Pamphlet 1556 1 John kc 5-2
Why is it that some people think that the law of God is a bad thing?
1 John 3:5
And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin.
It is our wonderful school master that teaches us how to conduct ourselves and model our nation.
Adherence to His laws provide us with security and freedom, as in the "Law of Liberty".
Have you ever read the inscription on our Liberty Bell?
It is taken directly from God's Word in Leviticus 25:10 "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof".
When His laws are followed and enforced we can safely walk the streets of our cities and He has promised to protect our nation from our enemies.
Of course with any law there is a penalty, a price to pay for breaking it, whether it is a traffic law of man or a Divine Law of Almighty God.
So if you transgress God's law you will have to pay the price.
Here is the compensation:
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And ONLY through the Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is that possible.
There is no other WAY!
John will discuss this more later on in this epistle when he says, "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" (1 John 5:12).
And be sure of this one thing!
Anyone born of woman, no matter who he is, even if he is literally a child of the devil himself, has a choice in this flesh age to turn to God and accept that eternal life through Jesus Christ.
It is even written in the law which as you now know has NOT passed away:
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
The Tree of Life is Jesus Christ, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is Satan, Death.
Which tree do you partake of?
Following Jesus Christ brings blessings to you and your family, following Satan brings cursing.
You have a choice!
Therefore choose life (Christ)...
 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for He is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
It is truly our friend!
It gives us freedom and shows us how to stay out of trouble.
Of course we also know that we fall short of perfectly keeping that law, but thank God we have an advocate, the Lord Jesus Christ, who takes away our transgressions when we repent and ask His forgiveness at which time He gives us a clean slate to start afresh.
He is our Comforter indeed!
So much then for the children of God who abide in Christ and who know Him.
John is now going to go to the other end of the spectrum, to the dark side, and remind us of that which we have known "from the beginning", that there are those who "habitually sin" and work against the will of God, for they know Him not.
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to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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