God is infinitely holy and as such He cannot overlook our sin. If He did so He would cease to be holy, righteous, just and good. In order to deal with our sin and reconcile us to himself, He has put forth Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. Jesus has become an atonement for our sin through the sacrifice of his life on the cross. He absorbed and satiated the wrath of God that was rightly ours. And now, He stands as our advocate before the Father. Everyone who repents and is united to him by faith, has his righteousness credited to their account. The redeemed can have ongoing assurance of their salvation through a life of obedience to his commands, walking as He walked.
This week we were privileged to have Mike Beasely preach for us. Mike presently serves as a chaplain in our Armed Forces. Before that, Mike was in pastoral ministry. We are delighted to have Mike and his family apart of the Journey Church family.
The Apostle John, reiterates the message he received from Jesus, that God is light. God is truth, perfectly holy and in Him there is no sin at all. Therefore, when someone is united to God by faith, brought into the family of God, their lives are lived in the light. Christians live lives that are conformed to God's will and character. To say you are a Christian and fail to conform to Jesus' Word and life, is to lie. Anyone who does not surrender all areas of their life to Jesus is not walking in the light and should not have any confidence they shall receive eternal life. BUT if we walk in the light, the blood of Jesus cleanses us.
The letters of John are written to a group of churches who are being threatened by heresy. In his letters to them, John writes to reaffirm the historical and spiritual reality of the incarnation of Jesus the Christ. Because God took on flesh in the person of Jesus and rose from the dead, the church can remain steadfast, immovable and confident in the face of heresy and other trendy but false doctrines. The reality of the incarnation is the reason we can have hope, joy and eternal life.