Brother Sean begins the Sunday morning sermon reading 1 John 3:11-20. This passage helps to confirm what has been taught in previous sermons. There are two families for mankind: the children of the devil and the children of faith.
The Children of the Devil
1. The Children of the Devil are Successful.
Does it bother you that evil people are successful? All the Sons of Cain are listed as being successful. But they are also very evil (Genesis 6:5). We want evil to never be successful, but this is not the case. When we look at ourselves and consider who we are, we find that success doesn’t make us good. Success doesn’t give us a good heart or good character.
2. The Children of the Devil Establish the Rule of Revenge
When Lamech sings a song of abuse (Genesis 4:23) and states that he will avenge himself on his own wives. We have to understand that abuse (both physical and verbal) is always a characteristic of the children of the devil (1 John 3:15, Matthew 5:22). Faithful people have nothing to do with abuse.
The Children of Faith
1. The Children of Faith are Hopeful.
Consider Eve’s two birth announcements. The first one takes place in Genesis 4:1, the second in Genesis 4:25. Eve’s first announcement is full of hope and calls on a personal God. The second announcement is full of despair. Eve states that God (not personal) has given her another one of these things (offspring). She notes that her first son is a murderer, her second son is murdered, and she doesn’t know what to do with this third baby. But there is hope! “At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.” While Eve may feel guilty about how she raised her first boys, this third son’s family praises God.
2. The Children of Faith multiply grace.
In Matthew 5:38-39 and Matthew 18:22 Jesus offers a way of dealing with the children of the devil. Where the Children of the Devil multiply evil, children of faith multiply grace. Jesus say, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” Our reply to the evil of Lamech isn’t to throw out his song, its to change the words. If Lamech wants revenge 77×7 then we give grace 77×7. Grace is our disposition in every situation.