1 John (Program #32) – The Virtues of the Divine Birth to Practice the Divine Love (5)
All of the apostle John’s writings in the Bible stress the divine birth through which the divine life is imparted into the believers. In his gospel he says you must be born again. In chapter 3 of his first epistle, John says, 3:9 “Everyone who has been begotten of God does not practice sin.” And once again the stress is on the divine birth. But in chapter 5 he gets even more specific about not just the fact of the divine birth, but the location of the divine birth. When he says, 5:4 “For everything that has been begotten of God overcomes the world;”
Why does he change everyone in chapter 3 to everything in chapter 5? The answer reveals very much about the key to overcoming not just sin and the world but all of the negative things surrounding us in our day to day living.
1 John (Program #31) – The Virtues of the Divine Birth to Practice the Divine Love (4)
In his first epistle the apostle John talks very much about love. Chapter four particularly places a strong emphasis on love. But if we examine John’s presentation of this most visible virtue of the divine birth we realize that the love spoken of in this book is not a vague or general love nor is it a natural love, a love that finds its’ source in the human heart. It is the love that flows from the divine source from God Himself. In verse 8 of chapter 4 John puts it this way, “He who does not love has not known God, because God is love.“
In 1 John we are warned to prove every spirit to see whether it is of God. The apostle John was inoculating the believers against the spirit of Antichrist. Just the term “spirit of Antichrist” probably give raise to thoughts of immense evil and wickedness. Yet John tells very simply that any spirit that denies that Jesus has come in the flesh is the Spirit of Antichrist. What is the significant of denying that Jesus has come in the flesh?
1 John (Program #29) – Experiencing and Enjoying the All-Inclusive Spirit
A human being can be compared to a transistor radio which most of you are listening to right now. Every radio has a receiving apparatus that enables it to tune in and receive the invisible radio waves that are in the air. In the same way every human has a human spirit. When it is properly tuned in it can received the enjoyment of the Triune God.
1 John (Program #27) -The Virtues of the Divine Birth to Practice the Divine Love (2) & Proving the Spirits (1)
The apostle John gave us a long word in His first epistle about loving the brothers but right in the middle of his fellowship about love he inserts six verses in chapter four that start out, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but prove the spirits whether they are of God,..”
An enlightening program today that makes the connection between loving the brothers and proving the spirits.
1 John (Program #26) -The Virtues of the Divine Birth to Practice the Divine Love (3)
1 John 3:19-21 say
19 “And in this we will know that we are of the truth, and we will persuade our heart before Him, Because if our heart blames us, it is because God is greater than our heart and knows all things.Beloved, if our heart does not blame us, we have boldness toward God;“
1 John (Program #24) – The Virtues of the Divine Birth to Practice the Divine Righteousness (2)
In the epistle of first John there are three main sections. The fellowship of the divine life from the beginning of the book to 2:11. The teaching of the anointing starting in 2:12 through 2:27 and the virtues of the divine birth from 2:28 to the end of the book, 5:21.
The sequence of these three sections is important and it indicates the fellowship of the divine life and the teaching of the anointing bring us into the virtues of the divine birth.
1 John (Program #23) – The Virtues of the Divine Birth to Practice the Divine Righteousness (1)
The book of 1 John though short in length is anything but short in its’ spiritual content. This short epistle conveys some of the richest and deepest thought in all of the New Testament. Even its’ sequence is marvelous. Beginning with the divine life and the fellowship of the life which is our participation in God’s life. It then moves on to the teaching of the anointing. Which as we had already seen and is crucial to the experience and growth of every believer. Finally it come to the last main section that of the virtues of the divine life that we possess by the divine birth. And it is here that we see the progression brought to its’ consummation. That the children of God become His eternal expression and counterpart. All in this short book of 1 John.