Written 12/17/16

Stay in Christ

"And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming." 1 John 2:28

Greek word for "abide" is menó

Definition: Remain, Abide, Stay, Wait [on the Lord]; with acc: I wait for, await.

"We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death." 1 John 3:14

Do you know how to "love your brother"? You love your brother by loving God with all your heart. If you don't love God with all your heart, you abide in death.

"Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him." 1 John 3:6

Or whosoever loves God with all his heart sins not.

"He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked." 1 John 2:6

Jesus loved God the Father with all His heart. And if we truly abide in Christ we will love God with all our hearts too. Jesus fulfilled the law (John 19:30, Matthew 27:50-54, Luke 23:44-46 Colossians 2:13, 14 Revelation 5). And love is the fulfilling of the law.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Galatians 5:14

If you "love yourself", you will be loving God with all your heart. If you love another or your neighbor you will be loving God with all your heart. God is love (1 John 4:8). God alone owns that word.

"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law." Romans 13:8

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

There is no condemnation to those who abide in Christ and love the Father with all their hearts. Love God with all your heart. Walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. With all your hearts. You do that and you will NOT sin (presumptuous sins). If you do sin unknowingly it will be forgiven. John says this sin of ignorance WILL happen. 1 John 1:8-10

The apostle John distinguished between "sins unto death" and "sins not unto death." 1 John 5

And the Old Covenant distinguishes between these two different kinds of sins. And the New Covenant distinguishes between these two kinds of sin.

"Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them." Numbers 15:29

"And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering." Numbers 15:27

"but into the second, only the high priest [enters] once a year, not without [taking] blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance." Hebrews 9:7

"For if we go on sinning willfully ("willfully" here is the antonym of the word "ignorance") after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins," Hebrews 10:26

http://kjvbible.net/cgi-bin/search.cgi <-- bible search. Search the Scriptures for yourself. This is a very important lesson!

More on this topic:

  • Astray and Ignorance are basically same Hebrew & Greek Words

  • Sins of Ignorance vs Willful Sins

  • Jesus says,

    "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20

    "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 22:17

    May God bless you all in Jesus' Name Amen

    And if you have never repented of your sins and been saved and feel the desire to do so now please say this prayer. This is how I was powerfully saved 20 years ago!

    Say,

    "My Lord and my God, Have mercy on my soul, a sinner, I believe Jesus the Messiah died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and Jesus is now on the right hand of God and can hear my prayer at this moment and wants to live through me and give me power to keep His Word. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart Lord Jesus. Please be my Lord and Savior in every aspect of my life. Thank you God for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen"