1 John 2
1 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father.
He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.
2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins;
and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
3 And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.
4 If someone claims, "I know God," but doesn't obey God's commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.
5 But those who obey God's word truly show how completely they love him.
That is how we know we are living in him.
6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
There seems to be a lot of talk these days about who is a Christian & who is not.
It seems many who have never been identified as a Christian are claiming to be so,
while also claiming that others who say they are Christians really aren't.
Needless to say, we live in very confusing, scary times.
I really, REALLY get the feeling these days that something's going on...
...something we're missing.
I get this feeling we will one day look back & realize that's when the something we're missing was beginning to come out in the open.
As we walk into the days ahead, maybe we should all take a step back & remember the words of John in verse 6 of this 2nd chapter...
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.