Sermon on 1 John 5:1-6
The resurrected Life, as we have seen over these last few weeks is not something you choose. It is not as though we wake-up one morning and say, I think I will be resurrected today. No. It is something that happens to us. Something that we have seen as a working of the Spirit. Something outside of us. Something that is based on the truth of an event 2000 years ago when Mt. Calvary was where our sin was killed. Where our unbelief was to be buried as the Lord God incarnate, made human for your sake, coming to earth in the midst of suffering and strife, bled and died to bring victory. Bled and died to kill you and then rose to raise you. The Resurrected Life, the post-Easter life being tied not to your personal ability or piety but to the very work accomplished by Jesus.
That is where the Light and darkness come in from chapter 1. Needing Christ as the light to illuminate our darkness that we might see him in his beauty. Turning to him, away from all the dark things we see and do in the world, finding in him, not condemnation or categories of goodness but the forgiveness we need when we make judgements about someone. When we think someone unclean or become surprised like Peter that the Holy Spirit has come upon the very people we think godless. All because Jesus appeared in this world, this mortal world, to take away sins. Revealed as the love of God to love us, deciding we are lovable in our most unlovable states.
Now this morning we have the beginning of the conclusion of the letter of 1 John. John reiterating some former points, but also expanding on his intentions for writing to the churches that he did.
1 John 5:1 – Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God.
Belief, or a better translation is trust, being the result of God’s work in you. Spiritual birth. A rebirth. A little resurrection. Not that belief or trust comes first, but that once we believe, we know that we have been born from above.
2. Think John 3:16 - The Son of God, only begotten, loving Christ for his work on your behalf
3. The 2 reasons for church – family reunion, but even more so, a deciding to have a passion for Jesus.
4. Do not diminish Christ in you – Read John 20:31
1 John 5:2 – In this we know that we love the children of God – if we love God - faith and love; trust and agape; grounding ourselves in the love of God will bring us to this love of others, especially when we begin to understand this work of Christ for us. A deciding love.
2. Is it a burden to be called a child of God? A loving God? To be loved? Succumbing to God’s love, God’s love as the active force, not ours.
1 John 5:4 – the love of God, that is expressed in keeping his commands, are not burdensome because? All that has been begotten of God overcomes the world – expressed in our faith.
1 John 5:5 – Having this faith, this trust that what Christ says is true, that Jesus is the Christ of God, the one who came to seek and save the lost, then I see this one who has conquered my sin. Who has conquered my demons, my shame. Never allowing room for them anymore, Why? Because the Spirit has killed me and raised me in the trust that Christ has done it all.
1 John 5:6 – If you remember back a few weeks, I told you how John was writing to condemn a heresy creeping into the church that said Jesus was just a man, son of Joseph, anointed at his baptism, made Christ, but not incarnate God. Then the Spirit left him before the crucifixion.