Knowledge of Spiritual Reality
Book of 1 John Chapter 3:1-10
Last week we had a lesson on Apostasy so today we see more of the truth.
What is reality? Reality is the truth. It is fact. It is real as compared to false!
What is it to be spiritual? Spiritual things are things taught to us by the Holy Spirit as compared to natural things, things that are taught to us by the world.
1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Only the child of God can know the reality of the Holy Spirit and the Spiritual truths in the Word of God.
What is the greatest truth of the Bible? The Bible is God’s love letter to those who love Him!
The Bible is God’s instruction manual on how to live in this world until it’s time for us to go home!
The truth is, if God loves us then, He must be very near to us and a loving God is not some deity who does not care about His creations.
What is the truth of our loving God? God does not do bad things even though He is accused of everything that happens that is bad and seldom gets the credit for the good things!
God is always available to help those who love Him in return!
We will never experience the true love of God unless we return to Him the love that He deserves!
*1Jn 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
What a privilege it is to be called the children of God even if we are His adopted children. Those who are adopted know they have been chosen!
As a child of God, we know that our Father is the most powerful, the Supreme Majesty of this cosmos we call creation.
Not an accident as so many boasts of, but a calculated creation that operates according to the law of God and overseen by His Holy Angels!
Psa 91:9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
Psa 91:10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
Psa 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
Psa 91:12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Psa 91:13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Psa 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
You know what? Even in these things God is no respecter of persons!
There is only one thing we can do to become a child of God and this to believe the things He has caused to happen for our salvation.
We must have faith in the truth of the Word of God!
We know because we were once a part of them that the natural man has chosen to go their own way without God.
It is their belief that God will restrain them from seeking their own way and this is true! To be a child of God is to be an obedient child!
They do not realize, or they don’t care that the benefits of being a child of God, far outweigh the loses that come by being a child of this world!
The world cannot understand believers because the world never understood the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now I do not profess to know everything about my Savior, but I am certain that one day soon He will return to take me home if the end of my days does not come first, where some Angels will carry me home to Heaven to be with my Savior!
*1Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
It should be very clear to us, that we are already the adopted children of God. Being a child of God is not in our future because it has already happened! God has just not picked us up yet!
It is not “that we shall be”, we are already in the family of God if we have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior!
When we give our life to Jesus, we are accepted into the family of God!
We should say this over and over again until it sinks in!
We have no idea what a glorified body will look like!
We have no idea what perfection does for our soul!
We do know that when we meet Jesus in the clouds, we will be conformed to the exact image of Him!
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Will we be equals of the Lord? No this will never happen. We will never be gods! We will be like Jesus Christ in perfection!
We should remember, Jesus still had nail scared hands and feet and His side still showed the marks of a spear.
Most all these things go past our ability to understand, but this flesh we now have will no longer exist as it does today!
Our new body will not be corruptible!
Our new body will be a Spiritual body!
Our new body will be a heavenly body!
Our new body will be eternal!
Our new body will never age!
Flesh and blood will never be allowed in heaven!
1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Today we rest in the promises of God and our hope is always in the Lord!
1Th_2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
If you cannot love the Lord Jesus Christ, you can never get to Heaven!
*1Jn 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
What are we to be doing? You see God wants a people who are just like Him!
This is why Jesus is to be our example in everything!
God wants us to be pure.
God wants us to be holy.
God wants us to be righteous.
These are the reasons Jesus paid the price for our salvation!
It is His purity, His holiness and His righteousness and especially His love, that we are to strive for today!
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
We will never be pure until we are working the hardest to keep from sin even if it is impossible!
God blesses effort, He does not bless failure!
*1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
The “law” in this passage would represent all the Word of God. Jesus Christ came to fulfill all the law of God, “all the Scriptures” and He is the only One who could do this.
The fact remains that any transgression of the law, the laws that Jesus kept, then would be sin!
Any violation of the law of God means a rejection of the authority of our Most High God!
Most of us do not see sin the way God sees sin.
We will say we made a mistake.
We will say we came up short.
We will say we had a momentary brain flaw.
We will say we made a bad decisiuon.
We will say we became irrational.
We will say it is just a social thing.
Sin is a far more serious thing to God!
Sin is a transgression of His law!
It is sin that caused Him to leave His throne room and come to this earth to die!
Sin is choosing to ignore our Supreme God!
Sin is living your way instead of living like God has commanded!
Sin is disobedience, not doing what God has but doing what God says not to do!
Sin is ignoring God and neglecting His Word!
Sin is an outright rebellion to a Holy God!
Sin is denying God and denying His remedy.
God is a perfect God and He only accepts perfection!
If God allowed any imperfection into the New Heaven then it would be imperfect.
Sin is imperfection!
Sin had to have a perfect remedy!
*1Jn 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
We see that word manifested in the Bible and it means that the way to take away our sins has been plainly shown to us!
Why did the Lord come to this earth? To take away our sins!
We had a great need for deliverance and the Lord Jesus Christ came to deliver us!
Until the Lord Jesus came to this earth the first time there was no means available for deliverance from sin and reconciliation with God!
Of all who walk upon the face of this earth not one was ever free of sin. In Jesus there was no sin!
If we are in Jesus, then we are also sin free!
Rom_13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Jesus did not have to come to this world to see how things were coming along with His creation. He could see everything from Heaven!
There was only one reason He had to come, and to do this He had to be born like men and then be put to death for our sins. He had no sin himself!
In order for any of us to make it to the glory world, then we had to be made like Christ, that is we had to be made free from sin!
This is something that we all must know and understand and believe!
Jesus always existed but He had to become visible to the human eye. He had to leave the Spirit world and enter into the physical world!
There was only one reason He would do such a thing, and this is because God loves us, and God wants us to join Him in eternity in His Spiritual world!
To show we love our God then we need to turn from our sin and turn toward the sinless Son of God!
2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
It is now, before the Lord returns for the second time that we must accept these truths!
2Co 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
In reality the world is running out of time till the day of the wrath of God, toward all those who reject His Son!
*1Jn 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
Most all the world and many in the Church reject this statement. (Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not)
Today many in the church have no problem believing we must not sin, but when it comes to those who believe that God makes mistakes and some girls are in a man’s body and some guys are in a lady’s body and this is not sin, are fools.
God does not make mistakes!
If you are in a boy’s body, then you are a boy!
If you are in a girl’s body, then you are a girl!
These things are reality and to do different is abiding in sin, just like abiding in any other sin!
It is obvious that none of us are perfect and we can only be perfect in if we abide in Jesus Christ!
This is the only proof of deliverance!
To love the Lord Jesus Christ is to be obedient to all the Word of God, rightly divided.
Rightly divided means God wrote about sin and the sinner.
Rightly divided means God wrote how to be saved and teaches us about His Savior.
We cannot truly say we know Christ and reject the Word of God!
To do differently is to be deceived and many deceivers have entered the church today leading many souls to Hell!
We have to do more than profess Christ we must accept all of Christ!
We have to do more than be baptized!
We have to do more than join some church!
We have to do more than attend some church regularly!
We have to do more than fellowship with Christians!
We have to do more that read the Bible!
We have to do more than pray, for without Christ that prayer will never be heard!
When we live according to the world’s temporary pleasures and seek more and more of the world’s temporary comforts and temporary possessions, and still believe that God will receive us, we live in a deceived frame of mind and are still bound for Hell!
We must deny ourselves of our lust and desires, to be acceptable to God!
Rom_8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
To mortify is to go ahead and place the deeds of our sinful flesh in a casket and bury them to be clean from them forever!
We must walk away from our old lifestyle, which by the way is to repent, which is not taught much in the church today!
Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Col 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
To be righteous is to do all things the right way and the right way is according to the written Word of God, rightly divided!
God does not ever do anything that goes against His own written words!
It is only in the Lord where we can have righteousness!
Isa 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
The object of being like Christ is to have no sin to keep us out of Heaven!
Psa 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Unless we have faith in the Lord and have picked up our cross to follow Him, we will never be filled with the Holy Spirit who will dictate our lives until the Lord takes us home!
Hint: Without the Holy Spirit you will never understand the truth of the Bible nor be able to teach others the truth of God!
The Bible is a “Spiritual Book” which the world will never understand!
You will never be acceptable to God, until you know right from wrong and live right or live righteous! Righteous according to what God says is right!
For those who reject this truth God has these words:
*1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
All those who think it is acceptable to hold on to their sin and be acceptable to a Holy God, who are of the Devil!
It cannot be much plainer than these words written here!
Jesus Christ is a Deliverer! If you have not been delivered, then you have not accepted the truth of Jesus Christ!
Every place you see the Devil you will see death!
Satan was the very first sinner and he will never repent. Everyone who rejects the work of Christ Jesus belong to Satan and they are bound for Satan’s death!
Remember Hell and the Burning Lake of Fire were created for the Lucifer (the Devil, Satan, the Deceiver) and for all Luciferians!
Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the Devil!
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
What is the reality of sin?
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;
What is the reality of Jesus Christ?
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
There is no battle of good and evil because all the world is evil, and no one is good enough to get to Heaven!
The Devil is a real person, much more than just our fallen nature, much more than just than just our sinful actions!
The Devil has brought death all these years, but Jesus Christ is our substitute for death!
Satan, the Devil, no longer has the power to cause us to be separated from God, we can now make this choice ourselves because of the work of Jesus Christ!
1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
All we need do is to open up the doors of our heart and let the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ enter in and cleanse us from all sin!
Rom 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
This is what being “Born Again” is all about!
*1Jn 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
What is the result of being “Born Again”? We have an Advocate who pleads His own righteousness in our favor every day that we remain upon this earth if we ask forgiveness for the errors that we still commit.
Spiritually speaking as the children of God, we must remain in Christ who cannot sin!
What is the truth?
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
When we have faith in the works of Jesus Christ for our salvation, He gives us the power to become sons just like He is the Son of the Father!
When we come from the flesh, we will be like the flesh.
When we come by the Lord Jesus Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit, we will be like our Savior, spiritual, holy and heavenly a complete blood bought child of God!
God the Holy Spirit is the author of all the Word of God!
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the author of our salvation!
This is the seed that must be planted in our hearts and allowed to grow as it is watered by the Holy Spirit!
Jesus cannot sin and those who are in Christ cannot sin!
So to live in sin, is contrary to the nature of Christ!
Sin is the greatest of all evil!
Holiness is the highest of all good!
So how can we be made free from sin? We must be “Born of God”!!!!!!!
We must have the seed of the new of the New Birth!
Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
We must have the seed of the New Creature!
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2Co 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
We must have the seed of the New Man!
Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
We must put on the New Man!
Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
We now have a divine nature!
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
This is what the Holy Spirit will do when He is allowed to do His work within us!
*1Jn 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
In other words, do we truly love God like we say we do?
Do we really share the love God has given to us with “all” those we come in contact with?
Do we wear the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ?
We should see that there are only two groups of people in this world!
There are the children of the Devil.
There are the children of God.
These two groups encompass all the people of our world.
So which nature are we going show?
God is love!
God is Holy!
God is righteous!
God is pure!
God is perfect!
Now we cannot be God, but we certainly should be showing these same qualities as best we can!
Jesus said we can wrap all these qualifications up in one and that one is “Love”!
1Co_13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
The key we are to store in our heart is: “whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God”.
This is our goal for learning today, and tomorrow, and the next day and every day until we go home to be with the Lord!
This is Spiritual Reality!