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Because He's My Dad

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"By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 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; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him." - 1 John 2:3-5

If you asked a young boy why he takes the trash out every evening after dinner, he would probably respond, "Because my dad told me to." If asked why he listens to his dad he would probably reply, "Because he's my dad." The logic is obvious: a child listens to his parent without question (usually). This is a great indication of when a child belongs to a family: they listen and obey the voice of their parents. The same principle applies to us as believers. We are considered God's children (1 John 3:1). We are part of His family. Here, John reminds us that one of the evidences of Christ in us is how we submit to God as our Father.

Do you submit to God as your father?

How We Know

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"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; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him." - 1 John 2:3-5

We know that salvation is a gift from God alone, nothing earned or worked for, purely accepted as the most gracious gift ever to be offered. But grace does not nullify the need for effort! James made it clear that saving faith is a working faith, or in other words, saving faith produces obedience. Not that obedience earns us salvation, but rather it's evidence of our salvation. John, the author, wrote this small letter for believers to have assurance of their faith, and the litmus test he gave was whether or not we are keeping His commandments; echoing Jesus' words, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments" (John 14:15). As we grow in our love relationships with Jesus, the natural by-product of that relationship will be obedience.

Is your life characterized by obedience to God's Word?

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