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Promised

“This is the promise that He Himself has made to us: eternal life.”—1 John 2:25 NASB      Lately, I have heard a lot about the promises of God. It’s wild to think of God promising us anything when I try to wrap my simple brain around it, but He has promised us some amazing things. Part of my looking at the promises in the New Testament has led me to realize that if only three promises are specifically made to me, in my faith, as a believer today, in this moment—I am stressing the point of me, right now—then I have every reason to be super stoked and full of joy.       The first promise is that of the Holy Spirit. This is major. Jesus called this the promise of His Father (Luke 24:49). In Acts, He told the Apostles to stay in Jerusalem until God blessed them with the promise of the Holy Spirit, which they received, and we are blessed to receive, too (Acts 1:4; 2:23). The Holy Spirit guides us, directs us, convicts us, and helps us understand the Word of God. I mean, the Holy S

One or the Other

“As for you, let that abide in you what you have heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father”—1 John 2:24 NASB      Such a straightforward verse. Yet, what is the writer saying to the original recipients? What was it that they had heard from the beginning? To love one another, just as God loved us and Christ loved us. It was John that said God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, and it was also John that said he was not giving us a new commandment but that we were to love one another, right? At the center of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is a selfless love that we have not earned, nor do we deserve. A love that went to the cross while we were all still sinners, while we were all still enemies of God so that we may be able to once again enter into a relationship with God as He originally intended.      If we abide in that love, John tells us that we will also abide in the Son

Saved or Lost?

“Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.”—1John 2:22-23 NASB      These verses are heavy for me. How many people in todays culture call themselves spiritual? How many of us know family and friends that have an eclectic stream of ideas from all over the place that just are not grounded in the Bible?   In the hodgepodge of spiritual-movements that are out there, I know there are people that believe Jesus was born a man, and through His careful attention to the Law, “the Christ” was then able to possess Him, (for lack of a better way of putting it), so that He became the Christ when John baptized Him. Some may even go so far as to say that He became a God, which is the destiny of each one of us if we dare to follow in His footsteps.      This is not a new thought-process, the Gnostic's he