Sunday  05 September 2004

 

Dear Believer,

 

We have the second study of the book of 1 John also translated into Afrikaans. We will be sending the studies in both languages to cater for those who have requested both languages. As Image grows we believe that our target of 1million souls per week will realise. Please pray with us as we require more  resources and time to grow into our vision. We trust that we will be translating into French and Portuguese soon.

 

Please feel free to use these studies in care groups, Bible studies and at home for spiritual enrichment. Please reproduce these studies and send them on to your Christian friends.

 

Remember; Using Christ as a role model for living affords us Godly insight, knowledge, wisdom and power .

 

Best regards

Pastor, Dr Cliff  Ferguson   prayer@image.org.za

Image Ministries    http://image.org.za

 The book of 1 John; Chapter 2

1 John Chapter 2

1John 2:1 My little children, I write these things to you so that you do not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation relating to our sins, and not relating to ours only, but also relating to all the world.

2:3 And by this we know that we have known Him, if we keep His commands. 2:4 The one saying, I have known Him, and not keeping His commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that one. 2:5 But whoever keeps His Word, truly in this one the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him. 2:6 The one claiming to rest in Him ought so to walk himself as that One walked.

2:7 Brothers, I do not write a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the Word which you have heard from the beginning. 2:8 Again I write a new commandment to you which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true Light already shines. 2:9 The one claiming to be in the light, and hating his brother, is in the darkness until now. 2:10 The one loving his brother rests in the light, and no offence is in him. 2:11 But the one hating his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness blinded his eyes.

2:12 Little children, I write to you because you have been forgiven your sins through His name. 2:13 Fathers, I write to you because you have known Him from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father. 2:14 Fathers, I have written to you because you have known Him from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil. 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, 2:16 because all that which is in the world: the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 2:17 And the world is passing away, and its lust. But the one doing the will of God abides forever.

2:18 Little children, it is a last hour, and as you heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have risen up, from which you know that it is a last hour. 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us. For if they were of us, they would have remained with us; but they left so that it might be revealed that they all are not of us.

2:20 And you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 2:21 I did not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because every lie is not of the truth. 2:22 Who is the liar, except the one denying, saying that Jesus is not the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one denying the Father and the Son. 2:23 Everyone denying the Son does not have the Father. The one confessing the Son also has the Father. 2:24 Then what you heard from the beginning, let it abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you will abide both in the Son and in the Father. 2:25 And this is the promise which He promised us: everlasting life. 2:26 I wrote these things to you concerning the ones leading you astray. 2:27 And the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you. But as His anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and as He taught you, abide in Him.

2:28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He is revealed we may have confidence, and not be shamed from Him in His coming. 2:29 If you know that He is righteous, know that everyone doing righteousness has been generated from Him. .

Scriptural Context 

 

In Chapter 2 the apostle writes to encourage Christians to have a true knowledge of the love of God, thus overcoming spiritual frailty.

 

 (1:1-2) Christ our advocate

The topic about sinning and punishment after receiving salvation often comes up within Christian discussions. The author points out that we are as little children who do falter. Our defence is in the advocate to the Father, Jesus Christ. He intercedes for us when we come to the throne of grace for forgiveness, thus there is no need for penance.

 

(2:3-6) Walking in the ways of Christ

We are encouraged to live within the bounds of Christ's commands. These would be the two greatest namely: (Mat 22:37) And Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." (Deut. 6:5) (Mat 22:38) This is the first and great commandment. (Mat 22:39) And the second is like it: "You shall love your neighbour as yourself." (Lev. 19:18)

 

These commandments are removed from the law to become a way of life. Loving God with all your heart, mind and soul implies doing the full will of God. Loving your neighbour as yourself contradicts human wrongdoing and strife within and without the body of Christ. If this becomes a way of life a positive social impact is implied.
 

(2:6-11) The New Commandment

It is clear that the New Commandment is one of love; firstly for God and secondly for those around us. Similarly but not separated is  our love for God. Both are just as important and without one the other is contradicted. This means as Christians are not capable of hating another, that is if we love God.

 

Hate the author compares to darkness. John's light versus darkness formula expels darkness where God (light) is. Darkness is also compared to blindness. Spiritual blindness is a contradiction of love and a consequence of hate.

 

(2:12-17) A message to the Church

The author addresses four generations in this paragraph; the Elders, fathers, youth and the little children. Fathers are connected to two generations. This is the composition of the church and society. The elders had transferred  the tradition of Christendom which they received from Christ's teachings.

 

The young who are stronger and eager abiding by the Word of God overcome evil. Evil is linked to fleshly sin, lust and the love of worldly goods. These are just earthly moments where the will of God is eternal. The congregations are encouraged to be strong and to avoid the pride of life.

 

(2:18-19) The last hour

It is interesting that even the apostles of old believed they were living in the last hours before Christ's return. The apostle John gives three accounts in this passage a) a reference to Daniel 9:26, the end of time b) that these signs of the end times where manifest  through the defectors from Christianity who were seen as antichrists c) that these defectors where part of the Christian fold before defecting. Although the author believed the prophecy of Daniel was being fulfilled in his day we can see this as a misinterpretation of the 'end', this was not applicable to his generation.

 

(2:20-27) The anointing 

The anointing of the Holy Spirit is our knowledge of the Godhead. Only by accepting Christ as saviour do we receive the knowledge of truth. Truth opposes a lie and he who opposes Christ opposes the truth. The opposition of truth is not of God, thus those who reject Christ reject the Father who sent him.

 

The truth brings life, knowledge and joy. If we live in Christ we are in truth and are in the will of God. We are taught by Christ through the Holy Spirit, this guidance reveals Godly truth which overshadow the wisdom and philosophy of mortal men. If we abide in Christ we live righteously.

 

(2:28-29) Knowing righteousness in Christ

Our lives are linked to a spiritual preparation for the second coming of Christ or for eternal life, whichever precedes. We are called to live a life that would not cause Christ shame. This moment of eternal reality may surprise many and would cause souls to be lost because they were not expecting to meet the master so soon. The moment we meet Christ should be joyous and exiting not shameful and unexpected.

In context with daily living  

 

Christ our Advocate:

The concept of sin and forgiveness is not a once-off event as many would perceive. Because we are prone to sin by the pure nature of our bodies, we do sin after we have accepted Christ as our personal saviour. (Rom 5:12; 21; 6:1-23; 1Cor 8:12; 2Cor 5:21; Eph 4:26)

 

As children we are expected to be obedient to the Word. When we fail we have the right to approach our Father in heaven without human interaction. Our approach is one of repentance through Jesus Christ our advocate. Hence the scripture: (Heb 4:16) Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and we may find grace for timely help.

 

A life in Christ is different:

Although we are prone to sin as Christians we are called to a lifestyle that is bound to the word of God, this is our light. By walking and living as Christ did may not be the same for all individuals. The main reason being our different personalities, peer pressure and worldviews.

 

Christ has called us to live successful Christian lives. It is a pity that we become either very liberal or fanatical instead of using Christ as a model for life. Let's look at Christ's model for life:

  • Loving (John  3:16; 13:1; Mar 10:21)

  • Forgiving (Mar 2:10; Luke 6:37; 11:4)

  • Godly (1Ti 2:2; 3:16; 4:7; 2Pet 1:3)

  • Joyous (Ps 126:2;5; Prov 10:28; 15:13)

  • Content (Phi 4:11)

  • Full of life (John 6:63;8:12; Luke 12:15)

  • Spirit filled (Ezek 43:5; Luke 1:15; 2:40)

  • Steadfast (Ps 51:10; Act 6:4)

  • Dependable (James 1:3-9)

  • Ordered (Heb 2:8; 5:6; 6:20; 13:21)

Now understanding that we are subject to sanctification but not yet holy are lifestyle should combat sin. If our lifestyle allows for sin our minds will follow suite. The manifestation of a Christ like life is a removal of basic sins form our daily routine. This is not an easy exercise but definitely a spiritual one.

 

The Church is for those in need

The Church was never established to condemn or punish the sinner. The purpose of the body is to incorporate all members into a union of love that causes healing, changes lives and circumstance and combats sin. If the body works in the light of God it will reject and overcome darkness. Where light is growth and healing is encountered. The word of God is light and it overcomes evil without rejecting the sinner (1Cor 6:18-20; 12:12-27; 15:37-38; 44; Eph 4:4; 12; 16).

 

Being unified in a body means mechanisms are incubated to warn Christians of sin so that they may grow out of their sinful nature. This spiritual growth can also be likened to a germination where the core of a seed becomes a living organism and the shell, the sinful flesh, falls off and is rejected by the plant. The plant then has no resemblance of the shell. So to Christians lose their resemblance to the old sinful flesh and an everlasting body is cultivated in the spirit (Col 2:19; Heb 6:1; Eph 4:16).

 

Living in a world where everything goes

Overcoming one's fleshly desires may be rather complex. This ranges from lust, to power and wealth. We have an inborn quest for instant gratification and a want to obtain wealth and power. This complexity works against the Spirit of God. The fleshly desire opposes our spiritual anointing and we grieve the Holy Spirit ( Rom 7:21; Gal 4:9; Titus 3:8; Jam 4:2; Gal 2:20).

 

 When we overcome the fleshly phenomenon   we start understanding righteousness which  leads to holiness. Knowing our righteousness in Christ will lead to the following (1John 2:1; 1Cor 6:11; 2Tim 2:21):

  • A difference between the godly and the ungodly: (Mal 3:18)  Then you shall again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between him who serves God and him who does not serve Him.

  • Walking in the light of the Spirit: (Rom 8:4)  so that the righteous demand of the Law might be fulfilled in us, those not walking according to flesh, but according to Spirit.

  • Confession causing spiritual healing (James 5:16)  Confess to one another the deviations from the Law, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. Very strong is a righteous petition, being made effective.

An effective spiritual life has a good balance between; the gifts and manifestation of God's Spirit, a virtuous life, a loving attitude, a humbled spirit, a body encapsulated in selflessness. We are by no means perfect but we are God's children acting on his divine promise (John 6:51;Col 2:20; 2Cor 6:16; 1Tim 6:17).

Summary: 1 John 2

Has seven main sections: 

  • 1 John (2:1-2)            Christ our advocate

  • 1 John (2:3-6)            Walking in the ways of Christ

  • 1 John (2:6-11)          The New Commandment

  • 1 John (2:12-17)        A message to the Church

  • 1 John (2:18-19)        The last hour

  • 1 John (2:20-27)        The anointing

  • 1 John (2:28-29)        Knowing righteousness in Christ

 Die boek van 1 Johannes Hoofstuk  2

1 Johannes  Hoofstuk 2

1Joh 2:1 My kinders, ek skryf hierdie dinge aan julle, dat julle nie moet sondig nie; en as iemand gesondig het, ons het n Voorspraak by die Vader, Jesus Christus, die Regverdige.   2:2 En Hy is n versoening vir ons sondes, en nie alleen vir ons sn nie, maar ook vir di van die hele wreld.

2:3 En hieraan weet ons dat ons Hom ken: as ons sy gebooie bewaar.  2:4 Hy wat s: Ek ken Hom, en sy gebooie nie bewaar nie, is n leuenaar en in hom is die waarheid nie.  2:5 Maar elkeen wat sy woord bewaar, in hom het die liefde van God waarlik volmaak geword. Hieraan weet ons dat ons in Hom is.  2:6 Hy wat s dat hy in Hom bly, behoort self ook so te wandel soos Hy gewandel het.

2:7 Broeders, dit is geen nuwe gebod wat ek aan julle skryf nie, maar n ou gebod wat julle van die begin af gehad het. Die ou gebod is die woord wat julle van die begin af gehoor het.  2:8 En tog skryf ek aan julle n nuwe gebod wat waar is in Hom en in julle, want die duisternis gaan verby en die waaragtige lig skyn alreeds.  2:9 Hy wat s dat hy in die lig is en sy broeder haat, is in die duisternis tot nou toe.  2:10 Wie sy broeder liefhet, bly in die lig, en in hom is geen oorsaak van struikeling nie.  2:11 Maar hy wat sy broeder haat, is in die duisternis en wandel in die duisternis en weet nie waarheen hy gaan nie, omdat die duisternis sy o verblind het.

2:12 Ek skryf aan julle, my kinders, omdat die sondes julle vergewe is om sy Naam ontwil.  2:13 Ek skryf aan julle, vaders, omdat julle Hom ken wat van die begin af is. Ek skryf aan julle, jongmanne, omdat julle die Bose oorwin het. Ek skryf aan julle, kinders, omdat julle die Vader ken.  2:14 Ek het aan julle geskrywe, vaders, omdat julle Hom ken wat van die begin af is. Ek het aan julle geskrywe, jongmanne, omdat julle sterk is en die woord van God in julle bly en julle die Bose oorwin het. 2:15 Moenie die wreld liefh of die dinge wat in die wreld is nie. As iemand die wreld liefhet, dan is die liefde van die Vader nie in hom nie.  2:16 Want alles wat in die wreld isdie begeerlikheid van die vlees en die begeerlikheid van die o en die grootsheid van die leweis nie uit die Vader nie, maar is uit die wreld.  2:17 En die wreld gaan verby en sy begeerlikheid, maar hy wat die wil van God doen, bly vir ewig.

2:18 Kinders, dit is die laaste uur; en soos julle gehoor het dat die Antichris kom, bestaan daar ook nou baie antichriste, waaruit ons weet dat dit die laaste uur is.  2:19 Hulle het van ons uitgegaan, maar hulle was nie van ons nie; want as hulle van ons was, sou hulle by ons gebly het; maar dit moes aan die lig kom dat hulle nie almal van ons is nie.

2:20 En julle het die salwing van die Heilige en weet alles.  2:21 Ek het nie aan julle geskrywe omdat julle die waarheid nie ken nie, maar omdat julle dit ken en omdat geen leuen uit die waarheid is nie.  2:22 Wie is die leuenaar, behalwe hy wat ontken dat Jesus die Christus is? Dit is die Antichris wat die Vader en die Seun lon. 2:23 Elkeen wat die Seun lon, het ook nie die Vader nie.  2:24 Wat julle dan van die begin af gehoor het, laat dit in julle bly. As in julle bly wat julle van die begin af gehoor het, dan sal julle ook in die Seun en in die Vader bly.  2:25 En dit is die belofte wat Hy ons beloof het, naamlik die ewige lewe.  2:26 Dit het ek aan julle geskrywe met betrekking tot die wat julle mislei.  2:27 En die salwing wat julle van Hom ontvang het, bly in julle, en julle het nie nodig dat iemand julle leer nie; maar soos dieselfde salwing julle aangaande alles leer, so is dit ook waar en geen leuen nie; en soos di julle geleer het, so moet julle in Hom bly.

2:28 En nou, my kinders, bly in Hom, sodat ons vrymoedigheid kan h wanneer Hy verskyn en nie beskaamd van Hom weggaan by sy wederkoms nie.  2:29 As julle weet dat Hy regverdig is, dan weet julle dat elkeen wat die geregtigheid doen, uit Hom gebore is.

 

Skriftuurlike inhoud 

 

In hoofstuk twee moedig die apostel die Christene aan om 'n ware kennis van die liefde van God te h om sodoende geestelike swakheid te oorkom.

 

 (1:1-2) Christus ons Advokaat

In Christelike gesprekke word daar dikwels gepraat oor sondes en die straf daarvan.  Die skrywer wys daarop dat ons soos kinders is wat wel fouteer.  Jesus Christus tree as Advokaat op en verdedig ons by die Vader.  Wanneer ons by die troon van genade kom vir vergifnis tree ons middelaar op en is dit nie nodig om boete te doen nie.

 

(2:3-6) Bewandel die weg van Christus

Ons word aangemoedig om binne die grense van Christus se gebod te lewe.  Die twee grootste gebooie naamlik:   (Mat 22:37)  En Jesus antwoord hom: "Jy moet die Here jou God liefh met jou hele hart en met jou hele siel en met jou hele verstand." (Deut 6:5)  (Mat 22:38)  Dit is die eerste en groot gebod.   (Mat 22:39)  En die tweede wat hiermee gelykstaan: "Jy moet jou naaste liefh soos jouself."  (Lev 19:18)

 

Hierdie twee gebooie is uit die wet geneem om 'n lewenswyse te word.  Om God met jou hele hart, verstand en gees lief te h, is om die volle wil van God te doen.  Wanneer jy jou naaste lief het soos jouself strewe jy daarna om nie kwaad aan jou medemens te doen nie.  Sodra ons dit op ons lewens toepas vind daar 'n positiewe sosiale inpak plaas.
 

(2:6-11) Die nuwe Gebod

Dit is duidelik dat die nuwe gebod een van liefde is - eerstens liefde vir God en tweedens liefde vir mekaar.  Ons liefde vir God kan nie los staan van ons liefde vir ons medemens nie.  Wanneer ons God lief het is dit onmootlik vir Christene om mekaar te haat.

 

Die skrywer vergelyk haat met duisternis.  Volgens Johannes se formule van lig versus duisternis verjaag God se lig die duisternis.  Duisternis word ook vergelyk met blindheid.  Geestelike blindheid is in teenstelling van liefde en die gevolg van haat.

 

(2:12-17) 'n Boodskap vir die Kerk

Die skrywer spreek vier geslagte hier aan:  die bejaardes, die vaders, die jeug en die klein kindertjies.  Die vaders is verbind met twee geslagte.  Dit is die samestelling van die kerk en die gemeenskap.  Soos die bejaardes die Christelike leringe ontvang het, so het hulle die Christelike tradisie oorgedra.

 

Die jeug, wat sterk is en gretig Gods Woord gehoorsaam, oorkom die kwaad.  Boosheid is gekoppel aan vleeslike sonde, begeerte en liefde vir wreldse voorspoed.  Hierdie is slegs aardse oomblikke waar die Wil van God vir ewig is.  Die gemeentes word aangemoedig om sterk te wees en egoisme te vermy.

 

(2:18-19) Die laaste uur

Dit is interessant om te weet dat selfs die Apostels van ouds geglo het dat hulle in die laaste tye, voor Christus se wederkoms, gelewe het.  In hierdie gedeelte gee die apostel Johannes drie verwysings a)  'n verwysing na Danil 9:26 die eindtyd.  b)  hierdie tekens van die eindtyd word geopenbaar deur die afvalliges wat gesien is as die antichris.  c)  Hierdie afvalliges was deel van die Christendom voordat hulle afvallig geword het.  Alhoewel die skrywer geglo het dat die profesie van Danil volbring sou word gedurende sy tyd was dit 'n misinterpretasie.  Dus nie van toepassing op sy generasie nie.

 

(2:20-27) Die salwing 

Die salwing van die Heilige Gees is ons kennis van die Godheid slegs deur Christus.  Om hulle as ons verlosser te aanvaar, ontvang ons die kennis van die waarheid.  Waarheid staan die leuen teen en wie God teenstaan staan die waarheid teen.  Wie Christus verwerp, verwerp ook die Vader wat Hom gestuur het.

 

Die waarheid gee lewe, kennis en vreugde.  Wanneer ons in Christus lewe, lewe ons in die waarheid en doen ons die wil van God.  Christus leer ons deur die Heilige Gees.  Hierdie lering openbaar die Goddelike waarheid wat die kennis en filosofie van die sterflike mens oorskadu.  Wanneer ons gehoorsaam is aan Christus lewe ons geregverdig.

 

(2:28-29) Herken regverdigheid in God

Ons lewens is gekoppel met 'n geestelike voorbereiding vir die wederkoms van Christus of die ewige lewe.  Watter een ook al eerste mag kom.  Ons is geroepe om 'n lewe te lei wat Christus nie sal bedroef nie.  Die oomblik van ewige werklikheid sal baie verras.   Omdat hulle nie verwag het om Jesus so gou te ontmoet nie sal baie verlore gaan.  Die oomblik wat ons Christus weer ontmoet moet vreugdevol en opwindend wees, en nie onverwags en vol berou nie.

In ooreenstemming met die daaglikse lewe.   

 

Christus ons Advokaat:

Die begrip van sonde en vergifnis is nie 'n eenmalige gebeurtenis soos baie reken nie.  Omdat ons van nature tot sonde geneig is, sondig ons tog nog nadat ons Christus as ons persoonlike saligmaker aangeneem het.   (Rom 5:12; 21; 6:1-23; 1Kor 8:12; 2Kor 5:21; Efs 4:26)

 

As God se kinders moet ons gehoorsaam wees aan die Woord.  Wanneer ons egter fouteer mag ons, ons na God die Vader wend deur Jesus ons Advokaat sonder menslike interaksie.  Aldus die Woord van God: (Heb 4:16)  Laat ons dan met vrymoedigheid na die troon van die genade gaan, sodat ons barmhartigheid kan verkry en genade vind om op die regte tyd gehelp te word.

 

'n Lewe in Christus is anders:

Omdat ons van nature tot sonde geneig is word ons deur die Woord van God, wat die lig is, tot 'n sekere lewenswyse geroep.  Om soos Christus te lewe sal nie deur almal dieselfde genterpreteer word nie as gevolg van verskillende persoonlikhede, lewensuitkyk en groepsdruk.

 

Christus wil h dat ons 'n suksesvolle Christelike lewe moet lei.  Dit is jammer dat ons baie liberaal of fanaties raak instede daarvan om Jesus as ons model te gebruik.

 

Kom ons kyk hoe Christus se model vir ons lewe lyk:

  • Liefdevol  (Joh  3:16; 13:1; Mark 10:21)

  • Vergewensgesind   (Mark 2:10; Luk 6:37; 11:4)

  • Goddelik   (1Tim 2:2; 3:16; 4:7; 2Pet 1:3)

  • Vreugdevol   (Ps 126:2;5; Spr 10:28; 15:13)

  • Tevrede   (Fil 4:11)

  • Lewenslustig   (Joh 6:63;8:12; Luk 12:15)

  • Geesvervuld   (Esg 43:5; Luk 1:15; 2:40)

  • Koersvas   (Ps 51:10; Act 6:4)

  • Betroubaar   (Jak 1:3-9)

  • Georden   (Heb 2:8; 5:6; 6:20; 13:21)

Noudat ons begryp dat ons ondergeskik is aan heiligmaking, maar nog nie heilig is nie, moet ons 'n sondige leefwyse beveg.  Wanneer ons leefwyse sonde toelaat sal ons verstand dit ook toelaat.  Om basiese sondes uit ons lewe af te weer, manifesteer in 'n Christelike lewe.  Dit is nie maklik om te doen nie maar defnitief geestelik.

 

Die kerk is daar vir die wat in nood verkeer:

Die kerk is nie daar om die sondaar te oordeel of te straf nie.  Die doel van die liggaam is om alle lede in te sluit in 'n vereeniging van liefde wat heelmaak, lewens en omstandighede verander en sonde beveg.  Wanneer die liggaam binne die lig van God funksioneer sal dit duisternis oorkom en verwerp.  Daar moet groei en heling binne die liggaam wees.  Deur die lig van God's Woord word die sonde oorkom sonder om die mens te verwerp.  (1Kor 6:18-20; 12:12-27; 15:37-38; 44; Eff 4:4; 12; 16).

 

Om in 'n liggaam verenig te wees, beteken dat geestelike werkers opgelei is om Christinne te waarsku teen sonde.  Sodoende groei hul dan weg van die sondige natuur.  Hierdie geestelike groei kan vergelyk word met 'n ontkiemming waar die kern van die saadjie 'n lewendige organisme word.  Die omhulsel, die sondige vlees, val af en word deur die plant verwerp.  Daar is nou geen ooreenkoms tussen die plant en die omhulsel meer nie.  So verwerp Christus dan ook jou ou sondige liggaam en vervolmaak 'n nuwe liggaam deur die Gees van God (Kol 2:19; Heb 6:1; Eff 4:16).

 

Lewe in 'n wreld van laat maar gaan:

Om 'n mens se vleeslike begeerte te oorkom kan gekompliseerd wees.  Dit wissel van begeerte tot mag en rykdom.  Ons het 'n aangebore behoefte vir onmiddelike beverdiging en 'n begeerte na rykdom en mag.  Hierdie samestelling werk teen die Gees van God.  Ons bedroef die Heilige Gees deurdat die vleeslike begeerte teenstrydig is met ons geestelike salwing ( Rom 7:21; Gal 4:9; Tit 3:8; Jak 4:2; Gal 2:20).

 

Wanneer ons die vleeslike verskynsel oorkom begin ons omregverdigheid te verstaan wat na heiligheid lei.  Kennis van ons regverdigheid in Christus lei tot die volgende   (1Joh 2:1; 1Ko 6:11; 2Tim 2:21):

  • 'n Verskil tussen goddelik en afvalligheid.  (Mal 3:18) Dan sal julle weer die onderskeid sien tussen die regverdige en die goddelose, tussen die wat God dien en die wat Hom nie dien nie.

  • Wandel in die lig van die Gees.  (Rom 8:4) sodat die reg van die wet vervul kon word in ons wat nie na die vlees wandel nie, maar na die Gees.

  • Belyding van sonde lei tot geestelike heling.  (James 5:16) Bely mekaar julle misdade en bid vir mekaar, sodat julle gesond kan word. Die vurige gebed van n regverdige het groot krag.

In 'n efektiewe geestelike lewe is daar 'n goeie balans tussen die gawes en manifestasie van God se Gees, 'n vrugbare lewe, 'n liefdevolle houding, 'n nederige gees, 'n liggaam gevorm in onselfsugtigheid.  Ons is onder geen omstandighede perfek nie, maar ons is God se kinders wat handel volgens sy heerlike belofte  (Joh 6:51; Kol 2:20; 2Kor 6:16; 1Tim 6:17).

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