What You Love Is the True Test (2 of 9) by David Cawston

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What You Love Is the True Test (2 of 9)
An Epistle of Love
David Cawston
I John 2:1-17

Introduction:
Still dealing with Sin!
The Power and price of sin has been taken care of!
No he summarizes his previous teaching.

Again with endearing tone to fulfill his desire not to judge but rather to encourage as he state in I Jn 1:4:
We write this to make our joy complete. (NIV)

Now he uses again the endearing tone:
My dear children, (read verses 1 and 2)

John is an encourager and realist.
He knows that even with all the knowledge about the provision of Christ and about our desire to walk in the light, that we will sometimes fail.
So he lets us know again that we have a defense attorney in Jesus Christ who can plead our case and get an acquittal because of His death for us.

Now you need to really come to know Him!
Steps to coming to really know Him!

I. To really know Him is to obey His commands!
3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.

John addresses the Will area of man discipleship!
Decide to obey!

A husband and wife were discussing the possibility of taking a trip to the Holy Land. "Wouldn't it be fantastic to go to the Holy Land and stand and shout the Ten Commandments from Mt. Sinai?" the husband asked his wife. "It would be better if you stayed home and kept them," the wife replied. dec98

A. Obedience represents allegiance!
4 The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Paul the Apostle addressed this concept in Romans.
Rom 6:16
16 Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey-- whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

B. Obedience is the first step to understanding!
5 But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:

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