It has been suggested that this speech be circulated to all country leaders, especially Canada and The United States.
This is the last chapter of this book so tomorrow we will start with…
1 John 5
Faith Through the Son
1 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.
“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God” – faith in Jesus as the Christ is a sign of being born again.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
“His commandments are not grievous” – not because the commands themselves are light or easy to obey but, as John explains in v. 4, because of the new birth. The one born of God by faith is enabled by the Holy Ghost to obey.
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
“Overcometh” – to overcome the world is to gain victory over its sinful pattern of life, which is another way of describing obedience to God.
Such obedience is not impossible for the believer because he has been born again and the Holy Ghost dwells within him and gives him strength, as Jesus had needed strength when He was crucified.
John speaks of two aspects of victory: (1) the initial victory of turning in faith from the world to God (first “overcometh”); (2) the continuing day-by-day victory of Christian living (second “overcometh”).
This does not mean there will no longer be hardships, and actually it could increase them. But once you truly give your life over to Christ nothing matters because you know how petty this life is and that a much better one is coming. Here’s an example:
Let’s say you are six years old and it is Christmas morning. You are excited, but there is a sheet draped across the opening of the living room where the tree and presents are, and you are not allowed to enter.
That is quite the hardship for a child, especially since they are excited to get to the presents. Yet, you will continue to wait and endure this hardship until you are given permission to enter, rather than going to your room frustrated.
Finally mom and dad say you can go in, but you have to wait until grandma and grandpa show up before you open the presents – another hardship.
You are so close to the prize, but not yet. Your parents then tell you that you can go outside and play and they’ll let you know when it’s time because grandma and grandpa may not show up for hours.
You prefer to sit and wait because you don’t want to take a chance of missing out on the prize.
If you ever get so frustrated that you want to throw in the towel because you start doubting Jesus, remember that if you go out and play, you might miss the prize.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 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.
Water symbolizes Jesus’ baptism and blood symbolizes His death. These are mentioned because Jesus’ ministry began His baptism and ended at His death.
John is reacting to the heretics of his day, but it pertains to those of today as well, who said that Jesus was born only a man and remained so until His baptism. At that time, they maintained, the Christ (the Son of God) descended on the human Jesus, but left him before his suffering on the cross so that it was only the man Jesus who died.
Throughout this letter John has been insisting that Jesus Christ is God, as well as man (1:1-4, 4:2, 5:5).
“The Spirit that beareth witness” – the Holy Ghost testifies that Jesus is the Son of God in two ways: (1) the Spirit descended on Jesus at His baptism (Jn 1:32-34), and (2) He continues to confirm in the hearts of believers the apostolic testimony that Jesus’ baptism and death verify that He is the Christian, the Son of God (2:27; 1 Cor 12:3).
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
9 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.
10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
“Sin unto death” – in the context of this letter directed against Gnostic teaching, which denied the incarnation and three off all moral restraints, it is probable that the “sin unto death” refers to the Gnostics’ adamant and persistent denial of the truth and to their shameless immorality.
This kind of unrepentant sin leads to spiritual death. Another view is that this is sin that results in physical death. It is held that, because a believer continues to sin, God in judgment takes his life (cf. 1 Cor 11:30). In either case, “sin which is not unto death” is of a less serious nature.
17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
“Idols” – keep yourself form false teachings and hence from false gods, e.g., idols.
Australia and the Muslims
Yesterday, I had told you that sometime around August of 2013, I received an email about what Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard had to say about the Muslims, but today (3/26/14) I see online that many are saying it was a hoax. Yet, she has done this twice, so are there two hoaxes?
But I’m not so sure that it is because what she says is very similar to what Putin said in his speech I had posted yesterday.
Hoax or not, everyone should listen to it and what Putin said.
QUESTION: What do Australians think of these Australian Muslims calling for the overthrow of democracy in Australia?
ANSWER: You shouldn’t be at all surprised …look what’s happening throughout Europe where they are claiming control & ownership of suburbs & even towns & cities in the UK for example where large parts of cities are now almost 100% Muslim controlled !
It started in a small way there as well but grew through migration.
Can’t happen here? Wait & see!
Below is the so-called hoax by Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard telling Muslim immigrants they must learn to speak the English language and adapt to Australian culture or leave the country.
The people calling this a hoax is probably Muslims and/or atheists, but they won’t call Putin’s speech a hoax because he’s a man so they fear him. Muslims treat their cattle better then they treat women.
She’s done it again. She sure isn’t backing down on her hard line stance and one has to appreciate her belief in the rights of her native countrymen. A breath of fresh air to see someone lead. I wish some leaders would step up in Canada & United States.
Australian Prime Minister does it again!! This woman should be appointed Queen of the World. Truer words have never been spoken.
It took a lot of courage for this woman to speak what she had to say for the world to hear. The retribution could be phenomenal, but at least she was willing to take a stand on her and Australia’s beliefs. The whole world needs a leader like this!
Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.
Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques.
Immigrants, not Australians, must adapt. Take It or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.
This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom
We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society. Learn the language!
Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented.
It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.
I do believe our country is doomed because the so called geniuses of our country kicked God out of the schools and the courts. When Jesus comes back I’ll be standing with God laughing at the idiots:
“Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil” (Prov 1:24-33).
We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.
This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this.
But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, “THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.”
If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.
…the Book of 2 John.