I JOHN STUDY, PART VIII, 18.09.19
I John 5:1-12 is about the walk of faith, the walk that leads to victory over flesh, Satan, and all manner of adversity, storms, & tests in life. By the shed blood of Jesus/Yeshua, we who believe have the distinct advantage over the world. We have the potential to live our lives in victory; but it is up to each one of us as to whether we initialize the choice to activate that potential. Many false teachers today are teaching doctrine that leads people astray, promoting the belief that once having made the declaration of faith, there is nothing more to do. This is a great falsehood! True, there is nothing more to be done to earn salvation; but there is much to do if you want to live victoriously.
There is more to living in victory and overcoming the world than the simplistic declaration of faith. There is more to overcoming and living a victorious life than simply believing.
One’s declaration of faith requires activation through observable behaviour. If there is no obvious change in behaviour; if there is no outward demonstration of walking in/living out what you say you believe, that is not going to be a witness of your identity in Christ; nor will it be a demonstration of your faith and obedience; nor will it testify to His peace, love, & power.
Your are called (this is God’s will) to let your “yes be yes” & your “no be no” (Matt.5:37). Paul repeatedly instructs us to walk in the Spirit (Gal.5:16,25), doing whatever has been commanded, revealed, taught, or shown. Lip service alone bears no fruit.
I JOHN 5:1-12 (ESV)
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
7 For there are three that testify:
8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.
9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.
10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.
11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
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