This Much I Know – A “Know So” Religion from First John

Some say, “We can’t know anything” Others seem to think they know everything.  The truth is somewhere in the middle, for we can know the truth (John 8:32; 1 John 2:21), but we will not understand many things until we get to heaven (1 John 3:1-2).

Consider fifteen “knows” in 1 John. We can know the following:

  1. “We know Him” (1 John2:3-4).
  2. “We are in Him” (1 John 2:5).
  3. Who is born of God (1 John 2:29).
  4. We will be like Him (1 John 3:1-3).
  5. “He was manifested to take away our sins” (1 John 3:5).
  6. We have “passed from death to life” (1 John 3:14).
  7. “We are of the truth” (1 John 3:19).
  8. “He abides in us”  (1 John 3:24)
  9. The Spirit of God abides (1 John 4:2, 3, 6).
  10. “Everyone that loves knows God”  ( 1 John 4:7-8).
  11. “We abide in Him” (1 John 4:13).
  12. “We love the children of God” (1 John 5:2-3)
  13. We have eternal life (1 John 5:11-13).
  14. He hears us (1 John 5: 14-15).
  15. The whole world lies in wickedness (1 John 5:19).

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” John 8:32

Dan Winkler
House to House – Heart to Heart
Vol 22 #5

Who Are You Living For?

Who is it that we should live life for? Is it to please others, self, or God? Remember what Jesus prayed for in the Garden of Gethsemane: “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39b).

It was not about others. It was not about himself. It was all about living for God and doing God’s will throughout His life. If Jesus lived life this way, we should live life the same way, “not as I will, but as you will.”

Thinking about this passage and how Jesus lived his life, I came across these sayings this week, and I pray that they will encourage you as they did me.
  • If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives – BE      KIND ANYWAY.
  • If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends, and some          genuine enemies — SUCCEED ANYWAY.
  • If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you – BE HONEST          AND SINCERE ANYWAY.
  • If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous – BE HAPPY          ANYWAY.
  • The good you do today, will often be forgotten – DO GOOD ANYWAY.
  • Give the best you have, and it will never be enough — GIVE YOUR BEST
  • In the final analysis, it’s between you and God — IT WAS NEVER                    BETWEEN YOU AND THEM ANYWAY.
Who are you living life for, ANYWAY?
Lance Morrisett
Hooker church of Christ, Hooker, OK