Day 36 // Everything matters

March 25, 2013

Today, we’ll read pages 409-423 from the letters of 1, 2, and 3 John.

These three letters share a common theme: how to stay true to God in the face of some false teachings that were circulating among the early church.

1 John, for example, was written because some believers were beginning to question the idea that God came to earth in a human body.  Why was this such a hard pill for them to swallow?  Because of a popular Greek belief that all flesh is evil and only spirit is good.

But this was more than just a theological problem.  If the body doesn’t matter, some reasoned, then we can do whatever we want.  We can live as we please and stop worrying about the needs of others.

Not so fast, John wrote.  He reminded his readers that God had “come in the flesh,” that He sent His Son “into the world that we might live through Him.” (See page 414.)

God did so, John explained, because of His great love for us. And as His children, we are to love others just as God loves us.

Because everything matters.

Pages 409 – 423 from 1, 2 & 3 John

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.  We write this to make our joy complete.

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