Saturday, January 4, 2014

Eternal Life - 1 John 2:25-26

v.25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

What a promise God has promised those who stay faithful to what they have learned. Please remember that in the previous verses he was talking about remembering what they had been taught in regards to who Jesus Christ was in spite of what many where saying around them. Jesus Christ claimed to be God incarnate and the apostles taught the same. To deny the deity of Christ is to deny salvation (vv.22-23).

People will be quick to jump at this point and ask, "So, does that mean that people can lose their salvation?" Personally, I don't believe the Bible teaches that for a minute, and those who do simply do not have a grasp on the Scriptures. My point is that we are very quick to accuse people of losing their salvation when in fact they never had it to start with. If a person denies the deity of Christ, they never had saving faith.

v.26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

Again, John is writing this epistle in response to the false teachers of the day who where teaching contrariwise and leading many away from the truth. Folks, those deceivers are still with us today. As a matter of fact, a group of them called Jehovah's Witnesses may just show up on your door one Saturday morning. They do not have the truth and are trying to lead others away from the truth. John speaks of these guys when he says in II John 7-11 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.  (8)  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.  (9)  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  (10)  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:  (11)  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

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