Isaiah 27 & 1 John 5

Isaiah 27

    In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.

    In that day,
    “A pleasant vineyard, sing of it!
        I, the LORD, am its keeper;
        every moment I water it.
        Lest anyone punish it,
    I keep it night and day;
        I have no wrath.
    Would that I had thorns and briers to battle!
        I would march against them,
        I would burn them up together.
    Or let them lay hold of my protection,
        let them make peace with me,
        let them make peace with me.”
    In days to come Jacob shall take root,
        Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots
        and fill the whole world with fruit.
    Has he struck them as he struck those who struck them?
        Or have they been slain as their slayers were slain?
    Measure by measure, by exile you contended with them;
        he removed them with his fierce breath in the day of the east wind.
    Therefore by this the guilt of Jacob will be atoned for,
        and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:
    when he makes all the stones of the altars
        like chalkstones crushed to pieces,
        no Asherim or incense altars will remain standing.
    For the fortified city is solitary,
        a habitation deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness;
    there the calf grazes;
        there it lies down and strips its branches.
    When its boughs are dry, they are broken;
        women come and make a fire of them.
    For this is a people without discernment;
        therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them;
        he who formed them will show them no favor.
        In that day from the river Euphrates to the Brook of Egypt the LORD will thresh out the grain, and you will be gleaned one by one, O people of Israel. And in that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

(Isaiah 27 ESV)

1 John 5

    Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

    This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

    I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

    If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.

    We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

    We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

    And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

(1 John 5 ESV)

1 John 5: One of the greatest misconceptions people have concerning the Christian life is that somehow God's Law and God's Love are in conflict with one another. Many people mistakenly assume that we are better off not focusing too much on God's Law because it will somehow prevent us from experiencing the joy of God's grace. However, as John plainly explains to us here, God's Law and God's Love are not in conflict with one another but in fact complement one another instead.

John says that the way to know whether or not we are truly loving each other as the family of God is whether or not we are obeying what He has commanded. You see, it is God's Law that shows us the way to truly love and do good to those around us. John also says that the way to know whether or not we are truly loving God like we should is whether or not we are obeying what He has commanded. You see, it is God's Law that shows us what God desires, and it is true love that sets your heart on doing what the object of your love desires. Therefore, may we get rid of our misconceptions and experience God's Love by embracing the way of life commanded by God's Law.