First John, Chapter 5 (5 Of 5) by Harley Howard

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1st John Chapter 5
Part 5 of 5
Dr. Harley Howard

1. 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.

John begins this chapter continuing the same thought
that he began in previous chapters, and that is the
truth that one's relationship to Jesus Christ will
produce love among believers. God's divine love is
the fruit of a relationship with the Father and the
Son. For any reader, both Jew and Gentile, the issue
of who Jesus Christ is, is the most pivotal issue of
all of spiritual life. John has already made it very
clear that those who do not believe that Jesus Christ
came to earth as a man is not from God. This
statement concerns the deity of Christ. To be born
again, one must believe what the scriptures say about
who Jesus is. He was in Heaven, came to this Earth as
a man, died as man's sacrifice, rose from the grave,
and is exalted in the Heavens again at His Father's
right hand. John states here without hesitation or
option that a person who is born again must believe,
and always believes, that Jesus is the Christ, the
Messiah, that Jesus is the divine Anointed One who had
been promised in the Old Testament. Everyone who has
believed this truth and maintains that belief is born
of God. The subsequent result of that truth is that a
person who is born of God, or born again, is a member
of God's family. Other believers are also a part of
that family, the common bond being the relationship
with the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ. Since the
new birth brings all believers into the family of God
and since it was the Father who initiated the
salvation that brings all believers into that family,
then it would be impossible to love the Father while
ignoring the children, seeing we are in that same
relationship. Again, John addresses all claims of
loving God by the evidence of how one tr ...

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