For All The World

1 John 2:1-2

1My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for ((Or “He is the one who turns aside God’s wrath, taking away our sins, and not only ours but also…”)) the sins of the whole world.

What can I write other than hallelujah.

By the way, did you know that the word hallelujah is actually a command that means, “Praise the LORD!”? It seems fitting.

This section is clearly separate from the next, so though I don’t have much to say on it, I’m going to leave this as it is. I’d originally written more, but it was mostly about the gospel of John, chapter 3, verses 16-21. We’re all pretty familiar with the concept of God forgiving our sins through Jesus, and though there would be more disagreement about God forgiving everyone (a la, “Well, what about people group X? How can God forgive them?”), it’s not something with which we are unfamiliar.

Nevertheless, it bears notice. I wish I had the time to dig into the history of who John was writing to, and when, so I could highlight why this was such an important message for them. My guess is that they were caught up in the same arguments we often are today, but in their case it was controversy over non-Jews becoming Christian, or maybe just the opposite (of Jews accepting the Christ).

Part of my goal for the OBS was to do that kind of research, but I haven’t posted in weeks because I haven’t had time, so I’ll leave it at this. It’s important to God that we understand that he didn’t just come for our people group, for the doctors and lawyers, for just republicans or just democrats, for the United States of America or any other country we’ve made up. God came for the whole world.

Tithing Worship

As I was sitting at FnC the other night, reading email on my phone and editing some things on my blog, the music kicked up for worship and I didn’t feel like standing. I didn’t feel like pulling myself out of the funk I was in; I was tired and at the end of a very long day; I had received both good and bad news, and had some drama dumped on me; my heart wasn’t interested in worship.

But as I prayed and thought about it, I realized that it didn’t matter. Worship isn’t about me, it’s about praising my Lord. Like my tithe, God doesn’t need it. He doesn’t need my sacrifices, my money, or even my time. He is all-powerful, owns everything in the world, and holds my entire life and everything in it in His hands.

But because He saved me, and because He loves me, I owe Him my worship. I owe Him my time. Because in reality, it’s not my time, it’s His time.

God doesn’t really demand much of us. He asks a great deal in the Bible, and if I were to live a truly devout life, I would give far more to my Lord and Saviour than I currently do. But he isn’t demanding.

How niggardly to refuse to worship Him while my family sings songs in His praise. As Brian said, hallelujah.

“You will praise God.”