1 John 3
3 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers,[c] that the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us
There was a day, like Proverbs tells us of the Light of the World - Jesus - laughing with Joy and Father God to see the Beauty of Creation.
There was a day, about the time of the Acts of the Apostles when Scripture was fresh ink on new reed papyrus. And had the aroma of new parchment and ink. Jesus would probably say this was A Day of Jesus; we would all say, if only, we did not live in "Days may come".
What would the Apostle John have in common with Moses? Revelation. The next time you say the Lord's Prayer and end with "for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory" - remember this comes from Revelation Chapter One and Six where John is an eyewitness to the Glory of God in the Transfiguration and an actual visitor to the Throne of Jesus and of His Father.
When papyrus was new... Paul - the majority of New Testament - was unaware of Paul's own Godly Mission of Paul's destiny.
From Paul's viewpoint:
15 But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, 16 was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother. 20 (In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!) 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And I was still unknown in person to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23 They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they glorified God because of me.
Paul has very, very little idea of his importance to the history of the Church of of the world. His Holy Spirit Word is needed by us because we identify with Paul's need for overcoming personal sin to talk about Jesus. We are like Paul, we did not walk with Jesus and see Him with awe during His ministry here.
Paul writes as one who finishes in about 30 years. A good long time. I suppose.
Jude writes of his brief on this earth to be with the Lord ministry. Perhaps Jesus needed His Brother with Him quickly. Jude writes of worry we will corrupt or not see the pure message of Jesus.
Jude, Brother to Jesus Christ
17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
James, Jesus' Brother, tells us of growing up as the Descendant of David, twice, in the Roman settlement and the overcoming of Jesus in a difficult time. A personal growth.
Peter is so busy teaching the godly, he has little time to write. Mark helps write Peter's most selected and asked about times of Jesus the first century is hungry to know about. These are the column of Peter's oral talks about Jesus. Peter calls Mark his own son for the scribe work Mark grows into becoming, after failing Paul and Barnabus 'encouragement' works with his kin - Mark - to create a mature Christian who endured when others ran out.
Peter's main message is the Glory and the Ways of Jesus.
Scripture studies will tell us if you get to the Non Gospel portions of the New Testament - when the second chapter is called for - this is going to be when you find out what the writer sees as the most discouraging part of the culture surrounding the journey - the writer has found in the God destination of Life Eternal.
Back to our original question. How is John like Moses? He is unlike Moses in that as he sees God, he sees Light. God has hidden Himself from John, probably to bless Moses. John is an actual eyewitness to "for thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory".
John is like Moses for being tired at points in his life of the grumblings of 'believers'. And yet, Good News, John has the gift of years just like Moses. Moses was 80 years old when he started and 120 years old (Noah said he could be) when he was blessed by God at the end of The Pentateuch.
John has the years and years and years of Christ life on this earth to tell us what he has gathered going all the way to vibrant life in the 2nd Century A.D. and even collecting a new disciple Pliny. John is reported in 2 A.D. to be blasting out about the real Jesus and not a man and not Gnosticism. Jesus is not hidden only to the 'special' - Jesus is God reaching forth and going where we need Him. Jesus is available to all who seek Him - He will be found.
Why 1 John 3 and not 1 John 2? Because 1 John 3 is a continuation of John discovering the troubles of ministry and life and just the bother and business and frustration of life - do not matter. These present struggles can be put away and Sunday afternoon becomes - ending up in the real "Living Room of Jesus". Revelation 1.
John is explaining Jesus fully, totally, completely, and with all reliability will reach out where we fail as mere humans. We just earnestly, sincerely, totally, completely give Jesus our best heart and effort and Jesus is going to be the fulfillment of every Word of God we live by. John is explaining the relationship of God - gives him rest and peace.
John does not need to hammer and rail. John has realized the Love of God causes the bloom, the shine, the Light.
1 John 3 follows because 1 John 2 overcomes.
May the Glory of God be the Light we rest in and have peace for ourselves, the ones we love, the people You have given us. Thank You, Abba. Jesus Is God. Amen, Amen, Amen.
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