“Progenitor Of Love” ( 1 John 4: 9, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


The author of the first letter of John writes of love, of what love is and of its progenitor — God. “Love consists in this: not that we love God, but that He loves us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10) This amazing love “was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.” (1 John 4:9)

Living through Christ allows us to know the love of God, for as God the Father loves His Son, so He also loves His Son’s brothers — that is, us. We are adopted into God’s family as children, and “if children, also heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ — seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:17) “The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:15) “In the same way, the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit’s mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27)

The Holy Spirit Himself prays for us to God the Father, reminding Him of His Son’s ultimate sacrifice, and the effectiveness of the Blood of Christ in washing away our failings, mistakes, omissions, and sins. God the Father looks at us, and sees Jesus. In the same way, we should look at one another and see our brother, Jesus Christ. We should love one another as He loves us.

Always remember, it is “not that we love God.” (1 John 4:10) The truth is that “God is love.” (1 John 4:16)

“The Liar” (1 John 2: 22, NEB) by Carley Evans


“Who is the liar?” asks the writer of 1 John.

The liar is the one who denies that Jesus is God.

Who is the father of liars, of lies? Our great adversary who gave up his place in heaven to rule in hell, per Milton in PARADISE LOST is the father of lies, of liars. Satan tells the great lie to Eve and Adam, promising them they can be as gods if they disobey God. The cost of believing this lie is immeasurable.

People are deceived. People do prefer to live in darkness so the light does not show their deeds — which are deeds of the darkness, and not of the light. (John 3: 19 – 20)

Satan likes keeping people in the darkness, lest they see the light and prefer it. Hence, Satan lies about everything, keeping people in confusion as they try to figure out what is the truth. Satan’s favorite lie is the one of the anti-Christ — the one which tells the world that Jesus is a good teacher, but not the Son of God, not the expected Messiah of Israel, not the only way to paradise — that is, eternal life in the very presence of God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is a good teacher, says Satan. Pay attention to him, follow his rules, believe his little parables, but do not commit your self to him, do not believe he saves you. For this belief is foolishness. Satan lies.

“Desire God’s Word” (Deuteronomy 6: 6 – 7, ESV) by Carley Evans


God commands that His Word “be on our hearts.” We are to teach His Word “diligently to our children.” We are to “talk of them when [we] sit in [our] houses, and when [we] walk by the way, and when [we] lie down, and when [we] rise.” In other words, we are to have the Word available to us at all times, in all situations.

Christians who do not know the Word are at a disadvantage compared to those who do.

If we do not know the Word of God, know what God has to say to us; then we are not prepared, especially for the unexpected. We are unable to put on the full armor of God without knowing His Word.

The Word is the sword of the Holy Spirit. The Word penetrates us, revealing to us our weaknesses, helping us to grow into our Christian walk as we should, keeping us from common errors as well as from unusual ones.

Finally, without knowing God’s Word, we are unable to teach it to our children, whether to our physical children or to our spiritual children — those we may have led to Christ. What a waste — to lead a person to a saving knowledge of Jesus, then be unable to teach them the rest of the Word.

Father God, give us Your desire for Your Holy Word.

“The Powerful Working Of God” (1 Corinthians 5: 7 – 8, ESV) by Carley Evans


Have you heard — Christians can not sin? Have you heard — if you sin, then you are not really saved?

Paul says to the Corinthian church, “I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.” He claims to be their “father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” As their father, he urges them to “be imitators of me.” (1 Corinthians 4: 14, 16) He commands the church to “cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened.” Paul writes to the Colossians, “If then you are raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3: 1 – 4) He calls them to “put to death therefore what is earthly in you.” (Colossians 3: 5)

Paul urges them not to be chained again “by philosophy and empty deceit.” (Colossians 2: 8) He tells them and us that we “are filled in [Christ], who is the head of all rule and authority. In Him, [we] are circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism, in which [we] are also raised with Him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And [we], who were dead in [our] trespasses and the uncircumcision of [our] flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2: 10 – 14) God sets aside our record of debt. He eliminates legal demands. He puts off our body of flesh, and makes us a “new lump” in Christ. He makes us “unleavened;” this feat is accomplished “in the powerful working of God.”

Our part is to daily “put off” the old leaven, the old earthly self. This also is accomplished through the “powerful working” of God, the Holy Spirit. Hence, Paul admonishes his beloved children, not to shame them but to prod them towards the prize, the goal of their salvation.

“God Is One” (Deuteronomy 6: 4 – 5, ESV) by Carley Evans


God is One. We are to “love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our might.”

God is three persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Each person of God is equal to the other; we worship God as One.

Jesus says, “I know where I come from and where I am going.” (John 8: 14) “My judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent Me.” (John 8: 16) “If you know Me, you know the Father also.” (John 8: 19)

“For God so loves the world that He gives His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3: 16) So, “Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son.” (Hebrews 3: 6)

Jesus says, “I send [the Helper, the Holy Spirit] to you. And when He comes, He convicts the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me, concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you see Me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” (John 16: 7 – 11)

Jesus prays, “And now, Father, glorify Me in Your own presence with the glory I had with You before the world existed. I manifest Your Name to the people whom You give Me out of the world. Yours they are, and You give them to Me, and they keep Your Word.” (John 17: 5 – 6)

The prophet Joel writes, “And in the last days it is, God declares, that I pour out My Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters prophesy, and your young men see visions, and your old men dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I pour out My Spirit, and they prophesy. And I show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below… And it comes to pass that everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord is saved.” (Acts 2: 17 – 19, 21)

“A Life Of Love” (Ephesians 5: 1 – 2, NIV) by Carley Evans


Paul calls us “to live a life of love.” We are to “be imitators of God.”

“Then Mary takes about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she pours it on Jesus’ feet and wipes His feet with her hair. And the house is filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” (John 12: 3)

Mary loves Jesus. As she shows Him her love, the fragrance of her act fills the house. Everyone is privy to the redolence of her life of love. Only Jesus’ betrayer protests.

Jesus washes Peter’s feet as well as the feet of His other disciples. “Do you understand what I have done for you? You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I Am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13: 12 – 15)

Jesus calls us to “love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15: 12) He calls us to imitate God — God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. God, who loves Himself and who loves us enough to give up Himself to death, to death on a tree.

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (Galatians 5: 14, ESV)