Date: May 2, 2021
Scripture Reader: Amanda Yu
Speaker: Jason Si
Passage: 1 John 2:12-17

“Today, we will learn how to have the assurance of salvation and how we are to live in light of that.”
“What John identifies as traits of his readers are not physically doable things. They are not signs of obedience or marks of faith where one can prove one’s true faith.”
“Ultimately, we are identified as being true Christians by what God has done for us through Christ.”
“Obedience in us doesn’t produce genuine faith, rather it’s quite the opposite. What John is saying here is that faith and works come naturally together from those who have a genuine relationship with the Father.”
“Obedience is not about proving one’s faith nor is it about behaviour modification. Obedience is about abiding in Jesus.”
“However we must be careful not to twist the Scripture’s intentions less somehow we turn salvation into a possession that must be earned and re-earned at every moment. A faith like that, one that quantifies both salvation and sanctification lacks confidence in Christ and ultimately really isn’t faith at all. It’s just works righteousness.”
“Yes, obedience is good. And yes, obedience is a sign of maturity and regeneration. And yes, faith without obedience is dead. But obedience is not ultimate.”
“Ultimately, it is God’s work and not human obedience that is the decisive marker of those truly saved.”
“Our salvation rests ultimately on the promise and power of God. So as we struggle and inevitably fail at obeying Jesus and all of His commands, we can still boldly proclaim that we have peace with God through Christ.”
“John provides two reasons why we should not love the world. First reason is that love of the world is fundamentally incompatible with love for the Father. Second reason is that the world is passing away along with all the temptations in it.”
“When John commends his readership ‘do not love the world.’ He is saying do not adapt to the world’s attitudes, do not adopt the world’s outlook on life, do not adopt their way of living.”