1. Children of God.
a) Genuine Christians grow to display the characteristics of their Father.
b) When Christ returns, we will be like Him.
2. Rejecting Sin.
a) Sin is the opposite of Christ’s will and He came to destroy it.
b) Christians should reject/confront sin and choose obedience.
Questions for further thought or discussion:
- What are some of the key characteristics of God? As His children, how can Christians display these?
- What do you think John means when he says that we shall be like Him when He returns?
- Why are ongoing habits of sin so inappropriate for Christians?
- How did Jesus destroy the works of the devil? Is He still doing this? How?
Lord, as Your children, help us to manifest Your truth and love to the world around us.
1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.