We have all used a GPS at one time or another and of course as guys we know the way or a better way and then we hear the words, “Recalculating” and “Turn right in…” It would be funny if after ignoring the voice it just said, “OK go your own way, best of luck, but you are lost”. I am thankful that God is patient with us but He too says at some points, “Go ahead. Go your own way” and pulls back His hand of protection. That is a sad thing. We don’t want to be found that way. Instead we want to follow the LORD closely and daily. That means when He says turn, we turn, we obey Him instead of going our way and rebelling. Let’s return to our study.
1 John 2:2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world
One source defined “propitiation” like this, the act of Jesus dying on the cross to pay the price for sin demanded by a holy God. That is a good definition of it. Now back to the verse. The “our” is important to notice. Each of us have to own our sin and look to a personal relationship with God. We need to know that it is Jesus alone that paid the debt of our sin. The verse reminds us that Jesus’ death was powerful enough to pay for all sin, the whole world. Think about that. It is the gospel that we need to hear.
1 John 2:3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.
That is a question that many have, “how can I know”? We can know if we are keeping His commandments. That is keeping them out of love for Him, wanting to please Him and pointing the praise to God alone. We too often want the praise. That can even happen in church or in spiritual circles. Watch out for it. It is a form of pride and pride is as dangerous or more dangerous than other sin.
1 John 2:4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
This liar thing is a big deal to God. This is already the second time in 1 John God has brought it up. He is serious about the sin of lying. Look at the results of lying, “the truth is not in him” – Ouch!
1 John 2:5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him
Back to a positive statement. Keeping God’s Word brings giant principles to the forefront.
Whoever – that is each person that is willing to accept God at His Word.
Keeps – a verb indicating that one is willing to guard, to hold tight. There is an intensity to the grasp.
His – Jesus
Word – the words of Jesus, of God
In Him- I am doing a study called “Rose Guide to Discipleship” and they are driving home the fact that we have to be “in” Jesus for salvation. They point to the Scripture in James that tells us even the demons believe (2:9) yet they are not saved. Read 2 Cor. 5 17; Eph 2:4-5 Rom 6:23. Each one speaks of being in Jesus.
Truly – sure, indeed, fact, right, reliable, really is
The love of God – You know what this is. A perfect, love, a love that is not of this world, a love that thinks nothing of self but all about others. It is amazing to think about. And that love can be in us. More importantly that is God and His love in the Father, in the Son in the Spirit. God’s love is perfect. Ours, not so much but the more we humble and surrender our lives to Him the more that love can be reflected. As the verse finishes, that is a mark we can be measured by and we can know we are in Him. Stop and really think deeply on this. It is important.
1 John 2:6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
Verse 6 gives us a high calling. We are to be in Christ and we are to walk as He did. We are to live as He did and how He commands us to. This is a tough calling. But we are not to give in to the evil one, instead we are to live for the Master, for the King, our LORD. What are you working on right now? What area in your life is God pulling at you to concede to Him? I am so thankful that God is patient with me. I know there is much work to be done. I also know this will continue as many days as God gives me. But, we must struggle and strive to follow and obey the LORD. He is worthy and He is so good to us. His mercy and His grace abounds. Will we reach for that this week? Let’s recalculate and follow the LORD this week.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,