Observations and Interpretations
- “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God” – might be the shortest Gospel presentation in the Bible. I love it.
- “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.” – We don’t earn our salvation through works but we do live out that salvation by doing works by his command. Or said another way, I’m saved by grace so I want to do good works for Him.
- “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments ; and His commandments are not burdensome.” – God asks us to live sacrificially and to take up our cross but he also tells us that this is not burdensome and his yoke is light. Taking that first step is an act of faith because you have to believe that this message is true. I can confirm that it is true. In fact, I would argue that the yoke of sin and “doing your own thing” is much heavier and more burdensome than Christ.
- “For there are three that testify : the Spirit and the water and the blood ; and the three are in agreement.” – I think this was written because some false teachers were trying to say that the Spirit of the Lord descended on Jesus at his baptism and left before the crucifixion – which would kind of defeat the purpose. Jesus was fully man and fully God and fully Spirit.
- “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” – Once again, not a name-it-claim-it deal. We need to first seek His will and align ourselves with it (for He can want nothing but the best for us anyway – even if it doesn’t immediately make sense to us) and then ask for what He puts on our heart. It stands to reason: ask for what God wants and God will deliver.
Application (nothing new here, just great reminders):
- Keep His commandments (His burden is light)
- Seek His will (through scriptures, prayer, meditation, consultation)
- Pray for His will to be carried out in your life