First John 3 explains the Father’s love for us, why we should abide in Christ, what it means to love our brother, and the heart.
We explore the areas of love, abiding, and obedience. It is God’s desire that His word be practical for our everyday living.
Today we will look at abiding in Christ.
Abide in Christ (3:6-10)
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
Why is it so important that we abide in Christ? The answer is found in John 15:3-5. “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
Our total being is wrapped up in what Jesus did at Calvary. He paid our sin debt with His blood, He was buried, and 3 days later He rose from the dead.
That means that the power to live the Christian life is totally in Him. When we abide in Christ, read His word, and study the Bible we will know how to live life successfully. Will we sin? YES! But we choose to do it. We know what is right and we know what is wrong. The closer we stay to Jesus, the less we will sin.
Choose to abide in Christ!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001