Easter message in 1 John

Pastor Greg Locke at the Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee specializes in expository preaching. That is, he’ll take a book of the Bible and preach it verse-by-verse. It typically takes months to get through an entire book. We are currently moving through 1-3 John. It just so happens that the verses that lined up with Easter Sunday (1 John 3:6-10) have everything to do with Easter Sunday.

God cannot lie. When God makes a promise, we can stand with confidence on that promise. We are saved by grace and live by grace. We are children of the most high God. Our identity is in God, not in earthly things. John continually reminds us to not be deceived because man is so easily deceived. God imputed to sinners His righteousness.

1. Our righteousness is a direct result and a natural response to the righteousness of God. It is natural for a lost person to live like a lost person. We do what comes natural. So it should come natural to a saved person to live righteously. We are born in sin and so our righteousness comes only from God. Just as in one man we died to sin (Adam), in one man we are also delivered from sin (Christ).

We try to cover our sin by our own hand. It takes God to redeem us. Arrogance will always turn an angel into a devil. He knows his destination is in Hell and he is trying to take as many with him as he can. The gospel destroys the work of the devil.

2. We do not have to remain under the dictation and domination of Satan. The devil is a defeated individual. The devil cannot make us do anything, for we believers are in bondage to Christ and not Satan. He is still a powerful being, but his power has limits. It is God who has all the power. Had Christ stayed dead we’d still be in bondage to sin. But Christ arose. He was seen by hundreds of witnesses after the tomb. He is alive today. Thus, born once, die twice. Born twice, die once.

If you could lose your salvation, you already would have because none of us are good enough to earn salvation on our own. John wrote that he could tell who you belong to by the way you live your life. We can’t say we love God, who we have not seen, if we also hate our brother, who we have seen.

3. The gospel gives us transformation, not perfection. As far is God is concerned, we stand perfect before Him (positionally). Practically, we are still a mess. But our struggles day-by-day will lessen.

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