Reading the Word
1 John 2:1–6 (ESV)
1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
Understanding the Word
Those who have trusted in the life and work of Jesus Christ for their salvation have been given new life. This new life frees us from our bondage to sin and gives us freedom to serve God. But we often fail.
Thankfully, even when we fail, Christ is our advocate before the Father and his sacrifice is sufficient for all of our sins, whether past, present, or future. What a Savior!
Applying the Word
Do you know Jesus? I mean, do you really know him? Many people know about him. Some even know the right things about him. Scripture tells us that even the demons know about God (James 2:19), but that does not mean they know God in the sense of having a relationship with him.
In this passage, John gives us a second test to help us know if we truly have eternal life. (See yesterday’s post for the first test.) He tells us that if we truly know Jesus we will keep his commandments. We will walk in the same way that he walked.
Jesus died for our sins not so we could continue to live in disobedience to God. He died to give us freedom from sin and a new life that honors God in all things. He saved us so we could become obedient to the Father, just as he was.
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