1st John (part 9)

1ST JOHN (PART 9) – THE SYNERGY BETWEEN FAITH & LOVE

 (PASTOR LEE JACKSON)

I)     INTRODUCTION – SYNERGY HAS BEEN DEFINED AS The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.   WE WILL SEE TODAY THE TREMENDOUS SYNERGY BETWEEN FAITH AND LOVE, LOVE AND FAITH.   1Co 13:12 – 13  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity (LOVE, GR: AGAPE) , these three; but the greatest of these is charity (LOVE, GR: AGAPE). LOVE AND FAITH PRODUCE HOPE – THESE THREE REMAIN AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE. TEXT: 1JOHN 5:1- (KJV).

II)    GENUINE FAITH IN CHRIST PRODUCES GENUINE LOVE FOR GOD (1)

A)   GENUINE FAITH IN CHRIST WILL RESULT IN GENUINE LOVE FOR GOD, THE FATHER  AND JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON.

B)   FAITH & LOVE ARE NOT ONLY INSEPARABLE BUT ARE MUTUALLY SYNERGISTIC.  WHEN WE ARE SAVED (BY FAITH) THE HOLY SPIRIT POURS THE LOVE OF GOD INTO OUR HEARTS AND OUR FAITH IS EXERCISED IN LOVE.  Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. THE NIV TRANSLATION MAKES IT CLEAR. : Rom 5:5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

III)   GENUINE LOVE FOR GOD WILL PRODUCE A LIFE OF OBEDIENCE AND JOY (2-3)

A)   MATT 22:36-40 JESUS SAID THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT IS TO LOVE THE LORD OUR GOD WITH OUR HEART, SOUL AND MIND AND THE SECOND GREATEST IS TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR AS OUR SELF.  HE WENT ON TO SAY THAT ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HUNG ALL THE LAW & THE PROPHETS.  BUT WE COULD NOT BEGIN TO LIVE UP TO THESE UNTIL JESUS CAME AND GOD’S LOVE WAS POURED INTO US.

B)   WHEN WE LOVE GOD, HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT BURDENSOME BUT JOYFUL.

C)   Psa 40:7-8  Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, 8  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

D)   John 15:9 – 12 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

IV)  GENUINE FAITH IN CHRIST OVERCOMES THE WORLD (4-5)

A)   DONALD STAMPS SAYS THAT FAITH THAT OVERCOMES THE WORLD IS A FAITH THAT SEES ETERNAL REALITIES & PRODUCES HOPE THAT IS STEADFAST & UNSHAKEABLE.

B)   1ST WE OVERCOME THE WORLD THROUGH OUR FAITH IN CHRIST:   THE FLEETING PLEASURES OF SIN ARE REPLACED BY THE JOY OF HIS PRESENCE:  “IN HIS PRESENCE IS FULLNESS OF JOY, AT HIS RIGHT HAND ARE PLEASURES FOR EVERMORE…”

C)   1Jn 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

D)   2ND WE OVERCOME THE WORLD THROUGH THE LOVE OF GOD:  EVEN THE MOST CYNICAL, HARDENED SINNER RECOGNIZES AND RESPONDS TO GOD’S LOVE.

V)   THE TESTIMONY CONCERNING JESUS, THE CHRIST (6-13)

A)   THE SPIRIT BORE WITNESS OF HIM WHO CAME BY WATER AND BLOOD, SPEAKING OF JESUS.   THE WATER PROBABLY SPEAKS OF JESUS BAPTISM BY JOHN, WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME UPON HIM IN THE FORM OF A DOVE.  THE BLOOD PROBABLY REFERS TO HIS ATONING DEATH ON THE CROSS.

B)   THERE ARE THREE THAT BEAR WITNESS TO JESUS IN HEAVEN: THE FATHER, THE WORD (THE WORD THAT BECAME FLESH) AND THE SPIRIT.

C)   HE WHO BELIEVES IN THE SON OF GOD HAS THIS WITNESS IN HIMSELF: THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO INDWELLS US BEARS WITNESS OF CHRIST.

D)   GOD HAS GIVEN US ETERNAL LIFE AND THIS LIFE IS IN HIS SON.  “HE THAT HATH THE SON HATH LIFE (ETERNAL LIFE) AND HE THAT HATH NOT THE SON HATH NOT LIFE”.

E)   REMEMBER WHAT JESUS TOLD MARTHA JUST BEFORE LAZARUS WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD: John 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

 

 

 

 

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