The man who says, “I know him”
But does not do what he commands
Is a liar
And the truth is not in him.
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.
-1 John 2:4-6
Blunt truth usually takes us by surprise, and what John has to say is pretty blunt. Interestingly, John writes, ‘whoever claims to live in him’. Today, in the era of the ‘me’ generation, there is an extreme emphasis on ‘He (Yeshua) lives in me’. What are we to make of this shift in emphasis? It’s just as important to understand that we are to ‘live in him’ as we claim that He lives in us. As John points out further on:
Those who obey his commands
Live in him
And he in them.
And this is how we know that he lives in us:
We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
-1 John 3:24
Many are those who claim they have ‘the Spirit’ and then effect all sorts of ‘manifestations’ to prove their claim. However, John makes some things perfectly clear:
• first, we find our lives ‘in him’;
• second, when we live ‘in him’ we walk as Yeshua did, and ‘obey his commands’;
• third, proof ‘that he lives in us’ is evidenced by ‘the Spirit he gave us’, which Spirit, we need to be reminded, will not act contrary to His commands.
Turn, be found ‘in him’, walk as Yeshua did, ‘obey his commands’, see the proof that ‘he lives’ in you through ‘the Spirit’ of loving obedience, which he gave you.
The Lord is coming!