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April 21, 2009
in the LIGHT
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In 1 John 1:3, it says, "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." Then in 1 John 1:6,7 it says, "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth...But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." Why is it so important that we have fellowship with God? Why is it important that we walk in the light?
There are only two gods in this world. There is Our God (1 John 5:7), and there is the Devil, the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). If people are not having fellowship with God (then unknowingly to many), they are having fellowship with the Devil.
Fellowship with God helps us to maintain our relationship to God and helps us enter into heaven when we leave this world. If our fellowship and relationship is broken between us and God, we will not enter into eternal life in heaven. Jesus taught this in the parable of the Prodical son in Luke 15:11-32. Concerning the one son who took his inheritance and went off into a far country, the father said, "...this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found" (Luke 15:32). Had that son not repented and returned to his father, he would have remained lost and dead.
To the churches mentioned in Revelation, Chapters Two and Three, Jesus said, "Repent." It would be very helpful if Christians would study carefully the first three chapters of the book of Revelation. What is revealed in the Book of Revelation is just as important as what is revealed in the Gospel of John and the Epistles of John. Eternity is a long time to spend in the wrong place. We must "study the Scriptures to know the truth, and walk in the light as God is in the light" (2 Tim. 2:15; 1 John 1:3-7).
In the first parts to this series of Mini-Books on Walk in the Light, we see that our fellowship begins by having fellowship with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is also called "the Word of God," or "the Word of Life" (John 1:1, 1 John 1:1, 5:7, Rev. 19:13). To have true fellowship with the Father and the Son, we must continue to study the Scriptures and believe the written Word of God.
Without the written Word of God we cannot have true fellowship with the Father and the Son. What the written Word of God tells us, is the same as if God the Father spoke to us audibly from heaven. What God is saying to Christians today is already written in His Word. Therefore, to have true fellowship with the Father and the Son we must believe the written Word of God.
In 1 John 5:7 it says, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." There are three persons in the Godhead.
Our fellowship with God must include fellowship with the Holy Spirit. This fellowship with the Holy Spirit is so important that Jesus mentioned of it in the Gospel of John, saying, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God..." (John 6:45). In 1 John 2:27 it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."
Never neglect the teaching of the Holy Spirit. He is our Teacher, sent from the Father and the Son, that we will know the Truth from the written Word of God.
WALK IN THE LIGHT
In 1 John 4:7,8 it reminds us, "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God...He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." Then in 1 John 4:10-13 it says, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins...Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another...No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us...Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit."
When Christians have true fellowship with God, then God answers their prayers. Let me give a testimony of a family I know. On a Thursday, in February of 2009, a man who was 54 years old was at home. He had just come in from blowing snow and shoveling. He was taking a shower in the evening when he became light headed and faint. His wife helped him get into bed. He told his wife and children he did everything he could to be a good husband and father to them. He thought he was going to die, and wanted them to know that he truly loved them and wanted to say "good by" to them before he died.
He did not want to go to the hospital. But, his oldest daughter insisted he go to the hospital. She told him that if he did not go to the hospital she would call 911 for an ambulance.
His wife and daughter helped him get into the car, and his wife drove him to the hospital. The roads were very bad for driving. This was in the early evening. They did not call this man's father and mother that evening. They did not want them to try to come to the Hospital because of the roads. At the Hospital, they began to do what they could. They put their monitoring instruments on him, and did all they could for him.
On Friday morning, they called this man's father's home and told them he was in the hospital with an erratic heart beat. This man's father left home as soon as he could to get to the hospital. This man's mother started calling everyone she could for prayer. Many people were called to pray for him.
When the father arrived the equipment was monitoring his son's heart beat. At times the heart beat was as high as 200 per minute. The father saw the monitor showing heart beats as high as 160 per minute. He had seen it going up and down, but usually above 90 which would have been closer to normal for his 54-year-old son. During this time, the son's wife, his sister and father were all in the hospital room.
The Hospital tried to call in a doctor from another hospital about thirty miles away, who had the experience in stopping and starting hearts to get them back to normal. The doctor told them he was not able to drive because of the snow. The doctor advised them that they should call for an ambulance to come and get him and bring him to that hospital.
The hospital called for the ambulance to take him. There were only two ambulances available in that city. Only one ambulance could leave the city at one time to transport patients from there to another hospital. There was also another woman waiting in the same hospital to be transported to another hospital at the time. The ambulance took the woman first. Then they returned to pick up this man.
This was a blessing from the LORD. For had they taken him first, who knows what would have happened? By taking the woman first, he was still in the hospital when his heart beat came back to normal.
During that time, many people were praying for him. He, himself said, "It would be a miracle if he did not have to go to the other hospital." The father spent most of his time in the room praying in the Spirit for his son. While praying in the Spirit, the father was asking the LORD to lower his sons heartbeat. Before the ambulance arrived to pick him up, the father was watching the monitor. While praying in the Spirit the father saw the heart beat come back to normal. He was so shocked at what he saw, it was hard for him to get the attention of his daughter, his son, and his son's wife to show them what happened. His son's heart beat had come back to normal.
Then there was a knock on the door of the room where his son was. The father opened the door and there was the ambulance attendants ready to take his son to the other hospital. At the same time, the head nurse had seen the monitor in the nurses station, and arrived at the door to his son's room about the same time.
The head nurse said to them, He is not going. His heart is back to normal. The ambulance attendants could go back. They were not needed.
After a few hours, the doctors told his son, they were going to keep him overnight and the next morning he could go back home. His heart was working normally.
The next morning the hospital released him. He went back home, and was told to see a Cardiologist on the following Monday. This 54-year-old man's heart has been just fine since then.
What the LORD did was precision timing. Everything worked out for the good of this 54-year-old son and those who were in prayer for him. The prayers were answered. The LORD was faithful. Praise the LORD!
When Christians keep up their fellowship with God, God answers their prayers. Whatsoever they ask, when they pray it will be done (John 14:13,14; 16:23,24; 1 John 5:14,15).
In 1 John 4:16,17 it says, "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him...Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." Over and over we are reminded of the love of God. God is love. Those who are born of God have the love of God in them.
To continue in fellowship with God we must walk in the love of God. We must love one another as God loves us. The day of judgment is coming when we will all stand before the LORD in judgment. As we continue in the love of God we will "have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world."
Then in 1 John 4:18-21 it tells us, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love...We love him, because he first loved us...If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?...And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also."
The Holy Spirit is our Teacher. The Holy Spirit is also the One who inspired the Apostle John to write the Epistles of John. As a good Teacher, in the first four chapters, the Holy Spirit had John lay out the necessary information before He could continue the very important information in the fifth chapter.
In 1 John 5:1-3 it says, "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him...By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments...For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous."
All throughout the writings of the Apostle John we are told and reminded that we must overcome the world, and the works of the Devil in our lives. To each of the seven churches in Revelation, Chapters Two and Three, it says, "To him that overcometh..." To overcome the world and the works of the Devil we must have faith in God and what God did for us through Christ Jesus.
Therefore it says in 1 John 5:4,5, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith...Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"
We must pay particular attention to what it says in 1 John 5:6-10, for the Devil has used many to change what the Holy Spirit had inspired to be written in the original manuscripts. This is a work of the Devil, using people to change the written Word of God to make it ineffective in the lives of Christians. Unless Christians are "taught by God," they will easily be deceived by the enemy. We must not be ignorant of Satan's devices. Those who are taught by God will know the truth, for the Holy Spirit teaches us the truth and exposes the works of darkness.
One day I was working on a job, paying attention to what I was doing, when all of a sudden there came from my spirit these words, "Look up 1 John 5:7 in a certain Bible." In my mind, I thought, why look it up in a certain Bible, I always use the King James Version? I did not go and look it up. Then it came to me a second time. Knowing that came from my spirit, and I must prove all things (1 Thess. 5:21), and try the spirits if they be of God (1 John 4:1), I stopped working and went and got that certain Bible to look up that verse. Would you believe, that verse is not in that certain Bible? Then I found that there are many verses left out of some of these newer Bibles; besides 1 John 5:7, there are Matthew 18:11, John 5:3,4, Acts 8:37, half of Romans 8:1, just to mention a few of the important ones. There are many newer Bibles today where someone has changed what was written, to make it say what they thought it should say. This is not good to say the least. Changing the written Word of God is a work of the spirits of this world. They do everything they can to keep us from knowing the truth of the Word of God.
Many have not been taught by the Holy Spirit, the true revelation of the Word of God. We must be taught by God if we are to know the truth from the written Word. The Holy Spirit will teach us all things, and reveal things that are not of God. We must keep up our fellowship with the Holy Spirit and obey the Holy Spirit when He reveals things to us. The Holy Spirit is for us, not against us.
In 1 John 5:6 it says, "This is he that came by water (hudor) and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth." The word "water" is translated from the Greek word "hudor." The meaning of the Greek word "hudor" is "liquid water, as if rainy or rain." Many, using their natural mind and reasoning, have not understood what the Holy Spirit is telling us by the use of the word "water." They have used "word studies," to determine that the Greek word "hudor" means liquid water.
If Christians are not "taught by God," they will not understand that the Apostle John used this Greek word "hudor" symbolically many times in his writings. Until Christians understand symbolic teaching, they will not know the truth that is written in the Scriptures.
If we look at the places where the Apostle John used the Greek word "hudor," we will plainly see, he was using it symbolically. In John 3:5,6 it says, "Except a man be born of water (hudor) and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God...That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." One birth is of natural elements of the earth which produces that which is born of the flesh. The other birth is born of spiritual elements which produces a spiritual birth. We see this clearly when the Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:23, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever" The two elements that produced the new birth in the Spirit are "the Holy Spirit and the Word of God." The Apostle John is not speaking of liquid water, but using the word "hudor" symbolically of "the Word of God."
Look at John 7:38,39 where it says, "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (hudor)...(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)" Has anyone ever seen even one person who has "liquid water" flowing out of his belly like a river? Yet, Jesus said, "..out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (hudor)."
The Apostle John was not speaking of liquid water in John 7:38. He was speaking of the Holy Spirit bringing the "Word of God" out of our spirit on a continuous basis. I know this is what John was speaking of, because I have the Word of God coming out of my spirit daily. For more information on this, get the books "From My Spirit," and "Taught By God."
Everyday Christians should experience the Word of God coming from their spirit by the anointing of the Holy Spirit within them. If we are born of God and filled with the Holy Spirit, the Word of God should be coming out of our spirit on a daily basis. How can Christians be led by the Holy Spirit without the Holy Spirit bringing the Word of God to our attention on a daily basis?
In Romans 8:14 it says, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." The Holy Spirit always leads us according to the written Word of God, and never contrary to the written Word of God.
Now, look at 1 John 5:6, where it says, "This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth." We know that Jesus came by the Word of God and the blood of the everlasting covenant (Heb. 13:20). Jesus did not come by the Word of God only, but by the Word of God and the blood of the everlasting covenant.
Do not let someone change what the Holy Spirit inspired to be written in the Scriptures. God uses symbolic language many times in the Scriptures. Those who are not taught by God may never know the truth from the written Word of God. For, that which is written is not naturally understood, but is spiritually discerned by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:10-14).
Look at 1 John 5:7, which says, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." Are there any Christians who do not believe that Jesus is One with the Father and the Holy Spirit? If they say they are a Christian and do not believe that Jesus is One with the Father and the Holy Spirit, I would question whether they are truly hearing from the Holy Spirit.
In 1 John 5:7, the Apostle used the word "Word" symbolically, speaking of Jesus, Who is "the Word of God." In the Gospel of John 1:1 it says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Here also, the Apostle John used the word "Word" symbolically in speaking of Jesus. Jesus is "the Word of God." Therefore, there are three in heaven, the Father, the Son (Jesus, the Word of God), and the Holy Spirit, and these three are One.
Going to 1 John 5:8 it says, "And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one." According to 1 John 5:7, there are three in heaven and they are One. Now, on earth we have three witnesses, "the Spirit, the Word, and the Blood." If there is anyone who says they are a Christian and does not believe that "the Word of God" is one of the three witnesses here on earth, I would question if they are truly hearing from the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit bears witness with the Word of God and the Blood of Jesus.
Just for some, the Holy Spirit does not bear witness with "liquid water," in place of the written Word of God. The Holy Spirit is limited by "the Word of God" in everything He does here on earth. He cannot work without "the Word of God." The Holy Spirit also inspired the writing of the Word of God so that He could bear witness with the written Word of God.
Then in 1 John 5:9 it says, "If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son." When it says, "If we receive the witness of men...," it is referring to the Law of Moses in Deuteronomy 17:6. Jesus also referred to this in John 8:17. The Apostle John was using this as a comparison between the Old Covenant Law, and the New Covenant witnesses of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the Blood of Jesus.
We have a New Covenant. In the New Covenant we no longer use the witness of men. We use the witness of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the Blood of Jesus.
Why is this important in the New Covenant? Mainly, because we are born again of the Spirit and the Word. We are new creatures in Christ Jesus. We are in the Spirit and not in the flesh. What was for the Children of Israel, who were in the flesh is not effective today against the spirits of this world. To overcome the spirits of this world, we must walk as Jesus walked. We must take authority over the spirits of this world. We must operate in the spiritual realm, not in the realm of the flesh.
The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:3,4, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh...(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)." The Old Testament saints walked in the flesh. They were not born again of the Spirit and the Word. They fought their battles in the flesh. They killed many who would not agree with the Law of Moses. That is all "Old Covenant." We are not living in the Old Covenant. We have a New Covenant, whereby we have the Holy Spirit, the written Word, and the Blood of Jesus.
In our New Covenant, when we walk in the light as God is in the light, we have victory over the spirits of this world. The enemy is defeated by the witness of the Holy Spirit, the written Word, and the Blood of Jesus.
In the New Covenant we are to be led, guided, helped, comforted and taught by the Holy Spirit. This is one of the major changes between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. In the New Covenant, "We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Eph. 6:12).
Being Children of God, born again of the Spirit and the Word, we must take up our weapons of warfare and overcome the enemy. Satan must be defeated in the lives of everyone who is born again into the family of God. God's children must be taught by God, led by the Holy Spirit and do the same works Jesus did.
Jesus set the example for us. Now we must do the works the same way Jesus did the works He did. We must follow Jesus' example and defeat the enemy in our lives and the lives of others. We must reign in this life, by the anointing of the Holy Spirit within us (1 John 2:27). We must overcome if we want to enter into eternity with Jesus. Jesus said in Revelation 2:11, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death."
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