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John provides no middle ground. We are either born-again children of God, or bastard children of the devil. Those fathered by the latter live in rebellion. Sin is default. Those who are fathered by God practice righteousness and break the bonds of sin. John's language is stronger: They don't sin (3:6, 9). This sermon deals with sin, the devil, and Jesus' atonement. He saved us from our sins, and then some. We owe Him our allegiance.
Peter has given much encouragement and comfort to suffering Christians throughout this first letter. Now, as he brings the letter to a close, he makes sure that he imparts some final practical wisdom for their lives......and for ours too.
Jesus is the King of heaven and earth, but how do we practically understand that for our everyday lives? In this message Pastor Jeremy continues in the series "The King's Mission" and teaches on 1) Why did Jesus die? 2) Who is the Son of Man? and 3) How Should We Respond?
Jesus did not experience temptation as some kind of Superman. He met the Devil on the same level that we do. The wilderness struggle really never ends – but the essential victory can be won – we can’t carelessly let our guard down, but we can be confident in decisions that we make deeply and surely.
Did your parent ever tell you to "watch yourself?" Mine did, and it wasn't about being mean or trying to ruin my day. It was about my dad trying to make sure I was the person I should be. Peter, in his first epistle, basically encourages his readers to "watch themselves" and for the same reason.......so that they could live up to their status as God's chosen people. As Christians, we should continue to "watch" ourselves today and how we live our lives? Why? Well.....that's what Peter is going to tell us.