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Consequences, Completeness and Comfort (1 John 4:13-5:1)Rev Gareth James, June 3, 2018
Part of the True Truths for Testing Times series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
We may know people with phobias or have some ourselves. As we are here in the church I assume none of us suffer from Ecclesiophobia – a fear of churches. Some may have a fear of falling in love - Philophobia. Some even have a cringing fear of God - Theophobia, while some have a fear of judgement, the Day of Judgement – Krisisphobia.
There is a progression in John’s writing - see attached outline. Yet believers, those who truly do not need to have a cringing fear of God or the Day of Judgement, are often those who can be crippled and paralysed by the cringing fear both!
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1 John 4:13-5:1
13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. (ESV)