As John begins to close down his short book, he cinches up his point of belonging, adoption, and responsibility. If we love God, then we are part of the same family. If we are part of the same family, it is because of belief. If we have the same belief in God, then we are now God’s adopted children. Accepting this adoption means accepting those who have the same faith as part of the same family. These things are intrinsically connected to each other. You cannot be a child of God without either the faith or the action of love for those with the faith. Faith and love are lynchpins upon which our adoption in God’s family is predicated. Yet, even in the early church, John was writing to those who would choose to try to separate one of the three from each other for the benefits it brings. Christians should know better. And John aimed to make the teaching of Christ airtight in this matter. The family of God is a solid unit that is bound in adoption by faith and love. It isn’t a “get out of jail free card,” or a “no strings attached,” inheritance from a dead uncle you never met. It has real obligations upon acceptance. And its evidence of denial or usery is clear.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts