Here is the message we have heard from Christ and now announce to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. 6 So if we say we have fellowship with God, but we continue living in darkness, we are liars and do not follow the truth. 7 But if we live in the light, as God is in the light, we can share fellowship with each other. Then the blood of Jesus, God's Son, cleanses us from every sin.
There is no darkness in God, that means there is no sin and God does no wrong. Whatever God does is right. If we want to be right with God and have fellowship with him, we cannot continue to live in sin. If we say we are a Christian and continue to live in sin, we are not fouling anyone but ourselves. We for sure are not fouling God. God knows our hearts and knows if we are truly trying or not. He Is God! I do not understand why anyone would think they could foul the One that made them.
Another thing I am thankful for is the blood of Jesus that cleanses me of all my sins. Yes, I sin; I am not an angel...yet.
I know that my Savior died to wash away my sins. That does not give me freedom to sin more, but the freedom to come to my Father in repentance and ask for forgiveness and be washed clean of those sins that so easily entangle us.
1 John 1:8-10 (NCV)
8 If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make God a liar, and we do not accept God's teaching.
I admit I sin. I am not proud of it, but as John says, we must confess we are a sinner. Why do you think they call it the sinner's prayer when you are saved? Why would anyone need a Savior if they did not sin? They wouldn't. The only person that has ever lived on this planet without sin in there life was Jesus. You say, "Wait a minute, babies cannot be sinners!" Ever met a baby that did not cry when it wanted fed or to have it's diaper changed? That is a selfish desire.
Prayer: Father God, I praise You for Your Son who died to make me clean from all my sins so that I could have fellowship with You. Lord, I am a sinner who needs a Savior. Just yesterday, I needed a Savior. My tongue sometimes spits out things I wish I could take back. Forgive me Lord for not being able to bridal that wicked thing. Yet I know I have a Savior that washes me clean and removes that wall of sin that separates me from my heavenly Father. Continue the good work You have started in me and bring me into right living with You so that I can be used by You to do Your will, not mine.
Father, I pray for those family members that do not know You yet, or do not admit they need You. Continue to draw them to Your side. Bring them to their knees before You in repentance and in need of a Savior. Let Your Word be true that You wish none to be lost. Save their souls Lord from the eternal hell they are headed to without You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
In God's Love,