a.m.: 1 John 1:5-10 p.m.: Hebrews 3

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 1 Jn 1:5

God is holy and just, he can be trusted in all things for there is nothing in him which is deceitful. It is this holiness which makes heaven, heaven, and this same holiness which makes hell, hell. For those who trust Jesus Christ to take away their sin will be able to stand in that holiness and enjoy it, but those who cling to their sin will find that same holiness causes them pain and suffering.

If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth…If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 Jn 1:6,8

If we have put out faith in Jesus Christ, the Spirit will work in us and cause up to become more like Christ. We will live more and more according to the word of God and will avoid that which is contrary to the word of God more and more. This is not to say that if we put our faith in Jesus Christ that we will be sinless in this life. Our old sinful nature still contends with the Spirit within us.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin…If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 Jn 1:7,9

Yet, if we have faith in Jesus Christ, he will cleanse us from all sin that we might be spotless in the presence of God. We will want to be around those who have also trusted in Christ, and when we sin, which we shall surely do this side of death, if we honest about them before God and others, he will deal with them.

As we live our lives following Christ, we must be careful to keep our eyes fixed on him. To see how he lived his short time on earth in his ministry, that we might be more like him.

For just as us, he was called to his ministry by his Father. He came at the right time to deal with the situation effectively. We must be careful that our calling is at the right time and place, that we might be effective.

His primary ministry was to save the lost, to preach the good news, to be the good news. Whilst we cannot be the good news in the same way, we are to preach the gospel.

He came to serve, not to be served. If God the Son considered it appropriate to wash the feet of his disciples, how much should we also consider serving others.

Above all, this ministry cost God the Son very dearly – his life. If he is willing to give up so much for us, how much should we we willing to give up for him and for others.

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