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Topic: Christ Connected Confidence

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My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. -I John 2:1-3

Not only must we be accurate about who Jesus is, we must also be correct about our assurance regarding who He is. For John assurance of one’s relationship with God was not optional. In this short letter, John uses the Greek word translated “know” over twenty times! Obviously, he insists that knowing one’s standing with God cannot be considered a privilege for an elite group of Christians within the church; rather assurance is available for all Christians ( 2 Tim. 1:12). John reveals three specific tests to assist us in gauging our assurance.

The First Test Is Our Attitude (I John 2:3-5). Saved persons, according to the apostle, will have certain kinds of attitudes of obedience. If one confesses a relationship with Christ but “does not keep” God’s moral standards, then the result is dishonesty. Our attitude must be guarded to “keep” God’s commandment.

The Second Test Is Our Actions (I John 2:6). Saved persons want not only their attitudes but also their actions to please the Lord Jesus. Every area of our walk with Christ should demonstrate honor to Him through the way we behave. For John, the Christians goal is to walk “as He walked” (I John 2:6; I Peter 2:21). Christians walk in the direction Jesus travels; and our Lord travels the path of always seeking the glory of His Father. So must we.

The Third Test Is Our Affection (I John 2:7-11). Christians possess a deep love for other believers. John is not suggesting that we only love saved people. John frames our affection in the form of a “new commandment” (2:8), which appears strange to us when we first read it. By “new” he means a newly empowered focus, emphasizing love as the law for believers. Jesus is our example (2:7), and because of Him, we experience the same type of love John experienced (2:9-11).

Peace & Blessings,

J.A. Maxwell, Minister