25 October 2015

Daily Bible Study—1 John 2:5

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. (1 John 2:5, EMTV)


A1 Outline

B1 Obedience due to love for God

B2 Obedience plus love equals a true Christian

A2 Notes

B1 Keeps = obedience

B2 We show that we love God by obeying Him.

C1 How does loving something show love?

D1 Examples

E1 If I love my dog, do I show this by obeying her?

E2 If I love my children, do I show this by obeying them?

D2 It depends on the authority.

E1 Yahweh is God. This means He has ultimate authority.

E2 He is the King of the Universe.

E3 Love for king and god would imply obedience.

E4 Obedience shows loyalty, too.

D3 A Scripture teaching.

E1 Motivation

F1 Fear. This really is an OK motive, because we are to fear God. Judgment day is coming.

F2 Love. This is better, because it is voluntary.

E2 Obedience and love--John 14:15, John 14:21, 1 John 5:3, Psalm 119:167, 2 John 1:6

E3 Obedience and faith--Matthew 7:21, James 2:14-26, James 1:22

E4 Obedience must be sincere--Psalm 51:6, 1 Timothy 1:5

E5 Obedience shows that there has been true conversion 2 Corinthians 5:17

B3 His Word = the Bible. Since we are Christians and not Jews, we obey the rules of the New Testament.

B4 Perfected has the idea of completeness. Hebrews 7:19, Hebrews 9:9, James 2:22

B5 Obedience to the Scriptures is one of the signs that we are truly converted.

A3 Questions

B1 Why does obedience have to be sincere?

B2 Is the excuse "God looks at my heart" sufficient to allow many things that Scripture would forbid or show by example to be wrong?

B3 What is a better motivator--fear or love? Why?

B4 How does obedience to the Scriptures a sign of our rebirth?

B5 Why must we interpret the Bible in its plain, normal sense?

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