Speaker: Dr. Hal Habecker
1 John 2:28-3:10
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Who Is Jesus and Why Did He Come?
He is the Son of God and He Came to Change Our Identity (2.28.29)
Abide in Him (2.28) He is our life!
“When Jesus invites us to remain (abide), however, it is not a request for the moment, but the way he wants us to live. He spoke a word of persistent remaining, as if taking up residence. He doesn’t want us to only run to him when trouble strikes or when we need something. He wants us to remain (abide) with him all day, every day.”
“But the level of intimacy that a branch has with the vine is the standard by which Jesus measures our relationship with him. This is an intimate link. Our identity and existence are bound up in the vine.”
Wayne Jacobson, In Season: Embracing the Father’s Process of Fruitfulness, p.68).
“Jesus gave His life for us so that He could give His life to us and live His life through us”
(Steve McVey, Grace Walk, p.70).
Abide in Him – have confidence in His appearing (2.29) He is our destiny!
He is the Son of God, He has bound us in His Love, and We Cannot Wait Until He Returns for Us (3.1-3)
Be stunned at the love He has shown us, making us His children (3.1).
We will be like Him for we will see Him just as He is – it won’t be long (3.2).
Stay focused - purify yourselves just as He is pure (3.3) Live as He lived!
Since We Are Born of God, Let’s Pull Out All the Stops and Live All Out for Him Alone (3.4 – 10)
Don’t practice lawlessness since He came to take away our sin (3.4,5).
Sin and righteousness do not mesh – Get it????? (3.6-7).
Whose side are you on? The Son of God and the devil are on opposite sides – Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil – self-centered living (3.8).
Practice what you preach? No, practice who you are (3.9).
Make who you are obvious to the world by practicing love toward one another (3.10)
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1.21).
This is God’s call to us today. How will we respond?