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To Love is to Know - by Michael Phillips
1 John - Part 5
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1 John 2:7-14
Jun 03, 2018 am - How do you identify a Christian? Well, that's an easy one: a Christian is one who (1) has a cross tattoo on his bicep, (2) a Christmas tree in his living room, and (3) a 'Praise the Lord' on the tip of his tongue. These are the distinguishing marks of knowing God. I'm grateful that some of you laughed at my joke, but I told it to make you think. Of course, these are not the marks of God's saving grace, but if they're not, what is? Is it baptism? An affiliation with a church? Not drinking, smoking, or dancing? Voting Republican? Worrying about the ozone layer? What are the visible signs of knowing God in Christ? We all have our own criteria for making that call, but are our standards the same as God's? Has the Lord Himself distinguished His people from others in ways we can more or less recognize? He has-and this is largely what 1 John is about. He tells us near the end, 5:13- These things I have written to you who believe in the Son of God, that you may know you have eternal life. As an eye-and-ear witness of our Lord, John has passed His teaching on to us, including His teaching on who belongs to God-and who doesn't! Hypocrisy and self-deception were as much a problem then as ... More >>>

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