Day 338 – Am I a Christian? Ask John!

I’m sort of amazed – well at least interested – by the fact that I can have studied a passage in a Bible study or read some book about the passage or at least read the passage a few times – and still find something in there that I never saw before.

I love that about Scripture. You just can’t stop learning from it!

So tonight as I read what the Apostle John said in 1 John 2, I noticed a list of things that people who know God do and have  – and people who don’t know God do not do nor have.

 It’s sort of a check list. It asks the reader the question, “Are you really a Christian? If so, here’s what you should be doing. And if you aren’t doing these things, well….”

 You get the point.

 So, without further ado, here’s the list.

 People who claim know God:

  •  Obey God’s commands (vs. 3)
  • Have the truth in them (vs. 4)
  • Have God’s love completed in them – through their obedience (vs. 5)
  • Live as Jesus lived (vs. 6)
  • Love their brothers and sisters in Christ (vs. 10), therefore
  • Live in the light (vs. 10), and
  • Do not cause anyone to stumble in the faith (vs. 11)
  • Do not love the world or the things of the world (vs. 15)
  • Have the love of the Father in them (vs. 15)
  • Are not proud of what they have (vs. 16)
  • Live forever and do what God wants (vs. 17)
  • Stay within the fellowship of Christians (vs. 19)
  • Know all truth because of God’s gift (vs. 20)
  • Accept Jesus as the Messiah, the Christ (vs. 22)
  • Accept the Father and the Son (vs. 22)
  • Confess the Son and therefore have the Father (vs. 23)
  • Continue to follow the teaching they heard from the beginning (vs. 24)
  • Have life forever (vs. 25)
  • Live in Christ as the Holy Spirit teaches (vs. 27)
  • Will not live in fear nor be ashamed at Christ’s presence because they live in Him (vs. 28)
  • Do right because Christ is righteous (vs. 29)

 Wow. That’s some list.

 Good passage for pondering!

 

Today’s Readings: Daniel 11:1 – 12:13, Psalm 138:1-3, Proverbs 29:16, 1 John 2:1-29. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).

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