December 5, Reading 3 – 1 John 5

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SAA Notes

John summarises everything he has said in the first four chapters in this last chapter. Meditate on verses 11 and 12. What idols do you have to keep yourself from?

SJA Notes

“Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.”

There are quite a few broken pseudo-christian religions that may seem to be different but which all converge on this – They proclaim that Jesus cannot be God.

We are to stand firm in God’s word. John knew the reality of Jesus, that He was God become Man, the SON to the FATHER, giver of the SPIRIT.

And here John points us to the truth – If you do not believe the testimony (think of Jesus’ baptism, the words of the Father) of God towards His Son, then you make God to be a liar.

Disbelief then comes in many forms, and can be tricky to nail down at first. But let’s be clear, anyone who says Jesus is not God is not a believer in God. God as He is revealed in the scriptures, the old and new testaments. God as three persons: Father, Son and Spirit.

Let us be encouraged in this today.

* God Above,

Please firm in us the truth of You, of who You are.

Please help us to point people to Jesus, the Saviour of the World, God the Son.

Please write Your word on our hearts this day Lord, teach us what you would have us know.

Amen.

December 4, Reading 3 – 1 John 4

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What verse in today’s reading do you think would be a good one to memorise. This is another famous chapter on love.

SJA Notes

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

Here is the order of things.

Here is what true love looks like.

It is not from us, we don’t do God a favour by showing our love to Him.

Instead it is God’s favour to us that shows us what it means to love.

His love for us is so mighty, so deep, so full that one person of the trinity would come down to live as a man and be crucified and take the punishment _and_ be the payment for our sins.

What a God this is, what a love He shows us!

* Loving Father,

Thank You for Your love, that we see so clearly in the work of Jesus on the cross.

God the Son taking on the punishment from the God Father that was justly meant for us.

Thank You for Your grace and Your mercy.

Thank You that in You we find life, and life to the full!

Amen.

December 3, Reading 3 – 1 John 3

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We are called to two things – to discontinue in sin and to love our brother Christian. 1 Corinthians 13, Zechariah 7:9,10 and 8:16,17, Leviticus 19:18 and much else of the case law in Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy will tell you what loving your brother means in practice.

SJA Notes

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

This is a chunky passage, full of many deep and hard truths.

John hammers home the binary nature of sin and righteousness, of light and darkness, of God and of the devil.

But he also has time for practical exhortation.

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

How do we love? We _do_ out of our hearts (_truth_).

Following Jesus is not a matter of only words and discussion. The christian walk is a narrow road, a path of walking and action, of decision-making through life, seeking God’s wisdom with each step.

Let us be encouraged to love in action out of the truth of the Spirit that lives within us, our hearts remade.

* Father God,

Thank You for Your love for us, that shows us how to love.

Thank You for Jesus, who showed us here on earth how to obey.

Please help us to love in action and in truth.

Amen.