by Jonathan McLeod

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Jonathan McLeod
1 John 2:3-11

Whoever says ''I know him'' but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him (vv. 4-5).


In 1 John 2:3-11, the apostle John addresses three claims that people were making in his day. He introduces each of these claims with the words ''Whoever says'': ''Whoever says 'I know [God]''' (v. 4), ''Whoever says he abides in [God]'' (v. 6), and ''Whoever says he is in the light'' (v. 9). Sometimes these claims were true, and sometimes these claims were false. In this passage, John helps us identify if our claim to be a Christian (i.e., someone who possesses eternal life) is true or false.

[Read 1 John 2:3-11.]


I'm sure you've seen lots of commercials for ''As Seen on TV'' products, such as the ShamWow (''holds 20 times its weight in liquid''), Magic Mesh (''the new type of screen door that opens easily and then magically closes itself behind you''), Mighty Putty (''seals leaks instantly''), and the Snuggie (''keeps you totally warm and gives you the freedom to use your hands'').

But many of these products don't live up to the claims made on the TV commercials. According to, the ShamWow is ''not as absorbent as advertised''; Magic Mesh is made of ''flimsy material'' and ''doesn't always close''; Mighty Putty is ''not reliable''; and the Snuggie is ''no better than a regular blanket'' and ''not warm enough for outdoors.''

Am I making a false claim when I say ''I'm a Christian.''

There are many people in this world who go to church every Sunday and claim to be Christians but are not authentic Christians.

If our Christianity lacks LOVE, it's not authentic Christianity.

In John's day, there were people who claimed to know God (v. 4), to abide in God (v. 6), and to be in t ...

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