1 John 5:20: And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

Reality has been the theme throughout John’s letter, and now we are reminded of it again. John was probably writing to believers in the city of Ephesus, a city given over to the worship of idols. The temple of Diana, one of the wonders of the ancient world, was located in Ephesus, and the making and selling of idols was one of the chief occupations of the people there. Surrounded by idolatry, Christians there were under tremendous pressure to conform. But “we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one” (1 Cor. 8:4). That is, “an idol has no real existence.” The tragedy of idolatry is that a dead image can do a worshiper no good because it is not genuine. Hebrew writers in the Old Testament called idols “nothings, vain things, vapors, emptiness.” An idol is a useless substitute for the real thing. 1

Loving Him

What is your reality? This simple question can have a life defining answer. Is your reality more than a philosophical answer? How real does your reality effect the way you make decisions and the way you live your life?

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory. 1 Timothy 3:16

Loving Others

When you know the True One, you will know who you are, and where you are going. – TWEET IT

Make Me Like You

Lord, thank You for being my way, my truth, my life…and my reality.

1. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 531). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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Tommy Blumberg was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 1985, where he served as an assistant to Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship, in Seattle. In 1992, Pastor Tom, his wife Pam, and their three daughters moved to Bellingham and began a Bible study, which led to the founding of Calvary Chapel Northwest. Tom blogs regularly at TommyBlumberg.com.