I John 5:9-13
INTRO: Human divisions and Divine divisions are radically different. The world divides men differently that God divides men. SOCIAL and SPIRITUAL....
The world divides horizontally--lower, middle, upper
God divides vertically: The saved and the lost, the haves and the have nots... those who have the Son and those, who don-t have the Son- those who have life and those who don't have life... and the DIVIDER IS JESUS CHRIST.
This passage: God is testifying to us concerning Jesus Christ, His Son...if we believe the testimony of men, how more should we believe the testimony of God. And if you reject the testimony, you're calling God a liar. IN REJECTING CHRIST, YOU CALL GOD A LIAR!
The issue isn't doctrine, or church, or creed, or conduct, but LIFE AND DEATH. This is a life and death decision. The issue is whether or not you will live!
WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE LIFE HE OFFERS;
I. THIS IS GOD'S LIFE.
It is called ETERNAL life.
1. What does that mean? Living forever? MORE THAN THAT. Not everyone wants to live forever. Over 600 people a day commit suicide in the US. The greatest cause of death among teenagers is suicide.
2. It is not how long you live but HOW YOU LIVE. NOT ADDING YEARS TO LIFE, BUT ADDING LIFE TO YEARS.
3. It is ETERNAL life. that adjective can be correctly applied to only one noun--GOD. Only He qualifies for the word eternal.
(1) It is a GOD-KIND of life He offers. Life on a new plane, a new dimension of living.
(2) II Peter 1:4, partakers of God's nature. Col. 2:9, 10 COMPLETE IN CHRIST. We have been born of God--like produces like.. just as my father passed on his nature through my birth, so my Heavenly Father passed on His nature through the spiritual birth.
(3) This is the fulfillment of our destiny...what God intended us to be. We are not as God intended. We are sinful, selfish, hateful, envious-THIS IS THE IMAGE OF GOD?
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