Whoever truly believes Jesus is Lord has eternal life in this very real and true Son of God!
“And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” – 1 John 5:11-13
What would happen if we truly lived as strangers in this land and yet so at home in Christ that our lives made a difference? What would happen if we we so soaked in the reality of Jesus’ love that we poured ourselves into our community and disciple-making life with relentless Jesus’ manner of ministry love?
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. – 1 John 5:11-12
We have a deeply satisfying opportunity to so pour ourselves into Jesus’ manner of ministry that we have less and less question in our minds and hearts about our assurance of salvation. We can have less and less concern about what eternity will be like when this topic enters our minds. We will be stirred up together instead to pour ourselves into the love of Jesus, agape feasts so-to-speak, fellowship in Jesus’ name, praying over one another when we gather and cultivating the joy of our Jesus in our hearts together that we might pour ourselves into ministry life together all the more, making disciples of Jesus among our community members and among those we encounter together as communities of Jesus’ followers.
May God’s relentless love pour out from our fellowship instead of simply looking just like the rest of the world, bickering and complaining and grumbling and wrestling in jealousy against one another’s good.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. – 1 John 4:18-21
This too must be considered:
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us. Whoever keeps His commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. – 1 John 3:16-24
May small and healthy gatherings of Jesus’ followers live relentlessly in the love of God, encouraging one another and making disciples of Jesus together, whether we are small groupings from traditional churches or Jesus communities functioning as small house churches. May the Gospel of Jesus be our constant anthem and may our lives reflect the manner of ministry Jesus modeled for us when among us!
May we be poured out together in the love of Jesus! May we burn out well, being spilled out in the love of our Savior, bringing the Gospel of eternal peace in our manner of living among the lost. May the lost be found as they find themselves more and more wanting the community and love of genuine believers. May we be the fragrance of Jesus Christ in this world!
In the genuine joy of our ransom-paying Jesus,