SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 CAC LIVING WATER DEVOTIONAL : TOPIC – YOU KNOW THIS? THEN, PURIFY YOURSELF
LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Monday, September 13, 2021
YOU KNOW THIS? THEN, PURIFY YOURSELF
Read: 1 John 3:1-9
1 John 3:1-9 Behold, 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.
Beloved, 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.
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
He 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.
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
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 (1 John 3:2-3)
What a privilege to be called children of God which we do not deserve to be called, at all (1 Jn 3:1) Son of the Most High? That is what we are now. However, for the carnal-minded, it is a dilemma to know and grasp what we would look like in the hereafter (v. 2a). Most religions believe in the hereafter, aside the Sadducees who don’t even believe in resurrection of the dead. The difficulty is to describe beyond mere fables what our nature would be in the hereafter. The Bible clears this for human understanding: we would one day be like Him – absolutely perfect, unlike the relative perfection we parade here and now (V. 2).
One glorious morning is coming when all mourning shall be gone. Why? How? We are going to see our Saviour face to face in His true and full regalia of glory, no more like looking into the mirror, not even anything to be compared with what Peter, James and John saw on the mount of transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-8). What a glorious sight that would be! The heaven-conscious can’t wait to see that. What about you?
What a great hope, dowsing the palpable tension gripping this world and generation! What a relief from the hypertension-causing troubles/anxieties of this life! It is worth it to resolve: “How many years do I have to spend here, regardless of the sweet and sour, compared with the glory to be revealed in me in ETERNITY (Rom. 8:18)? I am relieved, even if all hell is let loose. I shall see my Lord.”
This hope should therefore elicit in us the undying passion to unrepentantly purify ourselves in Christ’s Word and blood (v. 3), so that we can keep living holy here for Him as His bride, in preparation for the glorious morning that would usher us into the consummation of His eternity with Him.
1. Lord, I thank You for the hope of eternity with You after this highly challenging life.
2. Holy Spirit, help me to always encourage myself with this hope of eternity with You, regardless of what I pass through in life.
3. Lord, help all of us to keep purifying ourselves in preparation to meet You anytime You choose to return for us.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 136:19 – 141:1; 1 Corinthians 15:37 – 15:58