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GOD REMAINS THE SAME
September 16, 2017
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There is none like You, O LORD; You are great, and great is Your name in might.
1 Chronicles 29:11
"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
JOHN THE BELOVED APOSTLE
1 John 1
1 We proclaim to you (Jesus) the One Who existed from
the beginning, Whom we have been with and heard and seen.
We saw Him with our own eyes and touched Him with our own hands. He is the Word of Life. 2 This One Who is Life Itself was revealed to us, and we beheld Him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that He is the One Who is Eternal Life. He was with the Father, and then He was revealed to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
Living in the Light
5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is Light[ ALL POWER AND GLORY ], and there is no darkness in Him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness
[ OUTSIDE OF GOD’S POWER AND GLORY ]; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the Light, as God is OUR LIGHT , then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesuscleanses us from all sin[ by giving us THE EXTREME COMPONENT, VALUE, AND FULLNESS OF GOD’S LIFE ,TO US ]. JESUS actually becomes the fullness and the love of God in us. . . COMPLETELY ! We now see and know God by HIS VERY LIFE AND LOVE LIVING IN US. . . JESUS !
WE ARENOW BORN OF GOD !
8 If we claim we have no sin [ DEFENDING OURSELVES IN THIS WORLD - outside the camp ], we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess WHO WE ARE IN HIM[HIS VERY OWN, WE ARE INSIDE OF GOD’S POWER AND GLORY ], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness [ALL THAT IS OUTSIDE OF GOD]. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, [ THAT WE ARE GOOD IN OUR OWN SIGHT - and remain outside the camp ] we are calling God a liar and showing that His Word has no place in our hearts.
NOTE: THE SCAPEGOAT (SIN) WAS SENT OUTSIDE OF CAMP.
2 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin [BE SEPARATE FROM GOD]. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the One Who is truly righteous. 2 He Himself is the sacrifice [ THE CONFIRMATION, PROOF, AND THE FINAL PERFECT EXPLANATION OF THE EXTREME VALUE OF GOD’S LIFE IN US MAKING ALL, ABOUT GOD ALONE, ABOVE EVERYTHING ELSE ! ] that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
3 And we can be sure that we KNOW AND SEE Him if we obey His commandments [ BEING INSIDE OF THE FULLNESS OF GOD ]. 4 If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments [ BEING INSIDE GOD'S PRESENCE ], that person is DECEIVING HIMSELF and is not living in the truth. 5 But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love Him[ AND IT IS EASY ,BECAUSE IT IS GOD LIVING IN US THAT DOES IT ]. That is how we know we are living in Him.6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did [ INSIDE OF GOD’S POWER AND GLORY ].
A New Commandment
7 Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. 8 Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it [ ALL ABOUT GOD AND THE FULLNESS OF GOD INSIDE OF US ]. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining.
9 If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a brother, that person is still living in darkness. 10 Anyone who loves his brother is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble. 11 But anyone who hates his brother is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness.
12 I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus. 13 I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the faith [ LIVING THE TRUST THAT GOD REMAINS THE
SAME IN ALL POWER AND GLORY ] because you have won your battle with the evil one. 14 I have written to you who are God’s children because you know the Father. [ AND LIVE DEPENDENT ON HIM ] I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, Who existed from the beginning. I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong. God’s word lives in your hearts, [ KNOWING GOD’S LOVE IS JUST TOO GREAT ] and you have won your battle with the evil one.
Do Not Love This World
15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you [ YOU LIVE DEPENDENT ON THE WORLD ]. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God
[ AND LIVES BECAUSE OF HIM ] will live forever.
Warning about Antichrists
18 Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come. 19 These people GAVE UP THE TRUTH OF GOD, but they never really KNEW THE TRUTH; otherwise they would have stayed with us.
When they left, it proved that they NEVER REALLY TASTED OF THE TREE OF LIFE [ THE TRUTH OF GOD ].
GOD’S LOVE IS JUST TOO GREAT !
20 But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you His Spirit [ INSIDE OF YOU, ALL OF GOD’S POWER AND GLORY ], and all of you know the truth. 21 So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you know the difference between truth and lies. 22 And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ [ THE FULLNESS OF GOD ]. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist.] 23 Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
24 So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. 25 And in this fellowship we enjoy the Eternal Life He promised us.
26 I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray.27 But you have received the Holy Spirit
[ THE FULLNESS OF GOD ] , and He lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit
[ THE FULLNESS OF GOD ]. teaches you everything you need to know, and what He teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as He has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.
Living as Children of God
28 And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when He returns, you will be [ THE FULLNESS OF GOD ], full of courage and not shrink back from Him in shame.
29 Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s VERY OWN.
3 See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know Him.
2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but He has not yet shown us [ THE OVER AND BEYOND WHAT WE ALREADY SEE AND KNOW ] what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be JUST like Him, for we will see Him as He really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as He is pure.
4 Everyone who sins [ NOT ABLE TO SEE AND KNOW GOD ] is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God
[ CONTRARY TO GOD HIMSELF ].5 And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins [ SO WE ARE ABLE TO SEE AND KNOW GOD ], and because there is no sin in Him [ GOD WILLS THAT WE BE THE SAME ! ] 6 Anyone who continues to live in Him will not[ AND CAN NOT ] sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know Him or understand Who He is, [ - and they remain outside the camp ].
7 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil, [outside the camp ].
9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. 10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.
Loving One Another
11 This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. 13 So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you
[ AND NATURALLY YOU DON’T FIT IN ].
14 If we love our brothers and sisters [ BECAUSE WE SEE AND KNOW GOD ], it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. 15 Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.
16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us [ THE FINAL PERFECT EXPLANATION OF THE EXTREME VALUE OF GOD’S LIFE BY GIVING ALL LIFE AND LOVE ITSELF, BACK TO GOD ].
note: when true love overcomes the groom he gives all that he is to the bride, when true love overcomes the bride she gives all of herself to the groom
So we also ought to give up our lives and love for our brothers and sisters. 17 If we have THE RESOURCES OF GOD [ GOD'S LOVE AND POWER ] and sees a brother or sister in need, we WILL show compassion—AND WILL IMPART God’s love and life to them in all fullness.
18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions [GODLY SIGNS AND WONDERS ] will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel INCOMPLETE, God is greater than US, and He knows everything[ AND WILL PERFECT US ] .
21 Dear friends, WHEN WE DON’T FEEL INCOMPLETE, we can come to God with bold confidence.22 And we will receive from Him HIS COMPLETENESS AND FULLNESS because we please Him.
23 And this is His commandment: “That we must Love God with all of His Heart, All of His Soul, with All of His Might, THAT LIVES IN US " ( the only true love )andwe must believe [ and that is to become ONE WITH GOD as naturally as a nursing babe clings to his mother ] and to believe in the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24 Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with Him, and He with them. He lives in us because [ THE FULLNESS OF GOD IN ALL POWER AND GLORY ] lives in us, which makes it easy and natural.
Discerning Fake News
4 Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak THE TRUTH OF GOD. You must test them to see if the understanding they have comes from God. For there are many false proponents of God in the world. 2 This is how we know if they have the TRUTH of God: If a person claiming to be knowledgeable of God professes that Jesus Christ came in a real body [ IN THE FULLNESS OF GOD IN ALL POWER AND GLORY ] , to declare that God is REAL, that person has the Truth of God. 3 But if someone claims to know God and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus , that person is not from God. Such a person has the PURPOSE of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here, TO BLOCK THE LOVE AND POWER OF GOD TOWARDS US.
4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because THE POWER AND LOVE OF GOD lives in you AND OUR GOD is greater than ANYONE OR ANYTHING in the world.
5 Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and THEIR OWN INTENTIONS and the world listens to them. 6 But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to TRUTH. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to TRUTH. That is how we know if someone has the TRUTH OF GOD or CLEVER deception.
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9 God showed how much He loved us by sending His One and only Son into the world so that we might have Eternal Life through Him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice [ THE FINAL PERFECT EXPLANATION OF THE EXTREME VALUE OF GOD’S LIFE BY GIVING ALL , TRUE LIFE ITSELF, BACK TO GOD ].
11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and His love is brought to full expression in us.13 And God has given us His Spirit [ THE FULLNESS OF GOD ], as proof that we live in Him and He in us.14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His Love AND WE SEE AND KNOW God remains the same. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live and are like Jesus here in this world.
18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love. 19 We love each other because He loved us first.
20 If someone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see ? 21 And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love others.
Faith in the Son of God
5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves His children, too. 2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey His commandments. 3 Loving God means keeping His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For every child of God defeats and overcomes this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith and trust in Christ alone. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
6 And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by His baptism in water [born of God] and by shedding His blood [giving all back to God] on the cross—not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit [ complete display of unity with God in all fullness, power and glory ] , Who is truth, confirms it with His testimony. 7 So we have these three witnesses, the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree. 9 Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about His Son. 10 All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about His Son.
11 And this is what God has testified: He has given us Eternal Life, BY THIS LIFE in His Son. 12 Whoever has the Son HAS LIFE; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have LIFE.
13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have Eternal Life [ born of God ]. 14 And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anythingthat pleases Him. 15 And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for[ ALWAYS THE FULLNESS OF GOD IN ALL POWER AND GLORY ]. Always perfection, no want, no need, always apple supply , more than enough, all glory honor and praise of our God !
18 We know that God’s children do not practice of sin [ NOT ABLE TO SEE AND KNOW GOD ], for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. 19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can see and know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and He is Eternal Life.
21 Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your heart.