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This week we will continue in the series that I started a couple of
weeks ago on 1 John. This week we will look at chapter two.
We saw in the last message that the Apostle John wrote the book of 1
John in the late first century. We saw that John was one of the 12
disciples and had a very special relationship with Jesus. We saw that
John knew Jesus personally and that he was present for all that Jesus
said and did. We also saw that the main reason he wrote was to keep
people on track with all the false teachers around.
The title of my message is "We have our advocate Jesus in heaven
who calls us to love one another, not love the world and watch out for
antichrists who would lead us a stray".
1 John 2:1-29
1 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before
the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the One who is truly righteous.
2 He Himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins--and not only our
sins but the sins of all the world.
3 And we can be sure that we know Him if we obey His commandments.
4 If someone claims, "I know God," but doesn't obey God's commandments,
that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.
5 But those who obey God's word truly show how completely they love Him.
That is how we know we are living in Him.
6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
7 Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is
an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old
commandment--to love one another--is the same message you heard before.
8 Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you
also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light
is already shining.
9 If anyone claims, "I am living in the light," but hates a Christian
brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness.
10 Anyone who loves another brother or sister is living in the light and
does not cause others to stumble.
11 But anyone who hates another brother or sister is still living and
walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having
been blinded by the darkness.
12 I am writing to you who are God's children because your sins have
been forgiven through Jesus.
13 I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know
Christ, who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are
young in the faith because you have won your battle with the evil one.
14 I have written to you who are God's children because you know the
Father. I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you
know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I have written to you who
are young in the faith because you are strong. God's word lives in your
hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one.
15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you
love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.
16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving
for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.
These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people
crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
18 Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the
Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared.
From this we know that the last hour has come.
19 These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with
us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved
that they did not belong with us.
20 But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you His Spirit,
and all of you know the truth.
21 So I am writing to you not because you don't know the truth but
because you know the difference between truth and lies.
22 And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ.
Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist.
23 Anyone who denies the Son doesn't have the Father, either. But anyone
who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
24 So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the
beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and
with the Father.
25 And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life He promised us.
26 I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead
27 But you have received the Holy Spirit, and He lives within you, so
you don't need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches
you everything you need to know, and what He teaches is true--it is not
a lie. So just as He has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.
28 And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when
He returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from Him in
29 Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do
what is right are God's children.
1. We have an Advocate
Verse one sets the scene"
"My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not
sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case
before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly
My heart as a Christian is to live in Christ and not sin, but as I
said recently, sometimes I do fall short and I need to confess. It helps
me to know that I have an Advocate, a Defender, and a Supporter in
heaven who pleads my case on my behalf.
It helps me to know that when I let myself down and ultimately let
God down, that our Advocate is there for me. Over the years I have
wondered what Jesus says in my defence. We can never know, but it might
be something like this"
Father, Dave loves Me and I love Him. He knows Me and I know him. He
tries really hard to live in Me and he does really well most of the
time, but sometimes he falls short. Father, I died on the cross for
Dave's sin. I took it on Myself. I paid the price. Dave is forgiven
because of My efforts on his behalf. Please restore Him and help him to
We can never really know what is said, but it helps me to imagine
something like the above. It helps me to know the One who is truly
righteous is on my side and pleading my case.
Here are some questions for personal reflection and application"
2. A new and an old commandment
The first verse sets the scene again"
Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it
is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment
"” to love one another "”is the same message you heard before.
I like the old/new commandment idea to love one another. John reminds
us that God has always wanted us to love on another. This goes back to
Leviticus 19:18 where God says, "Do not seek revenge or bear a
grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbour as yourself.
I am the LORD".
Jesus also gave us this command in
John 13:34-35, "So now I am giving you a new commandment" Love
each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your
love for one another will prove to the world that you are my
John reminds us the importance of loving one another. In the last
section we saw that living in the light meant to follow God's
commands. In this section it shows that by loving our Christian brothers
and sisters we walk in the light and we even make the darkness
So it is important for us to purpose in our hearts today to love one
another. Let us love one another the way Jesus loved us. Let us also
think of ways we can do this practically.
3. Do not love the world
The next section of the text tells us plainly "“ "Do not love this
Verse 15 says, "Do not love this world nor the things it offers
you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father
This is a strong statement about loving the world that we live in. At
the heart of this verse is a reminder that this world is not all there
is "“ it is not our eternal home "“ it is only temporary.
Verse 17 reminds us that this world has a use by date. It says,
"And this world is fading away, along with everything that people
In a sense verse 16 has bookends. Verse 15 says do not love this
world and verse 17 reminds us to remember it is passing away. A day will
come when God calls time.
In the meantime, we live in this world as God's children and live
in light of eternity. We live as members of God's eternal Kingdom and
seek to serve Him in all we do. We cannot get caught up in the shallow
things of this world. The things of verse 16 "“
John reminds us that these are not from the Father, but are from this
world. So let us keep our hearts and minds focused on God and His
eternal realities and live in light of our awaiting eternal home.
4. A warning against antichrists
In the last section the title is a warning against antichrists. Verse
"18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard
that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This
is how we know it is the last hour."
In verse 18 it uses the term antichrist twice. One is used with a
capital A and one with a lower case a. The lower case version is
referring to false teachers that infiltrated the church and denied the
Deity of Christ. The one using the capital A is about the Antichrist who
is talked about in
20:10. It is a figure empowered by Satan who functions as an enemy
of Jesus Christ and the Church. In the context of end time literature,
this figure performs false miracles, deceives many in order to
discourage people from worshiping the true God, and persecutes God's
In verse 26 we see that John is writing this section to warn against
being led astray by these false teachers. As we have seen before they
would deny key things about Christ's being the Messiah and how we
John says there are two keys to help us from being led astray. The
first is to remember we have the Holy Spirit as our helper and teacher.
In verse 27 he says, "But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he
lives within you, so you don't need anyone to teach you what is true".
The second is to remember the foundation teachings they were taught.
That Christ is from the Father in heaven, that He is eternal, that He is
the promised Messiah and He is the only way to find salvation.
This is why it is so important for us as Christ followers to walk
closely with Him, to pray, to study our Bibles, to come to church and to
rely on the Holy Spirit's teaching and promptings. When we do this we
can stand firm in Christ.
John wants his readers to remember 4 things from
1 John 2
By Dave Quinn
Founder of PASSIONAustralia.org
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