COLLEGE OF THE OPEN BIBLE
Epistle of First John Chapter Three.
The apostle John begins chapter three with a bold understanding of God's favor and mannerism that believers experience with God in fellowship. The Christian life is possessed with a perpetual invitation to fellowship with God and experience the favors of fellowship. We learn from chapter three what fellowship consist of.
Note: Our Identity Is Sure - vs.2a ...now...
a. How We Are Identified Is Sure - vs.2b ...sons of God...
b. Who Identifies Us - vs.2c ...when He (Christ) shall appear...
2. The Experience of Anticipating - 2c ...He shall appear.
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Epistle of First John Chapter Three continued..
Note Our Attitude About the Vice of Sin - vs.4 ...for sin is the transgression of the law...
Note Our Acknowledgement of Victory Over Sin - vs.5 ...he (Christ) was manifested to take away our sin...
Note Our Actions against Sin - vs.6,10 If One Is Truly Saved - vs.6,9
a. The Believer Is Not Controlled By Sin - vs.6
b. The Believer Is Not Conflicting With The Word of God - vs.7
c. The Believer Is Not Contradicting The Work Of God - vs.8,9
Note: The One Who Is Not Saved - vs.10
a. Their Identification Is Different - of The World
b. Their Dedication Is Different - Worldliness
Note Our Accommodation Over Sin - vs.11,24
a. The Word of God - vs.11 ...For this is the message...
Note How It Reaches Our Conduct - vs.17,18
Note How It Reaches Our Conscience - vs.19,24
It is not uncommon for Christians to fall short in their fellowship with God. It is because of this, many believers are feeling un-assured of God's love. This often results in depression and fear; thus, the real danger is becoming vulnerable to satanic and/or self deception. God is faithful and just to forgive us all our sins and He aggressively seeks to restore our fellowship with Him.
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
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