For Your Instant Edification…

Many of you know how much I appreciate John Piper.  I get his “Desiring God” blog update, and it always encourages me.  Here is a sampling–a “wide angle” perspective on 1 John and its message to believers, from John Piper’s sermon this week. (Go to this link for a host of great resources.

In his letter, John gives eleven evidences of those who are born of God:
1. They keep God’s commandments (2:3-4; 3:24).
2. They walk as Christ walked (2:56).
3. They don’t hate others but love them (2:9; 3:14; 4:7-8, 20).
4. They don’t love the world (2:15).
5. They confess the Son and receive (have) him (2:23; 4:15; 5:12).
6. They practice righteousness (2:29).
7. They don’t make a practice of sinning (3:6, 9-10; 5:18).
8. They possess the Spirit of God (3:24; 4:13).
9. They listen submissively to the apostolic Word (4:6).
10. They believe that Jesus is the Christ (5:1).
11. They overcome the world (5:4).

These tests of the new birth are rigorous, but John does not mean for us to infer either that the born-again are perfect or that the born-again can loose their salvation. He affirms that “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” (1:8) that those who go out from us “were not of us” (2:19).
Those who are born again enjoy the dual comfort that they need not be perfect and that they will never ultimately fall away.

That list is worth noting in your Bible!

Published in: on February 26, 2008 at 1:19 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Useful post =)
    I’m going to write it down.

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