The God of Eternity pt 3, The Triune God, pt 2: Jesus, Son of God

Hello, and thank you for joining me today! We are here to continue the series that we started 2 weeks ago. And specifically, the explanation of the Triune God concept. And today, I am going to try and answer the most asked question in all of history! Who is this Jesus, guy?

Let me start off by assuring you, He is not some guy, but probably the most famous or infamous person in history, as well He should be. But first, let us look at few popular theories on who Jesus is. Many atheists have made the claim that Jesus is just a pagan myth, a combination of the two Greek gods Dionysus and Mithras, however there is no real connections to the myths to how Jesus was or what He did. Most scholars on both sides of the aisle agree that any “connection” is purely coincidental and often times cherry picked and stretched. Some out there like to claim that Jesus was a mere philosopher and actually was not a God at all, not even a prophet. Strangely, this theory completely ignores Christ’s prophecies and miracle workings so they just cherry pick the philosophy of Christ and ignore what He actually did. Maybe you are starting to see a common trend… but just one more theory here. Laughably my favorite theory I found is this, that Christ was a violent revolutionary that never came to bring teachings to His people at all but was just here to free the Jews from the Romans… Let that sink in for a moment, Christ “was” a bloodthirsty man who sought to bring destruction to the Roman Empire. This one is completely out of line with all of what Christ did. Christ preached peace, mercy, and love for all. Not once did Christ ever threaten the Romans directly. He did throw tables in the Jewish temple for they had made a “den of thieves” in the House of the Lord. Christ went as far as to say that they should pay their taxes to the Romans because God cares not about the world’s wealth but what you are to do for Him and His people.

So, who is Jesus Christ then? I have spent all this time talking about who He wasn’t, but who is He and why is He so important? I am glad you asked! Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Man, making Him uniquely qualified to do many things, like be able to sacrifice Himself for our Salvation. Well, let us get started with the facts and proofs of how Jesus was a man. He was born of a human mother and has a lineage that can be traced back to Abraham (Matthew 1, all of it). He hungered (John 21:4-12, Luke 14:12-14, Matthew 9:10-13, and Mark 2:15-17), He felt emotions like sadness (John 11:35), joy (Luke 15:5-7),  and other emotions, such as anger (Matthew 21:12-13). But most importantly, He died just as we can. Let us read in John chapter 19, starting in verse 30:

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe.  For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.” (John 19:30-37, New King James Version)

Here we see evidence that Christ bled and died like we all can. With both water and blood coming from His pierced lung, it proves He died of suffocation on the cross as is the cause of death with most crucifixions.

Now that I have assured you that Christ was indeed human, I am not going to spend the rest of the time convincing you that He was and is God. First, let us start with God’s confession of Himself in Luke 3, verse 21:

When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22, New King James Version)

So, Jesus wills Himself to be baptized by John the Baptist and God reveals Himself in all forms to acknowledge Jesus, the Son of God, whom completes the Triune. God the Father tells Him (Jesus) that He (the Father) is pleased by His (Jesus’) show of humbleness and for setting the example for His people.

Alright, so what? God likes this Jesus guy, not enough to prove He is God, right? Okay, well good thing I wasn’t stopping there. Jesus is recorded to have pulled over 40 miracles, and we are defining miracles as the following types of events: faith healing, exorcisms, resurrection of the dead and control over nature. This includes His own resurrection from death. These miracles, to name a few specifically include turning water into wine (John 2:1-11), catching large numbers a fish or really summoning (Luke 5:3-10), calming the storm (Matthew 8:23-27), healing a withered hand (Mark 3:1-6), healing a leper(s) (Mark 1:40-45), 3 different resurrections that were not himself (John 11:1-44, Matthew 9:18-25, Luke 7:11-17). Additionally, John annotates at the end of his book this in chapter 21 verses 24-25:

This is the disciple who testifies of these things and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen. (John 21:24-25, New King James Version)

This shows that there is so much that happened and that Christ did throughout His earthly ministry that was not recorded. Most of His miracles are witnessed by hundreds or thousands with only a few that were left to be seen by smaller audiences, like walking on water or the restoration of the cut ear (Matthew 14:22-23, Luke 22:45-54). No man nor technology at the time could ever perform the things which Christ did. Even today we cannot perform resurrections in the way He did. The closest we have is manual resuscitation through CPR or a defibrillator which only work for seconds, or minutes if you are lucky, after death. Christ rose people and Himself days after which they had passed and been buried. Each one of the resurrections had many witnesses, Christ’s own resurrection had hundreds of people outside of His apostles (Mark 24:13-31, Acts 1:1-9, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8). Later, Christ even shews Himself unto Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9:1-20). This occurrence is a little special, so let us read it:

Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. (Acts 9:1-9, NKJV)

In this instance, Christ appears in His glory to Saul and blinds Him because He appears in His true form. It is described as a light from heaven, and all that Saul and the soldiers then could tell was that a voice was coming down to them. This is where Christ makes His Godship quite apparent, that He could appear whenever and however He wanted to.

Furthermore, Christ makes another appearance a few decades later to the last living apostle, John. Let us turn to the book of Revelation. There is much in the way of prophecy and theology that comes from the revelations that Christ shows John in the visions of what is to come. Let us start in chapter 1, beginning in verse 9:

I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hell and of Death. (Revelation 1:9-18, New King James Version)

In John’s exile, Christ appears to him in a form he recognizes “One like the Son of Man”, yet He was different, in ways he could only explain by metaphors with what he knew. Jesus explains that He is God and has been, with His statement that He is the first and last (Alpha and Omega are the first and last, respectively, of the Greek alphabet), He confirms His place as God and rightful ruler of eternity. Also, He shows what He did when His earthly form died, He went to Hell and took the keys from Satan and wrest death from the hands of him as well. This lets us know that He has the rights to all creation, in life and death. In Revelation chapter 19 we see further proof the Jesus is God and always has been when we combine it with the gospel of John. First Revelation 19:11-16:

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:11-16, NKJV)

Here Christ is identified as the Word of God, and the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. If there was any doubt before this moment that Christ was God, in this moment will all life have no choice but to acknowledge Him as Lord, however, if Christ is God this must mean He was with God at creation! Where does He come in at the beginning of time and creation? Let us look to John 1:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men… (John 1:1-4, NKJV) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14, NKJV)

Christ always has been, and always be God. Jesus, the only begotten Son of God is fully God as much as the Father is.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:5-7, NKJV)

So, just to nail it in one more time, Jesus Christ is the Son of God, whom is God. And that despite acting in different methods they are one and the same.

Why is Christ important to us? Because Jesus Christ became the sacrifice to God for our sins that we may have eternal life. He is the one that fulfills God the Father’s promises and brings to completion all that was prophesized by the prophets of the Old Testament and He is the one to take all power from Hell and He is the rightful ruler of heaven and earth (Revelation 20:4-15). And once more to John chapter 14, please.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” (John 14:1-7, New King James Version)

Christ is the one true way to heaven, having belief in Him is to have faith in the Father, and the way to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, which we will cover next week. Upon Christ is our faith founded on, that it is by our faith in Him that we can be restored to a new life and new spirit. And I close with this passage from Romans chapter 5:

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5: 1-11)

God Bless You.

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The God of Eternity, pt 2: The Triune God, pt 1: God, the Father

Welcome, I am glad you are here to join us today! Today we continue a series that we started last week. Today’s sermon is going to focus on the concept of the Triune God. Meaning three in one.

In last week’s message, we covered God’s law and grace and how they are not contradicting and rather are complementary to each other. I also introduced two parts of the total concept of what God is. I introduced God, the Father and God, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the one part of God I did not hit on was God, the Spirit. Today, I want to talk to you about this God the Holy Triune concept. That God is three figures in one. Not to confuse you and say that there are 3 gods, but rather God acts in three different forms to accomplish different tasks as He sees fit. All three parts are equally the same God, just like a fraction. They are all the same God just three different ways God unveils Himself.

However, before I go too deep on the three in one metaphor, I want to explain each part individually in their own sermon and then at the end explain thoroughly how all of them interact and are one. Today’s sermon will be focusing on God, the Father, who He is and what He does in the Bible.

In the most basic sense, God, the Father is seen as the Creator of everything. The origin or epicenter of all that is. Starting in the very beginning of time, God created everything, now the exact and precise way that looks to us is a little hard to describe, but Genesis 1 gives us a picture of God, the Father’s capabilities:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. (Genesis 1:1-5, New King James Version)

Here we see God literally create matter, time, and space. As I once heard it put, a trinity of trinities. God, the Triune Himself, creates 3 things that are comprised of three other things. Matter is made up of solid, liquids, and gasses, Time is made of past, present, and future, and then space, is made up of length, width (or depth), and height. And this creates the world and the universe that we live in! God comes from before time itself, has the power and domain above all things as He created it. Even over man, does God have dominion, for He created us out of the dust of the earth, from the most meaningless creation came God’s most important creation: us. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being,” (Genesis 2:7, NKJV). God demonstrates His power of creation in 2 ways here, creation from nothing, as in from nothing can come anything, and then the ability to make something new out of what He already has made. This shows us that God, the Father is beyond our laws of physics and understanding of sciences. If He can create everything from nothing, that completely ruins our concept of the law of conservation of mass, or energy. Both of these states there must be equal amounts of mass or energy before and after a reaction, and then with God’s creation of everything, there is no balanced equation which is why science as we know it today cannot explain the powers and possibilities of God.

Primarily, we see God, the Father as the acting proponent in the Old Testament, not to say He is not active in the New Testament and beyond. Rather, God acts in the form of the Father more in the Old Testament to be more steadily recognized throughout early history when man was not capable of written verse recording until the time of Moses. Then Moses is the first recorded author of the Bible having written the first 5 books of the Old Testament, known to the Jews as the Torah. God, the Father can be seen more as the one who sets the rules and terms, the one who makes the plans for eternity, and the sustainer of His people.

Last week, I went and discussed the Salvation plan, and how God, the Father, had a plan for our salvation from the beginning of our sin. Just along the way to our salvation, we had lessons we had to learn. Such as the way to live, how to treat others, and what our position is in the grand scheme of the everything. Most of this done through God’s guiding in the Old Testament, through prophets, and agents of His will. Some men such as Malachi, or Jeremiah receive direct messages for the people of God and how to guide them back into God’s graces, while others are sent to rule His people, such as Solomon, and David, even still God uses other agents that we call judges, people who saw over the Jewish people and kept order, like Gideon.

Additionally, another way to think about God, the Father is that He is the promise maker. He creates a plan and makes a promise to His people as with Abram (Abraham), Moses, or David, and then He keeps it and sustains His people through various ways. Let us look to the story of Moses. Let us start in Exodus chapter 2, in the 23rd verse.

Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. (Exodus 2:23-25, New King James Version)

So, God made a promise to deliver His people to a Promised Land with Abraham and his sons. He had promised to make Abraham a father of a nation and God intended to keep His promise so long as people were faithful. Now, let us look at how God reveals Himself to Moses in chapter 3.

And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. (Exodus 3:3-6, NKJV)

Here God reveals Himself indirectly, using an angel to draw the attention of Moses and then He speaks to Moses directly. Identifying Himself as the God of the fathers of the Israelites, He shows His everlasting nature to have lived beyond the generations of Israelites. God tells Moses that He has heard the cries of His people and that He wanted to use Moses to be His agent in their release. Moses is understandably hesitant, but God gives him ways to show God’s might and power in the staff and lets Moses take his brother as a speaker for him. Eventually, Pharaoh lets the people of God go after enduring 10 plaques that wreaked havoc on the nation of Egypt. I am going to fast forward a bit in the narrative to show another example of God, the Father being the source of life. Let us go to Exodus chapter 13.

So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness. And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people. (Exodus 13:20-22, NKJV)

Here God literally acts as a guide for His people, showing them the way to the Promised Land. Showing them the way lest they get lost in the wilderness. Additionally, when the army of Egypt came to seek them, God shielded them.

And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them.  So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night. (Exodus 14:19-20, NKJV)

We see here yet more ways that God seeks to preserve the lives of those He made a promise to. And one more point to make about God being the provider of life. In Exodus 16, the Israelites are hungry and starved from their travels to the Promised Land and so they complain and gripe at Moses. In which Moses tells them that their complaints are not against him, but God. And God unveils himself once again unto His people.

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’ ” So it was that quail came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.’ ” (Exodus 16:11-16, NKJV)

Here God literally creates sustenance for thousands, upon thousands of people. He just makes food from the dew of the morning and makes it sustain His people. This is commonly referred to as the manna of God.

Over time God delivers His people from the wilderness and to the Promised Land and He establishes His law and shows His people what He expects from them. Then thousands of years pass and Jesus comes as the Son of God to free us. I want to draw a parallel. From the time of the manna feeding to another situation in which thousands are suddenly fed. In John 6, we see Jesus do the same thing, well in a similar manner.

Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. (John 6:2-13, New King James Version)

Jesus turns to God and gives thanks for what God is going to do to feed and sustain His people. In Mark 6:41 we get another view of this: “And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all,” (NKJV). Christ acknowledges the Father as the provider of life and the sustainer of it.

In the New Testament, we see further acknowledgement by the Apostles that God, the Father is the provider of Christ and that it was His, the Father’s will to bring salvation to man. Let us look at 1 Peter 1:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5, New King James Version)

Saying that God’s acceptance of us because of His Son is our way to heaven, should we keep true faith. God, the Father is the architect to salvation, His Son Jesus even shows us this when we look at the prayers He utters before His betrayal by Judas.

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy. So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. (Matthew 26:36-44, NKJV)

Jesus asks for strength to take up the will of His Father. This shows how these two parts of God interacted. With God, the Father, being the sustainer of life and the things eternal, Christ turns to His Father when He needs strength for His human body to fulfill the will of His Father.

In closing, God, the Father, is the Creator, Provider, and Sustainer of Life. He planned a way to redeem us and gave us His Son as the means of salvation. He is the promise maker and keeper, the deliverer and the one in control of it all.  Next week, I will discuss God, the Son specifically, then the following week will be on the Spirit of God. And the last part of this subsection will tie the three together. Thank you for joining me, I hope you have a blessed day.

1 John 5

1 John 5:1-21 is the focus of this week’s study. Below is a copy from the KJV from which I use. Study guide and notes begin after the scripture.

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

King James Version (KJV)

Study into the Word

  • What 3 things keep record in heaven? On Earth?
    1. The Father, the Word, and Holy Ghost (1 John 5:7)
      1. Obviously, the ones who take account of everything in heaven is the Holy Trinity. God, the Father, keeps record for He created the law (Joshua 1:8, Exo. 20:1-17). Jesus, the Son and the Word, who lived to fulfill the law and become the sacrifice for us (Matt. 5:17, John 1:1-5). Lastly, the Holy Spirit for He is the guide that lives in us and resides with, and is, God (Acts 1:8, 2:1-13). Now why do all three keep a record on us? Was one part of God not enough? No, God in any one of His forms is capable enough to record all that occurs in time and beyond, it is a way of creating a 3-fold witness so that there is no denying all that we do, both good and bad, come the day of Judgement (Rev. 20:12-15).
    2. The Spirit, the water, and the blood (1 John 5:8)
      1. The Spirit here is actually of a different context, not of the Holy Spirit, but rather one’s own testimony in the gospel (1 John 5:10). So, as we are witnesses for Christ unto others, we are witnesses of our own deeds and actions to God. The water is meant the believer’s baptism for it is a public testimony and record of one’s faith and acceptance of Christ as LORD, and savior (1 Pet. 3:21, Luke 3:21-22, and Acts 2:38-40 to name a few). Lastly, the blood while it is seemingly to be the blood of Jesus, is actually your own, the blood of the martyrs and believers who gave and still give all to carry on the ministry of God (Matt. 16:24-25, Acts 7:54-58). Of which these things all agree and testify the Gospel, while those in heaven testify of the things we have done (1 John 5:9,13). For more info, or deeper readings see this article (http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/1-john-5-8.html ).

 

  • What are we to do when we see a brother sin?
    1. Reproach them, in love (1 John 5:16)
      1. John tells us that when we witness a brother sin, we are to correct him, that they may be kept safe in their walk with God. Now, we mustn’t forget about our own sins, lest we come across as hypocrites and soil our own testimony (Matt. 7:1-5). The process in which we go about correcting each other is spelled out in Matthew chapter 18, verses 15-17. We are to first approach them in private, after setting straight yourself (Matt. 5:24), and tell them what you have seen them do and why it is a sin. If they confess not, then bring another witness in and continue this until it is brought before the entire church. And if he denies his sin still, then they are to be cast out of the church for they ruin the testimony and fellowship of the church. Again, each step is to be done while trying to love them, you cannot help someone if they feel ostracized.
  • What is John’s final commandment?
    1. Beware of Idols (1 John 5:21)
      1. Now, what exactly is an idol? In Colossians chapter 3 verse 5, Paul writes that idolatry is to be covetous. Covetousness is the desire and want for things that others have and own. And, in addition to covetousness, the worship of false deities and graven idols (objects with images of persons) is idolatry. So, John is warning us to avoid these things, 1 the want of that which belongs to someone else, and 2 the worship of false gods. Both ruin a testimony, and idolatry is also what John warns about in 1 John 2:16, that we may be able to maintain our testimony without ruining others or leading others astray.