1st John 1
Love and the Law of God
If we search through the doctrines of the various religions and seek to boil them all down to a single specific that identifies a true “Christian” and Godly person from the false “Christian.”
The basic core difference is that almost all define love as positive actions towards other people and neglect putting love for God first, in essence they exalt love for man, above love for God!
Equating the very good things of loving man as the same as loving God, Making an idol out of loving man and neglecting to love God by keeping his whole Word.
Yes God commands us to love our neighbor, but that is the second command; the first command is to live by every Word of God Mat 4:4..
In truth the greatest love that we can give man is to love and obey God first, so as to set an example of the way to eternal salvation.
True Godly “love” is defined as the keeping of all of the Father’s commandments and the Whole Word of God with zeal.
All apostate “Christian” religions do what they think is right and put loving man [the creation] above loving God and keeping the whole Word of God; exalting the creation above the Creator which is the sin of idolatry. First God, then man! and if you keep God’s Word first, you will automatically love and do good to neighbor because God is love! but if you love man and do not faithfully obey God first, we have fallen off our foundation and we cannot know how to properly love man!
The LAW of God is the definition of real agape love, and to be filled with God’s love we MUST also be keeping ALL of his commandments and the whole Word of God, which define love; for Faith without works [words without actions] is DEAD.
Only those who follow Christ’s example and KEEP the Father’s commandments: only the DOERS [Keepers] of ALL of the Father’s commandments: who actually sincerely REPENT and turn from commandment breaking, will be justified by the atoning sacrifice of Christ.
AT this time Satan KNOWS that his time is now very short!
He has launched a “Full Court Press” to destroy God’s people from within; as he inspired Balaam to teach the people to sin and thereby offend God to bring God’s wrath own upon themselves. This was foretold of the last days.
Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
Satan seeks to ensnare us in the sins of spiritual Idolatry and spiritual Fornication [Pornea: Adultery].
In the days of Moses these were physical sins because that covenant was only a physical covenant.
Today, these are BOTH physical AND spiritual. This is talking about the sin of exalting men and organizations [Spiritual idolatry and adultery.] ABOVE the Word of God.
It is talking about doing whatever the “church or leader says” instead of comparing what the “church or leader says” against the scripture and doing what “GOD SAYS”.
It is talking about the spiritual adultery of doing what anyone other than our espoused HUSBAND Jesus Christ commands, while not zealously keeping the whole Word of our LORD!
Following men to do what they say is right; instead of keeping the commandments of God; is now rampant in this world, and in the church of God groups!
The COG groups today undermine the basic core doctrines of God’s word; by interpreting the MEANING of God’s Word according to their own imaginations just as others have done through the ages.
They have long ago managed to; divide the Word of God from the works of faith [the practical doing]; and established the sinful attitude that: “Love for neighbor is the first priority and is above love for God and zeal for the commandments!”
Jesus Christ made it abundantly clear that love for God, which is demonstrated by obedience; comes BEFORE love of man!
Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Once this mindset is established and LOVE is divorced from LAW: LAW becomes a matter of personal choice; since the thing that really matters to them is their emotional false “love” for men, which they exalt above the commandments of God.
Once this happens the keeping of the commandments is considered as up to our discretion; as long as we tolerate each other’s sins in the name of love; some “keeping” some commandments differently from others, and some not even keeping some commandments at all.
We are to keep ALL of the commandments as God gave them, and NOT according to any personal or Church organizations interpretation.
Rev 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.
Most of today’s church of God groups are full of the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes which Christ and the Father HATE! These men have exalted themselves as supposed authorities BETWEEN the brethren and God.
This IS a SPIRITUAL battle! Satan is behind this perversion in a concerted attempt to turn the people away from God and into commandment breaking in the name of love, so that God himself will reject and destroy his people for not loving him and keeping his whole Word!
Brethren, if they do not quickly and sincerely repent the MAJORITY in the major COG Groups today WILL end up being rejected by Christ for their Idolatry and spiritual Adultery and Nicolaitane abuse of their brethren, Rev 3:15.
Mat 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Unless they REPENT and start keeping ALL of God’s commandments with passionate enthusiasm.
We have Christ’s OWN PROMISE; Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14For many are called, but few are chosen.
It is absolutely NECESSARY to seek God our Father with ALL our hearts and to be solidly grounded on the issues of Law and Grace, Faith and Works; to KNOW and understand these things; to be able to fight the spiritual battle now raging around us.
1st JOHN 1
John begins by saying that they had seen and touched the Living Word [Jesus Christ] in the flesh, the LOGOS spoken of by the prophets; Jesus Christ. Openly declaring that Christ existed eternally and was with the Father before he was manifested unto men.
1 John 1, That which was from the beginning [He who existed before creation], which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2 For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us, [which was made flesh and shown to us]; 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you. that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
The disciples including John have witnessed these things and they have written what they have witnessed with their own eyes and heard with their own ears; that the called out disciples might believe and be encouraged.
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
God is Light which is knowledge and truth, and there is no darkness of ignorance, falsehood or sin in God at all.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him, [in God] is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him [are one with God], and walk in darkness [do not keep the whole Word of God in Christ-like zeal] , we lie, and do not the truth, [for if we are in darkness while he is light. We have no fellowship with him.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
I John 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, . . .
If we keep the commandments of the Father as the Father and Christ do, we shall be living in the light of Godliness! Those who are in the light of the Father’s commandments and his whole Word, will be in unity with the Father and with other like minded persons, and will be cleansed from all past darkness by the blood sacrifice of Christ. By internalizing and living the whole Word of God they shall also become Light as God is Light!
Rom 2:13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
1 John 7 . . . . we have fellowship [unity] one with another [through each person’s unity with God], and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
If we are of God and the Light of God; we will be in unity with God and in unity with all others who are also in unity with God.
The Father calls us into the light of his ways, his Word and his commandments, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ then atones for our sin. Thus bringing us into a relationship with God the Father, who will then empower us to keep all the commandments of God, shining the light of God’s spirit in us.
We MUST then REMAIN “IN THE LIGHT” by the zealous keeping of God’s Word and commandments as Christ did. Then our light shall shine as a godly example to all men through the zealous keeping of the whole Word of God and ALL the commandments of God the Father.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill [Christ came to keep every Word of God the Father] .
18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 if we confess [sincerely repent of our sins and commit to go and sin no more] our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,
If we confess our sins before the Father and sincerely repent of them, resolving to STOP breaking God’s law and Word and to begin seeking the Father’s help in overcoming, then we shall be cleansed of the darkness and ignorance of sin which is commandment breaking.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make God a liar, and his word is not in us.