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Evidences of a Love of God (Mark 3:35, John 1:11-13, 1 John 2:29, John 14:15-18)

Don Maitland, 18 August 2019

Part of the Love series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

A. Childrem resemble their parents in looks and nature.

1. (i) In some ways this is true.
(ii) With God's children this is a must (Mk 3:35,
Jn 1:11-13, 1Jn.2:29)
2. A child of God is one who is born of God.

(i) Nicodemus (Jh.3)
(ii) A new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17)
(iii) Indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:8-9)
(iv) The fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22>)
(v) Jesus "By their fruits you shall know them
(Matt. 7:16-23)

B. "If you love me, keep (you will keep) my commandments: - Agapao (Jn.14:15) [NB V.16-18]

(1) Command, or result? (1Jn.2:3-6)
(2) Salvation is not by keeping commandments. Keeping commandments is an evidence of salvation (Lk.10:27) (Agapao)
(i) C/T. Studd and Dr. F. B. Meyer
(ii) Book on 'commandments'?
(iii) Examples are commands (1Peter2:21)
(1Jn.2:6) (Jn.21:19) (Heb.11)

(3) Some commands from N.T.
(i) Love one another (Jn.13:34)(15:12)(15:17)(Agapao love)
(ii) Bear one another's burdens (Gal.6:2)
(iii) Lovingly correct the wayward believer (Gal.6:1)
(iv) Put off the old and put on the new (Eph.4:24-
31) Col.3:8-12)
(v) Forgive one another (Eph.4:32) (Col.3:13)
(vi) Be anxious for nothing (Phil.4:6-9)(Matt.6:31-
(vii) Love not the world (1Jn.2:15)

(4) (Ps.97:10) "Hate evil, you who love the Lord"
N.A.S.B "You that love the Lord, hate evil" 9K.J.V)
(i) (1Jn.3:6)
(ii) (1Jn.3:7-10)(2:29)(3:2-3)
N.B. (iii) (1Jn.1:8), 1Jn.2:1-2, 1Jn.5:16

C. Conclusion
1. (i) Study your Bible to see what God wants of you (2Tim.2:15) KJV
(ii) Be obedient to the Word
(iii) Seek the help of the indwelling Holy Spirit

« Make my Joy Complete None Be Filled with the Holy Spirit »

Mark 3:35

35For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. (KJV)

John 1:11-13

11He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (KJV)

1 John 2:29

29If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. (KJV)

John 14:15-18

15If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (KJV)