Today you should read: 1 John 3:11-24
I have the privilege to counsel and disciple many different people from many different walks of life. The one question that they all have is how they can know for sure without doubt that they have been saved. Thankfully God gave us many things to rest in when it comes to this question and the answer boils down to evidence of the Holy Spirit in your life. One of the evidences that we have of Holy Spirit working in our lives comes in our passage today.
“We know we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers.” (v.14)
Death represents our state before a relationship with Christ (Ephesians 2:1-3) and life represents a believers life after coming into a relationship with Christ Jesus and making him Lord of their life (Ephesians 2:4-9, Romans 10:9-10). The interesting thing that John is doing in our passage today is he is compiling death together and not making one aspect worse than another. Hate, murder and evil all represent death for anyone who is without Christ. If you are without Christ then you are capable of all of these things. Likewise, a believer is marked by love, sacrifice, good deeds, loving speech, and love for the scriptures. If we are in Christ we should have a desire to do all of the things that Christ shows in His love for us. We still have sinful evil desires but they are being replaced by the desire to worship our Lord by loving like him.
So my question today is what marks your life? Are you known for your love for your brothers and sisters in Christ and compassion for the lost? If not then you should examine your heart and consider your salvation.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, (Philippians 2:12)
Posted by: Chad Wiles