The objective in this blog is to get a clear target for understanding the Gospel. Many people assume too much when it comes to salvation and have over simplified it, much like a person who shoots an arrow at the side of a barn and quickly paints a red bullseye around their arrow, exclaiming “Perfect shot!” Obviously we need to paint the target first and then take our shot. Here is the target.
I John and Hebrews are the two texts I’ll focus on. The scriptures are listed at the end of this blog. I have put the scriptures together into one sentence. The following is a synthesis of these scripture both in the negative and the positive:
If we are in the darkness, or do not love our brother, turn back, deliberately keep on sinning, disobey, do not give to the needy, love the world, or if His word doesn’t remain in us, or if we do not acknowledge the Son, do not love our brother, or give up our hope and courage, are not firm to the end, or do not continue in the faith, then we are liars, we do not know Him, His love is not in us, He doesn’t remain in us, we do not love Him, He does not live in us, we are not His house, we do not share in Christ, and we are not saved.
These are all the if then scriptures in these two books combined into one sentence. They say if such and such is true then the following is true. The obvious implications are, that if such and such isn’t true then then neither is the following. Here it is in the positive.
If we are in the light and obey, if His word remains in us, we give to those in need, acknowledge Jesus, and if we love our brother, we do not love the world, hold to the courage and the hope, firm to the end, and continue in faith then the truth is in us, we know Him, His love is made complete, the Son and Father remain in us, His love is in us, God lives in us, we truly love God, we are His house, we share in Christ, and are saved.
Here is a condensed version of the positive statement of these scriptures: If we remain in faith in Jesus that results in love for one another (as defined by Jesus and His life) until we die then we truly have fellowship with God and eternal life.
And here is the negative:
If we do not remain in faith in Jesus to the end or our faith does not result in loving one another (as defined by Jesus and His life) until death then we do not have fellowship with Him and will gain eternal judgment.
Here is the target:
1 John 2:5-6 But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. NIV
Hit this and you have a Bulls-eye! This is the target “Walk as Jesus walked and be saved.” Requires faith doesn’t it?
1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. NIV
1 John 3:17-18 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? NIV
1 John 4:20-21 If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. NIV
Heb 3:14 We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. NIV
Heb 6:6 if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. NIV
Heb 10:26-27 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. NIV
Heb 10:38-39 But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” 39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. NIV
1 John 1:6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. NIV
1 John 2:3-4 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. NIV
1 John 2:24-25 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us — even eternal life. NIV
1 John 4:12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. NIV
1 John 4:15-16 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. NIV
Heb 3:6 But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. NIV
Heb 12:25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? NIV
1 John 2:5-6 But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. NIV