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The How Much More Gospel 1 John 4:17NKJ

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

A young man who dives for exotic fish for aquariums said that one of the most popular aquarium fish is the shark. He explained that if you catch a small shark and confine it, it will stay a size proportionate to the aquarium you put it in. Sharks can be six inches long yet fully matured. But if you turn them loose in the ocean, they grow to their normal length of eight feet.

1 John 4:17TM God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s.

Jesus was the suffering servant, headed for the cross. However, Jesus is triumphantly resurrected, ascended and glorified.

Just listen again to Revelation 1:14-15NLT His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. 15 His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves.

Listen to the end of the test again, 1 John 4:17 because as He is, so are we in this world.

You were created to love. This type of triumphant living is far beyond what any of us can imagine. Listen, while most of the church is still trying to become as Jesus was, the Bible declares, “As He is, so are we in this world.”

Hear again John 7:37-39NLT On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)

The Holy Spirit was sent specifically so we might attain... Ephesians 4:13NLT This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

Your Christian life isn’t found on the cross; it’s found because of the cross.

Here’s some truths, all because of the cross:

Most people are looking back to the Redeemer who was, not the Redeemer who is. God is...

Suppose I had been forgiven a financial debt. It could be said I’ve been brought out of the red. Yet, after my debts are forgiven, I still am not in the black. Remember this, His blood wiped my debt of sin, but it was His resurrection that bought me into the black.

Jesus became poor so that you could become rich!

2. All because of the cross: You might be trying to deny yourself, and take up your cross, and follow Christ.

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