What we do with God’s Word
1 John 2:3-11
- Think of someone you love and respect (parent, teacher, grandparent, etc…).
- If this person asks you to do something, do you do it?
- Do you listen to them when they speak, or do you just ignore them?
- If they give you advice, what do you do with that advice?
1 John 2:3-11 (HCSB)
This is how we are sure that we have come to know Him: by keeping His commands. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. This is how we know we are in Him: The one who says he remains in Him should walk just as He walked.
Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old command that you have heard from the beginning. The old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
The one who says he is in the light but hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and doesn’t know where he’s going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
How can we be sure that we have come to know Christ?
- By keeping His commands.
- Does this mean that if we don’t keep God’s commands perfectly, then we do not know Him?
- If we have a heart that strives to obey God rather than please self, it may be evidence of our relationship with Christ.
- Someone who has a relationship with Christ and who knows God strives for what is right no matter the cost.
- If we do not care about obeying God (If we don’t strive for obedience), then we lie when we claim to know God.
- The love of God is perfected in our obedience. What does this mean?
- A father shows love when he instructs his children rightly.
- That love is perfected when his children live by that instruction!
- Since God’s love is already perfect, coming from God who is perfect, it seems as though we are the ones being perfected: so that the love in us becomes like the love of God. This enables us to walk as Christ walked!
Do we really love God?
- If He asks us to do something, do we do it?
- Do we listen to Him when He speaks, or do we just ignore Him?
- When He gives us advice, what do we do with that advice?
What is the Bible?
- Is it God’s Word?
- Does He gives us commands in His Word?
- Has He used His Word to speak to us?
- Does He give us advice in His Word?
- So we read the Bible like it is instruction, advice and words directly from our Heavenly Father.
- The Bible is literally God’s 66 book love letter to His children.
- If we love God, we will strive to live by its words.
What do we do with God’s Word?
- Do we just read it, or do we live by it?
- Does the Bible benefit us at all if we only read it?
- God loves us enough to tell us about Himself, to give us instruction and to give us advice!
Questions for class discussion:
- Why do Christians focus on learning God’s Word when they fail to obey it?
- Are there any parts of Scripture we ignore today?
- Should we ignore these things?
- What do our actions communicate about our beliefs?
- What would it look like if we “walked as Christ walked”?
- Why is it so easy to hear God’s Word, but difficult to live according to it?