Summary: We know we have passed from death to life if we love the brethern.
We know we have passed from death to life because…
1. Read I John 3:7-15
2. I John 3:7 Little children, let know one deceive you….
a. (do not let the devil trick you into thinking you love someone by saying, “I love him but I don’t like him!”) (I John 3:18)
b. Col. 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you……
c. He who practices righteousness is righteous just as He is righteous
3. I John 3:8-9 He who sins is of the devil….
a. ( He who continuous in sin is of the devil)
b. (I John1:8 …if we say we have no sin)
4. I John 3:10 ….In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest…
a. The children of God and the children of the devil are evident, clearly seen, easily decided, recognizable.
b. Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God
c. … nor is he who does not love his brother….
5. I John 3:11 This is the message that you have heard from the beginning…
a. From the beginning of the teaching of Christ! It was Jesus that taught love.
6. I John 3:12 ….Cain….
a. I John 3:13 ....Do not marvel , my brethren, if the world hate you.
7. I John 3:14 …We know we have passed from death to life because…
a. …we love the brethren
b. Gal. 2:11-13 …I withstood him to his faith …with their hypocrisy..
c. II Peter 3:14-15 ….beloved Paul…
8. I John 3:15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
a. I Corin. 13:1-8 …love never fails
b. Eph 4:26 "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
Conclusion: Some times we Christians butt heads and our personalities clash. We offer up our opinions and often say harsh things to each other. But so do we say harsh things to our own family, sometimes out of anger. But then two or three days later we embrace each other and go on with our family life. That happens. When we as Christians say harsh things to each other we need to embrace and be forgiving and then go on with our Christian life as well! Jesus was told one time His family were outside seeking Him. At that time He was preaching to a large crowd. He held up His hand and said, “These are my brothers and sisters and mothers.” So it is with us. Each and every one who have obeyed the gospel are bothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. We must love each other as such.
1Jo 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. (NKJV)