1 John Chapter 2

July 3, 2014

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 1 John. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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John says the purpose of writing this letter is to help us avoid sin. Our hearts desire is to live for Jesus, but sometimes we fall short. When we do, we have Jesus as our advocate, as one who speaks in our defense to the Father. Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. His blood was enough to pay for our sins and for all sins for all time. We do not need to hide our sins, but confess them and then continue to walk on Him. Not seeing His amazing grace as a way to continue to sin, but see his amazing grace as the reason for our desire to live wholeheartedly for Him, His way.

1 John 2:1-29 (NIV)
1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. 9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him. 12 I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. 13 I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father. 14 I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 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. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist–he denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 24 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us–even eternal life. 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.
27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him. 28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

1 John 2:1-6

John talks about the importance of knowing Jesus. To know Jesus is not just knowing about Him, it is about being in a relationship with Him. The Greek word is ginosko, which means – “grasping the full reality and nature of an object under consideration. It is thus distinguished from mere opinion, which may grasp the object half-correctly, inadequately, or even falsely.”

Being in relationship with Jesus will bring about changes in us. It will ultimately cause us to live by trying to do the next right thing. To see like He sees, to love like He loves, to serve like He serves, to think like He thinks. As John says in verse 6 it is about walking as Jesus did.

1 John 2:7-11

We have to be careful to not reduce our walk in Christ to set of rules and regulations or we will quickly become legalistic. Our walk should be set apart by loving well.

1 John 2:12-17

Walking in love and living by trying to do the next right thing will keep us from turning to the things that the world around us turn to.

1 John 2:16-17 (NIV)
16 For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 2:16-17 (KJV)
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

The enemy uses the same three tricks to distract you over and over again.

a) The lust of the flesh

Adam and Eve (good for food)
Jesus (turn these stones to bread)
Us (if it feels good do it)

b) The lust of the eyes

Adam and Eve (beautiful to look at)
Jesus (all this I will give you)
Us (You need it, you deserve it, and life will not be complete without it)

c) The pride of life

Adam and Eve (You will be like God)
Jesus (If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down)
Us (I did it my way)

1 John 2:18-26

False teachers, John calls them anti-christs are divisive. They twist and bend the truth of the Bible to make it fit the message they want to spread to result in their own gain.

1 John 2:27

We have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us and He will help us in discerning false teachers.

27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him.

The Holy Spirit lives in each one of us as believers and He helps us to know the truth.

John 16:13 (NIV)
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

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