I John

I John 4:20-5:5 Love Overcomes.

John could not be clearer, that whoever says they are a Christian and yet hates his brother is a liar (v. 20). “And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also” (v. 21). Again he repeats, that one must also confess that Jesus is the Christ (5:1 Cf. 2:22; 4:2, 15). He also reiterates the truth that our love to God and others is seen in our keeping his commandments (5:2-3 Cf. 2:3; 3:24; Jn. 14:15, 21-23; 15:10). In this reaffirmation John also makes an important point with regard to God’s commandments, that they “are not burdensome” (v. 3). This can only really be said of those who have been born again, because as John goes on to say, “whatever is born of God overcomes the world” (v. 4a). Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Mt. 11:30). “And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith” (v. 4b Cf. 2:13; 4:4; Jn. 16:33). Our faith is simply this-“Jesus is the Son of God” (v. 5). We overcome in him. “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Cor. 15:57).

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