Will God Ever Disown Me? (2 of 12) by Jonathan McLeod

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Will God Ever Disown Me? (2 of 12)
Series: Authentic
Jonathan McLeod
1 John 1:5-2:2

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world (2:1-2).

SCRIPTURE READING

In 1 John, the apostle John tells us how we can know if we are authentic Christians (i.e., have eternal life) or not. Throughout the letter, John gives three tests of Christian authenticity: the moral test (obedience to God), the social test (love of others), and the doctrinal test (belief about Jesus). But people don't only ask, ''Am I really a Christian?'' They also wonder, ''Will I remain a Christian (i.e., continue to possess eternal life)?''

[Read 1 John 1:5-2:2.]

DISPLEASING OUR HEAVENLY FATHER

Recently, there was a story about a grandfather disowning his daughter for disowning her son. In my opinion, both the grandfather and the mother acted wrongly. Children sometimes cause their parents great disappointment, but that doesn't give parents a right to disown their children.

How does my sin affect my relationship with God? If God is my Father and I am his child, will my disobedience ever cause God to disown me?

In 1:5, John states that ''God is light.'' ''Light'' is a metaphor for God's moral perfection (holi-ness). God hates sin. (John defines sin as ''lawlessness'' in 3:4.) But John also says that ''God is love'' (4:8).

WHAT WE MUST NOT DO WHEN WE SIN

In 1:6-2:2, John tells us what we must not do when we sin.

1. We must never DENY our sin.

Often when a parent asks a child if he has done something wrong (e.g., stole a cookie from the cookie jar), the child will deny his sin (even if the evidence is all over his face). Sometimes the denial of the sin is worse than the sin itself.

In 1:6-10, John probably has in mind a group of people who claimed to ...


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