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The Love of God Sacrifices (6 of 7)
Series: The Love of God
1 John 1:10-2:2
INTRODUCTION: My sonship and relationship with the Heavenly Father is not based on my performance, but by His promises and power. My fellowship is maintained through obedience to His word, which is a reality in my life as a result of His indwelling Holy Spirit directing, correcting and enabling us to obey.
''To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.''
NOTE: John does not deny our need to be seen as sinless. He simply notes that we cannot find it in ourselves. We need an advocate. We need an atonement. We need another.
''The one who lies to himself and believes his own lies comes to a point where he can distinguish no truth either within himself or around him, and thus enters into a state of disrespect towards himself and others. Respecting no one, he loves no one, and to amuse and divert himself in the absence of love, he gives himself up to his passions and his vulgar delights and becomes a complete animal in his vices, and all of it from lying to other people and himself.'' Fyodor Dostoevsky
John reminds us indwelling sin can lead us to:
Lie to others. 6
Lie to yourself. 8
Lie about God. 10
God says we are sinners and need a Savior.
His conclusion: ''His word is not in us'' 10 Speaks of Scripture, the gospel, sound doctrine, etc. Means it has not affected our belief and conduct.
V8 ''the truth is not in us'' - refusing to behave according to God's true message.
Human nature is to deny our sin. We don't want to face the reality of our sins. We are quick to shift the blame on someone else.
John says we don't want to admit that we commit individual acts of sin.
We fall short of God's standard. Sin is disobedience, it's stepping over the line; disobeying the law. There is something of a progression.
V6 You become a ...
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