by Norman P. Grubb
John is beyond me; I don’t know what we are to do with John. Put him out, I guess. John corners, completely corners us, because he four times over says we are now to be exactly as Jesus is. What are we to make of that? Not much sinful imperfection about that one is there? It says in the first chapter twice over I John 1:7, “we are to walk in the light as He is in the light,” that is absolute light.” In the second chapter, “Whosoever says he abides in Him ought himself so to walk even as he walked,” exactly as Jesus walked on earth. That’s I John 2:6. I John 3:7 says, “He that doeth righteousness is righteous even as He is righteous,” and it says also, “whosoever hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as He is pure.” I John 3:3. |
Righteous as He is righteous; pure as He is pure; in the light as He is in the light; walking as He walks. And the fourth one is beyond all—it is linked with perfect love. That’s where John comes to perfection. He says in I John 4:17, “Herein is our love made perfect;” not, “ought to be,” or “might be,” but “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment.” And he goes on to the statement I’m getting at (the end of that verse), “because as He is”—not even as He was on earth, but as He is now, that Perfect One, seated in all His glory at the right hand of the Majesty on high—“As he is so are we.” What do you think of that one?
Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Going on to Perfection”