Summary: Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God
September 18, 2011
We’re studying through the book of First John a chapter at a time, and tonight we come to the last one.
In a nutshell, we’ve seen that we have a fellowship with God that causes us to have fellowship with each other and not to have fellowship with the world. By fellowship we don’t mean that we meet in a special room and eat; it has to do with our unity and really with our very being. We’re sons of God and we’re as one with the Trinity and each other as the Trinity is one.
This fellowship is eternal because it’s based on God’s love for us which is eternal and immutable. We know for sure that this love abides in us if we love the brethren and obey Jesus Christ who is the Son of God.
Now we come to chapter five where we find the same truths elevated higher and higher. First:
Everyone who loves God will love all His children (:1)
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
Now to appreciate this you have to keep in mind our unity. Go back and read John 17 again:
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me (Jn. 17:20-23).
We truly are united to Christ so that there is one body and one Head. His death on the cross is ours; His resurrection is ours; His life is ours. It’s not just that He took our place (even though He did). We are in Him. And so we can’t hate each other any more than God can hate Christ.
We who believe that He is the Christ are one body with one Father. If our Father has taught us that He loves His children, then we too love His children and we do what we see Him do.
True love for our brethren is shown in obedience to God’s commands (:2-3)
2By this we know that we love the children of God,
Those who believe that Jesus is the Christ will love the children of God; how do you know that you love them?
when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments:
We know we love God’s children if we love God, and we know we love God if we obey His commands. And when we obey His commands we do the works of the Law by loving Him and by loving our neighbors as ourselves (Mt. 22:37-39).
It’s more than a list of rules. It’s better than morality. If you think that Christianity is about us doing the right things or that it’s about us being good people, then you’ve missed the point. Christianity isn’t about what we can do at all—we’ve received God’s love, and so we have fellowship with Him, and so we naturally do good things in love.
Anyone who is of God will naturally love God and love God’s children.
“Naturally” brings us to our next point:
Because we’re of God, obedience is not a burden (:3-4)
and his commandments are not grievous.
With our new nature comes a new attitude:
Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (Jn. 3:19).
But we who are of God love the light and walk in it. Who likes to stumble? Who loves sin? These are not the children of God!
Sure, we see our sin and disobedience and hate that, but we love the commands (Ps. 1:2). We don’t resent them. We find ourselves at constant war with the flesh, but it’s sin which seems heavy (Heb. 12:1), not the Law. The yoke of Christ is easy and light (Mt. 11:28).
4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Take your pen and underline the word “victory.”
Write out beside it the word “nike” (nikh). You’ve heard of Nike athletic gear? They picked that name for a reason. The word for “overcomes” is a similar Greek word, and they both suggest a victory over something.