“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.”       1 John 2:3 NIV


John writes, “We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.” We are not saved by keeping God’s commandments; we are saved by faith alone. Genuine saving faith results in a life of obedience to Jesus Christ. As John Calvin puts it (Calvin’s Commentaries [Baker], on 1 John 2:3, p. 174), “The knowledge of God is efficacious.” By this he means that knowing God changes one’s heart and life. John, as an old man, is still reciting the words of Jesus that he had heard approximately sixty years before. This should teach us something! He couldn’t shake from his life the words of Jesus. Jesus’ teaching is not something to read and forget. His teaching should burn into our very existence so that it shapes how we think and how we live for the rest of our lives. As Jesus stated, His words were not merely His words, but the words of the Father who sent Him. If we are not thoroughly familiar with Jesus’ teaching, it will not affect our lives. We will not obey His words if we do not know them. Since Jesus’ words are God’s words, we must study and know them so that they impact everything we do. Jesus doesn’t give out helpful hints for happy living. He isn’t a therapist in the sky who suggests that you may want to try His techniques to see if they work for you. He issues commandments! This means that we are not free to pick and choose the commands of Jesus that fit in with our agenda. He is the Lord who speaks the words of God. His commandments are authoritative.



Lord Jesus, I want Your words to change my heart and life.



Lord, we confess and repent that we have picked and chosen Your commands that fit in with our agenda. You are the Lord who speaks the words of God. Your commandments are authoritative. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

Ephesians 5:15-20



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