I really feel like I should quote one verse from this chapter and then drop the mic. But there is so much more that I want to talk to you about like: Why does Cain always get the short end of the stick in regards to his sacrifice and why wasn’t it accepted. All we read in Genesis is that for Cain and his offering the Lord had no regard. We don’t know why, we don’t know what it was about his offering that was displeasing to the Lord. But here in I John we read that he is from the evil one. Okay, I understand why he said that because he is talking about faith and action. How can a murderer have faith? So, of course Cain is from the evil one because he was a murderer. But wait, so was Paul! Paul killed Christians before he knew the Lord and he was able to be redeemed. How did I get into a discussion about capital punishment here? If Paul had been put to death for his murderous actions we would not have the churches which we have today. Capital punishment simply cannot be justified by any Scriptural arguments. It simply doesn’t work for Christians.
Here is some image from Tintoretto who is an artist that I really appreciate.
I still haven’t given you the drop the mic verse:
Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action