What does this show about how he feels about them? Read John 6:35; 8:12; 10:9 & 11; 11:25; and 14:6. a. The first problem is that we bring the world with us into our monastery. In their mind, the anointing is like a virus or a germ that can be spread by casual contact or infect a whole group. What do we learn about Jewish wedding customs from reading the parables in Matthew 22:1-12 and 25:1-10? This is why it is so important to have the promise of eternal life right now. i. Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. 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. (Romans 12:2). My own dear children, that is, And, &c.--connected with the former; Furthermore, \"if any man sin,\" let him, while loathing and condemning it, not fear to go at once to God, the Judge, confessing it, for \"we have an Advocate with Him.\" He is speaking of a BELIEVER'S occasional sins of infirmity through Satan's fraud and malice. a. A new commandment – This is actually an old and a new commandment. General Epistles i. We can deny Jesus while praising Him with our words; we can deny Him by offering a substitute Jesus, or by ministering in a manner that denies the character of Jesus. This takes a lot of time and hard work. So what is a real Christian? Do not become complacent and think that you know enough or are good enough already. An old commandment – In fact the actual commandment is not mentioned here. "The proper attribute of youth is, to carry on the active parts of life- if soldiers, to be engaged in all active service." ii. ii. 3:9-11) All five of John’s works (1, 2, 3 John, Gospel of John, and Revelation) indicate similar and further growth of these false teachings. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. Abiding in Jesus (living in Jesus) is not a passive thing; it is an active thing. c. The Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come: There is a distinction between the Antichrist andmany antichrists. Discussion questions to encourage interaction. 1 Thessalonians 5:5 – You are all children of the light and children of the day. 2 John 1:1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; 2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. 2. The little children’s sin has been forgiven, showing that they are saved, This is a good step, but it is only a first step, That is why John needs to write to them more so that they will know how they need to grow. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Each lesson has questions, fill in the blank; matching, true false; etc., on one chapter of the Bible. Part I: The reason that we should not love the world (15-17) 1. To a large extent, a man does represent and personify an entire government or system; when we think of Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, the figures of Hitler as an individual and Nazi Germany as a state are virtually the same. Instead it is the community of sinful humanity that is united in rebellion against God. He had a passion to keep them consistent with God's message of truth. John himself learned love at this point, for early in his life he was known as one of the "sons of thunder." This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it” (italics mine). For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. d. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked: The thought is brought around to a full circle: when we are abiding in Jesus, we will walk just as He walked- live lives of obedience and love. We probably fail to see the badness of our sin and the greatness of His forgiveness. ii. Prophets (1Jo 2:13a) Fathers, who have an experiential knowledge of Jesus Christ. Shall I curse him because he blesses me? (1Jo 2:20-23) Identifying the spirit of antichrist. Now John points out a specific area of sin that especially threatens our fellowship with God: worldliness, to love the world. As believers, we have somebody much higher up than these people. a. (John 12:44-45) He who receives Me receives Him who sent Me (John 13:20). Read 1:1-4 and Jn 1:1-14. Of Eve in the Garden of Eden, it is said that she took of the forbidden fruit when she saw that the fruit was pleasant to the eyes. Which you heard from the beginning: This does not describe whatever teaching any Christian might receive when they are newly following Jesus. Seeing the nature of our times and what the Bible says about the end times, we should regard ourselves as being in the last few minutes. Humans, by nature, are almost always attracted to something just because it is new. iii. Minor Prophets At the same time, he wants to make it clear that we do not have to sin. This reveals that they were never really part of God's people to begin with. 2. Nor is it the mass of humanity, which God Himself loves (John 3:16). 2. Describe the Alan Alda picnic scenario. Our Advocate stands up to answer the charges: "He is completely guilty your honor. -------------------- iii. d. By which we know that it is the last hour: This indicates that John expected that the presence of many antichrists - of many people who offer a false, substitute Christ - is evidence of the lateness in the hour before Jesus' coming. -------------------- In other words, though the world still waits to see the ultimate revealing of the Antichrist, there are little "previews" of this man and his mission to come. Finally, they are just left to themselves, and they seem happy enough with that. No matter what we do, if we don’t do it out of love, we are nothing. Because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake: This is something to rejoice in. Yet it is not in God's nature to influence us through the lust of the flesh. I took the wrath and punishment from this court that he deserves." John 12:35 – Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. When we are in this state spiritually, it is enough for us to know and be amazed at the forgiveness of our sins and all it took for God to forgive us righteously in Jesus Christ. (1Jo 2:25) The blessing of abiding in the truth and in God: eternal life. This spirit of antichrist will one day find its ultimate fulfillment in the Antichrist, who will lead humanity in an end-times rebellion against God. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Minor Prophets Major Prophets i. The saved are on the path away from Cain's negative case and towards Jesus' positive case. 3. doctrinal / teaching points 1. The name Antichrist is important to understand. After a while, he was sitting in the gates of the city as one of Sodom's civic leaders. John uses the phrase, “from the beginning,” in the same way in 1 John 3:11, “For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another” (also, 2 John 5). I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. He is righteous, so those who are born of Him also practice righteousness. This of course stands for “What Would Jesus Do?” It is a reminder to ask ourselves in every situation how Jesus would respond in this situation. A father loves his children, but also seeks to teach them the truth. But we still have hope. b. He has seen it all in advance. The prefix anti can mean "the opposite of" or "instead of." No one. For all that is in the world: The character of the world expresses itself through the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. The greatest effort, the greatest cost, and the greatest strength are expected of the young men. It is so sure that although the night is thick with darkness right now, we know that this night is temporary and day is coming very soon, sooner and sooner. Cars, homes, gadgets, and the status that goes with all of them, can really make our hearts at home in the world. 4. They will never be "more forgiven." ii. This approach, and other approaches that seek to take us out of the world, have two problems. If they were, then the common ground of trust in Jesus would be greater than any other difficulty they might be having with other Christians. James 2:14 – What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? i. The reasons for forgiveness are not found in us, but in God. Discussion Questions From this section, how might you identify children of God? practical application 1. vs 4 He who is sayng, "I have known Him," and does not characteristically keep His commandments, is … John addresses three groups in the church. Pauline Epistles A real Christian obeys God. -------------------- We have therefore created a library of almost one thousand (and growing) inductive Bible studies, which are available for free. We can improve as students. When we see how great our sin is, and how great the cost was to gain us forgiveness, we are obsessed with gratitude at having been forgiven. See 21:2 –How many disciples have gathered together to fish? Yet this leader is coming. These things I write to you, that you may not sin, We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, And not for ours only but also for the whole world, But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him, He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked, Brethren, I write no new commandment to you … a new commandment I write to you, Because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining, He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now, But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, Does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning, 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, The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, He who does the will of God abides forever, The Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, By which we know that it is the last hour, They went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. You may talk to them of great statesmen, or great warriors, or great princes, but these are all nobodies: their father fills the whole horizon of their being. Tweet. If ye know . a. And what is more, when there is no way for God to have mercy (because He justice demands punishment of sins), He threw Himself in between us and God to sacrifice Himself for us. This love is expressed in time, attention, and expense. How great our need to not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind! For whom is Jesus an atoning sacrifice? Their father is the greatest man that ever lived: there never was the like of him. 2. How smart the fruit would make her! The Uniform Series text for Sunday, April 8 is John 21:1-14. Mukama jasper on 2 Thessalonians 1 i bless the lord for all that is a portrait in the old covenant, for his first coming to redeem us and the awaited second coming unto glorification. What happens if we do sin ? Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a How her husband would admire her! Of Eve in the Garden of Eden, it is said that she took of the forbidden fruit when she believed that it was desirable to make one wise. i. I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake. b. John 2 Bible Study Questions (Handout) JOHN 2:1 1 On the third day, a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. Because of the anointing of the Holy Spirit given to all believers, they possess the resources for knowing the truth. Jesus Christ the righteous means that Jesus is fully qualified to serve as our Advocate, because He Himself is sinlessly perfect. Our state in Christ (12-14). And this is the promise that He has promised us; eternal life. b. c. Let that abide in you: This doesn't mean just knowing it, but living in it. a. I write to you, little children: We each begin the Christian life as little children. e. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him: Simply, love for the world is incompatible with love for the Father. A series of John’s letters. "God hath no children destitute of his image, or who resemble him not." Anointing has the idea of being filled with, and blessed by, the Holy Spirit. We have a gracious Advocate in heaven. or "how far can I stray from the Shepherd and still be part of the flock?" In what way is Jesus our advocate? 1 John 1:9 makes it clear that there is always forgiveness for confessed sin. 1. They are not obeying God’s commands.” But I don’t think this is John’s goal in writing this. Then are you strong? Should we allow false teachers into our home? I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one. We can be sure that John himself lived this life of love, but he wasn't always this way. When Jesus says “I am the true vine,” what is he claiming about himself? i. John warned us against these antichrists in his first letter (1 John 2:18-23, 4:3). In the first chapter we saw two tests of our faith. That you may not sin: This is God's desire for the believer. Yet he was selfish and chose for himself what seemed the most lucrative, without considering the spiritual implications of what he was doing. This in fact is the summary of the law in the Old Testament. Would he break a promise? The three tests- moral, doctrinal, and love- all stand together, like the legs on a three-legged stool. 5. Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. (Spurgeon). -------------------- But for believers, we must hate it. Am I being a hypocrite? It punched the number on the elevator, which Satan is on and bound for hell. There is faith, hope, love, and the greatest is love. 1. I hope that you find the material beneficial. -------------------- Lot attached himself to a true spiritual man, named Abraham. Many young people wear bracelets with the phrase WWJD on it. i. John addresses this because of the issue of relationship with God (1 John 1:3), and the fact that sin can break our fellowship with God (1 John 1:6). 3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. Wisdom Literature Let’s worship the Lord who became man forever. Discussion QuestionsWhy does John call his readers “my little children?”What is John’s purpose in writing the book?What does the word “Advocate” mean? i. Explain how marketing plays a key role in an organization’s strategic planning. If we consistently obey God then that is evidence that our relationship with Him is real. You have one name for Him and I have another. 2. I hope that all of us will take sin seriously. 3. Johannine Writings 1 John 1:1-4 background notes 1. e. And not for ours only but also for the whole world: Though Jesus made His propitiation for the whole world, yet the whole world is not saved and in fellowship with God. 1 John 2:3-11 is a Bible study that shows how Christians are optimized for growth. -------------------- d. He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son: The spirit of antichrist identifies itself by its denial of Jesus, and its denial of the Father; remembering that Jesus and the Father can be denied even by those who seem to speak well of them both. His love was completely selfless and unconditional to the point of giving his life for his followers. But if it was not, then put yourself in that environment now. There are those who, for at least a moment, the coming of Jesus will be a moment of disappointment rather than glory. July 25, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments 14509 (Eph. The New Testament ii. The Old Testament Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:34) demonstrates this, when the sin of all Israel was atoned for every year at the day of Atonement, yet not all of Israel was saved. All along, our accuser Satan, is having great fun at all this. What are the works of the devil in 1 John 3:8? If we have the true light, we will love our brethren (7-11) IV. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 3. ii. If their God wasn't perfectly revealed in Jesus, then they do not have the same God as the Bible. "The word 'antichrist' occurs in the Bible only in the letters of John and that only five times in four verses (1 John 2:18, 22, 4:3; 2 John 7); but though the word is infrequent the idea of antichrist is frequent and is an important one." For all that is in the world; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; is not of the Father but is of the world. (Spurgeon), ii. The Gospels "No!" 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