CONTEXT: Matthew Henry says: Brotherly love is the effect of the new birth, which makes obedience to all God’s commandments pleasant. (1-5) Reference to witnesses agreeing to prove that Jesus, the Son of God, is the true Messiah. (6-8) The satisfaction the believer has about Christ, and eternal life through him. (9-12) The assurance of God’s hearing and answering prayer. (13-17) The happy condition of true believers, and a charge to renounce all idolatry. (18-21)
Our text for today is in the first section v.1-5 and there are two themes or ideas in it. First is the content of Love is a commandment of God and a required act of all true believers. Secondly that those who have True Faith are able to overcome the temptations of the world.
There are two serious implications to our text:
- Only those BORN [again] OF GOD can overcome the temptations (sins) of the world
- Those NOT Born [again] of God are doomed to failure and damnation
The question is what about you? Are you a Born Again child of God, an OVERCOMER by Faith? I pray it is so.