1 John 2:3-6
“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked,” 1 John 2:6.
John said that if we say we love Him and do not keep his commandments, we are liars, and we do not possess the truth. This sounds like an individual who says one thing and does something entirely different and probably is not saved. Since Jesus is the Truth, one who does not possess Him is not saved.
First John was written so that a doubting saint can know he is truly saved and can stop worrying about it. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).
It is not our responsibility to condemn others, but one’s actions are the only witness that we have to determine that one is truly saved. When Christians are obedient to Christ’s commandments, the love of God that comes with the Holy Spirit at salvation is matured as one grows in his faith. The fruit of the Spirit and Christ’s character blooms in the Christian’s life. If Christ loved us enough to die for us, surely He expects us to share God’s love with others.
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him (1 John 2:5).
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1 John 1:8-10
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9.
Denial of sin poses a great hindrance to a close walk with the Lord, and it does not change the truth that we do, indeed, sin.
To God, sin looks much like the little boy who was covered in mud after he played in the mud puddle. Later, when his mother asked him had he played in the mud, he said he had not even gone near the puddle. His mother could clearly see the truth. Even though we may appear to others like a godly person, God sees our hearts. He sees the blackness of sin and its interference with the fellowship He wants with every believer.
Some of the Holy Spirit’s jobs are to make us uncomfortable with sin, to point them out if we are unaware of the sin(s) and help us turn from sin(s). However, before one’s fellowship can be fully restored, we must humbly confess our sin(s) to God. Then, He is faithful and willing to forgive us.
At last, the muddy little lad confessed to his mom that he, indeed, had played in the puddle. She forgave him, but because he lied, he could not enjoy the fresh warm cookies his mother had baked. Oh, the consequences of sin but that is another lesson.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us (1 John 1:10).