Lesson Scriptures: 1 John 3:19–4:4
Key Lesson Theme: “Sure of Victory”
Today's Lesson: Wednesday, September 22
1 John 3:23-24
23 Now this is his command: that we believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another as he commanded us.
24 The one who keeps his commands remains in him, and he in him. And the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he has given us.
Demonstrating true love for others becomes a proof of our abiding in Him and He in us. Yes, good people may show goodwill toward others, but that is not the same as possessing the deep and ever-present love of God realized through a relationship with Jesus Christ. “And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit who he has given us” (ESV). This is the first direct reference to the Holy Spirit in the letter. In reading these words, no doubt we are drawn back to what Jesus taught His disciples that last evening He was with them (John 15:26-27; 16:5-16). John recorded them in his Gospel; he recalled them again in this letter. The verse also anticipates what John will write in 1 John 4:1-3 about discerning the difference between the spirits.
We have victory because we remain in Jesus and He in us. His commandment is two-pronged:
1. That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ.
2. That we should … love one another, as he gave us commandment.
What are some lasting truths from 1 John 3:23-24?
Our belief in Jesus as God’s Son and the fullest expression of God’s love gives us the ability to love others as He commanded.
We are able to obey any commandment of God because Christ resides in us and we in Him by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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