First John 3 – Love, The 1st and 2nd Greatest Commandments.
The great privileged. Better yet, how much YAHUVEH God loves us, that He calls us His sons.
1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Just as the Son of YAHUVEH GOD came, YAHUSHUA, and the world knew Him not, likewise the world does not understand nor accept us believers who are now the sons and daughters of YAHUVEH GOD.
2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Every Born again Christian/Messianic Jew is a child of GOD. Not will be, but even now, we are Children of the Most High. Right now it may not seem so, but when YAHUSHUA returns to this earth we will be seen like Him. Our bodies will be turned into glorified bodies as His body is glorious.3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. For YAH is Holy, and if we belong to Him then we must also be Holy – even as He is Holy.
4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
In YAHUSHUA there is liberty. He who abides in YAHUSHUA sins not, not because there are no laws in YAHUSHUA (see Matthew 5:17). But because our nature is renewed. We no longer desires sin, our desire is to please Abba YAHUVEH. We are free to do so in YAHUSHUA, YAHUSHUA is the manifested will of YAHUVEH.
6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
Who ever abides in YAH does not abide in sin. Children of YAH may fall into sin, but they repent immediately and turn away from those sins. Whoever sins, and wallows in their sins has not seen Him, nor does he know Him.
7Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
He who does righteousness is righteous, just as Abel is righteous (Matthew 23:25) because his (sacrifice) works were righteous.
9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Children of GOD no longer sin because the seed of YAH is in them, which is the Holy Spirit. For this cause are all children of YAHUVEH to bear the fruit of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23.
10In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 11For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
We can tell those who are of God apart from those who are not by their works and fruit.
12Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
We know that cain’s works were evil because YAH rebuked him and said “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” Genesis 4:7.
13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
Don’t be surprised that the world hate you, because your works are good.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Whoever hates his brother is a murdered, and no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. The same way God laid his life down for us, we are also to lay our life down for our brethren.
13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17These things I command you, that ye love one another. John 15:13-17
But if we see our brother in need, and although we can provide decide to look away, how does the love of YAH abide in us? Let us love not only tongue, but also by deeds. With this we know that we are in truth, and delight our hearts in His presence.
If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart and knows all. Yet if our heart condemns us not then we can be assured before Him (faith booster).
22And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
See above, John 15:13-17.
23And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.