Our God Who Has Come to Us with
< 1 John 3:1-8 >
“Behold what manner of love the Father has
bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world
does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children
of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that
when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And
everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. Whoever
commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that
He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever
abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous,
just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned
from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He
might destroy the works of the devil.”
Do You Know the Essence of God’s Love?
First of all, I thank God for His love, that Jesus
Christ, who is God Himself for all of us, came to this earth, was baptized,
shed His blood, and has thereby delivered us, who had been sinners, from all
our sins once for all.
There were two reasons for which God the Father
planned to bestow His merciful love on those of us who believe in the true God
Jesus Christ. The first reason was to demonstrate His true love with God’s righteousness
and mercy, for the wicked angels had lusted after His authority, and the second
reason was to show that the throne of God couldn’t be conquered by the power
of any creation.
This shows us that it is impossible to find the
way for any of us to take part in the glory of becoming God’s children by some
physical force. It reveals to us that the way for us to become God’s children
is only possible by believing in Jesus Christ and the Truth of salvation planned
only in God’s love. We can learn, in other words, that it is only through faith
in the divine Jesus and the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit given by
Him that we can become God’s children and be clothed in God’s love.
We are therefore now aware that the throne of
God cannot by taken over by anything or any means in this world. The Truth of
salvation constituted by the gospel of the water and the Spirit is the only
legitimate law of true salvation, applicable to everyone, to both Christians
and unbelievers alike. This is because to deliver all these sinners from their
sins and iniquities, Jesus Christ our God had applied the same plan of salvation
equally with the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Jesus Christ our God has clothed all of us who
believe in God’s love that is shown in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
with the glory of becoming God’s own children. This Truth of salvation had been
planned in Jesus Christ even before the foundation of the world, and it was
also determined that only those who know and believe in the gospel Truth of
the water and the Spirit would be clothed in the glory of God. Even though God
planned our salvation all on His own with His boundless mercy, we have to realize
that we can make God’s love ours only if we first believe in the gospel truth
of the water and the Spirit, the Truth of this salvation. Since God the Father
planned and determined to cloth us in the salvation of the remission of sin
only on the condition that we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, all of
us must believe so.
We must realize that if we do not believe in the
gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit, God’s plan of salvation, then God
is not to be blamed for all the curses that consequently are accrued to us.
Because God the Father decided to make us His children in Jesus Christ, we cannot
find any fault in His plan. As such, we should thank Him all the more for the
fact that we can all receive, by faith, the love of God that has been bestowed
on us through Jesus Christ, the true God.
Unless we all come to know and believe in the
most profound love of God by believing in the gospel Word of the water and the
Spirit that God has given us through Jesus Christ, we will forever remain unable
to resolve the problem of our sins. Unless we absolutely resolve this problem
of sin by believing in the baptism of Jesus Christ and His bloodshed, we will
not be able to please God. As a consequence, our hearts will only tremble and
be gripped by even greater fear and dread.
Therefore, we must believe in the truth that our
true salvation is made possible only by our faith in God’s love. Without doing
so, we cannot discover the way for us to be truly and wholly saved from our
sins. We must all remember that if we were to try to be saved from our sins
without having this faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, which is
the love of Jesus Christ, such an attempt would only turn our hearts against
God. Christian sinners are committing such sins unwittingly. Therefore, we must
realize and believe that it is only by our faith in the gospel truth of the
water and the Spirit set by God that it is possible for us to receive God’s
love of infinite mercy.
You must realize how to receive God’s love of
unbound mercy by your faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. If you
do not believe with your hearts in the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit
that Jesus Christ our God has given to you, you cannot say that you truly believe
in God’s merciful love and are thankful for it. Therefore, if you think that
you can somehow receive God’s love through your own efforts, you are greatly
mistaken. All of us must realize profoundly that if we do not believe in Jesus
Christ our God along with the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we will only
end up as evildoers who stand against the authority of God.
As it is written in the Bible, “All have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), the entire mankind has
all sinned against God, they are consequently and inherently all bound to be
destroyed. But because God fundamentally knew all about us, He had led us to
the way of the remission of our sins with the gospel truth of the water and
the Spirit. God the Father, in other words, had decided in Jesus Christ before
the foundation of the world to save us from the sins of the world. This is why
God sent Jesus Christ, His Son and our Savior, to this earth, had Him be baptized
by John the baptism and thereby take upon the sins of mankind, shed His blood,
and rise from the dead again, thereby giving us the salvation that washes away
all our sins once for all.
And God the Father determined that true salvation
would be permitted to only those who know the gospel truth of the water and
the spirit and accept it. As such, only those who believe in this truth of the
birth of Jesus, His baptism, His death, and His resurrection can truly be washed
from their sins, and live their lives in thankfulness to Him by faith as well.
God the Father passed all our sins to the body of Jesus and atoned them once
for all by letting Him bleed on the Cross, but for our part, we must have faith
in this Truth to be saved from all our sins by believing in this baptism of
Jesus and His bloodshed. This is the essence of God’s agape love for us.
By Clothing Us in His Agape Love, God Has Made It Possible for
Us to Be Delivered from All Our Sins
How has God made us His children? By cleansing
away all the sins of each and every one of us who believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, God has enabled us to become His children only by faith.
Jesus Christ is fundamentally the Son of God and
God Himself. This Jesus came to this world to deliver us from all our sins,
took upon the sins of the world once for all through the baptism that He received
from John, was crucified and died on the Cross, rose from the dead again, and
has thereby saved us from all our sins all at once and made us God’s children.
Although our Lord had come to this earth incarnated in the flesh of man, in
His actual substance, He was and is fundamentally the Creator of the universe
and the Messiah who has saved mankind from sin.
Therefore, for anyone to be saved from his sins,
he must know the baptism and bloodshed of Jesus Christ as the true love of salvation,
and believe in it as such. Yet despite this, many people still remain in their
sinful status, refusing to acknowledge, in their hearts, God’s love that has
came as the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and they thereby continue to
reject this love of God in their lives. As such, we must show our true compassion
for these people by preaching the gospel of the water and the Spirit to them.
It is because there are so many such people throughout the world that the Apostle
John and we are suffering heartaches.
My dear fellow Christians, Jesus Christ our God,
by giving you the love of salvation that can save you from all your sins through
the gospel love of the water and the Spirit, has given the gift of salvation
to you so that whoever believes in this Truth would be born again as His own
child. It is only by our faith in the divine Jesus Christ as our Savior that
we can become God’s children through His love. Do you know the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, and do you take it and believe it to be the Truth of salvation?
All of us need to have the kind of faith that knows and believes properly just
what kind of love God the Father has given us through Jesus Christ.
That we can become the sinless children of God
depends, in other words, entirely on our faith in Jesus Christ our God. Our
remission of sin depends on God’s all-encompassing love of salvation that is
found in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, which has been accomplished
by Jesus Christ.
Agape Love Is the Truest
One of All Kinds of Love
How many kinds of love are there
between spiritual beings?
There are four kinds: agape, storge,
phileo, and eros.
All love in this world can be classified into
four kinds. They are: agape love, storge love, phileo love,
and eros love. The Greek word ‘storge’ means the love between family
members such as the parents’ love toward their children, and‘phileo’ refers
to companionship between friends, while ‘eros’ refers to the love between
a man and a woman. Agape, on the other hand, refers to the unconditional
love of God toward us.
Of these four kinds of love, it is in agape
love that the merciful and compassionate love of God that is far greater than
any carnal love in this world is found. In this love is God’s unilateral love
that has unconditionally brought the gift of salvation to us. We call this unconditional
love as “agape love.” In contrast, the other three kinds of love are
basically conditional. In other words, eros, phileo, and storge are
the kinds of love that last until their conditions are being satisfied.
Agape love always exists between God and us. God’s
love shown to us through the divine Jesus Christ is “the love of the Truth”
(2 Thessalonians 2:10). Because Jesus Christ our God loved us unconditionally,
He gave us the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and because of this, He enabled
those who believe in this true gospel to become God’s children by washing away
all their sins once for all. As such, when it comes to believing in Jesus Christ
as our Savior and following Him, it is only by faith that we can follow; we
cannot follow Him by any other means or reason. We cannot thanks God enough
for His boundless love through Jesus Christ, who is our true Savior.
The agape love of God is manifested fully
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that Jesus Christ our God has given
us. Therefore, in all this love of salvation, there is the Truth of the water
and the Spirit that came out from God. It is because of Jesus Christ our God
that we could have been saved from all our sins once for all and become God’s
own children by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. As such,
we must realize and believe with our hearts that it is by the unilateral love
of God that we have become righteous, and that this love is God’s agape
love for us. All of us must believe that it is through Jesus Christ our God,
and by the manifestation of His love, the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
that we could have become God’s children.
If, however, you do not have faith in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit through Jesus Christ our God, then your souls would
be as empty and despondent as a desert. If your souls have not yet realized
God’s infinite love for us through Jesus Christ, and the depth of this love
of God through the gospel of the water and the Spirit, then you must realize
here that you surely have sin in your hearts, and still are not in Christ (Romans
8:1). If so, the most urgent thing you have to do is turn around and believe
in this gospel of the water and the Spirit.
We Need to Know When He Is Revealed, We Shall Be Like Him
What will happen to those who
believe in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit?
They shall be like Jesus, and will enjoy
all the splendor of Heaven
with Jesus Christ.
What did God say to us in 1 John 3? It is written,
“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what
we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for
we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).
The Apostle John is telling us here about the
future of today’s saints. He is telling us that when Jesus Christ our God comes
to us and the Lord’s Kingdom is established with the end of the world, we, too,
will be like Him. This is because we will also see Him as He is. In other words,
this passage speaks to us about the blessing that awaits us, that we will be
transformed into glorious bodies like that of Jesus Christ and enjoy all His
splendor and glory.
Jesus Christ has saved you and me from our sins
and has made us all preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the real
Truth of salvation, to this world. And Jesus Christ our God promised us that
He will come back to this world again, and that He will reward the wheat and
punish the chaff (Matthew 13:30). At that time, when the second coming of Jesus
Christ arrives, He will enable us, who have been delivered from all our sins
by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, to enjoy splendor and
glory together with Him. God will lead us to Heaven and allow us to live with
1 John 3:3 says, “Everyone who has this hope
in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” If we really have been born
again by believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior, then for us to become closer
to Him, we need to right our wrongdoings by placing our faith in the gospel
Word of the water and the Spirit. This does not mean that we become sinners
again if we do not correct our wrong deeds. However, we still have to keep our
hearts always cleansed by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
that has delivered us from the sins of the world.
The reason for this is because we are of those
who have the hope to live forever with Jesus Christ our God. Placing our faith
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, you and I must now believe in this
true God Jesus Christ who has cleansed us from the sins of the world, keep our
souls always cleansed, and also serve this God-given gospel by faith. All of
us not only know but also believe with our hearts that our Lord, God Himself,
came to this earth to blot out our sins, shouldered the sins of the world by
being baptized and died on the Cross, rose from the dead again, and has thereby
saved us, who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, from all our
As such, we must realize that by our faith in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we can always cleanse our hearts.
God’s Love Is Different from the Love between a Man and a Woman
Is the love of this world, such as that
between a man and a woman, fundamentally
different from the love of God?
Yes, whereas God's love is forever unchanging,
human love is always changing.
Eros refers to the love between a man and
a woman. This love between the opposite sexes is a product of the lustful love
of the flesh. All men and women desire carnal love from each other to fill the
lust of their flesh, and therefore it is basically selfish love.
We have to realize that in our human love, there
is neither unconditional sacrifice, unconditional understanding, patience, nor
purity. As well, this love between the opposite sexes can never last forever.
This kind of love may seem as if it would last forever while we still have our
passion towards our lovers. But this is no more than a mirage of those who want
to cling to such a belief. In human love, there can never be agape love,
the love of God. Eros love is a far inferior love that cannot be even
compared to God’s agape love.
Even the storge love between parents and
children does not come close to God’s love. The phileo love and companionship
between friends are also contingent on the care and understanding of one another;
it is a love that ends as soon as this understanding turns even slightly incompatible.
Like this, the love between one human being and
another is a futile love that ends the moment one turns his back. In contrast,
in the agape love that God has shown us through Jesus Christ, there can
be no condition whatsoever. But the love between a human being and another,
such as that between friends, between family members, and between a man and
a woman, cannot be anything but limited and conditional.
However, God’s love of mercy revealed through
the divine Jesus Christ is not conditional.
We cannot measure God’s love, for it is infinite.
This love of God, which is manifested through the true God Jesus Christ, is
the unilateral, unconditional, and boundless love of salvation whose size and
depth cannot be measured (Ephesians 3:18-19). We cannot expect to receive such
boundless love from God. But God had already prepared such agape love
in Jesus Christ through the gospel of the water and the Spirit even before the
foundation of the world. God’s infinite love was made ready even when we did
not know Jesus Christ, the true God, and it was already perfected through Him.
This love is not the kind of love that is professed only with words, but it
is the perfect love of God that has been shown to us directly, that our souls
have been enabled to feel, and that has made us God’s own children by perfectly
saving us from our sins.
Who Are the People That Commit Lawlessness before God?
Who are the people
that commit lawlessness
It is those who, even as they profess to believe in
Jesus as the Savior, do not believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
but stand against it.
1 John 3:4 says, “Whoever commits sin also
commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” So who are such people that
commit lawlessness before God? Christian sinners are those who do not believe
that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our God, and that He has saved us from
all our sins with the gospel of the water and the Spirit. As a result, they
have sin intact in their hearts. Such are the sinners who commit lawlessness
Here, the Apostle John is not now talking about
the iniquities that we commit with our flesh. Rather, he is talking about the
sin of unbelief of those who do not believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior.
By lawlessness, John is identifying the sin of those who do not believe that
Jesus is the God who, by coming of the water, the blood, and the Spirit, has
blotted out all our sins, remitted them all away, saved us from all the sins
of the world, made us righteous, and given us eternal life. Those who do not
believe in the love of God that has been revealed through Jesus Christ the true
God and come through the gospel of the water and the Spirit are the ones who
commit this lawlessness before God.
In Matthew 7:22, when liars say, “Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done
many wonders in Your name?” what did Jesus say that He would tell them?
He said that He would declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me,
you who practice lawlessness!”
In other words, Jesus Christ our God would say
to them, “Did I not save you through the water, the blood, and the Spirit, just
as I had decided to save you from your sins? And didn’t I, your God and Savior,
take upon your sins of the world by being baptized by John the Baptist, die
on the Cross, rise from the dead again? Did I not thereby save you, give you
eternal live, and bring the remission of sin to you? Yet you did not believe
in My love, but now only boast yourselves by saying that you had prophesied
in My name. So depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”
There is one thing that we must all realize here
before moving on. It is that if we know that Jesus Christ our God has delivered
us from our sins by coming by the water, the blood, and the Spirit (1 John 5:6-8),
and yet despite this do not believe in this Truth and continue to live as sinners,
then we ourselves are asking for God’s punishment. By knowing and believing
in Jesus Christ as our Savior and God, we have received the remission of our
sins into our hearts.
It is definitely imperative for everyone to believe
in this Truth. In other words, if there is anyone who doesn’t believe that Jesus
is the Creator who made the universe, and that He is fundamentally God Himself,
he must first turn around his way and have faith in Him. Is Jesus really God
Himself for you, and is He the God who created the universe?
Jesus Christ indeed created this world with the
Word that He spoke. When we take a look at Genesis 1:1-5, we see that the Father,
the Word, which is Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit all make appearance when
God created this universe and the light. And when they created man, they also
got together and consulted each other. Genesis 1:26 says, “Let Us make man
in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish
of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth
and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
When Jesus Christ created the universe and everything
in it, He created them with His Word. When He said, “Let there be light,” then
there was light, and when He said, “Let there be trees,” then trees came into
existence. When He thus created all things with His Word, the Holy Spirit was
there also. Therefore, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, these three
are the same one God the Creator for us.
This is why only when we begin our lives of faith
by first believing that Jesus is the Son of God and God Himself can we reach
the washing of our sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
By believing so, we can have strong faith in the true gospel of the water and
the Spirit, because this is the gospel that the true God Jesus has fulfilled
and that is written in the Bible in detail.
We can believe in Him because the Bible declares,
“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried,
and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians
15:3-4). When the Apostle Paul wrote this passage, ‘the Scriptures’ here
meant the Old Testament. Therefore, this means that Jesus Christ has atoned
all our sins through His baptism and bloodshed, just like the sin offering of
the Day of Atonement had to receive the laying on of hands and be killed to
draw its blood. This is why Jesus the true God had to receive the baptism from
John the Baptist, the representative of all mankind by saying, “Permit it
to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew
It is from this belief that Jesus is the Son of
God, our God, and our Savior, that true faith begins, and by believing in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit, our salvation is all perfected.
He Who Is God Came to Blot out Our Sins
Did Jesus have any sin in either
His body or heart?
He had absolutely no sin. He is fundamentally
God Himself and our perfect Savior
who has never sinned.
Let us turn to 1 John 3:5: “And you know that
He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.” Jesus
Christ is fundamentally sinless. He only took our sins onto ‘His body’ for a
while by being baptized by John to carry them to the Cross. Some may ask whether
Jesus became a sinner if He took the sins of the world through John the Baptist.
But it is His body that bore the sins of the world, not His soul. So the Bible
says, “For He [God the Father] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin
for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians
Jesus Christ is fundamentally God, and therefore,
to Him, “there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). It
is by this faith, by believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that all
of us can be saved from all our sins. On this basic faith, we can edify and
build our strong faith in His righteous act of salvation.
This faith entails the belief that when all of
us fell into sin, God Himself, who had made us, was born unto this earth incarnated
in the flesh of man through the body of the Virgin Mary, all in order to take
away the sins of His people. Just as God had promised to Moses with the sacrificial
system, Jesus Christ took our sins upon His own body by being baptized by John
the Baptist, died on the Cross, rose from the dead again, and has thereby saved
us from all our sins. All those who have faith in this Truth are saved. God
planned all these things, and the Ones who fulfilled this plan for us are God
the Father and His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.
And the Holy Spirit guarantees to us that what
our Lord has done for us—that is, He loved us so much that to blot out our sins,
He came to this earth incarnated in the flesh of man, received baptism to bear
all the sins of the world, died on the Cross, rose from the dead, and has thereby
saved us—is right. The Holy Spirit bears witness that for us to believe in Jesus
Christ as our Savior and God Himself is essentially the same as to believe in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
For the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth (John
14:17), He testifies to us the gospel Truth in detail. The Truth is that Jesus
came to save us from the sins of the world, and when He turned 30, He accepted
all the sins of mankind by being baptized by John the Baptist. To believe in
this Truth is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the God of creation who
made us, and our Savior.
Our Lord could become our own unblemished sacrificial
offering because He is God who has “no variation or shadow of turning” (James
1:17). And only this unblemished offering could be baptized and thereby
accept our sins.
On our side, since we believe that Jesus is God,
and that all our sins were passed onto Jesus Christ when God Himself came to
this earth and was baptized, the salvation that God has prepared for us is applied
to us only by faith. That Jesus carried the sins of the world to the Cross,
was crucified, shed His blood, and died on it is also applied to only the believers.
It is because this Jesus, our God and Savior, has saved us from our sins through
His baptism and blood. It is through our faith in the gospel Truth of the water
and the Spirit that we can pass our sins to Jesus Christ, and we can also be
resurrected together with Jesus Christ and live forever.
For us to believe in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, it is imperative to have the belief that Jesus, as God Himself and
the Son of God, has washed away our sins. While Jesus Christ is the Son of God,
He is actually God Himself, and He is also the Savior who has delivered us from
all our sins.
If God has planned and accomplished something,
is it perfect or not? It must be perfect, for it is written, “God is not
a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said,
and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers
23:19) This is why the gospel of the water and the Spirit is the real Truth
for us, and no less than our faith in this gospel is the way for us to become
God’s true children, and for the believers to receive the true remission of
Then, how can we commit the sin leading us to
death? (1 John 5:16) Ultimately, we must have the faith that does not commit
lawlessness before God.
What Does 1 John 3:6 Mean?
What does it mean
when it says that whoever abides
in Him does not sin?
It means that whoever abides in Him does not
commit the sin of not believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit.
1 John 3:6 says, “Whoever abides in Him does
not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.”
Because this passage mentions “does not sin,”
some people have misunderstood its meaning, and wonder, “Didn’t the Apostle
John and the true saints of his time sin?” We may very well be led to think
in this way, if we read this passage with our eyes of the flesh. But anyone
who believes in the gospel of the water and the Spirit will not think like this.
Because everyone has flesh, there is no one who
does not commit carnal wrongdoings before God. As it is written in Ecclesiastes
7:20, “For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin.”
Therefore, the passage in 1 John 3:6, which says,
“Whoever abides in Him does not sin,” does not refer to committing carnal
sins. Then what kind of sin does whoever abides in Jesus not commit? This sin
is the sin of not believing in the Truth that Jesus is the Son of God, and that
He has saved us from all our sins through the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
The sin committed by those who do not believe
in this Truth that Jesus Christ was born unto this earth, took upon all the
sins of mankind by being baptized by John the Baptist, carried the sins of the
world to the Cross, shed His blood and died on it, rose from the dead again,
and has become the perfect Savior for al