What is the “new commandment” that John talks about in his epistles?

Learn about Satan’s opposition to God’s plan for forgiveness and justification in the book of John’s epistles. Satan accuses us and cries out for judgment, but through Christ, we can find freedom in righteousness. Discover how Satan believes it is not just or righteous for God to forgive mankind and opposes God’s method of forgiving and justifying sinners. Trust in God’s plan and find true freedom in Christ. Keywords include assurance of salvation, bondage, Christ, condemnation, freedom in Christ, and righteousness.

Why is the gospel offensive to the legalist?

The gospel is a message of freedom, assurance, and inheritance, but it can be offensive to legalists. Legalists see righteousness as a matter of law-keeping and are offended by the notion that Christ’s righteousness secures salvation and gives confidence in our relationship with Him. The gospel emphasizes inheritance as the positive focus, as we see in the Epistles. According to 1 Peter 1:3-4, we have been born again to a “living hope” and an “inheritance incorruptible” that is reserved for us. The gospel is Good News that God has made peace with man and has good will toward man, but legalists tend to focus on God’s wrath towards sin and find it difficult to accept that God has made peace with man. Our growth in the Christian life comes as we learn to stand fast in the liberty that we have in Christ, relying on the Spirit and enjoying the graciousness and goodness of God.

What is true discipleship?

True discipleship involves abiding in the Gospel and allowing it to work in and through us. It is not about following a legalistic set of rules, but rather about understanding and trusting in Christ as our righteousness, sanctification, and reward. Loving one another and recognizing our fellow believers as sons and daughters of God is also a crucial aspect of true discipleship. The Gospel is the source and foundation of true discipleship, and through it, we bear fruit and become fully assured in our relationship with Christ. By abiding in Him, we allow Him to settle down and make His home in our hearts, and we become part of Him, “bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh.” (John 4:14, John 7:37-38, John 8:32, 1 Corinthians 12:27)

What did Jesus mean when he said “He who loves me will keep my commandments”?

Learn about the meaning behind Jesus’ statement “He who loves me will keep my commandments” and the new commandment in 1 John. The new commandment is not an outward demand, but something installed in us through Christ Himself as the Eternal life. Loving the brethren is the same as believing the Gospel, and our practical love towards the body of Christ is evidence of Christ in us. Keeping Jesus’ commandments involves believing in Him, loving one another in a practical way, holding fast to the doctrine of Christ, and not being moved away from it. Explore this topic further on the Christ Our Righteousness hub.

Two Mountains, Four Views – Introductory Chapter (bonus!)

Compare James 1 and 2 Corinthians 3 – This first chapter serves as an introduction to the method used in making striking comparisons between the principles of law and grace. It focuses on two mirrors found in James and 2 Corinthians, in which we see the reflection of our true selves and the glory of …

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