KEEP HIS COMMANDS – Part 2

“Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.”     1 John 2:4 NIV

 

John exposes the false claims of the heretics, “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” John doesn’t use diplomatic, nuanced language that leaves us thinking, “I wonder what he meant”? What part of liar don’t we understand? To keep His commandments implies diligence and effort. The word “keep” was used of a sentry walking his post. It implies that the enemy is attempting to invade and dominate our lives with temptations that will destroy us. To resist him, we must be vigilant so as to obey the commandments that Jesus has given. A faithful sentry is not laid back. He is alert and diligent. Furthermore, knowing God and keeping His commandments are inextricably linked. John states that keeping His commandments is one way that we know that we know Him. Jesus said that if anyone keeps His commandments, He and the Father will love him and Jesus will disclose Himself to that person. We often hear about God’s unconditional love, and there is a sense in which it is so. But Jesus points to a conditional aspect of His love, namely, that it hinges on keeping His commandments. To the extent that we obey Jesus only to that extent will we experience His love and to that extent only will we truly know Him. His truth will be in us and His truth will set us free.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, let my life be one of walking in obedience to You.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You, Lord Jesus, that to the extent we obey You and to that extent only will we experience Your love and to that extent only will we truly know You. Your truth will be in us and Your truth will set us free. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

James 5:13-15

 

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