1 John 3:21-23

Fellowship – Hot or Cold?

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Have you ever watched kids running around with a glass jar trying to catch fireflies? It looks like fun to watch them glowing. They make “holes” in the darkness. Cockroaches, on the other hand, hide in cold and dark places and only come out looking for food. Similarly, God calls us to be hot Christians, proud and bold of the Word of God and His commandments, and not cold Christians, shy and shielded from His Word.

The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 1 John 3: 24

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The question now is, “Are you a cockroach or a firefly?” Why do some Christians glow in the dark, while others blend in that they are indistinguishable from the darkness around them? We are born as cockroaches, but born-again fireflies. So, “How can I be a firefly for Christ?”

John speaks about relationship and fellowship with the Father and Jesus Christ and also will learn about the power source which helps sustain the joy we experience when we delight in fellowship with our Father: the Holy Spirit.

Thinks back to the promises Jesus makes in the Upper Room – in particular the promise about a Helper who would guide us into all truth. In order to do so, John develops the subject into three sections:

Living with the Holy Spirit, Looking for the Holy Spirit, Listening to the Holy Spirit

Living with the Holy Spirit, we return once again to our theme of fellowship, not relationship. Notice the keyword of the verse: lives. “The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us” (3:24). 

The word “live” or “abide” is used frequently in the Gospel of John and even more so in 1 John! The use of these words continues to portray a picture of intimacy and fellowship. So, to abide in Him is to know Him intimately and to know God intimately is equated with keeping His commandments. 

The Holy Spirit is the proof and the manifestation of God in us and is a sign to us that we are in fellowship with God when we abide in Jesus. When we abide and enjoy His presence, we are like fireflies. His fruit is in us, and we enjoy being who we are, manifesting the glory of the Lord amid the darkness.

Glow like a firefly for Jesus!

Fellowship – The sweetness of Life

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Fellowship – Just Do It!

Advertisements Today’s passage of Scripture, John is telling us how to go about sacrificial love. 19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, ifContinue reading →

Fellowship – a Clear Conscience is a Blessing

Advertisements An act of sacrificial love is to love right, sincerely and in truth. This is the kind of love we are urged to pursue. The kind of love that flows from the heart comes from those who are Christ-centered, rooted in Christ as our vine, a born-again Christian whose fruit is evidence by theContinue reading →

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Fellowship – a Clear Conscience is a Blessing

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An act of sacrificial love is to love right, sincerely and in truth. This is the kind of love we are urged to pursue. The kind of love that flows from the heart comes from those who are Christ-centered, rooted in Christ as our vine, a born-again Christian whose fruit is evidence by the way the person lives in the light of Jesus.

21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us 1 John 3:21-23

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Earlier on in this series, I have spoken about the problem of a corrupt conscience – it is bad news. When your conscience is clouded with guilt, a barrier is created between us and God, we are unable to love others as He loves us. The good news is that there is a blessing which goes along with a clear conscience:

21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us”. 1 John 3:21-23

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Confidence before God is the opposite of doubt. Having the certainty of knowing that we can come boldly before the throne of grace is the blessing of a clear conscience – true confidence in God. This confidence in God is so important – The book of James tells us But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”  James 1:6-8

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The joy is that through the blood of Jesus we are cleansed from all unrighteousness, there is no shame, there is no barrier. Our Father has cleansed us, and we can abide in Him. 

Sincere Faith + Good Conscience + Pure Heart = Sacrificial Love

Jesus gave us this command — to love one another as He loved us. Commend yourself to Jesus who knows your heart better than you do and love in truth! 

Fellowship – The sweetness of Life

Advertisements I am overwhelmed by the passage of scripture in this post today. The passage is so profound. Open your heart and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through this passage. We know how sin stops us from being who we really are – and that is children of God! Sin also shacklesContinue reading →

Roots and Fruits – Children of God

Advertisements Are you experiencing the deepest intimacy with God that you can? Do you soar in the heavens with Holy Spirit? If your answer to this kind of life is no, it is because barriers are chaining you down. If you are not soaring through this series, I will help you to understand what chainsContinue reading →

Fellowship – Just Do It!

Advertisements Today’s passage of Scripture, John is telling us how to go about sacrificial love. 19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, ifContinue reading →

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