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Summary of the Epistle of John so far 1) We handled Jesus, we listened to him, we saw him, we studied him – He Was Real!! 2) You must believe this to have fellowship with us, and with the Father, and with the Son. 3) God is light and in Him is no darkness. If you SAY you have fellowship but walk in darkness, there is a problem. 4) Jesus cleanses us from all sin. If you say you have no sin, you lie, and make Him a liar. 5) If we sin, He will forgive us if we confess it to Him, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 6) Jesus is always standing before the Father on our behalf. 7) If you say you love Him, but don’t do what He says to do, you lie, and deceive yourself. 8) The original commandment was to love your God and your neighbor, but the new commandment is to ‘Agape’ you fellow servants. 9) If you say you do, but hate your brother, again, you lie and deceive yourself. 10) Strive for spiritual maturity. 11) Love not the things of this world (kosmos), they are all temporary and will burn in the end.
The Seven Test of Christian Genuineness 1) “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” - 1 John 1:6 2) “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” - 1 John 1:8 3) “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.” - 1 John 1:10 4) “He who says, I have known Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” - 1 John 2:4 5) “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk even as He walked.” - 1 John 2:6 6) “He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in darkness until now.” - 1 John 2:9 7) “If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if he does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” - 1 John 4:20
Start a new thought here: Truth vs. Lies – The spirit of the Antichrist “Anti” in Greek meant “In place of” or “Sudo” Antichrist would mean “Sudo-Christ”, or “in place of Christ” The Title “Antichrist” for the coming world ruler is ONLY used here in I John 2:18. John uses the reference “antichrist(s)” as a descriptor for people who would generate a following of people for themselves that started out as members in the body of Christ, but end up having people follow them, not Christ. He uses that term four times. 1 John 2:18, 1 John 2:22, 1 John 4:3, 2 John 1:7 The “entity” (or world ruler) that is coming has 33 titles in the Old Testament, and 13 in the New Testament. It is interesting the John does not use the title “antichrist” for this ruler when penning the book of Revelation.
Time Periods in the Scriptures - The Times of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24): Rule of the Gentiles over Israel (more specifically, the time in which Israel has no king). It starts with Nebuchadnezzar and ends with Jesus setting up His kingdom. - The Fullness of the Gentiles (Romans 11:25): That number of Gentile believers that designate the complete population of the Church. Starts with Pentecost and ends with the Rapture. Also known as the period of blindness for Israel. - The End Times (or Time of the End): That period of time that starts in Revelation 5, and ends with Jesus setting up His Kingdom - The Last Days: That period of time known as the last half of the Seventieth Week of Daniel. Specifically, the last 3 ½ years of persecution of Israel. - The Time of the End: Synonymous with the “Last Days” above - The Last Time: used to denote the last period of time in which the World (and Evil) has free reign to rule themselves. It started with the Crucifixion, and ends when Jesus sets up His kingdom on the Earth.
1Jn 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 1Jn 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 2Pe 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. - They depart from the Fellowship - They deny the Faith - They try to deceive the Faithful
1Jn 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 1Jn 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. You know this, the Holy Spirit teaches you this, I am not telling you something new. You can spot error. When you know the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit is your guide, you can tell when someone says something if it seems wrong. “The line which shows itself to be straight shows also what line is crooked.” When you are trained to recognize counterfeit money, they don’t train you on what counterfeit money looks like. There are an infinite number of ways a bill can be counterfeit. Instead, they train you on how to be intimately familiar with the real thing. The more familiar you are with the real thing, the easier it is to recognize a counterfeit. Did Jesus say “I am the Way, and the Life”? No, He said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” 2Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2Ti 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
1Jn 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 1Jn 2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 1Jn 2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 1Jn 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 1Jn 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 1Jn 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1Jn 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 1Jn 2:29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
The word abide dominates this section: If we abide in Christ, we walk as He walked (1 John 2:6) If we love our brother, we abide in the light (1 John 2:10). If the Word abides in us, we will be spiritually strong (1 John 2:14). If we do the will of God, we shall abide forever (1 John 2:17). The anointing (of the Holy Spirit) abides in us and we should abide in the Spirit (1 John 2:27). We abide in the Word, in the Spirit, and in Christ (1 John 2:28). Abide means to remain in fellowship, and fellowship, or koinonia, is the key idea in the first two chapters of this epistle.
The Pretenders Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Joh 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. Rom 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. Rom 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
The True Child of God… A) Practices Righteousness, and Verses 1-10 B) Loves other Christians despite their differencesVerses 11-24 Section A: The True Child of God Practices Righteousness (Flees From and Does Not Practice Habitual Sin) Three Reasons for a Holy Life: 1) God the Father Loves Us3:1-3 2) God the Son Died for Us3:4-8 3) God the Holy Spirit Lives In Us3:9-10 1Jn 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1 John 3:1 may be translated, “Behold, what peculiar out-of-this-world kind of love the Father has bestowed upon us.” While we were His enemies, God loved us, and sent His Son to die for us!! Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
1Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Scientist have proven now what Nocmonities, and Momonities did by doing their homework in Genesis, that there are 10 dimensions. Today, scientists call their definition of the 10 dimension reality the ‘string theory’. I think that it is interesting that everywhere in the bible where it talks about worshiping God with music, it is always mentions a 10 stringed instrument. Coincidence? Maybe… Php 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. 1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1Co 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. In Greek, the term for the immortal, godly bodies is “Oiketerion”. It appears only twice in the scriptures. 2Co 5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: Jud 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Verse 1: Tells us what we are (Sons of God) Verse 2: Tells us what we shall be (Like unto Jesus) Verse 3: Tells us what we should be (purifying ourselves) 1Jn 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. An unbeliever who sins is a creature sinning against his Creator. A Christian who sins is a child sinning against his Father. 1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 1Jn 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 1Jn 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. For a child of God to sin (live in habitual, continual sin) indicates that he does not understand or appreciate what Jesus did for him on the Cross Abraham lied about his wife (x2), Moses struck the rock, David and Bathsheba, Peter denied Our Lord! But the sin did not settle in their life. The sin acts were contrary to their normal way of life. They admitted it, repented of it, and asked God to forgive them. The unsaved person (even if he professes to be a Christian but is a counterfeit) lives a life of habitual sin; especially the sin of unbelief – it is the normal thing in his life.
Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. The true believer does not live in habitual sin. He may commit sin – an occasional wrong act – but he will not practice sin (make a habit of it). The realization of the Love of God towards us, and what he paid on the cross keeps the true believer from habitual sin. Several definitions of sin in the Bible: - “for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” Romans 14:23 - “The thought of foolishness is sin” Proverbs 24:9 - “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” James 4:17 - “All unrighteousness is sin” 1 John 5:17 But here, John defines sin as lawlessness (1 John 3:4). The emphasis is not on sins (plural); but on sin (singular). Sins are fruit; but sin is the root. God’s love does not mean He has no rules and regulations for His family. - “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” 1 John 2:3 - “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” 1 John 3:22 - “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.” 1 John 5:2
Sin is basically a matter of the will. For us to assert our will against God’s will is rebellion and rebellion is the root of sin. The very essence of sin is lawlessness. The whole work of the Cross is denied when a professed Christian practices deliberate sin. This is one reason why Paul calls such people: “enemies of the Cross of Christ” Phil 3:18,19 1Jn 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. The Greek here for “abideth” is guess what??? Koinonia. If you have Koinonia with God, you won’t be living in habitual sin. There is more in the death of Christ on the Cross than simply our salvation from judgment, as wonderful as that is. Through His death, Christ broke the power of the sin principle in our lives. Before the cross, no matter how much David wanted fellowship with God, he couldn’t have it, and when he died, where did he go? Sheol, specifically Abraham’s Bosom. Now, since the cross, you and I can enjoy Koinonia NOW! Today! With God!
1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Some of the Names of Satan: Satan:Adversary Devil:Accuser Abaddon or Apollyon:Destroyer Prince of this world Dragon Now look at Jesus Christ: He was born of a woman, so that we could be born of God; He humbled Himself, so that we could be lifted up; He became a servant, so that we could be made joint-heirs; He suffered rejection, so that we could become His friends; He denied Himself, so that we could freely receive all things; He gave Himself, so that He could bless us in every way. 1Jn 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Now, knowing all this, how can you know a false Christian/Teacher when you see one? 1Jn 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
Three Tenses of “Being Saved”: 1) Justification – You “Have been” saved – From the penalty of sin; Ephesians 2:8, 9 – Positionally – Your position before the Throne 2) Sanctification – You “Are being” saved: From the power of sin; Romans 6 – Operationally – Moment-by-moment by the Holy Spirit 3) Glorification – You “Shall be” saved – From the presence of sin; Romans 8:23 – Ultimately – “the redemption of our body” When a person receives Christ as his Savior, tremendous spiritual changes take place in him. He is given anew standing before God, being accepted as righteous in God’s sight. This new standing is called “justification.” It never expires and is never lost. The new Christian is also given a new position: and he is set apart for God’s own purposes to live for His glory. This new position is called sanctification and it has a way of changing from day to day. But perhaps the most dramatic change in a new believer is what we call regeneration. He is “born again,” into the family of God (“re-” means again; “generation” means “birth”).
Yielding to sin is the distinguishing mark of the “child of the devil.” They profess or claim one thing, but practice another. Satan is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44) False teachers in John’s day taught that a Christian did not have to worry about sin because only the body sinned and what the body did in no way affected the spirit. Some of them went so far as to teach that sin is natural to the body, because the body is sinful. The NT exposes the foolishness of such excuses for sin. The “old nature” is not the body; the body itself is neutral. It can be used either by the old sinful nature or by the new divine nature. How does a child of God go about overcoming the desire of the old sin nature? By beginning each day yielding his body to God as a living sacrifice. (Rom 12:1) Reading, studying, feeding his new nature; time for devotion and prayer... and then depend on the power of the Spirit in the inner man. You have two natures inside of you if you are a Child of God. The one that will grow to be the strongest is the one you feed the most. Do you feed your sinful, self nature (T.V., magazines, movies, etc.) or do you feed you new nature (bible studies, prayer, fellowship with God, etc.) See ‘Be Ye Transformed’ (store.khouse.org, on the left column, halfway down, part of the “King’s Highway” series)
John’s letter keeps returning to the same three topics: Love, obedience, and truth. But each time it probes deeper. In John 2 it was on relationship. Then, on sonship and brotherhood. Next week it will be as a matter of life and death! We will explore four “levels” of relationship: murder verses 11-12 hatredverses 13-15 indifferenceverses 16-17 Christian compassion verses 18-24