Relationships (1 John series #6)

Read 1 John 2:1-6

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Relationships

“Live as Jesus did” (v.6)

If relationships are what the church is all about – John is passionate about this – then the Person who established and modelled real relationship, both with the Father and with people of every station in life, is central. How well do we know Jesus? Really know Him? (2:3)

He is the advocate that speaks in our defence. The kind of defence lawyer the Bible has in mind is one who is perfect themselves – the Righteous One (v.1) who is not only that defence counsel but also the one who has sacrificially paid the price for our wrongdoing. And for anyone at all who will turn to Him.

EXPLORE: John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16

That kind of lawyer, who gets us acquitted and also pays dearly for the fine, is one we would not only want to remain close to, but to follow and become like them. If this happened in ordinary life, we would feel indebted – and that the least we could do, would be to treat others in with the same kindness. it would be obvious to others how our attitudes had changed and whose friend we were now.

The three active levels the Bible speaks of are: knowing that we have come to know Him; knowing Him; and knowing that we are in Him. Note: not passively knowing about him! The in Him phrase is one of John’s trademarks, although Paul uses it too. However, John is the only gospel writer to use this phrase consistently to speak of our new salvation identity in this way.

EXPLORE: See 1 John 2:27-28; 1 John 3:9 and 24; Col 1:17 and 2:6; Eph 1:11 and 2:22; perhaps best summed up in 2 Cor. 5:21: “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”

The three indicators of this are: if we obey His commands (v.3), obey His word (v.5) and walk as Jesus did (v.6). Three repeated descriptions of what “makes God’s love complete in us” – and that sounds like something which would be visible to others around us.

Living as Jesus did sounds radical – but it gets both us and Him noticed.

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