1 John 5:4–5 ESV
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
We don’t have to be VICTIMS. We can be VICTORS in God’s power. The world (that system that tries to operate apart from God) wants to control and oppress us. In Jesus we have complete freedom as we keep our faith in him and obey him.
1 John 4:18 ESV
There is no fear in love, but perfect love cast out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
When a man and wife have fully given themselves and their love to each other and forsaken all others, there is no fear that either will betray the other. The same is true between us and the Lord. When we have given ourselves and our love fully to him and he has cleansed our hearts of love for sin we know his love in a special way. This is complete, or entire, sanctification (see 1Thess 5:23). And this gives perfect love that casts out fear.
1 John 4:8–10 ESV
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Since God is love his whole program operates on his love. Love sent God’s Son into the world to be the propitiation for our sins. Those who are saved by this atonement live in love by living through Jesus. And we spread God’s salvation program by living this love in our interactions with the world.
1 John 3:24 ESV
Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
We know God abides in us and we in God as we keep God’s commandments. But this is not just a logical calculation. The Holy Spirit makes us aware of God’s presence. We know God and we know he is with us because we are spiritually aware of his presence.
1 John 3:6–8 ESV
No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.
Need I say any more? These verses say it all about the “one who keeps on sinning.”
1 John 2:22 ESV
Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.
So many people speculate who the antichrist is. This verse nails it. It is not a complicated issue. “The antichrist” is each person “who denies the Father and the Son.” Antichrist is a term that denotes a category of people made up of those who deny the Father and the Son.
1 John 2:15 ESV
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
The “world” in this context is that system that tries to operate apart from God. The people of this world love what is earthly, sensual, and devilish. Those who surrender their lives to God receive his love, “the love of the Father.” And now they love what is good, what gives abundant life.
1 John 1:5–7 ESV
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
We walk in the light by opening our hearts to what God says, not to what we want to hear. In doing so we have fellowship with others who do the same and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
2 Peter 1:16 ESV
We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty—————————————
All religions have come from “cleverly devised myths” except Christianity. The facts of Christianity, with the resurrection of Jesus and the miracles he performed, are confirmed by many eyewitnesses. But “the power” Peter refers to—the power found in the salvation experience Jesus offers—is the greatest confirmation of the truth of Christianity. Born again Christians believe because they experience the power of God in their lives.
2 Peter 1:5–8 ESV
Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To many find their fellowship, or comradery, in expressing their lack of victory over sin to each other. They are a kind of support group in which the members comfort each other in their failures more than challenging each other to be victorious. While none of us are perfect in our performance, we need to “make every effort to supplement our faith” with the qualities cited in these verses. And then we can find our fellowship in expressing our common victory over sin, while confessing our faults for the purpose of getting victory over them. This keeps us from being “ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus.”