Sermon #48 — “Words from the Beloved Apostle: Love, Obedience, and Power” — 1 John 5:1-5
“So, without love, there can be no hearty submission to the will of God, and there can be no real and heartfelt trust and confidence in him.” Jonathan Edwards
In Christ, God has victoriously asserted this redeeming power over the fallen world to set it right, a work into which he calls us to be his partners through empowered, obedient, faithful love.
What is the “world”? Is is good or is it bad? Well, yes, it is. The world is the good creation of God. He has infused the world with his goodness. But look around. It doesn’t look so good now, does it? It is broken and wrecked. Now, God could have decided simply to sweep it all into some cosmic trash bin. But he didn’t do that. Instead, he sets himself to the business of redeeming it, setting it right again. And he makes us part of that work. He’s making everything new.
Read: 1 John 5:1-5.
Then, listen to: “Words from the Beloved Apostle: Love, Obedience, and Power”
© 2013 Gary A. Chorpenning