He (JESUS) is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. – 1 John 2: 2
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. – 1 John 2: 20-23
The truth is that we all have sinned, and we are too weak on our own to deal with our sinful flesh. Thus, JESUS – ‘the atoning sacrifice’ was offered on the Calvary for each one of us to be forgiven! This is an awesome thing! Anybody on the face of this earth is a child of God through His son, Jesus Christ.
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. – 1 Peter 2:9-10
What a beautiful word – we are called out of darkness into God’s wonderful light. Once we had not received mercy, but now we have received mercy! It’s so special and precious.
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. – 1 Peter 2:1
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him — you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:4-5
Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. – 1 Peter 2:7-8
Faith has no meaning unless it’s backed by obedience. Those who believe must also obey, in order to work out their salvation and be a holy priesthood of God.
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. – James 1: 21
In today’s time and age, it’s a personal choice of most people to be immoral. But, the word of God clearly instructs us to get rid of all moral filth and the evil that’s so prevalent – trends that are acceptable by the world, but detestable in God’s sight. Then it asks to ‘humbly accept the word planted in you’ – the command to live a holy life.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. – 22
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. – 25
Our obedience pleases God and He rewards us in whatever we do. It says that the ‘perfect law’ gives freedom, and not bondage as some perceive. The laws and commands of our God are not burdensome – they are not meant to steal our happiness. They are meant to set us free from the bondage of sins – they are meant to give us eternal peace and joy.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – 27
WHAT IS RELIGION FOR GOD?
– To look after orphans and widows in their distress, which pretty much means taking care of anyone in need.
– To keep oneself from being polluted by the world. Now what do you understand by this? How to keep yourself from being polluted by the world? By obeying the word of God.