Updated: Aug 15
Are we each aware that the LORD, Who called us out of darkness, and into HIS Marvelous LIGHT. Is the same LORD, that we do the will of, when we do the will of JESUS CHRIST?
HE is, The LIGHT of the world!
HE is, The CREATOR of all things!
HE is The WORD that gave everything, LIFE!🌎
Consider how John 1:3-5 makes this abundantly clear, by saying: All things were made through HIM, and without HIM nothing was made that was made. In HIM was LIFE, and the LIFE was the LIGHT of men. And the LIGHT shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
That last passage of SCRIPTURE, is simply saying, that those who are still in darkness, do not possess the wisdom to comprehend the LIGHT of GOD’S WORD.
Thus, Proverbs 4:7 admonishes each of us, saying: Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
Because we have attained a level of understanding, we know that GOD called us out of darkness, so that we would walk in the LIGHT.
And to walk in the LIGHT, by walking in obedience to The TRUTH of HIS WORD. And that's exactly what we do, when we walk in obedience to The WORD of The LIVING GOD, JESUS CHRIST.
Yes, HE is The One that each of us, call LORD, when we obey The WORD of The LIVING GOD. And because that's what we know how to do, we know to LOVE our fellow man, and preach The GOSPEL to as many as we can. For because the harvest is plentiful, we want to be among the laborers, who are but a few. For The LORD says, Many are called but few are chosen. And how can we be among the chosen, if we fail to do, as The LORD instructs us to, in John 13-34?" There, HE Personally spoke these WORDS: A new commandment I give to you, that you LOVE one another. As I have LOVED you, that you also LOVE one another; By this all will know that you are MY disciples, if you have LOVE for one another.
With that said,
And knowing that the laborers who are to reap harvest the harvest, are few." Aren't we to redeem the time, and partake in the great commission, all the time?" In season, and out of season, as our LORD demands of us?" Yes, we most certainly are, Beloved!" Because The LORD would have us seek the lost, and present The GOSPEL, at any cost." Yes," we are to do so, even if the people we encounter, are people who really don't like us, "Christians," who agree with JESUS CHRIST, The WORD of The LIVING GOD."
Yes,we are to LOVE them, and share the GOOD NEWS with them!" Even if they don't agree with, and reject the teachings of HIM, Who says, in John 7:7," The world cannot hate you, but it hates ME because I testify of it that its works are evil.
The major complaint of the people of the world, toward us, Christians, has to do with the way some Christians act toward unbelievers.
Many unbelievers tend to view Christians as being hypocritical, judgmental, harsh, and unloving toward people who refuse to embrace GOD'S WORD and teachings. Yet, I’m sure you dislike hearing their view of Christians, just as much as I do? But sadly,😥 there’s more TRUTH in their perceptions than what any of us we care to admit. Thus, 1st John 3, begins with these WORDS, “Behold what manner of LOVE The FATHER has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of GOD!”
John introduces a distinguishing contrast between Believers, and people of the world: Believers LOVE RIGHTEOUSNESS, keep ourselves from sin, and LOVE one another; nonbelievers practice sin, hate others, and abide in the ways of death. They prefer to walk in the ways of him whom The LORD denounced, in John 8:44 when HE pointedly, said: You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in The TRUTH, because there is no TRUTH in him.
When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
He was a murderer from the beginning, Beloved Brethren, and hated The WORD of The LIVING GOD. He hated doing the will of GOD!"
These are strong words, Beloved!"
But we are either followers of JESUS CHRIST, because we walk in HIS ways, by doing HIS will?" Or son's of the devil, because doing his will is what's evidently apparent." We are either like Cain or Abel, because to preach The GOSPEL Of CHRIST, we are all, able!" And because we are all able, and have been called to be like, Abel, who LOVED his brother. We LOVE our fellow man, and preach The GOSPEL to as many as we can. We do so," because we don't wish to be counted among those who like Cain, ask: "Am I my brother's keeper?" Absolutely, Beloved!" Every last Believer, is," his brother's keeper!" Even if his brother, hates him as an enemy."
1st John 3:10 assures us, that it's by our for LOVE for others, that we will know that we are "genuine" children of GOD. And verses 18-19 affirm, to each and everyone of us, that we can't continue doing the will and desires of the devil, and claim to be followers of JESUS CHRIST. Right?
And because we know this, we can each appreciate The WORD that is given to each of us, in 1st John 4:7-8, saying: Beloved, let us LOVE one another, for LOVE is of GOD; and everyone who LOVES is BORN of GOD and knows GOD. He who does not LOVE does not know GOD, for GOD is LOVE.
In this the LOVE of GOD was manifested toward us, that GOD has sent HIS only begotten Son into the world, that we might LIVE through HIM.
In this is LOVE, not that we loved GOD, but that HE LOVED us and sent HIS Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
If GOD so LOVED us, we also ought to LOVE one another.
Knowing that The LORD, our GOD, knows those who are HIS.
Let us examine ourselves as to whether we are in the FAITH. The WORD of The LIVING GOD asks us: Do you not know yourselves, that JESUS CHRIST is in you?
And knowing that CHRIST is in us, let us always make sure our words and deeds are backed up by The WORD of The LIVING GOD.