Posts by John Longmire

Posts by John Longmire

The Name of Jesus – 1 John 3:23

Now this is his command: that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another as he commanded us. (1 John 3:23) Pastor John’s Notes: What does it mean to believe in the name of Jesus? The answer is simple. The name “Jesus” is the Hebrew language means “Yahweh Saves.” “Yahweh” is the name of God. In Jesus’ day, people believed that a person’s name carried their purpose or character. Therefore, to believe in the…

Confidence Before God – 1 John 3:21-22

Dear friends, if our hearts don’t condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive whatever we ask from him because we keep his commands and do what is pleasing in his sight. (1 John 3:21-22) Pastor John’s Notes: God has given us a conscience to both convict us when we go astray, but also to confirm us when we obey. When we are obedient, when we align ourselves with God’s will, our conscience will confirm that we are on…

1 John 3:19-20 – Assurance in Action


Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth. This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows all things. (1 John 3:18-20) Pastor John’s Notes: When we love others sacrificially, we know that we belong to God. We know this because our love has been manifest in…

Loving Others with Our Goods – 1 John 3:17-18

If anyone has this world’s goods and sees a fellow believer in need but withholds compassion from him—how does God’s love reside in him? Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth. (1 John 3:17-18) Pastor John’s Notes: God intends for all of his children to grow spiritually. Yet troubles often come on us that distract us from spiritual things. Christ’s body of believers is to care for itself. When one of…

Sacrificial Love – 1 John 3:16

This week we will look at the Love of Self-Sacrifice demonstrated in the life of Jesus Christ. This same love is what we are called upon to show our brothers and sisters in Christ.  This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 3:16) Pastor John’s Notes: There are two parts to this verse; both of them bear beauty,…

Taking Away Our Sins – 1 John 3:5

You know that he was revealed so that he might take away sins, and there is no sin in him. (1 John 3:5) Pastor John’s Notes: If you want to know what holy living looks like, you need only look at Jesus Christ. In an earlier post, we learned that sin is lawlessness. It is the desire to throw off the patterns of living that God has designed for the human race. Sin is not only harmful action, but it…

Holiness Versus Lawlessness – 1 John 3:3-4

And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure. Everyone who commits sin practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:3-4) Pastor John’s Notes: People are living in one of two directions. Either we are living for God, or we are living for ourselves. There is no middle ground. We are children of God when we put our hope in Jesus Christ and seek after holiness. We are living for ourselves when we…

Hope that Leads to Purity – 1 John 3:3

And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure. That is, the hope of Jesus’ return. (1 John 3:3) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus Christ has promised he will return, and soon. So what is our response? Can we honestly say that we would celebrate his immediate return? If we secretly hope that Jesus’ return would be delayed then we are still in love with the world. In contrast, if we would be happy for…

1 John 3:2 – Our Future

Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when he appears, we will be like him because we will see him as he is. (1 John 3:2) Pastor John’s Notes: Little children don’t stay little for long. They soon grow up, maturing from children into young adults. Now we are the children of God, but soon we will develop into something more. In fact, we are already maturing.…

1 John 3:1 – The World Does Not Know Us

See what great love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children—and we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know him. (1 John 3:1) Pastor John’s Notes: Our new identity as the children of God sets us at odds with the world. When we were friends with the world, all was well from a human point of view. We floated along with the culture and felt no inner resistance…