He Who Does Not Love Abides In Death

He who does not love abides in death.

1 John 3:14
We Can Be In Death Even Now

When I was a young Christian, I considered death something in the future; I did not regard it as something present today. But as 1 John 3:14 makes clear, we can be in death today: “He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” This verse does not say that he who does not love his brother will die; it says that he who does not love his brother abides in death even now.

If we are not in life, then we are surely in death. Romans 8:6 also proves that we can be in death today: “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace.”

God’s Enemy Is Prevailing As Sin And As Evil To Bring People Into Death And To Keep Them There

In a sense, God’s enemy, Satan, is prevailing today as sin and as evil to bring people into death and to keep them there. This is the evil work of God’s enemy.

Satan is not content merely to provoke us in such matters as losing our temper. His intention is to bring us into death. But God is working as life to defeat sin, death, and Satan. The result of God’s defeating these three enemies is that we reign in life.

All quotations in this post, unless otherwise noted, are from Life-Study Of Romans, message 47 by Witness Lee, Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA, U.S.A. 1989. Source: ministrybooks.org

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