[Linux4christians] 1 John 2 (Monday)
pastordavid at bibleseven.com
Sun Dec 20 21:28:58 EST 2009
*1 John 2 (Monday)*
"2:1 (My little children, I am writing these things to you
so that you may not sin.) But if anyone does sin, we have an
advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One,
2:2 and he himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,
and not only for our sins but also for the whole world."
"2:3 Now by this we know that we have come to know God: if
we keep his commandments. 2:4 The one who says “I have come
to know God” and yet does not keep his commandments is a
liar, and the truth is not in such a person. 2:5 But
whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God
has been perfected. By this we know that we are in him. 2:6
The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk
just as Jesus walked."
[Note: The expectation is not perfection, it is that we be
intentional about our effort to keep the commandments.]
"2:7 Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment to
you, but an old commandment which you have had from the
beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have
[Note: John refers to the prior Greatest Commandment” of
Jesus that believers love one another – one value of which
is the evangelically-attractive witness of our association
"2:8 On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to
you which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is
passing away and the true light is already shining. 2:9 The
one who says he is in the light but still hates his fellow
Christian is still in the darkness. 2:10 The one who loves
his fellow Christian resides in the light, and there is no
cause for stumbling in him. 2:11 But the one who hates his
fellow Christian is in the darkness, walks in the darkness,
and does not know where he is going, because the darkness
has blinded his eyes."
[Note: John's “new commandment” adds detail to the “old
"2:12 I am writing to you, little children, that your sins
have been forgiven because of his name."
[Note: John is reminding his readers that their salvation
is intact because of Jesus and that any suggestion to the
contrary is a false teaching.]
"2:13a I am writing to you, fathers, that you have known him
who has been from the beginning."
[Note: John is reminding his readers of the eternal
pre-existence of Jesus; therefore they should have
confidence in His power to save.]
"2"13b I am writing to you, young people, that you have
conquered the evil one."
[Note: John wants his readers to remember that their
salvation represented an eternal victory over the evil one –
they need not fear what he can do to them eternally – though
he represents a source of harassment in this world.]
"2:14a I have written to you, children, that you have known
[Note: John is restating his prior argument for the
Trinity, then about Jesus, now about the Father.]
"2:14b I have written to you, fathers, that you have known
him who has been from the beginning. 2:14c I have written
to you, young people, that you are strong, and the word of
God resides in you, and you have conquered the evil one."
[Note: John repeats himself for emphasis.]
"2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If
anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in
him, 2:16 because all that is in the world (the desire of
the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance
produced by material possessions) is not from the Father,
but is from the world."
"2:17 And the world is passing away with all its desires,
but the person who does the will of God remains forever."
[Note: John wants his readers to understand that their
choice for or against Christ is an eternally binding one.]
"2:18 Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard
that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have
appeared. We know from this that it is the last hour. 2:19
They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us,
because if they had belonged to us, they would have remained
with us. But they went out from us to demonstrate that all
of them do not belong to us."
[Note: The “antichrists” “came out from us” means that they
were from the same Jewish heritage and/or the same region,
and/or received some of the same teaching but chose to
reject Christ and to preach and teach falsehoods.]
"2:20 Nevertheless you have an anointing from the Holy One,
and you all know."
[Note: Those who are truly saved have the indwelling Holy
Spirit may discern true from false teaching.]
"2:21 I have not written to you that you do not know the
truth, but that you do know it, and that no lie is of the
truth. 2:22 Who is the liar but the person who denies that
Jesus is the Christ? This one is the antichrist: the person
who denies the Father and the Son. 2:23 Everyone who denies
the Son does not have the Father either. The person who
confesses the Son has the Father also."
[Note: Some of the deceivers attempted to claim that they
were saved via some direct relationship with the Father,
bypassing Jesus; John assures his readers that this was not
"2:24 As for you, what you have heard from the beginning
must remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning
remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the
Father. 2:25 Now this is the promise that he himself made to
us: eternal life. 2:26 These things I have written to you
about those who are trying to deceive you."
[Note: The conditional is “If” - “If what you heard from
the beginning remains in you” refers to the one who has been
saved, one who has not been saved would not retain the
teaching as it would not have been kept for them by the
indwelling Holy Spirit.]
"2:27 Now as for you, the anointing that you received from
him resides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach
you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things, it
is true and is not a lie. Just as it has taught you, you
reside in him."
[Note: John rephrases and clarifies 2:24-26]
"2:28 And now, little children, remain in him, so that when
he appears we may have confidence and not shrink away from
him in shame when he comes back."
[Note: John is not placing their salvation in question,
merely their sense of dishonor before Christ – if they had
failed to live righteously prior to His return.]
"2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you also know that
everyone who practices righteousness has been fathered by him."
[Note: John is exhorting them that righteous living is the
expectation of all believers and that any teaching to the
contrary is false.]
*Consider* the repeated emphasis upon righteous living.
*Discuss* some practical ways that we might live more
*Reflect* upon the problem then, and now, with false
teachers who promote(d) the notion that grace allows
*Share* an example from your experience where your knowledge
of the Greatest Commandment “... love one another” helped
you to resist the temptation of the enemy to act in unloving
ways toward a fellow believer.
*Truth in Action*
Today I will ask the Holy Spirit to show me an area in my
life where I have made excuses for unrighteous behavior.
Agree to partner with the Holy Spirit, with accountability
with a prayer partner, to repent of that sin, to reconcile
my behavior with the Word of God, and to be restored to a
closer daily walk with God.
*Be Specific* _________________________________________
Tuesday's text will be: 1 John 3
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