Devotion: A Child of God ~ 1 John 5 (January 18, 2015)

1 John 5
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.” ~ 1 John 5:1
Explanation of the Text: Providing assurance of who we are in Christ, the book of 1 John is also a motivator for the Christian life. While John writes in a frank and compelling way, but the marks hit the page shrouded in love. With great compassion, he urges readers to live out what they believe. As we look at a review of our devotions in 1 John 5, three themes emerge: (1) Jesus Christ is a child of God, (2) we are children of God, and (3) children of God avoid sin.
We see first that John asserts that Jesus Christ is God (1 John 5:1; 6-13). As the sinless son of God, Jesus Christ made the way for sinners. John asserts that Jesus Christ is the testimony of God, and thus worthy of acceptance as such (1 John 5:9).
Those who believe in the Son of God have also become sons of God as well (1 John 5:1, 12). As Sons of God we then have confidence in who we are in Him (1 John 5:13). Not only do we have confidence in who we are, but John also reminds us that we can have confidence when we pray to God, knowing that He will answer us according to His own will (1 John 5:14).
Finally, John asserts that like Christ, true sons of God avoid sin (1 John 5:18). This is a difficult concept for us as Christians, because each of us knows that we are still battling with the flesh, and thus we do sin. John recognizes that though. Instead, his concern is in regard to those habitual sins which become a routine part of our lives. Our desire for sin should ultimately be replaced by our desire for God.
Examination & Application of the Text: Our journey through 1 John has now concluded. With it, we should find ourselves as Christians who are more committed to holiness. As God is at work in our lives, as He molds us into the image of His Son (Romans 8:28-30) we find that it is the truth of His Word that prevails in our lives.
You have been born of God and thus avoid sin (1 John 5:1 & 18). Your confidence and ability in doing so does not come from your own strength but from God through Christ. It is He who has given us understanding (1 John 5:20). It is an understanding that allows us to know God more intimately and cultivates within us a desire to please Him with our obedience to Him (1 John 5:2).
Obedience does not come from a sheer will power, but instead comes a genuine love for God. So let me ask, “Do you love God?” The answer to that question requires a personal evaluation of your own life in which you can say, “God is part of every aspect of my life and my desire is fixated on Him alone.”

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