Day 7 (teaching)


Continuing with our Feelings (the sixth proof of a Genuine Kinship with Jesus offered by John) we carry on with its five aspects.

Contextually it’s important to remember that this last proof shifts the emphasis more towards the kinship with other disciples and the god-given love we have for them. Just as in John’s day, many religious people don’t have the heart-part. They don’t understand the reality of being a member of God’s family.

In verses 21-22 we find Wanting and Asking. John flows seamlessly from our assurance of salvation in the previous verses to confidence in prayer. This confidence comes from wanting to obey Him and therefore asking for those things that are pleasing to Him. We want what He wants us to have.

We must remember that this all stems from a Genuine Relationship with Christ. In no sense can a human manipulate God to get things. There is no secret to getting your prayers answered beyond a humble and submissive heart. As His child our sincere desire is that He has His way with us, not the other way around.

Paul addresses this realism in Philippians 2:13 saying, for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Finally in verses 23-24 we find Willingness and Abiding. With our new nature comes a willingness and even enthusiasm to keep the Lord’s commands. This is further proof that He lives in us and is how we are able to live for Him.

Today some characterize Jesus’ teachings by saying you have to do this or you can’t do that; others that you have to believe this or believe that. And in Asia-minor John was dealing with many mischaracterizations regarding Christianity. Being the last living apostle he was and still is the most qualified to address these issues. And in this chapter, he boils it all down to being a genuine, loving relative in God’s family.

PRINCIPLE: True spiritual feelings make a true spiritual impact on your life.