Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Do We Know Him?

1 John 2:3-6  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  (4)  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  (5)  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  (6)  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

            These verses are extremely hard for Christians.  As we look over our lives (since Salvation,) most Christians find we have miserably fallen short of God’s Will.

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

(God knows we will fall short.) If you have read your Bible and heard a few sermons, you also know you will fall short.  However, you are the only one (outside of God) who knows your heart.  The problem with many Christians is that we use this (falling short) as an excuse for NOT keeping “his commandments.”
            This excuse makes each of us “a liar.”  God tells us “the truth is not in him.”  So when we make excuses, (what have we become and what are we?)  
            Our verses tell us if we do not have “the truth” we do NOT have Salvation.  Our sins (which were paid for in full) are still with us, and we are still Hell bound.
            I know, I can hear it now, “Brother John, aren’t you being a bit legalistic?”  The problem is I do read my Bible, and (within the context of this writing,) what else could God mean?  The Bible is God’s Word, not mine.  What God says is what we need to heed.  If we liberalize the context, it would be “the intent of a man’s heart” to obey God.  (We must strive to obey.)  
1Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

We as Christians are not free to do just as we please.  (We are free to do what we desire within God’s Word.)  (When you accepted Jesus as your Saviour, your “want to’s” should have changed.  All Christians have some old “want to’s.”  I don’t “want to” do what I used to do, and have to battle to control the old “want to’s.”  Satan knows this and wants us back.)  He can’t have our souls, (as God placed The Holy Spirit within us,) but he can ruin our testimonies.
1Peter 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

(We must be vigilant in our “Christian walk.”  There are many who as a “roaring lion” will try to push us off our path with Christ.   We are “perfect[ing]” our Salvation as we walk through life, and it will be made perfect when God calls us Home.)  Until that time, we are to walk as close as we can to Jesus’ walk.
            Reader, the question is:  “Do you know Jesus The Christ” as your Lord and Saviour?”  Do you claim Jesus, but aren’t “walking the walk” that glorifies Him?   Have you come to the realization that you are a “liar” and “the truth is not in” you?   If your father is the devil, do you realize that your soul is heading directly to hell?”

John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

If we are walking with the devil, we cannot also walk with Jesus.  (We cannot walk with both Truth and un-truth.)  We must choose.

John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Choose, and accept Jesus.  Call on His name in belief.   Accept Him today.

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas

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