THE CHILDREN OF GOD
1 John 3 English Standard Version (ESV)
3 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
Brothers, we are now the children of God, He calls us his children. He knows us as his children. He sees us as his children. See what kind of love our Father has given to us. When Jesus appears we shall be like him because we shall see Him as he is. Everyone who has the hope of his appearing purifies himself just as Jesus is pure.
The world does not know us because it did not know him. God's word tells us that those who did not know Jesus does not know God, and if they say they know God, then they are a liar and the truth is not in them. Please continue to pray for the lost world my brothers, and love your brothers and your neighbors as yourself!
4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; 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 keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.
7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.
8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.
10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
Do you see the plainness of the above statements inspired from God to John.
We are plainly told here that those who continue in sin, after that they were saved, do not know God, and are yet lost, and the children of the devil.
His Holy Word tells us here that the righteous walk in righteousness as He is righteous. God tells us here that it is evident who the children of God are, and who the children of the devil are. If you do not practice righteousness you are not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. The children of God are required to love their brother. Not loving your brother is sin.
Love One Another
11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother.
And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous.
13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.
14 We know that we have passed out of death and into life because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.
15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Wow! God says that if we do not love our brothers then we still abide in death and do not love God. We know that we have passed from death into life because we love our brothers.
Please do not allow religious doctrines and traditions to prevent you from loving and fellowshipping with your brothers in Christ Jesus.
God has spoken to us. We must grasp these words and apply them to our daily walk in love.
If we find ourselves falling back back from love for a brother, then repent and confess it to the Father, and return to your brothers. Ask the Holy Spirit of God to tell you when you have stepped out of LOVE.
16 We know that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?
18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Love in deed and truth, not in words.
19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;
20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;
22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
God Bless you brothers, I love you.
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