Let Us Love In Deed And In Truth

1 John 3:18–My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Let us not love in word, neither in tongue–To love in word and tongue only is a pretense. It is like giving an empty glass to a thirsty person and telling them to quench their thirst. Let us remember that what we do speaks louder than what we say. Let us not give empty words of our love.

But in deed and in truth–Let us fill up our words of love with expressions and deeds of truth and reality. Our true and real deeds of love give substance to our verbal expressions of love. Our true and real deeds of love are evidence of the words that we speak. James said, “Wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:20). Even so love without works or deeds is dead, empty, and shallow and is not effectually real.

According To God’s Divine Power

2 Peter 1:3–God, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.
God, according as His divine power–In accordance with His power, God has acted on our behalf. His power is omnipotent; He has all power in heaven and earth; all power that is power. Because He so loved us He has used His magnificent power to save us according to His amazing and abounding grace.

Hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness–He has supplied us with each and everything in regard to spiritual life and godliness. He has not left a single thing out. This life is a spiritual life created in us by God and He has placed His Holy Spirit within the depths of this new life we have in spiritual connection with Christ Jesus. Everything we need that pertains to the existence and continuance of this spiritual life has been made available to us. He sustains us with His omnipotent power that we can live this new life in accordance with His will and to His pleasure by living in godliness and holiness. We must draw from His life and power within us each and every day as we face the trials, temptations, tribulations, and storms of this life. We are more than conquerors through Him that loves us. He has made us over comers for we don’t walk alone. He has promised to be with us always even to the end of this age. He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us to what we have to face in this world.

Through the knowledge of Him–The Greek word for knowledge used here is epignosis. This is not just a mental knowledge about Him but an experiential knowledge of Him personally. It is a knowledge we have received through our experience of Him in our life as He teaches us and guides us into the knowledge of the truth. It is a knowledge we receive as He leads us and empowers us in our life and service for Him.

That has called us to glory and virtue
1. We have been called by God and through Jesus Christ to glory. Our life here is to be to the glory of God as He manifests Himself through us in the appearance of spiritual gifts and in the appearance of the fruit of the Spirit. Both of these are acts of God in us, upon us, and through us as He works in us both to will and do of His good pleasure. These are outward appearances and evidence of the divine nature that indwells us. To God be the glory.
2. We have also been called by God and through Jesus Christ to virtue. Virtue means moral excellence and quality. Our new spiritual life in Christ Jesus is an extension of the Spirit of Christ who indwells us. “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh” (2 Corinthians 4:10-11). Twice it says here “That the life of Jesus might be made manifest in our body and in our mortal flesh.

Sanctify The Lord God And Be Ready To Testify

I Peter 3:15–Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts–We are to keep Him in our hearts as the “Holy One”. We must also be holy in our way of living. To keep Him in our hearts includes the awareness and attitude that He is the Holy One and that He is to be Lord of our lives. It also includes our loving Him and spending time with Him. If we keep Him in our hearts in this manner, He will lead us in the paths of righteousness for His name sake.

Be ready always to give an answer–We are to be ready at all times to give an answer to every person that asks us a reason of the hope that we have. This includes being ready to share scripture and personal testimony of what God has done for us and through us. We are witnesses of the reality and truthfulness of God’s word because we have given ourselves to His word and have experienced the results of the effectual working of it in our lives. We should be excited about our hope and our relationship with God. Someone once said, “If what you have doesn’t make you excited about it, then what makes you think anyone else would want it?”

With meekness and fear–In this way we will get a better response from those we are sharing with. A meek response will be patient and gentle and not easily angered or upset. Otherwise we might cause anger and resentment in the person we are talking with. We are to respond in fear, afraid that we might offend and turn the people off that we are sharing with.

The Path Of Sin

James 1:12-15–Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.
God cannot be tempted with evil neither does he tempt any man.

Every man is tempted–”There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). God oversees every temptation we face and is there to make sure that we can handle it. He will provide a way of escape that we can be victorious over these temptations. It is our responsibility to keep the lines of communication open with God and to find the way of escape He has provided.

Sin has a downward spiral.
1. When he is drawn away of his own lusts and enticed–The lusts of the flesh and the lust of the eyes draws us away from the paths of righteousness. The things we are lusting after entice us because we think there is some reward or pleasure in it.
2. Lust conceives–It stirs our imagination and brings to life ideas. Even innocent things can stir up these imaginations and ideas.
3. It brings forth sin–The things we have imagined and the ideas we formed are acted on and bring forth sin. Lusts are many and each gives birth to its own kind of sin.
4. Sin when it is finished; brings forth death. This is spiritual death, separation from God and the life in God.  Without repentance and salvation this sin will result in a second death which is eternal punishment in the lake of fire.

Experiencing The Promises Of God

Hebrews 4:2–Unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Some people are only hearers–These people may go to church all the time and hear the word of God preached. But they are never saved or changed. They never become a new creature in Christ Jesus. They never experience the promises of God in their lives. They have the promises of God but don’t believe them and therefore don’t experience them.

Some people are hearers, believers and doers–These people receive salvation and become a new creature in Christ Jesus. The word of God works effectually in those that believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

Standing on the promises of God–Every promise of God is yes and amen. “All the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” (2 Corinthians 1:20). We are in Christ therefore all the promises of God are yes and amen for us unto the glory of God. We must mix the promises of God with faith if we are to receive them and profit from them. The promises of God can become a reality in our lives. They can work effectually producing the desired effect. When God gave His promises He had a desired effect in mind and when this desired effect becomes a reality in our lives it is unto the glory of God by us.

Letters From God–Book of Hebrews 10:26-31

My child, there is danger in willfully sinning after that you have received the knowledge of the truth, for there remains no more sacrifice for sins but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation which shall devour the adversaries. Those who despised Moses’ law died without mercy under the witness of two or three people. How much worse shall be the punishment for those who trod under foot My Son and count the blood of the covenant wherewith He was sanctified, an unholy thing and do despite unto the Spirit of grace. For you know Me and what I said, “Vengeance belongs unto Me, I will repay and I shall judge My people.” “It is a fearful thing to fall into My hands” says the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31

A Refresher Of The Saints

Philemon 1:7–The bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
We are to be a blessing to our fellow saints–We are to refresh the hearts of each other. We are to be like a cool and refreshing spring breeze. We are to renew the spiritual life and strength of our fellow saints. It is sometimes easy for the world to drag us down physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But by our love and faith toward the Lord Jesus and toward all saints we can be a refresher of the saints. We can also refresh each other by our good works and words. “Comfort yourselves together, and edify one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). We are to comfort each other and build up each other. Be a refresher and a blessing to someone today.

Christ Jesus Our Savior

Titus 2:14–Our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Jesus gave himself–He said, “I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself” (John 10:17-18). While on the cross Jesus said, “It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost (John 19:30).

He gave himself for us–Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).

That He might redeem us–Redeem means to give something to get or buy back something else. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). He gave himself and paid the wages of our sin and we are not our own; “For we are bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). He redeemed us from ALL iniquity (sin).

That He might purify unto himself a peculiar people–The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin” 1 John 1:7). Through this process we become a peculiar people. We are different, and special, from those that are not saved. We are to be zealous, showing intense eagerness, of good works. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” Ephesians 2:10).

God’s Grace Saves Us And Teaches Us

Titus 2:11-12–For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Grace of God saves us:
1. Saves us from the penalty of sin, death and hell, the moment we receive Him as our Lord and Savior.
2. Saves us from the power of sin, through the power of the Holy Spirit, continuously while we are in this flesh. He gives us power over sin, the flesh, and the world and any enemy both physical and spiritual.
3. Saves us from the presence of sin–When we get to heaven we will experience total salvation and freedom for ever and ever.
4. Has appeared to all men in the person of Jesus Christ, the Savior, Redeemer, Lord, and Messiah, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

The Grace of God teaches us:
1. To deny ungodliness and worldly lusts–stop living a godless life in the flesh, following the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Stop allowing the cares and pleasures and riches of this world to choke the word of God so that it does not produce fruit in our lives.
2. To live soberly–The mind having been set free, being renewed to think soundly and rightly.
3. To live righteously–According to God’s standards, walking the paths of righteousness in faith and in the Spirit, and for His name sake.
4. To live godly–We are to live a holy life, fully displaying the fruit of the Holy Spirit which is the Character of God.
5. To be continuously looking for that blessed hope–Looking for the glorious appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ. We should live each day with this great expectation, saying, “He could come today”.

Knowledge, Faith, And Persuasion

2 Timothy 1:12–I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
I know whom–This is a personal knowledge. Everyone needs this knowledge that comes from a personal experience of Jesus Christ. Our experience with Jesus is meant to grow and therefore our knowledge of Him is meant to grow. We must not let our relationship with Him become stagnant. We must keep the lines of communication open and continue to be aware of His presence with us.

I know whom I have believed–The greater our experience with Jesus, and our knowledge of Him, the greater will be our faith in Him. Our faith and trust in Him is the product of our relationship with Him. If we have a strong relationship with Jesus then we will have a strong faith. We are promised that if we “draw near to God He will draw near to us” (James 4:8).

I am persuaded that He is able to keep–This persuasion is that “Blessed Assurance” that we sing about. “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine”! Being persuaded is the result of what the Lord has done for us and continues to do for us. It is the result of that relationship we have with Him. He is able to keep whatever we commit unto Him. Whatever we give to Him and trust Him with He will keep it. He will protect it, guard it, defend it, and preserve it. All power in heaven and earth is His.

Let us work on our relationship with Him each day

by spending time with Him and in His word.