2013-08-18 - Good Is From God
3 John ~ Part 8 - Closing Remarks
3 John 9-14
As we serve the Lord,we become a target for the spiritual attacks of Satan's kingdom. Let us remember the truths that John has presented in his three letters. We must stand for the truth of Scripture. But we must always live out this truth in love. For it is God's love that saved us.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
And in His love He gave us the truth that is both the basis of our salvation, and the foundation of our walk in obedience to Him.
If we hold fast to this, we will be able to withstand the attacks of the enemy. We will be able to care for one another. We will see the lost saved. And with other believers, we will be able to advance God's kingdom in a fallen world.
Having noted these things, what lesson(s) do you hope to take from this study of the three epistles of John? Are there any practical changes you would like to make in your own life?
I would like to close by repeating, for the last time in this series, the following: The message of John, the New Covenant and the Bible as a whole are God's gift of salvation. We are called to spread that message, and to help all who accept it, to grow in their relationship with God.
"… go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20).
And we are to live in a way that will enhance our dependency on the Lord and make it easier to carry out this command. We will do this as we obey Christ's commands.
"… `Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments" (Matthew 22:37-40).
Finally, as we love God and each others, we will validate the Gospel, making it real to those who live around us. We are God's illustrations of His mercy. So that we may be a quality example, let us:
"… Love one another. As I (Jesus) have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:34-35).
Amen, and even so, come Lord Jesus.
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