Serving God In Christ, Without Helping His Sons And, His Daughters First, Is Useless And, Vain:

Serving God In Christ, Without Helping His Sons And, His Daughters First, Is Useless And, Vain:

1 John 3:16-24

 

Elder James R, Winfree, Sr, God's Anointed And, Appointed, And, Effective Internationally Transformation Apostle:

 

Those in Jesus Christ Family Church are children of light and those outside were children of darkness. For example, consider a verse that the word of God says: "Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you" (1 John 3:13 ).

 

The author writes, "And this is ( God's ) commandment, that we should believe in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another just as ( Christ) has commanded us" (1 John 3:23 ).

 

Jesus not only reveals Himself, but He also commands those who believe in Him to love one another.

 

True members of this faith in the grace community should believe in Jesus Christ as God's own Son, the full revelation of God's own self. And true members of this Believers community should love one another.

 

But the writer of our epistle is concerned that in both of these ways, the Church members he leads are falling away from the truths with which they began, Yes, even in our days.

 

1 John 3:16 again recalls Apostle John's Gospel and that great text where Jesus sets the command to love one another in the even greater context of His own revelatory love: "I give you A New Commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another" ( John 13:34 ). Here the communal love for brother and sister is placed in the context of the redemptive love that Christ shows for all of humankind on the cross. Christ's love replaces Moses' laws and commandments.

 

1 John makes the same connection between our love for each other and Christ's love for us. "We know love by this, that Yeshua laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for one another" (1 John 3:16 ). Meaning our heavenly spiritual family in Christ Jesus.

 

Here we glimpse the depth of the gift and the gravity of the demand. Christ gives unconditional love for us, even to the point of death. And He demands our unconditional love for each other, even to the point of death my brothers and my sisters.

 

Yet, as preachers so often do, the preacher who writes this epistle tries to show what love to the point of death might mean, not just at the extreme moments of sacrifice, but in the daily give and take of the loving life.

 

Concretely, such love means charity. "How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help?" ( 1 John 3:17 ).

 

Even in the midst of great economic difficulty, most Americans Christ Jesus Believers have more of the world's goods than most of the world can imagine. At its most painful end, Christ Believers love requires giving up our lives. In ways less sacrificial but still surprisingly painful, Christ Followers love requires giving up some of the goods we think we need when we come up against someone who is truly needy, and, yes this goes to the preachers, first, we must practice what we preach.

 

And concretely such love means living out what we say. The truisms abide because there is truth in them. "Practice what you preach." "Walk the walk, don't just talk the talk." "Sermons in cold dead religious buildings on Sundays Morning." "Little children, let us, love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action" ( 1 John 3:18 ).

 

There is a great word from the Gospel of Elder John that this preacher knows and uses: "Abide." Jesus abides with those who love him (. John 15:5 ). In that eternal life to which he invites us, there are many "abiding places", a better translation than the traditional "mansions" ( John 14:2 ).

 

1 John makes clear what the Gospel of John also implies: the dwelling in eternal life is not a promise for the future only, but a promise for the present as well. "All who obey Jesus Christ commandments abide in Him, and He abides in them. And by this, we know that Jesus abides in us, by the Spirit that He has given us" ( 1 John 3:24 ). The promise of Big Brother John's Gospel is still being lived out in true real God's sons and daughters in Christ Jesus... that treasures His words.

These two themes help to shape the identity of this relatively small church as they feel battered by the hostile world around it. This is a community that should do two things very well.

 

1 John believes that the Church is the people who are CONNECTED TOGETHER. The presence of the LOVE OF GOD the believer to Christ through faith and THE HOLY SPIRIT in and through love.

 

The epistle's John word for that connects us together is richer than all of the religions of the world. We abide, says Big Brother John. We abide in God and God in us, and we abide in each other, too. Is this now just what our blessed Savior Jesus said also?

 

So, First, to All Preachers, Ministers, Spiritual Leaders, Let us, please put into action, in deeds, in works, what we preach, teach and share with God's chosen people. Jesus was talking to His disciples the spiritual leaders of His Church, It Is More Blessed To Give, Than For Us To Get Or Receive. ( Not just preaching but practice, actions, deeds, and our works )

Amen.

 

Written And, Shared By, Apostle James R, Winfree, Sr.

 

apostlejrwinfree@gmail.com

 

( " AWE " )