Irving Ross, Overseer of Ohio and West Virginia - Sunday A.M., October 26, 1997

The epistle, the general epistle it is called, the first general epistle that John wrote, the last two epistles that he wrote were more written to individuals that were specified in the opening verses of those of the second and third epistles, but this is a general one, this would be one that would be talking directly to the needs of all of Gods people, in that time and for our time, too.

 

This creates a beginning. For it is that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life, for the life was manifested and we have seen it and bare witness and show unto you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested unto us, that which we have seen, and heard, declare we unto you that you may have fellowship with us for truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his son Jesus Christ and  these things write we unto you that your joy might be full.

 

He just settled different reasons in this epistle for writing it, like that, the primary purpose for writing it was to just give them a fresh understanding of the source of their hope, the foundation for their belief. That Psalm has come back to my mind again recently, the eleventh Psalm, where the Psalmist said, that his trust was in the Lord, and then the question was asked, it was like a voice coming from another source, "Why say ye to my soul, flee like a bird to your mountain?"  In the margin, his holy temple, it says, that the voice also said that the foundation of the righteous, if the foundation were destroyed, what would the righteous do?  And then it mentions the Lord is in His holy temple, and it says in the end of that Psalm, last words, end of this Psalm of David and that epistle, Psalm, for the Lord, the

righteous Lord loveth righteousness, his countenance shall behold the upright.  Now the rendering for that , it says the righteous shall see His face, it doesn't make any difference what the voice says, "Why say ye to my soul, flee like a bird to your mountain?"

 

People might try to suggest that what you are believing is just another mountain. There are other mountains other people are believing in, but we are glad that the Psalmist said, "Now look to the mountain from which comes my help," a question mark. My help cometh from the Lord who made the heaven and earth.

 

Our help is not in a man made order, an earthly mountain. Its origin, the roots of our faith, our belief, are very clearly  seen and understood these days both by what we have heard, what we have seen, what we have felt, that they are in Jesus.  This writing of John, his epistles, and of course the book of Revelation, that was a revelation that God gave to His son Jesus Christ, it wasn't a matter of new revelation you might say, some people are trusting in a Latter day revelation. The book of John is a revelation that God gave to His son Jesus Christ. The foundation of that revelation is Christ. And He came, sent it, and shared it by an angel, sent it by an angel to John, but it was not John's revelation. It was the revelation of Jesus Christ, and we are glad today when we think about our hope, and we think about our confidence and our trust, that it is in Jesus. It appears that what is written over the center column reference of my bible, that this epistle may have been written after 90 AD and a little latter that likely the book of Revelation. Now the latest by far, is we can understand that all the writings in our bible is the

inspired word of God that has come to mean so much to us, and by the time John would have been writing, there would be a greater promise to experience and glorify him too, be several generations that had believed the gospel since the event of Jesus coming and resurrection. The gospel going into the four corners of the earth, directed by the Holy Ghost, there would have been seven generations that would have begun to believe and, and  receive a revelation of it. There were fathers, there were young men, there were other men , there were children and who had seem to have a love for His commandments, and we are encouraged seeing generations of believing, young generation, being moved of God and called of God to go into the work, what really has inspired me lately, while reading the New Testament writing, I fully  believed that with the latest writing,  I do not believe at that time that those that had believed in Christ and were following him had any New Testament as their reference. We were hearing from the second epistle of Peter last evening and what Peter said in that first chapter of that second epistle when he was telling that  about the vision they had and that the voice they heard when the were up in the mount and saw Jesus Christ transfigured and where He was telling about, they saw Him as He would come again in His kingdom, in His power and His glory and they heard that voice from the most High God saying, "This is My Son in whom I am well pleased."  Peter just said, "We were eye witnesses of that and before I die,  I want to bring you in remembrance of that," they didn't have any written accounts of that, they did not have access to that. They had no access to any New Testament writing, other than what was being written as a letter or an epistle to them that later became what we know as part of the inspired Word of God of the New Testament, but Peter at that time said, generally referred to the prophet and what they had saw,  and said, "We have a more sure word of prophecy," or a translation I believe would be correct says, "What we saw when we were up on the mountain make what we are reading about more sure."  Prophets, what the prophets wrote about what we have access to as the writing that were it more sure. It wasn't that they were not sure about it until then, I don't think, hopefully not too many of us came that unsure about what we believe and what we believe in. But I do hope that when we go away, we go away more sure, we go away with being more assured of the thing that we have already been assured of. More confident of the thing that we have already, have already had confidence in.  We are glad in the meeting we have been reminded of the foundation of our hope and that it is founded upon His life. That hymn that we were singing, speaking about the new city, The Heavenly City, the bride of Christ as we were hearing about last evening, founded in Truth upon Jesus,  She shall forever endure.

 

There is not, time can never shock, erase, upset, destroy what God started back in eternity. These people that were believing in Jesus in that day, we read how Peter took the _____ , you have the word of prophecy for sure and he said, "You take well that you look unto it like a shining light in a dark place until the day dawn and day star arise in your hearts," we were hearing about the day dawning, that day star rising, appeals to me that particular verse that Jesus said, Peter is referring to, to be of that they saw when they were with Him when they were with Him upon the most Holy Mount is coming again, His returning, the day star rising, His coming again, His returning.  He says, "You do well to take heed unto what the prophets wrote about that they spoke a lot about that."  Prophet Isaiah, other prophets spoke a lot about the Messiah coming, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and people that didn't have, were not feeling after Truth didn't want to know

God working the Truth in their lives, even among His own people. That was what they were looking for. They were looking for one and they are looking for one to come as King of  Kings and Lord of Lords, but never would it be that they would first need to be in subjection to him themselves, and those prophets that were inspired of God it says it wasn't of any private interpretation. It wasn't something that they just got in their mind, that this would be maybe some future events for mankind. They were not, it wasn't a private interpretation, what they wrote, it was Holy men of God moved by the Holy Spirit that wrote those things, and we are thankful that we have the confidence that we have today in the Word of God. That is was Holy men of God moved by the Holy Spirit that wrote these things and we do well, we will do well to take heed unto  it as a shining light in a dark place until the Lord comes. We don't know that time, we are told to look forward to it. We are told to hasten its coming sought by looking forward to it, looking forward to it hasten unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have to keep reminding myself, and I don't as much as, much as I should, that today the Lord could come. Times when you are faced with difficulties and trials and it looks impossible, as we were hearing, it is so easy just to let the obstacle hinder you from seeing what faith would like to help you see. That's beyond us and that beyond that is the coming of the Lord and that could come to day so we help when we are faced with something that is not by rights easy, don't let the thought take hold of you, I don't know how I am going to get through the rest of my life like that. Might live to be a million, project your worries like that and troubles. Wonderful thing when we can learn and I have talked with myself pretty straight at times about it, but it is a wonderful thing when we can learn to take one day at a time when it comes to facing things that are not pleasant or easy. The obstacles that life might present even of a non-spiritual nature, difficulties, trials, test, family disappointments, common disappointments, it's a wonderful thing when we just listen to the simple words that Jesus said, when He said, "Take no thought for tomorrow."  It wasn't just for those that were going out to preach the gospel, I don't believe, He said take no thought for tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of the things of its self, sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Heavy enough today, don't have to take ten days or one hundred days at a time. Heavy enough today. I think Jesus, we have this assurance, we have this complete confidence that everything Jesus taught, He did that first. And I think that there were many moments in life when He just recognized what I have to contend with today, just better get that help from God today for that, and tomorrow I'll get some other help, as needed, but they said, "Take one day  at a time."  And in the simple prayer He gave His children to pray as a manner, or after that manner, He says, "Give us this day our daily bread."  Someone has said and it's very true, that filling ourselves up with tomorrow's worries empties us of our peace today. If you want to get rid of your peace,

just start worrying about a lot of things. But God doesn't want us to fret, He wants us to trust, doesn't want us to listen to that voice, just flee to like a bird to your mountain, not just something without a foundation. I've thought about this epistle is so wonderful and the other epistles that he wrote. In just confirming and assuring  the beginning of what we believe. You can imagine people in that day, in John's day, and at this period of time, maybe about sixty years or so after the death of Jesus, people seeing those miracles meetings from Christ, questioning it, some were falling away from it. Some were going out, we read about that, said they went out from us, that it might be manifested that they are not of us, they cease to exercise strength in Christ, and a belief that the willingness to habitate flesh in their lives, then to question it, wonder about its beginning, I suppose, where it started, how it started, I suppose, began to think, "Well ya know, what you are believing with that man, ah, and he is going to get killed and about another thirty years he lived it and then he died but he is still gone, he is not alive."

 

And then what you're believing is about 100 (one hundred) years old. But what we're believing in, especially those from the Jews and other people, who are believing in something a lot older that. I tell you what we believe in goes back further that.

 

Well, the people who have got a revelation of the Truth that is in Jesus, NEVER TRIED TO FIND COMFORT OR HAVE NO REASON TO TRY TO FIND COMFORT IN TRYING TO TRACE ITS BEGINNING IN THE EARTH.  Because it's not where it  it began. But we're rather fortunate, we've lived a few years and we've known some that lived quiet a few years before they passed from time into eternity, they had a part in preaching the gospel. They could tell us  a lot of that experience, sometimes we call 'em the earlier days of their experience. God put it into their hearts to feel after Him, and to seek after Him, and to find and began to believe in a WAY like Jesus taught. But I NEVER HEARD ONE of them say, "That was when it began."  It was just during that period of time, and wonderfully so, God has probably done that in a lot of different days and ages. But we're fortunate to live in one of those when He has been able to raise up people to feel after Him and to find Him, and to find faith to believe in the Son. And the revelation that God gave them didn't go back to just their day, or the day of someone else, it just went back to one that was with the Father--the eternal Father from the beginning. And if we have the unction that these people had in that day, when John said, "You have an unction, you have an anointing," and if you just read about where that understanding of Revelation comes, about the  FOUNDATION of our belief, and that it had its foundation in the earth or, it had its first beginning with the Father, I think it's there, in heaven, back before the

world began, then  back before man ever came into the earth.  It began before man ever sinned, began before the Devil  made a decision not to abide in him, became a liar. AND THAT IS THE BEGINNING OF IT!!


I think because of the soul that is not in the truth because there is no truth in him, what we're believing , what we are trusting in and the WAY that we have come to love and adore has its beginning with the Father back before all of that was,    Back in eternity, before time began, that part of eternity. Perhaps we could read those verses that we are going to mention here in John's epistle.  And if anybody tries to put doubt in your mind, but if you have this unction and you hold on to it, you will keep understanding  and then you'll understand,  my faith, my confidence and what I'm trusting in doesn't have its origins with man.

 

I'll just tell you a little bit about my mother's experience. Mother and Father, the gospel came to them the year they were married. Both total strangers. My father's people were quiet religious, not a lot was said about the church, a lot, especially my grandfather, my father's side, and some evangelist had come, made a big showing there in that city, and then my grand father got talking with one of the school trustees was also a deacon in the Baptist church, about how good it would be if they could have some evangelist come to their church, and my grand father was Scottish, he said, "Ya know, couldn't pay 'em very much, wouldn't be able

to get a fellow like was here, this Richie fellow from outta Texas, couldn't afford anyone like that." Well, this man was a trustee in this little school house as well as a deacon of the Baptist church.

 

He said to my grandfather, "Ya know, there is two men,  they preaching the gospel, out there in that little school."  He said, "I gave them permission to use that. I don't know much about them, it's just that I'm sure, quite sure that you could get them pretty reasonable."  Well now, that opened the way for them to come and my father, grandfather was a businessman and they came down to his place of business and talked with him and he tried to settle up the business with them, but helped him understand they were on more important business, and if they could just provide the building and the heat and so-forth, then they would be glad to provide their services free. That was it. My mother didn't go, she had just before that  had gone to listen to this other evangelist, and it was what she saw of the sham and hypocrisy, the plea for money, and everything she looked at, there was just a hope in her heart, "I'll find the Lord here."  Now she had been very religious, come from Holland Dutch Reform, and went to church three times on Sunday, and tried to give it all she had, from her youth up even, but recognizing something was missing, not knowing, missing in her and missing where she was.  She didn't know what it was, and when she had an opportunity to go, my father's mother invited her, finally . Each night, they were having meetings almost every night of the week except Sunday, I believe it was, or Saturday,  maybe it was except Saturday.  But my mother wouldn't go because her confidence had so been shaken and she said that she had left that other ceremony, that other service with that big evangelist, "I'll never listen to anybody until I know first who they are."  That's why she wouldn't go to listen, but after a week did and that very

first meeting she had this confidence in her heart, these men are sent from God. She had this feeling, the first time in her life, the Kingdom of heaven is now being brought nigh to me. She made her choice after a while. My father got  in a hard spot, he wasn't troubled yet in a way, his parents were getting very opposed, put the workers out eventually, fortunately in the meantime, they had come to stay with my parents, just a new married couple in a little flat, at their bidding, even though my grandparents became very opposed afterwards, they hugged her after my grandmother talked with my mother about it, came.  They had been staying some time with them, they had a bigger place, my grandparents, but my parents had just a small place, but the workers came there, gave them a lot of chance to talk with them and observe them. But when my mother made her choice, she said, "I did not know but they were the only two people in the earth that were  following Jesus," but she said, "That made no difference, because I loved him myself,  and I know God used them to help me get to know Him," BUT again, her faith wasn't in some movement that was growing for years after years or forever, was just her faith for Him, a message that God had sent and brought her in touch with the God of the messengers. And it's that anointing, its that unction that is going to keep people in the day of testing and when the Devil himself in various ways may try to question whether you have the right or you have the truth. Well, I like what Paul, what John said in those verses, 1st John 18th  verse, second chapter, "Little children, it is the last time," people wonder if we are living in the last days, nearly two thousand years ago, but then, and as you have heard that the anti-Christ shall come, even now there are many anti-Christ, whereby we shall know that it is the last times. They went out from us, but they were not of us, for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us.  But they went out that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But you have an unction from the Holy Bible and you know all things, it wasn't that they just understood everything and knew everything, but they knew that one that knew all things. I like what, what he wrote further on in that second chapter, verse 26, "These things."  Another reason he said he was writing it, first verse, "I had fellowship with the Father, with His son, but then that their joy could be full" and in verse 26, there he said, "These things have I written to you concerning them that seduce you, for the enlightened," seducing is a strong word, use it in the world today when people commit crimes that are lurid kind of crimes, lustful crimes against people, to draw them away and get them in trouble, but this, he said, "I've written this regarding them that are trying to draw you away from this Truth, as it is in Jesus." And he just said, "But the anointing which you have received of Him, that unction, abideth in you and you need not that any man teach you, but as the same anointing teaches you all things and this Truth that is NO LIE, no counterfeit other translation says, and even as I have taught you, you shall abide in Him."  It's  wonderful that the promise, like we were hearing, that was given of the Holy Spirit, Spirit of Truth as it is called in some places. Called the Holy Ghost, called the Comforter. Several times Jesus spoke to it.  He spoke about it as the Spirit of Truth. He said it would lead and guide us into all truth. We've had the

privilege, not just with ourselves personally, but observing in our brothers and sisters, in different lands, as well as this country, and that--God---is---living in the person of His son amongst His people, and that they are being led and guided into all truth, they don't need some other source for teaching, they don't need any other thing to turn to, they don't need some books.  They don't need any kind of literature, but the Holy Spirit is teaching them and leading them and guiding them into all Truth.  Now that doesn't mean that everyone that is professing and believing and in this ministry, that everyone must understand every verse alike. It didn't

mean that, but it does mean this, that the Doctrine we are believing in and the teaching  that we are upholding and what we are living, would confirm that Christ has come in our flesh. Maybe difference of understanding about some things, but neither understanding would take the position that we are going to follow the course that our flesh would like to take, and make that kind of a decision about what ever the problem may be or the matter may be.  There will be, and there is, that's a Wonderful thing, and we can say that without any question, that of all the ones I've come to know, and others have come to know, in this world, where ever in this country of our home or through the world, that where ever there are those that are professing this, their spirit is the blessing that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.

 

Ye are of God, His little children. John, when he was writing this epistle, he spoke of those that would be born of God and he used the expression that who-so-ever be that would not sin, well he's also said in this epistle, that if we say we have not sin, we lie, and if we say, we make him a liar, and if we say, I'll just read those verses in the first chapter, if we say, verse eight, if we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves. The Truth is not in us, and then in verse ten, if we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar,  his words that is. And then in other, in the third chapter, it goes on to speak about, and the fourth, the fifth chapter, I would say, it goes on to speak about the person that should be born of God wouldn't have sin, sinneth not. And we could look at that a little more closely  'cause,

another reason he wrote these things is to tell us at the beginning of the second chapter, is that we wouldn't sin. Said, "These things have I written thee my little children, these things that I write unto you that you sin not. But that if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous, who is an  propitiation, excuse me, who is the propitiation for our sin, not our sins only, but for the sins of the whole world. So, the provision of the blood of Christ is for the person that is unregenerate person who living in a dead Christ, as we were before we believed the Gospel, but the provision of the blood of Christ is also for the

believer, and for all of us, our only hope is in Calvary, but that does not mean that for provision for us to just go ahead and sin, because the blood of  Christ is there to take care of us. If we can just make this statement without getting the wrong thought across, this is the plan of Jesus, this WAY that Christ came and taught, this Way that we are reading about here in these verses, never made provision for people to sin, just go ahead and sin, that will be taken care of, never, as we were reading there in Romans the other day, and that is what Paul said, some say that, that is what we say, said some slanderously say this and affirm that this is what we teach because he had said, "If our sin helps to show how righteous God is because if God be true and every man a liar, and if our lies serve to help to see people how honest and true God is, well, they said, 'Then let's just sin all the more and that'll just make God appear to be all the more right, be all the more wrong, and we'll show how much right , like, more right He is.'  He said, 'God forbid that.'  He said, "People might say, well, my rights, my error of my ways, if my wrongness  is to serve to show how right God, right God is, why do I get judged a sinner?'"  God forbid that, so this WAY that we are given, and it isn't just to

keep a provision open for us if we sin. But Christ wonderful provision to offer forgiveness to one that has sinned, without that we would have no hope, without that, we would be without hope today. Our only hope is Calvary, and no one can just say, "We're without sin."  But we are glad that in this way of God, we have found Calvary, to deal with things we have been overcome with in the past. And a person is not just going to go on wantonly sinning, that's not of God. You can't do that because the seed that in him of the spirit of God wouldn't condone that, wouldn't permit that and it would keep us, might want to struggle with feelings, between one another and be jealous, things like that we all struggle with, but that would never have to become the boss, you wouldn't have to listen to it, we wouldn't have to feel it, we wouldn't have to give it permission to rule and reign in our life. We'd have to completely subdue it and keep it from taking root, taking over, and we'd never become like Cain, we'd never become like that wicked one, we'd never sin like that, we'd be kept from that type of sin, where he went out and slew his brother.  John, when he was writing this, put, just seemed, to make it so plain that if we say we love him, then we should walk as he walked. We should be, if we're gonna say we are in fellowship with him, then we should be found keeping His commandments, because if we don't, we are lying, we are not doing the job.  John spoke so much, I forget, I counted it up here, how many times he spoke about the Truth, in this epistle, spoke a lot about the Truth,  sometimes I fear when people ask us, when people refer to one another, say, "I'm in the Truth," and there is something very right about that expression, but I think we need to be a little careful that we just kinda use it, almost like a name tag.  Be a little careful about the name, but the truth, that's a wonderful way to describe it and in the bible use it to describe what we believe, but it's not just kind of a singular name tag we put on it, but the truth is Jesus, Jesus is the truth.  Remember when Pilate asked Him, "Why, why don't you fight for your kingdom?  Every king that has ever had a kingdom in Israel, he has always fighted to hold on to it,

either he dies on the throne or somebody's going to take it away from him.  You're ready, why don't you fight for it?" Well , Jesus said, "If My kingdom, were it

of this world, I'd fight for it , just like any other king would hold on to His kingdom.  But My kingdom," He said, "is not of this world, it's from another source.  My kingdom is now, its not from that other source, My kingdom is a heavenly kingdom, they couldn't understand that," and He just told Pilate, "This is the cause I came. I didn't come to set up a kingdom here now, I didn't come up and set up something to try to make a big show here now. I am trying to bear witness of the truth."  And He said, "Everyone that is of the truth, hears My voice."  That blind man, he was that day,  unwilling, not loving truth himself. His last question that day to Jesus was, "What - is - truth?" So, we're, we are so thankful that we have come to know the truth as it is in Jesus, and He will just prevent us from allowing things to grow and develop in our lives that would develop a hatred toward one another or toward our brother. Whosoever is born of God will not sin, in that respect, if trust, if we don't love our brother that we can see, how can we love God whom we haven't  seen? Well, that was serious, Jesus spoke a lot about that in His ministry. We don't forgive one another and that neither God can forgive us.  That's nothing to go around with the attitude that we have to, have to forgive

my brother, if I have to do it, I'll do it. Like we were mentioning to some recently, what, what if God was like that toward us? What about the hymn that says, "Thou doesn't delight to put our wrongs aside, as from our  hearts we purpose to abide." That's what John is speaking about in this chapter, the Lord delights to put our wrongs aside, as from our hearts we purpose to abide.  As there is a right repentance, a confession, we confess our sin, like it says, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Well, a soul that's experiencing that relationship with God, and that's keeping true, and that keeping right with God, by that means, He is anxious to extend that to another. Being forgiving and  I do believe, so subtly, that the other way there, we need help to subdue that from God. That I think, is in the long run, as we keep true to God, keep loving God, keep loving His provision for forgiveness for us, we learn to love the privilege to forgive others, not something we are going to have to do, it's not going to be a commandment that's grievous to us. It's something  we have to do, that's a grievous commandment, love, forgive one another, if that's what you have to do, that's grievous, and John said that was one of the evidences, that of the signs that we were right and that we are a child of God, is that we find that His commandments are not grievous. When he mentioned in that fifth chapter, by this we know that we love the children of God and keep His commandments for this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments and His commandments are not grievous. That would be a burdensome thing, we were hearing about the way, how they were fighting greater battles.  That's so true, more stern will grow the conflict as nears our Lord's return, those alone kept faithful, and from them God ask nothing, but to unlatch the door, living in His truth, that they can conquer

ever more. But this is the other beauty, dying to our own will, denying yourself, taking up your cross, standing out, fighting reproach from others, that's what that means, I think, the way I understand it, there always will be struggles and test yourself, this would just help to put self into subjection each day, that His will could be done in your life, well, then when we walk out into the world where people are just living for their own will and their own  self, doing their own thing as they say, you are going to get some reproach because they are going to look down on you and despise you, just like they despised the Lord when He lived that way. Selfless people are going to be looked down upon by selfish people. And bearing our cross, we don't mind that, we can follow Him.  I just love this expression, I think this is what it means, maybe it will help us to understand. In the third chapter, my little children, in verse eighteen, speaks about us understanding the love of

God, this isn't the way we really perceive it, this is the way we've got to know it, understand it, is that Christ lay down His life for us, verse sixteen, so then we ought to lay down our lives for our brethren. That's the way that would work, well, we can see the love of God. In that earlier chapter, that second chapter , John spoke of that , just the way Jesus said about it. A new commandment, a new commandment I give unto you, said the old commandments you've had from the beginning, thou shalt love, we were taught that as children, to love, bringing up, to love one another, and we struggled with that at times, and to love our parents, and to love others, we've been taught that, that's wonderful, wonderful what's within the range the human family, to do limited well by a perfect stranger, anger, in anger, or we can't perform any work that will make us right eternally, but even in the natural family, God has given a potential there to glorify the one that made

us, there is a love in the human family, when we used, utilize it, when used and practiced, is greater, it's greater, it's far above what you could ever see in any other  creation. When it is utilized, but we have been exposed to a far greater love. Not just the love that mother had for us, and father had for us, which we become more and more thankful for as time goes on, we just become so thankful and so grateful for having had the little bit of love, normal, maybe bringing up. We've seen children go out sometimes into unpleasant situations, parents didn't love them and parents didn't love each other, left each other and left 'em with other people, lots of incidents like that.  Sometimes happens because the flesh is weak and it just makes us thankful, and it makes us thankful for our parents loved us and we weren't exposed to that kind of love as children, but however, in the first commandment and the law was, when it was given to people, was given to unregenerate people was a spiritual law given to carnal men and when they are asked to love one another, that family from the beginning was to the extent to which God put in them humanly to do. But He said, "We have a need for that."  He said, "This thing, it's true in Him," verse eight, "New commandment I write unto you, which then is true in Christ," in other words, the truth of this commandment is seen in Him. And in you because the darkness is past and the true light now shines, well, we've listened here in the meetings, heard again about the sacrifice of Christ and His leaving heavens glory to come to earth to live for us, the Sinless One dying for us as sinners, the just dying for the unjust, the one that was godly for the ungodly.  We have been shown a love, exposed to a love that is far greater that human love. The full expression of the divine love of God in Jesus. God so loved the world, that He gave His Son. And with the giving of His Son, and

the living of His Son amongst us, and His dying on Calvary, everything showed us that God loved man, and showed us the love of God, and even showed us that

kind of love and we feel moved by that kind of love, so now we can love one another even as Christ loved us, that knows no boundary. We read in first Corinthians  thirteen, that speaks about love that endures all things, but when you keep a record of wrong, keep a record of evil, things like that are able to conquer everything.

 

Nothing can withstand it, so glad that we've come to know about that, and like it says, for us, many of us that are walking in this way, we're just gonna feel unworthy, hope we never feel that way.  We're always gonna feel unworthy, and that doesn't just give us an excuse to slouch off, if I can use that expression, but even when we are giving him a our best, giving it our all, we are going to feel like in our own hearts, we're not doing enough.  Well, I love the expression where it says, "Love neither in deed, not in words, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth," verse eighteen of the third chapter, and hereby none are of the truth, this is the way we'll know we are in the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him or it says how we will set our hearts at rest, that when our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and no thought brings, we love, if our hearts condemn us enough, not then we have confidence towards God, regardless of our unworthiness, that doesn't disqualify us as children of God. It qualifies us, but don't let that feeling of unworthiness be the last feeling you have.  Let us understand this, that God is greater than our hearts, He knows all things, there is a way that our hearts can be put at rest, you don't have to be restless with a feeling of unworthiness, but we can see that God counts us worthy through the blood of His Son as we continue to love Him and follow Him  even though we fall short of the perfection that is in Him, as we continue to abide in Him, let that Holy Spirit abide in us, His Holy Spirit, then we'll have peace with God.