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June 14 – Keeping His Word

“He is the blood atonement for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.  And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.  Whoever says ‘I know him’ but does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps His Word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in Him.” 1 John 2:2-5

Devotional Thought For The Day

These observations are in a context in this epistle – John had just finished writing of the dire nature of claiming that we have no sin. [1 Jn. 1:8,10] His assertion regarding Jesus being the “blood atonement” for our sins is of immeasurable comfort to us – for we are agreed with Solomon that “there is not a righteous man upon the earth that doeth good and sinneth not.” [Eccl. 7:20] These contextual observations enable us to grasp the most important “commandments” of the Lord Jesus Christ, the central message of His preaching and teaching, that we “repent and believe the gospel.” [Mark 1:15] The gospel is this good news that Jesus is the blood atonement for our sins, that “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” [1 Jn. 1:7]

Those who “keep” these commandments, who live in repentance and faith in God’s gracious and merciful cleansing of all our sins in the blood of Jesus Christ are able to “know that we have come to know Him.” Whoever does not “keep” these commandments, who does not live in repentance and joyful faith in God’s gracious forgiveness and mercy, does not know God, and is lying if he claims to. In fact, anyone claiming to know God, yet who is not repenting and believing the good news “is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” This is precisely what Jesus meant when He taught that “no one comes to the Father except by Me.” [Jn. 14:6]

Those who live in such repentance and faith, who are “keeping” God’s Word, are blessed to participate in the fulfilling or “perfecting” of God’s love.  “In him truly the love of God is perfected.” This is true in two ways – first, God’s love is brought to completion when human beings are brought back into fellowship with Him by faith in His loving promises of forgiveness, eternal life, and salvation; and second, as our experience of God’s love transforms our hearts and minds so that we become “like Him,” in the love that we have for one another, and for all people.

The key piece of evidence that we “know Him” is our “keeping” of His commandments, His Word. Chiefly, this is a matter of proper repentance and faith.  At the same time, those captivated by God’s love through faith also recognize that all of God’s Word, Holy Scripture, the Bible, is the Word of our loving Heavenly Father, the Word of our precious Savior Jesus Christ, and therefore a reflection of His love for us. So in those who truly “know Him” by faith there is also a great eagerness to learn, to know, and to conform to all of God’s Word, His Word of love, that provided for us in the record of Holy Scripture, the Bible. Nothing added to this, or contrary to this, is palatable to us – but rather strikes us as terribly strange and odd, even dark and evil. This, because we know God’s love for us, and we love Him, and so we love His Word, being captivated by His love.

All of this blessedness is His gracious work within us, by the power and blessing of His Holy Spirit, through His powerful Word of love in Holy Scripture. [Jn. 6:29]  All praise, honor, and glory be to Him!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessed love You have shown to us in Your beloved Son Jesus Christ. Thank You for atonement, redemption, forgiveness and cleansing from all sin, and eternal life, given to us in Jesus Christ. Draw us ever closer to Yourself, that we may truly know You. Perfect Your love within us, we pray. Amen.