Something New, Something Old
Picture yourself in a classroom taking a test and you open the test booklet and there’s one essay question. The question is do you know God? That’s it, do you know God? Oh, and it says, give three examples. What would you begin writing? Life is that test. Life is a test of whether we know God or not. John puts this test out there; do we know God and he gives three ways to know or test whether we know God or not. Last time we had the moral test of whether we do we know God, whether we are in Christ, and Christian, by keeping the commandments of God, by keeping His Word. In a couple of weeks, we will come to the theological test, a test the false teachers are failing. This week we have the social test of whether we know God, whether we are in Christ, and Christian, do we love our brother, our neighbor.