Today we pray for the Nation of Algeria and Meditate on 1 John 2:1-6

Today we are praying for the country of Algeria in North Africa.  

We will be praying for North Africa and the Middle East for the next several weeks. Today, please take time to pray for Algeria. Click HERE, scroll down to ALGERIA and then follow the link on the left for facts about the nation, click the link on the right to learn about the unreached that live there, and then watch the video in the center of the page to here a prayer for Algeria and pray for the requests listed at the end of the video.

1 John 2--The Proof    v3-6

So the standard that we have been called to as revealed in this text is sinless perfection; blamelessness.  Thankfully we have an advocate in Christ, who is the propitiation for our sins. (if you missed those discussions, scroll down to catch up) How can we know that Christ is our advocate?  How can we know that He is our propitiation?  How can we know that we have come to know Him?  How can we have joyful assurance?  Read verses 3-6 to find out.

3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

By this, we know that we have come to know Him (the advocate…our propitiation)…if we keep His commandments.  If we walk as He walked!!!!!

In 1 John 3:6-9 John states, “No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God…”  What are you practicing?  That is the question.  That is where the proof is found.  In case you doubt, consider the following Scriptures carefully.

Rev 21:7-8  The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."

1 Cor 6:9-11  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

John 3:36  He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

Matt 7:21  Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

We are saved by faith alone. The Bible makes that abundantly clear.  But, let us not miss the fact that a faith that truly saves is never alone.  Consider Ephesians 2:8-10:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  We are saved by grace through faith.  It is a gift from God, not due to works.  We were saved by grace as a gift from God, but we were created (new creations) in Christ Jesus FOR good works!  We are not saved “BY” good works.  We are saved “FOR” good works.  This is the proof that we have an advocate.  This is the proof that we have a propitiation.  This is how we have joyful assurance; becoming who we already are in Christ Jesus.  As we conclude our look at 1 John 2:1-6 consider the following questions carefully.

1.  Meditate on Revelation 21:7-8 above.  Who is the one who will have “this heritage,” who will have God as his God and will be considered God’s son according to this text?

2.  According to Revelation 21:7-8 who’s portion is in the lake of fire?  Are these people designated this portion due to what they have said and professed or by what they have done and who they are?

3.  Meditate on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.  What type of people are told they will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Is this based on what they have said or what they have done?  

4.  Meditate on John 3:36.  Is there any difference in the meanings behind “believe in the Son” and “obey the Son” in this verse?  What does this say about our walk with God?

5.  Read Matthew 21:28-31.  Which son did the will of the Father?  Was it the one who said the right thing or the one who did the right thing?  What does this say about our profession vs. our practice?

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