The Apostle John, in a letter addressing a congregation in his care, responded with joy over those walking in the truth. As Alistair Begg walks us through John’s request that Christ’s followers continue in love, we are also reminded of the role of obedience to God’s commands. Although acceptance in Christ is not secured by obedience, a life of obedience out of love reflects the preeminence of God’s reign in a heart.
4I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 5And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
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