I write this at 1:41 am on a Tuesday Morning during a break from a Pastor’s Conference that the Lord has allowed me to serve via a zoom conference. Consider how incredible that is! It may not be to anyone born prior to 2005, but I am sure in awe. Consider that phone calls were once tied to an office, or a home, or for a dime at a pay booth not long ago, and now, we are able to do video calls across the world, and encourage one another. What a time to be alive! And I say this with a heavy heart, that how sad it is that we can use these technologies, but do not really know our neighbor.
Loved ones, I want to say this, as I have said before: we are made for relationships, with God and with one another. God made us in His image after His likeness. He breathed His breath into us (the only creature in all of creation to have that breath!), blessed us, told us to be fruitful and multiply, and so He created us in pairs, male and female, to make families, have relationships, and rule and subdue the earth He created to commune with us in. In every festival and sacrifice, He ordained meals, so that people would have fellowship with Him and with one another. And at a Passover meal, Jesus Christ ordained that we should love one another, while demonstrating that the bread and cup were His body and blood, offered to pay the debt of sin that we could not repay.
Today, far too many of us are missing connections. We were designed for God and for one another. We have this Gospel message that states that Jesus has paid the debt of our sin, and we can love God and one another as we were meant to as we live in Christ Jesus. And this message isn’t for a single congregation, but for the entire world, the universal Church who will be with Christ for all eternity. Go, make these connections, with God first, and as His love is poured in to you, pour it in to others. Watch how His glory is revealed in this!
1 John 2
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate before the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments. If anyone says, “I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone keeps His word, the love of God has been truly perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him: Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus walked.
Beloved, I am not writing to you a new commandment, but an old one, which you have had from the beginning. This commandment is the message you have heard. Then again, I am also writing to you a new commandment, which is true in Him and also in you. For the darkness is fading and the true light is already shining.
If anyone claims to be in the light but hates his brother, he is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause of stumbling in him. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness. He does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven through His name.
I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.
I have written to you, children, because you know the Father.
I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who is from the beginning.
I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not from the Father but from the world. The world is passing away, along with its desires; but whoever does the will of God remains forever.
Children, it is the last hour; and just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But their departure made it clear that none of them belonged to us.
You, however, have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I have not written to you because you lack knowledge of the truth, but because you have it, and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar, if it is not the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father, but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.
As for you, let what you have heard from the beginning remain in you. If it does, you will also remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He Himself made to us: eternal life.
I have written these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. And as for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But just as His true and genuine anointing teaches you about all things, so remain in Him as you have been taught.
And now, little children, remain in Christ, so that when He appears, we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming.
If you know that He is righteous, you also know that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of Him.