April 30, 2019 by directorfsm
5 But whoever habitually keeps His word and obeys His precepts [and treasures His message in its entirety], in him the love of God has truly been perfected [it is completed and has reached maturity]. By this we know [for certain] that we are in Him: (AMP)
David Guzik :: Study Guide for 1 John 2
C. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him: John also makes the link between our obedience and our love for God. A perfected (the idea is mature) love for God will show itself in obedience, and the presence of this obedience and love gives us assurance that we are in Jesus (By this we know we are in Him).
i. Mark it, when one becomes a Christian, there is a change in their relationship with sin. Sin is not eliminated in the believer until he comes to glory, but their relationship to sin is changed when they truly become a Christian.
– A Christian no longer loves sin as he once did.
– A Christian no longer brags about their sin as he once did.
– A Christian no longer plans to sin as he once did.
– A Christian no longer fondly remembers his sin as he once did.
– A Christian never fully enjoys his sin as he once did.
– A Christian no longer is comfortable in habitual sin as he once was.
ii. “The Christian no longer loves sin; it is the object of his sternest horror: he no longer regards it as a mere trifle, plays with it, or talks of it with unconcern … Sin is dejected in the Christian’s heart, though it is not ejected. Sin may enter the heart, and fight for dominion, but it cannot sit upon the throne.” (C.H. Spurgeon)