Light- Words of Wisdom for 02/22/2022 “BELIEVE”

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No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.

-1 John 2:23

WALKING in the Light is walking in the Truth — in a world unsure whether absolute truth exists. In First John, the apostle states unambiguously that there are specific beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes that typify the truly forgiven and transformed follower of Christ. Markers are present when a person has been “born again.” 

IN our verse, the apostle states that walking in the light/truth will mean resolute faith in Jesus. John boldly declares that not all opinions of who God is are true. In contrast to the world’s rejection of absolute truth, there is one true God and Father, and He has revealed himself to us in His one and only Son, Jesus. The one true God is THAT God. In John’s day as in ours, there were false teachers who said they too believed in God, but just not the triune God whose Son took on human flesh and became a man. They would not embrace the incarnate Christ, both divine to bear God’s wrath against our sin, AND human to be our representative substitute. Then as now, many assert that Jesus wasn’t really God, or that he wasn’t really a man. John states, if you don’t embrace God’s anointed one, the Messiah and God-man Jesus, you don’t have God at all! They are one. Conversely those who confess and embrace the Son, have the Father also. They are the ones that John states later in verse 25 who have “eternal life”.  

CHRISTIAN don’t be deceived. Antichrists are out there selling religious lies. Hang on to the true message John gave us. In the Gospel of John by the same apostle, he quotes Jesus saying “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me.” Sounds almost intolerant by today’s standards. 

BUT John also records for us the sweetest, most precious and sublime – yet absolute – truth for any sinner who confesses and embraces it. It’s the scripture’s most well known verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.” 

Father, may we embrace everything you have given us in your precious saving Son, and may we never waiver in believing and confessing that truth even if the whole world rejects it. Amen.

– Larry Regier

Creative Director, Christian City

ChristianCity.org

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