Today we are praying for the country of Mongolia. Please help us lift up this nation to the Lord today. You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups. You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.
Please take time to meditate on the sermon or devotion for today as well.
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Today's Devotional Thought
1 John 3:1-10
As we continue blogging our way through 1 John, we come today to 1 John 3:1-10. As we turn attention towards this text we have to begin with the confession that in our day and time, and in our church culture, the word doctrine is a dirty word. It has become synonymous with boring and irrelevant. As we look at 1 John 3:1-10 however, one thing is absolutely clear: doctrine is central to John’s letter. John actually unveils for his audience 3 very important doctrines in these verses.
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 6 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, nor the one who does not love his brother.
The first doctrine that we see unveiled in this text is the doctrine of Adoption. We read in verses 1 and 2, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God….” We often focus on the doctrine of the atonement, and that is great! We often focus on the doctrine of regeneration, and that is important. We often hear the doctrine of justification taught. We all have heard the doctrine of conversion discussed. These doctrines are vitally important to our Christian faith, and we should talk about, and teach upon, all of these doctrines and more! However, it is seldom that you hear much discussion on the doctrine of adoption. Let what John writes to us sink in! We are children of God. In his gospel he said, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).
God would have been beyond merciful if he had simply regenerated us. We would have at least had spiritual life and have the capacity to see the glory of God and the horrors of hell. But God went beyond regenerating us. He also justified us. He not only gave us spiritual life, but He made us right with Him as well. We not only have the capacity to see the glory of God and the horrors of hell. We have the ability to approach this glorious God and avoid the horrors of hell, because of His justification. God would have been more merciful and gracious than we could ever deserve or anticipate if He had stopped here, but He did not. He went even farther! He not only regenerated us and justified us. He adopted us into His family. We can know Him, approach Him, and we can even call Him our Father. Is this not amazing?
Consider Romans 8:14-17: For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. We are God’s children, adopted into His family. In light of this great mercy and grace, let us “be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1).
Until next time...
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