Faith without works is dead. Many people confess to believe in Jesus but their works are evil. They are sinners. We read in 1 John 2:3 “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:6the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.”
“By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.” Christians that sin and live in immorality do not know Jesus because they do not keep His commandments, they do not live according to His words, as also recorded in the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. A Christian that refuses to repent and be baptized, as Jesus commanded, does not know nor love Jesus. Jesus said:”If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.“John 14:15.
“By this we know that we are in Him:6the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” Many Christians believers do not know Jesus and do not abide in Him, because they do not live as Jesus lived and taught His disciples to do. Their faith is in vain because their works prove that they do not know Jesus, nor stay in obedience to Him. They are like the world, the unbelievers that are perishing, they are heading for destruction, they are on their way to hell.
We read in 1John 2:15 “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”
Those who love the world and the things of the world do not have any love for Jesus and therefor they do not obey Him, they practice sin, lawlessness, unrighteousness, their deeds are evil. Many are preachers, evangelists, street preachers, clergy, missionaries, church leaders, but they love the world and their works are evil.
Jesus said “ 21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ “Matthew 7:21,22.
If we know Jesus, our works will prove it, because we will obey Him and abide in Him..
The apostle John wrote in I John 2:28 ”Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. 29If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.”
Do we abide in Him? Will we have confidence when Jesus appears, or will we hang our head in shame and shrink away from Him in fear because we did not obey Him.
May Jesus bless you.