church notes: All in the Family x Pastor Jim Miller | 6.2.19

(notes added post-sermon in italics!)

1 John 3:1-10

‘1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; 8 the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. ‘

what does it look like to be a child of God?

1. children of God purify themselves (v.1-3)

  • our identity begins in the love of God
    • He takes us and makes us part of His family – we become His children when we’re born of His Spirit (there’s a difference between being His creation and being His child)
  • we don’t (more like can’t) yet fully understand what it means to be a child of God, but we will, so we don’t have to right now because God has promised it will happenall we have to do is hope – this hope purifies us (in the sense of us doing things we’re now motivated to do because of our desire to follow God, like be compassionate and patient! wink winkthis is a different “purify” than the one seen in I John 1:7:

‘7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. ‘ 

  • the Greek word used for purification here, hagnizei, describes the effort we put in to live purely, while the word in Chapter 1, katharizei, refers to the eternal purity that we receive from sin through the blood of Christ. v. 3 isn’t saying that we can accomplish that kind of purity on our own––context is key!!!

2. children of God do not continue in sin (v.4-6)

  • if a person sins, is he then not a child of God? do Christians never sin?
    • look at the context of the whole book
      • 1 John: 8-10, we can’t claim to be without sin
      • I John 2:1-2, “if anybody does sin…”, we have an atoning sacrifice
  • how do we reconcile this? yeah, how???no one continuously, keeps on sinning
      • it’s not our way of life
      • we don’t live in a lawless way, even if the culture around us does (to sin is to live lawlessly)
        • throwing off the morality of Jesus Christ will only bring more lawlessness

 

3. children of God live righteously (v.7-10)

  • we seek to do what God wants from us, expects from us
  • this seed (v.9) leads us to focus on Him
  • to love your brother, you have to love yourself, and to love yourself, you have to love God

 

application & personal reflection

  • does your hope motivate you to live for Christ?
    • does it make you want to purify your life?
  • are you awestruck by the love of God? His desire to make you His child?
    • losing sight of this leads us to focus on the things of this world
  • do you hunger for the Word? are you guarding yourself? your mind?
    • what are you consuming?
  • do you abhor sin? the sin in your life?
    • this doesn’t mean shunning people, pushing them away
  • do you know you’re in the family of God? how do you take care of those relationships?

 

  • God can and will speak through anybody
    • don’t discredit yourself
      • don’t count yourself out

Author: Iyaniwura Olarewaju

† | naija | nj | Cornell

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