Family Matters - 1 John 5:1-5
1 John 5:1-5 1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. • Loving the Father means also loving the family. Loving the family happens through obeying the Word.
• Not burdensome – [Greek, barys “grievous or heavy”] There are three different Greek words used to define our general English word “religion.”
Acts 17:22; 25:19 [Greek, deisidaimonia, “superstitious”]
Matthew 23:1-4 1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The teachers of religious [Greek, Ioudaïsmos, “Jew’s religion”] law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. 3 So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. Cf. Galatians 1:13-14
James 1:27 Religion [Greek, thrēskeia, “worship”] that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. Cf. Romans 12:10
Church should never be a burden, but a blessing.
4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? • Victory – [Greek, nikē] Cf. 1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 1:10 “the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel
Effects of our faith in Jesus gives victory: We win because we’re justified (Cf. Acts 13:39; 26:18; Romans 4:25; 2 Corinthians 5:17) We win because we’re redeemed (Romans 3:24; 1 Corinthians 1:30) We win because we’re reconciled (Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20) We win because we’re free (Galatians 4:1-7; 5:1) We win because we’re sons and daughters (Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:4-7) We win because we’re unified (1 Corinthians 1:10) We win because we’re gifted (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11) We win because we’re steadfast (Hebrews 11) We win because there’s hope (Romans 6:8; 1 Peter 1:21)
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
2 Corinthians 11:24-30 24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant? 30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
Romans 8:35-39 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If your hope is only found in monetary or momentary things, your victory will be based on the outcome of those things. When hope is found in Jesus, you live eternally in victorious.